June 6, 2014
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.
City Celebrates Opening of Central Trail
A major transportation and recreation link, the southern Central Trail extension, opened with a ribbon cutting Monday, and plans call for the northern extension to be complete in summer 2015. The new segments mean that the central spine to Richardson’s trail network will run from city limit to city limit, eventually connecting to trails throughout the region.
The $4.5 million southern segment was funded with $1.4 million from the City of Richardson’s 2010 Bond Program, as well as contributions from Dallas County and Regional Tollway Revenue funds. The northern extension will tie into the CityLine development and eventually connect to the Plano trail system. The $1.8 million project is funded through Regional Tollway Revenue and the City’s Tax Increment Finance Zone #2.
Eventually, Central Trail will connect to trails in Dallas, including the Cottonwood Trail and the White Rock Creek Trail. This interconnectivity for both transportation and recreation is a priority for cities including Richardson, as well as Dallas County, Collin County and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
Lake Texoma Back Online, but Water Restrictions Remain
For the first time in about five years, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has begun pumping water from Lake Texoma. The reservoir, which provides 28 percent of the District’s supply, had been unavailable since 2009 because of a zebra mussel infestation, an invasive species.
NTMWD recently finished construction on a 46-mile pipeline and blending facilities that carry water from Lake Texoma without diverting it into any other water sources, thereby stopping the spread of zebra mussels. The salty water from Lake Texoma must be blended with water from other sources to achieve the right quality. Two water treatment plants came online in late May, and two more will be ready sometime this month. The District expects to pump about 75 million gallons of water a day from Lake Texoma once the entire system is operational.
Even though water from Lake Texoma is now available, the City of Richardson will remain in Stage 3 water restrictions throughout the summer because of the ongoing drought. The restrictions limit lawn irrigation to twice per month and prohibit watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. any day.
The schedule below is based on guidelines approved by the NTMWD:
||1st and 3rd Saturday
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
1st and 3rd Sunday
(irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Learn more about the City’s water restrictions and how to save water at cor.net/waterconservation. Report a violation through the MyRichardson mobile app or by calling 972-744-4111.
Council Reviews Feedback from Main Street/Central Community Meeting
The City Council on Monday reviewed feedback received at last month’s community open house on the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment – Rezoning Initiative. More than 100 residents, business owners and property owners from within and around the project study area shared their opinions on building heights, street configurations and other proposed improvements for four sub-districts within the study area.
At the work session, City planners also presented several potential options for parking, medians, turn lanes and amenities in the redevelopment area. Based on Council feedback, they will prepare Main Street cross sections to be presented at a future meeting.
The project team will use feedback from the City Council and community to begin preparing draft zoning regulations for the four sub-districts. They plan to meet with property owners and hold a community-wide meeting in late July to present the preliminary code.
Watch Monday’s work session presentation at bit.ly/1l3sXpQ. Learn more about the project at cor.net/index.aspx?page=1438.
City Begins Planning for Next Budget
The City Council took its first look at likely elements of the 2014-2015 budget at its Monday work session. Budget discussions in the coming months are expected to focus on maintenance strategies, increasing the senior tax exemption from $55,000 to $60,000, creating economic development funding to attract new development, meeting the challenge of providing quality City services to keep up with growth and continuing major reinvestment projects.
The City Council will discuss the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget in depth at its annual budget retreat, scheduled for July 15 and 16. Public hearings are scheduled for Aug. 18 and 25, and the budget is expected to be adopted on Sept. 8. The budget retreat and all City Council work sessions and discussions related to the budget are open to the public. In addition, the meetings will be broadcast live on CITV (Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse) and on cor.net.
Watch the work session discussion at bit.ly/1jP9y7q.
City Seeking Input on Public Art Master Plan at Workshop
The City of Richardson is seeking community input to help develop a Public Art Master Plan at the “Imagine Art Here!” workshop from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Huffhines Recreation Center. Participants will learn about public art in Richardson and other communities and help establish a vision for public art in the city. Dinner will be provided.
Space is limited. RSVP by e-mailing Kimberly Sheldon at Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Monday. Learn more about the Public Art Master Plan at cor.net/CAMP.
CityLine Construction to Close Lanes of Plano Road
Aesthetic improvements to street intersections as part of CityLine construction will require crews to close lanes in each direction of Plano Road between Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike. Weather permitting, two lanes will be closed in each direction between 7 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
The construction is to add decorative paving at intersections of Plano Road with newly built streets within CityLine. The first phase of the mixed-use development will begin opening later this year, with completion scheduled for 2015. It includes four office buildings that will house State Farm Insurance, as well as a corporate campus to be built for Raytheon. CityLine will include a mix of office space; hotels; residential; grocery, restaurant, entertainment and retail space; and parks and trails.
June Edition of Richardson Today Mailed
The June edition of Richardson Today has been mailed. It focuses on the Eisemann Center and includes stories on the shows in the 2014-2015 Eisemann Center Presents season, water restrictions and the opening of the Central Trail extension.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is also accessible at cor.net/richardsontoday. Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.
Friends of the Library Presents Scholarship to RHS Graduate
The Friends of the Richardson Library this week presented a $2,000 scholarship to Christine Kim, who will soon graduate from Richardson High School. She plans to attend Baylor University in the fall.
The Dorothy E. “Dot” McCalpin Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of McCalpin, who passed away in 2011. It is awarded to a college-bound teenager who has served as a volunteer at the Library.
McCalpin was well known in the Richardson community as a professional photographer and a longtime volunteer who led numerous civic organizations including the Friends of the Richardson Library. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and her 80th birthday, Dec. 20, 2004, was proclaimed by the Mayor as “Dot McCalpin Day” in Richardson.
Summer Campers Invited to Meet the Counselors
Children participating in the City’s Summer Camp Program are invited to "Meet the Counselors" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd. The informal event will provide an opportunity for parents and campers to get to know the staff members before camp begins. Attendees are encouraged to come and go at any time during the event.
Summer camps begin June 16. The City offers a Kinder Camp for children age 5 and 6, a Playground Camp and Elementary Camp for ages 7 to 11, and a Teen Camp for ages 12 to 15. All camps have weekly themes, and the Playground, Elementary and Teen camps include field trips. Weekly rates range from $85 to $130.
For more information about summer camps, visit cor.net/CORCAMPS. Register for camps at cor.net/parksonline.
Dance Groups to Perform at Eisemann Center
Several dance groups will perform at the Eisemann Center this week. Dance Industry Performing Arts Center will present “Soul de Ballet” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and “Just One Night” at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $5 to $15.
KJ Dance will perform “Spoonful of Sugar” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tickets cost $7 to $25. For more information, visit kjdance.com.
Royale Ballet Dance Academy will present a Senior Showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $20. Learn more at royaleballet.com.
Tuzer Dance School will perform “Rodeo Lights” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. For more information, visit tuzerdance.com.
Tickets for all shows are available at eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650.
Richardson Community Band to Perform Free Concert This Weekend
The Richardson Community Band will present “Just for Fun” at a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Selections include “Pie in the Face Polka,” “The Wrong Note Rag” and “The Toy Parade.”
Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and to enjoy an evening of music. Learn more and see a full schedule of free summer concerts at richardsoncommunityband.org.
At the Library
The Richardson Public Library will kick off its summer reading program with a show by Spy Magician James Ward from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Youth Services Department. Attendees will help decipher secret codes and study clues in this interactive program. Learn more by calling 972-744-4358.
The Explorers Club for Richardson residents in third through fifth grade will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday to learn about Raptors of Texas. The presentation will include live hawks, owls and falcons. Registration is required by calling 972-744-4358 or in person at the Youth Services Department. Additional programs are Thursdays through July 25 with no meeting on July 3.
The Library’s Summer Storytimes begin on Monday. The eight-week programs are available for children age 12 to 36 months, 3 to 6 years old and students entering first and second grade. Learn more and see a complete schedule at cor.net/library. Registration is required. Call 972-744-4358.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Sammy! He is a big lovable guy, 22 pounds to be exact! He is a neutered male, about 5 years old with his basic vaccinations. He does well with older children and cats. His favorite things to do: sleep, eat and cuddle. Maybe not in that particular order, but we know he would make a great snuggle buddy.
June is Adopt-a-Cat Month! Visit bit.ly/1i62G6a for more information.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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