Nov. 21, 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.
Cotton Belt Rail Line Update
The City Council at its Monday meeting discussed a proposed regional plan to speed development of the Cotton Belt Rail Line, a 62-mile passenger rail corridor that would initially connect Plano to Fort Worth. The future line is expected to include two stops in Richardson near the UT Dallas campus and President George Bush Turnpike east of US-75.
Most of the rail line is owned by DART, which doesn’t have the means to develop it for the next 25 years based on other capital obligations. Several cities and other agencies are hoping to work together to secure alternative funding and begin operating the rail line by 2016-2017.
The proposed plan obtains funding for the $2 billion project through tax revenue sharing, parking fees, naming rights, development value capture, loans, grants and other mechanisms. The Richardson City Council is expected to vote next week on a resolution to give the North Central Texas Council of Governments authority to take the lead in pursuing the Cotton Belt project as a public private partnership on behalf of interested partners in the region.
Watch the City Council presentation at http://bit.ly/Scw6E5.
Council Discusses Main/75 Project
The City Council on Monday discussed the results of the latest public meeting on the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor redevelopment study. The Final Public Involvement Session for this phase of the study was held earlier this month to gather input from the community. The Council reviewed descriptions of the 11 districts proposed within the 415-acre study area, artist’s renderings of possible redevelopment scenarios and feedback from the community meeting.
The City Council and City Plan Commission will hold a joint meeting Dec. 17 for a presentation wrapping up the first phase of the project and to consider the next steps.
Watch Monday’s presentation at http://bit.ly/108a763.
Election Results Made Official
The City Council approved a resolution Monday to declare the official results of the Nov. 6 charter election, which amended the City Charter to provide for direct election of the mayor by Richardson voters. The amendment passed with 24,214 people voting in favor of the amendment and 8,087 voting against it.
Thanksgiving Closings and Reopenings
City Hall/Civic Center and Municipal Court will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday. The Richardson Public Library and Animal Shelter are also closed Thursday and Friday, but will reopen for regular hours on Saturday. Recreation Centers, the Tennis Center and Senior Center are closed Thursday but will be open Friday.
The City will not collect solid waste Thursday or Friday and there will be no make-up days. Recycled materials normally picked up on Fridays will be collected Saturday.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Video Online
Last week Alamo Drafthouse Cinema held an outdoor showing of “The Burbs” at its future site in Richardson, which is expected to open next spring. The cinema-eatery held a variety of movie-themed contests before the showing, entertaining the crowd that is estimated to have reached more than a thousand people. Some of the pre-show events included a pajama fashion show and sardine-eating contest.
Providing unique experiences is part of what differentiates Alamo Drafthouse from other theaters, which is why Richardson's Economic Development Partnership with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce sought out to attract the development.
CITV caught up with Alamo Drafthouse DFW COO Bill DiGaetano, who explained why the Austin-based company chose Richardson for its first location in the Metroplex. Watch the video at http://youtu.be/55HpMhG_NHc and see why local residents are excited about Alamo coming to town.
Christmas Parade Next Weekend
The 41st annual Christmas Parade will march through west Richardson starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will begin on Coit Road at Cherrywood Drive and continue north to J.J. Pearce High School. The theme for this year’s parade is “Reindeer Games.”
The parade’s Award Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the City Hall/Civic Center Complex, just before the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and opening of Santa’s Village.
For more information, visit http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=333.
Santa’s Village Opens Next Weekend
Santa’s Village will open for the season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and remain open from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 6-9 and 13-16. The Village is just north of Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Guests may stop by each of the 17 tiny dwellings, which feature a variety of holiday activities. Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with children, but the line will shut down before 9 p.m. each evening.
Santa’s Village is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1303.
‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to the Eisemann Center this Weekend
Chamberlain Performing Arts will perform ‘The Nutcracker’ at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. Tickets cost $10-$100 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit http://www.chamberlainperformingarts.com/school/perf-nut.html.
TOEFL Class Registration at Library through Dec. 15
Registration for the next session of free preparation classes for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is in progress through Dec. 15. Classes will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 12, 2013, through April 20, 2013.
To register, you must pass a Level 5 English test and purchase the textbook. Call Yolanda Medina at 972-744-4368 to register or for more information.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Pluto is a neutered male, Labrador/terrier mix, about a year old, up to date on all vaccinations, very playful, strong and would be great for an active family. He's been at the shelter for several months and needs a home for the holidays! Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Pluto or other animals available for adoption.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
City Council videos: http://bit.ly/LSHJzE
City Council agenda: http://bit.ly/QoOWF4
City Council meeting documents: http://bit.ly/OrSIQ2
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