July 25, 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.
Raytheon Breaks Ground on New Office Complex in CityLine Development
The City Council helped break ground Monday for Raytheon’s new state-of-the-art office complex to be built at the CityLine development. Speakers at the event included Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, City Manager Dan Johnson and U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson.
The defense company will occupy 489,000 square feet in three buildings at the intersection of Wyndham Lane and CityLine Drive and is expected to begin moving into the new space in the fourth quarter of 2015. Raytheon will move about 1,700 employees from its Garland facility to the new campus, which will house the company’s Intelligence, Information and Services division.
Rains Help Lawns, but Drought Persists
Last week’s rains brought welcome relief for yards in Richardson, but they did little to raise declining lake levels and ease the ongoing drought. As of Wednesday, Lake Lavon, Richardson’s main source of water, was down 11.73 feet and at less than half of capacity. Three other reservoirs that serve Richardson, Lake Texoma, Lake Tawakoni and Lake Chapman, were down 5.66, 9.56 and 8.2 feet, respectively.
In response to the drought, the City has implemented Stage 3 water restrictions, which limit outdoor irrigation to every other week. The City altered its irrigation schedule last week to alleviate possible strains on its water distribution system, and this weekend all residents will be allowed to water their lawns during the transition. Residents who live at an even-numbered address will be able to water on Saturday and residents who live at an odd-numbered address may water on Sunday. Watering is prohibited every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and during times of precipitation.
Council Receives Drought Update
On Monday, the City Council received an update on the drought and major projects designed to increase future water supply from Jim Kula, Executive Director of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the City’s water supplier. NTMWD is currently purchasing up to 60 million gallons of water a day from the City of Dallas, and the two entities are discussing the possibility of extending the contract through 2020 to help meet demand.
Short-term plans to increase the NTMWD’s supply include dredging Lavon and Chapman lakes, a new pump station on the Main Stem of the Trinity River and improvements to the desalination plant for water from Lake Texoma. Long-range goals include the creation of three new reservoirs by 2060 and the ability to draw additional water from Lake Texoma.
Learn more about water conservation in Richardson and see a full schedule of outdoor watering days at cor.net/waterconservation. Watch the work session discussion at bit.ly/1nCosWi.
Watch Budget Retreat on CITV, Online
The City Council held an in-depth discussion of the 2014-15 budget at its annual budget retreat last week at the Richardson Woman’s Club. The retreat is available to view on-demand at cor.net, and replays will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 10 on CITV, Time Warner Cable channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.
The City Manager will file the proposed budget for public review by Aug. 8. The City Council is expected to meet on Aug. 4 to set public hearings on the tax rate and budget.
For more information about the 2014-15 Fiscal Year Budget, visit cor.net/budget.
City Accepting Applications for Charter Review Commission
The City is accepting applications for the Charter Review Commission through Sept. 1. The commission will be appointed by the City Council in September and October and is expected to meet twice a month for six to nine months to examine the City Charter and recommend changes, if necessary.
Applicants should be able to commit the required volunteer time for board service as well as show an interest in the specific workings of the commission. Board members must be qualified voters of the City who have been residents of Texas for at least one year and residents of the City for at least six months, hold no elected public office and are not in arrears in taxes or other liability due to the City.
Learn more and download an application here. Watch a City Council work session discussion about the Charter Review Commission at bit.ly/1l9A118.
4th Annual Great Ride Benefits Special Olympics Texas
Motorcycle riders across the DFW Metroplex are invited to rev up their engines for the 4th annual Great Ride, a 90-mile motorcycle tour benefitting Special Olympics Texas, departing from Richardson on Saturday, Aug. 30. An event affiliated with the City of Richardson's annual Corporate Challenge, the Great Ride has grown each year, with several hundred motorcyclists expected to take part this year.
The approximately two-hour-long ride will start and end at Galatyn Plaza, located next to the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the ride starting at 9:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy doughnuts and water in the morning, and lunch provided by In-N-Out Burger, music and other festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the plaza.
Riders are asked to make a minimum $20 donation to participate, while passengers are required to contribute a minimum of $10. Individual riders who are affiliated with a Corporate Challenge team can note this on their registration form, and have their Ride registration fee count toward their company team’s fundraising total. The first 500 Great Ride participants will receive a souvenir neck coolie.
Individuals interested in signing up for the 2014 Great Ride should visit cor.net/greatride or contact Donna Leach at 972-744-4092. To learn more about Richardson’s Corporate Challenge, visit cor.net/cc or contact Kyle McClure at 972-744-4585.
Menopause the Musical Continues at Eisemann Center
“Menopause the Musical” is continuing its run at the Eisemann Center through Aug. 24. The award-winning show is a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “the change.” Tickets cost $41.50 to $46.50. For more information, visit MenopauseTheMusical.com.
The Eisemann Center will also host Afrik Air, the African Muzik Magazine Awards, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $62 to $152. For more information, visit africanmuzikmag.com.
Tickets for all shows may be purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or online at eisemanncenter.com.
Senior Awareness Day Is Aug. 1
The Sixth Annual District 112 Senior Awareness Day (co-sponsored by State Rep. Angie Chen Button and the Garland Senior Activity Center) will be held Friday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St. in Garland.
Senior Awareness Day is put on to educate the seniors of Richardson, Garland, Sachse, Rowlett and Dallas of community resources available to them as well as to provide them with some great entertainment. The event is free and will include exhibitors, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call 972-234-8980 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn About Drip Irrigation at Free Class
Learn how to install drip irrigation tubing from your faucet or how to convert an existing zone to drip at a free class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Building C, 17360 Coit Rd. Drip irrigation for foundation watering will also be discussed.
For more information or to register, call 972-231-5362 or visit dallas.tamu.edu/courses.
Last Week to Donate to Tools 4 School
This is the final week to make a donation to the annual Tools 4 School Project, organized by NETWORK of Community Ministries. The items collected will be given to an estimated 1,000 local students in need from Aug. 5 to 21.
Items needed are:
•24 count CRAYOLA crayons
•Notebook paper (wide-ruled)
•Spiral notebooks (wide-ruled)
•Elmer’s glue (4oz. size)
•Pink bevel erasers
•Thick washable markers
•Plastic pencil box
•Children’s scissors (both blunt & sharp pointed - 5” & 7”)
•7” map pencils (12 count)
•3-ring binders (2” & 3”)
Items may be dropped off at NETWORK, 741 S. Sherman, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 972-234-8880 or visit thenetwork.org.
Mixed Media Workshop, Dinosaur Exhibit Coming to Library
The Richardson Public Library will host two free events this week, beginning with a Turkish Map Fold Mixed Media Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. The program is for adults and ages 13 and older. Register by calling 972-744-4393.
Dinosaur George will bring his traveling dinosaur exhibit to the Library for presentations from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the Basement Program Room. The event is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. A free ticket may be picked up in the Youth Services Department beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Lulu! She was left behind after her owners moved away and has been with us since May. Lulu is a DSH about 3 years old, spayed female, up to date on all vaccinations and microchipped. She's a very happy friendly girl and she's only $15 to adopt.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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