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DeSoto City Lights A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department 2020 Census ‐ Everyone Counts! "The 2020 Census is your census, and its success depends on you. It’s a once‐in‐a‐decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for criƟcal public services like hospitals and health care clinics, schools and educaƟon programs, roads and bridges, and emergency response for the next 10 years," explained Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. "Through adverƟsing, public events, partnerships and digital and tradiƟonal media, we are embarking on a naƟonwide effort to let everyone in the country know about the upcoming 2020 Census and encourage them to respond online, by phone or by mail. We are extremely commiƩed to reaching those people who are historically undercounted. “ DeSoto has a very acƟve 2020 US Census Complete Count CommiƩee and part of the reason is the dedicated members. The commiƩee is led by Councilmember Nicole Raphiel.
“I can’t begin to stress just how criƟcal it is that every single DeSoto resident who is eligible to be counted, is counted,” said Councilmember Raphiel “Much of DeSoto’s Federal funding is awarded on a per capita basis or for very specific populaƟons such as children who live at or below the poverty level. So if we don’t get an accurate count then we won’t receive the funds that our residents enƟtled to.”
It can also impact the boundaries of congressional districts based on populaƟon changes, so failure to properly track our populaƟon can impact our representaƟon in Washington.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitaƟon to parƟcipate in the 2020 Census. You will have three opƟons for responding: Online. By phone. By mail. In mid‐March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed informaƟon on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
Join us Saturday March 7, 2020 for the first in a series of community conversaƟons to help develop an arts master plan for DeSoto. Imagine DeSoto Community Arts Master Plan Generally speaking, we give liƩle importance to the arts in our everyday lives. We think of “art” as a luxury or something that we enjoy casually, traveling back to downtown Dallas or Fort Worth to take advantage of the performing and visual arts available in the metroplex. These great neighboring ciƟes are defined by their world‐class museums, theaters, art galleries, monuments and public art. Children and young people benefit from access to arts learning connected to science, design and math. The arts give
15 Veterans Benefit Forum Grow DeSoto Market Place 10 am to 1pm 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 March 2 Arts Commission Mtg. Civic Ctr. 6 pm 2 Park Board Mtg. ‐ Civic Ctr. 6:30 pm 3 City Council Mtg. City Hall ‐ 7pm 5 Mayor’s Quarterly Mtg. Civic Ctr. 6:30 7 Arts Plan Listening Session Library 10am 9 Veterans Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 6pm 10 P&Z Mtg. City Hall—7pm 17 City Council Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7pm 19 Board & Commission Banquet 6 pm 21 Veterans Benefit Forum 10a –1pm 24 P&Z Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7 pm 27 4th Friday Concert‐Corner Theatre ‐8pm 30 DEDC Board Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 9 am Oversized vehicles may not be parked or stored in any residenƟal neighborhood. An overweight vehicle means a truck tractor, semi‐trailer, trailer with a rated capacity in excess of 17,500 GVWR or higher such as flatbed trucks, vehicles with mounted equipment, mechanical or hydraulic devices designed to assist in loading or unloading freight or the transporƟng of other vehicles. RecreaƟonal vehicles and travel trailers may be parked in residenƟal neighborhoods, but A Message from Code Enforcement... must be parked on private property on an improved surface. RecreaƟonal vehicles must not be parked as to cause a visibility obstrucƟon to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All vehicles parked on the street must be moved every 24 hours.
ciƟes and neighborhoods a unique idenƟty and shows its sense of pride, making them more aƩracƟve for investments and economic endeavors.
So, be a part of this process to Imagine DeSoto
– and develop an Arts Master Plan for our community. Let’s toss around some ideas ‐ big and not so big, – that can lead to more arts acƟviƟes and creaƟve expression embedded into the future of our city. Imagine DeSoto Community ConversaƟon Saturday March 7, 2020 10:00 a.m. MulƟ‐Purpose room‐DeSoto Public Library For more informaƟon go to www.imaginedesoto.org or call 972.230.9648.
March 27, 2020 8pm DeSoto Corner Theatre DeSoto, TX 75115 Free Concert For Reservations go to ArtsDeSoto.com
City Launches Free Online Water Conservation Tool For Customers The City of DeSoto Public UƟliƟes
Customers with mulƟple water accounts will have the ability to access all of their water accounts with a single user
Department has launched a new water conservaƟon and budgeƟng tool for customers. AquaHawk AlerƟng is a free online Web portal that enables DeSoto water customers to see their water usage and an esƟmate of their bill anyƟme during the billing cycle. AŌer registering and
DeSoto’s Veterans Affairs CommiƩee is partnering with North Texas VA Outreach Services and the DAV to bring VA representaƟves to DeSoto on a monthly basis. If you need help with applying for benefits, have been denied benefits or just have quesƟons, please aƩend our free Veterans Benefit Forums that take place on the third Saturday of the month between 10 am and 1pm at the Grow DeSoto Market Place, 324 E. Belt Line Road. For more informaƟon, call 972.230.9648. Grow DeSoto Market Place 324 E. Belt Line Road - DeSoto, TX March 21, 2020 - 10 am to 1 pm
name and password. Customers can also provide access to other parƟes ‐ property managers, caretakers, landscaping companies, etc. – who might benefit from the
providing up‐to‐date contact informaƟon, customers may opt to receive a text message, e‐mail, or phone call alert if their consumpƟon indicates a potenƟal leak or abnormal usage.
informaƟon or want to receive alerts as well.
When water customers are traveling, AquaHawk enables users to monitor unauthorized water use in their homes. ConsumpƟon, rainfall, and temperature data are displayed in easy‐ to‐understand graphs that help pinpoint when an account may be using water inefficiently, such as watering landscape during or shortly aŌer a rain event. A link to the AquaHawk registraƟon page is available on homepage of the City of DeSoto website at www.desototexas.gov. For more informaƟon, please call 972.230.9627.
AquaHawk helps customers save money and more efficiently manage water usage, by encouraging customers to set thresholds for usage (e.g., 5,000 gals.) or dollar amounts ($150). If the consumpƟon or bill is trending to exceed, or surpasses the threshold, AquaHawk will send an automaƟc alert which will allow the customer to modify usage or check for a possible leak. “Our goal is to offer a beƩer customer experience and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the Public UƟliƟes Department is working towards early idenƟficaƟon and noƟficaƟon of potenƟal water usage problems,” commented Isom Cameron, Deputy City Manager. “Customers will not be surprised by expensive and unexpected water bills since they can login anyƟme, see an esƟmate of what they’ve already spent, and view a projected end‐of‐ period bill amount.” The new web portal will provide our customers the informaƟon they need to use water more efficiently, save money, and prevent the property damage that can result when leaks run undetected.
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