The beautiful trees and flowers, combined with the time change, remind us that “spring has sprung” here in Addison! This photograph was submitted by longtime Addison resident Karen Gassett as a great shot of one of Addison’s landmarks budding out in its very unique fashion – another reminder that it is springtime. This tree blooms each spring with dark pink and very light pink/white blossoms and is located on the east side of Inwood Road just north of Landmark Place. Karen calls it “The Coming Together,” a very appropriate name for our Addison.
Quick reminder! Our annual Easter Eggstravaganza hunt is tomorrow morning at 10am at Les Lacs Park right across from our Athletic Club. Do not be late . . . the kids move very fast. It takes our staff hours to hide those plastic eggs and the kids have them all picked up in just a few minutes. It really is fun to watch.
We will have our second Regular Council Meeting of the month this Tuesday evening, March 22, beginning at 5:30pm with an Executive Session to discuss a proposed Addison Airport development. Then at 6pm we will have an important Work Session covering an update on the Vitruvian Development and an Addison Grove financial update.
Our Regular Session will begin at 7:30pm with our announcements and Public Comment section, followed by a fairly short consent agenda. Our Regular items will likely include approval of contracts to begin the work on improving Les Lacs pond, consideration of a request for a meritorious exception for a sign located at 4875 Belt Line Road for Home2 Suites and approval for our City Manager to add staff to our finance department. There may be additions or deletions to Tuesday evening’s work, so be sure to check on our website for the finalized agenda. Here is a quick link.
Early Wednesday morning our “Meet and Greet” team was on the job with big smiles, granola bars, bananas and restaurant guides for the folks we were greeting on their way into work at the beautiful Wellington Center office building, located at 14643 Dallas Parkway just south of Lawry’s restaurant. I have included a few pictures of the awesome lobby area and our team of Economic Development Manager Drew Dietrich, Council Member Ivan Hughes with Denise Stamas, building administrator at the Wellington Centre, and Jose Gutierrez, lead engineer at the Wellington Centre. It was a wonderful morning, with lots of happy folks coming by who work for longtime Addison businesses Mohr and Hitachi consulting, among other noteworthy tenants in this building.
This morning Council Colleague David Heape and I welcomed the second annual TREP EXPO which is held in conjunction with our partners at Baylor, their Hakamer School of Business and their entrepreneurship program and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center at our Addison TreeHouse. This full-day conference and expo had a keynote speech from Tom Browning of Foot Cardigan; mini pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs; and presentations on intellectual property, crowdfunding, online marketing and funding. This is an excellent event for us to host as it builds our brand and recognition for Addison as a hub of entrepreneurship in North Texas.
From theTreeHouse I dashed over to our Addison Conference Centre to welcome the North Texas Commission and their Leadership Class for a day with us in Addison. This group of 33 leaders in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector come see us in Addison each year as part of their curriculum to learn about how we make density and urban development work. Part of their day includes a walking tour of Addison Circle. It is a honor to have these folks in Town and I gave them plenty of good information about the very positive things that are going on with us in Addison to take back to their respective communities.
We held two very important community meetings this week to begin our process of updating our Master Transportation Plan. Last updated in 1998, we are past time to address many of the changes and challenges regarding transportation that have come our way. The Council and staff have put together this process to make sure you are included in the planning and thinking phases. Both meetings were held at our Conference Centre. On Monday the entire Council was joined by about 50 of our residents and then on Wednesday about 35 residents were present to be supportive and answer questions, as well as contribute to the process. Most in attendance indicated that the postcard notification that we used worked! The meetings were conducted in an open house format so that participants could review graphics and provide plenty of feedback and ideas. The presentations were at 7pm and outlined our process and the topics to be covered, including our current Master Transportation Plan, transportation goals, traffic/congestion/intersections/connectivity and alternative modes of transportation. All of this valuable feedback and data will be gathered, reviewed and woven into our next steps. There are more opportunities for you to participate and give us your thoughts. In fact beginning March 21 we will be conducting a survey regarding our Master Transportation Plan, which will be available here next Monday.
I visited with three different neighborhood or HOA groups this week to review Addison highlights, including our booming Addison economy and fun development projects coming our way, as well as to clear up some of the misinformation about our recent very exciting Addison Grove project. Following my informal presentations, I made myself available to answer any and all questions from everyone in attendance. I really enjoy these opportunities to visit and give an inside look at all of the great things we are doing, so please do not hesitate to let me know if you want me to come by and visit with your group. We will make that happen!
Early Thursday morning Council Colleagues, Mary Carpenter, David Heape, Ivan Hughes and Bruce Arfsten joined me, along with our Deputy City Manager Cheryl Delaney, City Secretary Laura Bell and Director of Public Communications Mary Rosenbleeth, for the 11th annual fund raising Metrocrest Service Keyholder breakfast at the Marriott Quorum Hotel. Metrocrest Service CEO Tracy Eubanks welcomed us and got us off to a great start and then FOX4 News Sports Director Mike Doocy took over as our Master of Ceremonies. The mission of the organization is “to provide programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Coppell, Addison and Dallas in Denton County.” Their fundraising target of raising over $40,000 was certainly advanced by the compelling remarks by CFBISD Superintendent Bobby Burns and an inspiring video of the need for these important services from real life folks. I am very proud that Addison is such a major supporter of this effort.
On Thursday evening at 6pm we held our Third Thursday of the Month Coffee with the Mayor at the Sidewalk Café and we were hosted by new owner Sue Richter who shared with us her vision of making Sidewalk Café a special Addison Circle neighborhood place. I was joined by Council Colleagues Mary Carpenter, Janelle Moore, David Heape and Ivan Hughes. We had an excellent discussion on a wide variety of topics ranging from our new financial processes and procedures and the wind turbines to the new development at Addison Grove, new policing policy on underperforming hotels and the fun coming our way with Taste Addison. In addition we discussed concerns about crosswalks and pedestrian safety in various places around Town. This is a very well informed group of folks who are also very involved in helping us make Addison even better.
In fact, Addison Circle resident Ilene Cohen, president of the Addison Circle Community Association, reminded me that the ACCA meets on the first Monday evening of each month. Their next meeting will be April 4 at 7pm at the Lion and Crown in Addison Circle and Addison’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism Orlando Campos will be their guest speaker.
Saturday, March 19, 10am: Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Les Lacs Park (across from the Addison Athletic Club)
Tuesday, March 22: Regular Council Meeting, Work Session begins at 6pm, Regular Session at 7:30pm, Addison Town Hall, 5300 Belt Line Road
Monday, April 11, 7pm: Town Meeting Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Come hear about exciting Town developments and see presentations from Council Members. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask your questions.
Thank you again for the honor of being your Mayor. All is well in Addison, Texas.