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Week In Review, July 18, 2014
Posted Date: 7/18/2014
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July 18, 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 Alters Lawn Irrigation Schedule
The City of Richardson is altering its irrigation schedule effective Saturday. The change allows for an every other week watering schedule instead of two times per month and allows an extra weekend of outdoor irrigation.

The City had allowed both odd and even addresses to water on the first and third weekend of the month. Even addresses were allowed to water every first and third Saturday while odd addresses were assigned every first and third Sunday. To alleviate possible strains on its water distribution system, the City is changing its outdoor irrigation schedule to every other week until further notice beginning Saturday. To allow for the transition, July 26 and 27 are also being added to the schedule for even and odd addresses respectively (see calendar below).
Revised Water Schedule
The altered schedule meets guidelines set by the North Texas Municipal Water District that allows every other week watering. For more information go to

City Accepting Applications for Charter Review Commission
The City is accepting applications for the Charter Review Commission through Sept. 1. The commission will be appointed by the City Council in September and October and is expected to meet twice a month for six to nine months to examine the City Charter and recommend changes, if necessary.

Applicants should be able to commit the required volunteer time for board service as well as show an interest in the specific workings of the commission. Board members must be qualified voters of the City who have been residents of Texas for at least one year and residents of the City for at least six months, hold no elected public office and are not in arrears in taxes or other liability due to the City.

Learn more and download an application here. Watch a City Council work session discussion about the Charter Review Commission at

Council Discusses 2014-2015 Budget at Annual Retreat
The City Council held an in-depth discussion of the 2014-15 budget at its annual budget retreat Tuesday and Wednesday at the Richardson Woman’s Club. The retreat is available to view on-demand at, and replays will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 10 on CITV, Time Warner Cable channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

The City Manager will file the proposed budget for public review by Aug. 8. The City Council is expected to meet Aug. 4 to set public hearings on the tax rate and budget.

For more information about the 2014-15 Fiscal Year Budget, visit

Property and Business Owners Invited to Attend Discussion July 23-24
The City of Richardson has begun a Rezoning Initiative for four sub-districts of the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor--Main Street, Central Place, Chinatown and Interurban. As part of that effort, property owners and business owners within the four sub-districts are invited to attend an interview session with the City’s consultant team.
Main Street Sub Districts
The discussion will focus on the uses and investments property and business owners in the four sub-districts may be considering, and the future land uses and development opportunities the study has identified for these sub-districts. Preliminary components of the Planned Development (PD) ordinance, currently being drafted, will be discussed as well. Input from property and business owners from within the four sub-districts is important while the PD ordinance is being drafted. A proposed draft ordinance is expected to be presented to the City Council and City Plan Commission in September during a joint work session.

The interview sessions for property and business owners within the four sub-districts will be held at the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall, Parks Room (411 W. Arapaho Rd.), and the schedule is as follows (please choose one date/time):

Main Street Sub-district:
Wednesday, July 23 at 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 3-4:30 p.m.

Central Place Sub-district:
Wednesday, July 23 at 8-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 1-2:30 p.m.

Interurban Sub-district:
Wednesday, July 23 at 3-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 10-11:30 a.m.

Chinatown Sub-district:
Wednesday, July 23 at 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 8-9:30 a.m.

For more information regarding the meetings and/or to RSVP, contact Tina Firgens at 972-744-4248 or

Proposed Belt Line Road/Main Street Cross Sections Address Mobility, Business Needs

Main Street Cross Section
Greenville Abrams Cross Sections
The City Council on Monday reviewed proposed street cross sections for the redevelopment of Belt Line Road/Main Street that include four through lanes for vehicles, as well as on-street parking, large sidewalks, medians and turn lanes where feasible within the street corridor from Texas Street to Abrams Road. Additionally, bike routes are planned on Polk Street to promote a safe environment for bicyclists. The City worked with consultants to develop the cross sections after receiving input from the Council and community members in recent months. The proposed configuration of Belt Line Road/Main Street seeks to address mobility and local business needs.

The area is included in the Main Street/Central Expressway Enhancement/Redevelopment – Rezoning Initiative. With Council direction, the consultant team will finalize the street cross sections for incorporation into a draft ordinance. A proposed draft ordinance is expected to be presented to the City Council and the City Plan Commission in September during a joint work session.

Learn more about the study at

Council Honors Academic Success of Berkner High School Student

Joshua Chari
The Richardson City Council on Monday presented a proclamation to honor Joshua Chari, a 16-year-old Berkner High School student. In addition to mastering his high school studies, Chari has also earned an associate's degree in science and an associate's degree in science with an emphasis in software engineering.

Chari’s scholastic aptitude was first recognized while attending Apollo Junior High School when he received the Excellence in Civil Engineering Infrastructure Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Watch the proclamation presentation at

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Menopause the Musical at Eisemann Center
Menopause the Musical
“Menopause the Musical” is coming to the Eisemann Center for 35 performances beginning Wednesday through Aug. 24. The award-winning show is a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “the change.” Tickets may be purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or online at For more information, visit

Richardson Community Band Concert on Sunday
The Richardson Community Band will present “A Kaleidoscope of Music” at a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and to enjoy an evening of music. Learn more and see a full schedule of free summer concerts at

Junior League of Richardson to Host Free Social
The Junior League of Richardson will hold a social for anyone interested in learning more about the organization from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Marcus Café, 2701 Custer Parkway. Appetizers will be provided by the League. For more information, visit

Learn Quick Fixes for Sprinkler Systems at Free Class
Sprinkler Head
Learn basic hands-on repairs and maintenance for home sprinkler systems at a free class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas. For more information or to register, call 972-231-5362 or visit

Library Events this Week
Library Clown Show
Boocoos the Clown will perform the “Silly Stuff Clown Show” from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Public Library in the Basement Program Room. The free show for all ages will feature juggling, plate spinning, magic, balancing tricks and much more. A free ticket is required to attend and may be picked up in the Youth Services Department beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Library Explorer
The Explorers Club will have a Camp Read-Along Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Library. The program is for children in third through fifth grades, and registration is required by calling 974-744-4358 or visiting the Youth Services Department. 

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Alfie Pet of Week

Meet Alfie! He is a wire hair terrier schnauzer mix, neutered male, about 2 years old, up to date on all his vaccinations and is leash and house trained. He's a bit shy at first but that's easily overcome if he sees you smile at him. He'll just smile right back and bounce into your lap. Alfie has the cutest overbite and big brown eyes. He loves to give slobbery kisses and does well with kids and other pets. He has been to Summer Safety Camp many times as our doggie mascot and the kids love him!

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
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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
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