Aug. 9, 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.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Holds Ribbon Cutting, Opening is Tonight
The City Council joined officials from Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday evening to celebrate the theater’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The facility will officially open at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Heights Shopping Center, on the southwest corner of Belt Line Road and Central Expressway. Food will be sold at a 25 percent discount through Thursday, 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.
Learn more about Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at drafthouse.com/dfw/richardson.
City Council Discusses Budget
City Manager Dan Johnson presented the proposed budget to the City Council at Monday’s work session. The theme of this year’s budget is “Maintaining a Solid Foundation,” and it emphasizes reinvestment in infrastructure through improved maintenance for streets, City facilities and parks. It is supported by a proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, unchanged from the 2012-2013 rate.
The City Council will hold public hearings on the proposed tax rate and budget at its meetings on Monday, Aug. 19, and Monday, Aug. 26. The City Council is expected to vote on the budget on Monday, Sept. 9.
All budget meetings are open to the public. In addition, the meetings are also 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.
Watch the work session presentation at bit.ly/17vMW5Y and bit.ly/19LtwjJ.
Mosquito Ground Spraying Scheduled for Tonight and Saturday
The Richardson Health Department plans to ground spray two separate areas beginning tonight 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 traps within the subject spraying locations returned mosquitoes that tested positive for carrying the disease.
Weather permitting, spraying will occur according to the following schedule:
Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10*
East Renner Road south to East Lookout Drive; Plano Road east to President George Bush Turnpike.
East Lookout Drive south to Apollo Road; Central Expressway (US 75) 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.
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.
Pools Close for Season Aug. 11
City of Richardson pools will close for the year Aug. 11. Heights Family Aquatic Center will be open for daily use from noon to 9 p.m. through Aug. 18 and will be open the weekends of Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Heights Family Aquatic Center is at 709 W. Arapaho Rd.
Sales Tax Holiday this Weekend
The annual tax-free shopping weekend is today through Sunday. Sales tax will not be charged on clothing, footwear, school-related backpacks and school supplies sold through midnight Sunday.
The exemption applies to each article of clothing, footwear, backpack or supply sold for less than $100, regardless of how many items are purchased. The sales tax holiday does not include sales of special clothing and footwear normally worn only for athletic activities or for protection.
Tax will be due on sales of accessories, including jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and similar items. Clothing and shoe rentals will also continue to be subject to state and local sales or use tax.
Backpacks for students are exempt from sales tax during this period. Even backpacks with wheels qualify as long as they can also be worn on the back in the traditional manner.
For more information, contact the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at 800-252-5555 or visit window.state.tx.us.
Corporate Challenge Begins with Opening Ceremonies Aug. 16
The 16th annual Richardson Corporate Challenge will kick off 10 weeks of Olympic-style competition with the opening ceremony, set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Galatyn Plaza. The opening ceremony will include tailgate parties organized by the corporate teams, a ceremonial torch-lighting, a parade of athletes from Special Olympics Texas and a one-mile “Great Walk” challenge.
Performance Court and Plaza Boulevard will be shut down for the opening ceremony at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and will reopen at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
Fifty-four DFW-area companies will compete in 25 athletic and non-athletic events. More than 10,000 employees from companies including Samsung, Raytheon and Cisco are expected to participate and to help raise funds in support of Special Olympics Texas and its local affiliate, the Richardson Roadrunners--the event’s beneficiary since its inception. Corporate Challenge is the only corporate competition of its kind in Texas.
The City of Richardson and participating companies have raised more than $1.1 million for Special Olympics Texas and the organization’s local affiliate over the last 15 years, including $172,000 raised during last year’s games.
Corporate Challenge includes competitions in events ranging from athletic sports such as softball, basketball and flag football, to darts, billiards and miniature golf. The Challenge wraps up with a closing ceremony and an announcement of winners on Friday, Oct. 18. A full schedule of events may be found online at cor.net/cc, and event updates will be posted on the Corporate Challenge Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/QMjNBj.
Library is Closed Friday, Aug. 16
Due to a staff development day, the Richardson Library will be closed Friday, Aug. 16. The Library will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
Dogs are Invited to Swim at Annual Dog Splash Day Aug. 17
The annual Dog Splash Day will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Terrace Pool, 300 N. Lois Lane.
Admission is $5 per dog. No pre-registration is required, and dogs must have a current rabies vaccination to enter. The event is sponsored by Richardson AnimaLuv, which supports the Richardson Animal Shelter.
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 is offering special programming about World War II.
A four-part series on Winston Churchill presented by Richard Cudlipp will conclude on Tuesday with “World War II.” The free Lunchtime Lectures series will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.
For more information, call Janet Vance at 972-744-4376.
Alone in the Dark One Book Event at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host Alone in the Dark, a program presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance and the Library’s Teen Advisory Board, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room. The event will include a performance from “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and interactive displays from Holocaust literature created by the Library Teen Advisory Board.
Alone in the Dark is part of the Richardson Reads One Book Program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This year’s selection is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.
Dallas Zoo to Present Animal Adventures at Library
Dallas Zoo to You will present Animal Adventures from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the Richardson Public Library in the Basement Program Room. A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets will be available beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Youth Services Department and will distributed on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
RALC to Hold Tutor Training
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richardson Community Band Summer Season Finale on Sunday
The Richardson Community Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. The Summer Season 2013 Finale will feature “King Cobra,” “Les Miserables,” “Semper Fidelis” and more.
Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper to enjoy an evening of music. For more information, visit richardsoncommunityband.org.
RISD and PISD Registration
Richardson ISD and Plano ISD will hold registration for elementary school students next week. RISD registration will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 16, at each elementary school. PISD registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, and Tuesday, Aug. 13 at each school.
When registering, please bring the student’s Social Security card, birth certificate, proof of residence (gas, water, electric bill or current lease), parent’s driver’s license and a current immunization record.
For registration information for older students, visit risd.org or pisd.edu.
Skinny the Cat Loses Weight with Help of Underwater Treadmill
A 41-pound cat brought into the Richardson Animal Shelter last year that made international headlines has lost more than 10 pounds, thanks in part to working out on an underwater treadmill. This week NBC5 reported on Skinny the cat’s progress, which can be viewed at bit.ly/13LHBKy.
Skinny came to the Shelter after being picked up as a stray in a Richardson resident’s backyard. The cat had trouble grooming himself and could not walk around easily because of his large size.
Skinny received international attention after The Associated Press and People magazine picked up his story. Hundreds of people worldwide contacted the Shelter to inquire about adopting the cat.
Follow Skinny on Twitter at bit.ly/PIz2aA.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Lilly is a beautiful green eyed girl, about 2 years old, is great with kids, litter box trained and is up to date on her basic vaccinations.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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