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Week In Review, Dec. 31, 2020

Post Date:12/31/2020 12:00 PM
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Dec. 31, 2020

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.

The Mayor and City Council wish everyone a safe and happy New Yearholiday and urge residents to do their part in protecting the community by following the guidance of health officials throughout the holiday season!


City of Richardson Recycling, Solid Waste and Facility Schedule for the New Years Holiday 
There will be NO recycling, solid waste or Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service provided Friday, Jan. 1. There will be NO makeup days for trash collection or BABIC service. The table below shows the makeup days for recycling service.

Recycle Makeup Days

 Recycle collection days affected by holiday  Makeup day
 Thursday, Dec. 31  Wednesday, Dec. 30
 Friday, Jan. 1  Thursday, Dec. 31


For the New Years holiday Jan. 1, City facilities and services will operate according to the following holiday schedule.

Facility Open / Closed Status
City Hall/Civic Center and Municipal Court  Closed Jan. 1
Eisemann Center

Closed Jan. 1-3

Recreation Centers and Tennis Center 5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
Gymnastics Center Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1


5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
Animal Shelter
(Contact Richardson’s Response Center at 972-744-4111 to report non-emergency animal related issues.
5 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1 
Sherrill Park Golf Course Open Jan. 1


DART Announces New Year’s Holiday Schedule
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) have announced the following changes for Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1:

Thursday, Dec. 31

  • DART buses, light rail and the TRE will follow a regular weekday schedule
  • DART Customer Information Center will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 1

  • DART buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • TRE will not operate
  • GoLink Inland Port Zone will operate on a Sunday schedule, there will no service in other zones
  • DART administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed
  • DART Customer Information Center will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule
  • Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday-Sunday

Contact: 214-979-1111

City Council Election Packets Available Beginning Jan. 4
Election packets for prospective candidates for Mayor and Places 1 through 6 will be available beginning Jan. 4 for the May 1, 2021 election. The packets are available to pick up in person—anyone wishing to obtain a candidate packet must contact the City Secretary’s Office in advance to schedule a pick up time. You may schedule by calling 972-744-4290 or by e-mail to Alternatively, packets will be available electronically upon e-mail request to the City Secretary. There is not a formal candidate orientation, but candidates may schedule an appointment with the City Secretary to review the packet and election procedures.

The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, Jan. 13 and the last day is Friday, Feb. 12 by 5 p.m. The City of Richardson City Council election is held every two years.

Contact: City Secretary Aimee Nemer, and 972-744-4290

Rec Centers Offer Discounted Memberships in January
To help the community keep their New Year’s fitness resolutions, Richardson recreation centers are ringing in 2021 with 21 percent off all annual recreation memberships purchased during the month of January. (Adult memberships usually cost $60 per year for residents and $120 for nonresidents.) Memberships are valid at both recreation centers throughout the entire year and allow access to each center’s cardio fitness area/weight room, full-sized gym, game room, free WiFi, sauna and locker rooms. Safety precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sign up online at (click on “Memberships” tab at top) or in person at either rec center.

Contact: 972-744-7850 (Heights); 972-744-7881 (Huffhines)

Public Input Needed for Richardson Core District, IQ
Richardson-IQ-Logo-Orange core-district-logo
The Development Services Department is seeking input to help shape proposed branding improvements in the Richardson Innovation Quarter (The IQ®) and the Richardson Core District, through two fun, interactive surveys. With the assistance of Richardson residents, businesses and visitors, the branding that is created for these two districts will provide a sense of place that is unique and representative of Richardson.

Click  for the survey regarding branding for the Richardson Core District (Main Street, Lockwood, Interurban, Richardson Heights, China Town, Spring Valley), and  for the survey regarding branding for the Richardson Innovation Quarter.

The surveys will be available until Jan. 11, 2021.

Longer Outdoor Siren Test Set for Jan. 6
The City’s Office of Emergency Management will conduct a full three-minute test of its Outdoor Warning System at noon Wednesday, Jan. 6. The full test, conducted at least once per year, allows the system to work through one complete warning cycle as would be done during times of emergency. The rest of the year, Emergency Management conducts a 30-second test the first Wednesday of each month.

As a reminder, residents are not expected to hear these sirens from inside a house or building. Their primary purpose is to move people indoors and allow them to seek shelter and more information.

The test will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 3 if there is inclement weather or overcast skies in the area Jan. 6 during the time of the scheduled test.

Contact: 972-744-0900


Richardson Projects 

Lane Closures Planned for Arapaho Road
The right lanes of westbound Arapaho Road between Grant Drive and Harness Lane may be closed to traffic from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for underground cable work. The work is expected to complete by late March.


Track Healthy Habits, Support Richardson with “It’s Time Texas” Challenge

The annual “It’s Time Texas” Community Fitness Challenge begins in a few days, and the City of Richardson is again participating. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign up for the free, 8-week challenge that takes place Jan. 3-Feb. 28 and earn points and win prizes for completing healthy individual actions such as working out, logging water intake and eating healthy meals. People who sign up on behalf of their city also earn points for their community with every healthy action they submit. 

For the first week of the challenge (Jan. 4-10), the Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging Richardson participants to:

  • Register (register by Jan. 3 for 250 bonus points)
  • Download the free ITT Community Challenge app to track activities and earn 500 points
  • Sign the online Community Member pledge and earn 100 points
  • Track water intake each day

To sign up and for more information, click here. After registering, you will be e-mailed a link to download the app.


Make Dog Toys with New Video; Donate to Animal Shelter
Snip and twist fabric remnants into dog toys with the help of a new instructional video created by Library staff, to be posted Friday, Jan. 8 at 3:30 p.m. on the Library’s Facebook page. Your handmade dog toys can be dropped off at the Library during the entire month of January for donation to the Richardson Animal Shelter. The video is free to watch and will remain online 24/7.

(Note: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members receive one volunteer hour for every two toys made; members please secure your toys in a bag and include your name, e-mail address and phone number on a piece of paper.)

Contact: 972-744-4374

Eisemann Center logo

Eisemann Center:

  • “A Pegasus Smorgasbord!” Streaming Event Dec. 31-Jan. 1
    8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, online. Tickets are $18.
    Perennial Eisemann favorite Pegasus Theatre presents a special New Year’s event, “A Pegasus Smorgasbord!,” a compilation of scenes from previous Pegasus “Living Black and White®” shows. The streaming event will be narrated by Kurt Kleinmann and Barbara Weinberger and includes behind-the-scenes information not available elsewhere.
  • “A Trifle Dead: The Movie” Streaming Event Jan. 8-22
    8 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $18.
    “A Trifle Dead: The Movie” is another hilarious whodunit from Pegasus Theatre, featuring beloved Pegasus characters Harry Hunsacker, Nigel Grouse and Lt. Foster trying to find a murderer in a mansion full of suspects, on a cold night in 1938. For cost and safety reasons, this show does not employ Pegasus’ special trade-secret Living Black and White® technique, but it was taped in black and white to give the performance a similar look.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office (credit card only), 972-744-4650 and at . Click here for more information about the Eisemann Center’s COVID-19 safety procedures.

RCB Posts Pop-up Concerts from Richardson Public Art Sites
The Richardson Community Band continued its pop-up “concert tour” last week, with RCB ensembles performing brief sets of favorite holiday tunes in front of notable Richardson public sculptures. An RCB brass ensemble performed outside Fire Station 3 in front of the sculpture, “Flow,” and the “Shimmering Flutes” performed at CityLine in front of the sculpture, “One of a Kind.”

Enjoy video replays of the concerts 24/7 at the RCB Facebook page.




Holiday Box Recycling Fights Crime, Helps Environment
Cardboard Boy Recycling

There are only a few more days left for the City’s annual holiday box recycling, with locations throughout the city for residents to drop off large holiday boxes that are too big to fit inside the City’s blue recycling bags. The collection encourages recycling while helping to prevent home burglaries.

Temporary drop-off box recycling will be available through Jan. 4 at the following locations:


  • Custer Park
    700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts)
  • Recycle Center
    102 N. Cottonwood Dr.
  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts)
  • Breckinridge Park
    5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex)

Note: The temporary locations are for flattened cardboard items ONLY.


Tree Cycling Continues Through Feb. 1
Tree Cycling
Turn your Christmas tree into mulch and compost through the City’s Tree Cycling program. Trees may be dropped off through 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:

  • Trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked.
  • All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed.
  • Calls for BABIC must be received before the designated collection day (your BABIC day is the same as your recycling day).

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


Resolve to Keep Leaves, Grass Out of Landfill
Need ideas for a “green” New Year’s resolution? Make a positive environmental impact by starting the practice of placing leaves and grass clippings in compostable bags, which are picked up curbside for free by the City’s Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) service. The bags, which are made of thick, brown paper and available for purchase in the lawn and garden section of many home improvement retailers, may be filled with leaves, grass and small twigs. When full, call BABIC to let them know you have compostable bags needing to be picked up, and place near the curb on your regular recycling day. The leaves, grass clippings and bags all become compost. In contrast, leaves and grass clippings that are put in plastic trash bags are picked up with regular trash and end up in the landfill, taking up needed space.

Another option is to ditch the bags completely and do what the City does with grass clippings and fallen leaves on City property—shred them with a mulching lawnmower or regular lawnmower and leave them on top of existing grass. They break down quickly and provide vital nutrients for a healthy lawn.

Contact: 972-744-4111


Animal Shelter Pet of the Week

Look at this sweet face! How could you not want to take her home? This sweet baby is Mary Jane! She is a 9-year-old spayed female German shepherd that is fully vaccinated and microchipped. She originally came to the Shelter Nov. 15 as an owner surrender due to food and toy aggression with other dogs. Mary Jane lived with three other dogs but the owner thinks that she would do best in a single dog household. Mary Jane is AMAZING with people. She has lived with cats and children and did fine with them. She needs to be slowly introduced to other dogs but is friendly with meeting new people. She was adopted from our Shelter Dec. 21 and brought back recently as the new adopter’s apartment complex had a weight limit for dogs. The adopter said that Mary Jane is a GREAT dog who never gave them any problems and they would have kept her if their apartment did not have that rule. Come give Mary Jane a chance at a forever home and a chance to spoil you with love and a cute face! If you live in an apartment, please check to make sure it does not have a weight limit or a breed restriction. If you are interested in adopting Mary Jane, please go to our website to check out her information and make an appointment online! 

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


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