Nov. 9, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.
Charter Amendment Election Results
Richardson voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, approved an amendment to the City Charter that provides for the direct election of the City’s mayor.
In unofficial voting results reported by the Dallas County and Collin County election administrators, 24,118 voted for the amendment, and 8,061 voted against it. The City Council is expected to canvass the election Nov. 19.
Under the previous Richardson City Charter, a council member was appointed to the position of mayor by the council members. With the Charter change, the mayor will be directly elected by voters, beginning in May 2013.
Richardson Names Two New Assistant City Managers
Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson announced today the selection of two assistant city managers to oversee the City’s Community Services functions and its Administrative and Leisure Services functions. The new Assistant City Manager of Community Services will be Don Magner, who was promoted from within the City of Richardson. The new Assistant City Manager of Administrative and Leisure Services will be current Farmers Branch Assistant City Manager Shanna Sims-Bradish.
The Assistant City Manager of Community Services oversees the:
- Community Services Department;
- Information Technology Department;
- Office of Emergency Management; and
- Public Services Department.
The Assistant City Manager of Administrative and Leisure Services oversees the:
- Parks and Recreation Department;
- Human Resources Department;
- Budget Office;
- Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations;
- Library Department; and
- Serves as Arts Liaison.
Don Magner’s promotion to Assistant City Manager of Community Services is effective Nov. 12. Magner currently serves as the director of Richardson’s Community Services Department and will continue direct oversight of the department until a replacement director is selected.
Shanna Sims-Bradish’s appointment to Assistant City Manager of Administrative and Leisure Services is effective Dec. 3. Sims-Bradish currently serves as an Assistant City Manager in the City of Farmers Branch.
To read complete press release, click here.
Final Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor Study Public Meeting Held
The third and final public involvement session focusing on revitalization along Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor drew more than 60 people Thursday evening. Attendees, ranging from property and business owners to citizens and other interested persons, viewed a summary presentation and visited stations addressing the various components of the draft study that will present the City’s vision for future development in the area.
The meeting gave attendees the opportunity to provide feedback on these draft recommendations that were based on the first two public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and a stakeholder workshop and interviews. This was the last of three community meetings for this phase of the project and the final opportunity to provide input before the study team presents the plan to the City Plan Commission and City Council Dec. 17.
Feedback may still be submitted to the City by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the project at http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1438.
RFID System at Library
The City Council discussed plans at its Monday work session to purchase and implement a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system at the Richardson Public Library. The new system is one of the projects approved in the 2010 Bond Program.
RFID uses tags to track and sort items as they are checked out and returned. The Council is expected to vote on the contract to purchase the system at its meeting Monday, Nov. 12.
If the council approves the contract, Library officials expect retagging of all library materials to take four to six weeks. Self-service check-out kiosks and updated staffed check-out stations are expected to be in place in January, with an automated materials handling system in place by April or May.
Watch the City Council discussion at http://bit.ly/Qo6wic.
McKamy Spring Park is Dedicated
Members of the Richardson City Council and other City officials gathered Thursday afternoon to officially dedicate McKamy Spring Park, a two-acre park within the Brick Row development near Centennial and Spring Valley roads. The park includes a playground, walking trails, pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighborhood and other features.
Richardson City Council Members water a tree planted for this week's McKamy Spring Park dedication ceremony.
McKamy Spring is one of the City’s oldest landmarks and is a natural spring that was once a frequent destination of the Caddo Yoiuanne Indian Tribe of North Texas. The park is on land once owned by Thomas F. McKamy, Richardson’s first mayor.
Citywide Pet Day a Big Success
The seventh annual Citywide Pet Day, benefiting the Richardson Animal Shelter, was held Nov. 3 at Owens Spring Creek Farm and was a big success with more than 3,500 in attendance.
The event included a pet parade, a pet clinic, children’s activities, microchipping, concessions, animal adoption groups and much more. Proceeds will benefit the medical care of animals at the Shelter and will support spay and neuter services for pets of low income families.
For more information about AnimaLuv, visit www.richardsonanimaluv.org.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Movie Screening is Nov. 16
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will give the Richardson community a preview of what’s to come next spring with a free movie screening Friday, Nov. 16, at the site of its first Metroplex location.
The event will kick off at 5 p.m., with a screening of “The Burbs” scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Heights Shopping Center, at the southwest corner of Belt Line Road and Central Expressway.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, based in Austin, will open in Richardson in May 2013. City, community and business leaders celebrated the beginning of construction last month with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site.
MRMC Men’s Health Tune-Up
Methodist Richardson Medical Center will host a free Men’s Health Tune-Up from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17. The event features health screenings, men’s health discussions led by physicians, breakfast and giveaways.
Space is limited. Register by calling 972-437-5463 or by visiting www.methodisthealthsystem.org/tuneup12.
Business and Industry Award Winners
Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend presents the B&I Public/Nonprofit/Educational award to RSO President/Executive Director George Landis.
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business and Industry Awards Luncheon Nov. 9 to honor businesses and organizations for their contributions to the local economy and the community. The Chamber and the Richardson Rotary Clubs have held the event for the past 30 years.
This year, seven awards were presented by the Chamber, and three individuals were recognized by the Rotary Clubs.
Ethics: Maurine Dickey
Service Above Self: Jim Waldorf
Unsung Hero: Ted Ellis
Commercial Real Estate Project: Stream Data Center – Richardson II
Community Involvement: Cisco Systems/Richardson
Environmental: Fujitsu Network Communications
International Business: Hitachi Communications Technologies America, Inc.
Newcomer Business: Safety Kleen Systems, Inc.
Richardson Loyalty: Polytronix
Public/Nonprofit/Educational: Richardson Symphony Orchestra
HASR Recognizes Volunteers
Helping Agencies Serving Richardson (HASR) held its annual Volunteer of the Year Luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 7, honoring 16 nominees in five categories.
The winners were:
Community Leadership: Dean McGee, nominated by The Counseling Place
Humanitarian: Pauline Chen, nominated by Richardson Adult Literacy Center
Education: Diane Reed, nominated by Richardson Adult Literacy Center
Group: Altrusa International of Richardson, nominated by Terrace Elementary
The Dot McCalpin Founder’s Award: Nancy Davenport
HASR exists to improve the delivery of social services in Richardson in a nonprofit, nonpolitical forum for better communication, coordination and cooperation among the service agencies serving RISD.
|Pictured from left: Pauline Chen, Dean McGee, Diane Reed, Nancy Davenport, and Kimberly Kierce, representing Altrusa.
Last Day for Senior Holiday Bazaar is Tomorrow
The last day of the Senior Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richardson Senior Center. All items are handmade by the crafters in attendance. It is a great opportunity to find that perfect holiday gift.
For more information, call the Senior Center at 972-744-7800.
Gobble Hobble Nov. 17
The seventh annual Gobble Hobble 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Galatyn Plaza. The 3.1-mile race will benefit The Counseling Place, a nonprofit victims’ assistance organization that provides free or low-cost advocacy for victims, youth programs and counseling services for those in need.
The event also includes a 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. and a Kid Zone that includes bounce houses, a climbing wall, balloon artist and more.
Register online at www.gobblehobble.com for $30. Race day registration onsite costs $35.
RISD Spirit Run This Weekend
The third annual Spirit Run 5K will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Galatyn Plaza. The certified race is partially sponsored by the City and benefits the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, which supports students in RISD through scholarships and programs.
Bands, drum lines and other groups from the four RISD high schools will encourage runners along the 3.1-mile route. At the end of the race, runners will vote for the most spirited high school, and the winner will receive the traveling Spirit Trophy.
The event will also include a 1-mile Walk/Fun Run at 8 a.m. and awards for overall and age group winners at 9:30 a.m.
Race day registration costs $35. Runners younger than 18 years old may register for $10. For more information, visit www.risdspiritrun.com.
Building Relationships With Young Children at Library
Parents, child care providers and early childhood professionals are invited to attend Building Relationships with Young Children, a free program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Richardson Public Library’s Basement Program Room.
The program will be presented by Dr. Margaret Owen, director of the UT Dallas Center for Children and Families.
Registration is not required for this free program. For more information, call 972-744-4376.
Craftivity at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host Craftivity, an afternoon of crafts and games for the whole family, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Basement Program Room.
The event is free, and registration is not required. For more information, call 972-744-4350.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical Continues at the Eisemann Center
The Eisemann Center is presenting the ViewPoint Bank Theatre Comedy Series production of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical through Sunday, Nov. 11.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter.
Tickets are $37-$40 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling Group Sales at 972-744-4657.
Ricky Nelson Remembered at the Eisemann Center
Ricky Nelson Remembered, a unique multi-media event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs performed by his twin sons, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Eisemann Center. The show includes never-before-seen big-screen footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson.
Tickets cost $34-$52 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650.
UT Dallas Students to Perform Free Best of Broadway Show
The UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities is presenting Best of Broadway V: Creepy and Kooky at 8 p.m. today and Saturday in the University Theatre. The show features pieces from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Addams Family, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeney Todd and Little Shop of Horrors.
The public is invited to attend the free show. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Brindie is a female catahoula mix about 3 years old. She is spayed, up to date on all vaccinations, shy but super friendly, great on a leash, housebroken and also good with kids. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Brindie or other animals available for adoption.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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