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Week In Review, Jan. 17, 2014
Posted Date: 1/17/2014
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Jan. 17, 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 Receives ISO 1 Rating
The Richardson Fire Department officially received its Class 1 ISO rating during Monday’s City Council work session meeting. With this classification, the Richardson Fire Department is listed among an elite group of departments, as it is one of only 56 municipalities in the U.S., and one of only 14 departments in Texas, to receive a Class 1 rating.
ISO Medal

The presentation was made by the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a leading supplier of statistical, underwriting and actuarial information for the property/casualty insurance industry. The rating is used to measure the quality and effectiveness of fire protection in a community. Additionally, it allows residential and commercial property owners the opportunity to obtain the best possible insurance rates.

The community scored highly in the following areas:
  • Fire department (staffing, equipment, training, and emergency response capabilities)
  • Water supply system (highlighting the water supply a community uses for fire suppression)
  • Fire alarm and communications system (which centers on facilities and support for handling and dispatching alarms)
The ISO commended the Richardson Fire Department for adapting to the demands of a changing environment and congratulated the community for its commitment to serve the needs of property owners and residents.

City Updates MyRichardson Mobile App
MyRichardson App Update
The City of Richardson recently updated its MyRichardson mobile app with a new design and a personalized home screen that shows the user’s trash, recycling and watering days. New features include the ability to report street light outages and tabs detailing information on facility holiday closures and where to purchase blue bags for recycling.

Richardson launched the MyRichardson app in April 2013. The app is integrated with the City’s website to allow access to many of the City’s online services on an even easier-to-use mobile platform. The City’s Information Technology Department created and programmed the mobile application internally to integrate it with an already existing issues management system.

The MyRichardson mobile app is available for Apple iOS through iTunes and Android devices through the Google Play Store. You can learn more about the app at

City to Hold Community Meetings on Recycling
The City will gather feedback on its recycling program at a series of community meetings beginning next week. They are set for:
Jan. 21   Huffhines Rec Center   6:30 p.m. 
Jan. 23 Stinson Elementary  7 p.m. 
Jan. 28 Heights Rec Center 7 p.m. 

The purpose of the community meetings will be to gather information from residents on Richardson’s recycling program, including: what they like, common barriers to recycling, possible solutions to recycling barriers, and the most effective way to communicate recycling information to residents. 

For more information on the community meetings, call 972-744-4223.

Recycling Survey Deadline is Monday
Richardson residents are encouraged to complete a survey about the City’s recycling program to help identify ways to improve the current system. The survey was included in the January edition of Richardson Today and is available online at

As an added bonus, residents who return the printed survey or complete the survey online by Jan. 20 will be entered into a drawing for one of four $50 gift cards to Home Depot or Lowe’s.

For more information on the survey, call 972-744-4223.

"Tree Cycle" Your Christmas Tree
Richardson residents may “tree cycle” their Christmas trees through Jan. 31 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).

MLK Holiday Closings/Recycle Makeup Days
In recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, there will be no solid waste pickup or special pickup on Monday. Residents with a regular Monday recycle pickup will have a makeup day on Tuesday, and residents with a regular Tuesday recycle pickup will have a makeup day on Wednesday.

The City Hall/Civic Center Complex, Municipal Court, Library and Animal Shelter will be closed Monday. The recreation centers, Senior Center, Gymnastics Center, Tennis Center and Sherrill Park Golf Course will be open normal hours.

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Pegasus Theatre Performs “Rehearsal for Murder!” at Eisemann Center 

Pegasus 2013
Pegasus Theatre presents “Rehearsal for Murder!” at the Eisemann Center. The show's run will continue through Jan. 26. The murder mystery show uses special effects to appear like a black and white movie. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets cost $20 to $35 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

For more information, visit

Plano Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Plano Symphony Orchestra will perform “Top Brass” with special guest Canadian Brass at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. Tickets cost $19 to $85 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit

InPerson Author Lecture Returns Thursday
Susannah Charleson
The Friends of the Richardson Public Library will present an InPerson Author Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Richardson Civic Center. Susannah Charleson, author and former host of a local TV entertainment program, will speak about her work and sign copies of her books.

Charleson is author of the best-selling “Scent of the Missing,” which chronicles some of her most memorable experiences with her search-and-rescue dog. Her newest book, “The Possibility Dogs,” documents how rescue dogs are able to help people with psychiatric problems. 

Tickets cost $15 for the lecture and $20 for the lecture and 6 p.m. reception. Register for the event and learn more at Visit the author’s website at

City Accepting Photo Contest Entries
Entries are being accepted through Jan. 26 at Huffhines Recreation Center for the 2014 City of Richardson Photography Contest. Photographers may submit entries in 14 categories, including abstract, people and still life. View all categories and contest rules at

Winners will be announced Jan. 31, and winning entries will be exhibited on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library Feb. 1 to 24. An awards ceremony and workshop will take place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Civic Center.

The Best of Show Winners from the 2013 Photography Contest are on display on the third floor of the Library through Jan. 30. For more information, visit

RALC to Host Tutor Training
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center is holding a training workshop for ESL tutors. The class is designed to train volunteer tutors who can then help others learn to speak English. Training will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Public Library. 

To learn more or register for the workshop, contact the Katie Patterson at 972-644-5119 or

Childcare Training Seminar at City Hall on Saturday 
The Richardson Health Department will offer a free childcare training seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Grand Hall of the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall Complex. The seminar will include:

  • “Balanced Beginnings,” Ruth Mintline & Annette Lott at 9 a.m.
  • "Emergency Preparedness,” Alisha Gimbel, City of Richardson Preparedness and Mitigation Coordinator, at 10 a.m.
  • “Taking Care of You, Too! Tools for Self-Care,” Keri Riggs, M.A., LPC-S, past executive director, The Counseling Place, at 11 a.m.

Learn more by calling 972-744-4077 or e-mailing You may also register online at

This seminar may be used for three hours of continuing education units (CEUs) for childcare providers. Registered Family Homes are required to have 30 hours of CEUs annually by the State. A certificate will be provided after the seminar. Sign-in on the day of event begins at 8:30 a.m.

“The Monuments Men” Author to Speak at UT Dallas 
Robert Edsel
Author Robert Edsel will kick off the Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series with a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building at UT Dallas. Edsel is author of “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” which inspired the upcoming “The Monuments Men” movie. 

Tickets cost $10 to $15. Purchase tickets and learn more about this and upcoming lectures at

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Lucky Pet of the Week

Meet Lucky! He’s is a bulldog mastiff Rottweiler mix, about 2 years old and up to date on all his vaccinations. He is a super playful guy that would be best in a home with older kids and needs lots of playtime. Who wouldn’t want to see this face every day?

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


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