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Week In Review, Aug. 1, 2014
Posted Date: 8/1/2014
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Aug. 1, 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

KDC Holds Topping Out Ceremony for State Farm Headquarters
Members of the Richardson City Council helped celebrate the end of vertical construction for the new State Farm headquarters at a Topping Out ceremony Thursday. The event included speakers from developer KDC and lunch for hundreds of construction workers, officials and guests.
State Farm Building
Since breaking ground about a year ago, workers have:

  • Placed 29 million pounds of reinforced steel
  • Installed 1.4 million pounds of duct work
  • Recycled 8,500 tons of material

State Farm is anchoring the CityLine development southeast of US 75 and the President George Bush Turnpike. Once complete, CityLine will include office space, retail, restaurants, apartments, hotels and park land.

First Class Graduates from New Fire Training Center
Fire Training Class Graduates
Fire Training Exercise
Twelve apprentice firefighters recently graduated from the Richardson Fire Department Recruit Academy Class #38. They are the first group to complete all of their training at the City’s new Fire Training Center, which opened in October 2013. Previously, the department had to complete some of the required training off site, but having all of the necessary equipment in one place allowed the recruits to spend more time training on new equipment and saved money that would have been used for travel and renting space.

The Fire Training Center includes a training tower, classroom and training apparatus. It was designed to replicate the type of fire and rescue scenarios that recruits are likely to encounter on calls in Richardson. The project was funded through the 2010 Bond Program. Learn more at

Watch Budget Retreat Rebroadcast Through Aug. 10
The City Council held an in-depth discussion of the 2014-15 budget at its annual budget retreat last month at the Richardson Woman’s Club. The retreat is available to view on-demand at, and replays will be broadcast on the City's cable access channel.

The City Manager will file the proposed budget for public review by Aug. 8. The City Council is expected to set dates for public hearings on the tax rate and budget on Monday.

Rebroadcast schedule Channel Time
Saturday, Aug. 2 and 9 Time Warner 16: AT&T U-Verse 99 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3 and 10 Time Warner 16: AT&T U-Verse 99 6 p.m.

For more information about the 2014-15 Fiscal Year Budget, visit

August edition of Richardson Today Mailed 
The August edition of Richardson Today has been mailed. It focuses on parks and recreation and includes stories on the Raytheon groundbreaking, Miss Texas pageant and the City’s purchase of land for future parks. The issue also includes the Parks and Recreation Department Fall Rec 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 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 Accepting Applications for Charter Review Commission
The City is accepting applications for the Charter Review Commission through Sept. 1. The commission will be appointed by the City Council in September and October and is expected to meet twice a month for six to nine months to examine the City Charter and recommend changes, if necessary.

Applicants should be able to commit the required volunteer time for board service as well as show an interest in the specific workings of the commission. Board members must be qualified voters of the City who have been residents of Texas for at least one year and residents of the City for at least six months, hold no elected public office and are not in arrears in taxes or other liability due to the City.

Learn more and download an application here. Watch a City Council work session discussion about the Charter Review Commission at

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

“Menopause the Musical” at Eisemann Center
Menopause the Musical
“Menopause the Musical” is continuing its run at the Eisemann Center through Aug. 24. The award-winning show is a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “the change.” Tickets cost $41.50 to $46.50 and may be purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or visiting For more information, visit

RALC to Offer 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, Aug. 16, at the Richardson Public Library.

Registration is required by Aug. 14. To learn more or register, call 972-644-5119 or e-mail

Richardson Community Band to Perform Free Concert
The Richardson Community Band will present “Favorites Old and New” at a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and to enjoy an evening of music. The season finale will take place Aug. 17. Learn more at

Superhero Science Program at Library
Superhero Science
Children in second grade and up are invited to Superhero Science, a free program presented by the Richardson Public Library and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The event is from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the Library’s Basement Program Room. A free ticket is required to attend. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Youth Services Department. 

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Thad Pet of Week

Meet Thad! This strong, playful and energetic guy came to the Shelter as a stray back in May. He is a pit bull mix, about 3 years old, has been neutered, and is up to date on all his vaccinations. He would love a home with a large yard and someone who will give him lots of attention and play time.

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
Place 1


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
Place 6

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