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March, 2020

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.   

City Calendar

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 or call 972.230.9648.  

March 27, 2020 8pm DeSoto Corner Theatre DeSoto, TX 75115 Free Concert For Reservations go to

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  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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