April, 2020 www.desototexas.gov
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 www.knowhat2do.com, www.ready.gov or our City webpage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.dallascountyvotes.org 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 www.desototexas.gov 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 www.desototexas.gov, scroll down and follow the link to Municipal General ElecƟon informaƟon.
available on the City’s website at www.desototexas.gov 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
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
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 www.desototexas.gov 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 www.census.gov . 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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