It’s springtime, and every week, Addison becomes more and more beautiful—the tulips and daffodils are in full bloom, trees are budding, the grass is greening—and we can’t forget that spring also means we need to “spring” our clocks forward as we enter Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m.! Because Addison is in bloom, I wanted to start this newsletter with some great pictures taken around Addison this week. More photos appear at the end of this newsletter, so please keep reading!
Bond Election, Saturday, May 12
On Monday evening March 5, Council had one of our most important meetings of the year, in fact one of the most important Council meetings in quite some time. Our Council considered and approved an ordinance calling for a bond election on May 12 to consider the approval of 6 different propositions for infrastructure improvements and related land acquisitions. The vote of approval by each member of our Council was the culmination of a 10 month process that began last summer in June. During the months of June, July and August during our Strategic Planning and Budget process, and after extensive thought and deliberation, the Council decided to select a large pool of local residents and stakeholders representing our entire community to form our Bond Evaluation committee. From more than 100 volunteers the Council selected 43 Addison folks to serve on the committee and to recommend a course of action to the Council.
The Bond Evaluation committee began their work in September 2011 and worked thru several large meetings and dozens of smaller subcommittee meetings entailing hundreds of hours of hard work, debate and deliberation. In January of this year, the Bond Committee presented to Council a 100 plus page analysis of their work and recommendations. The report spanned not only a significant amount of time but also included a broad range of topics. Their work and recommendations came from five subcommittees: Infrastructure, Airport, Public safety, Community Amenities, and Next Great Ideas. All members of the committee had opportunities to express their opinions about the subcommittee recommendations as well as the broader community in an on-line survey that the Bond Evaluation committee conducted. All of this input and thought was synthesized and consolidated in their report and recommendations.
This was a huge undertaking involving sacrifice and commitment from each of our Bond Evaluation committee members and on behalf of not only my fellow Council members but on behalf of all of Addison, Thank You!!!
Throughout the month of February in several work sessions, the Council reviewed and prioritized these recommendations. Part of our analysis included understanding of how the Town’s tax rate would be affected by the bond propositions.
Once Council agreed upon parameters for our borrowing capacity and budget we began the process of pricing and prioritizing all of the Bond Evaluation Committee recommendations. Once we had estimated pricing for each of the recommendations, we laid that over our budget it became apparent that we were simply not going to be able to accommodate all of the Bond Evaluation Committee recommendations. The Council was then faced with the somewhat daunting challenge of prioritizing the recommendations.
Please take a close look at the ordinance that outlines each of the Council approved propositions for your consideration. What you will see is a focus on infrastructure, land acquisition, technical and community connectivity, and community amenities, safety and security.
In the event some or all of these propositions are approved by Addison voters, these projects will form the basis of much of the work we will ask our Staff to plan and execute in these next 2-6 years. I ask your very careful and thoughtful consideration of each of these propositions, and be sure to vote. Early voting begins April 30 and Election Day is Saturday, May 12.
In addition to the important Bond election work on Monday March 5, the Council completed our very thorough review of our City Manager Ron Whitehead. While this review was completed in appropriate fashion in a confidential executive session you may be assured that the Council was unanimous in our very high ratings of Ron and his outstanding service to Addison. The Council also approved a compensation revision that incorporates an incentive component based on our Strategic Plan.
Other Council News
Monday, March 5, was the last day for filing for Council seats for our election on Saturday, May 12. Council Member Roger Mellow will be completing his terms of service after seven years of stellar work for our Town, and Kimberly Lay announced that she will not seek reelection after three years of exemplary service.
These are very large shoes to fill; Roger and Kimberly have been outstanding Council members whose work and care for Addison set a very high standard. Four candidates will be vying for three spots on the Council. Current Council Member Neil Resnik is seeking reelection to his second term of service, recent P&Z Commissioner Margie Gunther is seeking her first term of service as a Council member, as are Janelle Moore and Austen Spoonts. Good luck to all four and thank you very much for your willingness to serve Addison!
On Monday, I was interviewed live on the Traders Network—a nationwide Wall Street power brokers and headline makers radio talk show which broadcasts from the Clear Channel studios not far from Addison. The two hosts of the show wanted to hear about Addison’s business and economic development news, the importance of getting DART light rail to Addison, as well as the Addison Way. The interview was part of “Mayor’s Monday” series—and my interview was the third interview in as many weeks—Addison followed Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. The Traders Network specifically wanted to hear from Addison due to our economic growth indicators and our economic successes. If you’d like to listen to the interview, please click here.
Council Member Roger Mellow and I, and Director of Development Services Carmen Moran, represented Addison on Monday at the funeral of one of our real superstars, Roger Gadd. Roger was a long time Addison resident that previously served as Chairman of our Planning and Zoning Commission as well as Chair of our Comprehensive Planning Committee in 1991. Roger was an ambassador for Addison who lived out his life in service to others. He was just a really nice guy who will be missed by many as was evidence by the huge turnout of so many of his friends from Addison.
On Tuesday, I dropped in to see Joan Brinkman and David Smith at Hitachi Consulting on the Dallas Parkway. Addison is their international headquarters, and they are very new corporate citizens after moving out of Dallas so they could be with us here in Addison where they will be closer to their employees, enjoying less traffic, and be “surrounded by food and fun!”
I then headed down just one floor to meet with Calvin Carter, president of the new high-tech firm Bottle Rocket Apps—a premier iPhone, iPad, Android and iPod touch Custom App Developer located right here in Addison! Their impressive list of clients includes internationally recognized names like Disney, ESPN, American Express, AARP, X Factor, the Discovery Channel and more. Some of Bottle Rocket’s premier clients are headed to Addison for a client conference that Calvin and his team were preparing to host. During the tour of their incredibly creative and unique space, Calvin shared with me that they are growing so rapidly that they hope to grow from their 30-35 employees to almost twice that by year end. Their impressive work space is already almost 20,000 sq feet and includes amazing team member amenities like a decompression (relaxation) room and a food and refreshment area that has a beautiful view of Addison. Calvin and his team have created an enviable work space and environment that they hope will land them in the Best-Place-To-Work category very soon. With their focus on creative and innovative ways to take care of their clients, employee welfare, and to “try to live in the future,” I have no doubt that Bottle Rocket is on a successful trajectory!
We had our first Mayor’s Coffee on Wednesday at 10am at Dunn Bros with a record turnout of over 50 Addison folks! I reviewed the recent Council work on the Bond propositions and updated them on our major construction projects.
Also on Wednesday, I went by to visit with Trey of Speed Shield at 15177 Business Ave, just at the corner of Arapaho and Business Ave. Trey’s new business is in an immaculate facility where they do some amazing things with coatings for protection and customized looks for all sorts of vehicles. From protective coatings for windshields, and paint protection to window tint and custom wraps, they do it all…drop by to check out their work or check out their website at, http://www.speedshieldusa.com/. Small businesses in Addison are a major component of our economic engine, do what you can to help them thrive!
The Addison Business Association luncheon Wednesday had a nice turnout. The luncheon speaker was Col. Kim Olson, USAF (Ret.), who now serves as president of Grace After Fire. The colonel shared with us the compelling need her organization fills by providing all sorts of services to the returning female service members. Olsen let us know that over 350,000 women patriots have faithfully served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as they return home, they need and want to apply their skills and talents to building a stronger workforce. Grace After Fire is dedicated to providing the means for women veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal.
Also at the ABA luncheon, I enjoyed talking with Larry Byrd president of All-Plastics Molding, one of Addison’s oldest businesses—with 37 years of successful operation. Larry let me know they had a very good 2011, and may be even better this year as they are competing very successfully with businesses in China! Larry and his team have customers all over the world and his success keeps jobs in America and Addison…well done Larry!
Wednesday evening, our team helped host a BizNow real estate networking event at the Princeton Building on the west side of the Dallas Parkway. Council Members Chris DeFrancisco, Bruce Arfsten and I joined in to support City Manager Ron Whitehead, Communications and Marketing Director Carrie Rice, Economic Development Director Orlando Campos and Management Analyst Charles Goff in an event designed to increase the level of awareness and profile of opportunities here in Addison within the real estate community of professionals. It was an extremely well attended event with over 400 attendees! This is great exposure for Addison, and we are definitely moving in the right circles.
Thursday began with a huge large dose of incredible enthusiasm at the ribbon cutting for our newest restaurant in Addison, Raising Cane’s. They built a beautiful new restaurant at 4100 Belt Line Road, next to Sams Club. Council Members Neil Resnik, Bruce Arfsten, Chris DeFrancisco, Roger Mellow and I joined a large team of our Addison staff and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce to welcome the self-proclaimed “Caneiacs” to Addison. Addison is their 122 store in the U.S., and based on the energy and passion of what is the most enthusiastic crew we have ever seen, the store here in Addison will be their very best! WOW! As the general manager said to us before the ribbon cutting, “better put on your seatbelts!” By the time the store opened at 10:30 a.m. they had over two dozen customers waiting in line! What an amazing dose of enthusiasm early in the day! You know, even before opening their doors, the Raising Cane’s team had already become great community stewards. Thanks to the great work of Jay Ihrig and our Addison Arbor Foundation folks, the Raising Cane’s new General Manager Anders Grove on a tour of Addison and identified opportunities for their team to participate in and around Addison. I’ll see you all over at Raising Canes for some awesome chicken tenders!
At the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce luncheon Council Members Neil Resnik, Bruce Arfsten, Chris DeFrancisco and Mayor Pro Tempore Blake Clemens hosted a table of Addison professionals to mix and mingle with area business leaders and to sing the praises of Addison. Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore Kimberly Lay was a guest at another table of professional real estate folks. And, just to make sure we had Addison all over the room, I accepted an invitation to sit with City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, radio host and long time friend David Johnson, and the incoming and outgoing Chairs of the Chamber’s Board as well as the keynote speaker the CEO of Texas Instruments Rich Templeton. Our team did a very good job of networking and making sure all in the room know about the Addison Way!
Hazardous Household Waste Disposal
Occasionally I am asked how best to dispose of Hazardous household items. Here are some great tips:
The Town contracts with Dallas County to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste. All Addison residents can drop off Household Hazardous Waste at Dallas County’s Home Chemical Collection Center at 11234 Plano Road in Dallas. We also provide curbside collection for single family residents as part of their trash service – they can call the Public Works Department at 972-450-2871 to arrange a pickup.
Hazardous materials that Dallas County accepts are: home chemical products, paint & home repair products, lawn & garden chemicals, aerosol sprays, pool chemicals, crafty & hobby supplies, cleaners & polishes, batteries, auto fluids & oil filters, fluorescent light tubes, computers & cell phones.
The County does not accept: commercial waste, any container larger than 5 gallons, explosives or ammunition, shock sensitive materials, smoke detectors, radioactive materials, medical waste, common trash or recyclables, construction debris and any electronics or appliances other than computers and cell phones.
More information on the Town’s household hazardous waste program can be found on addisongreen.info: http://www.addisongreen.info/reycling/household-hazardous-waste-program/.
Living the Addison Way
Congratulations to (left to right) Bill Hoppe, Tom Souers, Carolyn Trechter, Rich Teza, Hal Branson, Fran Powell and Ivan Hughes on their election to serve on the board of the Oaks North HOA. Thank you very much for your volunteer service and your willingness to dive in and help make Addison a better place. We have nine HOAs in Addison and their boards serve a very important purpose in helping to maintain the physical beauty and enhance the overall brand of our Town. While sometimes a very challenging role, it is rewarding to be part of making your neighborhood and community a better place. Thanks to all of you who are willing to give of your time and energy in this service to Addison.
Over the years Addison has built and sustained a valuable and vibrant brand, and much of that brand is attributable to the visual cues all over Town as well as the consistently superior infrastructure and outstanding Town services we provide. Past leadership, Council and staff have provided the vision, guidance and necessary investments to build that brand over the years and as a result we all enjoy the many benefits that brand brings for us as residents and community stakeholders. Here are move great photos of Addison in bloom—and some great shots of our new water tower and streets lights on Belt Line!
A very special thanks to Nelly Garcia for her beautiful Addison pictures, her photos are almost as pretty as she is!
Something Borrowed, Something Blue: A Wedding Open House: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Addison Conference Centre. Before you say, “I Do,” be sure to attend Addison’s premier wedding event!
Spring 2012 Addison Town Meeting: Tuesday, April 3, 2012—7:00pm at the Addison Conference Centre
As always, please be sure to register for our online Town calendar, www.addison2012.com to always be in the know about Town meetings, special events, and fun happenings!
I hope you all have a great weekend enjoying what might be the last of the real cool weather.