What’s Inside Published by the City of Richardson www.cor.net November 2011, Vol. 24, No. 2 Stage 3 water restrictions in effect Nov. 1 Conservation measures will allow only twice per month watering until further notice The City of Richardson will implement Stage 3 water conservation measures Nov. 1. The implementation of Stage 3 comes at the request of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) which is facing critical shortages in its water supply. The City of Richardson has developed the following plan based on the guidelines requested by the NTMWD (see table below). Additional restrictions • Existing swimming pools, Jacuzzis and spas may be replenished to maintain operational levels only. Last digit of address 2, 4, 6, 8, 0 (even) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd) • No washing or rinsing of owner’s buildings, vehicles, boats, trailers, other mobile vehicles and equipment on owner’s premises is allowed without the use of an automatic shutoff valve. • Variances are available for watering of existing newly installed landscaping until vegetative roots are established. Any variance approved for watering new landscaping will expire 30 days after becoming effective. • The washing or hosing down of sidewalks, driveways, patios porches, parking areas or other paved surfaces is prohibited. Allowed landscape watering days WHAT’S INSIDE Adaptive Events 2 Special Events 2-3 Preschool 4 Children/Youth Martial Arts Adult Adaptive 5-6 7 7-8 Santa’s Village lighting ceremony, Dec. 2010. 8 FACILITY INFORMATION REGISTRATION Gymnastics 10 Register online! www.cor.net/parksonline or, call Huffhines Rec Center: 972-744-7881 81 or, call Heights Rec Center: 972-744-7850 Parks and Recreation Administrative Office 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Room 208 972-744-4300 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Heights Recreation Center 711 W. Arapaho Rd. 972-744-7850 Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Huffhines Recreation Center 200 N. Plano Rd. 972-744-7881 Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-6 p.m. Aquatics 11 Athletics 11 Tennis 11 Golf 11 Maps/Information 12 INCLUSION POLICY The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department encourages people with special needs to participate in a wide variety of quality recreational opportunities. It is our goal that people achieve a positive, independent, leisure lifestyle. Just follow these easy steps: 1. Look through this publication for recreational opportunities. You are invited to enroll in any of our classes and activities. In addition, be sure to check out the adaptive recreation classes that have been designed, at your request, for your special interests. 2. Follow registration procedures listed above. 3. If you require special assistance to participate in any classes or activities, call 972-744-7881 or 972-7447850. 4. Volunteers are needed to work with individuals who require special assistance. Special skills are needed but not required. For information, please contact 972-744-7850. Richardson hardson Gymnastics Center mnastics 711 W. Arapaho Rd. 972-744-7860 Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Richardson Senior Center 820 W. Arapaho Rd. 972-744-7800 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon., Tue., Thurs. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed. and Fri. 1-5 p.m., Sat. Tennis Center 1601 Syracuse 972-744-7870 8 a.m.-10 p.m., every day Community Events 2100 E. Campbell Rd. Ste. 100 972-744-4580 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Athletics and Aquatics 200 N. Plano Rd. 972-744-7892 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Convention and Visitors Bureau 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Suite 105 972-744-4034 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Civic Center Leasing Office 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Suite 102 972-744-4090 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sherrill Park Golf Course 2001 E. Lookout Dr. 972-234-1416 Open every day but Christmas Winter 2012 Guide 1 Winter Rec Guide inside Watering Schedule for Lawn Sprinklers Effective Nov. 1 First and third Saturdays of the month First and third Sundays of the month • Excessive water runoff from any landscaped area onto any impervious surfaces is prohibited. • The new construction water line flushing and routine fire hydrant flushing is prohibited without specific approval from the director of public services. • No outdoor watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or during any period of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, etc.) Exemptions The following water usage is exempt from Stage 3 restrictions: • Use of drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses to protect foundations is allowed, except between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Recommended maximum two hours when needed.) • Hand watering of ornamental flower beds and other ornamental landscaping is allowed with use of a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle; hand watering of lawns is prohibited. • Ornamental fountains using water from springs, ponds or wells, which do not draw their water from a municipal water supply. • Commercial full-service or self-service car wash facilities, including those at service stations and automobile dealership facilities, except hourly restrictions may apply. • Activities utilizing wastewater effluent, natural water springs, ponds or deep water wells. Enforcement The City’s Community Services Department has inspectors on duty 18 hours a day, seven days a week to enforce watering restrictions. Anyone who receives a citation will not be required to appear . . . continued on page 3 For a complete list of Stage 3 watering restrictions and possible fines, visit www.cor.net or use your smartphone to scan this QR-code. Friends of Library makes dedication Page 4 The Friends of the Richardson Public Library officially dedicated the Friends Reading Garden and sculpture and is celebrating 25 years of service to the Library. Drainage utility system public hearings and vote are Nov. 28 Environmental management is a key element in the Richardson City Council’s 2011-2013 Statement of Goals, and included among the specific action items is the desire to “maintain the drainage system throughout the City where it is necessary to preserve the integrity of the system; minimize erosion and protect property from the threat of flooding; and evaluate available funding opportunities for drainage rehabilitation and enhancement projects.” During this year’s budget process, the Council received briefings from City staff and had numerous discussions concerning the inclusion of a mid-year implementation of a storm water/drainage utility system. The Council chose to include it in the 20112012 budget. Public hearings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at City Hall after which the Council will vote on the adoption of an ordinance to establish a drainage utility system and a resolution establishing a schedule of charges for services. If the resolution is approved, charges will take effect in February 2012. The new fee will average $3.75 per month for households. The Texas Legislature authorized cities to establish drainage utilities in 1987 and Richardson is one of only two of the 13 large cities in the Metroplex that has not established a drainage utility system. The average residential rate charged by the 11 cities that have a drainage utility system is $3.82 per month. The City’s storm water drainage system includes nearly 300 miles of drainage pipes over 44 miles of creeks throughout 12 drainage basins. Establishing the drainage . . . continued on page 3 City is taking measures to help conserve water During the period of Stage 3 water restrictions, which are in effect as of Nov. 1, all must do their part to help conserve water resources. While the City of Richardson is taking steps to reduce water usage as much as possible, because of health and safety needs and to secure structures and foundations, the City must water some facilities outside the publicly mandated water restriction times. Due to safety concerns, the Parks Department must water athletic fields to limit cracks in the playing surfaces and playground areas must also be watered to maintain the structural integrity of the equipment. “We will continuously monitor our athletic fields and playgrounds to make sure they provide a safe environment,” City of Richardson Superintendent of Parks Dan Baker said. “And we must also maintain the foundations of fire stations, city hall, the library, tennis courts, park pavilions, park restroom buildings and our other public structures.” According to Baker, watering will be done on an as-needed basis whenever possible but because of the amount of acreage, some of the watering must be scheduled outside the publicly mandated restriction times. “We have more than 1,000 acres of irrigated zones in the City and 500 locations with control boxes,” Baker said. “It is not possible for us to manually turn the water on and off at every location . . . continued on page 3 National Emergency Alert System test Nov. 9 Page 8 The National Emergency Alert System test will be broadcast Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Erosion protection The Huffhines Softball Complex fields may require watering outside the publicly mandated water restriction times in order to protect the safety of the players.