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Week In Review, June 28, 2013
Posted Date: 6/28/2013
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June 28, 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

Family 4th Celebration on Thursday
Family Fourth

Richardson's Family 4th Celebration, the city’s annual Independence Day event, will take place from 6 to 10:15 p.m. Thursday at Breckinridge Park, just south of the intersection of Renner and Brand roads. The event will include activities for children, performances by The Chuck Ligon Band at 6:15 p.m. and the Richardson Community Band at 8:45 p.m., and a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. Food vendors will be on site throughout the event.

The City will offer a free roundtrip shuttle to the event from the Rockwell-Collins International campus at the southeast corner of Renner and Shiloh roads, as on-site parking is limited. The shuttle will take people to the event between 6 and 9:15 p.m.

For more information, call 972-744-4580 or visit


Independence Day Holiday Schedule
In recognition of the Independence Day holiday, City facilities and services will operate according to the following schedule on July 4. City services will resume normal operations on Friday, July 5.

Public Facility Schedule for Thursday, July 4

Facility Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson's Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues; otherwise call 911 for animal related emergencies.)
City Hall Closed
Civic Center Closed
Gymnastics Center Closed
Heights/Huffhines Recreation Centers Closed
Library Closed
Public Pools Open (close at 5 p.m.; lessons and practice cancelled)
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open
Senior Center Closed
Tennis Center Open (close at 4 p.m.)


Sanitation Schedule and Recycle Make Up Day
There will be NO solid waste pick up or special pick up Thursday, July 4. The table below shows the recycle make up day.

Recycle collection day affected by holiday Make-up day
Thursday, July 4 Wednesday, July 3

Family Aquatic Center Opening
Family Aquatic Center
The pools at the Heights Family Aquatic Center have been filled with water, one of the final tasks to be completed before it opens to the public. The new facility is set to open at 10 a.m. July 12 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and free admission for the day. Contractors have also been finishing construction on the waterslides, installing light fixtures and completing shade structures.

The Heights Family Aquatic Center will have 8,000 square feet of surface water and will feature a zero-entry pool with splash playground, current channel, vortex pool, instructional water area, lap swim, and double-tube slide. It is located next door to the new Heights Recreation Center, which celebrated its grand opening in May.

Both facilities are funded through the 2010 Bond Program and are designed to fit with the surrounding neighborhoods’ midcentury modern architecture.

Learn more about the Family Aquatic Center and fees for the 2013 season at


Council Discusses US 75 Corridor Study
The Richardson City Council on Monday received an update on an ongoing TxDOT study of US 75 from I-635 to State Highway 121. The study is designed to identify and address mobility needs in the corridor to meet future growth, enhance quality of life, support economic development and improve public safety. The study addresses long-range corridor needs through improvements to transit, arterials, HOV and tolled managed lanes as well as US 75 main lane capacity.

More than 100 people attended a public meeting at the Richardson Civic Center last week to provide input to TxDOT for the study. TxDOT plans to hold additional meetings for the public and affected cities as the project continues through 2015.

Several roadway and rail overpasses in and near Richardson will require special focus for evaluation because of their space constraints, including Midpark Road, the KCS rail overpass, Collins Boulevard, Galatyn Parkway and the President George Bush Turnpike.

The City Council has developed 10 guiding principles for the study so that any reconstruction of US 75 will be mindful of the highway’s dual role as a component of the greater statewide transportation network as well as an essential contributor to the long-term health and vitality of Richardson. Learn more about the study and read the City Council’s guiding principles at Watch the work session presentation at


Street Rehabilitation Project Begins
Street Rehab Ground Breaking
This week Richardson City Council Members ceremonially broke ground on a street rehabilitation project that will include improvements to Pittman Street, Grace Drive and Lois Lane. The $1.8 million project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program.
Street Rehab map
The project includes reconstruction of Pittman Street from Abrams Road to Grove Road, Grace Drive from Abrams Road to Highland Boulevard and Lois Lane from Polk Street to Highland Boulevard. Construction crews will install curb-to-curb concrete pavement, a new water main, storm sewer and barrier free ramps. The project also includes a new sidewalk in the 400 blocks of Pittman Street and Grace Drive. 

The project is expected to be complete in March 2014.

Stay posted on the status of projects through the 2010 Bond Program by visiting the Bond Tracker at


Council Discusses Justice Assistance Grant Program
The Richardson Police Department will continue to enhance neighborhood crime prevention and detection through the 2013 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG). The grants fund the Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) program, which helps to reduce crime by building relationships between police and the community, including both neighborhoods and businesses.

The City Council discussed the program at its Monday work session and is expected to gather public input and vote on a resolution to continue the program at its July 29 meeting. The Police Department is expecting to receive more than $9,800 through the program this year.

By placing highly experienced officers in neighborhoods throughout the community, the NPO program has resulted in quicker response to problem solving, higher quality of life and detection of crime.

The Police Department was first awarded a federal JAG award for the NPO program in 2009, and funding has been renewed annually since that time. The grants go toward supplementing salaries and equipment for the part-time NPOs.

Watch the City Council discussion at


Council Awards Bid for Trail Construction
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of $160,000 to VA Construction Inc. to build six-foot wide concrete multiuse trails at Terrace, Woodhaven Grove, Point North and Canyon Creek parks. Construction of trails is expected to begin in July and last until September.

The project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program. Stay up-to-date on the status of 2010 Bond Program Projects through the City’s Bond Tracker at


July Edition of Richardson Today Has Been Mailed
The July edition of Richardson Today has been delivered to post offices and should begin arriving in mailboxes within the next few days. This edition includes information on the City’s newly elected City Council, the Home Improvement Incentive Program, a calendar of events and much more.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at  

Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.


Lanes Closed for Peace Love 5K
Several lanes of traffic will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for the Peace Love Run 5K. Closures include:

  • Southbound Performance Drive from Lookout Drive to Waterwood Drive
  • Eastbound Galatyn Parkway from Plaza Boulevard to Glenville Drive
  • Southbound Glenville Drive from Galatyn Parkway to Waterwood Drive
  • Northbound Glenville Drive from Greenville Avenue to Galatyn Parkway and from Lookout to the railroad tracks
  • Two right lanes on southbound Greenville Avenue from Glenville Drive to Plano Road
  • Two right lanes on southbound Plano Road from Ridgemoor Lane to Greenville Avenue
  • Northbound Glenville Drive from Lookout Drive to Routh Creek Parkway
  • Northbound Routh Creek Parkway from Glenville Drive to approximately 2,000 feet north of the crossing


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events 

Electronics Collection Event Saturday
The City of Richardson and AMD will host an electronics collection event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at AMD’s warehouse at 1201 Exchange Dr. A $5 fee will be charged for hard drive destruction. Televisions and computer monitors will be charged 50 cents per pound. Only cash will be accepted.
AMD cannot accept household appliances, furniture, anything containing liquid or any kind of hazardous materials. For more information, contact Ryan Delzell at 972-744-4404 or e-mail  

Acceptable items include:
• Computers
• Computer Peripherals
• Telephones
• Mobile Phones
• Printers/Copiers/Faxes
• Network Equipment
• ICs
• Circuit Boards
• Cables/Wire
• Monitors
• Network Equipment
• Memory
• Hard Drives
• Solder Dross
• Non-Ferrous Metals
• Televisions
• VCR’s/DVD players


Richardson Wireless Klub Conducts Ham Radio Demonstration
The Richardson Wireless Klub conducted a 24-hour ham radio demonstration from noon to noon Saturday to Sunday at the pavilion in Cottonwood Park. Ham radio operators made contact with other operators across the U.S. during the event, which was part of the American Radio Relay League’s nationwide Field Day. It demonstrated how ham radio can be used for emergency radio communications when other methods, such as cellphones and telephone lines, are unavailable.

Richardson Wireless Klub volunteers assist the City during the annual Christmas Parade and help out at other events throughout the year. Wireless Klub volunteers also coordinate monthly emergency siren tests with the City of Richardson Office of Emergency Management, and members participate in the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

It meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. For more information, visit


NTTA Toll Rates to Increase July 1
Toll rates will increase from 15.3 to 16.2 cents per mile beginning Monday on all highways operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). The scheduled increase is designed to keep pace with the rate of inflation. Tolls are used for road maintenance and the NTTA safety and service programs.
For more information or to view toll rates, visit


DART Independence Day Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus and light rail services will operate on a Sunday schedule on the July 4 holiday. DART Paratransit services will run on a Saturday schedule, and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed.
The Customer Information Center will accept calls at 214-979-1111 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the Customer Care Center and administrative offices will be closed. For more information, visit View DART holiday destinations at


Plano Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Plano Symphony Orchestra will present “Patriotic Pops” at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature songs that honor the United States and celebrate freedom.

Tickets cost $10 to $35 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4560. Learn more about the show at


We Dig Dinosaurs at Library
Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to We Dig Dinosaurs from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Public Library. A free ticket is required to attend. Limited tickets will be available in the Youth Services Department on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Spanish Fiesta at Library
Library Fiesta
The Richardson Public Library will host a Spanish Fiesta for children ages 3 to 10 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. A free ticket is required to attend. Limited tickets will be available in the Youth Services Department on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 972-744-4358. 

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This beautiful cat is Sparkle! He came to the Shelter June 24. He is a gorgeous marble color, is only four months old, extremely friendly and has been fully vaccinated.

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


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