City Lights Apr. 2020

April, 2020

DeSoto City Lights A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department Are You Prepared for Severe Weather Season? As spring approaches, we are faced with the threat of severe weather.  During a severe weather  incident, such as a tornado or flood, preparaƟon will make all the difference.  The City encourages all  residents to 1.) stay informed of approaching severe weather, 2.) learn how to understand weather  warnings, and 3.) have a disaster supply kit and communicaƟons plan with them and their family.  The City’s CodeRed Emergency NoƟficaƟon System is a good way to stay informed.  Go to the City’s  homepage and follow the CodeRed link to sign up to receive voice, email or text messages.  The  system will allow the City to send you informaƟonal messages and emergency alerts from the  NaƟonal Weather Service about situaƟons as they occur.  Alerts can be received on mulƟple devices  such as home phone, work phone, mobile phone, text messages, and e‐mail.  Similar early warning  messages were found to have saved lives in the tornado that hit Nashville recently.  Understanding weather warnings issued by the NaƟonal Weather Service such as watches or  warnings can someƟmes be confusing.  A watch means condiƟons are right for dangerous weather.  A  warning means that the dangerous weather is threatening the area.  For severe thunderstorms,  tornadoes and flash floods, a warning means the event is occurring and you should take shelter  immediately. 

It takes Ɵme to recover from large scale emergencies.  Planning and preparaƟon will make a huge  difference.  City services will respond to high priority, life threatening incidents first.  You may need to  relocate or evacuate with liƩle or no noƟce.  Having a pre‐prepared kit with survival basics such as flashlights, a change of clothes,  food and water (including for pets), and first‐aid supplies will be vitally important.  AddiƟonal suggesƟons to have in an emergency preparedness kit include:   • BaƩeries, portable devices, radios, vehicle cell phone charger   • PrescripƟon medicaƟons   • Back‐up power for medical devices or extra portable medical oxygen cylinders   • PlasƟc tarps and tape or stapler   • Insurance policies and other important documents and contact informaƟon   The City’s Outdoor Warning Siren System may be acƟvated for any kind of emergency – not just  severe weather.  People oŌen have the misconcepƟon that the sirens are meant to be heard indoors.  However, the siren system is  intended to alert people who are outdoors.  You may not hear the siren inside or in noisy areas. When you hear the Outdoor Warning Siren System, you should immediately go inside, seek shelter in the lowest level, most interior  space of your home or office and tune to local news or radio for addiƟonal informaƟon.    The Outdoor Warning Siren System consists of strategically placed sirens that acƟvate for one or more of the following condiƟons:     A tornado warning issued by the NaƟonal Weather Service that may affect the city   Trained storm spoƩers have reported a tornado that is in or has the potenƟal to affect the community 

 DestrucƟve winds in excess of 70 mph sustained wind   Reports of hail larger than 1.25 in diameter or larger   Other emergencies as directed by appropriate officials. 

For addiƟonal emergency preparedness  informaƟon, go to, or our City webpage.

City Calendar

Municipal Election, Saturday, May 2, 2020

March 17 City Council Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7pm  19 Board & Commission Banquet 6 pm  23 DEDC Board Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 9 am  24 P&Z Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7 pm  30 DEDC Board Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 9 am  April  2 Library Board Mtg. ‐ Library 6:30 pm   4 Candidate Forum ‐ City Hall ‐ 10 am   6 Arts Commission Mtg. Civic Ctr. 6 pm   6 Park Board Mtg. ‐ Civic Ctr. 6:30 pm   7 City Council Mtg. City Hall ‐ 7pm   9 Library Board MeeƟng ‐ Library 6:30 pm  10 City FaciliƟes Closed ‐ Good Friday  14 P&Z Mtg. City Hall ‐ 7pm  21 City Council Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7pm  25 HHW Event ‐ Pump StaƟon ‐ 9 am‐noon  27 DEDC Board Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 9 am  28 P&Z Mtg. ‐ City Hall ‐ 7 pm  GREAT DAYS OF SERVICE ,  a  cooperaƟve effort between area  churches and community  volunteers, is looking for homes  in DeSoto that need painƟng  and/or basic repairs. Eligible  projects include exterior home  repairs and painƟng, mowing and  tree trimming, window repair,  installaƟon of wheel chair ramps  and other minor aestheƟc  repairs.  These homes must be  owner occupied and the  homeowner should be elderly,  disabled or financially  challenged. The work will be  done between June 6 and 13. If  you or someone you know can  benefit from this program, please  contact Linda Harris at to  request an applicaƟon for service  no later than May 1, 2020. 

The City of DeSoto will hold a Municipal  General ElecƟon on May 2, 2020.  Here are  the candidates:  Place 2   

Dallas County.  You can take advantage of  any Vote Center or polling place (in Dallas  County) on ElecƟon Day no maƩer where  you live, work or go to school.  If you are not a registered voter in Dallas  County, please go to for an  applicaƟon.  ApplicaƟons are also available  at the DeSoto Public Library and the staff  will provide assistance in geƫng your  applicaƟon submiƩed to Dallas County.  You  must register by April 2, 2020 in order to  vote in the May 2, 2020 elecƟon.   Concerned DeSoto CiƟzens will host a Meet  the Candidates  Forum at the Jim 

jean Green‐Frazier  Kay Brown‐Patrick  PiereƩe Parker 

Place 4  Andre’ Byrd, Sr. 

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 

Baugh Government  Center/DeSoto City  Hall in the City  Council Chambers,  211 E. Pleasant Run  Road, on Saturday,  April 4, 2020 from 10  am to noon.  DeSoto  voters are  encouraged to  aƩend this event and  meet the candidates 

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 

for City Council and the DeSoto ISD Board of  Trustees.  The Meet the Candidates Forum  will be broadcast live and will be available  for download on‐demand aŌer the event on  the City website at  under the Government tab and DeSoto  Cable TV.  The forum will also be broadcast  live on Spectrum Cable TV Channel 16 and  AT&T Uverse Channel 99 and rebroadcast  daily at 2 pm and 9 pm unƟl elecƟon day.  For more informaƟon on the upcoming  elecƟon, visit our website at, scroll down and  follow the link to Municipal General ElecƟon  informaƟon.   

available on the City’s website at under the 

Government tab at the top of the page.    The locaƟon for early voƟng is Disciple  Central Community Church (DC3) located at  901 N. Polk Street, Ste. 100, classroom 104.   Here is the schedule: 

Weekdays April 20 ‐ April 24      Monday ‐ Friday  8 am ‐ 5 pm  April 25 (Saturday)   8 am ‐ 5 pm  April 26 (Sunday)  1 pm ‐ 6 pm  April 27 & April 28  7 am ‐ 7pm    

Prior to ElecƟon Day, May 2nd, Dallas  County ElecƟons Department will provide  locaƟons of DeSoto’s Vote Centers.  As a  reminder, the Vote Centers allow voters to  vote conveniently during early voƟng and on  elecƟon day no maƩer where you are in 

Are Your House Numbers Easily Seen? Seconds count during an  emergency response.  Please make  sure your house numbers can be 

easily seen by police or fire  personnel. They should be  displayed on the front of the 

residence under the eave.   It’s fine  to have them printed on your curb  as well,  but parked cars can hide  the numbers from view.  House  numbers must also be on the rear  of your residence above your 


Dear DeSoto Residents:  Once a decade, America comes together to count everyone  living in the United States through a program called the  United States Census.   

garage door. Emergency vehicles  dispatched to your house will find  you much faster with numbers in  the front and rear of your home.  The numbers need to be at least  three inches tall, as referenced in  the sign regulaƟon ordinance  3.1000, and can be purchased at  any local hardware store. They  should also be of a color that has a  high contrast with the house color,  increasing their visibility.  If you have further quesƟons  regarding this ordinance, please  contact the Code Enforcement  office at 469.658.3075.   Please check the City’s  website at or  social media plaƞorms  for the most current   informaƟon on special  events and meeƟngs.

The City of DeSoto is commiƩed to having every person  counted once, only once, and in the right place. CollecƟon of this informaƟon will help  decide where new schools, hospitals, and fire staƟons are needed.  The informaƟon is also  used to develop programs to reduce traffic congesƟon, provide job training and plan for  health care needs of the elderly.  It can also change the boundaries of congressional  districts and impact our representaƟon in Washington, D.C.   

United States Census Day, this year, is April 1, 2020.  When compleƟng the census, you  will include everyone living in your home as of April 1st. 

I am excited about the new technologies for responding to the Census survey (online, by  phone or by mail), the availability of educaƟonal videos; print and video informaƟon  guides in 59 different languages including American Sign Language, braille and large print;  expanded media opportuniƟes; and, above all, the enhanced IT safeguards and privacy  protecƟons.  Even with all of the new enhancements, we cannot be successful without your help.  I  encourage you to share this criƟcal informaƟon with your family, your neighbors, and  urge everyone, especially those in hard‐to‐count households, to respond to the Census.   Watch your mailbox for the 2020 Census form.  For more informaƟon on the United  States Census, visit .   On behalf of the City of DeSoto and the DeSoto City Council, we appreciate your support.  DeSoto Counts in 2020! 


CurƟstene S. McCowan,   Mayor 

A Message from the City of DeSoto Regarding COVID‐19 CORONAVIRUS Impact   Given the rapidly changing situaƟon concerning Coronavirus, and the informed acƟons  naƟonally, statewide and locally to reduce the chance that this illness will spread to our  residents, presently scheduled public events are subject to cancellaƟon, rescheduling, or  change of venue with limited noƟce for the foreseeable future.  The public will be informed of  such changes via mulƟple channels including our website and social media plaƞorms.

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