Aug. 10, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.
Public Hearings Set for 2012-2013 Budget, Tax Rate
The City Council on Monday set dates for public hearings on the proposed tax rate and proposed 2012-2013 Budget. The hearings will take place Monday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 27.
City Manager Dan Johnson presented the proposed Budget at Monday’s work session and special called meeting. The Budget is supported by a proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, unchanged from the 2011-2012 rate.
All budget meetings are open to the public. In addition, as part of the City Council’s Transparency Initiative goals, the meetings are also broadcast live on CITV (Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse) and on the City website, www.cor.net. They can also be viewed at any time online. All budget documents are available online as well.
Click the links below to watch Monday’s City Council discussion and votes:
City Council Approves Resolution Supporting Transportation Projects
Two Richardson projects are included on a Collin County construction priority list reviewed this week by the City Council. At its work session and special called meeting Monday, the City Council approved a resolution in support of Collin County’s priority list of projects to be funded with revenue from the Sam Rayburn Tollway (State Highway 121) and State Highway 161 toll road development agreements.
Included on the list is the Infocom Drive and Routh Creek Parkway extensions near the planned Bush Turnpike Station transit-oriented development, which is ranked third. Approximately $9.5 million in toll revenue funding would be matched with nearly $2.4 million in local funding, to be contributed by developers.
The recommended projects will now be reviewed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Surface Transportation Technical Committee and then by the Regional Transportation Council before funding is approved.
Click the link below to watch Monday’s presentation to the City Council:
Positive West Nile Virus Tests Result in Mosquito Spraying This Week
The Richardson Health Department sprayed in two areas of the city this week due to a positive finding of West Nile virus in a mosquito monitoring station and a confirmed human case of the West Nile virus.
The spraying events occurred in the southeastern and northwestern areas of the City.
This summer’s West Nile virus season is one of the worst outbreaks of the disease since it first appeared in the United States, and the Metroplex has had one of the greatest concentrations in the country of human cases of the potentially deadly disease. So far six people in Richardson have been confirmed to have contracted the disease, and fortunately none of those cases has been fatal.
This is the peak of the mosquito biting season for our area, and numbers of positive tests in mosquito pools and people should go down in the coming months. To combat neighborhood mosquito populations and decrease the chance for residents to contract West Nile virus, the Richardson Health Department follows a comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. In addition to spraying, other activities include: continuous monitoring of mosquito test pool results, using larvicide along creeks to prevent mosquito eggs from developing into adults, and public education efforts. All areas of the City are continuously monitored, and further sprayings will be scheduled based on mosquito surveillance used to monitor the spread of the West Nile virus.
Richardson schedules spraying events during overnight hours to limit exposure to people who may wish to avoid contact with the pesticide used to control mosquito populations. Spraying events begin at 10 p.m. with the goal of ending by 3 a.m., though they may run until 4:30 a.m. depending upon the size of the spray area. In order to minimize human exposure, the Health Department typically does not schedule spraying events on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
The City utilizes an ultra-low volume fogger that disperses pesticide following Centers for Disease Control and Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, which is effective at impacting mosquito populations and is sensitive to the environment.
The Richardson Health Department schedules mosquito sprayings based on positive findings of West Nile virus in mosquito traps placed around the City (see map below) or if a human case is confirmed. Once located, the area around the positive finding is targeted for spraying in an attempt to help limit the spread of the disease.
Spraying is one measure utilized to help limit exposure, but citizens should also remain vigilant in protecting themselves when going outside.
To protect from mosquito bites, people are asked to follow the Four D’s of protection:
- DRAIN standing water around the home,
- Use insect repellent containing DEET,
- Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
- And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure.
|The above map shows mosquito trap locations in the city.
Ramps from Bush Turnpike to U.S. 75 to be Closed This Weekend
Several ramps from Bush Turnpike to northbound U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) will close this weekend as the Texas Department of Transportation begins a pavement repair project.
Eastbound and westbound exits from Bush Turnpike to northbound U.S. 75 and the right main lane of U.S. 75 between Bush Turnpike and Plano Parkway will be closed at the following times, weather permitting:
- 10 p.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday
- 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday
The project is the beginning of a $670,000 project to repair and repave locations on and adjacent to U.S. 75 and other highways in Collin County.
Walls at New Gymnastics Center Put Into Place
Construction of the new Richardson Gymnastics Center hit a major milestone Monday, as its exterior concrete walls were erected. The next step is to begin installation of the facility’s structural steel and roofing, which will allow work inside to move forward without interruptions from inclement weather.
The new Gymnastics Center will open early next year. The City broke ground for the new facility, as well as the new Heights Recreation Center and Family Aquatics Center, in May. All three projects are part of the 2010 Bond Program.
Click the link below to track the progress of all 2010 Bond Program projects:
Library to be Closed Friday, Aug. 17
Due to a staff development day, the Richardson Library will be closed Friday, Aug. 17. The Library will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
Richardson Community Band to Conclude Summer Concert Series Sunday
The Richardson Community Band will conclude its series of free summer concerts this weekend by featuring some of the band’s favorites. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of music, which will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Chamber of Commerce to Honor New Teachers at Breakfast and Luncheon
Teachers new to the Richardson Independent School District will be welcomed and honored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Friday, Aug. 17.
New elementary level teachers will be honored at a breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m., while new junior high and high school teachers will attend a luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Both events will be at the Hyatt Regency North Dallas-Richardson.
Prices are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. The featured speaker for both events is Mary Ann Rankin, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative.
For more information or to donate a door prize for the new teachers, call 972-792-2800.
Click the link below for information about the New Teachers Breakfast:
Click the link below for information about the New Teachers Luncheon:
Richardson Adult Literacy Center to Train ESL Tutors
A training workshop will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. for ESL tutors. The class, presented by the Richardson Adult Literacy Center, is designed to train volunteer tutors who can then help others learn to speak English.
To register for the workshop, contact the RALC office at 972-644-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dogs are Invited to Swim at Annual Dog Splash Day on Aug. 18
The annual Dog Splash Day will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Terrace Pool, 300 N. Lois Lane.
Admission is $5 per dog. No pre-registration is required, and dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to enter. The event is sponsored by Richardson AnimaLuv, which supports the Richardson Animal Shelter.
Corporate Challenge Begins with Opening Ceremonies Aug. 17
The 15th annual Richardson Corporate Challenge, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will have record-breaking participation as the City’s 10-week, Olympic-style corporate competition kicks off with the opening ceremony next week.
A total of 55 DFW-area companies have committed to taking part in 24 athletic and non-athletic events. More than 10,000 employees from companies including General Electric, Southwest Airlines and Fossil are expected to participate and to help raise funds in support of Special Olympics Texas and its local affiliate, the Richardson Roadrunners – the event’s beneficiary since its inception. Corporate Challenge is the only corporate competition of its kind in Texas.
The City of Richardson and participating companies have raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics Texas and the organization’s local affiliate over the last 14 years, including an impressive $172,000 raised during last year’s games.
The opening ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at Richardson’s Galatyn Plaza. In addition to tailgate parties organized by the corporate teams, the event will feature a ceremonial torch-lighting, a parade of athletes from Special Olympics Texas, participation by the Richardson Firefighter and Police Department Honor Guards, great music and a one-mile “Great Walk” challenge sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center.
The Corporate Challenge includes competitions in events ranging from athletic sports such as softball, basketball and flag football, to darts, billiards and miniature golf. The Challenge wraps up with a closing ceremony and an announcement of winners on Friday, Oct. 19. A full schedule of events may be found online at www.cor.net/cc, and event updates will be posted on the Corporate Challenge Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/QMjNBj.
Rain Barrel Workshop to Take Place Tuesday
The Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center will host a rain barrel workshop 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14., at the Center, 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas.
Extension Program Specialist Dotty Woodson will teach participants how to build a rain barrel and will discuss installing an efficient irrigation system. Participants will construct a 55-gallon rain barrel in the class. The cost is $50 for each barrel.
Click the link below to register for the class:
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Max! He is a six-year-old shepherd/lab mix. He is housebroken, up to date on all vaccinations, good on a leash and very friendly. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Max or other animals available for adoption.
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