July 20, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.
Algal Bloom Changes Taste of Water
Thursday afternoon, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) received lab results confirming an algal bloom is causing a change in the taste of its water supply.
The bloom is being caused by decaying plants that grew along lake shore lines during the drought. Those plants were covered with water when reservoir levels returned during the spring, but the decaying organic matter mixed with warmer water temperatures is causing an algal bloom that is giving an “earthy” flavor to the public water supply.
Though the taste has changed, the water supply remains safe for drinking.
Now that an algal bloom is confirmed, the NTMWD does plan to include additional chemicals to its treatment process to aid in the reduction of taste and odors. Activated carbon is used as an absorption medium and potassium permanganate is added as an oxidizing agent. Each of these chemicals is removed during the treatment process prior to delivery of treated water supply to NTMWD member cities and customers.
Utilizing current treatment processes, the NTMWD can reduce but not eliminate the taste and odor issues. The NTMWD is pursuing the implementation of ozonation which is expected to significantly reduce and/or eliminate taste and odor issues caused by algal blooms. The current schedule calls for the ozonation treatment process to take place in stages during the latter part of 2013 and early 2014.
Community Input from Main Street/Central Expressway Open House Presented to Council
At Monday’s work session, the City Council was presented a summary of the results from a recent public meeting where approximately 175 attendees provided input on their vision for the future of the Main Street/Central Expressway area.
A wide variety of interested individuals, groups and stakeholders, including business owners, property owners and other participants attended the open house, which was designed to gather feedback on topics like future business and activities and amenities.
Some interesting statistics gathered at the meeting showed strong support for supporting mixed-use developments and creating City gateway features for Richardson’s Main Street corridor.
The Main Street/Central Expressway area is approximately 415 acres, including the Central Expressway corridor from approximately the southern City limit to Arapaho Road, as well as the City’s historic downtown. Both areas were identified for further study in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan.
Further opportunities for public input include online questionnaires and surveys, a Facebook page (see article below), a community charrette scheduled for Sept. 19 and a third community involvement session Nov. 8.
Click the link below to watch Monday’s City Council discussion:
Click the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation given to City Council:
Main Street/Central Expressway Area has Facebook Page
A Facebook page has been developed for the Main Street/Central Expressway study. If you visit the site you will find event notifications, photos, information on online surveys and questionnaires and much more.
Click on the link below to visit Main Street/Central Expressway Facebook page:
City Council Budget Retreat to be Rebroadcast, Available Online
This week’s City Council budget retreat will be rebroadcast and available on demand online at www.cor.net. Rebroadcasts are scheduled to air at 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday July 21-Sept. 2 on Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse.
All City Council work sessions and discussions related to the 2012-2013 Budget are open to the public. In addition, as part of the City Council’s Transparency Initiative goals, the meetings were also broadcast live on CITV (Channel 16 on Time Warner and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse) and on the internet.
Click the links below to watch this week’s budget retreat:
July 17 session: http://richardsontx.swagit.com/e/07172012-651/#6
July 18 session: http://richardsontx.swagit.com/e/07182012-641/#2
Health Department Sprayed for Mosquitoes This Week
The Richardson Health Department sprayed three portions of Richardson this week due to a report of a positive human case of West Nile virus from a resident and positive West Nile virus test results from two mosquito monitoring stations. (see maps below for spraying locations)
The Richardson Health Department schedules mosquito sprayings based on positive findings of West Nile in mosquito traps placed around the city or if a human case is confirmed. Once located, the area around the positive finding is targeted for spraying in an attempt to help limit the spread of the disease.
Spraying is only a measure to help limit exposure, and health workers urge people to maintain vigilance in protecting themselves when going outside.
To protect from mosquito bites, people are asked to follow the Four D’s of protection:
- DRAIN standing water around the home,
- Use insect repellent containing DEET,
- Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
- And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure.
Spraying to control the population of mosquitoes and the spread of the West Nile virus is a last resort, and is part of a comprehensive plan the Richardson Health Department follows to control the mosquito population. All areas of the City are continuously monitored, and further sprayings will be scheduled based on mosquito surveillance used to monitor the spread of the West Nile virus.
Richardson is not alone in the noticed increase in mosquito populations and findings of West Nile in mosquitoes. Environmental conditions from last summer's drought, a mild winter and abundant spring rains have resulted in an increased population.
Early Voting for Primary Runoff Begins Monday
Early voting for the July 31 Democratic and Republican Primary Runoff Election will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. July 23-27 at the Richardson ISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave., for Richardson residents who live in Dallas County. Richardson Collin County residents have several locations at which to vote early on the same dates and hours.
For more information, visit the Dallas County Elections website at http://www.dalcoelections.org or the Collin County Elections website at http://www.co.collin.tx.us/elections.
Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, July 31.
Richardson City Hall is NOT an early voting location or a voting location on Election Day.
Deadline to Apply for All Round Talent Competition is July 31
The deadline to sign up for the Eisemann Center’s All Round Talent competition is fast approaching.
Performers of all kinds – musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers and more – are invited to take part in the competition, which will include a showcase during the Community Arts Day, a celebration of the Eisemann Center’s 10th anniversary.
The deadline to enter the competition is July 31, and applicants must submit a video up to five minutes in length. Judges will select finalists to perform at a live audition, and performers will be selected to appear in the showcase to be held at the Eisemann Center Sept. 16.
For more information, call 972-744-4600, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link below:
The Eisemann Center Adds Pinterest to Social Media Offerings
The Eisemann Center now has a Pinterest site that allows visitors to view photos, videos and information about the performances in the 2012-2013 Eisemann Center Presents Season and 10th anniversary celebration.
Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more.
Click on the link below to visit the Eisemann Center Pinterest site:
“Operation Hydration” at City Hall July 27
The DFW AT&T veterans are sponsoring “Operation Hydration 2012” July 27 at Richardson City Hall with a goal of collecting 2,500 cases of water that will be sent to the United Service Organizations (USO) at Fort Hood in Killeen.
Cases of water may be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the south parking lot of Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road.
Bottles of water collected will directly benefit the troops and family members stationed at Fort Hood. The base is home to 46,000 service members, 89,000 family members and has 22,000-30,000 national guard and reserve troops. Water will be served to soldiers in USO centers, outbound flight support, welcome home ceremonies and USO programs. The USO at Fort Hood operates three centers and served 241,000 guests in 2011.
City Golf Championship
The City Golf Championship tournament at Sherrill Park is set to take place Aug. 25 and 26.
The tournament will be played on Course #1. The entry fee will is $150 or $80 and 2 punches if you have a resident punch card.
Defending Championship Flight Champion is Kevin Patton.
Sign up by contacting Sherrill Park Golf Shop: 972-234-1416, www.sherrillparkgolf.com or e-mail email@example.com.
Eastside at Richardson to Hold "Spinfest"
Eastside at Richardson will hold a "Spinfest" in the Amphitheater area from 3-7 p.m. the third Saturday of every month starting tomorrow.
You can learn to juggle, hula hoop, or spin poi, staves and flags. Share your circus skills or learn new ones. It is a great opportunity to get out, move, play and be creative with friendly people.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Samee! She is a five-month-old, female shepherd mix, energetic, playful and up to date on all vaccinations and has been at the shelter since April 2012. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Samee or other animals available for adoption.
Animal Shelter Facebook Page
City Council videos: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=752
City Council agenda: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1006
City Council meeting documents: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1329
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