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Week In Review, Jan. 18, 2013
Posted Date: 1/18/2013

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Jan. 18, 2013
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.


Robert Earl Keen to Perform at Wildflower! Festival
Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen will perform at this year’s Wildflower! Festival, set for May 17-19 at Galatyn Park. Keen will be the headliner on Sunday to close out the festival.

Festival organizers made the announcement on Wednesday morning on the Wildflower! Facebook page. Fans of the Wildflower! Facebook page will be the first to know about additional performer announcements as they are posted to the site in the coming weeks.

The information will also be included on the Festival’s website, the City’s homepage, and the Richardson Today Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Robert Earl Keen

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City Council Hears Presentation on State of UT Dallas
The City Council on Monday heard a presentation on the State of the University of Texas at Dallas from UT Dallas President David E. Daniel. He spoke about the university’s goal of becoming a Tier One research institution, which would help attract venture capital dollars, companies, jobs, and highly trained people to Richardson.

Daniel also presented an update about several campus and infrastructure enhancements, including a $108 million bioengineering and sciences building that is expected to be complete in the fall of 2015. UT Dallas is also planning an expansion of the Jindal School of Management, construction of additional residence halls and parking garages, and many other improvements.

The University of Texas at Dallas has nearly 20,000 students, with 84 percent of graduates earning a degree in science, engineering or management. This year’s freshmen class has the highest average SAT scores of any public university in the state and has more National Merit Scholars than the rest of the University of Texas System combined.

Watch the presentation at

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Rec Centers Open But Most City Facilities Closed Monday
In recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, City facilities and services will operate according to the following schedule on Jan. 21. City services will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Jan. 22.


Closing dates 

 City Hall/Civic Center and Municipal Court  Jan. 21
 Library and Animal Shelter  Jan. 21
 Recreation Centers, Senior Center, Tennis Center
and Sherrill Park Golf Course
 Open normal hours


Recycle collection days
affected by holiday

Make-up day 

 Monday, Jan. 21  Tuesday, Jan. 22
 Tuesday, Jan. 22  Wednesday, Jan. 23


City Hall to Resume Normal Operations
City services at Richardson City Hall are expected to resume normal operations on Wednesday, Jan. 23 after a water pipe break forced the temporary relocation of several City offices.

Richardson City Hall experienced a water pipe break on Jan. 10 that resulted in flooding to parts of the building, causing a temporary disruption in normal operations. Building Inspection, Community Services and the City’s Health Department are currently in temporary offices in the building and are available to provide most services.

City Hall is open, and visitors are asked to use the west entrance of the building.

For more information, please call City Hall at 972-744-4100 or check the City website at for further status updates.


City Council Names Durham Park
At Monday’s regular meeting, the City Council officially designated land along Weatherred Drive as a neighborhood park and named it Durham Park, in honor of W.R. Durham and his daughter, Jessie. W.R. Durham began operating a farm in 1910 in the area that contains the park, and Jessie Durham inherited the farm house when her father died. She also operated a shop on Main Street, where she started the first library in Richardson in the back of her store.

The Durhams sold all of the land except one acre to a developer in 1954. Their land became the site of the Heights neighborhood and Richardson Heights Shopping Center as the City grew rapidly in the 1950s. Members of the Durham family still live in Richardson and attended Monday’s City Council meeting, where they were recognized for their contributions to the City.

Construction of the $1.5 million park, which is funded through the 2010 Bond Program, began in December and is expected to be complete in May. The new park will be located on four contiguous lots from 400 to 406 S. Weatherred Dr. and will include a playground, pavilion, plaza, open play lawn and butterfly garden. Some of the features will include bricks from the four homes that were demolished to make room for the park.

Watch the City Council discussion and vote at

New Park at Weatherred
Conceptual site plan


Council Sets Recreation Center, Pool Fees
The City Council approved a resolution on Monday that sets a fee structure for Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers, the new Heights Family Aquatics Center and all other City swimming pools.

The new fee structure does not increase admission rates at the four existing pools, but does add a new family membership and sets admission rates for the new Heights Family Aquatics Center which is currently under construction. The new fee structure was designed to meet the changing needs of families and other groups who regularly use the facilities.

The new rates will go into effect May 15. The new fees are:

Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers
  Resident   Non-Resident   
 Age Group Annual  Daily  Annual  Daily 
 Youth (6-17)  $35 $5  $70  $10 
 Adult (18-54)  $60  $7 $120 $14
 Senior (55 and older)  $35 $5  $70  $10 
 Family (up to 4) $135 --- $270   ---
 Corporate --- --- $90 $8


Heights Family Aquatics Center
  Resident   Non-Resident   
Age Group Summer Pass Daily  Summer Pass  Daily 
Ages 3 or younger  No Charge No Charge  No Charge  No Charge 
Ages 4 and older
(may use any pool)
$45 $4  $65  $8 
Family (up to 4)
(may use any pool)
$150 ---  Not Available  ---


Canyon Creek, Terrace, Cottonwood and Glenville Pools
  Resident   Non-Resident   
Age Group  Summer Pass  Daily  Summer Pass  Daily 
Ages 3 or younger No Charge No Charge  No Charge  No Charge 
Ages 4 and older *$30 $2 *$40  $4
Family (up to 4) *$100 --- Not Available  ---

*Not good for admission to Heights Family Aquatic Center.


InPerson Author Lecture Returns Thursday
The Friends of the Richardson Public Library will present an InPerson Author Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Richardson Civic Center. Mystery author Deborah Crombie and sports writer Jim Dent will speak about their work and sign copies of their books.

Crombie grew up in Richardson and is the author of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series, which has won several national awards. Dent is a local sports journalist who spent 11 years covering the Dallas Cowboys.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at, Arapaho Pharmacy and Joy’s Hallmark. Tickets will also be available at the door before the event. For more information, visit

 Deborah Crombie Jim Dent 

 Deborah Crombie

Jim Dent 


“Tree Cycle” Your Christmas Tree
Now through Jan. 31, Richardson residents may “tree cycle” their Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours seven days a week. Residents may also call 972-744-4111 to request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection.
All trees must be natural and unflocked, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorative items removed. Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).

The trees are shredded, mulched and taken to a composting site in Melissa. In three to four months, the organic material becomes yard compost, some of which is used on Richardson golf courses, ornamental medians and landscaping projects.


City Accepting Entries for Photography Contest
Entries are being accepted through Jan. 20 at Huffhines Recreation Center for the 2013 City of Richardson Photography Contest. Photographers may submit entries in 14 categories, including abstract, people and still life. View all categories and contest rules at

Winners will be announced Jan. 25, and winning entries will be exhibited on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library Jan. 26 to Feb. 18. An awards ceremony and workshop will take place 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Civic Center.

The Best of Show Winners from the 2012 Photography Contest are on display on the third floor of the Library through Jan. 23. For more information, visit


Last Weekend for Pegasus Theatre Show at the Eisemann Center
Pegasus Theatre will present “XSR:Die!” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center. The murder mystery show uses special effects to appear like a black and white movie.
Tickets cost $20 to $35 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit


“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” at Eisemann Center
Theatreworks USA’s musical revue “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books” will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Eisemann Center. The show features several books, including “Amazing Grace,” “Borreguita and the Coyote,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” Imogene’s Antlers,” “Master Man” and more.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Tickets cost $12 to $22 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling 972-744-4657.


Superhero Movies at Library
The Richardson Public Library will show superhero movies during “Movie Goers Assemble” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Basement Program Room. The free event will include popcorn and is for students in sixth through 12th grade.

For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Mo Willems Craftivity at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host “It’s a Mo Willems Craftivity,” featuring the work of children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems. Parents and children of all ages are invited to come and go for crafts and games between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Basement Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This is Ike. He is a neutered male, about 7 years old, up to date on all vaccinations, microchipped, and is a very laid back mellow cat who loves cuddles. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Ike or other animals available for adoption.
Pet of the Week Ike 

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


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