March 2018 – Three Minute News
Community Revitalization Awards for 2017 were presented to the following:
- Campbell Way Shopping Center
- The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
- Communion Neighborhood Cooperative
- Yodis Residence
- Mitchell Residence
- Dominguez Residence
- Scott Residence
- Gallagher Residence
- Denton Residence
- Cantwell Residence
- Clarke Residence
- Redmond Residence
- Dietrichson Residence
Thank you to all of these award winners for helping make our city an even more beautiful place to live.
More information available HERE
In February Mayor Paul Voelker presented the annual State of the City Address at the Eisemann Center. Video of the address is available online at cor.net/stateofthecity. In this address, the Mayor outlined the following major accomplishments of the City in 2017:
- Successful funding of the Cotton Belt Rail Line
- Participating in the D/FW regional bid for Amazon’s HQ2
- Groundbreaking for the City’s new Public Safety Campus
- Continued priority on strategic community goals: prioritizing economic development and reinvestment, finance, internal processes and culture
Methodist Richardson Expansion
In January Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC) celebrated the groundbreaking for an expansion at the Renner Road campus. This project will add close to 100,000 square feet to the hospital with two additional floors which will add 150 private patient rooms and an additional surgical operating room. In addition, a seven-story parking garage will increase onsite parking by 500 spaces. Construction is expected to start early 2018.
Nature Area Update
In December the City Council reviewed progress of planned projects for the Spring Creek Nature Area. Design and vegetation cleanup for future Perimeter Trail is complete. The 10-foot-wide trail will include benches and trash receptacles. Concepts for entryways at Renner Road/Routh Creek Parkway and Renner Road/Plano Road are under development.
Mayor’s Summer Internship Program Created
Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is a partnership between the City, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and RISD. The program involves an online application process for high school juniors, all-day intern program class, a job fair and an intern training class for those chosen for employment. Fifty students will receive eight weeks of paid employment (20 hours per week) during the summer at a local company or nonprofit. Internships will be available to students who live within RISD boundaries and a limited number of students who do not attend RISD schools (PISD, private, home school, etc.). Recruitment of students and businesses is scheduled to take place January-March 2018. More information available at: https://rmsip.org/
Warning: Important Solicitation Alert
A company called American Water Resources of Texas plans to do a mass mailing in Richardson to sell insurance for residential water and sewer lines. The City of Richardson is NOT associated with this, or any other related service provider. The City of Richardson does not sponsor or endorse any third-party program to obtain a warranty plan or other form of coverage for the service lines.
Recreation Annual Memberships
Richardson recreation centers’ annual memberships are $60 for residents and $120 for nonresidents. These memberships are valid at both Heights and Huffhines centers.
Work on Sidewalks Continues
Work continues in the City’s Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program, with progress being made toward the completion of the regions approved for funding in the 2015 Bond Program. For more information on the criteria for Richardson’s Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program, visit www.cor.net/sidewalks
Playground Equipment Improvements & Plans
Refurbishment of the Canyon Creek Park playground equipment has been completed. Improvements are planned for Cottonwood Park, Crowley Park North, Breckinridge Park Lakes and Duck Creek Linear Park.
Guest Comfort Upgraded at Animal Shelter
The City’s 26th annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will take place May 18-20. Visit www.wildflowerfestival.com/information for applications and information.
Former Richardson Mayor Martha Ritter passed away on February 5 and her husband Ron passed away on February 21. A memorial service for both will be held on on Monday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Richardson. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery. We send our condolences to the family.
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