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Week In Review, Dec. 21, 2012
Posted Date: 12/21/2012

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Dec. 21, 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.

 

Council and CPC Discuss Main Street/Central Expressway Study
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The City Plan Commission and City Council met in a joint work session Monday to discuss the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment Study. Following a presentation from staff and the consulting team, Commissioners and Council Members discussed various aspects of the draft recommendations and the study process.

The draft implementation plan is scheduled for briefing and discussion at the Jan. 28 City Council meeting. Work on revised zoning regulations and design guidelines will begin in the late spring/early summer 2013 time period.

Watch the City Council and City Plan Commission discussion at http://bit.ly/VTEZSg.

 

Council Discusses Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Improvement District
The Richardson City Council approved a resolution at its work session Monday that expresses support for state legislation to create the Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Improvement District, a Municipal Management District that could help speed development of the 62-mile rail line that is planned to run from Richardson and Plano to Fort Worth.

The special district must be officially created by the Texas Legislature, which will begin meeting for its biennial session in January. Once established, it would be responsible for organizing revenue and contractual obligations for the project.

Most of the rail line is owned by DART, which doesn’t have the means to develop it for the next 25 years based on funding limitations and other capital obligations. Several cities and other agencies are hoping to work together to secure alternative funding and begin operating the rail line by 2016-2017. 

Last month the Council approved a resolution that gives the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) the authority to take the lead in pursuing the Cotton Belt rail line project as a public-private partnership on behalf of interested partners in the region. The Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Improvement District would take over management of the project from NCTCOG once it is established.

The Cotton Belt rail line is expected to include two stops in Richardson near the UT Dallas campus and President George Bush Turnpike east of US-75. The special district would cover about 330 acres surrounding the proposed Bush Turnpike Station and 280 acres around the UT Dallas Station.

Watch the City Council discussion at http://bit.ly/VOmiiP.

 

Flags Flying at Half-Staff
Flags in Richardson were lowered to half-staff beginning Thursday. President Obama ordered flags to be lowered as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, President pro tempore of the Senate, and will remain lowered until Sunday at sunset.

 

City Holiday Closings 
Due to local, State and Federally recognized holidays, the City of Richardson will alter its solid waste service and close several City facilities according to the schedule outlined below.

Facilities Schedule
Closed Dec. 24 - 25
   City Hall
   Civic Center
   Municipal Court
   Library
   Animal Shelter
   Municipal Service Center

Closed Dec. 25
   Huffhines Recreation Center
   Senior Center
   Tennis Center

(closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 24)
(closes at 5 p.m.  Dec. 24)
(closes at 3 p.m. Dec. 24)

Closed Jan. 1
   City Hall
   Civic Center
   Municipal Court
   Library
   Animal Shelter
   Municipal Service Center
   Huffhines Recreation Center
   Senior Center
   Tennis Center



(closes at 6 p.m. Dec. 31)


(closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31)
(closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 31)
(closes at 3 p.m. Dec. 31)

Call the Police Department at 972-744-4800 for emergencies
when the Animal Shelter is closed.

Trash and Recycling
There will be NO solid waste pick up or special pick up Monday, Dec. 24, or Tuesday, Dec. 25, or Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The table below outlines make-up days for recycling pick up:

Christmas Day and New Year's Day Dec. 24 and 25, Jan. 1
Recycling Day
Make-up Day
Monday, Dec. 24
Wednesday, Dec. 26*
Tuesday, Dec. 25
Wednesday, Dec. 26*
Tuesday, Jan. 1
Wednesday, Jan. 2
* Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25 will both be made up on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

 

City Council Meeting and Work Session Cancelled
In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Dec. 24 City Council meeting and Dec. 31 work session have been cancelled. The next City Council meeting is a work session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

 

Richardson Fire Department Delivers Holiday Cheer
The Richardson Fire Department held its annual Toy and Food Drive this month, and delivered collections to NETWORK of Community Ministries this week. Thank you to Fire Department staff, City employees, local businesses, civic organizations and residents who donated items that will help to make this holiday season brighter for those in need.

You can donate food items and toys to NETWORK year round. Donations may be dropped off at 741 S. Sherman in Richardson. Visit www.thenetwork.org for more information.
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Pictured from left: Investigator/Inspector Scott Johnson, Deputy Fire Marshal Wesley Caskey and Asst. Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Steve Dossett.

 

“Tree Cycle” Your Christmas Tree
From Dec. 26 to Jan. 31, Richardson residents may “tree cycle” their Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours seven days a week. Residents may also call 972-744-4111 to request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection.
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All trees must be natural and unflocked, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorative items removed. Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).

 

Recycle Holiday Boxes
The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department have teamed up to help fight crime and recycle at the same time. Instead of putting your new computer or flat screen TV box out for pick-up, recycle and prevent crime.

Temporary recycle locations will be established by Dec. 23 and removed Jan. 4 at:
• Custer Park, 700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
• Recycle Center, 102. N. Cottonwood Dr.
• 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
• Breckinridge Park, 5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)

If you prefer to throw the boxes away, place them inside a black bag so you do not advertise that you have a new computer or TV in your home.

 

Santa’s Village Lights Still On
Santa’s Village has officially closed for the season, but the lights will remain on at the 17 tiny dwellings until Jan. 2. Families are welcome to visit the village and take photos or enjoy the holiday decorations.
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Santa’s Village is located to the north of City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. For more information, visit www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1303.

 

Tuzer Ballet to Perform ‘The Nutcracker’ at Eisemann Center
Tuzer Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $15 to $40 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit www.tuzerballet.com.

 

DART Announces Holiday Schedule
Many DART services will be unavailable or will operate on a limited schedule Dec. 24-25. DART buses and light rail will run on a Saturday schedule on Christmas Eve and on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day. Administrative offices will be closed on Christmas.
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Regular subscription paratransit trips will be canceled on Christmas Eve and run on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day. To schedule service, call 214-515-7272.

The DART Customer Information Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day but closed Christmas Day. For more information, call 214-979-1111 or visit www.dart.org.

 

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Brindie. She is a spayed female, up to date on all her vaccinations, catahoula mix, about 3 years old, has been at the shelter since august 2012. She's a sweet shy girl, great with kids and good on a leash. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Brindie or other animals available for adoption.
Brindie 

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter. 

 

Related Links
City Council videos: http://bit.ly/LSHJzE
City Council agenda: http://bit.ly/QoOWF4
City Council meeting documents: http://bit.ly/OrSIQ2

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