Last weekend’s 25th Anniversary of Addison Oktoberfest celebration was no doubt our best ever by any measure! Perfect weather, not a cloud, somewhat cooler but warm enough to work up a good thirst. From the keg-tapping tapping to the Daschschund races, it was great fun for a very (record) large, but friendly crowd. Thanks to so many all-around; Special Events Director Barbara Kovacevich and her team are amazing, as is our entire staff that worked the extra duty and hours required to host a nationally recognized major special event. To our partners in hospitality; Mark Brooks and his team with Marriott Quorum, Scott Blakeslee and the great folks with the Intercontinental Hotel, and of course Sergio Ortiz and the wonderful professionals with the Crowne Plaza, thank you for helping us provide an exceptional customer experience to over 70,000 visitors to Addison—including your very special Oktoberfest hotel customers. Special Events are a very important part of our Addison Brand, and when we all work together and perform as well as we did this last weekend, the immediate and long term benefits to Addison are outstanding! A huge thank you—and well done by all!
Tuesday evening, we began our last meeting of September on time with our Pledge and recognition of our Oktoberfest team. Then, on to calendar reminders: Our Fire Department Open House is on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4pm at Fire Station #2—a great family fun event. Another top-notch event for families is our 5th annual WorldFest, coming up on October 20-21 (noon-6pm each day). Our consent agenda included approval of several contracts; Trinity River Authority to inspect and sample our compliance with waste water treatment laws, Dallas County Health and Human Resources for selected health services at reduced prices for Addison residents, and an agreement with Dallas County for the disposal of household hazardous waste.
Next up was a great presentation from Jack Tidwell regarding Vision North Texas. Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore Bruce Arfsten is our Council liaison to this group and suggested the presentation so we could all become more fully informed about this group’s role and availability as a resource for us. Jack’s report reviewed a focus on creating a successful and sustainable future for North Texas. With population projections for our region indicating growth from our current 6.2 million to 11.7million by 2050, it is understandable that we need to focus on water resources, electricity demand, storm water and drainage issues, transportation options and traffic, air pollution and a variety of other challenges that come with more folks living closer together. All of these issues take long range thinking and planning, it is good for us to have partners like Vision North Texas helping us.
Our next agenda item was the resolution of the sign variance request from Chili’s Restaurant at 4500 Belt Line Road. Note I said resolution, because in very short order and typical Addison Way fashion, Ron and our team worked with the good folks at Chili’s to accommodate their request yet maintain and enhance our Addison brand. We can now all eagerly anticipate the roll out of Chili’s new branding signage right here in Addison very soon—watch for it and be sure to check out Chili’s very soon!
Our 5th agenda item was the appointment of Addison folks to a new committee which was established to develop ideas and ways for us to recognize Addison residents, who over the years have made noteworthy contributions of time, energy, effort and or financial resources to Addison. As an outgrowth of an idea generated by Council Member Chris DeFrancisco, this new committee will have a very broad and loosely defined mission which includes coming up with an appropriate name for their committee, consistent with our desire to include recognition for those that have passed away as well as those still with us! Thanks very much to these folks that were appointed Tuesday evening; Roberto Aguilar, Mary Carpenter, Pam Krueger, Paul Walden, Susie Hayes, and Debra Morgan. Once we have all seven folks appointed, they will begin their work and we will keep you informed of their progress.
Up next was a review of the status of the parking challenges on Addison Walk and Quorum II. Given the volume of complaints from customers and tenants, it is clear we still need to work on this issue. As such we asked the folks from UCR and the Retail Connection to come back to see us with hopefully a better report in 90 days.
After the approval of a few very minor revisions in our Investment Policy and Strategy, we approved the new sales and pricing strategy for our Conference Centre and Visit Addison spaces. These important details are all part of our Staff’s plan to reinvent and rejuvenate our Hotel fund; these changes will help us be more competitive and responsive to the market and our customers; we should be able to see very significant improvement soon.
We approved a budget amendment of over $300,000 of additions to our 2011-12 Budget year which ends this Sunday, September 30. While we would always like for our expenditures to come in under budget, it is also important to note that our revenue was up over $1 million.
Following our executive sessions we heard from a possible new restaurant business on Belt Line Road. More importantly, as part of his current pay plan, we approved a year-end bonus for our 30-year City Manager Ron Whitehead for his work in facilitating the effective progress on our Council’s Strategic Plan this last fiscal year.
We concluded our long evening at about 10:30pm, still seemed like a short evening compared to some of the others we had earlier this month and over the summer!
On Tuesday, I attended the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the remodel of the Communities of Bent Tree, the three apartment communities at 4820 Westgrove. Over the last year and half they have done an amazing make-over, spending more than $11,000 per unit; their 628 unit complex with 7 pools, tennis courts, and lots of mature trees make for a beautiful well located home setting for families, new couples or empty nesters! This is a very important neighborhood for us in Addison and it is outstanding whenever we see our apartment development community reinvest in Addison. I received a tour of the new units with their totally new kitchens, all new floorings, remodeled bathrooms, and they look and feel brand new—and very reasonable rental rates. Give Kim Newman the Concierge Management team General Manager a call at,972-931-0741 to set up your tour.
Working again with our partners at the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, Tracy Eubanks and Mike Harris and I celebrated the ribbon cutting for European Wax Center at 5000 Belt Line Road on Thursday. Our Addison location is franchise owner Bruce McGovern’s fourth location in the metroplex and has given him a chance to, as he said “revisit some one of his favorite places anywhere, Addison!” Bruce introduced us to his staff and familiarized us with the service capabilities available to women and men. For the “ultimate wax experience” check them out at www.waxcenter.com or just drop in.
Thursday morning, I had the honor of being part of our Fire Department’s ceremony to swear in our two newest Firefighters Jacob Lackey and John McKennie. Joined by very proud family members and fellow firefighters, Jacob and John were each presented with their challenge coin, new helmet front, and badge and then they took their oath of office. Welcome to Jacob and John, you have joined a very special organization with a proud tradition of honor, courage and pride.
Consistent with our Fire Department’s commitment to customer service excellence, remember to call Monica Hernandez at 972-450-7228 to schedule your FREE smoke detector battery change and home safety survey—it is coming up soon!
Thursday evening, City Manager Ron Whitehead, Economic Development Director Orlando Campos, Marketing and Communications Director Carrie Rice, joined Council Members Chris DeFrancisco, Neil Resnik and I, at the totally new KTXD-TV studios right here in Addison at the Millennium building on Arapaho and the Tollway. The occasion was a launch party for the introduction of their all new “never done before” local news programming format and on-air team. London Broadcasting owns KTXD, and top executives Terry London and Phil Hurley applauded the efforts of Station General Manager Brian Joyce in bringing an amazing all-star team of local news celebrities together to form the new KTXD team. Tracy Rowlett, Iola Johnson, Troy Dungan, Scott Murray, Phyllis Watson and Jeff Brady are just a few of the very familiar names, faces and voices that, beginning Monday October 1, will start our day with an entirely new concept in local news on KTXD—be sure to check your basic cable provider channel listings! Terry London and his team continue to add to their expanding portfolio of Texas stations with the announcement of their 17th and 18th new stations! Terry, Phil, Brian and the entire team at London Broadcasting and KTXD have become great friends and allies of Addison with their corporate theme line being “all right here” we are so pleased and proud that the “here” is Addison!
First Wednesday Mayor’s Coffee at Dunn Bros, Wednesday, October 3 at 10:00am
Shakespeare in the Park, Macbeth, Addison Circle Park, runs Oct. 3-7, and Oct. 10-14.
Addison Neighborhood Garage Sale, Saturday, October 6, 7:00am-2:00pm
WorldFest: Travel the World in a Weekend—No Luggage Required! October 20-21, Noon-6pm each day. Tickets are $5 or $4 at any DFW Albertsons Market (while supplies last).
Mark your calendar now for some early Holiday shopping! After a too long absence, the Metrocrest Chamber is returning their very popular “Celebrate Metrocrest” to our Addison Conference Centre on Friday, November 9. Enjoy samples from many of the area’s finest restaurants, along with drinks and music, while you have fun networking and shopping for holiday gifts at their fantastic silent auction. Tickets are only $30 and are on sale now.
Thank you for the honor of being your mayor. Have a great Addison weekend!