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Week In Review, March 1, 2013
Posted Date: 3/1/2013

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March 1, 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 Secretary's Office Releases Candidate Filings for May City Council Elections 
Filing to run for open Richardson City Council places ended at 5 p.m. today, March 1, 2013. The race for Place 7 Mayor is the only contested race for the municipal election set for this May.

Although Places 1 through 6 are unopposed, the names of candidates will still appear on the ballot along with the candidates for Mayor. A drawing to determine the order of names on the ballot for the position of mayor will take place in the City Secretary’s Office at Richardson City Hall at 411 W. Arapaho Rd., on March 7 at 4 p.m. 

Listed below are the candidates and the places they filed for in alphabetical order:
Laura Maczka
Amir Omar

City Council Place 1
Bob Townsend

City Council Place 2
Mark Solomon

City Council Place 3
Scott Dunn

City Council Place 4
Kendal Hartley

City Council Place 5
Paul Voelker

City Council Place 6
Steve Mitchell

The City of Richardson will hold an Election on May 11, 2013 for Mayor and the expiring terms of six City Council Members.

In order to vote in the May election, voters must submit their voter registration application to the Voter Registrar of the county they reside in by April 11, 2013. Voter registration cards are available in the City Secretary’s office at Richardson City Hall or the Texas Secretary of State website at

Early voting will take place at Richardson City Hall/Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, Texas 75080 on the following dates and times:

Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
Saturday, May 4  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday, May 5  1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Monday, May 6-Tuesday, May 7  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


Election Day voting will take place Saturday, May 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the location designated for your precinct. Precinct locations will be provided prior to Election Day.

Special Voting Instructions for Richardson Residents Living in Collin County
Richardson residents who live in Collin County and wish to take part in the Plano Independent School District school board election must use Collin County polling locations to do so. In order to participate in the Richardson municipal election, Richardson Residents living in Collin County must visit a Dallas County polling location either for early voting or on the May 11 Election Day.

For more information, contact the City Secretary at 972-744-4290 or


Blue Recycle Bags Letter Sent
Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend has sent a letter to Richardson residents that may be redeemed for two rolls of 26 blue recycling bags.

Through the Blue Bag Program, homeowners can combine all of their recyclable material into one bag and place it out for weekly pickup service. The City recycles all plastics #1-7 (with the exception of Styrofoam), and the City also collects aluminum, tin, steel, empty aerosol cans, newspapers, mixed paper, paper grocery bags, magazines, catalogs, corrugated cardboard, paperboard/chipboard, phone books, junk mail and glass containers (clear and all color glass).

Locations where the letter can be redeemed are:
City Hall, Room #101
• 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
• 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

Huffhines Recreation Center
• 200 N. Plano Rd.
• 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.)
• 1 to 6 p.m. (Sun.)

Municipal Service Center
• 1260 Columbia Dr.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)

Richardson Senior Center
• 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
• 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon., Tues., Thurs.)
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wed., Fri.)
• 1 to 5 p.m. (Sat.)

For more information on the City’s recycling program visit


Registration Begins Today for Summer Camps and Swim Lessons
Summer Camps
Sign-up for the Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Camps and Aquatic Programs began today. Both programs are very popular with parents and kids, and classes fill up quickly.

Richardson's Parks and Recreation Department makes it easy to sign up for classes by offering an online registration form. Visit the City homepage or to find the forms to register and pay online. The link also provides access to area athletic leagues and other courses.

View the online edition of the Camps and Swimming Guide at


Library Closed for Cooling Tower Installation March 8
The Richardson Public Library will be closed to the public Friday, March 8, for the installation of a cooling tower on top of the building. The parking lot will also be closed. Library materials due March 8 will now be due March 9. For more information, visit or call 972-744-4350.


Council Awards Bid for Central Trail Construction
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of $3.4 million to Ed Bell Construction Company to extend the Central Trail 1.9 miles from the Arapaho Road DART Station to the southern city limit. Construction of the 10-foot wide concrete multiuse trail is expected to begin in April and last for about one year.

The $4 million project is funded through Dallas County and the City of Richardson’s 2010 Bond Program. The lowest bid to construct the trail came in about $400,000 over budget, so the City removed some amenities such as irrigation systems, landscaping, and benches to be constructed in a possible second phase at a future date. The City also hopes to use $600,000 in Regional Tollway Revenue funds awarded for the Central Trail to help enhance the project.

The Central Trail currently runs from the Spring Creek Trail in north Richardson and ends at the Arapaho Road DART Station. The extension will run alongside the DART rail line and is planned to eventually connect with the Richardson city limit to the south and a future connection to the Dallas’ White Rock Creek Trail.

Watch the City Council presentation at


Richardson Economic Development Partnership Gives Update
Staff members of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership presented an overview of the organization’s achievements in 2012 and goals for 2013 at the City Council’s work session on Monday. They highlighted the $1.5 billion KDC mixed-use development, expansion of the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner campus, Safety-Kleen headquarters relocation and AEDO accreditation for REDP among the many major accomplishments of 2012.

The REDP also continued to expand its international presence in 2012 by developing technology business contacts in Scandinavia, hosting delegations from 10 countries, conducting four events with UT Dallas international students and creating a video to promote Richardson and the Telecom Corridor® area abroad.

The 2013 REDP Strategic Plan calls for recruitment and retention of businesses, support of entrepreneurship, technology branding, redevelopment, workforce development and retail growth.

Watch the work session presentation at


Richardson Today Mailed
The March edition of Richardson Today began arriving in mailboxes this week. The latest edition focuses on home improvement programs offered by the City and includes the Summer Camp and Swimming Guide.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is also available at Huffhines Recreation Center, the Senior Center, City Hall and at the Richardson Public Library. A Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is also accessible through the link below. 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:


Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Cottonwood Art Festival Selects Featured Artist
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Michelle Mardis has been selected as the featured artist for the spring 2013 Cottonwood Art Festival scheduled May 4-5 at Richardson’s Cottonwood Park.

Mardis is an award winning self-taught artist who has an extensive following from doing outdoor art shows and other events. She created original artwork for a blues album for legendary blues man Tom McCoy and the cover artwork for The New Barker magazine.

This year marks the 44th year for the City of Richardson's Cottonwood Art Festival. Jurors have selected more than 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the event.

This year's festival will be held Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with live music until 8 p.m.), and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road. Parking and admission are free. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children’s events require a fee.


Cross Country Cookout Tour to Stop at Wildflower! Festival
BBQ Truck
The History Channel’s Cross Country Cookout Tour featuring Trace “The Rib Whisperer” Arnold will stop at Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival as part of its nine-city tour. The 80-foot Ultimate Smoker and Grill will be at the festival May 17 to 19 cooking up 2,000 pounds of barbecue at once.

Arnold recently opened his own restaurant, 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, in Frisco, and he will give out free samples at the festival. For more information on the Cross Country Cookout Tour, visit To learn more about the Wildflower! Festival, visit


MRMC Food for Life Cooking Series Begins March 4
Methodist Richardson Medical Center will present the Food for Life Cooking Series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in March. Participants will learn how good dietary choices can help prevent cancer, sample new recipes and learn how to put beneficial practices into action.

Cost is $40 for the four-week program and includes healthy food samples. The class will meet at Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, 2821 E. President George Bush Turnpike.
Call 972-437-5463 for more information or to register.


Lawn Care Maintenance Class March 5
Richardson residents are invited to attend a free Lawn Care Maintenance class from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd., in Dallas. The program will include information on basic lawn maintenance and conservation to promote a healthy landscape.

To register or for more information, visit


CFA Class Begins March 7
The Richardson Fire Department is accepting applications for the next Richardson Citizens Fire Academy, which begins Thursday, March 7. The free program is designed to give a hands-on look at how the fire department is organized and operates. Topics include emergency medical services, fire safety, fire apparatus operation, special rescue operations and much more.

The academy is open to anyone 21 years of age or older living or working in Richardson or Richardson ISD. The class meets one evening a week for 10 weeks at the Richardson Training Center, 2600 Owens Blvd.

Applications may be downloaded at and mailed to the Richardson Fire Department, c/o Fire Marshal, 136 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75080. For more information, call 972-744-5750.


Three Shows at Eisemann Center This Week
Asleep at the Wheel
Three shows in the Eisemann Center Presents series will take the stage this week. Asleep at the Wheel: On Screen and On Stage will feature a documentary film about the band’s 42-plus years of history followed by a full-length live performance at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets cost $30 to $48.
Sir James Galway
Sir James Galway: Legacy will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Sir James Galway, a legend on the flute, will be joined by his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, as he performs his classical repertoire. Tickets cost $49 to $65. A $10 Student Rush ticket is available the day of the show by presenting a valid student ID or by using the promo code GalwayStudent when ordering online.
Keyboard Conversations
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel will perform "Schubert in the Age of the Sound Bite" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, as part of the Keyboard Conversations® Series. The show will focus on the effect of Schubert’s music in the impersonal computerized age. Tickets cost $25 to $30 with half-price student tickets available the day of the show with a valid student ID.

Tickets for all shows are available by calling 972-744-4650 or online at


Annual RALC Murder Mystery Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow
Murder Mystery Play
Tickets go on sale tomorrow 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 by calling 972-644-5119 or online at VIP tickets cost $60 and include an invitation to the Wrap Party after the show.


Literacy Starts @ Birth Program at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host Literacy Starts @ Birth, a free reading readiness workshop, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Basement Program Room. Parents, caregivers and educators will learn tips, activities, information and games designed to help prepare children from birth through six years old for reading readiness.

Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 972-744-4358.


Don’t Be Bored, Be Board Game Extravaganza at Library
 Board Games
The Richardson Public Library will host the Don’t Be Board, Be Board! Game Extravaganza from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Basement Program Room. The event is for students in sixth through 12th grade. For more information, call 972-744-4385.


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Jethro is a neutered male, about 1 year old, up to date on all vaccinations, very playful and friendly, good with kids, but looking for a home with no other cats. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Jethro or other animals available for adoption.
Jethro Pet of the Week 

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


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 Bob Townsend
Bob Townsend
Place 1
 Laura Maczka
Mayor Pro Tem
Laura Maczka
Place 4
 Mark Solomon
Council Member
Mark Solomon
Place 2
 Scott Dunn
Council Member
Scott Dunn
Place 3
 Kendal Hartley
Council Member
Kendal Hartley
Place 5
 City Council Member Steve Mitchell
Council Member
Steve Mitchell
Place 6
 Amir Omar
Council Member
Amir Omar
Place 7