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Week In Review, March 29, 2013
Posted Date: 3/29/2013

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March 29, 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.

News Briefs

City Issues Certificates and Refunding Bonds at Low Interest Rates
The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that will save the City $3.092 million in interest payments by refunding debt originally sold in 2003 and 2005. The refinancing is expected to save the City an average of $238,000 in debt payments per year over the next 13 years without extending the life of the original bonds and certificates that were issued.

The Council also approved the sale of $8.32 million in new certificates of obligations at an interest rate of 2.352 percent, the lowest interest rate the City has ever received on a new money issue. The certificates will include funding for infrastructure, facility improvements, technology, equipment purchases, an ambulance and pumper, solid waste equipment and other long-term capital needs.

The City was able to receive low interest rates because of its top ratings from Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s, two of the nation’s leading credit rating agencies. Richardson is one of only five communities in Texas to hold "Triple A" ratings from both agencies. The recent Cyprus bailout and financial crisis in Europe also led to lower interest rates at the time the City was ready to refinance and issue new bonds.

Watch a presentation given at Monday’s City Council work session about the new bonds at


Council Discusses Mosquito Abatement Program
The Richardson City Council heard an update at its work session Monday on steps the Health Department is taking to combat the spread of West Nile virus through prevention and public education measures. In 2012 North Texas (especially Dallas County) was at the epicenter of a widespread outbreak of West Nile virus in humans and mosquito test samples.

In past years, the Health Department’s program to control the spread of West Nile virus included surveillance, source reduction, larviciding, public information and ground level spraying. Additional measures implemented for 2013 include:

  • Earlier monitoring of mosquito populations using traps throughout the city
  • Residential pool abatement, to reduce areas where mosquitoes can breed
  • Closer collaboration among departments to reduce areas where water can become stagnant
  • Deploying fish that can eat mosquito larvae, and increasing the areas where larvicide is used
  • Improving the adulticide response by working with a private contractor that can provide additional ground spraying capacity
  • Collaborating more closely with regional partners to provide an improved response across all agencies
  • Surveillance and treatment of the storm drain system

In addition to measures that the City is implementing, residents can help protect themselves from mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus by following the “Four D’s”:

  • Drain standing water
  • Avoid being out at Dusk and Dawn
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants
  • Apply an insect repellent containing DEET

West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness that is transmitted by a bite from an infected mosquito that’s already carrying the virus. Most people will not show any sign of infection, but many will have mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches. Rarely, symptoms may require medical care or hospitalization. The people who are most susceptible to the disease are the very young, the very old and those with weakened immune systems.

For more information, visit Watch the City Council presentation at


Trash Bash Pre-Event Meeting is Thursday
Creek Clean Up Trash Bags
Richardson residents will come together Saturday, April 6, to beautify the city by picking up trash and recyclable items at the annual Trash Bash. Anyone interested in participating is invited to a pre-event meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Civic Center. City organizers will hand out trash bags and release forms and provide assignments during the meeting.

If participants have not already chosen an area, participants will be assigned to a street, park or other designated area to pick up trash and recyclable items beginning at 9 a.m. April 6. An average of 600 people have picked up 5,000 pounds of trash and 2,000 pounds of recyclable items at the event in recent years.

The Trash Bash will also include electronics and plastic grocery bag recycling and document shredding. New events this year include a book drive sponsored by Friends of the Library, a clothing drive to benefit NETWORK of Community Ministries and free compost. These services will be available starting at 9 a.m. at the City Hall/Civic Center parking lot.

The City will host an after-party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civic Center that will feature an environmental education fair, refreshments, free plants, door prizes, Richie the Recycling Duck, Styrofoam recycling and free recycling bags courtesy of the Richardson Environmental Action League. There will be an activity area for children and families near the City Hall fountain and the area will also feature adoptable animals and pet registration from the Richardson Animal Shelter, City and DART vehicles on display, and recycle bales.

Register for the Trash Bash by calling 972-744-4076 or visiting


Elton and Me Contest
Elton and Me
The City of Richardson has announced a contest to find a singer to perform the 1976 hit song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” alongside the Elton John tribute act, Rocket Man, at Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival, set for May 17 to 19 at Galatyn Park. People who wish to enter the “Elton and Kiki Dee? Why Not Elton and Me?” contest are asked to submit a video or link of their rendition of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” to or mail it to Wildflower! Elton and Me, 2100 E. Campbell Rd., Ste. 100, Richardson, Texas 75081.

All applicants must be older than 16 years of age and submit an application along with the recorded performance. Entries must be received by April 12. Contestants must sing a solo or duet of any portion of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in a clip that is 1.5 minutes in length.

Live auditions for selected finalists will take place at Huffhines Recreation Center April 21. For more information about the contest, call 972-744-4587 or e-mail

The 2013 festival’s three-day pass goes on sale for $30 Monday, April 15, at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online through Single-day adult tickets will be available at the gate for $20 as well as through the festival's website beginning April 15. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free.

$10 tickets for residents, Half price Sunday, Kids free on Sunday
Richardson residents can purchase up to six individual adult tickets per each day of the festival per household for only $10 each. Kids 12 and under get in free on Sunday with a paid adult courtesy of Bank of America and adult tickets are $10 on Sunday courtesy of Cisco. 

To learn more about the festival, visit, call 972-744-4580 or follow Wildflower! on Facebook at


Ray Wylie Hubbard to Perform at Wildflower! Festival
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival announced Texas country singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard as the final headliner for this year’s festival, set for May 17 to 19 at Galatyn Park. Hubbard will open for Robert Earl Keen on Sunday, May 19.

Other headliners at this year’s festival include Charlie Daniels Band, Gretchen Wilson, 38 Special, Grand Funk Railroad, Toadies, Uncle Kracker and Reverend Horton Heat.

Wildflower! is North Texas’ largest music festival and has been named “Best of the Fests” by D Magazine, draws local and national acts performing the best in classic rock, country, Texas blues, funk, pop, alt-rock, folk and Americana.

Stay up to date on the latest Wildflower! information at or on Facebook at


City Facilities Closed for Easter
On Sunday, March 31, 2013 City facilities and services will operate according to the following Easter Sunday schedule:

Public Facility Schedule for Sunday, March 31, 2013
Open/Closed Status
Animal Shelter
City Hall/Civic Center
  Closed (as scheduled)
Gymnastics Center
  Closed (as scheduled)
Huffhines Recreation Center
  Open normal hours
Library   Closed
Municipal Court
  Closed (as scheduled)
Sherrill Park Golf Course
  Open normal hours
Senior Center
  Closed (as scheduled)
Tennis Center
  Open normal hours

(Call the Police Department at 972-744-4800 for emergencies when the Animal Shelter is closed.)

City services will resume normal operations the following day.


Month of Volunteerism Proclamation
The Richardson City Council kicked off Richardson’s Month of Volunteerism at its Monday meeting by issuing proclamations honoring two organizations that have made significant contributions to the community. The proclamations recognized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for projects that included painting, waste disposal and tree trimming and the First United Methodist Church of Richardson Young Adult Group for completing yard maintenance, tree trimming and exterior upkeep projects.

Volunteer Proclamation 2   Volunteer Proclamation 1

Throughout April, events sponsored by the City as well as those led by civic organizations will be highlighted to raise awareness about Richardson volunteers and the important contributions they make to the City.

Visit for more information.


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events 

Police Department Offers Crime Watch Patrol Class
The Richardson Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has scheduled a Crime Watch Patrol class for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at a location to be determined. Individuals interested in attending the class are required to complete and submit an application and pass a background check before they receive approval to attend. Applications can be submitted online at

For more information, contact the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.


Learn to Search Newspaper Archives at Library
The Richardson Public Library will present a free class on how to search for articles in the Dallas Morning News and Richardson Echo archives from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, as part of the Lunchtime Lecture series. The program will be led by Reference Librarian Stacey Davis in the Basement Program Room.

No registration is required, and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information call 972-744-4355.


Teen Scavenger Hunt at Library
The Richardson Public Library is hosting a Teen Scavenger Hunt from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Basement Program Room. Teens in sixth through 12th grade are invited to search for clues and win prizes at this free event. For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Lone Star Wind Orchestra to Perform at Eisemann Center
The Lone Star Wind Orchestra will perform Percussion Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Eisemann Center. The concert will showcase a variety of pieces that feature percussion instruments.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information about the show, visit


RALC Murder Mystery April 6
Murder Mystery Play
Time is running out to purchase tickets for the Richardson Adult Literacy Center’s 2013 signature fundraising event, “Murder for Real!” The murder mystery show will feature community leaders and professional actors starring in an interactive program with attendees working together to solve the case.

Local stars of this year’s performance are Dan Johnson, Richardson City Manager; Bill Ferrell, administrative pastor at The Heights Baptist Church; Bill DiGaetano, COO of Alamo Drafthouse DFW; and Kay Reynolds, retired Richardson ISD principal.

“Murder for Real!” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Richardson Public Library. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45 and may be purchased through Friday, April 5, by calling 972-644-5119 or online at VIP tickets cost $60 and include an invitation to a Wrap Party after the show. 


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Alice was rescued by our officers after a few weeks of running loose on the streets with her two pups. She was very shy but once she realized that we were here to help she became a happy, playful, loving dog. She is about 2 years old, shepherd/terrier mix, heartworm negative, up to date on all her vaccinations, and dewormed. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Alice or other animals available for adoption.
Alice Pet of the Week 

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


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