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News Review
Week In Review, Feb. 21, 2014
Posted Date: 2/21/2014
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Feb. 21, 2014
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 Council Reviews Strategies to Meet Statement of Goals
The City Council on Monday reviewed plans to implement the 17 strategies identified in its Statement of Goals for the 2013-2015 session. Teams of City staff members looked at each strategy and came up with specific tactics to help implement them. The teams will gather Council feedback and use it to further develop the plans and monitor their effectiveness.

Strategies include attracting and retaining targeted businesses, strengthening property values and increasing the sense of community. The City Council has worked with a consultant with SDI Consulting to draft the goals and strategies.

The Council’s goals are:

  • For Richardson to be a place where people are proud to live, work, and engage in the community
  • To have stakeholders choose Richardson as the best place to invest
  • To increase City revenues without raising the tax rate, and to reduce costs while maintaining and enhancing city services
  • To have clear, easy to understand processes and policies that make it easy to do business with the City

View the goals, vision and a full list of the strategies online at Watch the work session discussion of the strategies and implementation plans at and

Building Permit Mobile Website Available

Permit Mobile Site
This week the City launched a website that allows users to search for building inspection permit information and schedule an inspection from a mobile device. Previously this information was available online but not easily accessible through cellphones and other mobile options.

The mobile website is expected to primarily be used by contractors but may also be used by residents needing to schedule inspections for home improvement projects. Use a mobile device to pull up the new site at

Council Celebrates Completion of Bridge Enhancements in Cottonwood Heights
Dumont Bridge
The Richardson City Council this week celebrated the completion of several new bridge features in the Cottonwood Heights neighborhood. Funded through the 2010 Bond Program, the new bridges feature stone and metal entryway features that display the City logo. Construction began in May 2013 and finished earlier this month.
Dumont Bridge Map
The City is currently adding new bridge features in the Canyon Creek neighborhood, and it plans to begin construction on bridges along Arapaho Road this summer. Both projects are also funded through the 2010 Bond Program. Visit to see the City’s 2010 Bond Program tracker.

Council Presents Proclamation to NTMWD Executive Director
Jim Parks Recognition
The City Council presented a proclamation at its Monday work session to Jim Parks, executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District, who is retiring after 35 years with the organization. Parks began working for the Water District in 1979 and became the executive director in 1998. He oversaw the addition of four raw water sources and led NTMWD during a time of rapid growth in the North Texas area. 

Several officials with Richardson ties thanked Parks for his years of service, including City Manager Dan Johnson, former City Manager Bill Keffler and former City Council members John Murphy and John Sweeden, who are also current members of NTMWD Board. Watch the work session presentation at

Early Voting Underway
Early voting for the March 4 Democratic and Republican Party Primary Election is available for Dallas County voters at the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall. Early voting hours are until 5 p.m. Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 28.
Richardson City Hall will not be a voting location on Election Day.

A sample ballot and Dallas County election day polling locations may be found on the Dallas County Elections website at Collin County polling locations and a sample ballot may be found on the Collin County Elections Department website at

Voters will be required to show a photo ID at the polls. 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.

For more information, contact the Richardson City Secretary’s Office at 972-744-4290 or visit

NTMWD Conducting Chlorine Maintenance
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is conducting a free chlorine maintenance on the NTMWD water transmission system and customer cities’ distribution systems for a 28-day period that began Feb. 17 and ends March 17. As a member city, Richardson receives its water from NTMWD.

The free chlorine maintenance does not affect water quality, and water remains safe for use. Consumers who are sensitive to taste and odor changes in drinking water might notice a change during this period. This palatability change does not alter the quality of the drinking water.

Free chlorine maintenance allows water suppliers to maintain the disinfectant residual in their systems without flushing systems, thus conserving water.

  Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

The Fantasticks at Eisemann Center
“The Fantasticks” will be presented in partnership with the UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eisemann Center. This steampunk adaptation of the romantic musical features several catchy songs as it tells the tale of young love confronted by the difficulties of real life.

Tickets cost $32 to $40 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more at

TV Stars to Join Plano Symphony at Eisemann Center
The Plano Symphony Orchestra will present “Ballroom With a Twist” at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. The show will feature cast members from “Dancing With the Stars” and “American Idol.”

Tickets cost $19 to $85 and are available at or by calling 972-744-4650. Learn more about the show at

Tickets Available for Free Sea Chanters Performance
Sea Chanters
Tickets are available online for a free concert performed by the Sea Chanters, the United States Navy Band’s official chorus. The show will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Eisemann Center and will include the finest male and female voices the U.S. Navy has to offer.

The Sea Chanters features a repertoire of songs that range from sea chanteys and patriotic fare to Broadway show-stoppers and contemporary hits. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the power and beauty of this 20-voice chorus.

Reserve a maximum of four tickets per order to the free show at Learn more about the Sea Chanters at

Lunchtime Lectures Continue at Library
The Richardson Public Library is hosting a series of Lunchtime Lectures on the Vanderbilts presented by Richard Cudlipp of Collin College’s Seniors Active in Learning Program. The next lecture is on Fortune’s Children, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room.

The series will conclude on March 4. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Registration is not required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.

Library Movie Morning to Feature Monsters University
Monsters University
The Richardson Public Library will show “Monsters University” at a free Movie Mornings event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Photo Contest Awards Ceremony and Workshop Next Week
Sam Eichenwald  Linda Grigsby  Mark Smith 
Sam Eichenwald Linda L. Grigsby  Mark Smith 

The City of Richardson 2014 Photo Contest Awards Ceremony and Workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richardson Civic Center. The winners are Sam Eichenwald in the student division, Linda L. Grigsby in the adult division and Mark Smith in the proficient division.

Winning entries are on display through Monday on the third floor of the Richardson Public Library. Learn more and see a list of all winners at

RALC to Hold Murder Mystery Fundraiser on Saturday
The Richardson Public Library will host the annual Richardson Adult Literacy Center Murder Mystery fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday. This fun and interactive “who done it” performance breaks attendees into teams who walk through the Library together to see professional actors and community leaders act out their scripts. As questions are asked and information gathered, the goal is to solve the murder.

This year’s performance is called “Murder at the Anger Games!” and will feature Ken Hutchenrider, president of Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Chris Luna, former Richardson Chamber of Commerce board chair and deputy general counsel at Metro PCS; Mark Solomon, Richardson City Council Member and president of Assurnet Insurance Agency; and Courtenay Tanner, recent Heart for the Arts recipient and community philanthropist.

Tickets are $45 each and may be purchased online at Tickets will also be available at the door from 6:30 to 7 p.m. before the show.

AARP Tax Help Available 
Tax-Aide, sponsored by AARP and the IRS, will provide free tax return preparation and e-filing assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers with an emphasis on seniors. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Richardson Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. The program will run through April 14.

People should bring Social Security cards and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. The service will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Tara Pet of Week
Find your Soul Mutt at the Richardson Animal Shelter today!
Tara is a super playful young spayed female, Catahoula mix, about 2 years old, up to date on all vaccinations, and she’s also microchipped. She loves to play fetch, go for long walks at the park, and then snuggle and cuddle on the couch. Tara is not much of a talker, would be a great jogging buddy, and she won't complain if you leave your socks on the floor!

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

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Mayor Laura Maczka
Laura Maczka


Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend
Mayor Pro Tem
Bob Townsend
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Councilman Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
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Councilman Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3


Councilman Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
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Councilman Paul Voelker
Council Member
Paul Voelker
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
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