Dec. 17, 2021
This 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:
New City Manager Announced
During Monday’s City Council meeting, the Richardson City Council appointed Deputy City Manager Don Magner to the position of City Manager effective March 1, 2022. The appointment comes one week after City Manager Dan Johnson announced plans to retire effective Feb. 28, 2022.
Magner has worked for the City since 1996. Over his 25 years of service, he has worked in Human Resources, Building Inspection, Community Services and Development Services. While serving in these capacities, he was instrumental in the development of the City’s first Neighborhood Integrity and Vitality Strategy and oversaw over $10 million of neighborhood vitality capital projects. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Home Improvement Incentive Program, the Volunteer Assistance Program, and many of the City’s neighborhood engagement activities still active today. Magner moved to the City Manager’s Office in 2012, where his responsibilities have included oversight of a broad range of services such as budget and finance, communications, economic development, engineering, public health, public safety, planning, recreation, solid waste and other services.
2022 City Council Meeting Calendar Approved
The City Council approved its 2022 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 normally at 6 p.m. and action meetings following at 7 p.m. typically on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
Meetings are generally not held on:
- the fifth Monday of a month,
- recognized City holidays,
- the Monday of a holiday week,
- the Monday after Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival and
- the Monday of RISD/PISD spring breaks.
The 2022 Calendar features 39 meetings. To view it, click here.
Last Weekend for Santa’s Village
There are three more chances to experience Richardson’s Santa’s Village 2021—tonight through Dec. 19 from 6-9 p.m. The colorful, outdoor wonderland features 16 tiny buildings to visit, each with a treat and/or activity for children, including talking with Santa and free Santa photos. Attendees can also enjoy live performances and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and other treats sold at the Castle Café.
Free admission and parking. Santa’s Village is located on the City Hall/Civic Center plaza at 411 W. Arapaho Rd. behind the Richardson Public Library.
Upcoming Holiday Schedule for Trash/Recycling/Buildings
There will be NO trash or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Thursday or Friday, Dec. 23-24. There will be NO make-up days for trash collection or BABIC.
RECYCLING Collection Schedule ONLY
(No Trash or BABIC Collection)
|Thursday, Dec. 23||Wednesday, Dec. 22|
Holiday Facilities Schedule
|Animal Shelter||Closed Dec. 24-25|
|City Hall/Civic Center||Closed Dec. 23-24|
|Eisemann Center||Closed Dec. 23-25|
|Gymnastics Center||Closed Dec. 23-25|
|Library||Closed Dec. 23-25|
|Heights Recreation Center, Huffhines Recreation Center, Senior Center, Tennis Center||Closed Dec. 24-25|
“Eisemann Center Presents” Announces “Lite” Upcoming Season
Eisemann Center staff announced this week that the “Eisemann Center Presents” annual series of performances, which was put on hold for 2020-21, will be back in 2022 with a “lite” season of three concerts sponsored by Methodist Richardson Medical Center. The performances include:
Descriptions and ticket information for all three shows can be found by clicking on the show titles above. These shows are not packaged as a subscription and are available as single tickets only or discounted groups of 10 or more.
No City Council Meeting Next Three Mondays
Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no City Council work session or meeting Dec. 20, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. The Council will next meet for a work session and regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 10.
DART Announces Christmas Day Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced their Christmas schedule. Route and schedule information can always be found by calling 214-979-1111 or at DART.org.
- DART Buses and Light Rail: Operating on a Sunday schedule
- DART GoLink - GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service. These zones include Northwest Dallas, Inland Port, Rylie, West Dallas, North Dallas and Park Cities. No service in any other zones.
- DART Paratransit: Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule. DART Mobility Management's Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday. Customers wishing to schedule trips by phone for any of the three days will need to do so by Thursday, Dec. 23. Customers can also now schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/paratransit. The Call Center will reopen Monday, Dec. 27.
Richardson’s Power Provider Launches Virtual Assistance Platform
Earlier today Oncor launched a new virtual assistant platform that allows customers to find out about power issues 24/7. The virtual assistant can report outages, provide status updates and can also respond to questions about vegetation management, when Oncor crews are trimming trees and other vegetation in local neighborhoods. Oncor reports the service will be upgraded in mid-2022, to include more actions and also engage with customers via text messaging.
Lane Closures Expected Near Renner/PGBT
In two phases, the right lane of westbound Renner Road between Shiloh Road and the Bush Turnpike, and then the right turn lane of westbound Renner Road on to the westbound Bush frontage road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for development work associated with Plano’s Renner Retail Project. The work is expected to be complete by late January.
Fiber Optic Work to Close Lanes, Alley Near Spring Valley/Waterview
The right lane of eastbound Spring Valley Road at Waterview Drive between Lazy Acres Circle and Gatehouse Drive may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. due to fiber optic work. The work is expected to be complete by late March. Also affected by the project will be the bike lane of southbound Waterview Drive between Dearborn Drive and Spring Valley Road and the alley just south of Dearborn Drive, each which may be closed to traffic during the same time.
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Saturday Morning Kids Dec. 18
First Floor Program Room
Saturday, Dec. 18
For kids ages 3-6 and their families
Join Library staff for a free drop-in family storytime. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. No residency or registration requirements.
“ELF” Service Available Year-Round
There’s a helpful “Elf” at the Library, and not just during the holiday season—the Library’s free ELF service helps you manage book loans and holds, and avoid overdue fines, through texts alerts and e-mails that are sent before items are due. The service is especially helpful for:
- Families with children and lots of Library books
- Individuals with several library cards from various libraries
- Anyone who requests a lot of holds
For more information and to sign up, visit www.libraryelf.com (make sure to have your Richardson Library card number and PIN number if signing up).
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082
- “Christmas Impressions” Tonight
Bank of America Theatre
Friday, Dec. 17
Global Radiance Ministries presents both professional and student dancers performing various styles of dance, including ballroom, ballet, and interpretive worship. Special guests include prima ballerina and Tuzer Dance School instructor Madame Suzelle Poole, age 81, dancing en pointe.
- Tuzer Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” This Weekend
Hill Performance Hall
Tickets: $15-$125 ($125 seats include valet parking and a backstage tour)
Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19
Tuzer Ballet presents its annual production of Peter Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker.” Professional soloists and young dancers light up the stage with choreography by Tanju and Pat Tuzer.
- CCBT’s “The Nutcracker” with the PSO Dec. 21-22
Hill Performance Hall
Tickets: $27-$97 (Streaming available Dec. 22 for $45)
Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 22
Collin County Ballet Theatre presents Artistic Director Kirt Hathaway’s production of “The Nutcracker” with the Plano Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Hector Guzman. The production features American Ballet Theatre principal artists Herman Cornejo and Skylar Brandt, along with dancers from the Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble and Hathaway Academy of Ballet.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
J.J. Pearce HS Theatre Presents “Anything Goes” Opens Tonight
Edith V. Pearce Auditorium, 1600 N. Coit Rd.
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Set to the music of Cole Porter, “Anything Goes” follows passengers en route from New York to England as they employ disguises, plots, confessions, mistaken identities and marriage proposals to find true love and success.
Note: Masks required. Box office opens one hour prior to showtime (cash preferred). Online ticket sales close 2.5 hours prior to showtime.
“A Christmas Carol, the Musical” at RCT Cancels Final Weekend
Final performances of “A Christmas Carol, the Musical” scheduled for Dec. 17-19 have been canceled due to cast members testing positive for COVID-19. All ticket patrons will be contacted—RCT staff ask for patience during this process.
Upcoming shows include “Masquerade New Year’s Eve” Dec. 31 and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” Feb. 4-13.
Last Weekend for “Inspecting Carol” at RTC
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste 113
Through Dec. 19
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
This “laugh-a-minute romp” tells the story of a regional theater company that is rehearsing its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” when it gets news they may be inspected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in order to receive a grant. When they assume that a man asking to audition is really an NEA informer, everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role. Hilarity ensues as the audience (and the clueless theater company) awaits the real inspector.
“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” Continues at The Core Theatre
518 W. Arapaho Rd. Ste. 115
Tickets (available online): $15-$25; New Year’s Eve tickets $100
Through Dec. 19; special New Year’s Eve performance Dec. 31
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m.; NYE 6:30 p.m.
After his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The New Year’s Eve show includes dinner and an after-party.
Tree Cycling Begins Today
Turn your Christmas tree into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program. Trees may be dropped off Dec. 17-Feb. 1 at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC).
Tree cycling guidelines:
- All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc. must be removed.
The mulch and compost are created thanks to a regional partnership between Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco and Texas Pure; it is used in landscaping by the cities and offered to the public for purchase. Residents of the five member cities receive a discount.
Contact: 972-744-4111 for BABIC pick-up; be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting
Holiday Box Recycling Fights Crime, Helps Environment
While large items such as computers and flat screen TVs are often popular holiday gifts, setting out their boxes for trash or recycling pick-up can communicate to would-be thieves about what’s inside your home. To help prevent this (and encourage recycling at the same time), the Richardson Police Department and Public Services Department team up each year to offer Holiday Box Recycling.
Temporary drop-off box recycling will be available Dec. 17-Feb. 1 at the following locations:
Note: The temporary locations are for flattened cardboard items ONLY.
Greenskeeper I ($32,988-$48,612 salary)
The Golf Department is looking an individual who can act as a crew chief and care and maintain the golf courses, golf facility, equipment, and perform other related work as required.
Surface Finisher ($38,316-$51,216 salary)
The Public Services Department is looking for an individual with experience in pavement and structural construction. A Texas Commercial Drivers License, Class A, will be required.
Technical Assistant ($15.73-23.39 per hour)
The Eisemann Center is looking for an individual with experience as a theatrical technician, stagehand or related backstage position who can assist in coordinating and overseeing stage activities.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Tom and Ross, our cute tri-color guinea pigs! They have been with us since November. They are around 1 year old and are both males. Guineas are social creatures, so these two would thrive in a home together. Give these two spaces to play, timothy hay, a nice large cage, water and your love! The cute and sweet sounds they make when they are happy and hungry will bring a smile to your face so come adopt and give them a forever home today!
Schedule an appointment: https://richardsonanimalshelter.setmore.com/
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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