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Aug. 9, 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.

Throughout the year the City Council or City Plan Commission will hold meetings on topics of significant interest to local neighborhoods or the community in general. Links to view all City Council or City Plan Commission meeting documents that may have topics of interest to you can be found here:
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2019-20 Proposed City Budget to be Presented Monday
The City Manager will present the 2019-20 proposed budget to the City Council Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Room of City Hall.

Key Highlights of the 2019-20 proposed budget include:

  • Certified Tax Roll increase of 7.51 percent
  • Maintains tax rate of $0.62516
  • Increases Senior Tax Exemption from $85,000 to $100,000
  • Includes approximately $5.8 million in street/alley maintenance
  • 7.5 percent rate adjustment in water and sewer services

Public hearings on the proposed tax rate will be held Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.; a public hearing on the proposed budget will also take place at 6 p.m. at the Aug. 26 City Council meeting. All hearings will take place in the City Council Chambers. The meetings will be streamed live on the City website at www.cor.net/CITV and broadcast live on the City’s cable TV station on Spectrum, channel 16, and AT&T U-Verse, channel 99. On-demand replays of the meetings will also be available at www.cor.net/CITV.

To read the press release on the 2019-20 proposed budget click here.

AHA Presents Lifeline Awards to Richardson Fire Department
A representative from the American Heart Association attended the City Council work session Monday to present the Richardson City Council and the Richardson Fire Department with the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for the third year in a row, and the Plus Award for the second year in a row. The awards recognize the department for its success in treating and transporting patients who suffer a type of severe heart attack known as a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI).

Richardson emergency medical personnel far exceed the AHA standards and have been able to make STEMI transports and treatment possible in as little as 43 minutes, working with Methodist Richardson Medical Center and other area hospitals.

To view Monday’s presentation, click here.

Area Schools Begin New School Year Next Week: School Zones Activated
Motorists are advised that school zones in Richardson near PISD and RISD schools will be busy next week, as PlSD begins its new school year Monday, Aug. 12 and RISD classes begin Thursday, Aug. 15. Traffic during the first week of school is always heavier than normal in school zones, as more parents drive their children to school that week, as well as park along school zone streets on the first day. The Traffic Department has prepared for the increased traffic flow and tested all school zone flashers in order to ensure they are operational.

Corporate Challenge Kicks Off Tonight
The 22nd annual Richardson Corporate Challenge, an Olympic-style competition coordinated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, kicks off tonight, Aug. 9, at Galatyn Plaza at 5:30 p.m. If you’re traveling near there around that time, expect an increase in traffic—employees, spouses and retirees from 53 local companies will participate in the Challenge, and many show up for the kick-off event.

The 2019 Corporate Challenge is sponsored by GEICO Texas and features 22 events ranging from athletic sports such as soccer and volleyball to non-athletic contests such as dominoes and cornhole. It raises funds for Special Olympics Texas, more than $2.6 million since the first Corporate Challenge in 1998. For more information, visit www.cor.net/cc.

Sales Tax Holiday Continues Through Aug. 11
The annual back-to-school Tax Free Holiday began today and runs through Sunday, Aug. 11. In Texas, the 2019 event exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (priced under $100) from sales and use taxes. The holiday applies to items purchased from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.

Some exclusions apply; go to www.TexasTaxHoliday.org for more information.

Richardson Projects

Campbell Road Lane Closures Expected Nights, Weekends
The left and middle lanes of eastbound and westbound Campbell Road between Cap Rock Drive and Canyon Creek Drive will be closed at night and on weekends through late August for roadway construction, part of the 2019 Annual Street Repair Project. During this time there will be one lane of traffic open in each direction.

Spring Valley Road Closures Begin Next Week
Various lanes of West Spring Valley Road will be closed over the next two weeks as crews work on the Spring Valley Road reconstruction project near the intersection at Waterview Drive. Every two days, a different lane will be closed between Waterview Drive and Gatehouse Drive. The project is expected to be complete in November.



Free Outdoor Movie at Heights Park Tonight
The Parks and Recreation Department’s 2019 summer Friday Film Series concludes tonight, Aug. 9, with the 2016 animated PG-rated film, “The Angry Birds Movie,” shown outdoors at the Heights Park softball fields beginning at dusk. Arrive early at 7:30 p.m. to get in on a life-size Angry Birds game!

Admission is free, with light refreshments available for purchase. Attendees may bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as well-behaved dogs. For more information, call 972-744-7850.

Canyon Creek and Terrace Pools Close Aug. 11
Two more neighborhood pools will end their summer season this weekend, as the Canyon Creek and Terrace pools close Sunday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

Swimming will still be available noon-8 p.m. at the Heights Family Aquatic Center, 709 W. Arapaho Rd., through Labor Day, Sept. 2 on the following days:

  • Every day through Aug. 14
  • Saturdays and Sundays after Aug. 14
  • Monday, Sept. 2

For admission fees and other information, visit www.cor.net/pools.

Back to School Health and Safety Fair Aug. 11
Richardson firefighters and police officers will be on hand for Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church’s 14th annual Health and Safety Fair Sunday, Aug. 11, from 2-5 p.m. at the church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd. The event began as a place for students to get required back-to-school immunizations but has since expanded to include much more. This year the event will also feature free backpacks and school supplies through Network of Community Ministries’ Tools 4 Schools program, a voter registration table, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, bicycle helmet giveaway, hearing and vision screenings, games for children and a doctor and dermatologist on hand to answer any questions people may have.

For more information, click here.

Junior League Hosts New Member Socials This Month
Junior League of Richardson, a longtime collaborator with the City on many projects including Santa’s Village, is hosting informational socials for prospective new members on the following dates:

  • Wednesdays, Aug. 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. at American Tap Room, 3000 Northside Blvd. #900
  • Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at Communion, 514 Lockwood Dr.

Light appetizers will be provided. Those interested may e-mail membership@jlrtx.com to RSVP and obtain additional information.


Library Closed Aug. 16 for In-Service Training
The Richardson Public Library will be closed Friday, Aug. 16 for a staff in-service day. Regular hours resume Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.

Online Library accounts will still be available for access as well as services such as OverDrive and Hoopla which provide online access to media and materials such as audiobooks, ebooks, music and movies. For more information, go to www.cor.net/library.

“Out of This World” Escape Room Aug. 13
Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to experience teamwork and fun at a NASA-themed escape room activity, Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Basement Program Room. Teams will solve clues and compete for the best time through various puzzles and riddles to get the combinations to a variety of padlocks.

Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call youth services at 972-744-4358.

Cook the Book: “Retro Recipes” Aug. 14
The Library’s “Cook the Book” book club invites you to celebrate the Library’s 60th birthday this month through sharing and sampling popular dishes of the past, Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Basement Program Room from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by the Library before the event to sign up and choose a recipe from a selection of cookbooks hand-picked by Library staff, then prepare the dish and bring it to share at the event. Registration is required; call Julie at 972-744-4374 for more information.

For adults and teens only. Admission is free and drinks are provided.


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For more upcoming shows and events, visit www.artsinrichardson.com

UNIDOS Hosts Back to School Fest
The Richardson Police Department’s UNIDOS program hosted a Back to School Fest and Movie Night Aug. 2 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish Center, and the City’s Communications Department staff was there to capture the fun on video (click here to watch). Around 500 people took part in the event, which featured face painting, free school supplies, popcorn, ice cream and a movie.

UNIDOS is a community outreach program designed to assist Spanish-speaking residents in the Richardson area. UNIDOS meetings are held every quarter and conducted entirely in Spanish. For more information, contact Barbara Lopez-Cepeda at 972-744-4830 or click here.

Women Texas Film Festival Next Week
The 4th Women Texas Film Festival will be held Aug. 15-18 in Dallas and will celebrate women leaders in filmmaking through a variety of film screenings, panels and social events. The Video Association of Dallas/Dallas VideoFest is a community partner of the Festival and is sponsored in part by a grant from the City of Richardson’s Cultural Arts Commission.

Locations include the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars. VIP passes are $75 and allow access to all films, parties, and events, and student passes are $35. Individual tickets are $11. For more information and a complete schedule, go to www.WomenTxFF.org. To purchase passes or tickets to individual screenings click here.

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • “An Evening with Frank Abagnale” Aug. 15
    7 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Admission is free, but registration is required at www.aarp.cvent.com/franka-tx.
    Abagnale, a renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie, “Catch Me If You Can,” will give invaluable advice on how to spot and avoid scams. An advisor to the FBI for more than 40 years, he’s joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network for this free, informative evening.
  • “The Magic of Robby Bennett” Aug. 16
    7:30 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$50.
    In a show entitled, “Anomaly,” magician (and Texan) Robby Bennett, who has performed worldwide from the Las Vegas Strip to New York City to Africa, combines magic, acrobatics and comedy, along with stories and anecdotes as narration. Appropriate for all ages.

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

The Core Theatre Opens “My First Date” Tonight
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The Core Theatre will present an original production, “My First Date,” Aug. 9-Sept. 1. Set in Texas in 1941, the show takes place on a warm autumn afternoon as 19-year-old Anna Erhard waits on the front porch for her “first date” to begin, waiting for a sailor she has been writing to for almost a year, at the same time her family is preparing for the arrival of dinner guests. Will she be stood up and have to endure shame at the hands of her family and their guests? The audience is left waiting to see!

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25. For tickets, call 214-930-5338 or click here.

Contemporary Chorale Holds Auditions Aug. 10
The Contemporary Chorale of Richardson is holding voice placement auditions for its fall season from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 10. The Chorale has openings for all voice parts, especially basses, tenors and baritones. No preparation is necessary, however interested individuals must register for an audition time on the Chorale’s website, www.thecontemporarychorale.org. Rehearsals begin Aug. 15 and are held Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m. at Big Springs Baptist Church in Garland.

The Contemporary Chorale is the oldest, continually operating community choir in North Texas and is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Arts Commission. Since its founding in 1956, the group has evolved into a choir for men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

Art Show/Reception Kicks Off “Xanadu” at RCT Aug. 16
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Repertory Company Theatre, 770 N. Coit Rd., is presenting the musical, “Xanadu,” Aug. 16-25. The Tony Award-nominated, roller skating musical adventure about following your dreams is based on the Universal Pictures movie of the same title and set to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Patrons attending Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 will be treated to a special pre-show event beginning at 6:30 p.m. called “Friday Night Magic,” including art displays by local artists and free hors d’oeuvres.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17-$28. For tickets, go to www.rcttheatre.com.




Order Date Extended to Sept. 20 for “UPlantIt” Boxed Gardens
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Water University has extended the deadline for taking orders for its new “UPlantIt” boxed gardens, a collection of plants and garden designs that make it easy for gardeners (and non-gardeners) to plant perennial flower gardens. The boxes include three “plant-by-number” garden design layout options and 32 starter plants (with 14 different varieties) that are tagged and numbered to correspond with the designs. The plants are water-saving, native and adaptive plants that attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators and are proven to flourish in North Texas’ soils and unpredictable climate.

The boxed gardens may be ordered online through Sept. 20 and must be picked up Sept. 28 between 8 a.m.-noon at one of four designated pick-up locations in the DFW area. Cost is $95 per box. To order or for more information, click here.

Tips Offered to Help Prevent Foundation Cracking
The summer’s hot weather can cause North Texas’ clay soil to become extremely dry and to constrict, causing some home foundations to shift and/or sink. The City’s latest Environmental Resources Newsletter offers several tips on how to visually inspect to see if your foundation needs watering, and how to properly water your foundation using pop-up sprinkler heads, soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system. Remember that soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems may operate on any day at any time so long as they do not create excessive water runoff, while pop-up heads may only be used during your designated watering days and times.

To find out your designated water day/time, click here. To read more about foundation watering and other environmental-oriented news, check out the Environmental Resources Newsletter here

Find out more at www.cor.net/epi.


Maintenance Helper II ($2,316-$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

Public Safety Telecommunicator (911 Dispatcher) ($3,134-$5,137 monthly)
The Police Department is seeking individuals interested in receiving requests for police, fire and emergency medical services

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


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Meet Cayne! He is an older gent about 12 years young, pit bull terrier-all-American-mutt mix, neutered and fully vaccinated. He has been searching for a home with a little love to spare. Cayne knows some basic commands, has a happy disposition, his favorite pastime is napping and would do best in a home where he is the only pet. Thanks to a generous donation, his adoption fee has already been paid for! Cayne is ready to fill your life with love. Just come on in and adopt him today!

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

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