Saturday, February 25, 2017
Our Monday afternoon work session included a bus tour of 4 of our 23, soon to be 24, Addison Hotels: the Marriott Quorum, the Hyatt House, The Red Roof Inn and the Radisson.
The tour began at 3:30 and we returned to the Conference Centre by about 6:00 pm.
That was followed by an excellent presentation entitled “Underperforming Hotels” by Assistant Director of Development Services Charles Goff and Police Chief Paul Spencer, focused on a variety of statistical information that helped lay the foundation for our conversation about developing a better analytic tool to understand how we define “Underperforming Hotels” as a basis to develop policy guidance.
The report shows that most of our hotels do quite well in most any category of analysis. However, a small handful warrants additional analysis and attention. If you would like to see the report, do let me know.
Based on the council’s feedback it looks like our next steps will be to develop a definition of an “Underperforming Hotel” that will include at least three parameters: financial, safety/crime, and code enforcement.
We also hope to have an analysis that looks at the overall impact of underperforming hotels on their immediate neighborhood. Once we are able to develop those definitions, hopefully that will lead us to define and delineate what is a “nuisance” and then add some capability to regulate underperforming hotels that become a nuisance.
Whatever we decide to do, we all agree that we would want something that is simple and enforceable. We hope to meet on this subject again next month.
We adjourned at about 7:30 pm.
Our next Regular council meeting is Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 7:30 pm at Town Hall. I anticipate the council will discuss the current Transparency Policy and practice in Addison, review our council guidelines on meeting protocols and decorum, and revisit the Addison Ethics Guidelines and the possible need for a process.
We will also possibly deliberate the appointment of a new P&Z Commissioner since newly appointed P&Z Commissioner Tom Braun resigned to run for council after his first P&Z meeting.
We plan to recognize retiring Municipal Judge U. H. “Woody” Specht and swear in our newest appointee as Associate Municipal Judge.
We hope to continue the zoning case that we began but did not complete related to the property at 4021 Belt Line Road to determine whether the council will permit medical and dental uses in that center.
We will have a discussion and potential resolution to authorize hiring an architectural and engineering services firm to work with us on our US Customs office for our airport.
There will likely be a number of other items added to our agenda, so check it out here (go to the February 28, 2017 link) before our meeting on Tuesday. Our meetings are all open to the public and on video, and we would love to have you join us in person or by live streaming.
The upgrade of our broadcast capabilities of our meetings will soon be completed; we will share that exciting information with you soon.
Council member activities
All council members were in attendance for our Monday afternoon Hotel tour and Work Session that followed at the Addison Conference Centre.
Filing for our spring elections closed last Friday at 5:00 pm.
The following are candidates for mayor: Blake Clemens, Joe Chow.
The following are candidates for council: Dale Wilcox, Sheila Barkofske, John Price, Lori Ward, Ivan Hughes, Marlin Willisen and Tom Braun. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be elected.
Election Day is Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Q&A with the Mayor
Q: Now that the council approved 349 new apartments by a 5-2 margin, when will they be built?
A: In their haste, the council members who voted for 349 more apartments (Ivan Hughes, Paul Walden, Jim Duffy, Al Angell and Bruce Arfsten) failed to impose a deadline to begin construction or a requirement that AMLI be the developer or builder.
Therefore, the answer to your question is that going forward the timing is entirely in the hands of the developer.
In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth we have worked hard to elevate Addison’s international profile. Last Friday afternoon was a great example of the amazing progress we have made as we helped host the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth event at our Intercontinental Hotel.
The Japan update and symposium was of particular interest with the recent administration change and the meetings with President Trump and Prime Minister Abe. Council colleagues Dale Wilcox, Al Angell, Ivan Hughes and Bruce Arfsten joined Director of Economic Development Orlando Campos and Manager of Economic Development Drew Dietrich.
I was honored to provide a few welcoming and introductory comments to this very international audience, highlighting several of Addison’s virtues and amenities.
It was interesting to note that parking at the Intercontinental Hotel was in short supply as usual. I wonder what effect it will have on future events and opportunities at that hotel when their overflow parking lot becomes 349 apartments?
Lone Star Restaurant Supply had their Grand Opening last week with lots of fun and special deals. Located in the former Majestic Spirits store at 14733 Inwood Road, they have done an amazing job of creating a haven for cooks of every variety.
President and COO Darren Anderson, Director of Core Concepts Rob Rothe and Director of Change Management Natasha Harris gave me a thorough tour of their conversion of this space. Addison is obviously a great location for this new concept surrounded by over 180 restaurants and lots of hungry folks who love to cook.
Do not be fooled by the name; there are some real opportunities and equipment for the serious cook in your Addison home kitchen! Combine this new store with our Whole Foods, Tom Thumb or Kroger and you are truly in “Foodie Heaven”.
Speaking of food and grocery stores—Good News! The owners of the Addison Town Center at Marsh and Belt Line tell us that the Kroger fuel center project will begin early next month and the facelift for the exterior of the Kroger store will begin one month later in early April. Finally, that will be a real shot in the arm for that Center and the surrounding retail.
On Wednesday we partnered once again with the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the ribbon cutting of T. Blanco’s at 15207 Addison Road in the former Buttons and prior Sambuca site. A real Addison landmark that the new owners have remodeled and added some very personal special touches with the large crowd from the Chamber and council colleague Ivan Hughes, as we joined in the celebration.
This contemporary spot serves gourmet Mexican favorites including quesadillas, nachos, fajitas and margaritas from a full scratch kitchen—“memorable flavors that are bold and will inspire our customers to return for more very soon”.
With an amazing menu at very reasonable prices, excellent catering service and take-out, as well as space for private events, I am sure they will do very well with us here in Addison. Give them a call at 469-677-8778 or just drop in between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm each day.
With space for over 200 customers and a great wait staff, you will receive exceptional service and a memorable meal. Let’s show them the Addison welcome.
Drone Wars!!! At the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Hangar 4 last weekend they had an exciting event that introduced a number of young “pilots” to the fun of flying drones! In addition to the regular tour of all the very cool warbirds, admissions included an opportunity to fly a drone and receive some basic introductory instruction.
Enthusiasts of this rapidly growing hobby gathered to show off the capabilities of these very technically sophisticated drones and engage their competitive spirit with races. Judging from the smiles on some of these young pilots’ faces, drone sales may have seen a spike later on Saturday afternoon?
Tuesday, February 28, Regular Council meeting, Town Hall, 7:30 pm, Executive Session at 5:00, followed by public Work Session.
Wednesday, March 1, Coffee with the Mayor, 10:00 am, Dunn Bros, 3725 Belt Line Road. Please come join us for fun conversation with your neighbors and an opportunity to ask any question you like of the mayor. And the mayor buys the coffee!
Enjoy this beautiful Addison weather!
See you soon,