City Lights May

May 2021

DeSoto City Lights MUNICIPAL ELECTION ‐ SATURDAY, MAY 1ST The City of DeSoto will hold a Municipal General ElecƟon on May 1, 2021. Here are the candidates: City Council Place 6 Versie Murchison

Crystal Chism Entaune Tyson City Council Place 7 Kenzie Moore, III LeƟƟa Hughes

All members of the City Council run by place but are elected at large. This means that they must reside in the district for which they are seeking elecƟon. However, all registered voters who live anywhere in DeSoto may cast ballots for that posiƟon. The Mayor may reside anywhere within the City limits and is also elected at large. If you would like more informaƟon on the City Council districts, a map is available on the City’s website at under the Government tab at the top of the page. Important Municipal ElecƟon Dates:  Last day to register to vote ‐ April 1st  First day to early vote ‐ April 19th  Last day to receive an applicaƟon for ballot by mail (ABBM) in the Dallas County office (not postmarked) ‐ April 20th  Last day to receive federal post card applicaƟon (FPCA) ‐ April 20th  Last day to Early Vote ‐ April 27th  ElecƟon Day ‐ May 1st  Last day to receive ballots by mail is ElecƟon Day by 7 pm ‐ May 1st Early voƟng takes place from April 19th to April 27th at Disciple Central Community Church (DC3), located at 901 North Polk Street, DeSoto, Texas. DeSoto registered voters can also vote at any Dallas County Early voƟng locaƟon. Please check the City’s website for a list of other Dallas County voƟng sites. For more informaƟon on the upcoming elecƟon, visit our website at, scroll down and follow the link to Municipal General ElecƟon informaƟon.


CITY CALENDAR APRIL 1 Historical FoundaƟon Mtg. virtual ‐ 6pm 4 Library Board Mtg. Library ‐ 7 pm 5 Arts Commission virtual ‐ 6 pm 5 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual ‐ 6:30 pm 6 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 12 Public Safety Town Hall ‐ virtual 6 pm 13 Planning & Zoning Mtg.– virtual –6 pm 17 Veterans Benefit Forum virtual ‐ 10 am 19 Topical Work Session ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 20 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 26 DeSoto Dev. Board Mtg. ‐ virtual 9 am MAY 1 Municipal ElecƟon Day 3 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual 6:30 pm 3 Arts Commission Mtg. ‐ virtual 6 pm 4 City Council Mtg. ‐ Virtual 6 pm 6 Library Board MeeƟng virtual 7 pm 10 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ virtual 6 pm 15 Military AppreciaƟon Event ‐ 4:30 pm 17 Topical Work Session ‐ virtual 6 pm 18 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 24 DeSoto Dev. Board Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 9 am DESOTO DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM DeSoto recently rolled out a new program that provides mortgage assistance for income‐eligible, first‐Ɵme homebuyers. The DeSoto Down Payment Assistance Program can provide up to $10,000 in assistance for first‐ Ɵme homebuyers who qualify based on HUD Income Limits per household size. The amount of assistance will be dependent on the sales price and loan amount from the lender. Through this program, a financial subsidy is available in the form of closing costs and down payment assistance for DeSoto residents who purchase homes in the DeSoto city limits. For more informaƟon contact DownPaymentAssistance@desot or refer to the Down Payment Assistance Program webpage under the COMMUNITY

The Dallas County Commissioners’ Court recently approved a 2‐year, $1.89 million grant for the City of DeSoto as a part of the County’s New DirecƟons in Public Safety Grant program. This program was iniƟated in July 2020 following the tragic events involving the death of George Floyd and the need for policing reforms. Following a working group including community leaders and leaders from Dallas County ciƟes, Dallas County offered a grant with the purpose of expanding the range of first‐responders to public safety issues beyond law enforcement. The City of DeSoto stepped forward at that same Ɵme creaƟng the Crisis Assessment Resource Engagement (CARE) Team as an interdisciplinary approach to address mental health emergencies. The CARE Team includes a full‐Ɵme clinical social worker, police officer, paramedic, and

vicƟm’s assistance coordinator and makes follow‐up contact with mentally ill members of the community who have recently gone into crisis. This pilot program is being studied and reviewed to offer mental health crisis services on a regional level with the ciƟes of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Lancaster, and Glenn Heights. The first year of funding provides for the hiring of a full‐Ɵme CARE Team Manager to lead the development of a regional mental health services framework. The second‐year funding follows through with support for posiƟons necessary to fulfill the creaƟon of that regional team. The DeSoto City Council recently approved an Interlocal Agreement that will be effecƟve May 1 and will support the hiring of a regional program manager who will work to expand the program to neighboring communiƟes.


DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright, Police Chief Joe Costa, and Lieutenant Melissa Franks aƩended the March 30th Dallas County Commissioner’s Court meeƟng to accept the grant on behalf of the City of DeSoto.

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to our annual disposal event scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9 am to 12 noon at the DeSoto Pump Station, 620 N. Westmoreland Road. This event is for DeSoto residents only, proof of residency is required. Only residential household hazardous waste will be accepted, commercial waste or

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electronics are not allowed. Due to limited space, those who would like to participate must register prior to the event by calling 972.230.9600 or in person at the Action Center in DeSoto City Hall.


FEMA PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR COVID‐19 RELATED FUNERAL EXPENSES Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental AppropriaƟons Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID‐19 related funeral expenses retroacƟve to January 2020. To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these condiƟons:  The death must have occurred in the United States (including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia).  The death cerƟficate must indicate the death was aƩributed to COVID‐ 19.  The applicant must be a U.S. CiƟzen, non‐ciƟzen naƟonal, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses aŌer January 20, 2020.  There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. ciƟzen, non‐ciƟzen naƟonal, or qualified alien. FEMA will begin accepƟng applicaƟons in April. You will need:  An official death cerƟficate that shows: ٭The death is directly or indirectly aƩributed to COVID_19 ٭ The death occurred in the United States (including the U.S. territories)  Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes: ٭ The applicant’s name

CULTURAL ARTS MASTER PLAN ACCEPTED BY COUNCIL DeSoto’s Cultural Arts Master Plan, “Imagine. DeSoto Tx,” which is an important part of the City of DeSoto’s Strategic Plan and the Council’s Business Plan, was unanimously accepted by the DeSoto City Council at its January 5, 2021 meeƟng. This plan is the product of DeSoto Arts Commission members who worked independently with MJR Consultants to research local arts agencies, gather ciƟzen input, and refine the data gathered for use in the plan. “Thank you to the Arts Commission, Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Raphiel who is their City Council’s liaison, and to the City Council for all working together to give us ‘Imagine. DeSoto Tx,’ DeSoto’s first‐ever Cultural Arts Master Plan which idenƟfies our cultural resources and provides ways to use them to enrich the lives of all of our residents,” said DeSoto Mayor Rachel L. Proctor. “Review, approval, and implementaƟon of our new Cultural Arts Master Plan are important goals of our City Council’s Business Plan and we have also included this insighƞul plan in DeSoto’s broader Strategic Plan, so we are well on the way to making its many valuable recommendaƟons a reality here in DeSoto.” DeSoto Arts Commission Chair James Adams welcomed this strong support for the arts in DeSoto and commented, “Recent Ɵmes have shown us that now more than ever, that arts and culture are vital to the quality of life. As public leaders in the DeSoto community, it is our responsibility to ensure access to creaƟve, arƟsƟc, and cultural experiences of high quality to ALL our ciƟzens.” If you would like to read DeSoto’s Cultural Arts Master Plan visit: hƩps:// Community‐Cultural‐Arts‐Master‐ Plan

٭ The deceased person’s name ٭ Amount of funeral expenses ٭ The dates the funeral expenses were incurred

FEMA IS Working to set up a dedicated toll‐free number that can be used to apply for funeral assistance. In the interim, our Library staff are trained to help DeSoto residents access this resource and provide technical assistance with filling out the applicaƟon. Residents interested in applying should call the Library Reference Desk at 972.230.9661 to begin the process.

HIGH WEEDS AND GRASS City Ordinances require that weeds and grass be kept below 12 inches in height. As the owner or

occupant of the property, you are required to maintain the property from the street in the front to the middle of the alley in the back (or

the property line). This includes the front, back, side yards, the right‐of‐ way (the area between the sidewalk and the curb) and the alley and easement. If you have quesƟons or would like to report a code violaƟon, please call the Code Enforcement office at 469.658.3075.


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The Keep DeSoto Clean Trash Pick‐up Day was a huge success. More than 200 ciƟzens (some pictured below) spent the morning of March 27th picking up trash throughout our community. Over 100 bags of waste, Ɵres, kitchen sinks, and various construcƟon materials were filled. Thank you for Keeping DeSoto Clean and BeauƟful!!!

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