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Week In Review, Jan. 31, 2014
Posted Date: 1/31/2014
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Jan. 31, 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

Mayor Presents State of the City Address
Mayor State of City
Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka delivered the annual State of the City Address at a free, open-to-the-public event held Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse. Noting the city’s strong condition, Mayor Maczka’s remarks focused on the City Council’s completion of the visioning process that led to the 2013-2015 statement of goals, the city’s major accomplishments during 2013, and its positive future outlook.

Several noteworthy accomplishments received special recognition by the mayor, due to their current and anticipated positive impact on the community:
  • Developer KDC broke ground on the $1.5 billion mixed-use, transit-oriented CityLine development. At 186 total acres, including State Farm Insurance’s corporate campus, it is the biggest build-to-suit project under construction in Texas.
  • Methodist Health System continued construction on a new, $120 million regional hospital at its Renner Road campus near the President George Bush Turnpike. The expansion will open this spring and offer a four-story, acute-care hospital to serve the area.
  • The iconic Austin movie theater Alamo Drafthouse opened its first Metroplex location, with great fanfare, last year in Richardson Heights Shopping Center.

In 2013, the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) recorded the creation or retention of 11,248 jobs and the leasing of more than three million square feet of space. Also, through the REDP, Richardson’s Telecom Corridor® area earned the prestigious “Area of Innovation” membership status in the International Association of Science Parks.

The mayor also highlighted the City’s accomplishments in other areas, including arts, economic development, education, environmental management, public services and transportation.

The address is available to view on-demand at and will be replayed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and 6 p.m. Saturday on Time Warner Cable Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Learn more at

City Developing Community Arts Website 
The City of Richardson is developing a new website called that will serve as a one-stop-shop for information on cultural events and programs.
Cultural Arts Logo
Visitors to the site will be able to see event information, buy tickets and check out photos and videos. Each arts group with access to the site is responsible for adding events to the calendar and keeping it up-to-date. The site is being developed by Artsopolis, a Silicon Valley based company widely recognized to be the nation’s leading designer for communities promoting local arts and culture. Its list of clients include Austin, San Antonio, Miami, Seattle, and other prominent destinations.

The website is one of the first projects originating out of the strategies identified in the Cultural Arts Master Plan that was designed to serve as a guide to help strengthen the arts community in Richardson by building synergies among the various performance arts groups and enhancing existing arts facilities in the area.

The site is expected to launch in April.

Learn more about the Cultural Arts Master Plan at The City Council received an update on the website at Monday’s work session. You can watch the presentation at

Council Awards Final Bid for 2010 Bond Program Sidewalk Repairs 
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid to repair sidewalks in an area of southeast Richardson between Spring Valley Road and Centennial Boulevard along the eastern stretch of Central Expressway. This Sidewalk Repair Region is the last of 11 regions approved in the 2010 Bond Program. Construction will include the removal and replacement of qualifying residential sidewalk repair needs, installation of barrier-free ramps, alley approach repairs and other related improvements.
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Construction is expected to begin in March and be complete by August.

City Holds Final Community Recycling Meeting 
The City held its final community meeting on Tuesday to gather feedback on its recycling program. Residents gathered at Heights Recreation Center to share their thoughts on the blue bag program and offered suggestions for how to improve it.

The purpose of the community meetings was to gather information from residents on Richardson’s recycling program, including: what they like, common barriers to recycling, possible solutions to recycling barriers, and the most effective way to communicate recycling information to residents.

The City will use the information gathered at the meetings, as well as through focus groups and a survey, to find ways to improve the recycling program. A marketing strategy is also in development to reach residents that don’t recycle often or at all.

Learn more about the City’s recycling program at

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

AARP to Offer Tax Preparation Help
Tax-Aide, sponsored by AARP and the IRS, will provide free tax return preparation and e-filing assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers with an emphasis on seniors. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Richardson Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. The program will run through April 14.

People should bring Social Security cards and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. The service will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

"In the Mood 1940s" Big Band Revue at Eisemann Center Tonight 
Art Beat will present “In the Mood 1940s,” a big band revue, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Eisemann Center. The show features swing, jazz and other sounds made famous by big bands.

Tickets cost $34 to $50 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information on the show, visit

Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball at Civic Center Next Weekend
The annual Daddy/Daughter Valentine Ball will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Richardson Civic Center/Grand Hall. Girls age five and older may attend with their dad, grandfather, uncle or other father figure. The event will include a buffet-style dinner, dancing, contests and more.

Cost is $60 per couple and includes a professional photograph. An additional daughter is $25 without an additional photograph or $35 with another photograph. The attire is Sunday best to formal. Space is limited, and the registration deadline is Feb. 1 or whenever the event is full. To register, visit and use registration #75912.

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Bruno Pet of Week

Hi I'm Bruno! I was lost and the friendly people from the Richardson Animal Shelter found me and took me in. I am an Akita mix, 2 years old, neutered, heartworm negative and vaccinated. I love people, going for walks, and I'm learning new commands everyday thanks to the Shelter volunteers. The Shelter staff and volunteers have been so great but I'm hoping to find my forever home soon. I have a big heart and would love to be your best friend! Come by and see me today!

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


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Mayor Laura Maczka
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Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
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Councilman Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
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Councilman Kendal Hartley
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Councilman Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
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