We now have all the City Council candidate replies to our survey at the link below:
There is a city election coming up. Richardson residents must choose the office holders for City Council. The election will be held on May 9, 2015, but early voting will start on April 27, 2015.
As an advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson does not have any official endorsement for any of the candidates. However, as Richardson residents who bike, we were concerned about each candidate’s position on bicycling issues. We sent each a questionnaire covering several bicycling topics, and many of them sent in their responses. We will post those responses on our blog so that people who bike in Richardson can have a perspective of who they are voting for. Don’t forget to vote!
Here’s a link to the List of Candidates
In this post, we will hear from Rick Wilder and Bob Townsend, who are competing for Place 1, and Mabel Simpson (running against Claudia Tatum for Place 4); as well as unopposed candidates Paul Voelker (Place 5), and Scott Dunn (Place 3). Thank you for your thoughtful participation in our survey.
EDITED TO ADD: Claudia Tatum and Mark Solomon’s responses appear below.
EDITED TO ADD: Steve Mitchell’s responses have been added below. Steve explained in an email that he is in the tax business, and now that tax season is over, he was able to respond to the questions.
THANK YOU to all Council members and new Candidates!
Scott Dunn is running unopposed for re-election to City Council Place 3. He is also a member of the Bike Friendly Richardson Facebook group and comments there from time to time. Mr. Dunn pointed out that although we did not ask about an east-west bicycle & pedestrian connection across 75 in the southern part of Richardson, he will continue to look for possible solutions.
Bike Friendly Richardson sent a questionnaire to all of the Mayor and City Council candidates for the May municipal elections. We requested this information not to make an endorsement, but to gather knowledge of where the candidates stand on bicycling issues and provide this information as a service to our members. We will publish all responses here on the BFR blog.
The first response we have received to date comes from current Place 7 council member and mayoral candidate Amir Omar:
March is Women’s History Month and the beginning of spring, so let’s celebrate by taking a leisurely bike ride and eating some delicious brunch. This is a great opportunity to get to know other women who bike in the Richardson area!
Meet at the fountain at the Eastside shopping center (SE corner of Campbell & 75) at 11:00 and we’ll ride at 11:30. We’ll be back at Eastside around noon to eat at Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen.
The ride is about 4.5 miles and will go through the Spring Creek Nature Area. This ride is casual paced, for all skill levels. Please do your ABC quick check before riding!
Bring a helmet, lock and brunch money.
RSVP via Facebook
The City of Richardson is currently working on a revitalization plan for the Main St. / US 75 area. There will be a community open house this coming Tuesday, July 10th, at 6:30 PM at the Civic Center Grand Hall. Bike Friendly Richardson has been asked to participate, so if you can join us on Tuesday, here are the details:
The open house opens at 6:30 PM, and participants can arrive anytime between 6:30 and 7:20 to view the study plans and provide comments. There will be a presentation at 7:20 PM. Attendees should email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP so that they can print enough handouts for everyone. This is a great opportunity to weigh in on how this area can be transformed into a cool Richardson destination!
There is a bike rack at the Civic Center on the south side of the building – and we can ride somewhere to get a beer and a bite to eat afterwards.
From the City’s website:
“Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment Study Begins
A study of potential enhancement and redevelopment opportunities in the Main Street/Central Expressway area is under way, beginning with an inventory of existing conditions, a real estate market analysis and an open house for public input. The City Council on Monday reviewed the project scope and timeline with City staff and the lead consultant on the project.
The study area is approximately 415 acres, including the Central Expressway corridor from 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.
There will be several opportunities for public input through the study process, beginning with an open house scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the Civic Center Grand Hall.
The open house will be designed to obtain input from a wide variety of interested individuals, groups and stakeholders, including business owners, property owners and other participants. It will provide an opportunity for those in attendance to discuss and prioritize issues for the corridor, imagine their own preferred future for the area and participate in the identification of action items for advancing study goals. The open house will be structured around a series of topics at various stations in the meeting room. Participants will be able to visit any or all of the stations to provide comment. A presentation will be made at approximately 7:20 p.m., with more time for the open house afterwards.
A final report is expected to be presented to the City Council in December. ”
From the City of Richardson:
The Richardson Health Department will spray a portion of southeast Richardson this evening based on a positive finding of West Nile in a mosquito testing pool. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. tonight through tomorrow morning in the area from Main Street/Belt Line Road south to Buckingham Road and U.S. 75/Central Expressway east to Jupiter Road. If wind speeds of greater than 10 miles per hour are sustained, Health Department workers may postpone spraying until weather conditions are more favorable.
“We monitor the spread of West Nile through the use of mosquito traps strategically placed around the City,” said Richardson Health Department Director Bill Alsup. “Any time we find a positive result in an area, we target it and the surrounding area to try to prevent the spread of the disease. It’s a measure that helps to limit exposure to the virus, but people still need to maintain vigilance in protecting themselves when they go outside.”
The City was notified of the positive West Nile test result this afternoon by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The area targeted for spraying is based on the location where the positive result was located and also includes the surrounding area.
To protect from mosquito bites, people are urged 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.
This will be the second spraying event to occur in Richardson in the past two weeks. The first spraying event occurred last week after mosquito pools and a Richardson resident tested positive for the West Nile virus. Three other cases of people infected with West Nile have also been reported in other parts of the Metroplex.
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.
More on the West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito that’s already carrying the virus, but not all mosquitoes are capable of carrying or transmitting the disease. In North Texas, the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito is greatest from July to October. Not everyone who gets bitten by an infected mosquito will get the virus, and it’s rare for people to become very sick if they do develop symptoms from the disease.
Symptoms of West Nile virus vary depending upon the person who becomes infected. People who do develop symptoms usually suffer from mild “flu-like” illness. Rarely, symptoms may require medical care or hospitalization. The people who are most susceptible to the disease are the very young, the very old and those with weakened immune systems.