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FEBRUARY 1 Arts Commission virtual ‐ 6 pm 1 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual ‐ 6:30 pm 2 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 4 Library Board Mtg. Library ‐ 7 pm 9 Planning & Zoning Mtg.– virtual –6 pm 15 Topical Work Session ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 16 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 20 Veterans Benefit Forum virtual ‐ 10 am JANUARY 1 City FaciliƟes Closed ‐ New Year’s Day 4 Arts Commission virtual ‐ 6 pm 5 City Council Mtg. ‐ Virtual 6 pm 7 Library Board MeeƟng 7 pm 12 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ virtual 6 pm 16 Veterans Benefit Forum virtual ‐ 10 am 18 City FaciliƟes Closed ‐ MLK Holiday 19 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 26 Planning & Zoning Mtg. – virtual 6 pm

On December 1, 2020 the DeSoto City Council approved the City’s first long‐ term Strategic Plan. This process included City leadership and the community examining the City’s current state, determining its desired future state, establishing strategic prioriƟes, and defining key acƟons to achieve specific outcomes. The Vision Statement is “DeSoto will be the model community for America, giving families and commerce the vision to come and a reason to stay.” The Strategic Plan also emphasizes the City’s dedicaƟon to advancing the equitable outcomes and opportuniƟes for peoples of all races and classes. The City of DeSoto’s Strategic Plan consists of these seven strategic prioriƟes:

Increase public support by providing open two‐way communicaƟon with greater transparency.

Define DeSoto’s idenƟty, promote its uniqueness, and communicate effecƟvely.


Grow a diverse and innovaƟve economy with increased commerce and employment opportuniƟes.

If you are 65 years of age or older, and currently reside at the property, you may request a discount on your monthly water bill. An applicaƟon form is available on the City website or in person at the UƟlity Billing Window in City Hall. Just fill it out and provide a copy of your driver license. You may either fax the informaƟon to 972.230.5795 or return it to the UƟlity Billing office located in City Hall at 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. SENIOR DISCOUNT – AGED 65+  Water discount ‐ $3  Sewer discount ‐ $3  Brush collecƟon discount ‐ $2.81  Drainage discount ‐ $3.50 If you have quesƟons about your uƟlity charges or service, please call the City of DeSoto Public UƟlity Billing Department at 972.230.9627 (press 7 to speak with a customer service representaƟve).

CulƟvate an environment of learning and enrichment by supporƟng excellence in educaƟon, professional development, and job training.

972.230.9690 Create an environment where residents feel safe, and have access to healthy lifestyle choices. Provide access to community ameniƟes that support arts, culture, sports, entertainment and retail for families, and proacƟvely engage and involve the community.

Foster community pride by enhancing the natural beauty of our well‐maintained city through use of art, sustainability, and revitalizaƟon.

Associated with each of these prioriƟes is a set of desired outcomes, strategic objecƟves, and iniƟaƟves. These strategic prioriƟes are Ɵed to the City’s FY2021 Business Plan, which represents the City’s goals and prioriƟes for the current fiscal year. A copy of the City’s Five‐Year Strategic Plan can be found at the following website: hƩp://‐Plan.

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