Sept. 4, 2020
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.
Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here:
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Trash and Recycling Schedule/Impacts for Labor Day Holiday
The Labor Day holiday will impact trash and recycling collection schedules for some residents early next week. There will be no trash service for residents on the Monday collection route and recycling collection service will be altered according to the make-up day schedule below.
A full listing of the City’s holiday trash and recycling schedule is available at www.cor.net/trash.
Recycle Make-Up Days
|Monday, Sept. 7||Tuesday, Sept. 8|
|Tuesday, Sept. 8||Wednesday, Sept. 9|
Public Facility Schedule for the Labor Day Holiday
| Animal Shelter, City Hall/Civic Center, Recreation Centers, Gymnastics Center, Library,
Eisemann Center, Recreation Centers and Municipal Court
|Closed Sept. 7|
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Open|
|Tennis Center||Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Collection Crews Asks For Help/Understanding On Unforeseen Service Changes
Even before COVID-19, there have been times when trash and recycling schedules have had to change due to evolving circumstances. One such impact could be the breakdown of a vehicle. When this happens, it causes collection crews to arrive later in some areas, but other crews may be adjusted to expand their collections zones to cover the lost time. When that happens, they can arrive earlier than usual in some neighborhoods.
Situations like this have solid waste workers asking for residents’ assistance to help ensure trash and recycling is collected as expected. They provide the following information below as the best ways to help:
- Have items out by 7 a.m.
Trash, recycling and brush/bulky item collection (BABIC) can occur at different times of the day. Crews ask that material be set out by 7 a.m. on your collection day, even if you have previously observed crews picking up in your area later in the day.
- Use trash bags, not bins
Due to safety concerns, workers cannot empty bins filled with trash or recycling items. Trash must be set out in bags. Items meant for recycling need to be placed in blue recycling bags.
- Call BABIC by midnight
For large piles of brush, limbs and/or items weighing 50 pounds or more, call BABIC (972-744-4111) by midnight the day before your scheduled collection day. Additionally, separate compostable and non-compostable items, and be sure to let BABIC know if you’ve got compostable items.
DART Announces Schedule Adjustments for Labor Day Holiday
DART will follow a modified schedule for Monday, Sept. 7.
- DART bus, light rail and Dallas streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
- The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
- DART’s administrative offices, Customer Care Center, Lost and Found and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed.
- DART Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule.
New Weather Alert Options Offered
The Richardson Emergency Notification System (ENS) now offers a service to receive severe weather watches/warnings and tornado watches via call, text and e-mail, in addition to the critical alerts that have already been available, including:
- tornado warnings,
- utility/water outages,
- public health concerns, and
- unexpected street closures.
The system also provides residents an opportunity to give responders critical information regarding access and functional needs as well as any other unique information related to an address, so responders can help when it’s most needed. All information is confidential and used in life-threatening emergencies only. Sign up to receive alerts or update your account settings for the new alerts at www.cor.net/alerts.
The City’s Office of Emergency Management recommends using multiple methods of notification for severe weather—in addition to the ENS system, you can purchase a NOAA All-Hazards Radio, download weather apps on your smartphone and follow @RichardsonOEM on Twitter.
Community Revitalization Award Nominations Open Through Sept. 30
If you know of a local property that has been “made over” in a positive way, nominate the owner for a 2020 Community Revitalization Award. The Richardson City Council created the awards in 1994 to recognize people who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. Residential and nonresidential properties are eligible for consideration, with several chosen to receive the award each year—more than 280 have been recognized since the program’s inception.
Deadline for nominations is midnight Sept. 30. More information and a nomination form are available online at www.cor.net/cra. For additional information, contact the program administrator, Keith Krum, Senior Planner, at 972-744-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Clear the Shelter” Event Clears Shelter to Lowest Levels in Memory
The Richardson Animal Shelter’s week-long adoption event in August and month-long adoption awareness campaign, part of the annual, nationwide “Clear the Shelters” program, was a big success. There were 128 adoptions of dogs and cats Aug. 1-31, an adoption rate of 94.08 percent, almost a 10 percent increase from adoptions in August 2019. As of Sept. 1, there were just three dogs and seven cats available for adoption.
During the pandemic, adoptions continue to take place at the Shelter by appointment only; those wishing to adopt should check the Shelter’s social media to see which animals are available prior to making an appointment. The Shelter also helps residents who are struggling financially to care for their pet by providing food and other items.
2020 Census Data Collection Ends Sept. 30
Have you responded to the 2020 Census? There’s only a few weeks left to respond before data collection ends Sept. 30. While you can still fill out your form online, via phone or by sending in your paper form, census takers are currently visiting households in Richardson who have not yet responded to the Census.
- Census takers work between 9 a.m.-9 p.m., including weekends.
- If no one is home when the Census taker visits, the Census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
- Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit homes.
- All Census takers complete COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
- If residents respond online or by phone today, a Census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect responses.
- If you’ve already filled out your form, you may still receive a visit from a Census representative as part of the Census Bureau’s quality assurance program.
A complete and accurate count is critical for Richardson. The results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, emergency services strategies and more.
Current response rates as of Sept. 2:
No City Council Meeting Sept. 7
The City Council will not meet Monday, Sept. 7 due to the Labor Day holiday. The next City Council meeting is Monday, Sept. 14, beginning at 6 p.m.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes this Weekend
The September issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. The issue’s theme is fiscal responsibility and it features easy-to-understand graphics and statistics about the City’s 2020-21 budget, along with information about core services and programs that the budget is focused on maintaining.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.
Possible Frontage Road Lane Closure Near Spring Valley Road
The right lane of the northbound US 75 frontage road just north of Spring Valley Road may be closed to traffic from 6:30 p.m.-5 a.m. due to fire hydrant replacement work. The work is expected to be completed by mid-September.
Peanut Butter Drive Begins
Collin County cities including Richardson have come together to sponsor the “Spread the Hope” Collin County Peanut Butter Drive throughout the month of September. Last year the drive collected 190,000 pounds of peanut butter, so the goal for this year has been increased to 220,000 pounds.
Donations will go to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), which provides food to children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 200 partner agencies, including Richardson’s Network of Community Ministries. Peanut butter is perpetually on NTFB’s list of most-needed foods, since it’s shelf stable, kid-friendly and high in protein, but not a frequently donated item due to cost.
Peanut butter, as well as other butters such as almond, hazelnut, sunflower seed and soy nut, may be donated online by clicking here or can be dropped off in Richardson at Network, 741 S. Sherman St.
Registration, Sponsorship Opportunities Open for Network Golf Tourney
Participation registration and sponsorship opportunities are open for Network of Community Ministries’ 23rd Annual Golf Outing, scheduled for Oct. 2 at Sherrill Park Golf Course. Help neighbors in need by participating as an individual player, foursome or sponsor.
Golf participation cost is $125 for an individual and $500 for a foursome. A wide variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, from $350 (hole sponsor) to $5,000 (presenting sponsor).
Contact: Debbie Cox, 972-234-8880 ext. 107
September is National Preparedness Month; OEM Offers Free Preparedness Bags
National Preparedness Month (NPM) kicked off this week with a theme of “Disasters Don’t Wait.” Launched in 2004, NPM is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning.
To coincide with NPM and help the Richardson community be prepared for emergencies, the City’s Office of Emergency Management is offering free preparedness bags for both adults and children at the Richardson Library, while supplies last.
The adult bags are available at the first floor information desk and include items such as a North Texas Poison Center magnet, an ice scraper and information about a variety of safety topics including how to build a disaster supply kit.
The children’s version, available at the front desk in the youth services area, comes in a nylon, “shark” backpack and includes kid-friendly safety information along with activity booklets and a “Ready 2 Help” card game.
Emergency preparedness information is also available year-round at a table in City Hall during regular business hours.
Contact: 972-744-4350 (Library)
Free Take-Home Activity Bags, Root Beer Float Kits Available for Seniors
Richardson senior citizens can stop by Heights Recreation Center next week and pick up, curbside, one fun and one tasty freebie:
- Free take-home activity bag
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 10-11 a.m.
Each bag includes puzzles, games and more
Call 972-744-7800 to pre-order
- Drive-Thru Root Beer Float Party-free root beer float kits
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2-3 p.m.
Everything you need to make a delicious root beer float!
Register by calling 972-744-7800
Reference Materials Now Available by Appointment
Richardson residents may now book an appointment to use reference materials in the basement of the Library, a floor currently closed to the general public. Appointments can be secured through the “Book a Librarian” form located online, and Library staff will escort reference users to the basement at their chosen time.
Note: Access will be limited to Richardson residents until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“Whose Turn is it Anyway?” Online Board Game Club Begins Sept. 5
Children and teens ages 8-18 are invited to join Library staff beginning Sept. 5 for the Library’s new Online Board Game Club. The games are played on Board Game Arena and are easy to learn and hard to stop playing! The group will use Webex to communicate and then play on the Board on select Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Upcoming dates include Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 3, 7 and 31, Nov. 14 and 28, and Dec. 12 and 26.
Take-Home Craft Kits are Back
Free “Just Add Imagination” craft kits will be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 8 in the Children’s Department, while supplies last. Next week’s kit is a fun foam steamboat, including self-adhesive foam shapes, wooden dowels and paper sails. Pick up one to make at home and keep it on hand for “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” to be celebrated at the Library Sept. 19.
Eisemann Center Posts New Activities for Children
Eisemann Educates Online began a new series of children’s activities this week based on the book, “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln.” The videotaped lessons/activities, hosted by Eisemann Center staff, are posted at the Eisemann Center’s Facebook page and have included learning how to play a “paper” piano.
Upcoming activities (posted at 2 p.m. on the selected dates) include:
- Tuesday, Sept. 8
A read-along with the featured book
- Thursday, Sept. 10
“Acting Out Similes”
Eisemann Educates began in 2004 as an education and outreach component of the Eisemann Center and has given access to the performing arts to more than 11,000 children, youth and adults. Its online outreach, which began this summer, is celebrating the arts as well as cultural diversity. A new two-week series begins Sept. 19 based on the book, “Tito Puente: Mambo King.”
“Forever” Continues at The Core Theatre through Sept. 20
The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho #115, is presenting the original play, “Forever,” weekends through Sept. 20. Set in the early 1940s, the story is about a family who faces the shocking and life changing news of the U.S. entering World War II. The oldest daughter, Anna, is about to leave home for the first time, to meet up with her sweetheart who is stationed at the naval base in Pearl Harbor.
Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 for youth, $25 for adults and $15 for senior citizens. Livestream tickets are also available for $25 per family. To purchase tickets, click here.
Time to Make a Rain Barrel—Free Online Class Sept. 8
With rain back in the forecast more frequently comes the opportunity to collect rain via a rain barrel, a great way to conserve water, capture water for outdoor irrigation and foundation watering and lower water bills. To learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home, free rain barrel classes are available online from Water University, a division of Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service—the next class is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.
Participants have the option to purchase 55-gallon rain barrels (recycled food-grade containers that are roughly 24”x36”) for $50, available online until Sept. 9 with pick-up Sept. 12 in McKinney, Irving and The Colony.
To register for the class and/or purchase a rain barrel, visit Water University’s events page online. Note that rainwater harvesting systems must be registered with the City at no charge (if 400 gallons or less). Larger systems require a paid permit.
Plastic Grocery Bags Needed at Network
Though the City does not currently accept plastic grocery/retail bags in its recycling program, you can donate them to Network of Community Ministries. The local nonprofit is in need of the bags to help with current food distribution demands.
To donate, bring to Network at 741 S. Sherman St. Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Thursdays noon-7:45 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. Drop-off is easy and “curbside;” just drive around back, have the bags in the back of your car, pop open your trunk or back hatch and staff will come out to retrieve your items.
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Tori has returned to the Shelter. She came back to us Aug. 29 as the adopter’s mother was allergic. Come make a forever friend with Tori and start a new adventure. She is a little shy cat who has been looking for someone to be her forever family since April 29 when she originally arrived at the Shelter. This sweet girl LOVES head pets and is very affectionate once she gets used to you. She is a 1-year-old, spayed, tortie domestic short hair. She is fully vaccinated and microchipped. Come adopt Tori and show her what having a family and a home of her own can be like. Call the Shelter to schedule an appointment to visit her as soon as possible!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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