September 3, 2021
This 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:
Labor Day Holiday Schedule for City Facilities, Services
For the Labor Day holiday, City services and facilities will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
There will be NO solid waste, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. There will be NO make-up days for trash collection or BABIC.
RECYCLE MAKE-UP DAYS
|Monday, Sept. 6||Tuesday, Sept. 7|
|Tuesday, Sept. 7||Wednesday, Sept. 8|
PUBLIC FACILITY OPERATING HOURS
|Animal Shelter, City Hall/Civic Center,
Eisemann Center, Gymnastics Center, Library, Municipal Court, Recreation Centers, Senior Center
|Closed Sept. 6|
|Heights Family Aquatic Center||Closed for season
end of business Sept. 5
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Open|
|Tennis Center||Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 6|
Heights Family Aquatic Center Cancels Labor Day Hours; Closes for Season Sunday
Due to a staffing shortage, Heights Family Aquatic Center managers have had to cancel plans for the facility to be open on Labor Day, Sept. 6—the Center will now close for the season at the end of business, Sunday, Sept. 5.
The Heights Family Aquatic Center is normally open through Labor Day as a recreation option during the long holiday weekend. Parks and Recreation staff wish to express their apologies for the unexpected early closure announcement and thank everyone for their understanding.
Hours of operation for the weekend are Saturday and Sunday from noon-8 p.m.
City Council Begins Goal-setting Process
The City Council began its biennial goal-setting process this week. The process allows the Council to develop strategies used to achieve its vision. The Council provides the direction, resources and guidance that enables managers to implement the operational and tactical aspects to achieve the Council’s goals.
Once the Council finalizes their vision, goals and strategies, the City Manager will present the Council with a list of tactics, or ways the City will implement the strategies, for their approval at a future City Council meeting.
No City Council Meeting Sept. 6
The City Council will not meet Monday, Sept. 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The City Council next meets Monday, Sept. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. with a work session followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.
“Inclusion is Magical” Hack-a-thon Sept. 9
A community brainstorming and networking event designed to help people with autism “hack” employment problems and more fully participate in the Richardson community will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Eisemann Center.
Co-hosted by the Richardson IQ® and Hacking Autism, the “Hacking Autism Hack-a-thon” is open to therapists, technology company leaders, HR leaders and team members, people with autism and their families and anyone else with an interest in helping the autistic community. A trained team will lead participants through a brainstorming process where they will discuss problems facing the autistic community and come up with initiatives that can be acted upon.
Admission is free but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.
The event is part of a three-day “Inclusion is Magical” autism awareness celebration at the Eisemann Center that also includes an art exhibit, magic therapy workshop and sensory-friendly magic show.
DART Announces Labor Day Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate on the following schedule for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 6:
- DART bus, light rail and Dallas streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
- DART’s Customer Information Center will be available at 214-979-1111 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- DART’s Paratransit Services will run a Saturday schedule.
DART Board of Directors Approves Bus Network Redesign Plan
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has unanimously approved the DARTzoom Final Bus Network Plan, which includes a complete redesign of DART’s bus network. The redesigned network goes into effect Jan. 24, 2022, with the goal of providing greater frequency, longer service hours and improved access to destinations.
- Addition of two GoLink Zones in Central Richardson and the Telecom Area due to the discontinuation of Route 361 and 841
- Belt Line Route will be modified to service City Hall Campus.
- Addition of a cross-town route through UTD, Route 75 (Frankfort, Waterview, Synergy, Renner)
What are DART GoLink Zones?
Some bus routes with historically low ridership will be removed from service, and those areas will be provided service through new and/or expanded GoLink Zones. Riders can schedule point to point rides within their zone or be taken to a transit center where they may continue their travel through the DART network. DART expects this on-demand service to provide transportation to riders within 15-minutes of scheduling their ride itinerary.
DART worked with employers, community leaders and transit riders in all 13 of its service area cities (including Richardson) for more than a year in developing the new system.
Plan Information: www.dartzoom.org
Huffhines Art Trails/Pawtoberfest Set to Return in October
Two popular Richardson community events are scheduled to be back this fall after pandemic safety restrictions and budget constraints forced their cancellation in 2020. Huffhines Art Trails is set for Oct. 16-17, featuring live music, concessions and a variety of local makers set up along the park’s trails offering items for sale.
Pawtoberfest, which welcomes both human and canine visitors, is scheduled for Oct. 16, featuring live music, food trucks, craft beer, pet-related vendors and pet-centric activities. Both events take place at Huffhines Park.
A limited number of special presale Pawtoberfest “Pawkages” are available here for $15 and include discounts and select merchandise.
Note that the event may be modified or canceled at any time based on current or forecasted health and safety conditions in the community, or as a result of regulatory factors that the City is required to follow.
“Spread the Hope” 2021 Peanut Butter Drive Begins
Richardson is again participating in the North Texas Food Bank’s annual peanut butter drive throughout September. The drive’s goal this year is to receive 300,000 pounds of peanut butter donations to benefit local food banks, about 56,000 more pounds than were collected last year. Peanut butter is perpetually on food bank lists of most-needed foods, since it’s nutritious, kid-friendly and high in protein.
Local donations may be taken directly to Richardson’s Network of Community Ministries, which operates a Mobile Food Pantry and other food programs and is a recipient of the drive. Drop off jars at Network’s new facility, 1500 International Pkwy., during regular food donation hours (Mondays-Thursdays 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) or give online through Network’s Amazon Wish List.
Assistance Offered to Hurricane Evacuees, Information Hotlines Established
Louisiana residents who evacuated due to Hurricane Ida are eligible to stay free of charge at select hotels as part of the Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program. Evacuees must find and book their own hotel rooms from the list of participating hotels found at www.DisasterAssistance.gov under the link Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program, or by calling 800-621-3362.
Evacuees who are looking for information about conditions in Louisiana can reach Louisiana 211 by dialing 1-800-755-5175. Further contact information is below.
Shelter information: text the keyword LASHELTER to 898-211
Road closure information: www.511LA.org
New Orleans residents: Text NOLAREADY to 77295 for local alerts
September is National Preparedness Month; Time to Make a Plan, Build a Kit
September is National Preparedness Month, and, after a winter storm earlier this year and recent impacts from Hurricane Ida, now is a good time to think about preparing for disasters.
Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management helps take the guesswork out of preparing by providing a checklist of everything that should be included in a disaster supply “kit” as well as how to make a family emergency communication plan. The information is available online here and in printed form on a table just inside the west doors of City Hall and at the Library’s First Floor Information Desk—pick up for free during regular business hours. The Library also has children’s kits available in the children’s area.
If you’ve already built a kit, this month is a good time to check it to make sure supplies have not expired, such as food and batteries.
Richardson Today in Mailboxes this Week
The September issue of Richardson Today was mailed earlier this week and is starting to arrive in mailboxes. Readers will boost their knowledge about the Richardson Fire Department thanks to articles about the Fire Training Center, a new RFD ambulance and a recent EMS award received by the Department; the issue is also packed with information about upcoming events in Richardson and information about several City-owned facilities that the public can rent for events.
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.
Drainage Utility Work Closes Inner Lanes Along Section of Jupiter Road
The left lanes of southbound and northbound Jupiter Road between Poppy Lane and Spring Valley Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for manhole refurbishment/replacement. The work is expected to be complete by late November.
Lane Closures Expected West of Spring Valley/US 75 Intersection
Fiber optic work may close the right lane of eastbound Spring Valley Road between Los Sancho Street and Weatherred Drive, the right lane of southbound Weatherred Drive just at Spring Valley Road (100 feet north and south) and the right late of westbound Spring Valley Road between US 75 and Weatherred Drive, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The work is expected to be complete by early October.
Boho Night Market Sept. 10
CityLine continues its outdoor night market series Friday, Sept. 10, from 6-10 p.m. The Boho Market will feature live music and more than 30 local artists and vendors set up on CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St. There is no charge to attend. Free parking is available along State Street and on the ground level of nearby CityLine garages.
Check the CityLine Facebook page for weather updates.
Compassion Conference Scheduled for Sept. 18
UT Dallas will be the site of the 2021 Compassion Conference Sept. 18, featuring keynote speaker Robert E. Hall, author of the book, “This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith.” The conference also includes several sessions facilitated by experts in the fields of education, the environment, business, health care, self-care, mindfulness training, the science of compassion, and many more.
The Compassion Conference is held annually by Compassionate DFW, with a goal to increase awareness of the critical importance of compassion and embrace intentional compassion and compassionate action.
General admission tickets are $75.
Altrusa to Honor “Unsung Heroes” with Reception
Altrusa International of Richardson is hosting a reception to honor local “unsung heroes” Oct. 22 at the Richardson Woman’s Club, in lieu of their annual Outstanding Women of Today luncheon. The “Outstanding Women of Today: 2021 Unsung Heroes Reception” will honor frontline, local female employees in the medical, nonprofit and public safety fields that have served the community during the pandemic. Funds raised at the reception will be used to support Altrusa’s community programs including local scholarships.
Those interested in supporting the event can go to www.altrusarichardson.com for more information.
Free Beginning Excel Instruction Sept. 10
Richardson residents ages 16 and up are invited to learn MS Excel 2016 for free Sept. 10 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room.
- How an Excel spreadsheet is set up
- Symbols associated with a cell
- Types of data that can go in a cell
- How to write an equation
- How to solve sample equations
- Simple graphing and creating functions
Registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library Card. Participants may bring their own laptop or use one provided.
Registration/more information: 972-744-4359
Venue Change for Sept. 14 RROB lecture; Tickets Still Available
The Sept. 14 Richardson Reads One Book (RROB) lecture will now be held at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expwy., in the main sanctuary. It was originally scheduled to take place at Richardson High School but had to be moved due to current COVID-19 protocols at RISD facilities. Featured speaker William Kent Krueger, author of the 2020/21 RROB selections, “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace,” will talk about the books beginning at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.
Free tickets are still available at the Richardson Public Library. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available while supplies last. (Check this month’s Richardson Today for a Q&A with Krueger.)
For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.
At the Eisemann Center:
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
At UT Dallas:
- One O’Clock Lab Band Sept. 10
8 p.m. in the Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building. Tickets are $15.UT Dallas hosts the seven-time Grammy-nominated ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas (UNT) Jazz Studies Program. The band’s concerts feature compositions and arrangements from the UNT jazz library written by current and former North Texas students; compositions by Grammy-nominated composers Neil Slater, Steve West and Richard DeRosa (jazz composition faculty); the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson libraries (both housed exclusively at North Texas); and classics from the libraries of Count Basie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Bob Brookmeyer, in addition to the finest contemporary writers in jazz.
More information: One O’Clock Lab Band - Comet Calendar (utdallas.edu)
Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid” at The Core Theatre Sept. 8-25
The Core Theatre will host The Classics Theatre Project’s production of Moliere’s precursor to the modern farce, “The Imaginary Invalid,” Sept. 8-25. Adapted and directed by Joey Folsom, the show features an “all-vaccinated cast” and promises to deliver a dose of classic hilarity thanks to keen wit, madcap schemes and slapstick humor.
Show days and times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with a Wednesday preview show Sept. 8. Tickets are $10 for the preview show and $18 for regular performances.
Tickets/More Information: https://www.artsinrichardson.com/event/molieres-the-imaginary-invalid/
“The Curious Savage” Continues at Richardson Theatre Centre
Richardson Theatre Centre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 113, is presenting “The Curious Savage,” through Sept. 12. In this comedic play by John Patrick, an elderly woman (Mrs. Savage) has been left $10 million dollars by her late husband and wishes to give it all to people pursuing “foolish dreams,” so her stepchildren have her committed to a sanatorium—where she finds her true family.
Show days and times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22.
Richardson Co-hosts Free “Plants for Texas” Virtual Event Sept. 9
Dig into the growing trend to incorporate native plants in landscapes with a free class co-hosted by the City of Richardson and Rooted In, Thursday, Sept. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. online. In “Grow Native: Plants for Texas,” you’ll learn how to grow native wildflowers, trees and shrubs as well as perennials with lush, vibrant colors and textures. The class features a suggested plant list, tips on soil preparation and proper plant installation, and provides guidance for long-term maintenance to keep your native landscape looking its best.
Information/RSVP: Grow Native: Plants For Texas | Rooted In
Fall Typical Time For Increased West Nile Virus Cases
With fall approaching, health professionals are reminding people that cooler temperatures typically bring out more outdoor activities and with that comes more incidents of West Nile virus (WNV) infections.
WNV is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States and is most commonly spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people.
Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.
You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.
Website: Mosquito Control at Home and in the Yard (tamu.edu)
Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,185-4,255)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Heavy Equipment Operator for individuals with experience operating heavy motorized equipment. Depending on department, a Class A or Class B Texas Commercial Drivers License will be required or obtained within 6 months.
Surface Finisher ($2,706-$4,268)
The Public Services Department is looking for an individual with experience in pavement and structural construction. A Texas Commercial Drivers License, Class A, will be required.
Sr. Financial Analyst (Admin) ($4,506-$6,827)
The Finance department is looking for an individual with two years of responsible government experience and/or internal audit experience and skills with computer and finance-related software. A Bachelor’s degree is required in public administration, finance, business, or a related field.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Sometimes a choppy haircut, nail trim and good bath can make even a 16-year-old stinky geezer feel like a whippersnapper again. Marty originally came to the Shelter as a stray. Marty is sweet, loves treats more than life itself, and seems curious about the other dogs at our shelter as we walk through the building.
Schedule an appointment: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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