Council Connection
May 13, 2016

Municipal Election results

A special City Council meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., May 18 to canvass the results of the May 7 election. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Avenue.

Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/ElectionResults for detailed information


Fed Ex Ground to open new Mesquite facility

The City officially welcomed FedEx Ground to the community in celebration of their plans to build a large distribution center in Mesquite. This new center will be a part of the FedEx Ground network of more than 560 facilities nationwide. The center will boost daily package volume and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network. The facility is being built on the site of the former Big Town Mall location at the intersection of Interstate 30 and U.S. Highway 80. Here are a few facts regarding the new FedEx Ground facility:

• Opening: August 2017
• Size: 344,000 square feet
• Processing Rate: 15,000 packages per hour
• New Jobs: Approximately 260 initially

Fed Ex

Code 3 Emergency Room breaks ground

The City welcomes Code 3 Emergency Room to the community. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Archer attended the Code 3 Emergency Room ground breaking at 1080 E. Cartwright Road on May 12. Code 3 ER will provide full-service emergency care 24/7 combined with FASTPASS Urgent Care services. The state-of-the-art facility will be staffed by board certified, emergency trained physicians. The Chamber of Commerce Mustangers were also on hand to welcome the physicians and their representatives to Mesquite.

Code 3

May 8-14 proclaimed National Nursing Home Week

Mayor Stan Pickett visited Town East Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and proclaimed the week of May 8-14 as "National Nursing Home Week" in Mesquite. The proclamation was made in honor of the special week established by the American Health Care Association in 1967. The week is a time to reflect on how to best improve the lives of nursing home residents as well as honor the professionals that care for them.

Nursing Home Week

Chief Cato speaks at Hospitality and Tourism Association of Mesquite

Police Chief Charles Cato recently spoke at the quarterly Hospitality and Tourism Association of Mesquite meeting about visitor safety tips. The event was organized by the Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau and was held at the Fairfield Inn and Suites. The meeting provided an opportunity for bureau partners to meet the chief, learn more about public safety and share information about the tourism industry in Mesquite. Attendees included representatives from local hotels, attractions and community groups. 

Tourism and Hospitality

Volunteers needed for Mesquite Summer Sizzle

Volunteers are needed for the City’s inaugural Summer Sizzle festival on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 10:30 p.m. at Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Road. Volunteers will receive a free Summer Sizzle t-shirt in return for their assistance. Details about volunteer opportunities are available online. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/SummerSizzle for more information and to register.

Summer Sizzle

Mesquite High School students present youth engagement proposal

On Wednesday, students from Mesquite High School’s Social Studies Ignite Program presented a youth engagement proposal to Mayor Stan Pickett and City Manager Cliff Keheley. At the beginning of the semester, the students were charged with developing a youth program for the City. The students were asked to consider funding sources and opportunities for community partnerships as part of their assignment. Their proposed program, entitled “Mesquite Quest”, focuses on developing job-readiness skills for high school students preparing to enter the workforce. The Mesquite Quest proposal was impressive and the City thanks the students for all of their hard work preparing the program. 

MHS

Monthly Sales Tax Report

The State Comptroller’s Office reported a 1.6 percent increase in the City’s sales tax collections for the month of May, which marks the fifth consecutive month of positive sales tax collections for the City. In terms of the City budget, the City collected $51,200 more this month than the same period last year. Overall, monthly sales tax collections are up 2.9 percent and represents a strong, healthy local economy. For more detailed information on how the City uses its sales tax revenue, visit the City’s website at www.cityofmesquite.com.

Sales Tax

North Central Texas Council of Governments to offer economic recovery workshops

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will offer three economic resilience and recovery training workshops for those in the business trade. The workshops are free and will be held on May 25 and 26 at three different times and locations. The workshops will focus on how to develop strategies to better survive catastrophic events.

Visit www.bcfsemd.net/EconomicRecovery for more information or to register online.

Economic Recovery

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