Our 31st KaBoom Town raised the bar on Spectacular!
Everyone I talked to agreed it was the best fireworks show in Addison ever. New choreography and creative pyrotechnics gave us thrills and lots of “ohs!” and “ahs!” for the entire 30 minute show.
We opened the park at 4:00 pm and lots of folks were waiting to get in to stake their claim to their favorite spot. The Live Music began at 5:00 and the awesome airshow of historic warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight museum at 7:15.
Inside the fenced area of the park was at capacity of about 24,000 by 7:30 pm, yet the surrounding areas continued to draw folks to the ideal viewing spots.
Council colleagues Bruce Arfsten, Ivan Hughes and Dale Wilcox joined me on the big stage at 7:30 to welcome everyone to Addison and recognize our participation in the Folds of Honor fund raising effort.
Sponsors Albertsons/Tom Thumb and Budweiser joined in the recognition and we were all inspired by the speech and comments of Iraq war hero Brian Tanco and his assurances of how important our funds are in helping the families of our veterans.
Great music and fun carried the evening right up until the 9:30 start of the simulcast and the spectacular fireworks show. No wonder our KaBoom Town fireworks show continues to rank in the top 10 in the entire county!
Following the fireworks the After Party continued featuring the band “Party Machine” to help keep the crowd in the park having fun for a bit to permit the traffic some time to dissipate and reduce the traffic jams. When the rain came at about 11:30 it was the perfect conclusion to another outstanding Addison special event.
The council agenda for our first and only Regular Meeting in July is packed! I anticipate we will have a conversation about our history of Transparency in Addison and ideas for us to continue to improve.
We will cover a handful of important rezoning and zoning issues affecting the tracts of land at 14345 Dallas Parkway, the former site of the Ewing auto dealership, the 39.4 acres of property located at 17001 Addison Road that is currently home to Trinity Christian Academy and the property located at 14910 Midway Road, the former home of Snuffer’s restaurant.
We will also consider granting license agreements to two restaurants in the Circle for use of the public right of way adjacent to Astoria and Antonio’s for outdoor dining areas.
Our Finance department will present the Quarterly Financial Review of the Town for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.
Other matters to be considered are the adoption of the Addison Airport Master Plan that has been in the works for several months as well as a very important discussion and consideration regarding our housing policy and residential density.
I also anticipate two additional items that council members Duffy and Walden have requested: the first being a discussion about council procedures and ethics, the second being another discussion and consideration about the mayor’s newsletter.
I thought we had discussed and resolved that matter at our last meeting when the council in a 2-5 vote declined to permit any council member to write a newsletter in conjunction with the staff newsletter; Duffy, Walden, Hughes, Arfsten, Angell all voting to deny that opportunity to council members and only Meier and Wilcox voting in favor. In further action that evening of June 28 the council voted 6-0 to provide to the mayor or any other council member the list of all email addresses of those folks that signed up to receive the mayor’s newsletter.
We will have a couple of works session items that we will cover starting at 6:00 pm: an update on the Midway Road Reconstruction project and a discussion about our Public Information policy. You are of course welcome to attend any of our meetings including these works sessions. We have recently held our work sessions in the beautiful parlor on the ground floor immediately to your left as you enter Town Hall.
Judging from our agenda it looks like a very long and interesting evening with some very important items for the council to resolve. I hope you will plan to join us in person at Town Hall or online at http://addisontx.swagit.com/city-council/. This meeting may prove to be very revealing.
Council Activities for the Week
I received a note from the Chairperson of the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) this week letting me know that our very own Bruce Arfsten, who has this liaison assignment, has missed only one meeting in the last year. This group meets every month, good job Bruce.
Thank you to council members Arfsten, Hughes and Wilcox for helping to maintain our tradition of council participation at our highest profile annual Special Event KaBoom Town on Sunday evening. All of us made sure we welcomed as many folks as possible and represented Addison as the ambassadors we are. Council members Duffy, Walden and Angell did not participate.
Council members Hughes, Wilcox and I held our monthly Finance Committee on Monday evening July 5th at 4:00 pm at Town Hall with our interim CFO Scott Neils, Deputy City Manager Cheryl Delaney and City Manager Wes Pierson to review a draft of the Finance department’s quarterly report, review the Texas Comptroller transparency process and the value of our Finance Committee
Council member Bruce Arfsten joined me on Thursday morning for the fun Metrocrest Chamber ribbon cutting event for Furniture Solutions now at 15301 Midway Road., Suite 300.
Bruce Arfsten will be representing Addison tomorrow evening at our Summer Series event in Beckert Park to welcome the crowd and introduce the movie at 8:00 pm.
On Wednesday July 6, immediately following our First Wednesday of the Month mayor coffee, I dashed “across the street” to 3885 Arapaho Road to meet with Vice President of operations Jerry Benvie and Manufacturing Director Benjamin Burgos of Addison-headquartered OsteoMed.
Director of Economic Development Director Orlando Campos, Manager of Economic Development Drew Dietrich and I were treated to a tour an update of this amazing Addison business.
As you may be able to tell from the photos of the map and the flags arrayed throughout their immaculate facility, OsteoMed does business all over the world with a corporate presence in 87 countries!
As Jerry shared with us, “We are a highly nimble and responsive company and a leading global innovator, developer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialty medical device, surgical implants, and powerful surgical instruments.”
While in Addison OsteoMed has steadily grown into their very large over 100,000 square foot facility with 175 employees here with us in Addison and another 100 spread around the world.
Jerry and Benjamin let us know that they will be adding another 25 jobs this year thru growth, acquisition and developing new product lines. They let us know how proximity to our Addison airport, central location to a highly skilled work force and the fun of all of Addison are important components of their success; they love being here with us in Addison.
We are so proud to have Jerry, Benjamin and the entire OsteoMed team here with us, a group that truly makes a difference in the lives of so many patients each day around the world!
Thursday morning council colleague Bruce Arfsten and I represented Addison at the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting for Furniture Solutions now at 15301 Midway Road, Suite 300.
A very large crowd of Chamber members, employees and friends were on hand for the ribbon cutting of the expansion of their family business that began back in the early 1980s. With the original showroom located in the Design district on Oak Lawn, this is their first expansion north and all are so excited they chose Addison for their growth.
Their totally remodeled showroom has a wide array of new and preowned office furniture with, as Meagan Monette said, “Likable people, diverse products and great prices.”
For the last several years the Les Lacs neighborhood has held an annual fun 4th of July parade at 10:00 am. All of the organization, food and drinks are provided thru donations of the organizers.
This year neighbor Liesl Mayerson and her team organized the activity and as usual it was great fun for kids and families. Council colleague Bruce Arfsten, his dog Zoey and I were honored to participate, yet the real stars were the kids!
Our Addison motor officer Jacob Chambers led our parade on his BMW motorcycle around the lake and we ended our parade route at the park across from our Athletic Club with cold drinks, treats and hot dogs cooked by some really talented dads!
Lots of fun and a big Addison thank you to Liesl and her team, working to keep this small town patriotic Addison tradition alive.
On Wednesday morning, July 6, at 10:00 am we met at Dunn Bros. on Belt Line Road for our First Wednesday of the Month Mayor coffee. We had our usual packed house with lots of great questions.
I opened our meeting with a shout out to our staff for the great job on KaBoom Town and a reminder about other upcoming events. Then I gave my projections for what might be on our Council meeting agenda for next Tuesday, July 12, which mirrors the outline provided for you above.
Our questions covered everything from recent incidents of vandalism, to taxes, budgets, employee compensation, property values, the prospects for our Cotton Belt line as part of DART, Code Enforcement and community policing among other issues. It was a great conversation that included a number of new residents and new attendees at our coffee.
We will see you again later this month at the Sidewalk Café on Thursday, July 21, at 6:00 pm for a more appropriately named “evening conversation with the mayor”. That is a name change suggestion made by a couple of readers who thought Coffee with the mayor at 6:00pm did not seem right. In any event come join us for some fun, an adult beverage if you choose, and open and candid conversation.
On Thursday evening July 7 beginning at 6:30 pm, Addison neighbor and leader of our Neighborhood Watch groups Tom Schaeffer, along with our Addison Police department continued their series of informational meetings for our community.
Chief Paul Spencer led the conversation that included a review of policing today and the challenges, the philosophy of Community Policing and the Addison Way and how it applies to policing.
Chief Spencer continued the presentations including several of our other officers to cover a review of our new combined dispatch and radio center, NTECC, a crime update that included a review of recent offenses and the use of new technology like our Raidsonline/OffenderWatch, and dealing with solicitors.
We also learned more about our important role in deterring and reporting crime with “If you see something, say something”, “When to call-What to say-Who to call” and Operation ID.
The presentations also included information about the new Open Carry Law and various community outreach programs our Addison police department is offering. With an excellent Q&A session at the end of evening, I believe the 60+ folks attending felt like their time was well invested and all expressed real appreciation for the work of our officers.
Thank you or continuing to read and share our Addison mayor’s newsletter. It is a heartfelt effort on my part as your mayor to keep you informed about all that is going on in Addison from my perspective.
I believe it is very important for you to hear from the elected officials of your community, and this effort each week is part of my commitment to transparency. I believe the recent council debates about this issue have been important. While on occasion very passionate and maybe even a bit too much so, open government is a critical part of our democracy.
I am very pleased that our staff is continuing to write a newsletter because I believe more information is far better than less information. When it comes to Transparency I believe “more is better”.
Thank you for the honor of being your mayor,