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Week In Review, Feb. 8, 2013
Posted Date: 2/8/2013

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Feb. 8, 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 Announced
Rocket Man
Rocket Man, the Elton John Tribute, will perform at this year’s Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival, set for May 17-19 at Galatyn Park. He will perform five shows throughout the weekend at the Eisemann Center.

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 the Richardson Today Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Council Discusses Arapaho/Collins Redevelopment Study
Arapaho-Collins Study Area
The City Council heard a report at its work session Monday on the baseline market analysis for the East Arapaho/Collins redevelopment area, a nearly 700-acre study area bounded generally by Collins Boulevard, Greenville Avenue, Apollo Road and Plano Road.

The City is working with consultants to investigate enhancement/redevelopment possibilities and develop a strategy for addressing the underperforming flex space in the study area. Flex space is a building type that allows for a variety of office, research and development, industrial processing, quasi-retail sales, high tech or a combination in a single structure.

The analysis found that the study area is in a good location for redevelopment because it is near UT Dallas, major employers and a strong transportation network and has access to industrial grade internet transmission lines that could support sought-after cloud computing development. Challenges include the age of the majority of the buildings and a lack of curb appeal compared to other developments that compete for the same tenants.

City staff members recommended that the study area boundaries be revised to exclude several tracts along Greenville Avenue and Collins Boulevard that have a different character or have the potential to be considered a part of the Arapaho Station transit-oriented development. Staff will continue to work with the consultants throughout 2013 to study the area and refine and prioritize implementation strategies. After Council approval, the City is expected to begin implementing identified strategies next year.

Watch the presentation at and


Council Discusses Neighborhood Vitality Program Project Implementation
The Richardson City Council heard an update at its work session Monday on the status of Neighborhood Vitality Program projects funded through the 2010 Bond Program and savings and interest earnings from the 2006 Neighborhood Vitality Program.

Bridge construction in North College Park is complete, and construction is underway on a bridge in Duck Creek. Work is also scheduled to begin on bridges in Mark Twain and Cottonwood Heights by next month.

The 2010 Bond Program includes funding for screening wall treatments, entry features, bridge enhancements and landscaping projects in neighborhoods throughout the City.

Watch the work session discussion at


Richardson Mayor to Participate in Day of Service
Day of Service
Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend joined several other Dallas County mayors and elected officials Thursday morning at the JFK Memorial in downtown Dallas to help kick off “Ask Not… the Dallas County Day of Service.” The event is scheduled for Nov. 21, 2013, in honor of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.

Mayors and elected officials from several Dallas County municipalities have pledged to organize and complete various projects in their cities on the Day of Service. The specific projects will be announced at a later date.


Richardson Featured in GCX Article
Richardson is featured in a recent article published by Global Corporate Xpansion (GCX), a quarterly magazine designed for business executives and site selectors seeking to relocate or expand. The story is about creating amenities to help employees find a good work and life balance and includes information on Corporate Challenge and development at Richardson’s DART stations.

The story also highlights initiatives in Fort Worth and Denver. Read the article at


Richardson Listed Among “Hottest Markets in Dallas”
Richardson was highlighted as one of the “hottest markets in Dallas” for homebuyers in an online article published Tuesday on Yahoo! Contributor Network. The story lists Richardson’s easy access to US-75 and I-635, strong school system and relatively inexpensive housing as top reasons people choose to move to the city.

Other Dallas-area neighborhoods featured in the article are Downtown and Uptown and the area around Jesuit College Preparatory School. Read the story at


Auditors Give Richardson’s Financial Statements Clean Report
Richardson’s independent auditing firm, KPMG LLP, reported to the City Council Monday night that the City’s 2011-2012 Fiscal Year financial statements received an “unqualified” or clean opinion, the highest level of audit industry standards.
The auditor’s report is included in the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which was presented to the City Council on Monday. Auditors also presented the Independent Auditors’ Report on Federal Awards, a separate report that focuses on compliance with Federal grant requirements.

The “unqualified” designation means that auditors did not identify issues or concerns during a multi-week review of the City’s financial records and that there were no issues or irregularities in the City’s accounting practices.

The City was awarded its 34th consecutive Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The program is a peer review process which encourages governments to produce high-quality financial statements that exceed the minimum presentation requirements set by accounting standards. The 2011-2012 CAFR will be submitted to GFOA for review for the program.

The reports are available on the City’s website, under the Financial Transparency Initiative tab, or at Richardson’s financial transparency initiatives have been given the Gold Leadership Circle Award by the Texas Comptroller.


Applications Being Accepted for Lifeguards, Other Summer Positions
Now Hiring
The City of Richardson is accepting applications for Summer Aquatics positions, including lifeguards, pool managers, swim instructors, swim team coaches and cashiers. Pay ranges from $9.50 to $15 per hour.

Visit to apply for a position. For more information, call 972-744-7892.


Memorial Bricks Available for Purchase
Memorial Brick
The Richardson Fire Department and Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association are selling personalized engraved bricks to help fund a bronze statue to honor Richardson’s firefighters and those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The bricks will pave a “Walk of Honor” leading up the statue, which will be installed at the City’s new Fire Training Center.

Each four-by-eight inch brick costs $50 and can be engraved with a family or business name, inspirational thought, memorial, birthday greeting or other message and an optional choice of logo. The “Walk of Honor” has space for 6,000 bricks, and the department is hoping to sell as many as possible before construction begins in March.

Brick order forms are available at City Hall or by visiting


MRMC Offers Low-Cost Heart Screenings
Methodist Richardson Medical Center will host low-cost heart screenings from 7-10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Methodist Richardson Medical Center, 401 W. Campbell Rd. For $15, participants will receive a lipid profile and blood glucose screening.

No appointment is needed. Participants must fast for 10 hours before the screening for accurate results. Results may be picked up between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Heart to Heart event at the Eisemann Center.


RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair
The RISD Council of PTAs is holding a Used Book Fair from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and noon-6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Dal-Rich Shopping Center on the corner of Belt Line and Coit roads. Books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, with prices starting at 25 cents. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. J.J. Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fund, the RISD Council of PTAs and the local PTAs. For more information, visit


“Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice!” at Eisemann Center
Late Nite Catechism
“Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice!” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show is the latest in the Catechism series and follows Sister as she organizes a Las Vegas night.

Tickets cost $37 to $40 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information about the show, visit


Ramona Quimby at Eisemann Center
Ramona Quimby
“Ramona Quimby,” the next show in the Eisemann Center’s Family Theatre Series, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. The play features the exasperating but lovable Ramona Quimby, who has delighted young readers for more than 50 years through the books of Beverly Cleary.

Tickets cost $12 to $22 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.


We Love Clifford! Birthday Party at Library
The Richardson Public Library is hosting a party to celebrate the 50th birthday of Clifford, the Big, Red Dog. We Love Clifford! will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Library’s Basement Program Room. The event is for children age 3 to 7 and will include canine crafts, dog stories and birthday cake.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Amy is a female terrier mix, about a year old, 42 pounds, microchipped, housebroken and up to date on all her vaccinations. She has been at the shelter since October 2012, does very well with older children, is very playful and would be best in a household without other dogs. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Amy or other animals available for adoption.
Amy Pet of the Week 

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


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