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News Review
Week In Review, Jan. 3, 2014
Posted Date: 1/3/2014
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Jan. 3, 2014
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall.

News Briefs

Record Demand Extends Completion Date for Storm Cleanup
Four divisions in two departments continue working to complete storm debris and other Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) services caused by last month's ice storm. An unprecedented 47 percent of Richardson’s homeowners have requested BABIC service. The requests also include normal and seasonal pickup such as cleanup for used appliances and Christmas tree collection
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Extra work crews have been pulled in to help get Richardson neighborhoods back to normal as quickly as possible. Water maintenance and street workers have joined solid waste division workers, and Parks and Recreation Department workers are also helping in the effort to catch up on the more than 13,000 calls for service residents have placed, which is the highest number of calls the City has ever received for BABIC service in one month. City workers had hoped to complete all of the calls by the end of December, but the record demand has pushed out completion estimates into sometime in January depending on how many more calls are received.

Residents are asked to place brush, branches and other storm debris by the front curb on their property in their normal bulky item pickup location and to schedule a pickup. Collection service can be scheduled online at or by calling 972-744-4111. Smartphone users can also download the City’s MyRichardson mobile application to request service.

January Richardson Today in Mailboxes
Latest Issue Includes Recycling Survey

Recycle Issue
The January edition of Richardson Today has been delivered to post offices and should be arriving in Richardson mailboxes Saturday. The latest edition focuses on recycling in Richardson and includes a pull out community survey that gives residents an opportunity to let the City know what they like, don’t like, and what they know and don’t know about Richardson’s recycling program.

As an added bonus, residents who return the printed survey or complete the survey online at by Jan. 20 will be entered into a drawing for one of four $50 gift cards to Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the City and is also available at Huffhines Recreation Center, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Richardson Public Library. Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy.

An interactive edition of Richardson Today that includes links to CITV videos, as well as links to archived editions, is available at

“Tree Cycle” Christmas Trees
Richardson residents may “tree cycle” their Christmas trees through Jan. 31 by dropping them off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Residents may also call 972-744-4111 to request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be mulched.

All trees must be natural and unflocked, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorative items removed. Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Richardson’s Office of Emergency Management and the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are seeking public input on the final draft of an update to the Dallas County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires hazard mitigation plans to be updated every five years, and public input is a key component to the planning process. The purpose of the plan update is to reduce the vulnerability of people and property in the community to the impacts of hazards. Maintaining a current plan also allows agencies to be eligible for grant funding from FEMA.

The Dallas County Hazard Mitigation Plan and City of Richardson Annex will be available for public comment until Jan. 6.

To view the plan and to submit comments, go to

Richardson Central Rotary Club Honors City Employees
Building Facilities Supervisor Jeff Savage and GIS Programming Manager Brian Peppard were awarded this year’s Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year awards from the Richardson Central Rotary Club.

The awards are specially designed to recognize City employees that make significant contributions during the past year. The Richardson Central Rotary Club has presented the awards to City employees since 1992.
Rotary Employee Awards
Pictured from left: Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson, Jeff Savage, Brian Peppard and Richardson Central Rotary Club President Jerry Ortega.

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Pegasus Theatre Performs “Rehearsal for Murder!” at Eisemann Center 

Pegasus 2013
Pegasus Theatre presents “Rehearsal for Murder!” at the Eisemann Center. The show's run will continue through Jan. 26. The murder mystery show uses special effects to appear like a black and white movie. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets cost $20 to $35 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

For more information, visit

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Jeremy Pet of Week

Meet Jeremy! He is a handsome guy with striking amber eyes, about 2 years old, up to date on all his vaccinations and has been at the Shelter since November 2013. He is a calm, friendly, loving boy who enjoys just being a lap cat and keeping you company. He does great with kids and some other pets. He would love to reserve the spot on your lap and in your heart!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at 


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