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Week In Review, Dec. 14, 2018

Post Date:12/14/2018

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Dec. 14, 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.


Last Weekend for Santa’s Village; Miss Texas in the Village TONIGHT
There is still time to visit Santa and experience all the other activities at Santa’s Village—the Village will be operating from 6-9 p.m. each night this weekend through Sunday, Dec. 16. Don’t miss special guest Miss Texas, Madison Fuller, who will be appearing at Santa’s Village tonight (Dec. 14) to meet and take pictures with Village visitors. Madison was crowned Miss Texas 2018 this summer at the Eisemann Center, home of the Miss Texas pageant since 2014.

Admission to Santa’s Village, adjacent parking and a photo with Santa are free, with charges for goodies at the Village’s Castle Café. After Santa’s Village is closed for the season, the buildings remain in place and the lights will continue to be lit through Jan. 1. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and take photographs daily from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

More information about Santa’s Village, including a complete live performance schedule, can be found at


Inclusive Playground Named

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday naming the City’s upcoming inclusive playground the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground. Ann and her husband, Charles, longtime community benefactors and prominent civic leaders, gave a naming rights donation of $100,000 to the Richardson East Rotary Foundation in October and an additional $25,000 to help pay for the construction of an adjacent restroom facility.

The Richardson East Rotary Club’s Foundation has been raising funds for the Inclusive Playground since April 2017. Pending the receipt of a matching grant of $50,000 from The Rees-Jones Foundation, the total raised is expected to exceed $500,000. Donations may still be made in support of the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground through Dec. 31 at

Groundbreaking for the inclusive playground, to be located at Cottonwood Park, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 13. The public is invited to attend and help turn some dirt to get the project started. The playground will be a first for Richardson, a play space that includes specialized surfaces and equipment that enable children of a wide variety of abilities to play together and give caregivers of varying abilities more opportunities to play with their children.

For more information, visit


Cotton Belt Rail Project Receives Loan Confirmation; Contracts Awarded for Design-Build Work
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board unanimously approved an $815 million contract Tuesday for construction on the 26-mile Cotton Belt Rail Project. The contract was awarded to rail builder Archer Western Herzog 4.0 after DART received confirmation that the federal loan that will finance construction is expected to close Dec. 20.

In a separate vote, the board unanimously approved a $49.2 million contract for WSP/AZ&B to act as the program manager/owner’s representative for the project. Both votes signify that work will begin soon on the commuter line, which will stretch from Plano to DFW Airport and include two new Richardson stations and a new bridge across US 75 near CityLine.

Design work is expected to take 6-8 months, followed by utility relocation and foundation work for bridges. The board plans to make decisions next month regarding whether to fully double-track the project or add a second track to a three-mile area of Far North Dallas, with either option keeping the project within its budget.

Completion of the Project is expected in December 2022.


City Council Passes Legislative Agenda Resolution
The City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday requesting that members of the upcoming 86th Texas Legislature and the 116th U.S. Congress support the City’s 2019 Legislative Agenda. The comprehensive agenda, which includes six key areas of focus (fiscal management, transportation, economic vibrancy, public safety, environment, and education and workforce) is guided by a main priority to “preserve the ability for locally elected officials to govern and respond effectively and efficiently to the individual and market-driven needs of its residents, businesses and stakeholders.” The agenda also includes support for the legislative agendas of the City’s community partners (such as DART, RISD, PISD and UT Dallas).

The agenda is intended to be a broad policy statement on issues anticipated to be discussed in the 2019 legislative sessions, with additional items reviewed by the City Council as necessary.

For the complete document, visit


2019 City Council Meeting Calendar Approved
The City Council approved its 2019 Meeting Calendar Monday. Each December, the Council is asked to consider and approve a meeting schedule for the upcoming year to help plan for important breaks, holidays, etc. while helping guarantee that attendance at meetings will be adequate to conduct official business and deliberations.

City Council meetings are scheduled on Mondays, with work sessions at 6 p.m. Action meetings follow, typically on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m.

The 2019 Calendar features 39 meetings including the two-day Budget Workshop scheduled for July 15-16.

To view the 2019 City Council Calendar, click here.


No City Council Meeting Next Three Weeks
Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City Council will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 for a work session at 6 p.m.

For future agendas and meeting dates, go to



Annual Train Show at Civic Center Dec. 14-16

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The Spring Creek Model Railroad Club will show off its layout of model trains tonight through Sunday in the Richardson Civic Center’s Richardson Room, a great “side visit” when at Santa’s Village. The layout includes models from the 1880s to the present day—steam, diesel, freight and passenger cars with seven switching areas, an HOn3 narrow-gauge line in “mountainous territory” and a 30-foot main switching yard.

The display is open from 6-9 p.m. tonight, 1-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to take photographs and ask questions about the trains. For information, visit

To view/share a video about the train show produced by CITV, click here.


AnimaLuv Hosts Pet-Friendly Holiday Event Dec. 16

Bring your pooch to the Richardson Animal Shelter, 1330 Columbia Dr., Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1-4 p.m. when Richardson AnimaLuv hosts “Waiting for Santa.” The event includes a pet costume contest, petting zoo, free refreshments, free ornament decorating, music and $15 microchipping. There is no cost to attend and no registration required. All proceeds benefit the Richardson Animal Shelter.

For more information, visit or the Shelter’s Facebook page.


Richardson Restaurant Park’s “Holiday in the Park” Continues Dec. 15-16
The Richardson Restaurant Park, 744 S. Central Expwy., continues its second annual “Holiday in the Park” event this weekend, featuring free musical and dance performances Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoon.

For more information and a performance schedule, visit Richardson Restaurant Park’s Facebook page.


Basketball Game Dec. 21 Honors Firefighters, Collects Donations for Fire Victims and Network
Firefighters from Richardson Fire Station 2 will be recognized at halftime of the varsity girls basketball game between J.J. Pearce High School (PHS) and Richardson High School (RHS) Friday, Dec. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. in the PHS large gym. The special “Honoring our Hometown Heroes” halftime will also feature remarks by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Solomon and Network of Community Ministries Development Coordinator Debbie Cox. Fire Station 2, located at the corner of Arapaho Road and N. Waterview Drive, serves both the PHS and RHS communities.

The game is one of several “Hoops for the Holidays” boys and girls basketball games that day at PHS that also includes Lake Highlands High School. A monetary collection will be taken at the main entrance and in the PHS Corral for victims of the Nov. 27 fire at the Cambridge Park Condominiums in North Dallas, where RISD students were displaced. In addition, a toy drive will be held for clients of Network of Community Ministries. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to any of the games and receive an entry in a drawing for numerous prizes.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and may be purchased at the gym entrance. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in the PHS Corral.



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 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “The Nutcracker” Dec. 15-16
    1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$80. Tuzer Ballet presents its 34th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” featuring two guest principal dancers courtesy of the Boston Ballet.
  • “Krakatuk” Dec. 15
    2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15.
    The Youth Ballet of Texas, with students from the Texas Youth Ballet Conservatory, present their annual production of “Krakatuk: A Nutcracker Prequel. 
  • “Joy to the World” Jazz Concert Dec. 16
    7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $25.Local musician, composer, arranger and producer Ray Baker presents the 14th annual “Joy to the World” jazz concert, a performance of standard Christmas songs arranged by Baker in various forms of jazz including swing, bebop, funk and Latin jazz,  performed by top area professional jazz musicians. Throughout the concert, a narrator will give educational tidbits about the origins of the Christmas carols. 
  • The Ten Tenors Dec. 18
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $51-$67.
    The world-renowned Australian “rock stars of the opera” present a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites, including “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more. This performance is an “Eisemann Center Presents Music & Dance” production, sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center.
  • The Vocal Majority Dec. 20-23
    Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $16-$54.
    The Dallas-based men’s chorus of 100+ volunteer musicians presents a holiday show entitled, “The Greatest Snowman.” In Act 1, Frosty the Snowman joins the Majority for holiday fun and Christmas songs; Act 2 features beloved and sacred Christmas songs.

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


The Contemporary Chorale Presents Holiday Concert Dec. 15
The Contemporary Chorale will present “Christmas with the Chorale” Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. The long-standing adult choir, the oldest, continuously operating choir in North Texas, will perform a wide variety of songs with a range of musical styles.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or by calling 972-999-1335. Student tickets are available at the door for $10.


“White Christmas” Continues at Repertory Company Theatre
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Repertory Company Theatre’s REP Company performers will present “White Christmas” through Dec. 22. Based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, this holiday classic includes some of Irving Berlin’s biggest hits, such as “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for youth and $27 for adults, available by calling 972-690-5029 or online at Repertory Company Theatre is located at 770 N. Coit Rd.


RTC Continues “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays
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The Richardson Theatre Centre is presenting Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” through Dec. 23. The mystery/comedy, set during the Christmas holidays of 1936, centers on Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role as Sherlock Holmes, who suddenly must become a real-life detective and assume the role of Holmes when a weekend guest is murdered at his home.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22, and include complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages.

For ticket reservations, call 972-699-1130. For more information, visit



“Cookies, Crafts and Crayons” Dec. 20
All ages are invited to take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and come color, make a craft and enjoy a snack Thursday, Dec. 20 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. All materials (and cookies!) are provided free of charge and no registration is required.




Annual Holiday Box Recycling Begins Dec. 21
Holiday Box Recycling
The Richardson Public Services Department and Richardson Police Department have again teamed up to help fight crime and recycle at the same time by offering holiday box recycling. Instead of putting your new computer or flat screen TV box out for trash pick-up (which “advertises” to thieves that you have new, valuable items inside your house), bring it to one of the City’s temporary box recycling locations Dec. 21-Jan. 4, 2019.

Locations are listed below—be sure to flatten the box first:

  • Custer Park
    700 W. Renner Rd. (near the Tennis Courts)
  • City Recycle Center
    102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center Courts)
    Breckinridge Park
  • 5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)

If you prefer to throw the boxes away with your regular trash, place them inside a black trash bag. For more information about preventing crime or how to make your home and neighborhood safer, please contact the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4955.


Phil-up at Santa’s Village Saturday


Phil-up the Blue Bag, the City’s recycling mascot, will be inside the Civic Center Saturday, Dec. 15 during Santa’s Village from 6-9 p.m. Children can stop by his table for a free ornament-making activity and adults can take some “Phil-up selfies.”

Phil-up and the Public Services staff remind everyone to consider “buying recycled” when choosing everyday products and holiday gifts—it’s an important step in completing the lifecycle of a recycled item and “closing the loop” on the recycling process. By purchasing products made with recycled content (which is usually indicated on the outer packaging), you prevent those materials from ending up in a landfill, help maintain consumer demand for recyclables and ensure the continuation of recycling programs.

For more about Phil-up or to schedule a Phil-up appearance at a community event, visit



Heavy Equipment Operator ($3,185-$4,255 monthly)
Public Services is seeking individuals who are interested in operating front loaders, roll-off trucks and other equipment on assigned refuse collection routes and various locations.

Aquatics and Athletics Manager ($4,302.00 - $6,213.00 monthly)
Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals interested in supervising the City of Richardson Aquatics program and coordinating the City of Richardson’s effort in working with the local youth athletics program and developing new aquatic and athletic programs as needed.

Water Aerobics Instructor ($20.00 - $35.70 hourly)
Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals interested in instructing water aerobics classes in a safe, enjoyable and positive environment.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Kenny! Lovable Kenny is a neutered male, about 5 years old and up to date on his vaccinations. Kenny is a quiet cuddle bug and all he wants this Christmas is a new forever home. Adult cat adoptions are only $15!

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




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