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Week In Review, Feb. 28, 2014
Posted Date: 2/28/2014
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Feb. 28, 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

Wildflower! Festival Announces Music Lineup
The City of Richardson’s 22nd annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, North Texas’ largest music festival, has revealed the first performers for this year’s event, which will be held May 16 to 18.

Performers announced so far include:
Cheap Trick Kook and The Gang
Cheap Trick Kool and The Gang
Joan Jett Lonestar
Joan Jett Lonestar
Ed Kowalczyk, formerly of Live
Michael Martin Murphey 
             Jack Ingram
Max Stalling
Hal Ketchum
Le Freak
The Rod Experience-a Tribute to Rod Stewart
Marcia Ball

The 2014 festival’s three-day pass goes on sale for $30 on April 14 at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online through The three-day pass will be available for sale until 5:30 p.m. May 16. Single-day adult tickets will be available at the gate for $20, as well as through the festival's website beginning April 14. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free.

For more information, visit or follow the festival on Facebook at

CityLine, Associa are Real Estate Deals of the Year Finalists
CityLine rendering
The Dallas Business Journal today announced that two Richardson economic development projects are finalists for the Best Real Estate Deals of 2013.

CityLine, being developed by KDC, is a finalist in the Mixed-Use Development Deal category. Construction on the first phase is underway, including three of four office buildings totaling 2 million square feet to be leased by State Farm. The focal point of the initial phase will be CityLine Plaza, a centrally located landscaped plaza. More than 92,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues with sidewalk cafes and patio seating will frame CityLine Plaza and State Street.

Collins Center/Associa is a finalist in the Rehab/Reuse Deal category. The nation’s leading community association management firm recently opened a new, state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot shared services center at 1225 Alma Rd. in Richardson. The center expects to bring nearly 600 jobs to Richardson.

Economic Development Partnership Reports on 2013 Highlights
Staff members of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) presented an overview of the City/Chamber of Commerce group achievements in 2013 and goals for 2014 at the City Council’s work session on Monday. They highlighted the record number 11,278 new, announced or retained jobs (not including State Farm) and the real estate impact on Richardson from projects like State Farm, Associa, Extend Health, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and many other relocation, expansion and redevelopment accomplishments of 2013.

The REDP also continued to focus on its international business development activities in 2013 by hosting business delegations from more than 30 countries, taking several marketing trips abroad, hosting export development seminars, and recruiting three foreign companies through its Concierge Program members.

The 2014 REDP Strategic Plan focuses on attracting and retaining targeted companies through recruitment and retention efforts, entrepreneurship and workforce development initiatives, and continuing to focus on international, retail and redevelopment strategies.

Watch the work session presentation at

Registration Opens for Summer Camps/Swim Programs
Water Slide
Registration for the Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Camps and Swim Programs begins tomorrow. Both programs are very popular with parents and kids, and classes fill up quickly.

Richardson's Parks and Recreation Department makes it easy to sign up for classes by offering an online registration form. Visit the City homepage or to find the forms to register and pay online. The link also provides access to area athletic leagues and other courses.

View the online edition of the Camps and Swimming Guide at

Early Voting Ends Today, Election Day Is Tuesday
Early voting for the March 4 Democratic and Republican Party Primary Election will end at 7 p.m. Friday. Richardson City Hall is an early voting location for Dallas County residents but will not be a voting location on Election Day. Election Day voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the location designated for your precinct.

A sample ballot and Dallas County election day polling locations may be found on the Dallas County Elections website at Collin County polling locations and a sample ballot may be found on the Collin County Elections Department website at

Voters will be required to show a photo ID at the polls. For more information, contact the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6300 or the Collin County Elections Department at 972-424-1460 ext. 1990.

For more information, contact the Richardson City Secretary’s Office at 972-744-4290 or visit

March Edition of Richardson Today Mailed 
The March edition of Richardson Today should begin arriving in mailboxes Saturday. The latest edition focuses on the Richardson Public Library and includes the Summer Camp and Swimming Guide.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is also accessible at Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.

City Council Thanks Retiring Addison City Manager for Regional Cooperation
Ron Whitehead Proclamation
The City Council presented a proclamation Monday to Addison City Manager Ron Whitehead, who is retiring at the end of the month after 32 years in the position. Several City Council members and current and former City officials publicly thanked Whitehead for working with the city of Richardson to benefit the entire region.

Richardson and Addison share a representative on the DART and Regional Transportation Council boards. The cities have also worked together to improve the region through Vision North Texas, DART’s Downtown Dallas Transit Study and other initiatives.

Watch the presentation at

NTMWD Conducting Chlorine Maintenance
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is conducting a free chlorine maintenance on the NTMWD water transmission system and customer cities’ distribution systems for a 28-day period that began Feb. 17 and ends March 17. As a member city, Richardson receives its water from NTMWD.

The free chlorine maintenance does not affect water quality, and water remains safe for use. Consumers who are sensitive to taste and odor changes in drinking water might notice a change during this period. The change does not alter the quality of the drinking water.

Free chlorine maintenance allows water suppliers to maintain the disinfectant residual in their systems without flushing systems, thus conserving water.

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Eisemann Center Presents Features Three Shows This Weekend
Three shows in the Eisemann Center Presents will take the stage this weekend, beginning with Celtic Nights – The Emigrant’s Bridge at 8 p.m. Friday. The show will feature traditional ballads and vivid choreography to display the history and strength of Celtic heritage. Tickets cost $35 to $52.
Celtic Nights

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” fame will present “The Two Man Group” at 8 p.m. Saturday. The show will use audience feedback to create hilarious improvisational scenes. Tickets cost $35 to $55.
Collin and Brad
“Circo Comedia” will feature comedy and daredevil stunts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Duo Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté will perform the show in the tradition of the Quebec Circus. Tickets cost $12 to $22. An Eisemann Extras event geared for children age 3 through fifth grade will take place at 1:30 p.m. and feature circus-themed activities. Cost is $10 per child, and parents are free with a paid child. An accompanying storytime at Barnes & Noble will take place at 7 p.m. Friday.
Circo Comedia 
Tickets for all shows are available at or by calling 972-744-4650.

Dallas Comic & Pop Expo at Civic Center This Weekend
The Dallas Comic & Pop Expo is coming to the Richardson Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The expo will feature panel discussions, a costume contest, special guest appearances and much more. 

Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. both days with VIP Early Bird Entry at 9 a.m. both days. Day passes are $20 and weekend passes are $30. Online ticket sales are available at

For more information, visit

Tickets Available for Sea Chanters Performance
Sea Chanters
Tickets are available online for a free concert performed by the Sea Chanters, the United States Navy Band’s official chorus. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Eisemann Center and will include the finest male and female voices the U.S. Navy has to offer.

The Sea Chanters features a repertoire of songs that range from sea chanteys and patriotic fare to Broadway show-stoppers and contemporary hits. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the power and beauty of this 20-voice chorus.

Reserve a maximum of four tickets per order to the free show at Learn more about the Sea Chanters at

Library to Host Final Lunchtime Lecture on the Vanderbilts
The Richardson Public Library will conclude its Lunchtime Lectures series on the Vanderbilts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room. Richard Cudlipp of Collin College’s Seniors Active in Learning Program will speak about Fortune’s Children II: Spending More.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Registration is not required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.

AARP Tax Help Available 
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.

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Kramer Pet of Week

Hi, I'm Kramer! My owners decided they didn't want me anymore and left me outside the Shelter. I was sick, scared, and hid under some bushes but the Animal Services Officer found me and brought me inside. They gave me a place to stay, medication, food, and my basic shots. I like other pets and I'm about a year old. I'm feeling much better now and would love to be your friend! Can you help me find a home?

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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