Oct. 26, 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.
Huffhines Art Trails is this Weekend
The Huffhines Art Trails returns to Huffhines Park this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The annual show will include more than 150 exhibiting artists with work for sale, live entertainment, food, scavenger hunt, hay bale maze and much more.
Admission and parking are free. Parking is available onsite at Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road. For more information, visit www.huffhinesarttrails.com.
City Receives "Gold Scenic City" Certification
The Richardson City Council was presented with a plaque and a street sign signifying that Richardson is a Gold Scenic City. Pictured from left are: Council Member Kendal Hartley, Mayor Bob Townsend, Council Member Scott Dunn, Keith Stone, who serves as a director and executive board member for Scenic Texas, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Maczka, Council Member Mark Solomon and Council Member Amir Omar.
The City of Richardson is one of nine Texas municipalities awarded Scenic City Certification recently by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. A Scenic City board member officially presented the Gold Award to Richardson officials at a special event yesterday afternoon at Huffhines Recreation Center.
Richardson scored high in the detailed evaluation process, receiving Gold Certification for its landscape ordinance, strict signage regulations, lighting standards and protection of landscaping during construction projects. For more information on the program, visit www.sceniccitycertification.org.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Groundbreaking
City officials joined Alamo Drafthouse Cinema representatives for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the site of the new cinema-eatery in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center. Richardson will be home to the Austin-based company’s first theater in the Metroplex, which is expected to open in May 2013.
The seven-screen cinema will contain a total of 744 seats and will also house a restaurant/lounge. Alamo Drafthouse shows first-run Hollywood movies, classics and limited release films and is famous for its strict no texting and no talking policy during shows.
For more information, visit www.drafthouse.com/dfw/richardson.
City Receives Top Ranking for Economic Development
The Richardson Economic Development Partnership has earned the top honor in the High Performance Economic Development Awards for creating the highest number of jobs and capital investment for an organization of its size in the last year. The REDP earned the gold medal from Atlas Advertising’s High Performance Economic Development Benchmarking Survey in part for creating 2,694 jobs in Richardson in a 12-month period.
Businesses that moved to Richardson or made a commitment to stay in the city in the past year include State Farm, Traveler’s Insurance, Safety-Kleen, Genpact, Flexjet, Methodist Richardson Medical Center and Availity.
To see the full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in High Performance Economic Development Awards, visit www.atlas-advertising.com.
Early Voting Continues Through Friday, Nov. 2
Early voting for the Nov. 6 Charter Amendment and General Election is underway through Nov. 2. Richardson residents who live in Dallas County may participate in early voting at Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Richardson residents who live in Collin County may vote at one of several locations, which may be viewed at www.co.collin.tx.us/elections.
Early voting at all sites in Dallas and Collin Counties will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Election Day polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
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 (Metro).
City Council Awards Street Rehabilitation Bids
The City Council awarded a bid at its meeting Monday night to reconstruct sections of North Bowser and South Grove roads. The nearly $944,000 project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program.
Bowser Road will undergo improvements from Belt Line Road to just north of Apollo Road, and Grove Road will undergo improvements between Belt Line Road and Highland Boulevard. Improvements at both project sites will include replacing failed street pavement and damaged sidewalks. Bowser Road improvements will also include replacing the asphalt overlay. Construction is expected to begin in November and be complete by April 2013.
U.S. Department of Justice Letter Clears New City Council District Boundaries for 2013 Election
In a letter dated Oct. 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice validated the revised district boundaries adopted by the City Council in July.
The new boundaries follow Federal regulations that require that the population distribution among City Council districts be approximately equal and that district boundaries be nondiscriminatory. The City Charter requires that the City Council appoint a Commission every 10 years (after the U.S. Census is complete) to review the district boundaries and ensure population equality. The previous district boundaries were realigned because population growth in some areas of the City led to an imbalance in the population distribution among districts.
On Jan. 30, the City Council appointed the City Plan Commission to serve as the Council District Boundary Commission. Over the course of seven meetings, including two public hearings, the Commission reviewed nine different options. Two options were forwarded for City Council for consideration. Following a public hearing and further Council review, the new boundaries were adopted July 9, 2012.
Click the link below for detailed redistricting information:
Corporate Challenge Raises $160,000 for Special Olympics Texas
The 2012 Richardson Corporate Challenge raised $160,000 for Special Olympics Texas, bringing the event’s 15-year total donation to more than $1.2 million. The 10-week, Olympic-style competition ended with a Closing Ceremony last week in Galatyn Plaza.
Thousands of employees from more than 50 DFW-area businesses took part in this year’s competition in events ranging from softball, basketball and flag football to darts, billiards and miniature golf. Each team is asked to raise at least $1,000 for Special Olympics Texas. A portion of the funds raised goes to the Richardson Roadrunners, a local Special Olympics team.
This year’s winners in the size-based divisions were as follows: Division A – Raytheon; Division B – Fossil; Division BB – Pioneer Natural Resources; Division C – EO Innovations; Division D – Availity; and Division E – Ebby Halliday Family of Companies. Event officials also presented awards recognizing team spirit and outstanding company coordinators to various companies and their employees.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Nock4u.
IEDC Appoints Bill Sproull as New Vice Chair
Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership, has been elected 2013 vice chairman of the International Economic Development Council board of directors. The IEDC board selected Sproull during its annual conference Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in Houston.
Sproull, who is also the president of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the Metroplex Technology Business Council, will step down from his position as IEDC board secretary/treasurer to start his new position in January 2013.
The IEDC is an independent non-profit membership and research organization with a sole focus on economic development. It provides a variety of services to more than 4,400 members. For more information, visit www.iedconline.org.
Health Department Staff Cleans Up Creek
City Health Department personnel spent a day last week cleaning up a section of Prairie Creek in northwest Richardson. Staff members collected 12 bags of trash full of items that most likely found their way to the creek through the City’s storm drainage system because they were not disposed of properly.
The storm drainage system consists of natural and man-made channels and underground pipes that transport rainwater and groundwater from streets, alleys and yards to nearby creeks, streams and lakes. The drainage system carries not only the runoff, but also any trash and pollutants it may contain, into area water bodies. The clean-up effort was aimed at minimizing these negative environmental impacts and beautifying the creek.
Students Enjoy Learning at Recycling Roundup
The City of Richardson’s Public Services Department invited second grade students from Northrich Elementary School to participate in Richie’s Recycling Roundup held Oct. 25 on City Hall grounds. The students learned what Richardson accepts in its recycling program and why it’s important to recycle, all while having fun at the western-themed event.
The children ended the Roundup with an obstacle course, where the City’s Recycling Mascot, Richie, cheered them to the finish. The students had an enjoyable time learning about living green in Richardson.
ESL Tutor Training Workshop is Nov. 3
A training workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, for English as a Second Language tutors. The class, presented by the Richardson Adult Literacy Center, is designed to train volunteer tutors who can then help others learn to speak English.
For more information visit www.ralc.org.
Citywide Pet Day is Nov. 3
The seventh annual Citywide Pet Day benefiting the Richardson Animal Shelter will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Owens Spring Creek Farm, 1401 E. Lookout Dr. The event will include a pet clinic, children’s activities, microchipping, concessions, animal adoption groups and much more.
Admission is $1, and proceeds will support spay and neuter services for pets of low income families. The Wagging Tail Walk will begin at 9 a.m. The $5 fee for the walk includes admission to Citywide Pet Day. Register in advance for the walk at RunOn Richardson, 1465 W. Campbell Rd., or onsite the morning of the event.
For more information, visit www.richardsonanimaluv.org or call 469-235-7338 or 972-744-4480.
Lil’ Punkins Fall Festival at Huffhines Recreation Center
The Lil’ Punkins Fall Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd. The event is open to children ages 1 to 7 years old and will include a petting zoo, bounce house, crafts, games, activities, refreshments and entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in a Halloween costume.
Cost is $10 per person. Register to attend online at http://bit.ly/SsYLUJ and use registration No. 68858.
Spook-a-licious Event at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host Spook-a-licious from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Basement Program Room. The free event will include spook-tacular stories, “boo”-tiful crafts, a monster mash dance, puppets, treats and more.
Attendees of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in a Halloween costume. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 972-744-4358.
The Oak Ridge Boys at the Eisemann Center
The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the longest-running country music groups, will return to the Eisemann Center for a show this weekend at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Tickets cost $42 to $66 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650.
Tools to keep up with the LBJ Express Project
The LBJ Express project encourages commuters, businesses and residents to know where to go and how to get information on the LBJ Express Project. You can get project information from each of the following resources:
• SMS Text Messages can be received by texting @lbjexpress to the # 23559
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Cleo is a female, Rhodesian ridgeback/lab mix about 7 years old, up to date on all her vaccinations and microchipped. She knows basic commands, is very playful, and her favorite game is fetch. She would be a great family dog with older kids. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Cleo or other animals available for adoption.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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