February, 2020 www.desototexas.gov
DeSoto City Lights
A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department
In 2019 the City of DeSoto received two high profile financial recogniƟons from one of the most respected government finance organizaƟons in the naƟon. And it wasn’t the first Ɵme that this has happened. The Government Finance Officers AssociaƟon (GFOA) recently announced that DeSoto has received their CerƟficate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ReporƟng for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) issued for the fiscal year ended 2018. Earlier this summer the GFOA selected the City of DeSoto to receive their DisƟnguished Budget PresentaƟon Award. This marks the 27th straight year that DeSoto has won GFOA’s DisƟnguished Budget PresentaƟon Award and the 33rd straight year that they’ve won the GFOA’s CerƟficate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ReporƟng. “We take our financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars very seriously, and want our residents to know that these two awards from the Government Finance Officers AssociaƟon (GFOA) confirm that DeSoto’s accounƟng pracƟces are extremely accurate, transparent, and among the best of any government bodies in the naƟon!“ stated DeSoto Mayor CurƟstene McCowan. DESOTO CONTINUES TO BUILD RECOGNITION FOR TOP ACCOUNTING PRACTICES by Matt Smith, Communications Manager PresentaƟon Award was created in 1984 as a way to inspire governments to produce top quality budget documents that meet the strict guidelines established by the NaƟonal Advisory Council on State and Local BudgeƟng and the GFOA's best pracƟces on budgeƟng. “DeSoto has maintained a constant conservaƟve philosophy when it comes to managing finances and government operaƟons, and this recogniƟon is reflecƟve of that long‐standing philosophy!” noted Interim DeSoto City Manager M. Renee Johnson. “The DeSoto City Council has been able to lower the residenƟal and business tax rate for the past five years.” Founded in 1906, the Government Finance Officers AssociaƟon (GFOA), represents more than 20,000 public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. Their members include federal, state, local, and provincial finance officials who are the most inƟmately involved in the budget process for their respecƟve government bodies. To learn more visit hƩps://www.gfoa.org.
The GFOA’s CerƟficate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ReporƟng was established in 1945 to encourage state and local governments to exceed tradiƟonal budget reporƟng standards and to produce comprehensive annual financial reports that embrace both transparency and full financial disclosure. The GFOA’s DisƟnguished Budget
Chattey Road Reconstruction Project Scheduled To Begin Soon ReconstrucƟon of ChaƩey Road from Belt Line Road to Pleasant Run Road is expected to begin soon following an extended period of project delivery acƟviƟes. The project is included in the City of DeSoto’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Currently, ChaƩey Road is a two‐lane asphalt roadway located within a residenƟal community. In addiƟon to with vehicle traffic, there is pedestrian school traffic along ChaƩey Road and there are no sidewalks increasing the need for a full reconstrucƟon of the roadway. The construcƟon cost is $6.1M. The construcƟon contractor is Texas Standard ConstrucƟon, Ltd. ConstrucƟon will begin this Spring and is expected to last for approximately fiŌeen months. The project includes: replacing the asphalt pavement with concrete pavement, new sidewalks, drainage improvements, water and sewer line upgrades, landscaping and street lighƟng. The current lane configuraƟon will remain the same with one northbound lane and one southbound lane. The delay in the construcƟon start for ChaƩey Road has been due to compleƟon of relocaƟons for the franchise uƟliƟes that exist within the ChaƩey Road right of way. These relocaƟons are substanƟally complete.
February 3 Arts Commission Mtg.—Civic Ctr. 6 pm 3 Park Board Mtg. ‐ Civic Ctr. 6:30 pm 4 City Council Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7pm 11 Planning & Zoning Mtg.‐City Hall ‐ 7pm 13 Library Board Mtg.—Library—6pm 13 Historical FoundaƟon Mtg. 6pm 17 Veterans Affairs. Mtg. City Hall ‐6:30pm 18 City Council Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7pm 24 DEDC Board Mtg. ‐ City Hall 9 am 25 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ Canceled 28 Dallas Black Dance Theater‐DHS‐7pm 28 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ City Hall 7 pm 30 Public Mtg. ChaƩey Rd. City Hall 6:30pm 18 Veterans Benefit Fair ‐ Library 10a –1pm 20 City Offices closed ‐ MLK Holiday 21 City Council Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7 pm 24 4th Friday Concert‐Corner Theatre ‐8pm 27 DEDC Board Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 9 am
Residents whose properƟes have direct driveway access from ChaƩey Road will have access at all Ɵmes. In the event that access has to be restricted, the City will coordinate with the affected homeowners. Please, maintain safe speeds through the construcƟon work zone and observe all warning signs. ProtecƟng the safety of motorists, construcƟon workers and City personnel is the top priority. Should any detours be necessary, the City will communicate this informaƟon to the public in advance.
ConstrucƟon inherently causes inconveniences. The City will try to
minimize inconveniences to the extent possible and will provide regular updates on construcƟon status and key milestones through this newsleƩer, the City website and social media plaƞorms.
For more informaƟon, please call 972.230.7309.
The City of DeSoto will hold a Regular ElecƟon on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The following places will be voted on in this elecƟon: Important Information Regarding the 2020 Municipal Election DeSoto residents who are interested in filing for one of these city council seats must live within the bounds of the district to be eligible. However, all candidates are elected at large. Candidate Filing InformaƟon Packets can be requested by sending an email to the City Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, email address and contact phone number. Packets can also be picked up in the City Secretary’s office during regular business hours. Filing for a place on the ballot takes place from January 15, 2020 through February 14, 2020 between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm in the City Secretary’s office. On February 14, 2020, the office will close promptly at 5 pm and no filing informaƟon will be accepted aŌer that Ɵme. Please visit the City of DeSoto website at www.desototexas.gov for updates on the municipal elecƟon. Councilmember Place 2 Councilmember Place 4
DeSoto residents register and start logging your workouts at hƩps:// iƩcommunitychallenge.com.
DeSoto Town Center Plaza 211 E. Pleasant Run Road
For the February Fourth Friday concert/event, the DeSoto Arts Commission is pleased to present the Dallas Black Dance Theatre on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 pm at the DeSoto High School ‐ Fred Nickels Auditorium, located at 600 Eagle Drive. Before the historic dance company takes the stage, there will also be a special performance by the DeSoto High School A Capella Choir. This outstanding evening of entertainment is underwriƩen by the DeSoto Arts Commission, City of DeSoto and DeSoto ISD and, as a result, we can offer special pricing. General Admission Ɵckets are just $10 each. All students and seniors 55+ may aƩend the performance for just $5 per person. Tickets are available for purchase online at ArtsDeSoto.com or by calling 972.230.9648.
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February 1, 2020 6:30 to 9:30 pm DeSoto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road 972.230.9655
Cosponsor General seaƟng is $40 per couple, $20 for each addiƟonal guest. VIP seaƟng is $55 per couple and $27.50 for each addiƟonal guest. Purchase Ɵckets online at DESOTOTEXAS.GOV/REGISTER or at the RecreaƟon Center or by calling 972.230.9655 for more informaƟon.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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