Richardson | May 2022


News from Richardson & Richardson ISD


Richardson City Council meets June 6, 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson. The meetings are open to the public and are streamed live online. Richardson ISD board of trustees meets May 23, June 6 and 13 at 6 p.m. at the RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson. Plano ISD board of trustees meets June 21 at 6 p.m. at the PISD Administration Center, 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. 469-752-8100. MEETINGS WE COVER fine arts area. This expansion and improvement project is part of RISD’s larger middle school transformation plan. RICHARDSON City Council approved a special-use permit that will allow Another Time and Place Grille to provide dining, hookah and live entertainment on an outdoor patio. Located at 925 Abrams Road in Richardson, the special-use permit was required because the business will provide tobacco and tobacco accessories as well as allow on-site smoking. PLANO ISD During its May 3 meeting, the board re-elected Place 5 Trustee David Stolle to his position as president for the 2022-23 school year. The board also re-elected Place 3 Trustee Nancy Humphrey as vice president and Place 6 Trustee Jeri Chambers as secretary. CITY HIGHLIGHTS RICHARDSON ISD The board of trustees picked law firm O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo to assist with the search for Richardson ISD’s next superintendent during its April 19 meeting. O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo was one of three search firms that presented during a board meeting April 13 on how they would go about assisting the district. RICHARDSON The city announced the inaugural Culture in the Core event to take place in downtown Richardson. The event, held in honor of the city’s globally oriented community, is scheduled to take place from noon-5 p.m. June 4. The free event will feature a variety of international cuisines and vendors as well as multicultural dance and music performances. RICHARDSON ISD The board of trustees unanimously approved more than $31.7 million for the planned expansion and renovation project at Forest Meadow Junior High School during its May 9 meeting. The approved final phase of construction consists of all remaining work necessary for the full middle school transformation project, including updating the

Richardson slated to consider implementing restrictions on short-term rentals in the city

RICHARDSON City Council is considering implementing restric- tions on the use of short-term rentals in the city. A short-term rental is defined as a residential property that is rented wholly or partly for a period not longer than 30 consecutive days, officials said. Richardson is not allowed to prohibit short-term rentals, but can regulate them under local regulations. Council discussed potential guide- lines for short-term rentals during its May 16 meeting. No decision was made, but city staff is expected to bring an ordinance back for consider- ation by council before the end of the fiscal year in September. Under the proposed regulation, property owners would be asked to register their properties with the city in person or on a website dedicated to short-term rentals. In addition, Richardson officials

said they are looking at requiring hotel occupancy tax rates to be paid by short-term rentals upon request from the city. Officials said the hotel occupancy tax should be required since the function of the rentals is the same as a hotel or motel. The hotel occupancy tax is a mandatory state tax applied to guests who rent a hotel room that costs $15 or more each day, according to the Texas Comptroller website. The state hotel occupancy tax rate is 6% of the cost of a room, while the city charges a 7% rate. If the guidelines for short-term rentals are approved, registration will be revoked for repeated violations of any part of the proposed ordinance. If approved, Community Services Administrator Lindsay Turman said short term rentals would likely be required to register in October, with the first registration fee to be assessed in January 2023.


Those registering a short-term rental could be asked for a list of owners, operators and agents with addresses, e-mail addresses and current phone numbers. Other requirement could include:

Name of a 24-hour contact

Nonrefundable registration fee

Floor plan with the locations of fire extinguishers and smoke detectors

Sworn statement that the owner has met all requirements


RISD OKs third phase of work at J.J. Pearce High RICHARDSON ISD The board of trustees approved the final stage for the J.J. Pearce High School renovation and expansion project. The board of trustees approved a guaranteed maximum price of a little more than $99 million for the third phase of construction during its May 9 meeting. Phase 3 of the project is slated to consist of renovating existing classroom spaces, reconfiguring existing spaces and further upgrades to existing systems/infrastructure, according documents prepared for the board.

McGowan wins District 5 race; District 2 seat goes to runoff

RICHARDSON ISD Rachel McGowan won the board of trustees District 5 seat in the May 7 election, according to official results reported in Dallas County. Sherry Clemens and Vanessa Pacheco are headed to a runoff in the District 2 race after no one received more than 50% of the votes. Three candidates were on the ballot for the single-member District 2 seat: Clemens, a small-business owner; Pacheco, a business execu- tive; and incumbent Board Member Eron Linn. Clemens came in first in the elec- tion with 41.78% of the votes, while Pacheco received 40.76%. Incumbent Eron Linn had 17.45%. The runoff election between Clemens and Pacheco is scheduled to be held June 18, with the winning candidate earning the District 2 race. McGowan received 50.99% of the

votes in the District 5 race. Realtor Jan Stell came in second in the race with 38.22%, while business developer Kile Brown was third with 10.75%.


Winner of District 5 race Rachel McGowan

Runoff for District 2*


Sherry Clemens Vanessa Pacheco





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