Council Connection: June 29, 2018
June 29, 2018
Mesquite City Council

City Council to meet July 2


On Monday, July 2, the Mesquite City Council Pre-Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in Training Rooms A and B at City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. Work Session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber, and the Regular Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The meeting agenda is available online at www.cityofmesquite.com/CouncilAgenda, and meetings are broadcast 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.



Closed July 4

City of Mesquite and STAR transit closed July 4


City of Mesquite offices and facilities will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day with the exception of the Mesquite Metro Airport. Trash and recycling will not be collected. Collection will occur on residents’ next scheduled collection day. For more details on City holiday closures, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/Holidays. STAR Transit will also be closed July 4. This includes the DART Express Bus Route 282 (COMPASS), Balch Springs Midtown Express, Seagoville Express, Hutchins Shuttle and the Kaufman Trolley. These routes will resume service on July 5. For more information, call STAR Transit at 877-631-5278 or visit www.STARtransit.org.


Celebrate safely

Mesquite to aggressively enforce fireworks and gunfire laws on Independence Day


The City of Mesquite reminds residents to celebrate safely this Independence Day. It is illegal to possess or use fireworks, or discharge firearms within city limits. Punishment ranges from $500 to $4,000 depending on the offense, with the illegal discharge of a firearm also carrying the possible penalty of up to one year in jail. To report violations, call non-emergency police dispatch at 972-285-6336. Read more about celebrating safely in Mesquite.


no unattended tethering ordinance

Mesquite's no unattended tethering ordinance takes effect July 1


Effective July 1, Mesquite City ordinance will prohibit tethering of dogs unless the owner is physically present within the outdoor area where the dog is tethered and the dog is in view of the owner at all times. Dogs must also have access to water and shelter at all times and be confined by a fence of sufficient strength, height and durability to prevent the animal’s escape. Residents in need of assistance to contain their dog(s) or provide shelter are encouraged to call Mesquite Animal Services at 972-216-6283. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/BePetFriendly for more tips and information. Watch a video summary of the new ordinance.


Park and Recreation Month

July is Parks and Recreation Month


Join the City of Mesquite as we highlight the important role parks and recreation play in the health and wellness of our community. Throughout July, the Parks and Recreation Department will highlight the many events and activities offered by the City. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/PARD to browse the variety of options available and mark your calendar for the Luau Pool Party on Friday, July 13, at City Lake Aquatic Center, 200 Parkview St. Space is limited to the first 500 guests. 


Addressing Mesquite Day

Volunteer deadline to assist with Addressing Mesquite Day extended to July 13


Addressing Mesquite Day (AMD) will be held on Saturday, October 6. This annual event matches community volunteers with disadvantaged homeowners in need of assistance. The deadline to submit an online Volunteer Commitment Form has been extended to July 13. Complete the form and/or make a donation to assist with exterior home repairs at www.cityofmesquite.com/AMD


Keep Mesquite Beautiful

Environmental Tuesdays coming in July


High school students in Mesquite can connect with the environment by participating in Environmental Tuesdays throughout July. The deadline to apply is July 3. Participants will learn to kayak while helping clean our water supply, take a tour of the City's water tower, visit the native plant gardens at the Dallas Arboretum and spend a day at the water park—all while earning school service hours. Registration is free for existing Youth Environmental Leaders and $20 for new participants. Interested youth should submit an Online Interest Form and Parent Permission Packet by July 3. Download the forms and learn more at www.cityofmesquite.com/YEL.


Mesquite In Motion

Mesquite's Office of Neighborhood Vitality offers tools for community success


Mesquite’s Office of Neighborhood Vitality (ONV) serves as a resource to aide community members in maintaining safe and sustainable neighborhoods. ONV seeks to inspire engagement to connect Mesquite neighbors and achieve community goals. Watch this episode of Mesquite In Motion to learn how you can get involved. 


Spread the Love pet adoption special

"Spread the Love" by adopting a pet in July 


Adopt a forever friend while supporting children and families in Mesquite. Through July 31, Mesquite Animal Services, 1650 Gross Road, will offer $10 off pet adoption fees for every jar of peanut butter or jelly brought to the shelter in support of the Spread the Love campaign (up to $50 off). The Spread the Love campaign encourages donations of peanut butter, jelly and/or financial contributions to help feed children in food insecure homes. Donations are accepted throughout the spring and summer months at several City facilities and special events


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Contact Us 


We want to hear from you. If you have a concern or are experiencing an issue, please contact the City of Mesquite at 972-288-7711 or visit the City’s website at www.cityofmesquite.com/FAQ for assistance.

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