Sept. 13, 2013
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.
Council Approves 2013-2014 Budget
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The new budget represents an increase of $4.4 million or 2.2 percent from the 2012-2013 estimated expenditures of $202,973,764.
Aggregate funding for infrastructure maintenance is increased by 76 percent in the approved budget. The specific allocation for road improvements funded from the dedicated property tax allocation has been increased from 1 penny of the tax rate to 1.75 pennies.
Key highlights of the 2013-2014 Budget include:
- Certified Tax Roll Increase of 6.2% - maintain current tax rate of $0.63516
- Sustained Senior Exemption of $55,000
- 1% of Tax Roll equals $667,000 impact
- 1 penny equals $1,000,000
- No change in tax rate
- An increase in the funds dedicated to street maintenance by 83%
- An overall increase in key maintenance activities of 76%
- 10.9% rate adjustment in Water and Sewer
- No rate adjustment in Solid Waste or Golf
- Sales Tax forecast 3.5% over estimated “base to base” year-end 2012-2013 collections
- General Fund Expenditures Increase 2%
- Non Personal Services Increase 3%
- Up to 5% Step Increases - for the 52% of employees eligible and who merit the increase
- 3% merit based Increase for those employees at the top of their pay range
- Funding of $2.9 million of 4-year debt financing for general equipment, vehicles and projects
View the budget at cor.net/budget.
Council Hears Update on Status of 2010 Bond Program Projects
Nearly 87 percent of bond funds allocated for all projects included in the $66 million 2010 Bond Program are for projects either complete, under construction or out to bid, and the program is on pace with the implementation plan developed in June 2010. The City Council heard an update on the status of 2010 Bond Program projects during a work session on Monday.
All of the projects in Proposition 3 will be complete in October when the Fire Training Center opens and the Library’s new Material Handling System goes online. Other Municipal Public Buildings projects that are already finished include the canine visitation area at the Richardson Animal Shelter and the Fire Station No. 4 reconstruction.
Several major Street Improvement, Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Vitality projects are complete, including Melrose Drive, Dumont Drive, the Gymnastics Center, Heights Recreation Center, Heights Family Aquatic Center, Durham Park and sidewalk replacement in several areas of Richardson.
Projects currently under construction include several street and alley improvements, the Galatyn overpass extension, Floyd Branch drainage improvements, the Central Trail and Cottonwood Heights bridge improvements.
Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/17W48RQ.
Council Discusses Maintenance Plan
The City Council on Monday discussed the implementation of the City’s new infrastructure maintenance strategy, a plan approved as part of the 2013-2014 budget. The new budget includes a 75 percent increase in funding for maintenance of streets, screening walls, bridge railings, traffic signs, poles and markings.
The maintenance plan includes $1.6 million for pavement repair on Arapaho, Floyd, Buckingham and Apollo roads, as well as asphalt patch replacement in several neighborhoods. Nine bridge rails throughout the City will be redesigned and updated. Next month the City will begin washing and painting screening walls and entry signs.
By Summer of 2014, 450 overhead street name signs are expected to be installed on all major arterials. The City is also replacing all neighborhood small street name signs that are more than 10 years old, in two of the 12 traffic zones.
All projects are expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2014. Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations will be notified prior to work beginning in their area. Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/15Puk0H.
Council Approves Resolution for Work on New Trails
The City Council on Monday approved a resolution that advances the development of a trail system near the future State Farm campus and surrounding area. The resolution authorizes BCS West Land Investments to design and construct the trail along Routh Creek Parkway from Renner Road to the nearby DART rail station.
The City has obtained a Regional Toll Revenue grant to fund approximately 80 percent of the trail. Once complete, the trail will tie in to the City’s Central Trail, which will eventually run from north to south across the entire City.
Council Awards Bid for Sidewalk Replacement
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of $1.2 million to Estrada Concrete Co. to replace failed residential sidewalks and install barrier free curb ramps in an area between Campbell Road to the north, Belt Line Road to the south, Plano Road to the west and Jupiter Road to the east. Construction is expected to begin in October and be complete by April 2014.
The project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program, and once it is complete 10 of the 11 sidewalk repair project areas funded through the bond will be complete. The last area is also scheduled to be complete in 2014. Stay up-to-date on the status of 2010 Bond Program Projects through the City’s Bond Tracker at maps.cor.gov:8081/BondTracker2/.
Cottonwood Art Festival Featured Artist Announced
Painter Ron Roland has been selected as the featured artist for the Cottonwood Art Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6 in Cottonwood Park. The Florida artist describes his work as contemporary landscapes in acrylic impasto style on birch panels.
Roland’s art career includes designing posters for rock concerts and layouts for the Sears catalog. He ran a graphics business for 15 years and has won numerous awards. Learn more about the artist at ronrolandart.com.
This year marks the 44th year for the City of Richardson's Cottonwood Art Festival. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the event.
Cottonwood Park is at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road. Parking and admission are free. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children’s events require a fee. For more information, visit cottonwoodartfestival.com.
Street, Lane Closures Planned for 5K Race Sunday
The Corporate Challenge 5K Race this weekend will result in the closure of several roads and traffic lanes from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday. See the map below for road and traffic lane closures.
Traffic may be affected on nearby roads as vehicles are detoured away from the race.
City to Conduct Ground Spraying for Mosquitos
The Richardson Health Department plans to ground spray a single area tonight and tomorrow night, weather permitting, in order to help prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. The decision to spray comes after City Health Department workers were notified that traps located within the subject spraying location returned mosquitoes that tested positive for carrying the disease.
The spray area is from West Campbell Road south to West Arapaho Road and from Coit Road east to Cottonwood Creek. The spraying is scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Richardson began its West Nile virus monitoring program in April, which is the earliest it has ever begun testing for signs of the virus. The Richardson City Council approved increased surveillance this year due to the heightened incidence of West Nile virus cases experienced in the Metroplex in 2012.
For more information on Richardson's mosquito abatement program please visit cor.net/mosquito.
First Presbyterian Church Joins Community Garden Partnership
The City Council on Monday approved a request from First Presbyterian Church to become a part of the Community Gardens Partnership Program. Approved partners receive a 95 percent discount on water for the garden and must donate at least 25 percent of food grown in the garden to those in charitable need.
First Presbyterian Church is planning to build eight individual garden plots on its property at 271 N. Walton St. The church will join Greenwood Hills Fellowship, Project Eden and Woodcreek Church as official members of the partnership program. Learn more about the program at bit.ly/1e0tqqf.
Clint Black to Perform at Eisemann Center
Country music legend Clint Black will bring his 2013 Acoustic Tour to Richardson as part of the Eisemann Center Presents series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Black has long been a fixture in the country music community with international and cross-genre notoriety as a songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He has written, recorded, and released more than 100 songs, with an astounding one-third of his songs reaching hit status on country radio.
Tickets range from $45-$65 and are available for purchase online at eisemanncenter.com or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. Group discounts are available for 10 or more persons.
Spectacular Senior Follies Continue at Eisemann Center
Spectacular Senior Follies will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The variety show will include music, dancing and much more.
Tickets cost $15 to $50 and are available by calling 972-744-4650 or online at eisemanncenter.com.
Revitalization Award Nominations Due Sept. 20
The City will accept nominations for 2013 Community Revitalization Awards through Friday, Sept. 20. The awards recognize owners who have made significant improvements to their residential or non-residential properties.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner. They must include the property address, a description of the site improvements, contact information for the person making the nomination and contact information for the property owner if available. Before and after photos are helpful but not required.
For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Israel Roberts at 972-744-4256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the program at bit.ly/18V7Igj.
Urban Conservation Classes Offered at AgriLife Center
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center will offer three classes next week to help residents learn how to conserve natural resources.
A free class on Lawn Care Maintenance will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Later that day, the center will offer a free class on Landscape Basics from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn how to “Make a Rain Barrel” at a class offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Fee for the class is $50.
All classes are at 17360 Coit Rd. Registration is required by visiting dallas.tamu.edu.
Richardson Woman's Club to Host Open House
The Richardson Woman’s Club will hold a Special Events & Bridal Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees are invited to visit the Woman’s Club facilities at 2005 North Cliffe Dr., meet with service providers and enjoy samples. Vendors at the event will include caterers, florists and more.
RSVP by calling 972-414-1771 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, visit richardsonwomansclub.com.
CFAAA Fundraiser Sept. 21
The Richardson Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association (CFAAA) will host an Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Applebee’s, 1610 E. Belt Line Rd. CFAAA members will serve breakfast, and the cost is $8 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any CFAAA member or at the Richardson Fire Department Administrative Office at 136 N. Greenville Ave.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Richardson Fire Department Casualty Emergency Relief Fund.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Co Co! She is an 8-month-old pit bull mix. She's a friendly, playful, inside dog that is housebroken and has had all her shots.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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