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Week In Review, July 19, 2013
Posted Date: 7/19/2013
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July 19, 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

Council Budget Retreat Available Online and on Cable
The City Council held an in-depth discussion of the 2013-14 budget at its annual budget retreat Tuesday and Wednesday at the Richardson Woman’s Club. The retreat is available to view on-demand at, and replays will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 4 on CITV, Time Warner Cable channel 16 and ATT U-Verse channel 99.

The City Manager will file the proposed budget for public review by Aug. 2. The City Council is expected to meet on Aug. 5 to set public hearings on the tax rate and budget.

For more information about the 2013-14 Fiscal Year Budget, visit


Council Reviews Funding Proposals for Arts, Solid Waste
The City Council reviewed funding proposals for the arts, solid waste services and the Eisemann Center at its Monday work session. The presentations helped prepare the Council to discuss how these items and others will fit into the 2013-14 budget at the annual budget retreat, which was held Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Council was presented options for increasing arts grant funding, improving maintenance at the Eisemann Center and promoting programs that will encourage recycling. The presentation also included a plan to implement licensing programs for companies that haul construction and demolition debris and multi-family and commercial recycling.

City Manager Dan Johnson is scheduled to present a proposed budget to the City Council on Monday, Aug. 5. The City Council will hold public hearings in August to further discuss or change the budget and is expected to adopt a final budget in September.

More information on the City’s 2013-14 budget is available on the City’s website at

Watch the presentations at


Home Improvement Incentive Program Featured
Today’s NeighborsGo featured Richardson’s Home Improvement Incentive Program (HIIP), which has provided more than $1 million in incentives for more than 400 renovations since the program began six years ago. In all, homeowners have spent an estimated $44.2 million on projects related to the program. Visit for more information about HIIP.

Click here to read the NeighborsGo story:
Click here for a video about HIIP:


Richardson Featured in IQ Everywhere Story
The City of Richardson is featured in an IQ Everywhere story about how first responders are using an iPhones to look up current and past information on a location en route to a call. The article outlines how the City linked its 911 service with WebFOCUS platform to make information previously only available through a laptop accessible on a cell phone.

IQ Everywhere is an online magazine that focuses on mobile technology. Read the story at


Light Rains Enough to Water Lawns This Week, Not to End Stage 3 Restrictions
Light, intermittent summer rain showers were not enough to raise the two primary North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) lakes to normal levels, but they provided adequate water for most area lawns and gardens. Experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service released weather-based data on Monday indicating no additional watering using sprinkler or automatic irrigation systems will be needed this week.

Richardson and other cities served by NTMWD are expected to maintain Stage 3 water restrictions for the foreseeable future as levels in Lavon Lake, one of NTMWD’s primary reservoirs, are still more than eight feet below normal as of Thursday.

The City of Richardson implemented Stage 3 water restrictions last month at the request of NTMWD, which is facing critical shortages in its water supply. Residents are allowed to water once per week, on the following schedule:

Stage 3 outdoor irrigation schedule
(once a week until further notice)

Last digit of address Allowed landscape watering days
2, 4, 6, 8, 0 (even) Saturday
(no watering between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd) Sunday
(no watering between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

The City of Garland recently adjusted its Stage 3 watering schedule, but this does not affect Richardson residents.

To learn more about Stage 3 conservation measures, visit


Algal Bloom May Affect Taste and Odor of Water
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) reports that an algal bloom is increasing in its reservoirs and may begin to affect the odor and taste of water in Richardson and the other cities it supplies with water.

An algal bloom occurs naturally when high temperatures and dry weather provide good conditions for the Nostoc and Anabaena species of blue green algae to reproduce, or “bloom.” The phenomenon typically occurs in the North Texas region in late July and August and does not pose any health risks.

NTMWD employees monitor algae levels in the water and take steps to minimize the changes in taste and odor.

Currently, NTMWD is preparing to implement ozonation, a new water treatment process that is expected to reduce or eliminate many of the odor and taste issues experienced during lake algal blooms. Full implementation is expected to be complete in early 2014.


  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to Host Free Outdoor Movies
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will continue its free outdoor summer series with a screening of “The Lost Boys” on Saturday in the theater’s parking lot, at the southwest corner of Belt Line Road and Central Expressway. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., with the film beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive before the screening. Anyone who donates blood will receive a sticker, vampire teeth and a pass to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

The free screenings will conclude with “The Goonies” on July 27.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will also host a free outdoor screening of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Writer/director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be on hand to introduce the double feature. Attendees must bring their own chair to the screening, which will operate on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit

Richardson used an economic incentive package to lure the development so it could serve as a catalyst for the Heights Shopping Center, attracting other retail to Richardson. The shopping center was built in the late 1950s and early 1960s and has been a focus of revitalization efforts by the City and property owners.


Keffler Ballpark Dedicated
Keffler Ballpark
Former City Manager Bill Keffler and his family joined City officials Saturday for the dedication of Keffler Ballpark in Breckinridge Park. The ceremony included the unveiling of a new entry sign for the ballpark followed by a whiffle ball game between the Keffler family and City of Richardson staff members.

Keffler spent his entire career in city management with the City of Richardson. He served as City Manager from 1995 to 2012. Before then, he served as deputy city manager, assistant city manager, assistant to the city manager and as an administrative assistant.


AIR PopUP Exhibit Continues
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The Arts Incubator of Richardson’s first PopUP Art Exhibit will remain on display through Sunday at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 3251 E. President George Bush Turnpike. The temporary storefront art gallery showcases several types of art, including acrylics, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media and much more. Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit


Sister’s Summer School Catechism Continues at Eisemann Center
Sisters Summer School
The world premiere of “Sister’s Summer School Catechism,” the newest show in the popular Late Nite Catechism series, continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center.

Tickets are $38-$44 and are available at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. The Ticket Office is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and one hour before public events. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling Group Sales at 972-744-4657.


Learn About Composting at Free Seminar
Backyard composting expert Mary Tynes will teach a free composting seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. She is the site editor of and has spoken extensively at local and national events.


Police, Fire Departments to Compete in BBQ for the Badge
Members of the Richardson Police and Fire departments will compete against teams from other local departments in the inaugural BBQ for the Badge competition from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at North Central Ford, 1819 N. Central Expressway in Richardson. Each team will test their skills on the grill, with the winning team receiving $5,000 for its charity. Second place will win $2,500, and each participating department will receive $1,000.

Cleo Hearn, a member of the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, will serve as one of the judges. The public is invited to stop by to cheer on their local teams and enjoy ice cream and a bounce house for the kids.


Library to Feature World War II Programs
To mark the 10th Anniversary of Richardson Reads One Book and the selection of the World War II modern classic The Book Thief for Richardson’s community-wide read, the Richardson Library will offer special programming about World War II.

A four-part series on Winston Churchill presented by Richard Cudlipp will begin on Tuesday with “Young Churchill.” The free Lunchtime Lectures series will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 13. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Graphic artist Tricia Alexander will lead an art journaling workshop from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. At the end of the workshop, participants will have created a personal book to take home. All materials will be provided for these free workshops. Adults and older teens (ages 15 and up) are invited to register at 972-744-4350.

For information about both programs, call Janet Vance at 972-744-4376.


Photography Program for Teens at Library on Tuesday
Professional photographer Bruce Moore will teach teens in sixth through 12th grade how to take and edit photos from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Richardson Public Library in the Basement Program Room. Attendees must bring their own camera and cord.

For more information, call 972-744-4358. 


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Stormy Pet of Week
Stormy is one of the sweetest dogs ever! She was surrendered by her owner because she was pregnant and they could not afford more dogs. So she stayed at the Shelter for a couple of months to care for her four beautiful pups. All have been adopted and Stormy is ready for a home too. She is about 7 years old, up to date on all her vaccinations, house trained, heartworm negative and is great with everyone.

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


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