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June 17, 2022

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:

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Heights Aquatics Remains Closed
Closure of Heights Family Aquatic Center to Continue
City Aquatics staff this week announced that the Heights Family Aquatics Center will remain closed due to lifeguard shortages. The City is still working to hire additional lifeguards and has offered incentives to attract applicants in an ongoing effort to add aquatic services this summer, regular updates to be provided as plans become better known.

Adequate lifeguards have been recruited to safely allow the operation of Richardson’s four neighborhood pools—Canyon Creek, Cottonwood, Glenville and Terrace—six days per week. Morning and evening swim lessons will also continue at the neighborhood pools as scheduled.

Lifeguard positions start at $13.50/hour. Lifeguard applications are being accepted online at www.cor.net/jobs for applicants with open availability for weekend shifts.

Website: www.cor.net/aquatics

Shanna Sims-Bradish Accepts new position
Assistant City Manager Accepts Position with University Park
Shanna Sims-Bradish, Assistant City Manager of Administrative and Leisure Services, is ending a nearly decade-long career with the City effective June 30, as she has accepted a position as Assistant City Manager with the City of University Park. As University Park’s sole assistant city manager, she will have a leadership role over many departments and services.

Sims-Bradish joined the City of Richardson in December 2012. In her role with Richardson, she has administrative responsibilities for the departments of Health, Parks and Recreation, Human Resources and the Richardson Public Library. She is also the City’s cultural arts liaison and supervises the Eisemann Center staff, Community Services staff, and is responsible for coordination of the City budget.

Richardson City Manager Don Magner appointed current Director of Health Bill Alsup to be Interim Assistant City Manager, assuming Sims-Bradish’s responsibilities effective July 1. Plans to fill the position will be announced in the near future.

Hazmat Drill
Richardson, Wylie Partner for NTMWD Hazmat Drill
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) Water Treatment Plant in Wylie was the scene of a drill earlier this week involving the Richardson, Lucas and Wylie Fire Departments, NTMWD personnel and Wylie Police. The drill brought together the Richardson, NTMWD and Wylie hazmat crews to practice responding to chlorine emergencies, simulating a leaking chlorine rail car and line-of-sight rescue of initial responders.

The Lucas Fire Department Rehab Team and the Richardson Fire-1 Rehab Unit were present to ensure drill participants stayed hydrated and cooled during the event, providing tents, fans and other supplies.

These types of drills are performed annually and sometimes more frequently based upon perceived need, to keep hazmat crew skills up to date.

Slagel DART Board
Slagel Reappointed to DART Board
The Richardson City Council has reappointed former Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel to represent Richardson on the Board of Directors for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Slagel has served on the DART board since 2011. His board position, appointed every two years, represents Richardson, University Park, Highland Park and Addison.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Paul Voelker recognized Slagel’s longtime support of multimodal transportation for Richardson and for the region, “positioning it in the forefront of what makes this city so strong.”

Bus Schedule June 23 and 26
Buses to Replace DART Light Rail between Two Stations June 23-26
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate shuttle buses instead of light rail trains between Walnut Hill Station and SMU/Mockingbird Station beginning Thursday, June 23 through the end of service Sunday, June 26, due to concrete repair and rail replacement projects. In tandem with this service alteration, Orange Line trains will only operate between DFW Airport Station and Pearl/Arts District Station. Regularly scheduled light rail service will resume Monday, June 27.

Shuttle buses will provide service between all light rail stations along the affected segment, including Lovers Lane Station and Park Lane Station. The buses will be operated by a third-party charter bus company and will not be DART branded. Passengers should look for charter buses at the red "Rail Disruption" bus stop signs located near each station to board a shuttle bus.

In addition, DART regularly provides frequent bus service between SMU/Mockingbird and Lovers Lane stations on Route 17 and between Park Lane and Walnut Hill stations on Route 27.

More information: www.DART.org and 214-979-1111

Miss Texas Competition
Miss Texas Competition Week Kicks Off Sunday at Galatyn Park
Galatyn Park Urban Center has been abuzz with activity lately as Richardson’s Eisemann Center will be the site of the Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen scholarship competitions for the eighth time beginning next week. Sign toppers recognizing the competitions have been installed on street signs in the area, and the Eisemann Center and Renaissance Hotel are getting ready to welcome the 86 candidates, their guests and competition fans.

The first event will be a “Visionary Brunch” Sunday morning at the hotel where candidates will be introduced. Individual tickets to the event are $45; for tickets, click here.

Preliminary competitions and finals take place at the Eisemann Center beginning June 21—see Arts/Culture below for more information.

Family 4th
Schedule, Parking Plan Announced for Family 4th Celebration
Richardson’s Family Fourth Celebration is back this year and ready to help area residents make memories and continue a longstanding community tradition. Complete with live entertainment, kids’ activities, concessions and a spectacular fireworks show, the free event will take place at Breckinridge Park from 6-10 p.m.

Due to limited onsite parking, off-site parking will be provided free of charge at 3001 and 3101 N. President George Bush Turnpike (near Methodist Richardson Medical Center), with free roundtrip shuttle service provided beginning at 6 p.m. (last bus heading to the park leaves at 9 p.m.) The shuttle buses provided are in partnership with Richardson ISD and provide limited seating, with no under carriage storage. To ensure we can transport the maximum number of people per bus, we encourage you to minimize the amount of additional items you bring with you to the park.

Website: Family 4th Celebration | Richardson, TX (cor.net)

Senior Center Anniversary
Senior Center Celebrates One-Year Renovation Anniversary
The newly renovated Richardson Senior Center opened in June 2021, and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of that milestone, the Center is offering a week full of free, open-to-the-public activities beginning Monday, June 20, including concerts and sweet treats.

The schedule includes:

  • Monday, June 20
    House Party/Concert with singer Anthony Passacantando
    1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 21
    Root Beer Float Day
    1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 22
    DixieSwing Dixieland Band
    2-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23
    Gene Autry Fan Club Concert with Kristyn Harris and Hailey Sandoz
    12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24
    Kona Ice Truck
    Noon-2 p.m.

The Senior Center is located at 820 W. Arapaho Rd. Call 972-744-7800 to RSVP for all events except Thursday concert; for that, call 214-403-5802 or e-mail baumann.jerry@yahoo.com.

Election Day June 18
Runoff Election Day is June 18
The Joint Runoff Election is Saturday, June 18 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Richardson residents who live in Dallas County may vote at any of the 75 Election Day vote centers, including the Parks Room at Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. (Richardson residents who live in Collin County do not have a runoff election in which to vote.) For a complete list of Dallas County Election Day Vote Centers, click here.

Website: www.cor.net/elections

Richardson Projects

Project McKinney
Sections of McKinney Street to Close Temporarily in CORE District
McKinney Street may be closed to traffic alternately (just north of Main and south of Main to Polk Street) as roadway construction/rehabilitation takes place. The work is expected to be complete by late August. 


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“Friday Night Fun” Continues Tonight, Select Fridays
Richardson Gymnastics Center, 300 E. Arapaho Rd.
Cost: $10 resident, $15 nonresident
Select Fridays, June 17-Aug. 26
7:15-10:15 p.m.

For boys and girls ages 4-14.
Children (not necessarily enrolled in the gymnastics program) enjoy group games as well as supervised playtime with some of the gymnastics equipment, such as the low bars, low balance beams, trampolines and the foam pit. Great opportunity for a parents’ night out!

Registration: www.cor.net/parksonline (search “Friday Night Fun”) or call 972-744-7860.

IQ Brew
IQ® Brew June 23
1900 Jay Ell Dr.
In-person at The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Dr., and online 
Admission: Free (registration and Zoom link located here)  
Thursday, June 23 
9-10 a.m. (Coffee and networking begin at 8:30 a.m.)

The next IQ® Brew will feature Matt Bucchin and Lenny Hughes of Richardson-based Halff Associates, Inc., an interdisciplinary planning and design firm. Bucchin and Hughes will briefly introduce the concept of Smart Cities and how technology is influencing and changing our urban environments. They will also highlight examples of innovative technological ideas and opportunities that are already being implemented in areas like the Richardson Innovation Quarter.

IQ® Brew is an ongoing networking and educational series hosted by the City’s Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives and Richardson Chamber of Commerce that features short presentations from entrepreneurs, small businesses, innovation ecosystem builders and subject-matter experts.

Website: www.richardsoniq.com

900 Civic Center Dr., 75080

Tie Dye Bandanas
Teen Program: Make Tie-Dye Bandanas June 18
Basement Program Room
Cost: Free
Saturday, June 18
3-4 p.m.

Use the Sharpie method to create a unique one-of-a-kind piece of wearable tie-dye art. For ages 13-18 only.

Tales for Tails
All-ages Event: Meet the “Tales for Tails” Therapy Dogs June 24
First Floor Program Room
Admission: Free
Friday, June 24
3-4 p.m.

Stop by to meet the loveable canines from Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs and learn all about them from their handlers. The dogs are part of the Library’s popular “Tales for Tails” reading program, in which children in grades K-4 enhance their reading skills by reading to the dogs. 


Arts and Culture 
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

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At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082

  • Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Preliminaries
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $50-$125
    June 21-23
    7 p.m.
  • Miss Texas/Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Finals
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $80-$145
    Saturday, June 25
    Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen Final- 1 p.m.
    Miss Texas Final- 7 p.m. 

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.

Call: 972-744-4650
Website: www.eisemanncenter.com

“Newsies” Opens at Repertory Company Theatre
770 N. Coit Rd. #2405
Tickets: $32 adults, $18 youth (8-18)                                                               
June 17-26
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, this Tony award-winning musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. Based on the 1992 Disney motion picture and inspired by a true story.

Website: www.rcttheatre.com

New RCAS Exhibit at Huffhines Recreation Center

Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Admission: Free
Through Sept. 6
Mondays-Thursdays 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fridays 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thirty-two new works of art by members of the Richardson Civic Art Society are now on display on Huffhines Recreation Center’s indoor art wall, ranging from watercolors and oils to acrylics, pastels and mixed media.

Website: www.richardson-arts.org




Free “Water Wizardly” Workshop June 23
Cost: Free
Thursday, June 23 
6-6:45 p.m.

North Texas often has long, dry summers where water can be scarce. Learn the best techniques for saving water, making wise water choices in your home landscape, and setting up your landscape to need less water. Register here and then check your email for instructions on how to join the live event. Sponsored by the City of North Richland Hills and supported by Texas SmartScape™, an education program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Website: Register Here

Dallas County Master Gardeners Offer Free Gardening Advice via E-mail, Website
If you’re worried about your outdoor plants surviving the latest hot temperatures, The Dallas County Master Gardener Association, through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center, offers free advice via its website and through e-mail. The website features advice on plant care and a “gardening tasks” segment of best tasks to be doing in the lawn and garden in a particular month, and an online form that can be submitted with questions. Questions may also be submitted to the group’s Help Desk via e-mail.

Website: www.dallascountymastergardeners.org  
Contact: dallasmg@ag.tamu.edu 


Make A Difference

Crew Chief ($48,504 - $65,268 Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Crew Chief for individuals with experience in construction and/or maintenance of water distribution and waste collection systems. A Texas Commercial Driver’s License, Class A is required.

Maintenance Helper II ($31,956 to $42,192 Salary)
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.

Heavy Equipment Operator ($42,048 - $53,616 Salary)
The Public Services Department has multiple job openings for Heavy Equipment Operator for individuals with experience operating heavy motorized equipment. Depending on department, a Class A or Class B Texas Commercial Drivers License will be required or obtained within 6 months.

For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week


Say hi to Pi, our cutie tri-pod doggo! This happy guy is a 10-month-old boxer mix that needs a loving and patient home as he is a puppy and showing puppy behaviors. He would do best in a home with large dogs that can keep up with him as his prey drive would not work out with smaller dogs or cats. He is nervous around strangers, but once he warms up he is really sweet. The Vet House is currently helping us foster this cutie during construction so if you are interested in meeting Pi, call the Shelter to schedule a meetup!

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

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