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Week In Review, June 27, 2014
Posted Date: 6/27/2014
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June 27, 2014
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 Council Reviews Plans for Land Acquisition
At their work session on Monday, City Council members reviewed plans to acquire approximately 26 acres of land at the southwest corner of Plano and Apollo roads, for future parks and recreation purposes.
Land Purchase Map
The land acquisition would allow the City to implement portions of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan in the future. It is one of the few undeveloped pieces of land in the city greater than 20 acres, and its proximity to Huffhines Park and Huffhines Recreation Center allows for good synergy.

With 26 acres, the City could develop a combination of park improvements, such as a natatorium/outdoor aquatic facility, four to five lighted sports fields, an indoor sports complex and a skate park. The exact uses for the property and the timing of implementation will be determined by future planning, but the purchase allows the City to secure the opportunity for future park and municipal uses.

The City Council on Monday also approved moving forward with issuing certificates of obligation to purchase the $5.6 million property.

Watch Monday’s work session discussion at

Council Reviews Sherrill Park Capital Improvement Plans
The City of Richardson is planning to invest in significant improvements at Course 1 at Sherrill Park Golf Course next year, 17 years after the last major renovation of the course. That will keep the course competitive in the region, where numerous golf courses have undergone extensive renovations over the past decade.

While still in the planning stages, the improvements could include new turf on greens, irrigation pond and drainage improvements, improvements to select green complexes, bunker shaping and maintenance, tree planting and improvements, and cart path renovation. The exact scope of the project will be determined by a master plan and presented to the Council before construction in spring and summer 2015. It would be funded through short-term bonds.

The renovation will require Course 1 to be shut down in early Spring 2015 with an anticipated reopening occurring in September 2015. Course 2 will remain open during the renovation. The improvements are expected to return Course 1 to the high level of quality that Sherrill Park is known for.

Watch Monday’s City Council briefing at

TxDOT Plans Meeting on US 75 HOV Lane Project
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 1, on planned changes to US 75 (Central Expressway) HOV lanes. This Monday, City Council reviewed those plans and the City’s comments on the preliminary plans.

TxDOT has proposed to change the Central Expressway HOV lanes to Express lanes, adding tolls for single-occupancy drivers. That change would tie the Central Expressway lanes into the LBJ Express lanes now under construction on I-635. That would nearly quadruple the use of the existing HOV lanes without having to acquire additional right of way. After the July 1 public input meeting, a second public input meeting is expected in September, with construction taking place in 2015.

The City’s vision statement for the US 75 corridor includes access points to the HOV lanes within Richardson, which are not included in the current schematic design. The City’s other comments also include:

  • A desire that any landscaping lost due to construction be restored.
  • Existing walls and traffic barriers have peeling paint and need to be maintained.
  • Excess toll revenue should be used for incident management and swift response programs in the corridor.

Next week’s meeting will take place 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Visit for more detailed information.

Watch Monday’s City Council briefing at

Mayor Laura Maczka, Miss Texas Share Roles for a Day
Miss Texas Ivana Hall joined Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka on Wednesday for “Mayor for a Day” and “Queen for a Day” events.

The Mayor and Miss Texas appeared on WFAA-TV (Channel 8)’s “Daybreak” show, followed by a wardrobe consulting session at Dillard’s at NorthPark Center.

Hall had the opportunity to see what it’s like to be the mayor of Richardson, joining Maczka for her weekly lunch with the City Manager, followed by the unveiling of a special street sign designed to welcome the Miss Texas Pageant to the community, a tour of a children’s summer program at Heights Recreation Center, and a ribbon cutting for a local housing development.
Miss Texas Sign Unveil Group

The Miss Texas and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Pageants will take place in Richardson next week at the Eisemann Center. For more information, visit, and you may purchase tickets at or by calling 972-744-4650.

Water District Brings Ozonation System Online
Just in time for the algae bloom season, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has announced that new ozonation disinfection systems are up and running at all four of the Wylie Water Treatment Plants.

The annual algal bloom in North Texas lakes, which affects the odor and taste of water, usually occurs when high temperatures and dry weather provide good conditions for the Nostoc and Anabaena species of blue green algae to reproduce, or “bloom.”

The ozonation disinfection system uses a water treatment process that destroys bacteria and other microorganisms through an infusion of ozone, a gas produced by subjecting oxygen molecules to high electrical voltage. The process should alleviate the strange taste and smell in the event of future blooms.

NTMWD is the water supplier for the City of Richardson and you can find out more about the ozonation process at

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

Public Facility Schedule for Friday, 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
Municipal Court  Closed 
Senior Center Closed
Sherrill Park Golf Course  Open  
Tennis Center Open (close at 4 p.m.)


Sanitation Schedule and Recycle Make-Up Days
There will be NO solid waste pick up or special pick up Friday, July 4. The table below shows the recycle make-up days.

Recycle collection day affected by holiday Make-up day
Thursday, July 3 Wednesday, July 2
 Friday, July 4 Thursday, July 3 

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Senior Center Hosts July 4th Ice Cream Social Thursday
Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream sundae as the Richardson Senior Center celebrates Independence Day on Thursday, July 3 at 2 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $1.

Richardson Wireless Klub to Conduct 24-Hour Ham Radio Demonstration
The Richardson Wireless Klub will conduct a 24-hour ham radio demonstration from noon Saturday, June 28, to noon Sunday, June 29, at the pavilion in Cottonwood Park. The demonstration is part of a nationwide Field Day event sponsored by the American Radio Relay League ( and will show 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).

The Klub 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

Texas Stamp Dealers
The final day of the Texas Stamp Dealers Association stamp show is Saturday. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Civic Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Shanna Pet of Week

Meet Shanna! She's a sweet older calico kitty that is looking for her new home. Shanna's about 9 years old, declawed, spayed and up to date on all her vaccinations. She's good with other pets, great with people and her adoption fee is only $15.

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

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Mayor Laura Maczka
Laura Maczka


Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
Mayor Pro Tem
Bob Townsend
Place 1


Councilman Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
Place 2


Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3


Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
Place 4


Councilman Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
Place 5


Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
Place 6

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