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Sunday, December 8, 2019


October 10th, 2019

Hello District 12 residents,

Greetings from San Antonio. I’m attending the Texas Municipal League conference with thousands of other elected officials from Texas to learn more about how to better serve you and the residents of Dallas. Here’s some news and information to keep you up to date with things happening in Dallas and at City Hall. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email or call me at the contact information at the bottom of this email.

LATE-NIGHT REC NIGHTS FOR TEENS

This program was in a pilot program this summer and it is back for regular programming. Teens 13 – 17 years old are welcome to drop in every month on the 1st Friday and Saturday, 7pm -11 pm, FREE at Campbell Green Rec Center! Sports, music, fitness, gaming, and more! For more information, call 214.670.8847. #TREC9Teen

HATE THAT ROAD? LET’S FIX THE PROBLEMS!

We are searching for road projects to apply for some specialty funding in Collin county. If you have some ideas, please let us know asap! Projects we have already suggested: the entrance and exit ramps for the tollway and Frankford, redesign of elements for the intersection of Frankford and Coit, and matching funds for traffic light improvements.

PANHANDLING

5 City Councilmembers brought forward a motion to eliminate the panhandling ordinance as a response to a specific lawsuit that has been filed against the city. This did not go to a committee for a staff briefing or in-depth discussion by council. I believe we need as many tools as possible to keep our roadways clear for everyone’s safety. At Tuesday’s meeting, I made a motion that this item be sent to committee so we can look at ways to legally keep the ordinance. It passed and will be on a future agenda. If you would like to give input on this topic, please email me at cara.mendelsohn@dallascityhall.com. As a note, I’ve asked the transportation department to allow our district to pilot a program with specialty signs to discourage giving cash to panhandlers. I hope the signs will be installed in early 2020.

RICHARDSON ISD ELECTION IS IN NOVEMBER

Richardson ISD is having a special election in November, but none of the races are for Dallas residents who live in District 12. With RISD’s newly created districts, all parts of the City of Dallas District 12 are in the RISD District 1. The next RISD election for City of Dallas residents of District 12 will be May 2021, which coincides with the city election. Plano ISD and Carrollton FB ISD, also in District 12, do not have any items on the November ballot.

HILLCREST VILLAGE (HILLCREST @ ARAPAHO)

We had a wonderful groundbreaking ceremony for the park and the cement has already been removed from the area that will become the new Hillcrest Green Park. Thank you to the Parks department for putting the event together and for the folks at Shop Co who sponsored the delicious Steel City Pops. The park portion of this development is expected to be complete by the end of the summer 2020. Shop Co reports that leasing is going well and they expect to have a big announcement in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can drive by and see the new roofing that is going in and some of the cosmetic changes that are starting.

PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTER (COIT @ CAMPBELL)

Are you wondering what is happening on the northwest corner of the center? They have torn down the old Natural Grocer’s location and are adding green space and patio space to two new restaurants. Ebby Halliday is leaving the space and the parking lot is being repaved.

COTTON BELT RAIL

Two big things have happened with this project in the past few weeks. First, there is an item included in the City Council resolution about the Cotton Belt that says there must be an Inter Local Agreement (ILA) between the City and DART that specifies that DART may not run freight on the rail line. When I took office, I was made aware this was not done. I immediately instructed our City Attorney to draft an agreement and sent it to DART. After several revisions, the ILA was sent two weeks ago. Second, several issues related to the safety and quality of life for people living along the rail line have emerged that need to be addressed. I have worked to build agreement with District 11 Councilmember Lee Kleinman and Assistant City Manager Majed Al-Ghafry to respond to DART’s changes in design. To that end, a letter was sent this week to DART that refuses the design of the train going over Coit Road or elevated at Hillcrest. Also, the new operational element of 20 minute headways from the 30 minutes described in the FEIS provides problems of prolonged street closures for traffic and emergency response vehicles.  There is nothing easy about working with DART, but for the first time, everyone at city hall is on the same page to make sure Dallas residents have as little negative impact as possible. Additional information about the Cotton Belt rail can be found on the neighborhood group site www.DART-rider.com. I encourage you to sign up for their emails and Facebook page.

COFFEE WITH CARA

Our next Coffee with Cara is October 29th  from 10:00 am-11:30 am at Campbell Green Recreation Center with special City of Dallas guests Jessica Galleshaw, Director of Community Care, and David Noguera, Director of Housing. The next event will take place on November 12th  from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at Shelton School with special City of Dallas guests Michael T. Rogers, Director of Transportation, Terry Lowery, Director of Dallas Water Utilities, and Jeremy Reed from Code Compliance. At our December 3rd meeting (6:30pm-8:00 pm at Campbell Green Recreation Center), we will hear from DART CEO Gary Thomas.

WALK-IN HOURS – 10/17, 11/7, 11/21

It’s a long drive to City Hall, so we’ve started providing two times a month where we hold office hours in the district. You are welcome to just show up and we’ll do all we can to help you. From putting in a service request, asking a question, or giving input on an issue, we see people on a first-come, first-served basis, generally for 15 minutes. Stop by from 2 – 5 pm on the first or third Thursdays at the North Central Police Station on the corner of Hillcrest and McCallum.

POTHOLE, STREET SIGN, CROSSWALK STRIPING

We have so many potholes in the district! I’ve been submitting lots of requests, but if you drive over a pothole, please report it. Also, if you see a street sign down or crosswalk or street striping that needs to be redone, report that too. Just call 311 or use the OURDALLAS app. If you find that the work is not done in the timeframe they give you on the call/app, please let my office know so we can follow up.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 

Thank you to all the groups that hosted National Night Out events! I enjoyed attending 3 of them and hope to come to even more next year! Make sure to register your event with our office so your event can be listed on the city map.

SIDEWALK REPAIR

Every homeowner is responsible for maintaining their own sidewalk. The city can help through the Sidewalk Replacement Program. If you sign up, the City will send an inspector out to give a quote, then you and the city split the cost. The down side of this program is it does take a while (9 months for my home), but it is an economical way to get your sidewalk replaced.

NORTH DALLAS BUSINESS CRIME SUMMIT

November 12th, 2 – 4 pm. Please save the date for a jointly hosted program designed for business owners and managers to share current statistics, review what to do if they experience a crime, how complaints are handled, and give input. Event hosted by my office, District Attorney John Creuzot, State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos, State Senator Nathan Johnson, and the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

CONNECT DALLAS

Tired of sitting in traffic? Your voice can be heard by participating in the Dallas Strategic Mobility Plan Survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/connectdallas2019

OTHER EVENTS

October 19 – Pumpkins on the Plaza, 4 - 8 pm, Dallas City Hall

October 27 – Halloween Safe-Tacular, 4 – 8 pm, Ron Kirk Bridge

October 30 – Senior Health and Wellness Expo, 9 am – noon, Walnut Hill Rec Center

October 31 – Decks in the Park Halloween Party, 5 – 10 pm, Klyde Warren Park

November 2 – Egg Fest Dallas, Sunnyland Furniture, Grilling on the Green Egg benefitting The Family Place

Need Help, Have a Question, Got a Gripe or Special Request?

Please send an email to me at Cara.Mendelsohn@dallascityhall.com or call at (214) 670-4067.

Cara Mendelsohn
Council Member
City Council District 12​​​​
cara.mendelsohn@dallascityhall.com 


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Dallas Neighborhood Organizations Map

Thank you for adding your neighborhood to the Dallas Neighborhood Organizations Map! Check out the map here.


Planning and Urban Design gave us the following two useful URLs.

The first one lists upcoming street repaving.  

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/public-works/Pages/pavement-management.aspx   

The next one is a bit harder to use/follow, but it covers the proposed alley work.

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/public-works/dallasbondprogram/Pages/proposition-detail.aspx?proposition=A  

The alleys were the ones identified in the 2017 bond package.


NDNA Membership

If your homeowner's association would like to become an NDNA Member, just click here and find your homeowner's association and then complete the 2019 Membership Application.

If you were a member in 2018 and have not updated your registration by March 30th, 2019, you will not be able to visit the Member's Only web pages without updating your registration and paying the annual dues. Just log into the "Members Only" web and then click on Complete NDNA 2019 Membership Form or if you were the President or the NDNA Designated Representative you can easily update your Membership by clicking on the Update Your HOA Membership Information link.

Please save the date - upcoming NDNA Meetings:

  • August 19th - General membership Meeting

Unless otherwise noted NDNA meetings are held in the community room at the North Central Dallas Police station (Hillcrest and McCallum).

The programs for NDNA’s upcoming meeting are still being developed. If you have an idea for a meeting program please share it with us at: President@ndna-tx.org

Thank you for your participation!


 
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