Saturday February 11, 2017
Or next Regular Council meeting will be this next Tuesday, February 14, beginning at 7:30 pm at Town Hall.
Our first regular agenda item will be a public hearing to give folks an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns about the future of the playground located in the Oncor Easement near Dome Drive.
Very early in the agenda we will also give folks an opportunity to share their thoughts about more apartments in Addison in a Public Hearing for the proposed rezoning of a Commercial site at 5015 Spectrum to residential to permit a 349 unit apartment building.
We will have both of these Public Hearings early so that the young kids who want to participate can get back to their homework and get home for school the next day, and so that many of our other neighbors can enjoy the rest of their Valentine’s Day evening.
The rezoning of the commercial site at 5015 Spectrum to residential, that will add 349 apartments to our already committed to 4,761 new apartments headed to Addison, has drawn a great deal of public feedback to me that I hope has also been shared with each of my council colleagues. If you have thoughts on this important subject please let us hear from you. Our email addresses are:
- Mayor Todd Meier firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council member Bruce Arfsten email@example.com
- Council member Ivan Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council member Al Angell email@example.com
- Council member Jim Duffy firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council member Paul Walden email@example.com
- Council member Dale Wilcox firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you feel about 349 more apartments in Addison?
Even better, come share your thoughts with us in person during our meeting next Tuesday evening. I realize it is Valentine’s Day and several of you encouraged me to change the date so as not to compete with your romance plans. I did try; however, it just was not possible.
Other council agenda items include a new service agreement for outstanding municipal court collection services, an update on the Addison Library Card distribution, rezoning property at 4021 Belt Line road to allow Medical and Dental offices, and revising the development standards for the new office buildings to be built at 14345 Dallas Parkway.
We will have an executive session earlier in the evening to interview candidates for our Associate Judge positions.
Our work session will focus on the very important and long standing challenge we have faced with underperforming hotels that create service pressures on our First Responder teams, and which are often the source of neighborhood complaints.
Council member activities
Bruce Arfsten and Ivan Hughes joined us for the First Monday of the Month Economic Development luncheon at Cantina Laredo on Monday.
Dale Wilcox, Ivan Hughes and I held our monthly Council Finance Committee meeting joined by City Manager Wes Pierson, CFO Olivia Riley and guests Sheila Barkofske and council member Al Angell.
Bruce Arfsten, Ivan Hughes and I joined City Manager Wes Pierson for the monthly Addison Circle Community Association meeting at the Lion and Crown on Monday evening.
Council members Ivan Hughes and Al Angell joined me and key members of our staff for our Meet and Greet at Ocwen Financial on Wednesday morning.
Q&A with the Mayor
Q: Why does the Town officially post the dates, times and locations of the Addison Midday Rotary Club and not the same for the Friday morning Rotary Club of Addison?
A: An excellent question that has nothing to do with unfair marketing or favor of one Rotary over another. Addison has two Rotary Clubs:
- The Rotary Club of Addison, which meets each Friday morning at 7:30 am at Lawry’s on the Tollway, has about 50 members. They do not have any current council members as members.
- The Addison Midday Rotary Club with about 23 members meets on Tuesdays at noon, currently at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and has current council members Bruce Arfsten, Ivan Hughes, Al Angell and Jim Duffy as members, which obviously makes up a majority of our council (4 of our 7 current council members).
That meeting is posted as a Public Meeting so that if there is a quorum, an Open Meeting violation will not occur. As a result, the Addison Midday Rotary meetings are open to the public.
In each of the last 6 years about this time, I have been invited to welcome the over 1,000 guests to the Intercontinental Hotel here in Addison for the annual Greater Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Chinese New Year celebration.
I took full advantage of the honor and opportunity to thank the Chamber for continuing to select Addison as their host city, and of course remind all how one of our Addison core values is the celebration of our diversity. It is an excellent event that gives us an opportunity to bring guests from all over North Texas to see and experience Addison.
Cantina Laredo was host for our monthly First Monday of the month Economic Development luncheon with the mayor and council. About 16 folks joined us to thank long time restaurateur Cantina Laredo at 4546 Belt Line Road.
Council members Bruce Arfsten and Ivan Hughes joined us as did Director of Economic Development Orlando Campos, Manager of Economic Development Drew Dietrich and Tourism Manager Alisha Holmberg.
Orlando shared with us exciting economic development news about new companies moving to Addison and the best news about our economy in a very long time: our office vacancy rate is at a 17-year low of 13.2% which has spurred new activity in building more office space here in Addison! Lots of good food all around and conversation including plenty of talk about apartments in Addison.
Early Wednesday morning our “Meet and Greet” team was on the job at 16675 Addison Road to welcome the 900 new folks from Ocwen Financial, one of the leading mortgage servicing companies to Addison.
Our team of council members Ivan Hughes and Al Angell, along with our Deputy City Manager Ashley Mitchell, Director of Public Communications Mary Rosenbleeth, Economic Development Manager Drew Dietrich, Tourism Manager Alisha Holmberg, Marketing Specialist Crystall Cho and I provided fruit, granola bars, an Addison restaurant guide and many “Welcome to Addison’s”.
Lots of big smiles and “We are so happy to be in Addison!!” from so many of the enthusiastic folks coming in early for work. Their operations happen 7 days a week and operate with two full shifts.
That is a lot of folks that are now here enjoying all of our restaurants and creating sales tax revenue for us, one of the major reasons we are so focused on keeping our office space full with happy tenants. As we all know, office space tenants drive our Addison economy!
On Wednesday afternoon Economic Development Manager Drew Dietrich and I visited one of our best Addison success stories at Credera, located on the third floor and now part of the fourth floor of the over 1,000,000 square foot Colonnade building just east of Spectrum and Arapaho Road.
Credera is a full-service consulting user experience and technology solutions firm, headquartered here in Addison with 250 employees, offices in Denver with 15 employees and Houston with 20 employees.
Drew and I met with President and CEO Rob Borrego and several of his top management team to thank them for continuing to headquarter their business in Addison. They have the entire third floor and have expanded to part of the 4th floor with a lease extended all the way to 2020!
Rob and his entire team said quite simply, “We love Addison; it is so convenient and we are surrounded with great amenities.” Just what we like to hear and we are very proud to have Credera and their outstanding team of professionals here with us.
Early Friday morning Fritzie Roop and the Rotary Club of Addison presented a very large check to our Addison Police Chief Paul Spencer, the remaining proceeds from their 2016 Back the Badge event at the Marriot Quorum where the Rotary Club of Addison and their over 54-strong members honored our officers and their families by holding a fun, inclusive event for all of our officers and honored them with well-deserved praise and gifts.
Tuesday, February 14, Regular Council meeting, 7:30 pm Town Hall, Work session, 6:30 pm.
Thursday, February 16, “After Hours with the Mayor”, 6:00 pm at the Lion and Crown in Addison Circle. Come join us for a beverage of your choice on the mayor and plenty of opportunity for conversation with neighbors and questions for the mayor.
This is an important council meeting coming up on Tuesday, February 14, that may well affect our quality of life here in Addison. If you have thoughts about adding 349 more apartments in Addison, please let us hear from you.
See you soon,