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Week In Review, June 20, 2014
Posted Date: 6/20/2014
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June 20, 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

Council Reviews Maintenance Strategies for Streets, Bridges, Screening Walls
Road maintenance was one of the main topics of discussion during this week’s City Council workshop meeting. During the past few years, the City Council has placed specific emphasis on the City’s budget to make major improvements on infrastructure, and planning is underway to make further commitments and improvements in next year’s fiscal budget.

The city has:
  • 600 miles of streets, 
  • 41 miles of screening walls, 
  • 144 roadway bridges, 
  • 18,897 traffic and street signs, 
  • 180 school zone crosswalks, 
  • and 11.5 miles of bike lanes. 
The City of Richardson continues to be committed to increasing maintenance activities throughout the City and is using a variety of funding sources and variety of techniques to accomplish this goal. Next year’s budget is expected to include funds to repair Coit, Alma, Renner and Grove roads as well as dozens of neighborhood streets. Other updates are expected along Murphy, North Star, Shiloh and Plano roads. Other proposed maintenance projects for the 2014-2015 budget include seven bridge railings, 15 screening walls, 400 to 500 street name signs and one bike lane.

Watch the City Council presentation at

Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka Elected To Two Regional Leadership Positions
Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka was recently elected to two distinguished leadership positions with prominent North Texas regional organizations.
Laura Maczka Upstairs

Today, Maczka was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for 2014-15. NCTCOG's Executive Board, composed of 13 locally elected officials and one ex-officio non-voting member of the legislature, is the policy-making body for all activities undertaken by the Council of Governments, including program activities and decisions, regional plans, and fiscal and budgetary policies.

On June 10, the members of the Metroplex Mayors Association (MMA) elected Maczka to serve as their vice president of its board for 2014-2015. The MMA’s membership is composed of mayors, city managers, and regional organizations such as Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the North Texas Commission, Dallas Regional Chamber and other entities from throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. The 31-member group meets monthly to discuss critical regional issues and share municipal governance best practices.

Susan Allison Named Richardson Library Director
Susan Allison, Assistant Director of Library Services, has been appointed Director of Library Services for the City of Richardson effective July 1. Allison will assume the position from Steve Benson, who is retiring at the end of June.

Susan Allison
As Director of Library Services, Allison will oversee all aspects and functions of the Richardson Public Library, which has a collection of more than 253,000 items including books, periodicals, and audio and video media. The Library staff is composed of 30 full-time employees and 42 part-time employees.

Allison joined the Richardson staff in 1983 as a Children’s Library Assistant and was named Children’s Librarian in 1987. She was promoted to Youth Services Supervisor in 1995 and was promoted to Assistant Director of Library Services in 2008.

Allison grew up in Richardson and graduated from Berkner High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas. She also earned a graduate certificate in local government management from UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. View the complete press release at

Ramps from Bush Turnpike to Central Expressway to Close Nightly Sunday to Wednesday
Bush TurnPike lane closures
The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) will close the ramps from eastbound and westbound Bush Turnpike to southbound Central Expressway nightly Sunday through Wednesday. The closures will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, and signs and message boards will inform motorists of the closures and detours. The closures are weather permitting and are so NTTA can do bridge rail repair work.

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Free Compost Seminar June 28
Compost Class
Learn about the benefits of backyard composting at a free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The seminar is taught by Mary Tynes, a nationally-known expert on backyard composting and site editor of

Space is limited. Contact Michelle Mann at 972-744-4228 to make a reservation.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel
Rain Water Barrel
Learn how to make a 55-gallon rain barrel at a class offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd. The program costs $50 and will cover the benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects stormwater has on the environment. Participants will take home a completed rain barrel. For more information, call 972-231-5362 or visit

Dance Groups to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Eisemann Center will host performances by two dance groups this week. Dance Company of Wylie will present “Azul” at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $7 to $12. Learn more at Next Step Dance will perform “I Like Large Parties” at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12.50 to $25. Visit to learn more. Tickets for all shows are available by calling 972-744-4650 or visiting

Science, Theatre and Teen Writing Workshop at the Library This Week
Dazzling Dave
The Richardson Public Library will host several free events this week, beginning with Dazzling Dave’s Science Spectacular from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. The event is for children 3 to 10 years old.
Alice in Wonderland
Hampstead Stage Company will present “Alice in Wonderland” for children age five and older from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Basement Program Room. A free ticket is required to attend this event and the Science Spectacular. Limited tickets will be available in the Youth Services Department beginning at 10 a.m. the morning of the event.
Teen Character Hype
Character Hype, a teen writing workshop, will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Basement Program Room. Author Polly Holyoke will present techniques for creating unforgettable protagonists. 

Richardson Community Band to Perform Free Concert
The Richardson Community Band will present “Music for a Summer Night” at a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and to enjoy an evening of music. Learn more and see a full schedule of free summer concerts at

Texas Stamp Dealers
The Texas Stamp Dealers Association will hold a stamp show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Richardson Civic Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Animal Shelter to Host Dog Wash on Sunday
Dog Wash
Richardson AnimaLuv and the Richardson Animal Shelter will hold a dog wash and toenail clipping event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shelter. The dog wash is $10 and toenail clipping (for dogs and cats) is $5. Microchipping will also be available for $15. 

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Thyri Pet of Week

Meet Thyri. She was brought to the Shelter as a stray. She is a German shepherd mix, about 6 months old and has been spayed and fully vaccinated. She is learning to sit and stay thanks to our Shelter volunteers. She would love to show you what a quick study she is. Please come by and meet her and our many other adoptable pets today.

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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