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Week In Review, March 30, 2012
Posted Date: 3/30/2012
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March 30, 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.


Water District Board Recommends Easing Stage 3 Water Restrictions
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Board of Directors met Thursday and has recommended making the Stage 3 water restrictions less stringent by allowing once-per-week watering rather than the current twice-monthly schedule.

The Richardson City Council will review the Board’s decision during its regularly scheduled workshop meeting on Monday, and will determine how to implement the recommended changes.

The North Texas Municipal Water District made its recommended change to Stage 3 restrictions because recent rainfall has replenished its water supplies. However, Lake Texoma remains unavailable because of the presence of zebra mussels, an invasive species. Lake Texoma provides approximately 28 percent of the NTMWD water supply.

Conservation remains a priority as the hot summer months approach and NTMWD’s water supply is restricted because of Lake Texoma.

Click the link below to read more about water restrictions and conservation:


Dog Park and Skate Park Concept Discussed
The City Council on Monday discussed best practices of dog parks and skate parks, identified as needs in the City in the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and in the Council’s 2011-2013 Near-Term Action Items.

There is no land currently identified to provide space for either a dog or skate park, nor has funding been identified. Through ongoing study by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation Commission, the City will continue to explore several issues related to both concepts, including location, funding, opportunities for grants and partnerships and best practices for building and operating the parks.

Click the links below to watch the City Council discussion:


Offer for Free Recycling Bags has been Mailed
To promote recycling, the City will again offer a year’s worth of free recycling bags to residents. A letter from Mayor Bob Townsend was mailed to residents this week. Residents can take that letter to one of several City facilities to be redeemed for two rolls of 26 blue bags, a total of 52 bags.

Through the City’s Blue Bag Recycling Program, homeowners can combine all of their recyclable material into one bag and place it out for weekly pickup service.
Click the link below for more information about the City’s recycling program, including materials that can be recycled:


Annual Trash Bash is April 7
Richardson’s annual Trash Bash will take place April 7. The city-wide cleanup involves citizens, civic organizations and social organizations in keeping their community clean. Groups will pick up trash and recyclables from 9 a.m.-noon and meet at City Hall for an after party that includes lunch and door prizes from noon-1 p.m.

The pre-event meeting will take place 6-7 p.m. April 5 at City Hall. Groups and individuals can register online or by calling 972-744-4076. At the pre-event meeting, groups and individuals will receive bags, release forms and area assignments.

In conjunction with the Trash Bash, the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will once again offer document shredding and electronics recycling at City Hall. Additionally, a recycling container will be provided by Walmart for plastic grocery bags for the It's A Bags Life program, which encourages reuse of plastic grocery bags.

Click the link below to register for the Trash Bash:


April Edition of the Richardson Today has been Mailed
The April edition of Richardson Today began arriving in mailboxes this week. The latest edition focuses on the City’s website redesign and City services that are available online. The April edition also features information on the City maintaining its “Triple A” bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the City and is also available at the Heights and Huffhines recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition is also accessible through the City’s homepage located at Ask your local mail carrier if you live in the city and do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.

Click the link below to read the latest edition of Richardson Today, as well as archived editions:


Alley Reconstruction Bid Awarded
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid totaling $410,708.83 for the first phase of alley reconstruction projects funded by the 2010 Bond program.

The paving and sanitary sewer line projects will be constructed by Jim Bowman Construction Co. Work on the Pinecrest Drive, Wateka Way, Meadowview Drive and Odessa Drive alleys is expected to begin in May 2012 and be completed in August 2012.

Click the link below for information about the City’s 2010 Bond Program:


Temporary Road Construction to Begin Tonight at Custer Parkway and West Renner Road
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has announced its contractors will initiate temporary lane closures at the intersection of Custer Parkway and West Renner Road tonight (Friday, March 30, 2012). Work will begin at 6 p.m. and is expected to be complete by Monday morning.
The following traffic lanes will be temporarily closed to traffic:

  • Northbound traffic on Custer Parkway will only be allowed to make a right-turn;
  • One lane of southbound Custer Parkway will be allowed to go thru as well as a right turn to go west;
  • Two thru lanes will be available for westbound traffic, but only one for eastbound traffic along Renner Road;
  • Only the eastbound left-turn to go north will be allowed on Renner Road, as well as right-turns for both directions of Renner Road.

The closure will allow NTMWD workers time to disconnect portions of a 42-inch water main that was replaced last year with a 48-inch water main along Renner Road.

Signs are in place to inform commuters about impending detours, and drivers are asked to find alternate routes to avoid delays.


“One Amazing Thing” Selected for Richardson Reads One Book
The Richardson Public Library this week announced the selection of “One Amazing Thing” for the ninth annual Richardson Reads One Book program.

The book tells the story of people trapped in rubble caused by an earthquake who decide to deal with the stress by telling stories of the most transcendent event in their lives. Its author, Chitra Divakaruni, was inspired by her personal experience evacuating during Hurricane Rita to explore why disasters bring out both the best and worst in people.

Richardson Reads One Book is part of a national trend encouraging communities to come together through the discussion of a single book. Book clubs, civic groups and individuals will read “One Amazing Thing” throughout the year. The highlight of the year’s activities will be a free lecture with Dr. Divakaruni on Sept. 20 at Richardson High School.
Click the link below to learn more about Richardson Reads One Book events:


Texas AgriLife Will Host Water/Rain Barrel Workshops
In conjunction with the City, the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center will hold a WaterWise Irrigation Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will learn how to set up and maintain their irrigation systems to prevent water waste.

In addition, a City representative will discuss conservation measures, water restrictions and City conservation programs. The event is free and open to the public.

Also this week, the Center will host a rain barrel workshop at 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 3. Each person in attendance will assemble a 55-gallon rain barrel to use at their homes. The cost is $50, which covers the cost of the rain barrel and other materials. Visit the Center’s website to register.

Both classes will take place at the Center, 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas.

Click the links below to register for classes:,-2012-waterwise-irrigation-workshop/,-2012-saving-from-a-rainy-day-making-a-rain-barrel/


“Fancy Nancy and Other Storybooks” at the Eisemann April 1
Family-friendly entertainment returns to the Eisemann Center on Sunday with “Fancy Nancy & Other Storybooks.” The show features six stories that will appeal to a broad and diverse audience of children. The show is at 2:30 p.m. in the Eisemann Center’s Hill Performance Hall. There will be a related Story Time today at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on 15th Street at Creekwalk Village in Plano.

Tickets are $11-$21 and are available online at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. The Ticket Office is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday and one hour before performances. Group discounts for 10 or more are available.


Keyboard Conversations Plays at the Eisemann April 2
The finale of the Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations series at the Eisemann Center will feature “The Power and Passion of Johannes Brahms.”

During the performance, Siegel speaks informally with the audience about the pieces he plays, illustrating with musical examples from the keyboard. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Bank of America Theatre.

Tickets are $23-$28 and are available online at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650. The Ticket Office is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday and one hour before performances. Group discounts for 10 or more are available.

All patrons are invited to meet with Siegel and hear about the upcoming 2012-2013 season of Keyboard Conversations at a post-performance dessert reception in the main lobby.


Author Jodi Thomas to Speak at Library April 3
New York Times best-selling author and member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame Jodi Thomas will speak at the Richardson Public Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 3.

Thomas is known as the “Queen of Texas Romance” and has written many award-winning titles. Her latest book, “Just Down the Road,” is scheduled to be released April 3.

Registration for the program is not required, and the program is free and open to all. Thomas’ books will be available for sale and signing after the talk. Call 972-744-4376 for information.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet the Richardson Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week on the Shelter’s Facebook page at You’ll see details about the adoptable animal and find out how you can take the pet to your own home. The Shelter Facebook page also has photos of other animals available for adoption and information about upcoming events at the Shelter.

Ellie--Pet of the Week


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