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Nov. 5, 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 Propositions Approved
2021 Bond Results
Unofficial results from the 2021 Bond Election show Richardson voters approved all five propositions of the $190 million bond package on the ballot. More than 7,500 registered voters (10.6 percent) turned out at the polls and approved the bond propositions by an average of 75.6 percent support per proposition.

The Nov. 2 election will not be made official until the City Council canvasses the results at its Nov. 8 meeting. For detailed election results, go to www.cor.net/election.


Proposed 2021-23 City Council Goals Presented
The City Council's 2021-23 Statement of Goals was presented at Monday’s City Council work session. The goals are based on discussions from three previous goal-setting meetings held with the Council. The biennial City Council Statement of Goals, which includes the Role of the Council, Rules of Engagement, Vision as well as Goals and Strategies, guides the City and City Council’s work during each Council term and results in specific steps undertaken by the City (aka “tactics”) to bring the strategies to life and achieve the goals.

The 2021-23 proposed Statement, which includes four goals and 12 strategies, shares similarities to past Council goals but includes a new emphasis on providing a safe, inclusive and equitable environment for City employees.

The City Council will vote on adopting the 2021-23 Statement of Goals at its Nov. 8 meeting, and a complete list of proposed tactics will be presented to the Council in December.

View the presentation from Monday’s work session here.


Update Given on Redesigned Memorial Park, Other Veteran Initiatives
City staff updated the City Council Monday on ways in which the City currently demonstrates support and appreciation for veterans, including the recent renovation of the City’s Memorial Park, a “place of reflection and remembrance” that honors Richardson residents who have given their lives in defense of our country. The 2.4-acre park, located at 601 Centennial Blvd., has been enhanced with new landscaping, flagpoles, lighting and stone upgrades and will officially be recognized with a ribbon cutting Nov. 13.

Other initiatives discussed included the Library’s veterans’ oral history program, unique veteran benefits for City employees and the City’s Veteran’s Partnership Initiative web page, which provides important links to organizations that specialize in providing services to veterans and their families.

The City was designated a Purple Heart City last fall by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which means Richardson recognizes the sacrifice of people who have served their country, particularly those who are Purple Heart recipients.

Website: www.cor.net/VPI


City Recognized with State Planning Award
The City of Richardson was recognized this week by the American Planning Association–Texas Chapter with its Texas Urban Design Gold Award for planning efforts related to the future Arapaho Center Station Transit-Oriented Development. In 2020, the City worked with DART and consultant AECOM to create redevelopment scenarios for the Arapaho Center Station and DART facilities that included new retail and entertainment amenities, office space and residential uses. The plan also included essential urban design elements such as open space, trails and a walkable street network.

This planning effort builds on the 2018 vision for the Richardson IQ®, which identified the Arapaho Center Station as the front door to the innovation district.

Website: www.RichardsonIQ.com


New Watering Schedule in Effect
Winter water conservation in Richardson began Monday, Nov. 1, allowing residents to water their yards at any time on their twice-per-week designated watering days to avoid watering when temperatures may drop below freezing. If water sprinklers run overnight during freezing weather, they can cause dangerous conditions on roads and sidewalks.

To find out your designated watering days, click here. To receive weekly, personalized recommendations on how much water your yard needs, visit www.watermyyard.org.

Website: www.cor.net/waterconservation

Website: www.cor.net/epi


Senior Center Closed Nov. 11
The Richardson Senior Center will be closed Nov. 11 due to setup taking place for the Holiday Bazaar (see story in Events below). Note that on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 it will be open only for the Bazaar; regularly scheduled programming and amenities such as the fitness room will not be available.


Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 7
Daylight Saving Time
Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night since Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 7. As part of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries” initiative, the Richardson Fire Department encourages everyone to also change smoke alarm/carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries at this time. Having a working smoke alarm/CO alarm doubles the chances of escaping and surviving a home fire or carbon monoxide leak.


Richardson Today to be Mailed Early Next Week
The November issue of Richardson Today should start arriving in mailboxes early next week. Readers can gain insights into the people, services and events that make Richardson “tick”—look for stories about firefighters training for birth emergencies, the oldest exerciser at the Senior Center and volunteers who help several City departments. Four pages are full of upcoming events and the issue also includes the Parks and Recreation Department’s 2022 Winter Recreation Guide, containing even more events and classes.

Richardson Today is mailed to every residence in the city. Ask your local mail carrier if you do not receive your copy and you live within the boundaries of Richardson. Keep up with Richardson Today stories as they happen, including video, at www.RichardsonToday.com. A digital version of the print edition of Richardson Today may also be accessed there.


Richardson Projects

West Prairie Creek Drive Project Refined
City staff updated the City Council Monday on the new proposed design/project scope for the West Prairie Creek Drive Project, a 2015 Bond-funded project that will improve West Prairie Creek Drive between Campbell Road and Collins Boulevard. The refinements were made after gathering initial public input from November 2020-January 2021, with additional public input this year in July and October.

Highlights of the new project scope include:

  • No widening of West Prairie Creek Drive
  • Intersection enhancements at West Prairie Creek Drive/Lookout Drive
  • New parallel parking spaces and enhanced signage along the south side of Lookout Drive near Prairie Creek Park
  • A new crosswalk at Ridgewood Drive
  • Enhanced cross walks at Fall Creek Drive and Arborcrest Drive
  • Enhanced parking signage along West Prairie Creek Drive; parking restrictions at select locations for safety
  • Water line and sewer improvements

After receiving City Council feedback, design work will continue (it is currently 50 percent complete) with an estimated construction start date of summer 2022.


Lane Closures on Abrams Expected North of Dallas College/Richland
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The right lanes of northbound and southbound Abrams Road between Birch Lane and Buckingham Road may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for fiber optic work. The work is expected to wrap up by early February.



IQ® Brew Nov. 11 Features UT Dallas AI, ML Experts
The Drawing Board, 1900 Jay Ell Dr.
Admission: Free
Thursday, Nov. 11
8:30-10 a.m.

The ongoing networking and educational series is hosting a team of leaders from UT Dallas’ Center for Applied AI and Machine Learning: Dr. Doug DeGroot, Dr. Gopal Gupta and Dr. Lakshman Tamil. Join in-person or online via Zoom.

More information: https://www.meetup.com/RichardsonIQ/events/280919636/


Senior Center Holiday Bazaar Nov. 12-13
Richardson Senior Center, 820 W. Arapaho Rd.
Admission: Free
Friday-Saturday Nov. 12-13
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.


Sign Up for “Letter from Santa,” “Chat with Santa”
Help children share their holiday wishes with Santa via the City’s “Letter from Santa” and/or “Chat with Santa” experiences:

  • “Letter from Santa”—children of all ages may receive a personalized letter from Santa. Each letter is addressed specifically to the individual and sent on special stationery. Cost per letter is $5. (Sign up on the form found in the Winter Recreation Guide.) No registrations will be taken after Dec. 7 to ensure delivery before Christmas Eve.
  • “Chat with Santa—an interactive experience that connects families to Santa through personal, live video chats, this year taking place Dec.14-15 from 5-8:30 p.m. Each live chat is five minutes long and costs $5 per chat. Families with more than one child may sign up for multiple chats. Sign up here. Last day to register is Dec. 3.

More information: www.cor.net/santa

Contact: 972-744-4580


Register Now for Nov. 20 Gobble Hobble 5K and Fun Run
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Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Dr.
Cost: $15-$35 plus registration fees
Saturday, Nov. 20
8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Support the Boys & Girls Club of Richardson and celebrate the 16th year of the Gobble Hobble, back once again in person. Presented by Methodist Richardson Medical Center; the City of Richardson is an in-kind sponsor. Packet pickup is Nov. 18-19 at the Richardson Police Department, 200 N. Greenville Ave.

Website: www.gobblehobble.com


“NASA’s Cosmic Discoveries” Nov. 6
Basement Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Admission: Free (registration required)
Saturday, Nov. 6
2-3 p.m.

Children in grades 3-8 are invited to learn about NASA’s incredible space missions, amazing discoveries and the upcoming launch of its newest telescope.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358


Camp Write-In Continues
Camp Write In
First Floor Program Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Cost: Free (registration required; space is limited)
Thursdays, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Young writers ages 10-17 set personal goals and write a novel in conjunction with the National Novel Writing Month Youth Writers Program. Word prompts, games and snacks are provided.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4358 or stop by the Youth Services Help Desk.


Learn Adobe Premiere Pro Nov. 12
Basement Training Room, 900 Civic Center Dr.
Cost: Free (registration required)
Friday, Nov. 12
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Discover the essential skills needed for editing your own videos. Students will learn about:

  • how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to import, optimize and export videos;
  • how to make basic edits to both audio and video material;
  • how to improve video quality by utilizing effects; and
  • how to perform some “movie magic.”

Open to Richardson residents ages 16+ with a valid Richardson Library card.

Registration/more information: 972-744-4359

Arts and Culture
Cultural Partnership Initiative CPI

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At the Eisemann Center:

  • RSO: “Mozart & Strauss” Nov. 6
    Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Dr.
    Tickets: $15-$75
    Saturday, Nov. 6
    8 p.m.

“Mozart & Strauss” features RSO principal clarinetist Kwanghoon Yi performing Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” and Richard Strauss’ “Le Borgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60.”

  • Richardson Community Band Nov. 7
    Hill Performance Hall, 2351 Performance Dr.
    Admission: Free
    Sunday, Nov. 7
    3 p.m.

In its first live performance since the pandemic began, the band presents, “Together Again!” a concert that includes several patriotic songs.

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:

  • Last Weekend for “First Date: The Musical”
    University Theatre, UT Dallas Campus, 800 W. Campbell Rd.
    Tickets: $15
    Friday-Saturday Nov. 5-6
    8 p.m. both days with a 2:15 p.m. matinee Saturday

In this Broadway comedy about two mismatched singles set up on a blind date by friends and family, Aaron is a Jewish banker looking for a relationship and Casey is an atheist who works at an art gallery and constantly pursues dead-end relationships. Through the influences of their family and friends (who appear in their imaginations throughout the date), and the effects of social media, the date appears hilariously doomed.

More information/map/tickets: First Date - Comet Calendar (utdallas.edu)

  • Chamber Music Concert Nov. 12
    Jonsson Performance Hall, UTD Campus, 800 W. Campbell Rd.
    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)

Lone Star Wind Orchestra Concert Nov. 7
Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas
Tickets: $10-$20
Sunday, Nov. 7
3 p.m.

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, funded in part by the Richardson Cultural Arts Commission, opens the 2021-22 concert season featuring music by acclaimed composer Omar Thomas.


RHS Orchestra Concert Nov. 10
RHS Auditorium, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd.
Admission: Free
Wednesday, Nov. 10
6 p.m.

The four orchestras of Richardson High School will showcase a variety of pieces learned during the fall semester. Following the concert, the Tongue In Cheek ice cream truck will be on site offering ice cream cups for $4.


Last Weekend for “The Hairy Ape” at The Core Theatre
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The Core Theatre, 518 W. Arapaho Rd.
Tickets: $18
Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6
7:30 p.m.

The Core Theatre is hosting The Classics Theatre Project for a production of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape: A Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes,” and the show continues for one more weekend. The ensemble cast tackles O’Neill’s take on expressionism in a play that challenges the underlying rags-to-riches mythology of America and examines the effects of alienation in the modern world.

Ticket link: Purchase Tickets to Eugene O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE at The Classics Theatre Project | TicketstotheCity.com



Master Gardeners Offer Winter Prep Tips for Yard, Garden
If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get your yard and garden ready for winter. The Dallas County Master Gardener Association, Inc., a division of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, recommends several things to do, including:

  • Rake leaves, cut fading annuals and clip back perennials, adding all the yard waste to a compost pile (or bag it and call BABIC; see below for info)
  • Turn off your irrigation system. Dormant plants and grasses don’t need water, and watering during the winter can lead to weeds and disease that harm your lawn. Water spots in the garden or lawn by hand if they appear to need water; and be sure to water garden plants when below-freezing temperatures are expected, covering sensitive plants with frost cloth.
  • Replenish mulch around trees, shrubs, etc. as needed, up to four inches in depth, taking care to keep it from touching the trunk of a tree or shrub. Mulch applied in late fall insulates plants from extremely low temperatures.

More tips: www.dallascountymastergardeners.org


City’s Curbside BABIC Program Turns Leaves Into Mulch/Compost
Richardson residents can avoid having their leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste end up in the landfill (and instead turned into compost and mulch) simply by putting the waste in compostable yard bags, setting the bags along the front curb and calling the City’s Brush and Bulky Item (BABIC) request line for a free pickup. Compostable yard bags (made of thick, brown paper and often sold in folded “flats”) may be purchased in the lawn and garden section of several local retailers.

There is no minimum number of bags required for a BABIC pickup. Make sure you indicate that you have compostable material to be picked up, and keep the bags separate from any non-compostable, bulky items you may also have for pickup, to ensure they go to the correct place. (Large limbs or large piles of limbs set out for BABIC do not have to be bagged.)

Mulch and compost generated from BABIC is available to the public for purchase at a very reasonable price through a partnership called Texas Pure and discounted to residents living in the member cities (Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney and Frisco).

More information: Make Mulch, Not Trash | Richardson, TX (cor.net)

BABIC requests: 972-744-4111 or www.cor.net/Recycling



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 Driver’s License, Class A, will be required.

Assistant House Manager ($32,724-$48,660 salary)
The Eisemann Center is looking for an individual with experience as an event coordinator, assistant house or patron service manager, or assistant volunteer coordinator who can manage front-of-house operations associated with activities scheduled at the Eisemann Center.

Senior Capital Projects Contract Administrator ($55,944-$84,360 salary)
The Engineering/Capital Projects Department is looking for an individual with experience as a contract administrator, contract manager or relevant role and has knowledge of legal requirements involved with contracts and strong analytical and organizational skills.

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


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week


Meet Brooke! She has been at the Shelter since August, longer than any other cat. She is 15 years old and came to the Shelter as an owner surrender. She is spayed, declawed and fully vetted. She is an indoor cat that has lived in a quiet home with two seniors and three other cats and has done well around dogs. She is good with children and litterbox trained. Do not let her age stop you from adopting her because she acts younger than she is. She would love a home where she can lay on your lap all day and give you love! Come see Brooke 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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