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Week In Review, Sept. 14, 2012
Posted Date: 9/14/2012
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Sept. 14, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.


City Council Approves 2012-2013 Budget 
The Richardson City Council unanimously approved the 2012-2013 Budget and the proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, unchanged from the 2011-2012 tax rate, at a public meeting Monday.

The $198 million budget represents a 3.6 percent increase in expenditures from last year’s budget without changing the tax rate. It also maintains the senior exemption and retires approximately $2 million in debt early to save money on interest and to strengthen the City’s position for continued “Triple-A” ratings for future bond needs.

The higher revenue in the budget was supported by an average 3.4 percent increase in property values in the community. Most of the appreciation was noticed in commercial properties; while residential properties also experienced some modest raises in value.

The most noticeable budget impact this year for residents will be a 13 percent increase in water rates being passed along from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). The NTMWD has implemented more than a quarter of a billion dollars in projects to address the loss of water from Lake Texoma, and those increases are being passed along to all of its member cities. 

View the budget at


City Sprays for Mosquitoes Because of West Nile Virus 
The Richardson Health Department conducted ground spraying Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week in two areas near West Campbell Road to lower mosquito populations and prevent the spread of the West Nile virus (see maps below). The spraying was in response to a positive West Nile virus test from a mosquito pool sample in the spray areas.
Mosquito Spray Sep. 10
Mosquito Spray Sep. 10

Two additional ground spraying events have been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 17 and 18. The ground spraying next week is being scheduled due to a confirmed human case of West Nile virus from a resident who lives within the spray area (see map below). It is the 13th confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Richardson this year. No deaths have been recorded in the city due to the disease.

So far this year, Richardson has had 13 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus infections but no deaths recorded due the disease.

To protect from mosquito bites, people are asked to follow the Four D’s of protection:

  •  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.


Assistant City Manager Michelle Thames Ends Career with City
Richardson’s Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Michelle Thames is stepping down from her position today, ending a more than 21-year career with the City. Thames joined the City in May 1991 as an intern in the City Manager’s Office and was named to her current position in 1999. In July, Thames announced that she was going to step down and take some time off.

In her role with the City, Thames had administrative responsibilities for Human Resources, the Budget Office, Information Technology, Emergency Management, Communications and the Richardson Public Library.

During her tenure with the City, Thames helped launch and manage Richardson’s Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations. She also oversaw the creation of the City’s Communications Department and has represented the City with a number of civic organizations in the community. 
Michelle Thames

 Michelle Thames

Click here to read the complete press release. 


Eisemann Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Eisemann Center will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with special performances and exhibits this weekend. “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” will kick off the festivities at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Broadway stars debuted their show at the Eisemann’s opening in 2002 and have performed it across the country in the past decade. Tickets are $55 to $85 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

A free “Community Arts Day” will take place 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. It will include roaming artists, 10th Anniversary merchandise, concessions, information on local arts groups and more. Visitors may also get a hands-on experience with technical equipment and stage operations in the Bank of America Theatre. A showcase of the All Round Talent winners will take place at 2 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall.
Eisemann Center Logo


City to Participate in Statewide Health Initiative
Mayor Bob Townsend this week signed a pledge on behalf of the City to take part in the Healthy at HEB Community Challenge. The Richardson community will participate in the statewide health initiative, which encourages people to be active and live a healthier lifestyle.

Richardson is combining its work on the HEB Community Challenge with the City’s Corporate Challenge, both initiatives are sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

The Community Challenge program works on a point system and residents can visit the Challenge website to share their activities, thereby building the community’s overall score. Four main audience types can help generate points for Richardson: (1) Mayor, (2) Schools, (3) Businesses, Agencies and Community Organizations, and (4) Individuals. The more events these groups participate in or host, the more points the community gains. All activities will be tracked on the Challenge website, and winners will receive special recognition from government officials, media coverage and a sign designating their accomplishment. 
Mayor bob Townsend Signing Pledge 

 Mayor Bob Townsend signs pledge

Registration for Main Street/Central Community Workshop Ends Today
Today is the last chance to sign up to participate in a community workshop focusing on redevelopment and enhancements along Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor. The workshop is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Richardson Room at City Hall.

At the workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to share their opinions and help form plans that will guide development along Main Street and Central Expressway, and City officials will review the results of an online survey and questionnaire about the project. Participants should review a set of materials on the project webpage at  before the workshop to prepare.

To sign up for the workshop e-mail


RunOn Richardson Store To Hold Discount Registration Night for RISD Spirit Run 5K!
The 3rd Annual RISD Spirit Run 5K! will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 and if you visit the RunOn Richardson store Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5-7 p.m. you can register for the event at a discounted rate of $15. The discount is also available online from 5 p.m. to midnight at The RunOn Richardson store is located at 1465 W. Campbell Road at the southeast corner of Coit and Campbell.

The Spirit Run 5K! will take place at The Plaza at Galatyn Park in Richardson and begins at 7 a.m. with registration followed by a one mile Walk/Fun Run at 8 a.m. and the start of the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The event benefits the students, teachers and Excellence in Education Foundation of the Richardson Independent School District. Visit for complete information.


Concert of Contemporary American Classical Music at Library
A Concert of Contemporary American Classical Music will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Richardson Public Library’s Basement Program Room. The free event is open to the public and is presented by the National Association of Composers/USA-NACUSA Texas Chapter and the Fort Worth Contemporary Music Fund.

The concert will feature guest speaker Edward Brown and musicians Patrick Behringer, James Burch, Karen Lim-Smith and Enric Madriguera. 
Enric Madriguera 

Enric Madriguera

For more information, call 972-744-4350.


Antique Elegance Show at Civic Center This Weekend
The semi-annual Antique Elegance Show will feature more than 60 antique dealers from across the country and Europe from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Richardson Civic Center. General admission is $5.

Special events include Under the Tree, a demonstration of decorating with vintage holiday items, at 1 p.m. Saturday; and a lecture by collector Linda Smetak on Miriam Haskell: America’s Favorite Costume Jewelry Designer at 1 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit


Richardson Reads One Book Lecture is Thursday
Chitra Divakaruni, author of the 2012 Richardson Reads One Book selection “One Amazing Thing,” will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Richardson High School auditorium, 1250 W. Belt Line Road. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available at the Richardson Public Library.

Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. For more information, visit


Revitalization Award Nominations Due Sept. 21
The City will accept nominations for 2012 Community Revitalization Awards through Friday, Sept. 21. The awards recognize owners who have made significant improvements to their residential or non-residential properties.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner. They must include the property address, a description of the site improvements, contact information for the person making the nomination and contact information for the property owner if available. Before and after photos are helpful but not required.

For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Israel Roberts at 972-744-4256 or Learn more about the program at


Organization to Hold Community Service Day Sept. 22
The Richardson Community Services Department is working with Footwashers Ministries Inc. for the City’s largest service project related to the Volunteer Assistance Program. On Saturday, Sept. 22, hundreds of volunteers will work on projects at 27 homes and at the Richardson Family YMCA as part of Pete Burks Service Day.

Through the program, Community Services matches homeowners who are unable to complete home repairs on their own with individuals and organizations that can do the work. Footwashers Ministries has been involved with the Volunteer Assistance Program for nearly two years.

The day is named in honor of Army 2nd Lt. Pete Burks, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Friends of his, including Footwashers Ministries Executive Director Adam Kanneman of Richardson, decided to organize a service day to honor Burks.

For more information, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Stacy! She is about two years old, not spayed, up to date on all her vaccinations, and has been at the Shelter since May. She is  very friendly, great with kids and other pets. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Stacy or other animals available for adoption.
Stacy Pet of the Week

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