Aug. 2, 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.
City Council to Discuss Proposed Budget on Monday
On Monday, Aug. 5, City Manager Dan Johnson will present the proposed 2013-2014 budget during the City Council’s regularly scheduled work session meeting.
The City Council on Monday will also set dates for public hearings on the budget and proposed tax rate. Hearing dates are recommended to be Aug. 19 and 26, with budget adoption anticipated for Monday, Sept. 9.
The proposed property tax rate for the support of the 2013-2014 General Fund expenditures is submitted at a rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, reflecting no change from the 2012-2013 tax rate.
The budget presentation and the public hearings will be available for viewing on the City’s CITV cable channel or live on-demand through the City’s website. CITV is available for Time Warner Cable customers on channel 16 or for ATT U-Verse customers on channel 99. The City Council budget retreat held last month will be replayed on the CITV cable channels for the final times at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will continue to be available online.
City Council work session meetings begin at 6 p.m. The Council’s regular meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. The proposed budget is available online at cor.net/budget.
Mosquito Ground Spraying Scheduled for Tonight and Saturday
The Richardson Health Department plans to ground spray a single area (schedule and map provided below) beginning this evening, 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 a trap located within the subject spraying location returned mosquitos that tested positive for the disease.
Weather permitting, spraying will occur according to the following schedule:
Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3*
- Arapaho Road south to Buckingham Road; Bowser Road east to Jupiter Road.
*As part of plans to increase the response to incidents of finding the West Nile virus in people and mosquito traps, targeted neighborhoods are sprayed twice.
**Spraying events begin at 9 p.m. and will end by 4 a.m.
Earlier this week, the Dallas County Health Department reported a Richardson resident living in an area near US 75 and Arapaho Rd. was suffering from a mild version of the disease. Mosquito traps were set around the area and tested negative for mosquitos carrying the virus.
The Richardson Health Department reports it can take up to several weeks for symptoms to appear once someone is infected with the West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. Whenever a person is confirmed to be suffering from the illness the Health Department immediately traps mosquitos around the victim’s home and tests them. Through a new contract, the City’s Health Department is able to get test results within a day.
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.
Council Discusses Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Opening Activities
The City Council heard an update on Monday on the grand opening events planned for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as well as a recap of special events hosted by the theater throughout the past several months as it was under construction. Alamo is set to open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in the Heights Shopping Center.
Plans call for the theater to offer $2 movies and all food for half price prior to the official opening. Visit the Alamo website, drafthouse.com/dfw, for details. The City Council will join Alamo Drafthouse Cinema officials for a ribbon cutting at the new building at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. First-run films will begin Friday night, and food will be sold at a 25 percent discount through Aug. 15.
Richardson used an economic incentive package to lure the development so it could serve as a catalyst for the Heights Shopping Center, attracting other retail to Richardson. The shopping center was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s and has been a focus of revitalization efforts by the City and property owners.
Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/19vm4ZR. Learn more about Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at drafthouse.com/dfw/richardson.
International Delegation Visits Richardson
On Tuesday the Mayor’s Office of International Business helped host a delegation of international visitors, a group that included representatives from France, Germany, Kosovo, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. The delegation stopped in Richardson as part of a tour across the country through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Last week, the City hosted a group of 18 international visitors who were also participating in the program.
Mayor Competes in Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway
Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka competed against 12 other mayors from across the Metroplex in a drag race last Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. The mayors’ race opened the season finale of Friday Night Drags, a summer event designed to assist in curbing illegal street racing by turning the speedway’s pit road into a 1/8-mile drag strip.
Frisco Mayor Maher Maso walked away with the Mayor’s Cup trophy.
Proclamation for RSO Conductor
The City Council on Monday honored Richardson Symphony Orchestra conductor Clay Couturiaux with a proclamation. Couturiaux is entering into his second full year as music director of the orchestra, which will kick off its 2013-14 season Oct. 5 at the Eisemann Center.
Couturiaux holds degrees in conducting and violoncello performance from the University of North Texas. Watch the presentation of the proclamation at bit.ly/17U833Y.
August Richardson Today and Fall Rec Guide Mailed
The August edition of Richardson Today began arriving in mailboxes this week. This edition focuses on economic development and includes information about KDC’s 186-acre development, the opening of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the Fall Recreation Guide and much more.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at bit.ly/115dA8L.
Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.
Senior Awareness Day Set for Saturday
The fifth annual Senior Awareness Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., in the Grand Hall. The event will include refreshments, door prizes, exhibits and entertainment. Counselors will be available to provide information on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other benefits available for seniors.
For more information, call 972-234-8980 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NNO Planning Meeting on Tuesday
The first planning meeting for this year’s National Night Out (NNO) event (to be held Oct. 1) will held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Grand Hall at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Neighborhood Crime Watch Block Captains, Neighborhood Association Safety Facilitators, Crime Watch Patrol Coordinators and persons responsible for planning NNO parties, are invited to attend.
This annual meeting brings Neighborhood Watch Leaders together for fellowship, to exchange ideas and to plan for the event. NNO packets will be available and a drawing will be held to assign the 2013 specialty block party visits.
For more information on Richardson’s NNO 2013, visit cor.net/pd or contact the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
One Book Lunchtime Lectures Continue
To mark the 10th Anniversary of Richardson Reads One Book and the selection of the World War II modern classic “The Book Thief” for Richardson’s community-wide read, the Richardson Public Library will offer special programming about World War II.
A four-part series on Winston Churchill presented by Richard Cudlipp will continue on Tuesday with “The 1930s and the Road to War.” The free Lunchtime Lectures series will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 13. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.
For more information, call Janet Vance at 972-744-4376.
RALC Tutor Training in August
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center will host free tutor training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Richardson Public Library. No teaching experience is required, tutors do not need to speak another language, and there are daytime and evening opportunities available.
For more information, call 972-644-5119 or e-mail email@example.com.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Zazzy is a Lab/basenji mix. She is a high energy, spayed female, microchipped, up to date on all her vaccinations. She would do best in a home with older children.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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