Council Connection: March 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
City Council

Mesquite City Council to meet on March 19


On Monday, March 19, the Mesquite City Council Pre-Meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in Training Rooms A and B at Mesquite City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. The City Council Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. View the meeting agenda online at www.cityofmesquite.com/CouncilAgenda or watch the meeting live at www.cityofmesquite.com/WatchCouncilMeetings.
 
The meeting will also be broadcast via Facebook Live. Councilmembers and City staff will not be able to answer questions during the broadcast. City staff will address questions after the meeting. The City welcomes public engagement and encourages all participants to embrace the City’s social media guidelines available at www.cityofmesquite.com/SocialMedia.


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Mesquite to hold public hearings
on proposed changes in public transportation


The City of Mesquite will hold public hearings during Regular City Council Meetings at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 19, and Monday, April 2, to discuss proposed changes in public transportation for the City of Mesquite Passenger Shuttle (COMPASS) service. The public hearings will take place in the City Hall Council Chamber, 757 N. Galloway Ave. An additional public hearing will be held on Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. in Training Rooms A and B at City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. The intent of the proposed schedule adjustment is to better match ridership patterns tracked over the past several years. Each public hearing will include a brief presentation by City staff followed by a public question and comment session. Transportation is available to the public hearings. Call 877-631-5278 to schedule a ride. Space is limited.


weed maintenance workshop

Register for the Free Weed Maintenance and Watering
Workshop to be held on March 20


Attend a free workshop to learn the best approach to managing weeds without the overuse of chemicals and time. The class will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Mesquite City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave., in the second-floor training rooms. Register online or by calling 972-329-8300.


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Public Hearing to be held on 
March 22 on Animal Services Tethering Ordinance 


The City of Mesquite will hold a public hearing on the City’s tethering ordinance at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the second-floor training rooms at City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. The public hearing will include a brief presentation by City staff followed by a public question-and-comment session.


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Breakfast with the Bunny will be held on March 24


Breakfast with the Bunny, presented by Mesquite Parks and Recreation and sponsored by Panera Bread and AMBUCS, will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. - noon at Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest St. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and is $5 per person, children age 2 years and younger are free. A free egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. for children age 9 years and younger. Special eggs will have tickets to win a prize.  Additional activities include pictures with the bunny, a train ride, petting zoo, crafts, games, face painting, bounce houses and a balloon artist. Some activities will have a small fee.


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A.C. New Middle School Students
Art Show to be held on March 24


A.C. New Middle School students will display their art projects inspired by photos of Mesquite’s shelter animals on Saturday, March 24. The artwork will be displayed from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at Mesquite Animal Services, 1650 Gross Road. Art students will be available to meet and greet guests from 2 - 4 p.m. Following the show, the art projects will be framed and displayed at Mesquite Animal Services. For more information, call 972-216-6283.


mesquite on local news

Mesquite featured for economic
development news


With the announcement of new homes planned for Mesquite and other economic news, Mesquite was featured on NBC5 and in the Dallas Business Journal. Mesquite is attracting new retail, restaurants, and industrial companies, in addition to new housing projects.


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Mesquite Animal Services achieves record “save rate” in 2017


Mesquite Animal Services achieved more than a 93 percent “save rate” in 2017, the highest rate ever accomplished by the Shelter. This accomplishment was made possible through the implementation of many programs and policy changes identified in the 2016 Animal Services Strategic Plan. Recent improvements include a Trap-Neuter-Release program, a veterinarian care contract providing daily health inspections of all animals in the Shelter, strengthened relations with local rescue groups, adoption specials and various special events. The Animal Services Strategic Plan was developed to guide operations through the year 2021. 


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Portions of Scyene Road and Berry Road closed through fall 2018


Portions of Scyene Road and Berry Road will be closed through fall 2018 due to the Scyene Road reconstruction project and construction of Ashley Furniture Industries South Central Distribution and Fulfillment Center, 4000 E. Scyene Road. Detour signs will direct motorists and maps are available at www.cityofmesquite.com/BerryRoadClosure and www.cityofmesquite.com/ScyeneRoadClosure. Watch the latest episode of Mesquite in Motion to learn more about the road closures.


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Watch presentations from the City Council Goal Setting Retreat held on March 2


The Mesquite City Council held its annual Goal Setting Retreat on March 2. The retreat featured updates from City departments on accomplishments and areas of progress from the previous year. Watch a video broadcast of presentations by the City’s Police, Neighborhood Services and Economic Development departments. 


online surveys due march 23

Online citizen surveys due March 23 for Town East Boulevard and Skyline Road reconstruction projects


The City of Mesquite held a public meeting on February 27 to discuss preliminary plans for the reconstruction of Town East Boulevard Phase 2 (U.S. 80 to Skyline Drive) and the future road project of Skyline Drive (Town East Boulevard to Peachtree Road). The meeting included a presentation of information for the project by City staff, exhibits of the proposed schematic plans and the opportunity for attendees to provide input. A citizen survey for each project and video broadcast of the meeting is available online at www.cityofmesquite.com/TownEast and www.cityofmesquite.com/Skyline. Surveys are due March 23. For further information or questions, contact City Engineer Corey Nesbit at 972-329-8535 or cnesbit@cityofmesquite.com.


monthly sales tax revenues

Monthly sales tax report


The State Comptroller’s Office reported a 2.8 percent increase in the City’s sales tax collections for the month of March compared to the same period last year. March’s report is based on sales reported by local businesses during the month of January. Year-to-date collections remain flat with an overall increase of less than one percent.  For more detailed information on how the City uses its sales tax revenue, visit the City’s website at www.cityofmesquite.com/Transparency.


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