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Week In Review, May 10, 2013
Posted Date: 5/10/2013 2:45 PM

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May 10, 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.

News Briefs

Election Day is Saturday
Election Day voting for the Richardson Mayoral and City Council, RISD School Board, and PISD School Board elections will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at designated precinct locations. View a complete list of Election Day voting locations at  

Richardson City Hall is not a voting location on Election Day. For more information, contact the Richardson City Secretary at 972-744-4290.

Election results will be available Saturday night after 7 p.m. at and on CITV, Time Warner Cable channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.


Main Street Construction To Cause Lane Closures Beginning Tonight
Westbound lanes of Main Street will close to traffic the night of Friday, May 10, as the City’s contractor on the Floyd Branch Watershed drainage project installs box culverts under the roadway. Closures will also occur nightly beginning Monday, May 13, through most of next week.

The closures are expected to take place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning, and eastbound traffic will not be affected. Crews will not be working on the project Saturday or Sunday nights.

Signs will be placed in the area alerting drivers of the lane closures. Westbound traffic on Main Street will be detoured south on Interurban Street to Kaufman Street. From Kaufman, drivers will be directed to the northbound US-75 frontage road. Traffic will be able to turn left on Belt Line Road or continue north on the frontage road. (See map.)

Westbound Main Street Detour

The project will improve drainage in the Floyd Branch Watershed, which collects drainage from 2.6 square miles in south central Richardson and eventually flows to White Rock Lake. The project will add capacity to the area’s drainage system by adding new underground drainage pipes north and south of Main Street between US-75 and the DART rail line. No existing open channels will be enclosed.

Improvement work also includes the installation of a new right turn lane along westbound Main Street from Interurban Street to the US-75 northbound frontage road and construction of a new bridge over Floyd Creek Branch at West Phillips Street. In addition to improving the decades-old drainage system, improving drainage system deficiencies will also allow for the possibility of future development since current conditions have been a costly deterrent to redevelopment along the City’s Main Street and Central Expressway corridors.

Final completion of the project is expected in spring of 2014.


Construction Continues on Galatyn Parkway
Construction on the Galatyn Parkway extension project is expected to affect traffic heading to the Wildflower! Festival next weekend. Motorists traveling south on US-75 are encouraged to take the Renner Road exit and head east to Routh Creek Parkway. A right turn on Routh Creek Parkway will lead directly to festival parking in the Blue Cross Blue Shield parking garage.

The extension of the Galatyn Parkway overpass is funded in part through Richardson’s 2010 Bond Program. Construction of the project is expected to be complete this month.


City to Update Outdoor Warning System
The City of Richardson will begin retrofitting its 21 outdoor warning system sirens with clear strobe lights that will activate when the sirens go off to help alert people who are deaf or hearing impaired when an outdoor hazardous situation is imminent, including approaching severe weather. The first strobe to be added will be in Breckinridge Park. If the new strobe tests successfully, full installation and testing of all sirens is expected to be complete by Oct. 30.

The City will test each strobe light to ensure it is working properly; however, these tests will be performed with the siren silently to prevent citizen confusion between the tests and any real emergency. Once installed, the strobe lights will flash every time the siren is activated during an emergency or during routine monthly system testing.

The City Council discussed the strobe lights and other steps the Office of Emergency Management is taking to enhance its Functional Needs Support Services at its Monday work session. Watch the presentation at


Rec Center Fees Go Into Effect Wednesday
New fees for daily admission and annual memberships at Huffhines and Heights recreation centers go into effect Wednesday. The fees are comparable to those for nearby facilities that offer similar amenities and hours.

Richardson Resident


Age Group





Youth (6-17) $35 $5



Adult (18-54) $60 $7



Senior (55 and up) $35 $5



Family (up to 4) $135 N/A



Corporate N/A N/A



In addition to offering discounted fees to Richardson residents, the City offers discounts to people who work in the city. If you have a current membership to Huffhines Recreation Center, you will be able to use it at the new Heights Recreation Center.

Heights Recreation Center is scheduled to open with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. For more information, visit


City Celebrates Completion of New Pedestrian Bridge
Breckinridge Bridge Ribbon Cutting
The Richardson City Council celebrated the opening of a new pedestrian bridge in Breckinridge Park on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. The 100-foot fabricated timber truss bridge over the Beck Branch of Rowlett Creek was completed in March and replaces a historical bridge that was destroyed when an oak tree fell on it during a storm in 2006.

The $264,000 project was built by Jim Bowman Construction and funded through the 2010 Bond Program.

Richardson has more than 40 miles of trails and walkways. For more information including an interactive trail map, visit

Breckinridge Bridge map


Richardson Police Officers Recognized by MADD
RPD Officers
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently recognized two Richardson police officers for their outstanding efforts in enforcement against drunken driving. Officer Bradley Hill (right) was the Enforcement Hero Award recipient for 2012, and Officer Martin Dickson (left) was the Commitment Hero Award recipient for 2012. Both officers are assigned to the Richardson Police Department's Patrol Division and demonstrated exceptional professionalism in protecting the roadways for all Richardson commuters.

The "Take the Wheel" campaign is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation and designed to raise awareness of the community commitment needed to stop drunken driving.


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Eisemann Center Presents Season Announced
The 2013-2014 season of Eisemann Center Presents will kick off Oct. 7 with the first of four Keyboard Conversations® concerts with Jeffrey Seigel. The subscription series will include four shows in the Theatre Comedy Series, including the Southern-Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour and Call Me Mister Fry; five shows in the Family Theatre series, including Stuart Little and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day; and the four Keyboard Conversations® shows.

MainStage shows in the upcoming season will feature Clint Black’s acoustic tour, The Ten Tenors and improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood.

The 2012-2013 10th anniversary season will conclude in July with the world premiere of Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation.

Eisemann Center Presents subscription renewals are due by June 30, and single ticket sales will begin July 8. For more information call the ticket office at 972-744-4650 or visit


Wildflower! Festival Tickets Available for Purchase
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Three-day passes for the 2013 Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival, May 17-19 at Galatyn Park Urban Center, are on sale for $30 at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online at Single-day adult tickets are available at the gate for $20 as well as through the festival's website. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free.

Richardson residents can purchase up to six individual adult tickets per each day of the festival per household for only $10 each. Kids 12 and under get in free on Sunday with a paid adult courtesy of Bank of America, and adult tickets are $10 on Sunday courtesy of Cisco.

To learn more about the festival, visit, call 972-744-4580 or follow Wildflower! on Facebook at and on Twitter at


Best of Big D Voting Continues
Wildflower! Richardson's Arts and Music Festival, the Cottonwood Art Festival and the Eisemann Center are nominated for D Magazine’s 2013 Best of Big D Readers’ Choice awards. Community support will help to gain exposure throughout the Metroplex for two of Richardson’s major community events and the City’s performing arts center. Winners will be published in the magazine’s August 2013 issue.

Voting in the Culture category will end Sunday. Visit to cast a vote. Each person can vote once a day.


National Police Week Memorial Service is May 13
Police Memorial
The public is invited to attend the Richardson Police Department National Police Week Memorial Service at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The service will be held along the circle drive near the flag poles between the 9-1-1 Center and the Police Department at 140 N. Greenville Ave.


Free VIN Etching, H.E.A.T. Event on May 16
VIN Etching
The Richardson Police Department in partnership with the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force, will offer free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etchings and conduct Help End Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) registrations Thursday, May 16. Bring your vehicle to the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center (411 W. Arapaho Rd., south parking lot adjacent to Belle Grove Drive), between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to have the vehicle’s VIN etched into each window.

VIN etching is used to deter auto theft. Car thieves who steal cars for resale or for parts will tend to avoid vehicles that have the glass etched with a VIN. The etching reduces the criminal’s profit, associated with replacing a vehicle’s windows and the windows themselves becoming worthless for resale.

The H.E.A.T. registration program places a sticker on your vehicle and registers it in a statewide database used by law enforcement in Texas. The event is conducted on a first-come first-serve basis and only takes minutes to complete.

For more information, contact the Richardson Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955 or visit


Richardson Community Band to Perform at Senior Center
Richardson Community Band
The Richardson Community Band will perform its annual spring concert at the Richardson Senior Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free show will include light refreshments. For more information, visit


Chamberlain to Perform Spring Recital at Eisemann Center
Chamberlain School of Performing Arts will present its 2013 Annual Spring Recital at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $10 to $20 and are available at by calling 972-744-4650 or at For more information, visit


Texas Ballet Theater School to Perform at Eisemann Center
Texas Ballet Theater School will present Holidays at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $8 to $10 and are available by calling 972-744-4650 or at Learn more at


Lone Star Wind Orchestra to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Lone Star Wind Orchestra will perform Angels and Bouquets at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature music to honor mothers, including “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli, “Country Gardens” by Percy Grainger and “Danish Bouquet” by Ira Hearshen.

Tickets cost $20 to $40 and are available by calling 972-744-4650 or at Learn more at


Taiwanese Dance Group to Perform at City Hall
Taipei Folk Dance Theatre
In celebration of Taiwanese American Heritage Week, the Taipei Folk Dance Theatre will perform “Dances Over Taiwan” on Wednesday at the Richardson City Hall/Civic Center. The public is invited to the free event, which will include lunch at 11 a.m. followed by the performance at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall. Seating is limited, so please register at or call 972-744-4035.


Teen Cooking Program at Library
Library Teen Cuisine
The Richardson Public Library will host a free Teen Cuisine cooking program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room. Teens in sixth through 12th grade will learn how to cook main dishes and a dessert. For more information, call 972-744-4358.


DART to Host Energizer Stations for Bike to Work Day
DART will offer a Bike Energizer Station at the Arapaho rail station from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, as part of National Bike to Work Day. The station will include refreshments, tune-ups, promotional items and more. Additional Bike Energizer Stations will be at the Downtown Garland and Akard rail stations and at the Bluebonnet and Chisholm Trail intersection in Plano.
DART offers bike racks on every bus and train and has more than 140 bike lids for storage. Commuters may take bicycles onto any DART vehicle. For more information, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Molly Pet of Week
Molly, AKA Mama Dog Molly, is one of the sweetest dogs ever! She originally came to us in December 2012 as a stray and was very pregnant. After caring for her rowdy litter of eight pups, all of which have been adopted, she was spayed and tested for heartworms. She is heartworm positive and receiving treatment. Molly has been spoiled rotten at the Shelter, but we know she needs a forever home and we would love to see her with a family that will love her just as much as she loves them. She is great with kids and other pets, great on a leash, up to date on all her vaccinations and is house trained.

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


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