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Week In Review, Aug. 25, 2017
Posted Date: 8/25/2017
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Aug. 25, 2017
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. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.

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Richardson Firefighters Deploy to Coast in Preparation of Hurricane Harvey
Three Richardson firefighters are among the members of Texas Task Force 2 that have been deployed to the Texas coast to help with rescue and recovery efforts following the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. Texas Task Force 2 is made up of 30 North Texas agencies and specializes in urban search and rescue. Two of the Richardson firefighters will serve as rescue specialists, while the third will serve as a medical specialist.

The 70 members who have been deployed, including the three from Richardson, are currently being staged at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio until the hurricane comes ashore. When landfall occurs, they will be dispatched to a specific area. The team could be deployed for up to 14 days, at which time another 70-member team would be sent to replace them.

The seven Richardson firefighters who serve with Texas Task Force 2 are part of the Department’s special operations group housed at Fire Station 4. These firefighters receive special training and certification above and beyond what regular firefighters go through.
Hurricane Harvey Path

People wishing to donate money toward Hurricane Harvey recovery can do so through the American Red Cross. Visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Cottonwood Art Festival is Oct. 7-8; Featured Artist Announced
Gregory Arth has been selected as the featured artist for the fall 2017 Cottonwood Art Festival scheduled for Oct. 7-8 at Cottonwood Park.

Gregory Arth Featured Cottonwood Artist

Arth’s work can be seen all over the world—from art galleries to movie theaters and from luxury shopping catalogs to amusement parks. He began his career painting commercial and private murals and theatrical backdrops for ballet and opera companies. His current work focuses on three main themes: his popular tree series, the circuit board and mixed media series, and traditional impressionistic style oil and acrylic paintings. As featured artist, his work will be displayed on promotional pieces for the festival such as T-shirts and posters.

This year marks the 48th year for the City’s Cottonwood Art Festival. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the event, which is open to the public at no charge. In addition, there will be live entertainment, numerous food and beverage vendors, and a hands-on children’s area. For more information, go to

Library Attracts Crowd for Eclipse Glasses

Library Offers Eclipse Glasses

Lines snaked through the Library parking lot Saturday morning when the Library handed out 800 free solar eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-served basis. The Library received 1,000 pairs of glasses from NASA and the remaining 200 glasses were reserved for children who attended a “space workshop” Saturday afternoon that included making a solar eclipse viewer and other STEM-related activities.

The give-away event was part of the Library’s STEM-related programming, which helps adults, children and teens become literate in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Past events include visits from the Perot Museum’s TECH Truck, workshops that teach children how to create snap-together circuits and appearances by magicians who incorporate science into their performances. Ongoing STEM-related offerings include 3D printing classes as well as instruction in social media platforms and popular computer software such as Microsoft Word.

For more information on the Library’s STEM-related programming, click here and/or pick up a variety of brochures/fliers at the Information Desk.

Richardson Resident Tests Positive for West Nile; Spraying Continues
The Collin County Health Department reported Wednesday that a Richardson resident living in the 75080 ZIP code has tested positive for West Nile. City health workers ground-sprayed in the area near the person’s residence last night (see map) and will do so again tonight, weather permitting.

The Health Department also sprayed two additional areas in Richardson last night (see maps) and will spray the areas again tonight, weather permitting, after traps located within the spraying locations returned mosquitoes this week that tested positive for carrying the disease.

The area below will be sprayed as a result of a human case of West Nile.
Human Case Spray Map #2

The areas below will be sprayed as a result of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus.
Zone C

Zone J

Spraying begins at 9 p.m. and ends by 4:30 a.m. For more information on Richardson’s mosquito abatement program and tips for protection against mosquito-borne illness, visit

Tax Rate Hearing Held; Tax Rate/Budget Hearing Scheduled for Aug. 28
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year was held at Monday’s City Council meeting, and a second public hearing on the tax rate as well as the Proposed 2017-18 Budget is scheduled for the Aug. 28 City Council meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and offer comments if desired. (Anyone wishing to comment must fill out an appearance card and submit it to the City Secretary prior to the beginning of the meeting; click here for an appearance card.)

The hearing may also be viewed live on the City website at and on the City’s cable TV station on Time Warner Cable, channel 16, and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. On-demand replay will be available at

Following a 1-cent reduction in the tax rate in 2016-17, the proposed $265,102,751 budget maintains the tax rate of $0.62516. Earlier this year the Richardson City Council also approved increasing the City’s senior property tax exemption to $80,000 for 2017-18 and thereafter.

For more details about the Proposed 2017-18 Budget, visit To watch the Aug. 21 hearing, click here.

Pet Events Help Tails Wag, Raise Needed Funds
Two annual City events Saturday were a great success. “Clear the Shelters,” held at the Animal Shelter in conjunction with the national “Clear the Shelters” campaign, saw 37 pets find forever homes, three times the adoption rate for an average Saturday at the Shelter. Dog Splash Day, held at the Terrace Pool, provided a day of fun for more than 300 dogs and their owners and raised more than $2,000 for the Shelter.

Clear the Shelters Adoption

“Clear the Shelters” began in 2014 as Empty the Shelter Day, a collective project among North Texas animal shelters (including the Richardson Animal Shelter) to increase adoptions during a time when shelters historically are full (mid-July through mid-August). Adoption costs are lowered and marketing efforts are pooled. Thanks to interest from NBC and Telemundo, the North Texas event spread nationwide in 2015. Nationally, Saturday’s adoption drive helped more than 60,000 pets from more than 900 shelters.

Splash Day 2017

Dog Splash Day, begun in 2009, is sponsored by local nonprofit Richardson AnimaLuv. Gate entry fees and proceeds from concessions support projects that benefit the Shelter—past projects include the purchase of the Mobile Pet Adoption trailer and the construction of the Shelter’s Pet Courtyard. Since its inception, Dog Splash Day has raised more than $20,000 for the Shelter.

Library Survey Ends Aug. 31
Help improve your community with a few clicks of a mouse by taking the Library’s online survey, active until Aug. 31. If you’re a regular patron of the Richardson Public Library, an occasional visitor or even if you’ve never walked through its doors, please take this opportunity to tell the staff what Library services and offerings are/could be relevant to you, what you like or don’t like about the Library’s facilities, and offer ideas for improvements.

The eight question, bilingual survey takes only a few minutes to complete—visit

Deadline for Community Revitalization Awards is Sept. 29
Nominations close Sept. 29 for the 2017 Community Revitalization Awards, which recognize property owners, both residential and commercial, who have enhanced the community by making significant improvements to their properties. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the property owner. More than 228 properties have been recognized since the City Council created the program in 1994.

Award criteria and an online application can be found at, as well as information for mailing and faxing an application. For more information or to submit a nomination in person, contact Assistant Director of Development Services Susan Smith at 972-744-4240 or Nominations received after Sept. 29 will be held for consideration next year.

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“Backyard Bash” Aug. 26 at Huffhines Park
Back Yard Bash 2017

The Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Backyard Bash” Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon at Huffhines Rec Center, 200 N. Plano Rd. Area families are invited to enjoy free fun both indoors and out and learn about the many classes offered at City facilities including arts, gymnastics, technology, drama, dance, fitness, martial arts and more. The event includes live entertainment, door prizes, bounce houses and outdoor games. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions and present demonstrations. Both rec centers will be represented as well as the Gymnastics Center, Senior Center and Tennis Center.

For more information, click here.

Texas Stamp Show at Civic Center Aug. 25-26
Find unique postage stamps (how about the new Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp?) at the Texas Stamp Dealers Association’s Stamp Show today and tomorrow at the Richardson Civic Center. The show is open through 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. The event is free and open to the public.

The Texas Stamp Dealers Association is a group of professional stamp dealers who buy and sell stamps throughout Texas and require members to abide by an eight-point pledge involving fair pricing and truth in advertising. For more information on TSDA, go to

Seventh Annual “Great Ride” Sept. 2
Great Ride 2017

Enjoy riding a motorcycle? Ride for a great cause Saturday, Sept. 2 as the City hosts the Seventh Annual “Great Ride,” an open-to-the-public motorcycle event benefiting Special Olympics of Texas. For a minimum donation of $20 (and $10 per passenger), motorcyclists enjoy a two-hour, unescorted group ride kicked off by coffee, donuts and music, with more food and music after.

The event begins and ends at Galatyn Plaza, 2351 Performance Dr., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the ride starting at 9:30 a.m. Riders are encouraged to go at their own pace and arrive back at Galatyn Plaza for the festivities around 11:30 a.m. The overall route length is less than 100 miles.

The Great Ride is part of the City of Richardson's Corporate Challenge, an annual, 10-week Olympic-style competition among more than 12,000 employees, spouses and retirees from 57 local companies. (In addition to The Great Ride, the Corporate Challenge Opening Ceremony and “Great Walk” are also open to the public.) More than 300 motorcyclists participated in 2016.

Questions? Contact Donna Leach, or click here. To view a video about the event click here.

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At the Eisemann Center:
  • Rich-Tone Chorus Aug. 26
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$45.
    The Metroplex’s own Rich-Tone Chorus, comprised of more than 100 women from teens to seniors, bring their glitz, glamour, humor and harmony to the Eisemann Center stage along with the men of “Main Street,” the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2017 International Champion quartet. In “From Main Street to Mainstream,” the Chorus will take the audience through time, from the early days of barbershop harmony to today’s global a cappella craze.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

Chamber Music International Concert Tonight
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Chamber Music International, a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by the Cultural Arts Commission, presents world renowned pianists Tong-Il Han and Helen Lee Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. The recital includes works from Schubert, Chopin, Mozart, Dvorák and Fauré.

Tickets are $50 and include a meet-the-artists reception following the recital. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

West Meets East Concert Aug. 26-27
The Texas Performing Chinese Arts Association presents two “West Meets East” concerts in Richardson this weekend: Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 271 N. Walton St., and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. at Elite Cultural Center, 902 St. Paul Dr. The performances will feature the principal Zurna soloist of Jiangsu Opera Theater. Tickets are $10.

For more information, click here.

Last Weekend for “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Repertory Company Theatre
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Repertory Company Theatre, 650 N. Coit Rd., is presenting the musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone” through Aug. 27. A “show-within-a-show,” it begins when a die-hard musical fan imagines performers coming to life in his shabby apartment whenever he plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 hit called “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Throughout the performance the musical bursts to life as the “Man in Chair” continuously brings the audience in and out of the fantasy. Audiences are instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth. For tickets, call 972-690-5029 or visit

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Advanced 3D Printing with Tinkercad Aug. 30
3D printing enthusiasts ages 13 and up are invited to boost their design skills at a free Tinkercad workshop Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Create unique, reusable shapes, learn time-saving shortcuts and explore how to export/import sources.

Registration required—call 972-744-4359 to register. Laptops will be provided; please bring your Tinkercad login information.

Cookies & Coloring Aug. 31
Cookies and Coloring at Library

All ages are invited to the First Floor Program Room Thursday, Aug. 31 for “Cookies & Coloring” from 3:30-5 p.m. A proven stress reliever, coloring has also been shown to have intellectual benefits as well, as it utilizes areas of the brain that enhance focus and concentration, and also helps with problem solving and organizational skills.

All coloring supplies and cookies are provided, and admission is free. No registration required.

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Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Max Pet of the Week

Meet Max! This lovable mutt was found as a stray, underweight, limping and scared of everything. He has since been vaccinated, neutered and gained a bit of weight. We think he is a shepherd terrier mix, weighs about 36 pounds and is approximately 3 years old. Max has flourished in our care. He loves to play fetch and is ready to find a forever home!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.

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Mayor Paul Voelker
Paul Voelker
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon
Mayor Pro Tem
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Bob Dubey
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Bob Dubey 
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Councilman Scott Dunn
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Councilman Mabel Simpson
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Mabel Simpson
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Marta Gómez Frey
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
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