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Week In Review, Jan. 11, 2013
Posted Date: 1/11/2013

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Jan. 11, 2013
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.


Wildflower! Performer Announcement Made
Alternative rock group Toadies has been the first band announced to perform at this year’s Wildflower! Festival, set for May 17-19 at Galatyn Park. The Texas-based band first played at the festival in 2009 and will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday, May 18.
Festival organizers made the announcement on Wednesday morning on the Wildflower! Facebook page. Fans of the Wildflower! Facebook page will be the first to know about additional performer announcements as they are posted to the site in the coming weeks.

The information will also be included on the Festival’s website, the City’s homepage, and Richardson Today’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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NTMWD to Conduct Chlorine Maintenance
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has scheduled a free chlorine maintenance that will be conducted on the NTMWD water transmission system and customer cities’ distribution systems for a 28-day period beginning Monday. As a member city, Richardson receives its water from NTMWD.

The free chlorine maintenance does not affect water quality, and water remains safe for use. Consumers who are sensitive to taste and odor changes in drinking water might notice a change during this period. This palatability change does not alter the quality of the drinking water.

Free chlorine maintenance allows water suppliers to maintain the disinfectant residual in their systems without flushing systems, thus conserving water.


City Council Discusses Future of Potential Park
The City Council on Monday discussed the future of 6.1 acres of land near Glenville Drive and Belt Line Road that is expected to be developed as a park sometime in the future when funds become available. The Twin Rivers Residential Corporation, which built an independent senior living facility adjacent to the tract, donated the land to the City in 2009.

City engineers are examining ways to improve drainage in the proposed park and surrounding area. The City expects to hire a civil engineering and landscape architecture firm later this month to help determine a concept master plan for the proposed park. Public meetings are expected to take place this spring to gather input from residents and nearby business owners, which will help guide the planners.

The City does not currently have funds to develop the park, but a concept master plan to be developed later this year will include a cost estimate. The project is expected to become part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program.

Watch the work session discussion at


Richardson Central Rotary Club Honors City Employees
Park Maintenance Supervisor Greg Dismore and Community Services Supervisor Lindsay Turman-Gregory were awarded this year’s Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year awards from the Richardson Central Rotary Club.

The awards are specially designed to recognize City employees that make significant contributions during the past year. The Richardson Central Rotary Club has presented the awards to City employees since 1992.
Central Rotary Club Awards
Pictured from left: Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson, Lindsay Turman-Gregory, Greg Dismore and Central Rotary Club President Rich Benat.


“Tree Cycle” Your Christmas Tree
Now through 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.
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).


City Accepting Entries for Photography Contest
Entries are being accepted through Jan. 20 at Huffhines Recreation Center for the 2013 City of Richardson Photography Contest. Photographers may submit entries in 14 categories, including abstract, people and still life. View all categories and contest rules at

Winners will be announced Jan. 25, and winning entries will be exhibited on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library Jan. 26 to Feb. 18. An awards ceremony and workshop will take place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Civic Center.

The Best of Show Winners from the 2012 Photography Contest are on display on the third floor of the Library through Jan. 23. For more information, visit


Oil Painter to Give Demonstration to RCAS
Becky Parks, a well-known Dallas oil painter, will present a painting demonstration to the Richardson Civic Art Society at its meeting Tuesday.
Becky Parks art
Parks creates beautiful landscape scenes from her travels in Texas, France and beyond using luminous color combinations and a light touch. Her work may be viewed at  

RCAS meets in the Richardson Public Library basement at 6:45 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend. RCAS is supported in part by the City of Richardson through the Arts Commission.


Volunteer ESL Tutors Needed
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center is holding a training workshop for ESL tutors. The class is designed to train volunteer tutors who can then help others learn to speak English. Training will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Richardson Public Library.

To register for the workshop, contact the RALC office at 972-644-5119 or


Pegasus Theatre Performance of “XSR:Die!” Continues at Eisemann Center
Pegasus Theatre will present “XSR:Die!” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show's run will continue through Jan. 20. The murder mystery show uses special effects to appear like a black and white movie.
Tickets cost $20 to $35 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Helen. She is  a husky mix, playful, sweet, housebroken and is currently in foster care. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Helen or other animals available for adoption.
Helen PetoftheWeek 

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


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