It has been kind of a quiet week to give everyone a chance to catch their breath after one of the closest and most hotly contested Council elections in our history.
On Saturday evening the unofficial election results were posted at Fire Station #1 on Airport Parkway and were reported the following morning in the Dallas Morning News as:
- Mary Carpenter (I) – 702 votes (15%)
- Janelle Moore (I) – 739 votes (16%)
- Paul Walden – 839 votes (18%)
- David Heape (I) – 733 votes (16%)
- Al Angell – 799 votes (17%)
- Jim Duffy – 775 votes (17%)
These are the unofficial results with 1,566 voters casting at least one vote.
Those receiving the top three voting totals will be sworn in on Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30pm at Town Hall. Please join me in congratulating Paul Walden, Al Angell and Jim Duffy on their election victories. Tuesday will be the official canvassing of the election and the last official act of current Council Members Janelle Moore, Mary Carpenter and David Heape. Please join me in thanking them for their service to Addison.
You are certainly welcome to come to this open meeting to cheer on the victors and thank the outgoing Council Members.
Early Tuesday morning City Manager Wes Pierson, Deputy City Manager Cheryl Delaney and I helped host the monthly Metroplex Mayors Association luncheon at the Marriott Quorum hotel. Our guest speaker was Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport, who provided an update on “Everything DFW Airport.” Mr. Donohue’s report included updates of the current, almost complete renovation of all of the terminals and new parking garage and systems totaling over $3 billion of new investment in that very important North Texas economic engine. He also let us know that they are redoing their strategic plan with a long-term focus on new infrastructure and measuring themselves on the overall customer experience. It sounds remarkably similar to many of the issues we are challenged with here in Addison. Sean also mentioned that as they measure their customer service experience, they plan to raise the bar and be measured on an international basis instead of just a national level. It is great to hear that DFW Airport is led by someone with vison and commitment. It also highlights the growing importance of our efforts to inspire DART to finally build our Addison to DFW Airport Cotton Belt Line!
On Tuesday we received some very good news! We have been able to attract Ocwen Loan Servicing to Addison! They service commercial and home mortgage loans and are based in Florida with a large back office operation in Coppell. They are moving 900 employees into the 136,000 square foot space at 16675 Addison Road, the southwest corner of Addison Road and Excel Parkway. Their preliminary plans include beginning the move in the fall and completing it by November of this year, at which point Ocwen Loan Servicing will be our third largest employer behind Bank of America and Mary Kay. This move is an excellent endorsement of the work our Economic Development team has done by filling a building that has been vacant for almost three years, as well as a testament to our central location, low tax rate and high level of available amenities for employees who come to work in Addison. Just think how happy our restaurant folks will be with lots of new potential customers in town, not to mention our realtors who are helping to find Addison housing for potential new residents who will want to live close to their office!
As you hopefully know by now, we kick off our 2016 Special Events season this week by bringing back Taste Addison. You will be able to read about all the fun below in our Around Town section; however, I just wanted to take a moment to touch on the business aspect of this and our other special events. One of the things I know we all love about Addison is the variety of restaurant choices we have right near our homes. As often as we all eat out, and I assure you Nelly and I do our part every evening, there are just not enough residents here to support our 180 restaurants. It is important that we attract folks to the 10 million square feet of office space, our 22 soon to be 24 hotels and our airport to provide a steady flow of customers to all of those restaurants. That is the very important business role Taste Addison plays in building that customer base and continuing to reinforce our brand as a place for great food and fun! While I hope you have fun at our event this weekend, look around and you will see lots of visitors being reminded that Addison is The Place to come have great food, do business and have fun . . . that is a good message for our whole community.
This weekend more than 30 Addison restaurants will be representing our diverse restaurant industry at our 22nd Taste Addison. New this year, each restaurant will feature a “tasty bite” for $1 – $3 so you can get around to try several restaurants. Or, you can purchase a full meal for a few dollars more. Trying to decide what drink with your meal? A quick visit to the Wine or Beer tasting tent should make that decision easier (or much harder!).
The music returns this year with local favorites, tribute bands and, of course, our headliner The Band Perry on Saturday night. Local chefs including Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlains’ Fish Market), Chef Gabe (Lazy Dog), and Erik Godall (Mad Batter Baker), just to name a few, will be on site during the event showcasing their culinary talents. If you need to pick up a few ingredients so you can replicate those meals at home, stop by the Marketplace where you’ll find lots of gourmet foods along with gift items. And, of course, the carnival and midway will be back again so please bring your kids to this family friendly event.
For a full list of restaurants, schedules and more, visit TasteAddisonTexas.com.
This week you should have received a postcard notifying you that the Town is switching providers for emergency notifications. The new Everbridge system is the same one being used by our partners at the new NTECC consolidated dispatch system, but it also has some additional features not currently available through Code Red. The good news is that you can opt in to receive notifications regarding changes in trash collection, mosquito spraying and other non-emergency, town-related announcements. The bad news is that everyone needs to re-register for the new service at AddisonAlert.com. The new system also allows us to notifiy you by email, text or phone – you pick how you want to be notified and in what order. If you have any questions or need help registering, please contact Mary Rosenbleeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.450.7032.
Friday – Sunday, May 13 – 15: Taste Addison, Addison Circle Park. Visit TasteAddisonTexas.com for all the details, but make sure you join us for this wonderful Addison tradition.
Saturday, May 14, 9am – 11am: Addison Arbor Foundation presents “Disease Resistant Bloom Plants” and “Lawn Care for Weed Owners.” Part of the Arbor Foundations Educational Series, the event will be held at the Addison Athletic Club. Space is limited so make your reservations here. For more information on the Addison Arbor Foundation, visit AddisonArbor.org.
Tuesday, May 17, 5:30pm: Special Council Meeting, Addison Town Hall, 5300 Belt Line Road.
Thursday, May 19, 6pm – 6:45pm: Third Thursday Coffee with the Mayor, Sidewalk Cafe, 5030 Addison Road.
Saturday and Sunday, May 21 -22, 10am – 5pm: Warbirds Over Addison at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. The show offers access throughout the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, various aircraft fly-bys, aerial displays and a Sherman tank demo. The main feature this year is a round-up of P-51 Mustangs. Fuddruckers will be at the event offering amazing burgers and drinks for purchase. Tickets prices are $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children ages 4-12. Get all the details here.
I am very excited about our prospects for a great future here in Addison. I do believe that working together we will build on our great traditions and find new and innovative ways to not only survive, but in fact to thrive, and continue to be an outstanding place to grow your business, have fun and be a safe and secure place for you and your family.
Thank you for the honor of being your Mayor,