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News Review
Week In Review, Dec. 20, 2013
Posted Date: 12/20/2013
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Dec. 20, 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

Saturday Pickup Service to Continue for Storm Debris Cleanup

BABIC pickup 

Solid Waste workers will be in Richardson neighborhoods again this weekend to pick up storm debris created by the ice storm earlier this month.

On Saturday, crews will be collecting limbs, leaves, and other vegetative storm debris in an effort to catch up on the more than 9,000 calls for cleanup service turned in to the City since the storm passed. That number equates to approximately one out of every three homes in the city that needed service, and solid waste workers are about halfway through the cleanup.

Residents are asked to put their storm debris by the front curb on their property in their normal bulky item pickup location and to schedule a pickup. Collection service can be scheduled online at or by calling 972-744-4111.

The City expects to have all storm debris picked up and sand removed from intersections by the end of the month.

Survey, Community Meetings to Focus on Recycling
As part of a plan to increase residential recycling in Richardson, the City is planning a series of community meetings and a survey to be included as a special insert in the January edition of Richardson Today.

The City is gathering public feedback on its recycling program to determine ways to encourage more residents to recycle and to improve the program. The information will be used to develop a marketing plan, which is expected to be presented to the City Council in the spring. 

Residents may fill out and return the postage paid survey by Jan. 20. The survey will also be available online. Those who fill out the survey will also be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to Lowe’s or Home Depot.

The City Council discussed the recycling program and other recent changes to the solid waste program at a Monday work session. Watch the work session presentation at

The community meetings are set for:

Place  Date  Time 
Huffhines Recreation Center  Jan. 21  6:30 p.m. 
Stinson Elementary School Jan. 23 7 p.m. 
Heights Recreation Center Jan. 28 6:30 p.m.

Recycle Cardboard Boxes to Prevent Crime
The City of Richardson Public Services Department and the Richardson Police Department are asking area residents to drop off computer or flat screen TV boxes out for pickup at the following temporary recycling locations:

Temporary recycle locations (will operate from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3)
  • Custer Park, 700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
  • Recycle Center, 102. N. Cottonwood Dr.
  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
  • Breckinridge Park, 5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)
Police recommend that people place boxes from high-dollar gift items at these locations to help prevent potential theft from their homes.

“Tree Cycle” Christmas Trees


From Dec. 26 to Jan. 31, Richardson residents may “tree cycle” their Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours seven days a week. Residents may also call 972-744-4111 to request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection. Make sure to request that the tree be mulched.

All trees must be natural and unflocked, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorative items removed. Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).

Holiday Schedule 
In recognition of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, City facilities and services will operate according to the following schedule:

Public Facility Schedule
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.)
Dec. 24-25
Jan. 1
City Hall Closed:
Dec. 24-25
Civic Center Closes Early:
Dec. 23 & Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 24-25
Jan. 1
Gymnastics Center Closed: Dec. 22-Jan 2
Heights/Huffhines Recreation Centers Closes Early: Dec. 24 & Dec. 31
at 5 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 25
Jan. 1
Library Closes Early: Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 24-25
Jan. 1
Municipal Court Closed: Dec. 24-25
Jan. 1
Sherrill Park Golf Course Closed: Dec. 25
Senior Center Closes Early: Dec. 24 & Dec. 31
at 5 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 25
Jan. 1
Tennis Center Closes Early: Dec. 24 & Dec. 31
at 3 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 25
Jan. 1

Sanitation Schedule/Recycle Make Up Days
There will be NO solid waste pick up or special pick up Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 24-25 or Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Recycle collection days affected by holiday Make-up days
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Monday, Dec. 23

Santa's Village Open for Final Weekend
Santa's Village 2013
Santa’s Village, a miniature town with 16 tiny dwellings on the north side of City Hall, is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Children may visit each dwelling to experience a different holiday activity, including a visit with Santa himself.

The lights will remain on at Santa’s Village until Jan. 1. Families are welcome to visit the village to take photos or enjoy the holiday decorations. 

For more information, visit

UT Dallas Renovations Underway
Construction began Friday on a yearlong project to renovate the North Mall at UT Dallas into a park-like area. Much of the demolition and debris removal will happen before Jan. 13, 2014, while students are not on campus.
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City Council Meeting and Work Session Cancelled 
In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Dec. 23 City Council meeting and Dec. 30 work session have been cancelled. The next City Council meeting is a work session scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

DART Adjusts Schedules for Christmas Holiday

DART buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day, and all administrative offices and the Customer Information Center will be closed. For complete schedule information, visit or call 214-979-1111.


   Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Holiday Shows at Eisemann Center This Week
Several holiday shows are coming to the Eisemann Center this week, beginning with “Christmas Memories” presented by Epiphany DanceArts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $15 to $29. Learn more at

Tuzer Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $50. For more information, visit

Collin County Ballet Theatre will present its rendition of “The Nutcracker” with the Plano Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Monday and noon Tuesday. Tickets cost $15 to $75. More information is available at

Tickets for all shows are available by calling 972-744-4650 or online at

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Bonnie Pet of Week
This sweet girl is Bonnie! She is a very sweet Terrier and Chihuahua mix who has been to school presentations with us and has done very well with small kids! She is fully vaccinated and spayed!

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


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Mayor Laura Maczka
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Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
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Councilman Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
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Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
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Councilman Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
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