Thanks so much for all the very positive feedback about our newsletter, and the great suggestions and ideas. The newsletter is a work in progress which is being refined each week.
Monday evening the Council and staff attended Remington’s restaurant celebration of 33 years in Addison with a very nice reception. Bill and Adam Remington were on hand to thank the Council and Ron for all the great years as partners with us here in Addison. Remington’s has been an important part of the “brand” we have built here in Addison. They also had special recognition for their management team and cook staff that have been with them for a combined total of over 100 years! No wonder their food has been consistently so good.
On Tuesday we notified the balance of the folks that have been selected to serve on our Bond Evaluation Committee. Please see the attached list Bond Evaluation Committee of your neighbors that have volunteered to serve on this important committee. In the event you were not selected do not despair. You are in the “pool” and we will have more opportunities for you to be called upon; if you are not in the “pool” and want to be considered for future volunteer opportunities please see the attached link and send us your application. This may be the very best way to be “cool” this summer, get in our “pool”!
As you know we are working to accelerate the process and get DART rail on the Cotton Belt line here in Addison ASAP. I had an excellent conversation with our U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions Tuesday on this important subject and he agreed to help us spread our message among his other constituents and contacts in the community. Pete has been very helpful for us with the FAA on our Addison Airport improvements so perhaps he can help us with DART.
On Wednesday, Ron and I attended a DART board meeting in downtown Dallas to encourage them to permit us to stay aligned with Richardson, Highland Park and University Park as we have for the last 28 years. We have built important relationships among those cities and we share common interests with respect to our needs from DART. We will keep you informed of our progress on these DART related issues over the next several months.
Speaking of important transportation issues, Blake Clemens and Neil Resnik spent time this week with our Airport team of Joel, Darci and Bill with one of our long time airport customers Tom Wachendorfer, founder and president of AmeriStar. Touching base with him and letting him know we appreciate him as a customer and reviewing his future needs…well done team!
Wednesday, several of our Council Members attended the Chamber Luncheon to hear Congressman Kenny Marchant speak. Neil, Blake, Bruce, Chris, Kimberly and I all listened intently as Kenny related the not too pretty sight of Washington politics grappling with the economy and other tough issues. His stories certainly reminded me of just how fortunate we are to be in Addison, Texas working with the team of Council and staff we have here! A very big difference; we are all focused on doing what is best for Addison and recognize that none of us alone can do much, yet all of us working together can accomplish most anything.
I remember the days when our little Town had zero stoplights, now we have 34! At an initial cost of $150,000 to over $500,000, the cost to properly maintain and replace, this is a huge expense. As we look at the budget each year, these are of course the kinds of issues and costs we keep in mind.
The Town’s Economic Development Director Orlando Campos and I had another meeting with the owners of the center at Marsh and Belt Line road, Addison Town Center. This time we included Kroger and their senior executives. We focused on developing a plan to make that center even more vibrant and successful and for Kroger to hopefully grow their role in the future of this important Addison center. Kroger has made recent changes in the store including a new management team as part of their plan to provide an improved level of service to our community. I plan to check it out this weekend. If any of you do the same let me know what you think. We are also working on a variety of other exciting retail and business development opportunities that we will share with you as they develop…suffice it to say this is a very high priority for us all.
BACK to SCHOOL time! Addison kids will be back to school so be very careful in our school zones all over Town as this new school year routine begins. First day for kids at the new George Herbert Walker Bush elementary school is Monday, August 22, and we are all very excited to welcome the students on their first day.
Our Mayor’s Coffee was Thursday evening at Astoria Caffe. We had a great turnout with most everyone opting for a cool drink rather than coffee. Excellent comments and questions mostly about our budget and maintaining the many amenities we have here in Addison in these tough economic times. Be sure to check out the link to the council agenda 08-23-2011 Agenda for Regular Council Meeting for next Tuesday evening. We will be meeting at Town Hall and you are of course welcome to attend. You are also welcome to speak during any of the items listed as “Public Hearings.” Those times are listed and posted specifically for you to have the opportunity to speak to that subject. Over the last several weeks our attendance at our council meetings has significantly increased. We are all so pleased to see you take an interest and let us know your thoughts. See you Tuesday evening?
I am occasionally asked, “What is the Addison Way?” for folks that have lived or been around Addison for a while you can probably define it and you might use a story or two to help your explanation.Below is an email we received this week from resident Sandra Silver with a story that in so many ways defines the Addison Way. It is a story that could have been very sad—it’s about a lost dog—a beagle named Roy. Sandra’s panicked search heightened by her recollection that she had failed to keep the identification information on Roy’s microchip current. Imagine Sandra’s relief to discover that Addison Officer Jon Comito had found Roy, researched the correct home location and already returned Roy to Sandra’s backyard. Well done Jon! That is the “Addison Way.” But the best part of the story? This is pretty routine stuff in our Town…Thanks so much for the honor of being your Mayor. Todd
P.S. Don’t forget Summer Salsa in Beckert Park Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.! See you there…T.
From: sandra silver [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:09 AM
To: Ron Davis
Cc: Todd Meier; Ron Whitehead
August 14, 2011.
Dear Chief Davis,
On August 13th. one of our dogs ran away. My husband began looking for him in one direction, and I in another direction.
As I was returning home, dogless, distraught and disappointed, I saw an Addison police car. When I approached the car and asked the officer inside if he had seen a tri-colored beagle, he responded by telling me that he had returned the dog to our back yard.
Some people on Ridgelake found the dog and called the number on his “home again” microchip tag. The microchip information had a telephone number that is no longer in use, so they called the Addison police. The officer was able to obtain my name from home again information. He then found our address from Addison’s data base.
I am very grateful to the officer for going to the trouble of obtaining the needed information to return our dog, Roy home. I am, however, sorry that I did not get the officer’s name. I think he deserves accolades for his kindness, compassion and diligence.
Addison has a caring, compassionate and hard working staff. They make Addison great!!
By the way, I have updated the information on our dogs’ microchips.
Very Truly Yours,