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Week In Review, Sept. 18, 2015

Post Date:09/18/2015
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Sept. 18, 2015
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

Largest Ribbon Cutting In Richardson’s History Celebrates Opening of Northrich Park
Northrich Park Ribbon Cutting
The City of Richardson and RISD held a joint ribbon cutting Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the city’s new Northrich Park. Nearly 500 students from nearby Northrich Elementary School, armed with safety scissors, took part in cutting the ribbon along with City and school officials.
Northrich Ribbon Cutting Students
The park, located on school district property behind Northrich Elementary School at 1301 Custer Rd., is a partnership between the city and RISD. (The city developed and will maintain the park.) It was designed using input from Northrich teachers and includes elements to allow teachers to hold classes outdoors. It also incorporates a bear theme to coincide with the school’s bear mascot, and includes playground equipment and a paved walking loop.

Northrich Park brings the total number of parks in Richardson to 34. Its construction was made possible by passage of the 2010 Bond Program and completes the goal outlined in the City’s parks and recreation outdoor master plan to have a park located within walking distance of every neighborhood in city.


2015-16 Budget Approved
The City Council approved the 2015-16 Budget Monday night. The $232 million operating budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1, includes no increase in the property tax rate and represents an increase of $13.5 million or 6.2 percent from the 2014-15 estimated expenditures of $218 million.

“A Three Pronged/Three-Strong Plan” is the theme for the 2015-16 Budget and reflects the City Council’s simultaneous attention to the budget, the review of the City Charter and the development of the 2015 General Obligation Bond Program. It focuses on four key initiatives: maintaining and reinvesting in key infrastructure, public safety staffing and facilities, economic development strategies and customer service/city experiences.

For a detailed look at the new budget, go to www.cor.net/budget.


Richardson Frontage Road Intersections on Schedule for Improvements
US 75 Turn Lane Construction Map
City staff briefed the Council Monday night on the status of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) planned improvements to 12 intersections on US 75 frontage roads in Richardson. Improvements include expanding right turning radii for seven streets feeding into the frontage roads, and adding five right turn deceleration lanes on the frontage roads.

TxDOT is currently in the process of finalizing right-of-way acquisition and utility relocations, and construction should begin by the end of 2015, with completion by the end of 2016. For more details and a map of streets affected by the improvements, go to www.bit.ly/1itAMYC.


UT Dallas, REDP Chosen to Help Develop the Next Generation Internet
UT Dallas and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), a joint effort of the City of Richardson and Richardson Chamber of Commerce, are among 15 groups nationwide selected to participate in ultra-high-speed broadband networking plans by the public-private nonprofit group US Ignite.
UT Dallas Logo with tagline
The three-year, public-private project will knit together researchers, citizens, community organizations, technology companies, entrepreneurs, academics, and federal, state and local governments to begin building the next generation of the Internet.


Spring Creek Nature Area Input Walk Sept. 19
Give feedback on the future development of a Richardson park and get exercise at the same time, at tomorrow's Spring Creek Public Input Walk. All interested persons are invited to walk through the existing and future Spring Creek Nature Area with nature experts and City staff beginning at 8:30 a.m. After touring the forest and open spaces for about two hours, participants will be encouraged to join in a 45-minute discussion in the Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre.
Spring Creek Nature Area Land Purchase
The Spring Creek Nature Area more than doubled its size earlier this year thanks to the City’s acquisition of close to 60 acres of adjacent hardwood forest. Public input is vital in guiding how resources are invested in its redesign. Preliminary ideas, gleaned from public feedback in May as well as Council goals, include revamping and expansion of the trails (the 2015 Bond program includes trail expansion), preservation of the historic Jacob Routh family cemeteries located on the property, and restoration of the property’s ecosystem by removing non-native species.

There is no limit to the number of participants for Saturday’s walk, no pre-registration required and no cost. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., at 8:30 a.m. The event is expected to conclude around 11:30 a.m. Free parking will be available in the Eisemann Center parking garage (with validation). Participants are encouraged to wear insect repellant, a hat, long pants and comfortable, sturdy-soled walking shoes, and bring water. For more information, call 972-744-4300.


Entertainment Lineup Announced for Cottonwood Art Festival
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Richardson’s semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival, a juried art show and shopping experience, has gained a national reputation for its variety and caliber of artists and it’s also gaining a reputation for great music, thanks to its focus on quality local performers. The recently announced fall music lineup is no exception. The Oct. 3-4 festival will feature a variety of musical genres including classic rock, southern rock, folk, pop, jazz, blues and classical, with a sprinkling of funk:

Saturday Oct. 3:
  • Matt Rogers (10-11 a.m.)
  • J.R. Byrd (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • David Carr, Jr. (1:30-3 p.m.)
  • The Jason Lee McKinney Band (3:30-5 p.m.)
  • Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch (5:30-7 p.m.)
Sunday Oct. 4:
  • Victor Andrada (10-11 a.m.)
  • The Wicks (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • The Bodarks (1:30-3 p.m.)
  • Revolution 9 (3:30-5 p.m.)
For more information, go to www.CottonwoodArtFestival.com.


RROB Author Draws Book Lovers to RHS
We Are Called to Rise
Author Laura McBride presented a lecture to the crowd at Richardson High School Tuesday night to culminate the 2015 Richardson Reads One Book program. She spoke about her book, “We Are Called to Rise,” which was the featured selection for the One Book program this year.

The lecture will be available to view on-demand on the City's website at www.cor.net and will be available to check out from the Richardson Public Library, along with author lectures from previous years.

   Eisemann Center/Arts/Cultural & Community Events

Public Safety Expo Sept. 19
Public Safety Expo
Support our Police and Fire departments, learn about safety and have fun at tomorrow’s Public Safety Expo, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center. Watch K-9 demonstrations and see police and fire vehicles and a CareFlite helicopter display; learn about crime prevention, emergency management and police recruiting; and meet McGruff and “Nat,” The National Night Out Knight. Miss Texas Shannon Sanderford will also be on hand and will sign autographs. Children will also enjoy a bounce house and face painting. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, go to www.richardsonpolice.net.


Russian Grand Ballet at Eisemann Center Sept. 24
The Russian Grand Ballet will present "Swan Lake" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets range from $17-$100 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or at the Eisemann Center Box Office, 972-744-4650.


“Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus LIVE” Comes to Eisemann Center
Actor Peter Story brings the Broadway stage adaptation of the best-selling book, “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” to the Eisemann Center Sept. 24-26. The adult-themed show, performed around the world since 2007, is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. each day with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $60 and are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or at the Eisemann Center Box Office, 972-744-4650.


RCT’s “Around the World in 80 Days” Starts Tonight
Repertory Company Theatre, one of 29 local nonprofit arts organizations to receive a grant from the City via the Cultural Arts Commission and the hotel/motel tax fund, will present the comedy, “Around the World in 80 Days” Sept. 18-27 at its Promenade Theatre, 650 N. Coit Rd. #2320.

Five actors portray all 39 characters using lightning fast costume changes in a family-friendly show that’s been called “Monty Python meets Jules Verne.” For tickets, show times and more information, go to www.rcttheatre.com or call 972-690-5029.


Learn Pirate Speak at the Library Sept. 19
Talk Like a Pirate
There’s a day to celebrate just about everything, and tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To help kids have fun “talking pirate” and learn cool facts at the same time, the Library will host pirate expert Sam Nash in the Basement Program Room from 11 a.m.-noon. Admission is free and eyepatches are optional (but encouraged). For more information, call the Library’s Youth Services at 972-744-4358.


Urban Tree Care, Compost Events Sept. 19
Learn about tree maintenance and composting tomorrow in two free back-to-back events at the Richardson Service Center: an urban tree care workshop from 9-10:30 a.m., and a compost seminar from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The tree care workshop will be led by Tyler Wright, an urban and community forester with the Texas Trees Foundation, and will cover proper site selection, tree selection, planting procedures, pruning practices and ice/wind damage to trees. The compost seminar will be led by Mary Tynes, a nationally known expert on backyard composting and will focus on the basics of backyard composting, as well as offer advanced tips and techniques.

Space is limited so please register by contacting Michelle Mann (michelle.mann@cor.gov, 972-744-4228) for the tree workshop and Victoria Sum (victoria.sum@cor.gov, 972-744-4410) for the compost seminar. The Richardson Service Center is located at 1260 Columbia Dr.

Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Fiona Pet of Week Sept 18
Meet Fiona! She is a big beautiful brown tabby, about 3 years old, spayed female and current on all her vaccinations. She has been at the Shelter since June and we have never had any issues with her. Fiona is a very calm, loving, lap kitty who needs a new home. Remember, adult cats are only $15 to adopt!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page at www.bit.ly/1NWYhmn.

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Mayor Paul Voelker
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Paul Voelker
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Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon
Mayor Pro Tem
Mark Solomon
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Councilman Bob Townsend
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Bob Townsend
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Councilman Scott Dunn
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Scott Dunn
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Councilman Mabel Simpson
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Mabel Simpson
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Councilman Vacant
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Marta Gómez Frey
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Councilman Steve Mitchell
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Steve Mitchell
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