Oct. 12, 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.
Emergency Driving Simulator System Purchased for Fire Department
The Richardson City Council on Monday approved the purchase of an Emergency Driving Simulator system from Doron Precision Systems Inc. to train firefighters who operate fire and medical units. The new equipment will simulate a variety of hazardous road conditions for fire and ambulance apparatus, allowing first responders to be better prepared when they encounter similar conditions.
The system, which cost nearly $330,000, is funded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security and matching funds from the City. The grant is part of an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and its ability to respond to fire and related hazards.
The Richardson Fire Department expects to receive the Emergency Driving Simulator system in three to six months.
Bike Lane Update
The City Council received an update on efforts to expand the Bike Transportation Program in Richardson at its work session on Monday. The City is among many other municipalities and organizations in North Texas working to provide more bike lanes and improve safety for people who commute by bike. Many of these bike routes are designed to connect across the region when complete.
Expanding Richardson's bike lane system and enhancing pavement markings and signage is one of the City Council's near-term goals. Ten miles of a planned 20 miles of bike lanes have been installed, including lanes on Custer Parkway, Grove Road and Waterview Drive. Additional lanes funded through the Safe Routes to School grant are expected to be complete in 2013 along Collins Boulevard from Plano Road to Jupiter Road, Yale Boulevard from Arapaho Road to Campbell Road, and Owens Boulevard from Woodoak Drive to Campbell Road. The Duck Creek Trail Extension will add a route in 2014 along Collins Boulevard from Plano Road to US-75.
The City has installed signs identifying bike routes in Richardson and is working to clearly mark them on roads to improve safety. City officials will continue to work with bicycle organizations, including local partner Bike Friendly Richardson, and neighborhood groups to identify and implement additional bike routes.
Watch the Bike Transportation Program presentation at http://bit.ly/PnKQCy. For more information about Bike Friendly Richardson, visit www.BikeFriendlyRichardson.org.
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Recycle Electronics, Shred Documents Saturday at City Hall Parking Lot
The Richardson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will hold an electronics recycling event and a document shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the City Hall parking lot. There is no charge to drop off items, but donations will be accepted. Accepted items include cell phones, GPS devices, calculators, cable boxes, DVD players, televisions, camcorders, fax machines and much more.
Shredding will be limited to what can fit in a car. Individuals or small business representatives that have more documents that need to be shredded than can fit into a car may contact Bruce Murphy at 214-707-1945 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a direct pickup by Brinks for a fee, with a contribution going to CPAAA scholarship fund.
The documents will be destroyed on site, safely and securely.
Richardson Public Library Receives National Accreditation for Adult Literacy Program
The Richardson Public Library was recently awarded accreditation for its Plaza Comunitaria program from ProLiteracy. Plaza Comunitaria is a volunteer-based adult literacy program developed by the Richardson Public Library in collaboration with the Mexican National Institute of Adult Education (INEA) and the Richardson Independent School District. The program makes English and basic computer classes available to Spanish-speaking adults and students who are completing elementary, intermediate or GED courses. The program also offers citizenship classes. For more information visit Plaza Comunitaria.
United Way Proclamation
Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend proclaimed Oct. 1, 2012, as Live United Day during the City Council meeting on Monday. The proclamation honors United Way of Metropolitan Dallas for its efforts to help children graduate from high school, end poverty and enable people to live healthy lives.
Richardson Civic Art Society Meeting and Demonstration Oct. 16
Gail Delger will demonstrate her techniques in painting with water media at the monthly Richardson Civic Art Society meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Richardson Public Library. Delger has been a professional artist since 1990, is a signature member with the Southwestern Watercolor Society and enjoys mixing humor with her artistic subjects. Her work may be viewed at www.gaildelger.com.
RCAS holds a meeting from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from September to May at the library. All meetings are open for anyone to attend. For more information, visit www.richardson-arts.org.
Water-Wise Irrigation Seminar Oct. 23
Richardson is one of several cities taking part in a Water-Wise seminar that will include lectures and hands-on activities to teach attendees how to work with their sprinkler systems.
The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. It is located at 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas.
Register for the seminar at http://bit.ly/OItp9F.
Eisemann Center’s Family Theatre Series Opens with “Aga-Boom” Oct. 14
The Eisemann Center’s Family Theatre Series presents “Aga-Boom” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Hill Performance Hall. Rooted in the European theatrical style of clowning, “Aga-Boom” is a mix of physical comedy, stunts and disarray sure to entertain young audiences.
Tickets range from $18 to $30 and are available online at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling 972-744-4657. Please note: Community partner Barnes & Noble will not host a Story Time for this production.
“Deer Camp: The Musical” at Eisemann Center Oct. 17-21
The Eisemann Center will host the ViewPoint Bank Theatre Comedy Series production of “Deer Camp: The Musical” for six performances running Oct. 17-21. Audiences will laugh as four lovable losers in hunting camouflage shoot plenty of bull, but not a single deer, on their annual guys’ weekend in the Minnesota woods.
Tickets are $37-$40 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling Group Sales at 972-744-4657.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Summer! She is an unspayed female, mastiff mix, about 3 years old. She came to us in June and was pregnant. All of her babies have been adopted and she is still looking for a forever home. She's a sweet large lap dog, great with kids and some other pets. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Summer or other animals available for adoption.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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