Saturday, December 10, 2016
Last weekend’s Holiday Festivities were lots of fun and in the Addison tradition of being very inclusive and well done.
The Addison Legacy Foundation’s first annual “Run the Lights” event at Vitruvian Park on Friday evening was sold out with over 1,100 runners paid in advance with 50 volunteers helping to make the event a huge success.
The Christmas Holiday Brunch on Sunday from 10:00 am-2:00 pm had our highest number of reservations ever, just short of 1,500 folks. It looked like most, if not all, came for a fun filled event of excellent food, Holiday music, children’s crafts and a chat with the Big Man, Santa.
We will begin our Council work with an executive session beginning at 5:00 pm on Tuesday December 13, covering an analysis of Town owned real estate at 4460 and 4500 Belt Line Road and the very important responsibility of performing our City Manager’s annual review and evaluation.
We will follow those items with a work session to hear a presentation on our upcoming Asset Management Plan and further discuss any possible changes to our Housing Policy.
Our Regular session will begin at 7:30 pm with an important recognition for Tom Lamberth of UDR and our Public Comment Section.
Our very lengthy agenda will include a number of other very important subjects including the decision by council on whether to give current Addison retirees an increase in benefits with a pay raise.
As this pay raise issue is a very large financial commitment on the part of all Addison taxpayers, this will likely be a very lively debate.
Other important policy discussion and decisions will include possible changes in our current housing policy and consideration of policy guidance related to Addison employee severance agreements.
Council Member Activities
Council member Bruce Arfsten and I helped coordinate the very helpful volunteers for the Run the Lights event on a very cool Friday evening last week.
Council colleagues Bruce Arfsten, Ivan Hughes, Jim Duffy, Dale Wilcox, Al Angell and I helped host our Christmas Holiday brunch on Sunday.
Council members Dale Wilcox and Ivan Hughes joined me on Monday for our First Monday of the month Economic Development luncheon at the new Midway Point.
On Monday evening council members Bruce Arfsten, Ivan Hughes and I attended the monthly Addison Circle Community Association meeting at our Cavanaugh Flight Museum.
Our Finance Committee consisting of council colleagues Dale Wilcox, Ivan Hughes and I met on Wednesday afternoon.
The new Midway Point restaurant was the location for our First Monday of the month Economic Development Luncheon with the mayor and council members. About 16 of us enjoyed the neighborly conversation, very good food and Economic Development update presented by our Economic Development Director, Orlando Campos.
Next month’s Economic Development luncheon date will be adjusted to account for the New Year’s Day observance. We will meet from 11:30 am-1:00 pm on Monday, January 9, 2017 at a restaurant to be determined, so stay tuned. Your suggestions?
A special thank you to all of our corporate sponsors for our first annual Run the Lights that benefited our Addison Legacy Foundation.
Working closely with and developing additional important Addison connections with our corporate community was one of the additional very positive benefits generated by the Addison Legacy Foundation as they created sponsorship opportunities.
ONCOR and Vitruvian Park UDR were the top sponsors with generous support from Methodist Hospital for Surgery, Albertsons/Tom Thumb, Camp Gladiator, Bank of Texas, Frost Bank, HUB International, Icon Consulting Engineers, Liberty Capital Bank, Look Cinemas, UCR Development, United Surgical Partners International, The Gents Place, and WIN Worldwide. Taco Diner, Mad Batter Baker, Addison Coffee Roasters and Bitter Sisters Brewing Company provided important in-kind support.
As you shop, bank, and appreciate all that is Addison, please consider the valuable commitment to Addison each of these companies provided in support of the mission of the Addison Legacy Foundation.
On Tuesday evening I represented Addison at the Holiday event for one of our long time Addison marketing agencies, HCK2, located in one of the beautiful office spaces in Vitruvian Park.
President and CEO Heather Capps heads this woman-owned agency that is not only a corporate resident–they are now also doing some work for Addison!
On Wednesday evening I dropped by to represent Addison at the annual UDR Holiday event in their beautiful Fiori building on the 13th floor in the Sky Vue room.
I had a chance to visit with several of the top management UDR folks from Denver that were in Town to facilitate the transition as Tom Lamberth leaves UDR at the end of this month.
Last weekend as noted above was so much fun!
Remember: every Saturday the rest of the year the beautiful Vitruvian Lights will be making their magic on 555 trees with 1.5 million lights, food trucks, live music and Santa, until he leaves to finalize his 2016 work on 12/24.
On Monday evening Ilene Cohen and her board for the Addison Circle Community Association held their monthly meeting at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.
With about 23 folks in attendance including council colleagues Bruce Arfsten and Ivan Hughes, we received an informative walking tour of the museum and then a council update from Bruce.
Former council member and mayor pro tempore Blake Clemens was the guest speaker with an outstanding presentation on the history of our Addison airport and the vital role our airport plays in our Addison economy.
Wednesday at 10:00 am we had the best turnout of council members and neighbors at our mayor’s coffee in a long time. Council members Bruce Arfsten, Dale Wilcox, Ivan Hughes and Al Angell joined me.
I spoke briefly about the great job our staff did with our Christmas Holiday Brunch and the amazing volunteer effort producing our first annual “Run the Lights” event at Vitruvian Park.
I shared a quick outline of upcoming council agenda items and then opened it up for questions and comments.
Most of the rest of the hour was spent listening to significant concern expressed about the upcoming council agenda item that relates to giving raises to current Addison retirees.
Several neighbors expressed frustration with the lack of access and responsiveness to a couple of council members who were not present.
Our Third Thursday of the month “After Hours with the Mayor” will be Thursday, December 22, at 6:00 pm at Lion and Crown in Addison Circle.
Our Finance Committee consisting of council colleagues Dale Wilcox, Ivan Hughes and me met Wednesday afternoon with our City Manager Wes Pierson, Deputy City Manager Cheryl Delaney, Interim CFO Olivia Riley and Senior Budget analyst Paul DeBuff.
We reviewed a draft of our Finance Department’s 3rd Quarter Financial Report ending September 30, 2016, in preparation for our council meeting on Tuesday, December 13.
Registration for our Spring Citizens Academy is underway! Do not miss out.
The program begins with a fun get-acquainted and orientation evening on Friday, February 24, 2017. Then for the following three Saturdays, February 25, March 4, and March 11, you will have a true behind-the-scenes look at all that makes Addison so special, concluding with your graduation at our council meeting on Tuesday evening March 14, 2017.
To apply, simply download the application form here.
One of the many reasons we love living in Addison is the generosity of our community!
Check out the help so many gave to our Addison Fire Department and their outreach to disadvantaged kids.
Thanks so much to all of you who helped load Santa’s sleigh with 30 bags of toys, 20 boxes of toys, 33 bicycles and $2,750 in checks!
A very successful year indeed, with special thanks to Battalion Chief Patterson and the entire B shift for all of their special work.
Tuesday, December 13, Regular Council meeting, 7:30 pm, Town Hall, with very important agenda items that affect your pocket book and our quality of life in Addison. Executive Session begins at 5:00 pm, open Work Session begins about 6:30 pm.
Monday, December 19, P&Z Commissioners meeting, 6:00 pm, Town Hall. Recognize and thank our going Commissioners and welcome incoming replacement Commissioners.
A very important meeting coming up this next week and I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to share your thoughts with your elected council representatives.
I am honored to be your mayor.
Headline photo: Marlin Willesen took this wonderful photo of a family taking a picture with Santa. Many of the great shots you saw in this issue are Marlin’s work.