Aug. 22, 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.
Recent Rains Do Little to Improve Local Reservoirs
The North Texas Municipal Water District put out word this week that runoff from recent rains has done little to raise the level of the reservoirs it pulls water from.
All reservoirs used by the NTMWD for water supply remain below normal levels: Lavon Lake is more than 11 feet down; Lakes Jim Chapman and Tawakoni are both down more than 9 feet; and Lake Texoma is more than 5 feet low. With Stage 3 water management strategies in place, conservation remains prevalent until the drought ends and reservoirs return to full elevations.
The City of Richardson altered its irrigation schedule last month. The change allows for an every other week watering schedule instead of two times per month. The change will help to alleviate possible strains on the City’s water distribution system during peak demand periods.
To view the water schedule, visit cor.net/waterconservation.
Public Hearing on Proposed Budget Scheduled for Monday
The second of two public hearings on the 2014-2015 budget is scheduled for Monday.
The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. during the City Council regular meeting, taking place at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
The theme of this year’s budget is Sustaining Excellence in Richardson’s “Era of Next,” and it emphasizes a commitment to sustain and enhance Richardson’s excellent service levels in the future. It is supported by a proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, unchanged from the current rate.
All budget meetings are open to the public. In addition, the meetings are broadcast live on CITV (Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse) and on the City website, cor.net. They can also be viewed on-demand online. All budget documents are available online at cor.net/budget.
The Council held a public hearing Aug. 18, which can be viewed at bit.ly/1pbyfCy. View the Aug. 11 budget presentation at bit.ly/VjcDaV and bit.ly/1Bc7oeh.
The Council is expected to vote on the budget at its Monday, Sept. 8 meeting. The budget will go into effect Oct. 1, the first day of the City’s fiscal year.
Parks and Recreation Expo Set for Tomorrow at Heights
The City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department will hold an open house to highlight fall recreation programs tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. at Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd. The event is free and open to the public.
Representatives from Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, as well as the Senior Center and Gymnastics Center, will be on hand to provide information regarding their classes and programs. Classes include everything from arts and technology to martial arts and drama, for both children and adults.
For information or to sign up for classes or programs through the City of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department, visit cor.net/parksonline.
Record Number of Dogs Take Part in Annual Event
A record 379 dogs and their owners took part in the annual Dog Splash Day on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Terrace Pool. Three hundred dogs participated last year.
The event served as a fundraiser for Richardson AnimaLuv, a nonprofit that raises funds for the City of Richardson Animal Shelter. More than $2,100 was raised.
38 Pets Adopted on Empty the Shelter Day
The Richardson Animal Shelter noticed record turnout this past weekend when 38 animals (22 dogs, 16 cats) were adopted as part of Empty the Shelter Day.
Empty the Shelter brought together shelters in 32 North Texas cities in an effort to encourage pet adoptions by waiving adoption fees. More than 2,200 pets were adopted in DFW as part of the event.
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.
All applicants are asked to confirm online submissions with the City Secretary’s Office by calling 972-744-4292.
Heights Family Aquatic Center to Close After Labor Day
The Heights Family Aquatic Center will close for the season after Labor Day. The center will be open noon-9 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and noon-9 p.m. Aug. 30-31. On Labor Day, the facility will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Heights Family Aquatic Center is located at 709 W. Arapaho Rd., adjacent to Heights Recreation Center.
Students Return to School Monday
Richardson traffic workers finished up preparations this week for the first day of school by testing the 81 flashing lights in 29 school zones. Every year, City workers make sure these lights are working properly so that drivers will have a visible reminder to slow down when children are arriving to class or leaving for the day.
During the summer, the City also installed an upgraded control system for the flashing lights, which means that City staff can remotely monitor flashers to ensure they are working correctly. This will provide an even greater level of safety for students and drivers.
Drivers also need to remember they can promote a safe environment by obeying the speed limits and following the ban on handheld devices in active school zones.
City Partners with Air North Texas
With temperatures expected to continue to hover around 100 degrees throughout next week, residents who are sensitive to ozone should be sure to monitor the daily air quality.
The City of Richardson is an official partner of Air North Texas campaign, a regional partnership that promotes a consistent air quality message across the region. Go to airnorthtexas.org to sign up for e-mail notifications about air quality and more information.
PGBT Lanes Closed Sunday
All eastbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike will be closed from east of Custer Road to U.S.75 Sunday from 6-10 a.m.
- Eastbound PGBT motorists can take the northbound U.S. 75 ramp, exit at 15th Street and make a U-turn to access eastbound PGBT,
The closure is needed for law enforcement to conduct an accident investigation. Message boards will be placed along the roadway to alert motorists of the closure.
- Eastbound PGBT motorists can take the southbound U.S. 75 ramp, exit at Galatyn Parkway and make a U-turn to access eastbound PGBT.
All closures are subject to weather conditions and will be postponed, if necessary.
See “Menopause the Musical” at Eisemann Center
“Menopause the Musical” is extending its run at the Eisemann Center through Sept. 13. 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 and may be purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or visiting eisemanncenter.com. For more information, visit menopausethemusical.com.
Rich-Tone Chorus Coming to the Eisemann Center
Five-time international champion chorus, The Rich-Tone Chorus, is coming to the Eisemann Center at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
The Rich-Tone Chorus is a dynamic chorus made of up more than 100 hard-working, fun-loving women who entertain, educate and enrich lives through musical excellence while advancing the unique American art form or barbershop harmony.
Tickets cost $15 to $35 and may be purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or visiting eisemanncenter.com. For more information, visit richtones.org.
Free Event at the Library This Week
A Lunchtime Lectures series on “Team of Rivals” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch as they listen to a presentation from Richard Cudlipp from Collin College’s Seniors Active in Learning Program. Registration is not required. The series will wrap up Sept. 2.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Hello, I'm August! I love people, especially ones that play fetch with me and give me lots of belly rubs! I love to play ball and go for long walks. I am also learning basic commands. The nice people at the Richardson Animal Shelter found me and brought me to the Shelter where they gave me all my shots, had me neutered and made me feel safe and loved. They think I'm about 3 years old, pit bull mix. Now I am looking for my forever home where I can play, snuggle and give lots of slobbery kisses.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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