Richardson October 2020

Richardson City Council Meets Oct. 12, 19 and 26 and Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. Locations have changed due to use of the City Hall as an early voting location Visit www.cor. net for more details. Richardson ISD Meets Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson. www.risd.org Plano ISD Meets Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Administration Center, 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. • www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER county subdivision regulations during a Sept. 28 meeting. The regulations were rewritten to correspond with House Bill 3167, which gives entities 30 calendar days to respond to plats, site plans and other development plans. TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Oct. 1 proclamation limiting drop- off locations for mail-in ballots to one voting clerk office location “as publicly designated by a county’s early voting clerk” instead of several satellite locations. The proclamation also requires early voting clerks to observe mail-in ballot delivery. HIGHLIGHTS RICHARDSON The animal shelter saw a nearly 10% increase in adoptions in August compared to the previous year. This jump was in part due to the Clear the Shelter event, a weeklong adoption drive, shelter manager Noura Jammal said. At the end of the week, the shelter had only three available dogs and seven available cats remaining, leaving the shelter with a 94% adoption rate in August, she said. Year- over-year adoption rates have also increased, with a 20% jump in June. COLLIN COUNTY Commissioners approved updates to the existing

City awards $180,000 in cultural arts grants

BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER

RICHARDSON Twelve cultural arts organizations will receive grants from the city in fiscal year 2020-21. Arts grants are funded through taxes levied on the city’s hotel and motel properties, which took a sig- nificant hit in revenue when tourism dropped off earlier this spring. City Council budgeted $180,000 for arts grants in FY 2020-21, which is about half of what has been awarded in previous years. Arts groups were warned in advance that funding would be limited this year, Assistant City Manager Shanna Sims-Bradish said. Only organizations that have been awarded grants in the past were considered, she added. The commission received 21 applications totaling $362,600. It was recommended that Richardson Symphony Inc. receive the largest grant, at $55,000. Other awardees include Richardson Theater Centre, Richardson Community Chorale and Arts Incubator of Richardson, among others.

Among arts grant recipients, Richardson Symphony Inc. was issued the most money from the city this year. (Courtesy Richardson Symphony Orchestra)

For future years, the city is consid- ering awarding funding in install- ments rather than through a single payment in October, Sims-Bradish said. City Council approved the commis- sion’s recommendations on consent at the Sept. 14 meeting. Grant checks were scheduled to be disbursed to organizations after Oct. 1.

Council Member Kyle Kepner, who serves as a liaison to the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission, said the aftermath of the pandemic will likely result in at least two years of ham- strung finances for local cultural arts groups. “To be realistic, we are going to have a more difficult year next year,” Kepner said.

Collin County to reimburse nonprofits for some COVID-19 costs

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

Commissioners also talked about providing reimbursements to housing and shelter agencies for cleaning and sanitation costs they have incurred during the pandemic but did not take any action. Denton County has a similar program, so Judge Chris Hill said staff would have a conversation with officials there to discuss metrics for quantifying expenses.

The county adopted the Collin Cares recovery plan May 11 with the goal of assisting families and indi- viduals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding for the program comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which sent more than $171 million in federal aid to Collin County.

Collin County commissioners approved a resolution Sept. 21 to allow housing and shelter agencies to submit invoices related to acquiring personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing for reimbursement through the Collin Cares recovery plan. The resolution was approved unanimously.

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