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Week In Review, June 1, 2018

Post Date:05/29/2018
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June 1, 2018
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. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.



First Responders Receive Awards
A group of Richardson police officers and firefighter/paramedics received medals and awards at a special ceremony and reception Wednesday at the Eisemann Center, for “extreme heroism displayed during the darkest moment in the history of the Richardson Police Department.” The 10 officers and two firefighter/paramedics honored were part of a response to an emergency call Feb. 7 at a Richardson apartment complex, where a civilian was killed and Officer David Sherrard lost his life in an ambush attack. One officer received the Medal of Valor, the highest award given by the Richardson Police Department. Six officers received the Police Courageous Action Medal and two firefighter/paramedics as well as three police officers received the Meritorious Conduct Award. Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey presented each award and gave details about the courage and bravery shown by the responders.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by several companies and private donors, also included a photographic tribute to Officer Sherrard and remarks by Mayor Paul Voelker.

Sewer System Smoke Tests Begin June 4
Testing to look for leaks in the City’s sewer system along the Duck Creek drainage basin will begin next week in a section of southeast Richardson (see map).The testing will involve the use of smoke to identify where storm water may be entering underground sewer lines. The smoke is nontoxic, with minimal odor.
This is the second year of a multi-year schedule for the City’s smoke testing to look for sewer leaks in the City’s 410 miles of sewer lines. Last summer, 65 miles were tested and this year an additional 83 miles will be tested.

Testing is being done in sections (see map below) and is expected to take until October to complete the entire work area. If you live in the test area, you will see a notice placed on your front door at least 24 hours prior to the test. Street signs will also be placed at each end of the blocks where testing is underway.

 Map above shows first section to be tested.


Anyone with questions regarding the smoke testing process can call Becky Rodgers at 972-437-4300. For more information, visit or contact A video is also available here showing examples of what could be seen while testing is underway.

Heights Family Aquatic Center Open Today; Free Admission at All Pools June 2
Heights Aquatic Family Center
Just in time for temperatures in the 100s, Heights Family Aquatic Center is open today from noon-8 p.m. All City pools, including Terrace, Canyon Creek, Glenville and Cottonwood, will be open Saturday, June 2, with free admission. Sunday, June 3 pools will begin the normal summer season schedule.

For pool hours and admission information, visit

Meet Summer Camp Counselors June 7
Meet the Summer Camp Counselor
The City’s annual “Meet the Counselors” event will be held Thursday, June 7 from 6-7 p.m. at Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd. Learn all about the City’s Summer Day Camp Program for ages 5-15 and meet the people who provide its leadership at this come-and-go event.

For online information about “Sizzlin’ Summer Camps,” visit

Richardson CARES Opens Application Process
Applications are now available for the new Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series (Richardson CARES). The free, six-week class series is offered to adults ages 18 and up, to help them gain a better understanding and knowledge of the structure and function of the City of Richardson.

Classes will meet Sept. 20-Oct. 25, every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. CARES participants will meet City staff, learn about the day-to-day operations of Richardson’s government and discover ways to contribute and be an active participant. Each session will focus on a different function of the City and be presented by various departments, at various locations. The program will be interactive and include tours, on-site demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions.

For more information and an application, visit or stop by the City Secretary’s office in City Hall during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Deadline to apply is Aug. 15.

New Mosquito Devices in Use
The Richardson Health Department deployed several new bait devices this week that allow mosquitoes to transport mosquito larvicide from the device to other breeding locations. The newly designed technology was developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for use in control of mosquito-borne diseases around the world. Richardson is the first city in North Texas to use the devices, part of the City’s ongoing, comprehensive efforts to control mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease.

From April-October, traps are set out across the City and tested weekly, with spraying conducted as needed whenever West Nile virus is found in trapped mosquitoes. Residents are encouraged to follow the “Four D’s” of protection:

  • Drain standing water
  • Avoid being out at dusk/dawn
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET or other effective repellents all day every day

To sign up for neighborhood spraying notifications or for more information on the City’s mosquito abatement program, visit

Bradshaw Drive Closure Begins June 4
Bradshaw Drive between North Star Road and Berry Lane will be closed to traffic beginning June 4 to allow for construction to replace Bradshaw Drive in Richardson and to widen the existing road in Plano north to Overton Drive. One-way northbound traffic will be available between Berry Lane and Overton Drive in Plano during the construction. 

The road closure is scheduled to continue until Aug. 10. Affected motorists should use North Star Road to Plano Parkway as a detour route during the construction. The project is funded as part of the 2015 Bond Program. For more information, visit or contact Ed Witkowski at 972-744-4285.

Richardson Today Hits Mailboxes Soon
The June issue of Richardson Today has been mailed and should begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend. This month’s issue has a special focus on the arts, including information about the 2018-19 “Eisemann Center Presents” season, with links to video of every upcoming performer/group provided in the Richardson Today online edition.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and is available at recreation centers, the Senior Center, City Hall and the Library. The Richardson Today interactive edition, which includes links to CITV videos, is accessible at Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today and you live within the boundaries of Richardson.


“Off the Beaten Path” 5K/Trail Run June 9
Registration is still open for the Parks and Recreation Department’s third annual Off the Beaten Path 5K/trail run and 1-mile fun run, which takes place the morning of June 9 at Breckinridge Park. Runners, walkers and strollers are welcome for both events; cost to register is $30 for the 5K (through June 8 at 11:58 p.m.) and $15 for the fun run. Race day registration is also available for the 5K for $35; the fun run fee remains the same.

To register, click here. For more information, visit

Free Yoga, Zumba and Salsa June 2 at Richardson Restaurant Park
The Richardson Restaurant Park, 744 S. Central Expy., will host free outdoor yoga and Zumba classes throughout the morning Saturday, June 2 beginning at 9 a.m. and salsa dance lessons in the evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting). The classes are part of the Park’s weekly “Saturdays at the Park” series, which has included a variety of free activities and entertainment in the Park’s plaza.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit the Richardson Restaurant Park on Facebook.




Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. Blue bag letters, redeemable for free rolls, are honored at this location.
Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.

EPI-Median-Green-PointerCity Reminds Water Customers Water Rates Have Increased
The City is reminding water customers (especially those who like to “set it and forget it” when it comes to sprinkler systems) that water rates have increased since last summer. Residents are allowed to water yards twice a week again this summer but can keep water costs down by only watering yards when necessary. You can gauge if you need to water by enrolling in the program, which uses rainfall data to determine when yards need to be watered.
Lawn Irrigation
If you suspect an error in your water bill, contact the Water Customer Service Department during normal business hours at 972-744-4120 for further assistance. For more information, visit or



For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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Dance Recitals at the Eisemann Center:

  • KJ Dance June 2-4
    7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $14-$38.

  • Studio 3 Dance June 4
    11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $13-$18.
  • Toby’s School of Dance June 5
    6:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $29.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at

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At UT Dallas:

  • “Oddities” Student Art Show Through June 9
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday 1-6 p.m. at the SP/N Gallery, 3020 Stewart Dr. Admission is free.
    A diverse collection of work by six MFA candidates.



Free Thursday Evening Family Movies Begin June 7
The Library’s new “Free Flix @ 6” movie series begins June 7 with a showing of the PG-rated movie, “Sing,” from 6-8 p.m. All ages are welcome, admission is free and snacks are included.

Location is the First Floor Program Room. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Free Beginner-Level MS Word 2016 June 8
Learn the basics of MS Word 2016 Friday, June 8 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card. To register, call 972-744-4359.

For adults and teens. Laptops are provided, or you may bring your own.

Tales for Tails June 8
Tales for Tails
Tales for Tails will take place Friday, June 8 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. Readers in grades K-4 will improve their reading confidence and skills while reading to a most appreciative audience—real dogs!

There is no cost to participate but a free ticket is required; tickets are available at the door beginning at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event. At 4 p.m., all ages are invited to meet the dogs, provided by Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs. For more information, call 972-744-4358.

Register Now for “Introduction to YouTube” Workshop June 9
Adults and teens are invited to learn how to create a YouTube channel and start making videos Saturday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Basement “Studio RPL.” Admission is free but registration is required; to register, call 972-744-4359.

Laptops are provided, or you may bring your own.


Maintenance Helper II ($2,206-$3,196 monthly)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings in Streets, Water and Wastewater for individuals who love working outdoors doing repair and construction to streets and water distribution and wastewater collection systems.

Apprentice Police Officer ($ 4,817 monthly)
The Richardson Police Department is now recruiting for entry level Police Officers. RPD will assist with completing all assigned training for State Certifications and promotion to Police Officer.

Accounts Payable Representative ($2,606-$3,954 monthly)
The Accounting Department is currently recruiting for an Accounts Payable Representative to process all payable transactions and perform general accounting functions.  

For a list of all job openings at the City of Richardson, visit



Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This handsome guy is Boss! He is an American bulldog and boxer mix. Boss has been neutered, vaccinated and is heartworm negative! He is an energetic guy who is a ton of fun! He would definitely do best in a home without other pets. Please come and visit him today at the Animal Shelter!

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.


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