Saturday, December 3, 2016
I hope you have made plans to join us tomorrow at our Addison Conference Centre for our annual Christmas Holiday Brunch for our residents and employees.
The event runs from 10:00 am-2:00 pm with food, complimentary photos with Santa and lots of great music. Come join your neighbors and our outstanding employees as we celebrate this special time of the year together.
A special Addison “Thank You” to all of the volunteers that worked so hard to make the first annual “Run the Lights” fund raising event for the Addison Legacy Foundation such a great success last night.
Special recognition for Legacy Foundation Board Chair Blake Clemens, Race Director Bob Heckman and the entire Legacy Foundation Board: JJ Horan, Bob Kantner, Marlin Willesen, Bruce Arfsten, Chick Martin, Debbie Staggs, Tamela Thornton, Ray Ryland, Janelle Moore and Tom Lamberth. Great job by all; more details next week.
No Council meeting this week. Our next council meeting will be Tuesday evening, December 13 with a very full agenda that will include a review of our City Manager, work session items on our new Asset Management plans and a discussion about our Housing policy.
Regular Session items will include the council’s consideration of a pay raise for our Addison retirees, a policy discussion regarding severance agreements, a drainage improvement plan for Sherlock and Winter Park, Contracts for Phase V at Vitruvian and the final Public Hearing on our proposed Master Transportation Plan including feedback from our Master Transportation Advisory Committee members.
A very important meeting with a number of items that will have long range effect on our community. I hope you will attend or watch our meeting. Here is the link that you may use to watch the meeting live.
Council Member Activities
Council members Bruce Arfsten, Jim Duffy and Paul Walden joined me last Friday evening for our “Flip the Switch” event at Vitruvian Park.
With lots of help from dozens of kids I flipped the switch to light over 1.5 million lights on 555 trees spread throughout the Park.
I recall the very first year we had this event we had maybe 50 folks turn out. This year, just 6 years later, estimates of our attendance ranged as high as 5,000 very happy folks!
Q&A with the Mayor:
Q: How can I offer feedback to the council about the proposal to give retirees a pay raise?
A: There a number of ways you can offer any or all of us feedback about this or any subject. I have included a quick click button here which you are welcome to use for feedback to me and/or any of my council colleagues, and I will be sure to pass it along to them.
You are also welcome to contact any or all of us by email at the following addresses:
Todd Meier at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Arfsten at BArfsten@addisontx.gov
Ivan Hughes at email@example.com
Dale Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Duffy at email@example.com
Paul Walden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Angell at email@example.com
You are also welcome to come speak at our meetings during the Public Comment Section about any topic of your choosing for up to three minutes. If your topic is also on the council’s agenda for that particular evening, it requires the council permission to allow you to speak on that topic.
I am available at my cell phone 972-400-7299 or happy to chat with you at the Mayor’s Coffee on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am at Dunn Bros, or the Third Thursday of the month for “After Hours with the Mayor” at 6:00 pm at the Lion and Crown in Addison Circle.
We would love to hear from you … after all, it is your tax dollars we are spending and your community we are representing.
On Monday afternoon, Manager of Economic Development Drew Dietrich and I stopped in for a visit with President Mike Crepeau, Vice President John Gannon and Sales Director Rob Gannon at Charter Furniture at 15101 Midway Road.
Charter, first incorporated in 1983, have been headquartered with us here in Addison since 1993 at their current location in over 55,000 square feet filled with beautiful displays of residential, office and apartment furniture and accessories.
We had an excellent visit with assurances from Drew and me about how much we appreciate Charter being with us here in Addison.
Mike, John and Rob were effusive in their praise of Addison and the high levels of service they receive. They feel like their Addison location is one of the keys to their success.
Mike and his team provide very creative ideas for residential whether it be a single family home or your apartment, as well as the full range of office furniture. It really is a one stop place to shop for most anything you want to make your space special. Check out their website at www.furniturebycharter.com.
On Tuesday morning, in keeping with our theme of furniture stores and generators of nice sales tax revenue for our Addison, Director of Economic Development Orlando Campos, Manager of Economic Development Drew Dietrich and I dropped in to see Nancy Stein, Vice President of Dallas Desk.
Located at 1520 Midway Road in Addison for over 20 years, they specialize in office furniture. As you can see from the photos, a wide array of price points from very high end to affordable, including some very nice pre-owned that looks brand new.
Conference tables, desk chairs, cubicle and collaborative office space, all in one easy to shop location with design staff right on site to help you make a fully informed decision.
Nancy had high praise for all of the services they receive and specific praise for our paramedics who arrived in less than 2 minutes just a few months ago to help one of their employees suffering a heart attack!
“We’ve always felt the Town of Addison has had a unique advantage to companies expanding to the area. This has not only allowed us to attract the best talent in the office furniture industry, but also allowed us to provide a variety of furniture solutions for an ever changing work environment.
“With our experience and knowledge we are able to provide furniture acquisitions for not only the startup office but the corporate sector as well.”
You can check out more details about Dallas Desk at their website, www.dallasdesk.com. We left thanking Nancy and her team of over 30 employees for being such good long term corporate citizens of Addison.
As you can tell I really enjoy calling on our Addison businesses and letting them know how much we appreciate them.
So just the other day at the urging of neighbor “Burk” Burkhalter, I dropped in to welcome Wade Goodhart, the new owner of Sultana’s Dry Clean Super Center at 3709 Spring Valley Road at the intersection of Marsh Lane.
Sultana’s Dry Clean Super Center offers on-site dry cleaning, laundry and alteration services, as well as Oriental rug and leather cleaning.
Wade shared, “In addition to our retail services for neighborhood customers, we also provide dry cleaning/ laundry services to local commercial customers including caterers and hotels.”
A long-time resident of Far North Dallas, Wade purchased the business and building in April 2016. The business employs 10 local-area residents and has developed a loyal customer base over the 20 years it has been in business.
“Having spent 25+ years enjoying Addison’s many amenities as a consumer, I knew all along that Addison was a special place; but since purchasing a business here, I have a new appreciation for the Town and the quality of its services. I could not be more pleased, as a small business owner, with their commitment to making Addison a great place to do business!”
Wade and his team also have the convenience of drive-through service and on-site tailoring with Rosie the tailor! Give them a call at 972-243-1982 or just drop in Monday-Friday from 6:30 am-7:00 pm or Saturday 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
Thanks very much, Wade, for your kind words and your confidence in Addison reflected in your enthusiasm and investment with us.
On Wednesday afternoon Communications and Marketing Director Mary Rosenbleeth joined our Economic Development team of Director Orlando Campos, Manager Drew Dietrich and me for an exciting visit to one of our newest and most creative technology businesses, Seven Tablets.
They welcomed us with a room full of their top executives to share their strategy and enthusiasm for being in their new home with us here in Addison.
Seven Tablets’ President, Shane Long, was joined by Charlie Jones, Adam Rizzieri, Tevis Grisso, John Jaynes and Lacey Williams, who shared with us that Seven Tablets is a full-spectrum B2B mobility solutions provider that specializes in developing custom apps for iOS and Android, Big Data, Analytics, and IoT.
Shane said, “We work with our client’s business to increase revenue, reduce costs, and streamline operational efficiencies using mobility as a catalyst.”
The key differentiators of Seven Tablets are their Business First Mobile strategy, Rapid App Development capabilities, Big Data, predictive analytics, and 100% domestic developers and designers.
With a regional office in Austin and headquarters here with us in Addison with 40 hardworking folks on board, they are already growing out of their 13,000 square feet and considering additional space near their beautiful offices at 5080 Spectrum on the 11th floor, with a great view of our airport and a prime location for watching KaBoom Town.
With Shane and his team offering to help Addison with some of our marketing and technology issues and volunteering as a mentor at our Addison Treehouse, it is rather obvious that our Addison culture and Seven Tablet cultures are an easy mix!
We are very proud to have Seven Tablets here with us in Addison and it will be an exciting partnership helping them grow and reach all of their business objectives.
Checking their lists to see who has been naughty and nice does seem like a good activity for our Addison Police department. Who better? And undoubtedly why Santa has partnered with our officers for this year’s “Santa Cop Toy Drive”.
As Police Chief Spencer said, “With children ranging in ages from 2-14 within our Town in need of gifts on Christmas Day, your help is crucial to make this toy drive successful. Working together, we can be certain this holiday season will bring great cheer to those in need.”
Please help us bring joy to girls and boys in Addison by donating new, unwrapped toys! Donations can be dropped off in the Addison Police Department lobby at 4799 Airport Parkway until December 20 under the beautiful Christmas tree.
Citizen Academy sign up has begun! Be sure to contact Caitlan Smelley at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application to be part of one of the most innovative, creative and fun ways to really get to know Addison and more of your really cool neighbors.
(Or you can also download a PDF of the application here.)
Classes are Feb. 24 and 25 and then March 4, 11 and 14. Lots of fun, do not miss out, sign up now, it is a very limited class size so that we can maximize the experience for all.
Sunday, December 4, Christmas Holiday Brunch, Addison Conference Centre, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, reservations required.
Monday, December 5, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Economic Development Luncheon with the mayor and council members at the new Midway Point, newly relocated from their long time location south of us in Dallas on Midway Road, we are delighted to welcome the Midway Point to Addison at 14831 Midway Road, next to Ferraris just south of Beltway on the west side of Midway.
“Easygoing sports bar with patio seating for burgers, sandwiches, salads and other American bites. Great cocktails and great beer selections.” Come join us to welcome this new restaurant to Addison!
Wednesday, December 7, 10:00 am, Mayor’s Coffee, Dunn Bros. 3725 Belt Line Road. The coffee is on me and the discussion is always lively! Come join us and bring your thought-provoking questions.
Tuesday, December 13, Regular Council meeting at Town Hall: Work session at 5:00 pm, Regular Session at 7:30 pm.
This has been a very busy week working with our Economic Development team to ensure continued growth in our tax base with happy Addison commercial customers!
I hope to see you all tomorrow at our annual Christmas Holiday brunch at our Conference Centre from 10-2! Bring your list for Santa …