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Nov. 12, 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:

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Bond Election Results Canvassed
Bond Election Returns Canvassed
The City Council adopted a resolution Monday officially declaring the results of the 2021 City Bond Election after canvassing the votes.

On Nov. 2, voters approved all five measures of the proposed $190 million bond package, which will fund improvement projects for:

  • Streets, Alleys and Traffic Signals
  • Public Buildings
  • Sidewalks
  • Flood Control and Drainage
  • Parks

No tax rate increase for the debt will occur; the sale of the bonds will be staggered over the next five years.

City staff will present a work/bond implementation plan to the Council for approval each year.

Website: www.cor.net/bond


Statement of Goals
2021-23 City Council Statement of Goals Adopted
At Monday’s City Council meeting, the Council approved a resolution adopting its 2021-23 Statement of Goals, including Rules of Engagement, a Vision and a list of four goals and 12 strategies that set the tone for the Council’s term of governance.

The 2021-23 Goals are:

  • Our well-trained, engaged and innovative employees deliver an exceptional customer experience while working in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment
  • To have clear, understandable and consistently applied processes and policies that make it easy for residents, employees and other stakeholders to interact with the City
  • To have residents and other stakeholders choose Richardson as the best place to locate, contribute and engage
  • To effectively and efficiently manage City resources while maintaining and enhancing City services

For the complete 2021-23 City Council Statement of Goals, go to www.cor.net/goals. A list of proposed tactics on how to carry out the strategies will be presented to the Council in December.

Website: www.cor.net/goals


Veteran Fees Waived
Fees Waived at Animal Shelter for Veterans
In conjunction with the City’s Veterans Partnership Initiative, Animal Services announced this week that pet adoption fees are now waived at the Animal Shelter for all military veterans, year-round. Adoption fees normally range from $15-$35 depending on the type and age of pet.

Note that a $5 registration fee for Richardson residents will still apply. All regular adoption guidelines apply and new owners will still be required to have the pets spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies if it has not been done so already. A valid Texas driver’s license or ID is required and new owners must be 18 or older.

Website: www.cor.net/animalservices
Website: www.cor.net/vpi


UT Veterans
UT Dallas Earns Award for Excellence in Veteran Education
UT Dallas was one of nine recipients of the Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Gold Award from the Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans Education Program. In its first year, the award includes gold-, silver- and bronze-level honors, which recognize institutions of higher education for excellence in providing education and related services to student veterans and military-connected students.

Among campus services, UT Dallas offers a Military and Veteran Center (MVC) that provides resources and support for veterans and military-affiliated students who can connect with university staff invested in seeing students achieve their academic and career goals.

The Texas Veterans Commission evaluated award applicants on a number of criteria, including the quality of academic support services; staff and faculty training; mental health and disability services; and career services.

Website: Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Gold Award


Santa's Village All Hands on Deck
All Hands on Deck for Santa’s Village
Travelers along Arapaho Road near the Library may have noticed an increase in activity lately at the Santa’s Village site, as Community Events and Park staff, community volunteers and local contractors have been working rain or shine to get the Village ready in time for its Dec. 4 opening.

The Village’s 16 tiny wood and steel buildings, whose components are stored outdoors during the “off season,” have not been assembled in two years (Santa’s Village was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic) so there is much to be done, refreshing paint as needed and doing carpentry repairs as well as cleaning, decorating, flooring repair and electrical work. A new 15-foot artificial tree has been installed at the northeast corner of the Village.

Santa’s Village opens Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. with the traditional lighting of the pecan tree and arrival of Santa. (There are still a few volunteer spots left and a wait list will be taken; if interested, click here to sign up.)

Website: www.cor.net/santa


Volunteers Needed for Parade
Volunteers Needed for Christmas Parade
Community Events is seeking volunteers 18 and older to help with the annual Christmas Parade taking place Dec. 4. Volunteer jobs include helping with staging at the beginning of the parade route and walking along the 1.1-mile route during the parade, helping with timing/spacing and communicating any concerns to parade organizers.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 on Coit Road at Cherrywood Drive. To sign up to volunteer, click here.


Richardson Projects

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More Lane Closures Scheduled to Begin Soon near Renner/Shiloh
North Texas Municipal Water District utility work taking place near the intersection of Renner and Shiloh roads is expected to close additional lanes in two phases beginning Nov. 15, weather permitting. In Phase 1, the center, left and two left turn lanes of eastbound Renner Road between Wyngate Boulevard and Shiloh Road may be closed to traffic from 7 p.m. Nov. 15-5 a.m. Nov. 16. In Phase 2, the two left turn lanes of eastbound Renner Road onto northbound Shiloh Road may be closed to traffic at all times beginning Nov. 16. Lane closures already taking place in the area daily from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. include the right lane of southbound Shiloh Road between Plano Parkway and Renner Road, and the outside left turn lane of westbound Renner Road onto southbound Shiloh Road. The entire project is expected to be complete by mid-December.

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Pavement Repair along Spring Valley Road to Close Lanes East of Coit
The right lanes of eastbound and westbound Spring Valley Road between Coit Road and Waterview Drive may be closed to traffic at different locations from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for concrete warranty work associated with the Spring Valley Project. The work is expected to be complete by late November.



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CityLine Night Market and Live Music Tonight

CityLine Plaza, 1150 State St.
Admission: Free
Friday, Nov. 12
6-10 p.m.

“The Boho Market” will feature more than 45 makers and vendors set up on CityLine Plaza along with live music from rock and soul artist Mitchell Ferguson. In addition, the plaza is currently lit up for the holidays with extra lights, close to a half million, and features a large Christmas tree.

Free parking is available along State Street or on the ground level of all nearby parking garages. Check the CityLine Facebook page for weather updates.

Website: www.citylinedfw.com
Website: www.facebook.com/CityLineDFW


Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Continues Tomorrow
Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Admission: Free
Saturday Nov. 13
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The public is invited to shop early for the holidays at the annual Richardson Senior Center holiday bazaar. Find holiday décor and other unique arts and crafts items made and sold by area seniors. The first day of the Bazaar ended at 3 p.m. today; the event continues tomorrow.


Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration Nov. 16
Dialogue Institute Dallas, 1416 E. Collins Blvd.
Admission: Free
Tuesday, Nov. 16
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Richardson Interfaith Alliance, in partnership with Dialogue Institute Dallas, is hosting its annual, public Thanksgiving Celebration Tuesday, Nov. 16. Dialogue Institute Dallas will provide the main meal and attendees are asked to bring their favorite side dish, dessert or fruit tray to share.

RSVP here; note that seating is limited. A waitlist will be taken once full.


Christmas Parade Registration Ends Nov. 19
Registration ends next week for Richardson’s 49th Annual Christmas Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 4 along Coit Road and benefiting Network of Community Ministries. This year’s parade theme is “There’s No Place Like Home.” Individuals and groups are encouraged to interpret the theme with costumes, vehicles, pets and floats.

Entry fee is $25 and/or a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Network. The registration form and parade rules can be found online. Deadline for registration is 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Also online is information on how to become a Friend of the Parade and receive reserved seating, complimentary refreshments and a parking pass.

The parade’s award ceremony will be held Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at Santa’s Village, just prior to the opening night tree-lighting ceremony.

Website: www.cor.net/ChristmasParade


“Brown Bag” Drive-thru Thanksgiving Dinner at Senior Center Nov. 23
Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Cost: $8.50 per dinner
Tuesday, Nov. 23
Call for pick-up time and to pay: 972-744-7800

Seniors can drive through and pick up Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center’s “Brown Bag Thanksgiving” Nov. 23 for themselves and more—there is no limit to the number you may purchase. Each meal features Thanksgiving favorites such as turkey, several sides and a slice of pumpkin pie. Sign up by end of business hours Nov 19.

900 Civic Center Dr., 75080

Chess Con
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UT Dallas Chess Team Hosts Chess Con 2021 Tomorrow

Basement Program Room
Admission: Free (registration required)
Saturday, Nov. 13
3-5 p.m.

Chess enthusiasts ages 10-18 are invited to play against members of the internationally renowned UT Dallas chess team. Learn some tips to up your game and watch a blindfolded match on a giant chess board.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358

Video: Chess Con 2021


CTech Kids Club
C-TECH Kids Club Nov. 19
Basement Training Room
Admission: Free
Friday, Nov. 19
4-5 p.m.

Children ages 9-12 experiment with exciting STEM activities in this ongoing program. On Nov. 19, attendees will explore the human heart with littleBits™, small circuit boards that snap together with magnets.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358


Steam Fall 2021
STEAM Starters Nov. 19
First Floor Program Room
Friday, Nov. 19
4-5 p.m.

Kids ages 6-8 discover and explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Friday’s project: Learn what a thaumatrope is, then make your own!

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358

Arts and Culture
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • Menopause The Musical® This Weekend
    Hill Performance Hall
    Tickets: $35-$50
    Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13
    7:30 p.m. both nights with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Saturday

    The hilarious “Celebration of Women and The Change®” is back! Four women at a lingerie sale find they have more in common than just a black lace bra—like memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more— and share their experiences while singing parodies of classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

  • Snow Queen Ballet Nov. 13-14
    Bank of America Theatre
    Tickets: $18-$22
    Saturday, Nov. 13
    7 p.m.

    Studio 3 Dance presents this timeless classic, a magical journey through the seasons based on the Snow Queen fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

  • “7,000 Miles to Broadway” Nov. 18
    Hill Performance Hall
    Thursday, Nov. 18
    7:30 p.m.

    Broadway star, Tony Award nominee and former Plano resident J. Robert Spencer takes you on a musical journey across a variety of genres and multiple decades, a trip that begins in “the family wood-paneled yellow station wagon” where he grew up singing classic country, rock and Broadway hits. Spencer went on to star on Broadway in “Jersey Boys” and “Next to Normal” and has toured since 2011 with his singing group, “The Midtown Men.” Expect hits by Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, and many more.

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

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

At UT Dallas:

  • Chamber Music Concert Tonight
    Jonsson Performance Hall
    Admission: $15
    Friday, Nov. 12
    8 p.m.

    “Of Earth and Ethereal: Music for Harp, Flute and Cello—An Edna W. McClintock Memorial Concert” features Laura L. Brandenburg, harp; Don Bailey, flute; Gayane Manasjan, cello; and Michael McNicholas, percussion.

    More information/tickets: Of Earth and the Ethereal: Music for Harp, Flute, and Cello - An Edna W McClintock Memorial Concert - Comet Calendar (utdallas.edu)

  • Comer Collection: New Acquisitions Exhibit
    Nebula Gallery, McDermott Library, MC 3.504
    Admission: Free
    Monday-Friday through Dec. 23
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Curated by Dr. Diane Durant, Director of the Jerry and Marilyn Comer Collection of Photography, “New Acquisitions: Comer Collection” features work by a wide range of photographers—from Barbara Morgan and Nan Goldin to Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Wendy Red Star—all of which have been added to the collection in the last two years and address a variety of subjects.



Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day; Blue Bag Giveaway at City Hall
In celebration of America Recycles Day (aka National Recycling Day), Public Services staff will be in the City Hall foyer Monday, Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. giving away rolls of blue recycling bags. Each Richardson household may receive one roll of bags.

In addition, staff will be at Fire Station 6, 3591 Park Vista Rd., on Tuesdays in November (Nov. 16, 19, 22 and 29) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. giving away vouchers good for a free roll of blue bags.

Acceptable materials for Richardson’s recycling program (see list here) may be placed all together in the blue bag and set out at your trash pick-up site on the morning of your designated recycling day. Please be sure the materials are clean and dry.



Free Online Herb Gardening Class Nov. 18
Cost: Free
Thursday, Nov. 18
6-8 p.m.

Rooted In and the City of Irving are co-hosting “Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening Essentials” Nov. 18 online. Learn how to get the most out of your landscape and kitchen garden by planting some of the many herbs adapted to Texas. Topics include design and plant selection, proper soil prep and planting techniques, as well as the many uses of herbs inside and outside the home.

RSVP/more information: https://rootedin.com/event/herb-your-enthusiasm-herb-gardening-essentials/




Technical Assistant ($15.73/hr to 23.39/hr)
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.

Surface Finisher ($38,316 to $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.

Recreation Center Manager ($54,204 to $78,288 Salary)
The Parks Department at Huffhines is looking for an individual with knowledge of techniques and methods of supervising recreational activities and can plan, manage, and conduct diversified recreation programs at various Recreation Center locations and selected playground areas.

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


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Rosey POTW

Say hi to Rosey! This playful girl originally came in as an owner surrender on Sept. 21. She is a 1-year-old spayed domestic short hair who is searching for a forever home! She likes to wrestle and play with other cats and play chase and fetch balls. She has not been around children and is not used to dogs, so she would need a slow introduction. Once she warms up to you, she will plop herself next to you to get pets all over her chin and face. Rosey is fully vetted and microchipped and only $15 to adopt! Come and adopt Rosey today so she can be in a home where she can love you and play!

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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