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News Review
Week In Review, March 8, 2013
Posted Date: 3/8/2013

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March 8, 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

Bond Agencies Reaffirm Richardson’s “Triple A” Rating

The City of Richardson was officially informed this week it has once again received the highest possible bond rating status from both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s credit rating agencies.

Richardson has maintained a AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s for six years in a row, and this is the fourth year in a row the City has received a Aaa rating from Moody’s.

Every year, the City sells bonds to fund replacement of capital equipment and infrastructure improvements. This year the City plans to sell $8.45 million, which includes funding for infrastructure, facility improvements, technology, equipment purchases, an ambulance and pumper, solid waste equipment and other long-term capital needs.

An estimated $21.8 million in existing debt will be refunded to result in interest savings. The refunding bonds will not add new debt, and they will not extend the final maturity date of the existing bonds.

Moody’s rating places Richardson among the top 6.2 percent of rated cities in the nation and 2.2 percent of rated cities in Texas to hold Aaa status. It has given only four other cities in Texas the same designation. Standard and Poor’s AAA rating places Richardson among the top 5.5 percent of rated statewide communities.

Richardson is one of only five communities in Texas to hold "Triple A" ratings from both agencies.

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Blue Recycle Bags Available for Pickup
Blue Bag Pick Up
Richardson residents began redeeming a letter from Mayor Bob Townsend for two rolls of 26 blue recycling bags at several locations around the city last week. Through the Blue Bag Program, homeowners can combine all of their recyclable material into one bag and place it out for weekly pickup service.

The City recycles all plastics #1-7 (with the exception of Styrofoam), and the City also collects aluminum, tin, steel, empty aerosol cans, newspapers, mixed paper, paper grocery bags, magazines, catalogs, corrugated cardboard, paperboard/chipboard, phone books, junk mail and glass containers (clear and all color glass).

Locations where the letter can be redeemed are:
City Hall, Room #101
411 W. Arapaho Rd.
• 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

Huffhines Recreation Center
200 N. Plano Rd.
• 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.)
• 1 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)

Municipal Service Center
1260 Columbia Dr.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

Richardson Senior Center
820 W. Arapaho Rd.

• 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon., Tues., Thurs.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wed., Fri.)
• 1 to 5 p.m. (Sat.)

For more information on the City’s recycling program visit


Library Has Facebook Page
Library Facebook
The Richardson Public Library on Monday officially launched its Facebook fan page. The new page includes interactive event listings, the latest Library news and much more. View the page or become a fan at


Huffhines Rec. Center, Tennis Center and Sherrill Park
to offer Spring Break Camps

The Richardson Parks and Recreation Department will offer several Spring Break Camps next week at facilities around the city. They are:
Huffhines Spring Break Activities 2013

Tennis and Golf Camps


Library offers Spring Break-cation Events
The Richardson Public Library is hosting several special events as part of its Spring Break-cation program next week. They are:
Library Spring Break


Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend
Spring Forward

Sunday morning will be the time to “spring forward” and set clocks ahead an hour. Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. The Richardson Fire Department also recommends that this is a good time to replace smoke detector batteries as part of the “change your clock, change your battery” campaign.

Click here for the RFD’s home fire safety checklist:


Library to Reopen for Normal Hours Tomorrow
Cooling Tower
The Richardson Public Library will reopen for normal hours at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The facility was closed Friday while construction crews installed a new water chiller on top of the three-story building.

A crane was used to lift the chiller on to the roof of the facility. During the process, the building was vacated for safety reasons. Access to the Library’s outdoor book return was blocked, and all materials due the day of the closure will not be penalized for late fees.

People are encouraged to contact the Richardson Public Library at 972-744-4350 for questions regarding the closure or impacts on late fees or other programs. 

Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Sally Mayes at Eisemann Center

Sally Mayes
The Eisemann Center will continue its Off-Broadway Cabaret Series with Tony nominee Sally Mayes performing “Story Hour” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 15. “Story Hour” features a variety of songs that tell the story of a woman’s journey through life.

Tickets cost $38 for cabaret seating or $30 for fixed seating in the Bank of America Theatre and may be purchased at or by calling 972-744-4650. A bar will be located in the venue for beverages and small snacks. Both shows will be performed without intermission and last about 70 minutes.


Richardson Symphony Orchestra to perform Stars of the Future
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The Richardson Symphony Orchestra will perform Stars of the Future at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature pianist Xuesha Hu, winner of the 2013 Lennox International Competition. The program includes pieces by Anton Arensky, Dimitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev.

Tickets cost $15 to $80 and may be purchased at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information about Stars of the Future, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This sweet puppy is Erma. She came to the Shelter on Feb. 9. She is a female hound mix about 8 months old. She is very shy but very sweet! She was brought in with her sister, but that dog is now in foster care. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Erma or other animals available for adoption.
Irma Pet of the Week 

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


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Mayor Pro Tem
Laura Maczka
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 Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
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 Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
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 Kendal Hartley
Council Member
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 City Council Member Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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Council Member
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