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Week In Review, May 9, 2014
Posted Date: 5/9/2014 4:00 PM
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May 9, 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

Richardson’s Response Center Available 24/7 To Report Problems or Schedule Service
Yesterday’s storms brought much-needed rain but also high winds that downed trees and a few power lines across the city. During an emergency situation like downed power lines you are urged to report it to 911, but the City’s Response Center is available 24 hours a day to report non-emergency issues like debris in the road or to schedule storm debris pickup from your property.

You can make a request to Richardson’s Response Center anytime by calling 972-744-4111, making an online request at or by using the MyRichardson app. Services available include:
  • Debris in the street
  • Reporting a sewer problem 
  • To rent a dumpster for temporary use 
  • Reporting a water leak or low water pressure 
  • Special pickup, such as furniture/appliance or brush and branches

Richardson Arts Commission Presents 2014 State of the Arts Assessment
The Richardson Arts Commission presented its 2014 State of the Arts Assessment on Monday at the City Council work session. The update included an overview of the commission’s grant program and an update on the implementation of the Cultural Arts Master Plan, a guide to help strengthen the arts community in Richardson by building synergies among the various arts groups.
Cultural Arts

The commission reported that $325,000 was awarded in local arts grant funding in 2013 to 29 organizations. These grants led to $6 million going back into the local economy and created 226 full-time jobs.

Other highlights included an overview of, a new website launched April 1 to provide a one-stop shop for finding arts and other cultural events in the community. The site is one of the first projects originating out of strategies identified in the Cultural Arts Master Plan adopted last year.

The commission is also developing a Public Art Master Plan and has scheduled a Community Workshop for 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 11 at Huffhines Recreation Center to gather public input. The plan would create strategies to promoting the commissioning of public art project and features for future parks and even road or other City projects. 

Watch the work session presentation at

Wildflower! Tickets on Sale
Wildflower Logo 2014
The 2014 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival’s three-day pass is on sale for $30 at all Metroplex Tom Thumb stores and online through until 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 16. Single-day adult tickets will be available at the gate for $20 as well as through the festival’s website. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free. Kids 12 and younger get in free on Sunday, May 18, with a paid adult courtesy of Bank of America, and adult tickets are $10 on Sunday courtesy of Cisco. 

Richardson residents can purchase up to six individual adult tickets per each day of the festival for only $10 each by showing a water or utility/phone bill with a Richardson address or a valid driver’s license. Discount tickets are available at the Customer Service Department at City Hall, the Gymnastics Center, Huffhines Recreation Center, Heights Recreation Center and the Senior Citizens Center through end of business Saturday, May 17.

For more information, visit or

Best of Big D Voting
Richardson’s Eisemann Center needs your vote! The performing arts center is again nominated for Best Performing Arts Venue in D Magazine’s annual “Best of Big D” Readers’ Choice awards. Each person can vote once a day, and community support could help the Eisemann Center beat out the competition. The Eisemann Center won the honor the first year it was nominated, in 2004.

Voting in the Culture category will end Sunday. Visit to cast your vote. Winners will be published in the magazine’s August 2014 issue.

Eisemann Center

Community Workshop Is Wednesday for Main Street/Central--Rezoning Initiative
The public is invited to a Community Workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center to discuss rezoning of the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor. This workshop is intended for initial discussion of rezoning options and objectives. Specific proposals will be developed after the workshop. Property owners and persons interested in the future of this area can help achieve an improved Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor by providing input.

Initial rezoning efforts will focus on four sub-districts within the larger Corridor area–Main Street, Central Place, Chinatown and Interurban. The larger Corridor area is approximately 415 acres in size and extends generally from the southern city limit to Arapaho Road.

Please confirm your attendance at the Community Workshop by e-mail at or by contacting Planning Projects Manager Tina Firgens at 972-744-4248. Additional details regarding the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor Rezoning Initiative are available on the City’s website at

Main Street Central Concept Map

Public Invited to Police Memorial Service on Monday
Police Memorial
The public is invited to attend the Richardson Police Department National Police Week Memorial Service at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The service will be held along the circle drive near the flagpoles between the 9-1-1 Center and the Police Department at 140 N. Greenville Ave. 

Richardson ISD School Board Election Is Saturday
The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees Election will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the location designated for your precinct. Richardson City Hall is not a voting location on Election Day.

Call the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6389 or visit if you are unsure of your voting location. Voters are reminded that they are required to show a photo ID at the polls.

For more information, contact the RISD Administrative Office at 469-593-0000.

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Eisemann Center
The Eisemann Center will host several events in the next week. Tickets for all shows are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

Chamberlain School of Ballet will present its 2014 Annual Spring Recital at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15 to $25. For more information, visit

Texas Ballet Theater will perform “Circus” at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $8 to $12. Learn more at

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra will present “Of Time and Place,” a Mother’s Day Celebration at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 to $40. For more information, visit

Library to Host Lego Box of Bricks Challenge
Legos at the Library

Children age 6 to 10 are invited to the Lego “Box of Bricks” Challenge from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Public Library’s First Floor Program Room. A free ticket is required to attend and will be available from Youth Services beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Free Snacks, Bike Safety Checks Next Friday at Arapaho DART Station
Enjoy snacks, beverages and free bicycle safety checks at the DART Arapaho Station from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 16, as part of the League of American Cyclists’ National Bike to Work Day. The Energizer Station is one of nine around the Metroplex organized by Bike Friendly Richardson, BikeDFW, DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. For more information, visit

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Tika Pet of Week

Meet Tika! Her owner passed away and Tika was brought to the Shelter to find a new home. Tika is a sweet, calm, spayed female, about a year old, fully vaccinated, and she's only $15 to adopt.

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

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Mayor Laura Maczka
Laura Maczka


Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
Mayor Pro Tem
Bob Townsend
Place 1


Councilman Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
Place 2


Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3


Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
Place 4


Councilman Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
Place 5


Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
Place 6

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