May 27, 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:
Two Neighborhood Pools Open Saturday; Modified Pool Schedule Starts June 4
Dive into summer at two of the City’s neighborhood pools this holiday weekend—the Glenville Pool will be open Saturday-Monday, May 28-30, from 1-8 p.m. Cottonwood Pool will be open Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29, from 1-8 p.m. and Monday from 1-6 p.m. The daily entrance fee for each of the pools is $2, with children age 3 and under free.
All four of the City’s neighborhood pools (Canyon Creek, Cottonwood, Glenville and Terrace) will open for the swim season Saturday, June 4, with a modified, six-day-a-week schedule. A decision on whether to open the Heights Family Aquatic Center will be made June 15 and is dependent on the availability of adequate staffing to allow for it to safely open.
Pool Information: www.cor.net/aquatics
Assistant City Managers Named
City Manager Don Magner announced the appointment of two assistant city managers earlier this week, concluding a search that attracted more than 170 applicants from across the nation. The new appointees are current municipal administrators in Texas: Michaela Dollar, Economic Development Director for the City of Georgetown, and Charles Goff, Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Sunnyvale. Their appointment to the two vacant Richardson assistant city manager positions completes the makeup of the City Manager’s Office leadership team and is the first time the office has been fully staffed since before COVID impacted staffing levels in early 2020.
Dollar’s first day with the City will be Monday, July 11, and Goff’s first day is set for Monday, June 13.
Memorial Day Holiday City Closures, Service Schedule Changes
For the Memorial Day holiday May 30, City services and facilities will operate according to the following holiday schedule.
TRASH / RECYCLING / BRUSH AND BULKY ITEM COLLECTION (BABIC)
There will be NO trash, recycling, or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) services provided Monday, May 30. Make-up days for recycling will follow the schedule below. There will be no make-up days for trash or BABIC.
Recycle make-up days
|Monday, May 30||Tuesday, May 31|
|Tuesday, May 31||Wednesday, June 1|
Public Facility operating hours
|Animal Shelter, City Hall/Civic Center, Municipal Court, Eisemann Center, Gymnastics Center, Library, Senior Center and Recreation Centers||Closed May 30|
|Sherrill Park Golf Course||Open|
|Tennis Center||8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 30|
Water-Efficient Products/ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holidays May 28-30
Texans can save on the purchase of certain water-efficient and water-conserving products as well as energy-efficient appliances during two annual sales tax holidays taking place May 28-30.
The Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday allows for no tax to be charged on products that display a WaterSense® label or logo. These include certain shower heads, bathroom sink faucets, toilets and landscape irrigation controls. This sales tax holiday also applies to certain water-conserving products (even without a WaterSense® label) used at your residence including soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses.
The ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday allows tax-free purchase of the following products if they display the ENERGY STAR® logo:
- air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
- refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
- ceiling fans
- incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
- clothes washers (clothes dryers not included)
There is no limit to the number of qualifying items purchased.
Engineering Department Marks Texas Flood Awareness Week
Staff from the City’s Engineering & Capital Projects Department wore blue shirts on Wednesday in recognition of Texas Flood Awareness Week, May 23-27. The annual week, sponsored by the Texas Floodplain Management Association, encourages public education about flood risks, preparedness, mitigation and recovery.
Engineering & Capital Projects has created a comprehensive website that includes flood information and FEMA flood insurance rate maps. The Engineering Department staff includes four Certified Floodplain Managers, who work day in and day out in flood damage prevention, assist property owners to determine if their property is located within a floodplain, and addresses inquiries about drainage.
Eisemann Center Dance Recital Season Underway
If you’re a “dance mom” or a dance parent or grandparent, you know that May-June usually marks the end-of-year for dance studio classes, and young dancers get to show off what they learned at a dance recital. The Eisemann Center has served as a location for many local dance recitals since it opened in 2002, and this year is no exception.
Over the next four weeks, more than 25 different recitals will be held at the Eisemann Center, in both the Hill Performance Hall and Bank of America Theatre. In fact, serving the community as a performance venue for local arts groups is the Eisemann Center’s primary focus, with regional, national and global performers and events filling in the rest of the Center’s calendar.
Eisemann Center Event Information: Events & Tickets | Eisemann Center
Richardson Today Hits Mailboxes Next Week
The June 2022 issue of Richardson Today should start arriving in mailboxes by the end of next week. The issue includes information about the June 4 Culture in the CORE event, the return of the Family 4th Celebration at Breckinridge Park and the annual sewer smoke testing, set to start in June.
Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city and available at City Hall, the Library, Senior Center and Heights and Huffhines recreation centers.
*Ask your mail carrier if you do not receive your copy of Richardson Today.
Lane Closures Expected on Spring Valley near Brick Row
In two phases, eastbound and then westbound Spring Valley Road between Greenville Avenue and Centennial Boulevard may be closed alternately and detoured to Emily Lane and Centennial Boulevard, due to concrete replacement after an emergency gas main repair. The work is expected to be complete by early June.
Utility Work to Close Lanes on Jupiter Near Springpark Way
In six phases, various lanes of northbound and southbound Jupiter Road at Springpark Way between Lookout Drive and North Cliffe Road may be closed to traffic alternately from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for gas main replacement work. The work is expected to be complete by late June.
Free Saturday Morning Outdoor Yoga at Huffhines Park
Outdoors near Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.
Every Saturday morning throughout the summer, as long as the temperature is comfortable
The Parks and Recreation Department invites you to enjoy free, outdoor yoga at 9 a.m. every Saturday with longtime instructor Renate Racher. All levels are welcome, and no registration is necessary. Bring a mat, props and water. The group meets near the north side of the rec center bridge.
More information: 972-744-7881
“Meet the Counselors” June 2
711 W. Arapaho Rd.
Thursday, June 2
An informal, come-and-go evening at Heights Recreation Center for families to learn all about the City’s Summer Day Camp Program and meet the camp counselors.
900 Civic Center Dr., 75080
Summer Reading Club Begins June 1
Official logs available June 1 at the Library’s Youth Services Desk or online here
June 1-Aug. 7
For babies through teens
Keep track of your reading and earn prizes in the 2022 Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Club! Earn a free book prize and enter the Grand Prize Raffle after you complete the first goal for your reader type:
- Read to Me (Babies, Toddlers, Pre-Readers)— 10 titles
- Independent and Teen Readers— 10 titles OR 10 hours of reading
Read more to earn additional raffle entries and virtual badges. Every 10 books OR hours = 1 raffle entry. Reading logs are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 7. Prizes are courtesy of the Friends of the Richardson Library.
More information: Summer Reading Club | Richardson, TX (cor.net)
Anime Club Meets June 2
First Floor Program Room
Thursdays, June 2, July 14 and Aug. 4
Anime watchers ages 13-18, this is a club just for you! It’s a monthly watch, chat and more about the anime you love. Rated: PG-13 (or lower).
More information: 972-744-4358
At the Eisemann Center:
2351 Performance Dr., 75082
- Tickets Now on Sale for “Midtown Men”/Eisemann Center 20th Anniversary Performance
Hill Performance Hall
Saturday, Sept. 10
Eisemann Center favorites “The Midtown Men” present a new show in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Eisemann Center. With high octane arrangements, slick moves and one of a kind repartee, this quartet of stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys” present even more iconic ‘60s music from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Elvis, The Temptations, The Four Seasons and more!
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office.
- Chinese Language and Culture Camp June 13-July 1
Naveen Jindal School of Management, 800 W. Campbell Rd.
Cost: $350/one week, $600 two weeks, $850 three weeks
Weekly, June 30-July 1
M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Presented by the UT Dallas Center for Asian Studies, “Become a Gong Fu Panda—2022 Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp” for children ages 5-15 years old will not only build Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also develop specific talents in: kung fu, calligraphy, ink and water painting, tai chi fan, folk dances, Chinese crafts and jumping ropes. Daily immersion language classes include reading Chinese classics, telling stories, singing songs and trying tongue twisters. Free parking passes will be provided for parents to drop off and pick up their campers during camp time. More information/registration: Become a Gong Fu Panda! | Center for Asian Studies (utdallas.edu)
Richardson Community Band Outdoor Concerts Begin May 29
City Hall Fountain Plaza, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Sunday, May 29
Enjoy a Memorial Day tribute as the Richardson Community Band kicks off its 2022 outdoor concert series. Lawn chairs, blankets, dogs and picnics are welcome. Parking is free and available in the nearby Library and City Hall lots.
More information: www.richardsoncommunityband.org
Recycling Blue Bag Giveaways Scheduled for June
Public Services staff will be at the Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., and Huffhines Park, 300 N. Plano Rd. (along Plano Road, in the park), on select dates in June to spread the word about the benefits of recycling. One free roll of blue bags will be given out at the park location; vouchers good for one free roll of bags will be given out at the Library. The blue bag rolls and vouchers are for Richardson residents with proof of residency.
Library giveaway dates/times:
- Tuesday, June 7 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 14 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 21 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 28 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Huffhines Park giveaway dates/times:
- Thursday, June 9 11 a.m.-noon
- Thursday, June 16 11 a.m.-noon
- Thursday, June 23 11 a.m.-noon
- Thursday, June 30 11 a.m.-noon
Time to Try Composting
Sunday, May 29, is National Learn About Composting Day, and if you haven’t tried composting yet, it’s a great time to get more information about it. Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable, nutrient-rich natural fertilizer called compost (that looks a lot like garden soil) that can be used for gardening, horticulture and agriculture. Compost can be created in small, covered bins or large, backyard piles, and not only benefits gardens, but keeps unnecessary waste out of landfills and the water system.
The City of Richardson practices composting by having its cut brush and limbs turned into mulch and compost at the regional Texas Pure facility; residents may participate by placing cut limbs and brush at the curb and by placing leaves and grass clippings into compostable yard bags at the curb and requesting a BABIC pickup.
Composting information: Composting - How to make good compost at home (tamu.edu),
BABIC information: Make Mulch, Not Trash | Richardson, TX (cor.net)
Lifeguard ($13.50/hr to $14.72/hr)
This position is for summer 2022. Must be at least 15 years of age with current certification in Lifeguard Training (YMCA or American Red Cross, CPR and First Aid.)
Technical Assistant (PT and Full-Time)
The Eisemann Center is looking for an individual with experience as a theatrical technician, stagehand, or related back stage position who can assist in coordinating and overseeing stage activities.
Recreation Customer Service Representative ($10/hr to $15/hr)
The Parks department has multiple openings at the Recreation Center for individuals who enjoy working with people and to help assist in supervising Recreation Center instructors, programs, and activities.
For other job opportunities, visit www.cor.net/jobs
Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
My name is Charlie (Bamba) , and I am looking for my forever home! I am laidback yet playful, housebroken, crate trained, know basic commands, and I even get along with cats and dogs (all from what my foster family has observed)! The only other thing my potential adopters need to understand is that with men, I need some time to understand you are safe and I can trust you; but after some time, I’ll be your best friend! Just ask my current foster dad! I am however a total ladies’ man and I seem to do well with kids too. I have recently healed off of an injury/surgery, so we need to take it relatively easy for the next couple months, but I am currently available for adoption Richardson Animal Shelter!
For information about animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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