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Week In Review, Sept. 7, 2012
Posted Date: 9/7/2012
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Sept. 7, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.


City Council to Vote on 2012-2013 Budget Monday
The Richardson City Council is expected to formally approve the 2012-2013 Budget and the proposed tax rate of $0.63516 per $100 of assessed valuation, unchanged from the 2011-2012 rate, at a public meeting Monday in the City Council Chamber at City Hall.

The final public meeting in this year’s budget process is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. In addition, as part of the City Council’s Transparency initiative goals, the meeting will be broadcast live on the City website,, and on the City cable TV station (channel 16 on Time Warner and channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse).

See the proposed budget at


City Sprays for Mosquitoes After Positive Human West Nile Virus Case
The Richardson Health Department used spray to lower mosquito populations in the Breckinridge Park area Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The spraying was scheduled after a person tested positive for the West Nile virus in that area, bringing the total number of people who have been confirmed to be infected with the West Nile virus in Richardson to 12.

Mosquito sprayings are conducted based on positive findings of West Nile virus in mosquito traps placed around the city or if a human case is confirmed. Once located, the area around the positive finding is targeted for spraying in an attempt to help limit the spread of the disease.

To protect from mosquito bites, people are asked to follow the Four D’s of protection:

  • DRAIN standing water around the home,
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET,
  • Avoid being outdoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active,
  • And DRESS to protect yourself with long sleeves and pants to reduce skin exposure.


Lanes to be Closed Sunday for Corporate Challenge Bike Race
Several lanes of traffic will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. this Sunday for the Corporate Challenge Bike Race. The following roads will be impacted:

  • Westbound W. Campbell Road
    East of Collins Boulevard to University Parkway - right lane closed.
    University Parkway to Waterview Parkway - right two lanes closed
  • Northbound Waterview Parkway
    Campbell Road to Renner Road - right lane closed
  • Eastbound W. Renner Road
    Waterview Parkway to US-75 frontage road - right lane closed
  • Southbound US-75 Frontage Road
    W. Renner Road to Palisades Creek - right lane
  • Westbound Palisades Creek Drive
    US-75 Frontage to Collins Boulevard - westbound lanes
  • Southbound N. Collins Boulevard
    South of Prairie Creek Drive to W. Campbell Road - right lane


Recreation Expo Features Fall Programs, Classes
The Parks and Recreation Department will showcase its fall programs and activities at a free Fall Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.

Instructors will be at the event to give demonstrations and answer questions about fall programs, which range from technology classes to sports leagues. The Expo will also include refreshments, a bounce house, drawings for free classes and a trampoline performance.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-744-4300.


“Three Amazing Things” Program Brings Dance, Bollywood to Library Thursday
Bollywood film clips, henna tattoos and dancers from the Bangladesh Association of North Texas will be featured at Three Amazing Things, a program set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Basement Program Room at the Richardson Public Library. The event is for students in sixth through 12th grade and adults.

Three Amazing Things is part of the Richardson Reads One Book program, which features “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Divakaruni as the selection for 2012. The program will culminate with a free lecture by Divakaruni at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Richardson High School, 1250 W. Belt Line Road. Complimentary tickets to the lecture are available (while they last) at the Richardson Public Library.
For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Citizenship Classes Begin at Library This Weekend
The Richardson Public Library will hold a series of citizenship classes from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday starting this weekend through Nov. 18 in the Basement Training Room.

Class members must be legal residents who have lived in the United States continuously for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen), have no criminal record, pass a basic English test and have a Richardson Public Library card.

For more information or to register for the class, call Yolanda Medina at 972-744-4368.


Senior Center to Offer Flu Shots
The Richardson Senior Center will offer flu shots for adults age 55 years and older next week. The flu shot clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13. Participants must contact the Senior Center at 972-744-7800 to schedule an appointment. 


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Layla! She is a spayed female, terrier/mix, about 4 years old, up to date on all her vaccinations, housebroken, great on a leash, very loving and friendly, great with kids and some other pets. She loves walks, kisses and belly rubs. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Layla or other animals available for adoption.
Layla Pet of the Week

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