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Week In Review, Jan. 18, 2019

Post Date:01/18/2019

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Jan. 18, 2019
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.


Groundbreaking Held for Inclusive Playground
The ceremonial groundbreaking for the City’s first inclusive playground, named the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground, took place Sunday at Cottonwood Park. City staff and members of the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission participated in the event, as well as Ann and Charles Eisemann, representatives from the Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) and other major donors.

The playground will replace the existing playground at the park and will be accessible to children and caregivers of a wide variety of abilities, through creative design, materials and equipment. Funds for the playground were provided in part by the 2015 Bond Program, with additional monies raised by private donations coordinated by RERC. Community interest in the park has been so great that RERC surpassed the initial fundraising goal of $250,000 to reach a total of $500,000 in just two years and presented a ceremonial check for that amount at the groundbreaking.

Construction is expected to be complete in late spring, weather permitting. For more information, visit

Open-Air Market Approved
The City Council unanimously approved a special permit this week to allow an open-air market to operate on Sunday afternoons at 110 W. Campbell Rd., near US 75 and the site of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant currently under construction. The market will include a maximum of 30 vendor booths as well as extra space for activities such as a cooking demonstrations and food trucks. Vendors will be required by the market owner to be local, or within 150 miles of the site, for maximum benefit to the local community and North Texas farms and ranchers.

To view a presentation about the market given by City staff as well as a public hearing held Monday, click here.

City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for MLK Holiday
There will be NO solid waste, recycling or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Monday, Jan. 21. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Days

 Recycle collection days affected by holiday  Makeup Day
 Monday, Jan. 21  Tuesday, Jan. 22
 Tuesday, Jan. 22  Wednesday, Jan. 23


Public Facility Operating Hours

 Facility  Open/Closed Status
 Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal-related issues.)
 Closed Jan. 21
 City Hall/Civic Center, Eisemann Center, Library, Municipal Court  Closed Jan. 21
 Gymnastics Center, Recreation Centers, Senior Center, Tennis Center  Open Jan. 21
 Sherrill Park Golf Course  Open Jan. 21

No City Council Meeting Jan. 21
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Monday, Jan. 21. The City Council will next meet Monday, Jan. 28 for a work session and meeting beginning at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to

Richardson Projects

Lane Closure for Utility Work on Arapaho Road
The right lane of westbound Arapaho Road between Executive Drive and Bowser Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday through early February, weather permitting. Fiber optic cable is being installed.


Movie Matinee Tomorrow
The Library will host a movie matinee for all ages Saturday, Jan. 19 from 2-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room with a screening of the PG-rated animated film, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Admission is free and snacks are included.

For more information, stop by Youth Services or call 972-744-4358.

Tales for Tails Jan. 20
Tales for Tails
Readers in grades K-4 can practice their reading skills and make some furry friends at Tales for Tails, Sunday, Jan. 20 from 3-4 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. The children read stories to dogs provided by Texas Therapy Dogs; all ages are welcome to meet the dogs at 4 p.m.

A free ticket is required to participate and may be picked up starting at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the event. For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

Intro to Google Drive Jan. 22
Learn the basics of Google Drive Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Topics covered include updating, sharing, organizing and downloading files.

Admission is free and laptops will be provided. Registration is required; call 972-744-4359 to register and for more information. Bring Google login information to class.

Cookies, Crafts and Crayons Jan. 24
All ages are invited to come snack, craft and color Thursday, Jan. 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the First Floor Program Room. It’s a great reading break, study break or after-school activity—admission is free, all supplies (and snacks) are provided and no pre-registration is required. Just drop in!

For more information, call Youth Services at 972-744-4358.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016 Jan. 25
Take your spreadsheet skills to the next level Friday, Jan. 25 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Basement Training Room. Participants will learn:

  • Absolute vs. relative calculations
  • Simple graphs
  • Subtotals
  • Functions
  • Comments in cells
  • Special sum function

Prerequisite: MS Excel beginner-level class, or equivalent experience. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required along with a valid Richardson Public Library card. For more information and to register, call 972-744-4359. Laptops will be provided.


Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

 For more upcoming shows and events, visit

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Tonight Only: “Liverpool Legends”
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $55-$75.
    Four talented musicians and actors, handpicked by Louise Harrison (the sister of the late George Harrison), perform songs spanning the entire career of the Beatles, with precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects.
  • Last Weekend to See “Clowning Around with Murder”
    8 p.m. Jan. 18-19 with 3 p.m. matinees Jan. 19-20, in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $34-$44.
    Pegasus Theatre is presenting the 20th Harry Hunsacker adventure utilizing its Living Black & White™ technique. The story takes place in 1935 and finds world-famous detective Hunsacker and his paid-by-the-hour assistant, Nigel Grouse, meeting a variety of clowns, clues and a “copper in disguise” at Fripson Clown College, on the trail of a “murderer in clown white.”
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra Jan. 19
    8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. For ticket information and to purchase, click here.
    “From Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood” features Broadway’s Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and Ryan Silverman (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” “Side Show”) as guest vocalists. The duo will perform solos and duets from “Showboat,” “West Side Story,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma!” and more.
  • “Dragons Love Tacos” and Other Stories Jan. 20
    2:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $12-$22. Come early at 1:30 p.m. for “Eisemann Extras,” children’s activities in the Bank of America Hall—tickets are $10 per child. (Accompanying adults are free for “Eisemann Extras.”)
    Theatreworks USA presents their newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books including: “Dragons Love Tacos,” “Interrupting Chicken,” “The Dot,” “Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride” and “Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days.”

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:

  • Carolyn Brown Photography Exhibit Jan. 18-Feb. 16
    11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, at UT Dallas’ SP/N Gallery (Synergy Park North 2). Admission is free.
    The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History presents a retrospective look at a lifetime of documentary photography by the Dallas-based artist, spanning the Middle East, Latin America and Texas. A free opening reception takes place Saturday, Jan. 19 from 4-6 p.m. at the gallery—RSVP to Pierrette Lacour,
  • Guitarist Augustin Wiedemann Jan. 25
    8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15; click here to purchase.
    Enjoy an evening of classical guitar by the world-renowned guitarist. Wiedemann won first prize in the 6th International Guitar Competition in Havana and is a guitar and chamber music professor in Austria, in addition to performing internationally with diverse orchestras and as a solo artist. 




Recycling Center Re-opens Next Week
A Republic Services recycling facility gutted by fire in late 2016 will re-open Jan. 21, which is good news for Richardson’s recycling program. The facility, part of a three-building recycling complex located at 4200 14th St. in Plano, will once again serve as the materials processing facility for Richardson’s recyclables, i.e. where all the blue bags are taken after being picked up each week and where their contents are sorted. (Since the fire, Richardson’s recyclables have been taken to a processing facility in Garland on McCree Road.)

The re-opened facility’s location will enable Richardson’s recycling process to be more efficient, especially for those trucks picking up from Richardson neighborhoods most closely located to the facility.

For more information about Richardson’s recycling program, visit

City Staff Clean Up Huffhines Creek
Health Department staff who have coordinated numerous volunteer clean-up events throughout the City for a variety of groups and organizations, became the “volunteers” this week as they cleaned up litter from Huffhines Creek between Belt Line Road and Larkspur Drive at Mark Twain Park. The group picked up a total of eight bags of trash ranging from shoes, water bottles, beer bottles and cans, a hub cap, an oil filter and a vacuum cleaner.

The City’s Community/Corporate Environmental Cleanup Program is an Environmental Partnership Initiative and open to any group who wants to help beautify Richardson. All supplies are provided as well as the pick-up of filled bags when the project is finished. Find out more at

NCTCOG/Air North Texas Offer Green New Year’s Resolutions, Free Water Bottles
Air North Texas, a division of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, published a list of Green New Year’s Resolutions this week to encourage eco-friendly practices. Here are a couple to try:

  • Compost, Compost, Compost! Composting food scraps (vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds) can help enrich the soil, reduce the need for fertilizers and lower your carbon footprint. With the right information, it is an easy idea to add to your daily life. Click here for tips on how to compost at home quickly and easily.
  • Take reusable cups and bottles with you. Ditch the paper cups and plastic bottles when drinking coffee and water. If you like to go out to get your coffee fix in the morning, some coffee shops give you a discount if you bring any reusable cup with you. There are also some great reusable water bottle options on the market as well. In the end, you save more money by buying one reusable water bottle than you do when continuously buying plastic water bottles. (For a free reusable water bottle, contact with your name and address.)

For a complete list of Green New Year’s Resolutions, click here



Preventative Maintenance Tech ($2,261-$3,047 monthly)
Fleet Services is seeking individuals interested in performing preventative maintenance and tire repairs on City vehicles and equipment.

Senior Financial Analyst (Tax) ($4,506-$6,827 monthly)
Finance is seeking individuals interested in providing analytical support related to economic development, property taxes, hotel/motel occupancy taxes and other Finance projects.

Leasing Support Technician-part time ($10-$15.30 hourly)
Civic Center is seeking individuals interested in overseeing client events, activities and functions during assigned hours.


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Mac! He is a pitbull terrier-mastiff mix, about 3 years old, neutered male, up to date on vaccinations and housetrained. Mac is big strapping guy with an irresistible grin, loads of playful energy and a heart of gold. He is very active and strong and needs an owner who can handle his tenacious personality! He is extremely loving, always happy to meet new people, but needs a home without other pets.

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




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