Sept. 27, 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.
Galatyn Parkway Overpass Extension Opens
The City Council and representatives from TxDOT on Wednesday morning celebrated the opening of the Galatyn Parkway overpass extension west of Central Expressway. The east side of the overpass opened in 2001, and with the completion of the west side drivers will have additional access to the Galatyn Park DART light rail station and surrounding corporate parks.
Voters approved $525,000 for the project in the 2010 Bond Program. Additional funding came from a federal grant program.
National Night Out Is Tuesday
Residents throughout Richardson will gather to meet their neighbors and take a stand against crime at area block parties held Tuesday evening as part of National Night Out. The annual event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, support anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
The City of Richardson has participated in National Night Out for 24 years. This year, 192 parties are registered with the Police Department. Police officers, dignitaries and VIPs will travel throughout the community to visit with residents and promote safety during the event.
Richardson’s National Night Out will once again include a food drive for NETWORK of Community Ministries. Last year the food drive collected 7,200 pounds for the nonprofit, and organizers are hoping to top that amount this year.
For more information, visit richardsonpolice.net.
Jupiter Road Lanes Reopen After Water Line Repair
All lanes of southbound Jupiter Road at Belt Line Road reopened to traffic Wednesday after crews completed repairs to a water line and the street. Lanes of Jupiter Road had been closed since Sept. 17 when the City discovered a leak on the eight-inch water line, which is believed to have been caused by shifting soil in the area due to dry conditions.
Council Approves Funds for Arts Groups
The City Council approved $325,000 in arts grant funds for 29 organizations at its Monday meeting. The grants are funded through the City's Hotel/Motel Tax Fund, and recommendations on disbursement of the funds are made by the Richardson Arts Commission.
The City approved funds for four new groups: Dallas Film Society, Avant Chamber Ballet, Dallas Ballet Company and Video Association of Dallas. Each applicant submitted an event schedule, budget, financial statements and other documents. They were asked how the organization benefits the community and how it can contribute to the Cultural Arts Master Plan, approved by the City Council in April. The Arts Commission deliberated on their recommended allocation of funds on Aug. 22.
Watch a presentation about the funds at a recent City Council work session at bit.ly/15RO8Eq.
More than 240 artists from around the country will be in Richardson next weekend for the Fall 2013 Cottonwood Art Festival. The City Council heard an update on plans for the biannual event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Cottonwood Park.
Artists will show and sell work in 16 categories, including mixed media, sculpture, oil, watercolor, glass and photography. Attendees can also enjoy live music in the courtyard and food from 17 vendors, including 2013 Big Tex Choice Award-winner Taste of Cuba. Children are invited to explore their creative side at ArtStop, which features several interactive art stations.
The City of Richardson is offering additional opportunities for guests to recycle at the festival with 20 new blue recycling barrels placed throughout the park. Children can learn about recycling at ArtStop, where they can make recycled magazine bead necklaces and recycled paper hats.
Admission and parking are free, and the City will operate a free shuttle between the local parking lots and Cottonwood Park. Learn more about the festival at cottonwoodartfestival.com. Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/1bGqApF.
Council to Discuss Possible Dog Park Next Week
The City Council is expected to discuss a proposal to construct Richardson’s first dog park at a 6-acre site near the President George Bush Turnpike and west of US 75. The Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the site at its August meeting, and the Council will get its first opportunity to discuss the plan at its work session Monday.
A dog park was listed as a high priority for Richardson residents in the 2010 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan.
The work session is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road. You can watch the City Council work session live on Monday at cor.net or on the City’s cable TV channel on Time Warner Cable, channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. A taped replay of the meeting is also available on the website within 24 hours.
Skinny the Cat Still Losing Weight
It’s been more than a year since Skinny made international headlines as a 41-pound stray cat brought to the Richardson Animal Shelter. Skinny has lost more than 13 pounds but is still working to shed fat and reach his goal weight. His morning routine includes sessions on a water treadmill, which is available to watch on the Richardson Today Facebook page at on.fb.me/18XoeSe.
The October edition of Richardson Today will include an update on Skinny’s progress in the past year and a video story will be available to view on Richardson Today's interactive edition at cor.net/RichardsonToday.
Second Annual Pete Burks Day of Service Set for Oct. 19
Footwashers Ministries will hold the second annual Pete Burks Day of Service on Oct. 19, with assistance from the Richardson Community Services Department. More than 200 volunteers are expected to spend the morning completing projects such as painting and trimming vegetation at sites throughout the city. The City Council heard an update on the event at its Monday work session.
The Community Services Department has identified several projects through the Volunteer Assistance Program, which matches homeowners who are unable to complete home repairs on their own with individuals and organizations that can do the work. Volunteers will also complete service projects at the Richardson YMCA and partner with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to clean up several creeks.
The day is named in honor of Army 2nd Lt. Pete Burks, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Friends of his, including Footwashers Ministries Executive Director Adam Kanneman of Richardson, decided to organize a service day to honor Burks.
Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/1gXbz0G.
DART Provides Service to State Fair
The State Fair of Texas begins today, and Richardson residents can get there by taking the DART Red Line and transferring to the Green Line at the Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations. Extra trains will run on the Green Line every 20 minutes between the Victory and Lawnview stations from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekends through Oct. 20.
Learn more at dart.org/statefair.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Hank is a handsome, strong guy who has been at the Shelter for about a month now. He is an unaltered male, about 5 years old, pit bull terrier pointer mix. Hank is an independent guy, good on a leash, loves walks, rolling in the grass and playing fetch. He would do best in a home with no other pets and with older kids. Hank is only $25 to adopt and is required to be neutered and vaccinated for rabies within 30 days of his adoption.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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