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Week In Review, Aug. 30, 2013
Posted Date: 8/30/2013
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Aug. 30, 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

City Facilities to be Closed Labor Day Holiday
In recognition of the Labor Day holiday, most City facilities will be closed Monday, Sept. 2. Facilities and services will operate according to the following schedule Monday and will resume normal operations Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

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
Municipal Court Closed
Public Pools Heights Family Aquatic Center open Aug. 31-Sept. 2, noon-9 p.m.; all other aquatic facilities closed
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open
Senior Center Closed
Tennis Center Open (closes at 4 p.m.)

Sanitation Schedule/Recycle Makeup Days

There will be no solid waste pickup or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) pickup Monday, Sept. 2 and there will be no makeup days.

The table below shows the recycle collection makeup days.

Recycle Collection Days Affected by Holiday Recycle Collection Makeup Days
Monday, Sept. 2 Tuesday, Sept. 3
Tuesday, Sept. 3 Wednesday, Sept. 4

Northbound Central Expressway Frontage Road Lanes to Close
The northbound Central Expressway (US 75) frontage road will be reduced to one through lane at Belt Line Road/Main Street beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. The reduction in lanes is expected to last approximately one month as a contractor completes construction of an underground drainage structure.

Along with the lane closure:

  • All but one lane of the northbound frontage road will be required to turn onto Belt Line Road/Main Street.
  • Just one lane will be allowed to turn left from eastbound Belt Line Road/Main Street.
  • The outside westbound Belt Line Road/Main Street lane will be right-turn only, leaving two westbound through lanes.
  • The U-turn lane from the southbound to the northbound frontage road will be closed as needed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Frontage Road Closures
The planned schedule is subject to change due to potential weather and construction complications.

The construction is part of a project to 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.


All Mosquito Traps in Richardson Return Negative West Nile Virus Tests This Week
The Richardson Health Department reported that mosquitoes in each of its 12 traps returned negative results for West Nile virus this week. This follows six consecutive weeks with at least one trap testing positive.

Richardson began its West Nile virus monitoring program in April, which is the earliest it has ever begun testing for signs of the virus, and weekly testing at the 12 locations will continue through October. The Richardson City Council approved increased surveillance this year due to the heightened incidence of West Nile virus cases experienced in the Metroplex in 2012.

So far this year, the rate of reported infections in people has been significantly less, hopefully the result of more proactive mosquito abatement measures enacted this year. You can watch a video of increased measures at

Mosquitoes remain active, however, so people are asked to follow the Four D’s to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
• DRAIN standing water around the home,
• Use insect repellent containing DEET,
• Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
• And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure.

For more information on Richardson's mosquito abatement program please visit


Heights Family Aquatic Center Open This Weekend
This is the final weekend of the year that Heights Family Aquatic Center will be open. The Aquatic Center will be open noon-9 p.m. through Monday before closing for the season. The Aquatic Center is located at 709 W. Arapaho Rd.


DART to Run on Holiday Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus and light rail services will operate on a Sunday schedule on the Labor Day 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.


Parks Department to Hold Public Input Session on Twin Rivers/Glenville Land
The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a public meeting to discuss the future of 6.1 acres of land near Glenville Drive and Belt Line Road. The Twin Rivers Residential Corporation, which built an independent senior living facility adjacent to the tract, donated the land to the City in 2009.

The City will gather input from residents and nearby business owners at the public meeting to help guide planners as they develop the park. The first public meeting on the study was held April 23.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Civic Center’s Richardson Room. 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.

For more information, call 972-744-4300. 


Ribbon Cutting Set for Fire Training Center
Fire Training Center construction
Construction of the City’s new Fire Training Center and Emergency Operations Center is on schedule, with completion of the complex expected in September. The City Council heard an update on the project Monday, and a formal ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

The new Fire Training Center is part of the 2010 Bond Program and will replace existing facilities that are outdated and in poor condition. It is located on city property adjacent to the current training center on Lookout Drive east of Plano Road and includes a backup emergency dispatch center and an emergency operations center. 

The Training Center will be used to train new recruits, for current firefighters to conduct required training exercises and to conduct multi-company drills that are required for the City to maintain its fire insurance rating.

Watch Monday’s City Council presentation at


City Council Discusses Neighborhood Vitality Program Implementation
Of the 12 Neighborhood Vitality Program projects included in the 2010 Bond Program, three are complete, one is under construction and eight are nearing the beginning of construction. That was the update provided to the City Council during this week’s workshop meeting.

Bridges in Duck Creek, North College Park and Mark Twain neighborhoods are complete, and four bridges in the Cottonwood Heights are under construction. Bids are being reviewed for construction on three bridges in Canyon Creek, and the City is seeking bids for entry features and other enhancements for six additional neighborhoods.

Neighborhood vitality projects include screening walls, neighborhood entries and other road-side enhancement projects that the City has implemented to help improve the aesthetics of neighborhoods in Richardson. The 12 projects currently underway are funded through the 2010 Bond Program, as well as savings and interest earnings from a 2006 Bond Program.

Watch Monday’s presentation at


Proposed Fee Would Support Eisemann Center Facility Maintenance
The City Council on Monday reviewed a revised proposal to implement a fee on ticketed and non-ticketed events to support ongoing facility maintenance and upgrades at the Eisemann Center.

If adopted, the Facility Maintenance Fee would allow the Eisemann Center to remain competitive by ensuring that lighting, sound, AV and other theatrical support systems are kept up-to-date. Approximately 80 percent of performing arts and multi-use venues in the U.S. charge some sort of facility maintenance fee. 

Fees would include:

  • $1.50 per ticket for performances
  • $1 per ticket for tickets issued on consignment
  • 10 percent of base rental fees for non-performance days
  • 10 percent of base rental fees for non-ticketed events
  • $50 for a school performance, with an additional $25 per additional performance on the same day
  • $25 for half-day usage and $75 for full-day usage per venue for City events

The fee would go into effect for new bookings and new rentals beginning Oct. 1. Performances and events already scheduled for this next fiscal year would not be subject to the fee. All bookings and rentals would be subject to the fees starting Oct. 1, 2014.

Watch Monday’s presentation at


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Cottonwood Art Festival Announces Headlining Entertainment
Cottonwood Art Festival
Southern rock band Prophets and Outlaws will lead the entertainment lineup at the fall Cottonwood Art Festival, Oct. 5-6 at Cottonwood Park. The band will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. 

Prophets and Outlaws is a country music band that also has a passion for blues.

The music will help to entertain the thousands of art lovers who come to the Cottonwood Art Festival every year. This October, 240 artists will be displaying work and several local bands will also be performing throughout the weekend. See a complete schedule at

Cottonwood Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd. Parking and admission are free. Artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

Learn more about the festival at or on Facebook at A free Cottonwood Art Festival mobile app is available for iPhone users through the festival website or on iTunes.


Great Ride Scheduled for Saturday Morning
The annual Corporate Challenge Great Ride, which benefits Special Olympics Texas, will take place Saturday morning, beginning at Galatyn Plaza and ending at Dallas Harley-Davidson in Garland.
Great Ride

Motorcyclists will begin gathering at Galatyn Plaza, at 911 E. Lookout Dr., before beginning the two-hour ride at 9:30 a.m. Portions of Plaza Boulevard, Performance Court and Performance Drive will have restricted access for motorcycles only 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday, and minor traffic disruptions are expected along Lookout Drive and at Lookout and Plano Road as the ride begins.

For more information and a ride map, visit


Oncor Gives Away Trees to Residents
The Arbor Day Foundation and Oncor are partnering to give away 8,000 trees to help improve the environment and to increase shade at your home.

To reserve up to two trees, visit


September Richardson Today Mailed This Week
The September edition of Richardson Today will soon arrive in mailboxes. This edition focuses on the Parks and Recreation Department, including stories about the Central Trail extension project, parks and recreation facilities, and 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.


Tech Titan Awards Go to Five Richardson Recipients
Five individuals or companies from Richardson were recognized last week at the annual Tech Titans gala, produced by the Metroplex Technology Business Council.
The winners were:

  • Dr. David Daniel, President of the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), Technology Advocate
  • UTDesign, UT Dallas, Tech Titan of the Future, University
  • Chad Gilliland, Richardson High School, Tech Titan of the Future, High School
  • Chris Drake, FireHost, Emerging Company CEO
  • Rolf Haberecht, CEO and co-founder of VLSIP Technologies, who was inducted into the Tech Titans Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit


Taste of II Creeks to Benefit Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
Merchants and restaurants in the Plaza at II Creeks will stay open late Wednesday, Sept. 4, for Taste of II Creeks. The center is partnering with the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation to both raise funds and to provide information to the community about the hospital expansion at the Bush/Renner campus.

The event will take place 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Plaza at II Creeks is located at Custer Road and Lookout Drive.


Free Richardson Reads One Book Lecture Tickets Now Available
Tickets to see Markus Zusak, author of “The Book Thief,” speak are available at no cost at the Richardson Public Library.

“The Book Thief” was the selection for this year’s Richardson Reads One Book, a reading program created to build a sense of community built around various groups and individuals in Richardson reading and discussing a single book. The highlight of the program each year is a lecture by the selected book’s author.

The free lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway. A ticket is required.

For more information, visit or call 972-744-4350. 


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Max Pet of the Week
Max is a super-playful, energetic, Australian shepherd mix, male, about 5 years old. He would do best with older children and needs lots of exercise and playtime.

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


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