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Week In Review, July 3, 2014
Posted Date: 7/3/2014
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July 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

Richardson Offers Fireworks on Independence Day
Richardson's Family 4th Celebration, the City’s annual Independence Day event, will take place from 6 to 10:15 p.m. Friday at Breckinridge Park, just south of the intersection of Renner and Brand roads. The event will include activities for children, performances by Infinite Journey at 6:15 p.m. and the Richardson Community Band at 8:45 p.m., and a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. Food vendors will be on site throughout the event.

The City will offer a free roundtrip shuttle to the event from the Rockwell-Collins International campus at the southeast corner of Renner and Shiloh roads, as on-site parking is limited. The shuttle will take people to the event between 6 and 9:15 p.m. For more information, call 972-744-4580 or visit

Miss Texas to be Crowned Saturday in Richardson
Miss Texas Logo
More than 100 contestants have been in Richardson this week competing for the title of Miss Texas and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen. The winners will be crowned during ceremonies at the Eisemann Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. for Miss Texas Outstanding Teen and at 7 p.m. for Miss Texas.

The contestants will finish preliminary competitions at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets for all events are available by calling 972-744-4650 or online at

The Miss Texas pageant exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women. To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. The winner of the Miss Texas competition will compete for the title of Miss America at an upcoming national pageant. Learn more at

City Completes New Bike Lanes
Bicycle Lane Map
The City completed the installation of new bike lanes on Owens Boulevard this week, providing easier access from the Owens Park and Yale Park neighborhoods to Yale Elementary School and to segments of Owens Trail. The new lanes were constructed in conjunction with Safe Routes to School, a federal program that encourages students to bike or walk to school.

Bike lanes are being installed this week and next along a one-mile segment of Yale Boulevard from Campbell Road to Arapaho Road. When complete, the entire three-mile length of Yale Boulevard will have bike lanes.

Two miles of bike lanes on Collins Boulevard from Alma Road to Jupiter Road opened in June. They created connectivity between the Yale Boulevard bike lanes, Owens Trail, Glenville Trail and existing Grove Road bike lanes.

The new bike lanes add almost four miles to the 10-mile Richardson bike lane system. 

Monday’s City Council Work Session Cancelled
In observance of the Independence Day holiday weekend, the July 7 work session has been cancelled. The next City Council work session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday, July 14, followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Independence Day Holiday Schedule

In recognition of the Independence Day holiday, City facilities and services will operate according to the following schedule on Friday, July 4. City services will resume normal operations on Saturday, July 5.

Public Facility Schedule for Friday, July 4

Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson's Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues; otherwise call 911 for animal related emergencies.)
City Hall Closed
Civic Center Closed
Gymnastics Center Closed
Heights/Huffhines Recreation Centers Closed
Library Closed
Municipal Court  Closed 
Senior Center Closed
Sherrill Park Golf Course  Open  
Tennis Center Open (close at 4 p.m.)


Sanitation Schedule
There will be NO solid waste pick up, recycle pick up or special pick up Friday, July 4.

Discourage Coyotes from Visiting Your Yard
Coyotes are commonly found in suburbs and cities such as Richardson throughout the year and are sometimes seen in groups in the summer or fall, as pups born in the spring grow older. Coyotes are generally not dangerous to people, but they can present a danger to small pets. If you have a concern about an unusually aggressive coyote, please contact Animal Services at 972-744-4480.

Coyotes are most often seen at dawn and dusk, but they can be active any time of day. Their regular diet is small animals such as rabbits, rodents and insects, but they will eat anything. Small dogs and cats can become prey if wild animals are scarce or if coyotes have become used to scavenging for pet food or garbage in neighborhoods.

You can discourage coyotes by:

  • Not feeding them or other wildlife.
  • Securing garbage containers and eliminating garbage odors.
  • Feeding your pets indoors if possible. If your pets are fed outdoors, be sure to remove any leftover food.
  • Placing bird feeders well above coyotes’ reach.
  • Keeping pets confined to securely fenced areas. Walk dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors.
  • Making fences at least 6 feet high, and extending 6 inches below ground level.
  • Using bright lights and making loud noises to discourage coyotes from staying.

If a coyote visits your yard, wave your arms, shout, and spray it with a water hose to keep coyotes from losing their natural fear of humans. Learn more at

July Edition of Richardson Today Mailed
The July edition of Richardson Today began arriving in mailboxes this week. This edition focuses on water conservation and includes stories on the effects of the ongoing drought, future water supply, new Library director and much more.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today online edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at

Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.

TxDOT Gathers Input on Plan to Toll HOV Lanes on US 75
TxDOT US 75 Meeting
Maps of a proposed plan to change the HOV lanes along US 75 into toll lanes stretched across the Grand Hall in the Richardson Civic Center on Tuesday at an open house held by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Representatives from the state agency visited with dozens of guests who stopped by to hear details of the proposal and provide public feedback.

TxDOT has proposed to change the Central Expressway HOV lanes to Express lanes, adding tolls for single-occupancy drivers. That change would tie the Central Expressway lanes into the LBJ Express lanes now under construction on I-635. That would nearly quadruple the use of the existing HOV lanes without having to acquire additional right of way. A second public input meeting is expected in September, with construction taking place in 2015.

Learn more about the proposal in a Richardson City Council work session presentation at

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Things To Do In Richardson On The Fourth Of July
Aquatic Center BB Pool
Several City facilities will be open Friday for people to enjoy this Fourth of July holiday. All five public pools will be open, and Sherrill Park Golf Course is open almost every major holiday for play. The Tennis Center will also have courts available. The golf course will operate under normal hours, the Tennis Center will close at 4 p.m., and the pools are scheduled to close at 5 p.m. 

Plano Symphony Orchestra to Perform July 4 at Eisemann Center
The Plano Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Patriotic Pops” concert at 3 p.m. Friday at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature songs that honor the United States and celebrate freedom.

Tickets cost $15 to $40 and may be purchased by calling 972-473-7262. Learn more about the show at

Electronics Collection Event July 12
The City of Richardson and AMD will host an electronics collection event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12 at AMD’s warehouse at 1201 Exchange Dr. A $5 fee will be charged for hard drive destruction. Televisions and computer monitors will be charged 50 cents per pound. Only cash will be accepted.

AMD cannot accept household appliances, furniture, wood, anything containing liquid or any kind of hazardous materials. For more information, contact Michelle Mann at 972-744-4228 or e-mail

Acceptable items include:

  • Computers
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Telephones
  • Mobile Phones
  • Printers/Copiers/Faxes
  • Network Equipment
  • ICs
  • Circuit Boards
  • Cables/Wire
  • Monitors
  • Network Equipment
  • Memory
  • Hard Drives
  • Solder Dross
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Televisions
  • VCR’s/DVD players

DART to Operate on a Sunday Schedule for Independence Day

DART buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Friday for Independence Day. DART Paratransit will also be on a Sunday schedule, and all subscription trips will be cancelled. X-Press Booking and Voice Mail Booking is available, but the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed.

DART administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed, but customers can still contact the Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Route and schedule information is always available at and information on special holiday destinations is available at

Library Events This Week
Legos at the Library
The Richardson Public Library will host several free events this week, beginning with the LEGO Box of Bricks Challenge offered from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the First Floor Program Room. The event is for children age 6 to 10 and requires a free ticket to attend. Tickets will be available from the Youth Services Department starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. 

Bubble Lady 2014
Bernadette the Bubble Lady will present Blow a Bigger Bubble from 2:15 to 3 p.m. and 3:14 to 4 p.m. Wednesday for children age 5 and older in the Basement Program Room. She will also present Beginning Bubbles from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for children age 0 to 4 years old. A free ticket is required for all programs and may be picked up in the Youth Services Department beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Library Explorer
The Explorers Club will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, for Out of Africa, a program about the music and culture of West Africa. The event is for children in third through fifth grades and registration is required by calling 972-744-4358 or by visiting the Youth Services Department.

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Cora Pet of Week
This beautiful dog is Cora! She is a little shy at first but super sweet! She is a spayed female that was brought to the Shelter on July 1. She is a gorgeous chocolate colored Husky, German Shepherd mix. She has been vaccinated and well taken care of!

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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