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Week In Review, Feb. 7, 2014
Posted Date: 2/7/2014 1:30 PM
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Feb. 7, 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

Residential Solid Waste Collection Resumes After Severe Winter Weather
The City of Richardson Solid Waste Division has resumed all trash and recycling pickup service, which was suspended Thursday, Feb. 6, due to hazardous road conditions caused by severe winter weather.

Because of snow and ice on neighborhood streets and alleys, residential trash and recycling pickup did not begin until 10 a.m. today (Friday, Feb. 7). Due to the late start, crews will work Saturday to complete all outstanding residential trash, recycling, and Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) pickups.

As temperatures begin to rise, the next concern will be the potential for water main breaks and bursting pipes at Richardson homes and businesses. City utility workers recommend you identify where to shut off the water to your home in case you experience a break.

Residents are asked to call 972-744-4111 for assistance.

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Daddy-Daughter Valentine Ball Will Continue as Scheduled
Richardson’s annual Daddy-Daughter Valentine Ball will take place as scheduled, at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Feb. 7) at the Richardson Civic Center. Registration is no longer available for the event.


Richardson Civic Center Fountain Appears on “CBS Evening News”
Richardson Fountain on CBS Evening News
During its coverage of the Texas snow storm, “CBS Evening News” featured a photo of ice on the Richardson Civic Center fountain. The fountain is a local favorite for amateur photographers looking for beautiful shots of Richardson.


Auditors Give Richardson’s Financial Statements Clean Report
Richardson’s independent auditing firm, KPMG LLP, reported to the City Council Monday night that the City’s 2012-2013 Fiscal Year financial statements received an unmodified or "clean" opinion, the highest level of audit industry standards.

The auditor’s report is included in the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which was presented to the City Council on Monday. Auditors also presented the Independent Auditors’ Report on Federal Awards and the Independent Auditors' Report on State Awards, separate reports that focus on compliance with federal and state grant requirements.

The unmodified designation means that auditors did not identify issues or concerns during a multi-week review of the City’s financial records and that there were no issues or irregularities in the City’s accounting practices.

The reports are available on the City’s website Richardson’s financial transparency initiatives have been given the Gold Leadership Circle Award by the Texas Comptroller.

Watch the work session presentation at


City Honors Revitalization Award Winners
Revitalization Awards
The Richardson City Council on Monday recognized six residential and five commercial property owners with this year’s annual Community Revitalization Awards.

The program recognizes owners’ efforts to enhance the community by making significant investments and exterior enhancements to their properties. The Council created the awards in 1994 to encourage citizens to help make a positive impact on their own properties as well as those in the surrounding area. Below are the winners:

  • Luecht Residence
  • Davenport Residence
  • Kerr Residence
  • Hutchings Residence
  • Leyden Residence
  • Koch Residence
  • Callaway Architecture
  • The Pearl Cup
  • Shady’s Burger Joint
  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  • RISD Administrative Office

Since its inception, Richardson’s Community Revitalization Awards program has recognized 195 properties upgraded in the community. More information on each property that received an award Monday night will be included in an upcoming issue of the Richardson Today City newsletter.

Nominations are already being accepted for the 2014 awards. For more information, contact Israel Roberts at 972-744-4256 or

Watch the awards presentation at


Altrusa of Richardson Honored for Support of Animal Shelter

Altrusa Donation
Several City Council members joined members of the Animal Services Advisory Commission and the Health Department Saturday to present a plaque to Altrusa of Richardson to thank the nonprofit for its support of the Animal Shelter. Altrusa donated funds to help renovate a cat room, which provides an area for adoptable cats to play and interact with visitors.

The updated room also includes a video camera that provides a live stream to the Animal Shelter’s website. Watch the cats at play at

February Edition of "Richardson Today" Has Been Mailed

The February edition of Richardson Today has been delivered to the Post Office for delivery to homes. The latest edition focuses on the State of the City Address and includes stories about the Fire Department’s new Class 1 ISO rating. You can also find the Spring 2014 Recreation Guide inside, which offers a complete listing of classes and programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at the Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition is accessible at

Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.


City Partners with Dallas County to Improve Richardson Roads

Mike Cantrell
The City has partnered with Dallas County to improve several major Richardson streets, including Campbell, Belt Line and Arapaho roads. On Monday the City Council officially thanked Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell for committing Dallas County Road and Bridge Maintenance funds to help pay for the projects in his district.

Last month the City completed work on Campbell Road, which included the removal and replacement of failed pavement. Similar work is underway on Belt Line Road with completion expected in June. The City expects to begin making significant improvements to Arapaho Road and Lookout Drive later this year.

The City Council will vote next week on resolutions and agreements authorizing the Arapaho Road and Lookout Drive projects. Watch a work session presentation about the projects at

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

AARP Offering Tax Prep Help
Tax-Aide, sponsored by AARP and the IRS, will provide free tax return preparation and e-filing assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers with an emphasis on seniors. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Richardson Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. The program will run through April 14.

People should bring Social Security cards and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. The service will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


The Church Basement Ladies Coming to Eisemann Center
Church Basement Ladies
The Church Basement Ladies will perform “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement” beginning with a matinee show at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Eisemann Center. Additional shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $35 to $40 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more about the show at


Richardson Community Band to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Richardson Community Band will perform “Of Brass, Wood and Steel” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature The Pandemonium Steel Drum Band and include songs such as “Isle of Calypso,” “Superman” and “Pie in the Face Polka.”

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Tickets will cost $1 more when purchased at the Ticket Office on the day of the concert. Buy tickets at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more about the band at


Heart-y Arty Valentine Party at Library
Library Valentine Party
The Richardson Public Library will host a Heart-y Arty Valentine Party from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. Children in preschool through fourth grade are invited to make Valentine crafts and enjoy a puppet show. For more information on this free event, call 972-744-4358.


Library’s Lunchtime Lecture to Feature ReferenceUSA
Kim Draper will teach how to use ReferenceUSA, a popular online Library resource, for sales, marketing and employment opportunities, at a Lunchtime Lecture from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Richardson Public Library. ReferenceUSA provides detailed information on more than 3.4 million businesses and allows users to create customized lists with more than 30 different search criteria.

The event is free and open to adults. No registration is required. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call 972-744-4355.


Photo Contest Winners Selected
Winners have been announced in the 2014 City of Richardson Photo Contest. Best of Show winners are Sam Eichenwald in the student division, Linda L. Grigsby in the adult division and Mark Smith in the proficient division.

An awards ceremony and workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Richardson Civic Center. Winning entries will be displayed through Feb. 24 on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library.


Submissions Open for DART Student Art Contest
DART is partnering with the Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Contemporary for the 2014 Annual Student Art Contest, which is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries should be poster size and illustrate this year’s theme, “Off We Go!” The deadline to enter the contest is Feb. 18.

The Best of Show winner will receive $1,000, and the winning art will be featured on select DART buses. First place, runners-up and honorable mention winners will also be recognized. The DMA will display all winning posters from April 5 to 20.

Learn more at


RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair Begins Thursday
The RISD Council of PTAs is holding a Used Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 15, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Dal-Rich Village Shopping Center on the corner of Belt Line and Coit roads. Books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, with most items priced from 50 cents to $2. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. J.J. Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for RISD teachers and high school seniors. For more information, visit
RISD Book Fair


Richardson AnimaLuv Hosts “Luv Your Pet Day”
Make a gift for your pet at Richardson AnimaLuv’s “Luv Your Pet Day.” The free event will take place 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Richardson Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr.

In addition to bandanas that you can decorate for your pet at no cost, there will be microchipping available for $15 and toenail clipping for $5.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Pet of the Week for Feb. 7

Laynie is a spayed female, about 2 years old, and up to date on all vaccinations. She is a shy, mellow kitty who will spend most of her days lounging about or curled up in a nice soft spot. Please help her find a forever home.

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


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