Builders

Possible changes to Land Bank Program on the horizon

Possible changes to Land Bank Program on the horizon

Recent concerns about the City’s Land Bank program, designed to increase affordable single-family housing opportunities were presented to the City Council’s Housing Committee recently. Concerns expressed were ex-offender builders buying property, builders selling/conveying homes to relatives, construction timeframe, verification of income for homebuyers, buyers owning other property and occupancy requirements. Possible solutions include requiring disclosure and consent for criminal and …

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Green Business Certification Program to launch Nov. 15

Green Business Certification Program to launch Nov. 15

The Sanitation Services Department Zero Waste Team will launch the Green Business Certification Program on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, recognizing businesses that prevent waste and promote sustainability. To participate in the Green Business Certification Program, complete an application and scorecard and submit it to [email protected] A zero waste team member will then review the scorecard and do an on-site …

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Repairs to begin week of Nov. 7 on Dallas North Tollway streets

Repairs to begin week of Nov. 7 on Dallas North Tollway streets

Bridge maintenance repairs will begin the week of Nov. 7 on various streets that cross the Dallas North Tollway (DNT). The work will be on specific streets which cross the Dallas North Tollway between Northaven Road (south of Forest Lane) and Bordeaux Avenue (north of Interstate 35E). The routine maintenance will include replacing and/or installing new bridge joint seals. The …

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Street repair, flood protection and storm drainage are vital elements of City of Dallas 2017 Bond Program

Street repair, flood protection and storm drainage are vital elements of City of Dallas 2017 Bond Program

Improving street conditions, flood protection and storm drainage are top priorities in the City of Dallas 2017 Bond Program. The program calls for $5.5 billion to be spent on streets and transportation projects overall, and identifies an immediate need of $400 million to maintain streets and $500 million to improve current street conditions. Critical needs in flood protection and storm …

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Innovators

Dallas Animal Services announces new Open Data Portal

Dallas Animal Services announces new Open Data Portal

Dallas Animal Services (DAS) field data is now available on the City of Dallas open data portal. This data pertains to operations by Animal Services Officers (ASO) who respond to calls in the field throughout the City of Dallas. ASO’s document their work using Chameleon software, an animal shelter software program. The document will be updated on a weekly basis …

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New Dallas 311 “Easy Speak” feature will help users find information faster than ever

New Dallas 311 “Easy Speak” feature will help users find information faster than ever

An updated City of Dallas 311 information phone feature, nicknamed Easy Speak, will give residents easier access to important City resources. The software from Nuance Communications, Inc. allows callers to say what they want in their own words in order to get to the information that they need. “Getting information from 311 will now be as simple as having a …

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L.A.D.D.E.R program helping young girls join fire service

L.A.D.D.E.R program helping young girls join fire service

Although women make up just 3.6 percent of Dallas Fire Rescue’s workforce, they make significant contributions and hold nearly every position within the department. Last year, Dallas Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief Tameji Berry recognized this gender gap in her profession as an opportunity to interest more women in a career in fire service. Her concern sparked development of a unique mentorship …

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Web-based Open Records system launches

Web-based Open Records system launches

The City of Dallas Public Information Office has launched the first web-based system for submitting and tracking City of Dallas’ open records requests. The service will increase citizen access to public information while allowing the City the ability to meet and exceed all state Open Records compliance rules. “After two years of development and refinement, we have been able to …

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Givers

Dallas Park and Recreation Department making the outdoors fun

Dallas Park and Recreation Department making the outdoors fun

Dallas Parks Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Park and Recreation, will enrich the outdoor knowledge of more than 360 participants with a new program: [email protected] The program is made possible by a Community Outdoor Outreach Program grant which provides funding to local governments and non-profit organizations.  The funds are used to introduce under-served populations to environmental and conservation programs as …

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35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration to be held Friday through Monday

35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration to be held Friday through Monday

The 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration is a longstanding tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, with the goal of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.  The celebration kicks off on Friday Jan. 13 and ends on Jan. 16 with events including the MLK Celebration Fair, the MLK Candlelight Ceremony, the MLK Awards …

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Lost at Love Field, Nelson the dog now reunited with owner

Lost at Love Field, Nelson the dog now reunited with owner

For a dog called Nelson, Love Field is more than just a name. After escaping from his dog walker on a recent frigid morning, Nelson wandered onto Love Field, as his owner, Chris Dodson frantically searched for him. Dodson decided to contact Love Field Airport. Coincidentally, as Dodson was calling the airport, the small dog was being rescued by airport staff. …

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$10 million raised to honor officers and families affected by July 7 events

$10 million raised to honor officers and families affected by July 7 events

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from the Assist the Officer Foundation and The Dallas Foundation announced that $10 million was raised for the wounded officers and families of the fallen officers from the July 7, 2016 ambush. Trusts have been created for the families of Dallas Police Department Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Officer …

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Inside City Hall

Housing Committee to hear briefing on Emergency Solutions Grant

Housing Committee to hear briefing on Emergency Solutions Grant

The City’s Housing Committee will hear details on Feb. 6 about the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions grant that …

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Possible changes to Land Bank Program on the horizon

Possible changes to Land Bank Program on the horizon

Recent concerns about the City’s Land Bank program, designed to increase affordable single-family housing opportunities were presented to the City …

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City Council briefed on proposed ethics code changes

City Council briefed on proposed ethics code changes

The Dallas City Council heard a presentation from Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission Chair John Rogers on proposed updates and changes …

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City Council to vote Wednesday on new City Manager

City Council to vote Wednesday on new City Manager

The Dallas City Council will vote this Wednesday on whether to appoint T.C. Broadnax as the next City Manager. Mr. …

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City of Dallas unveils new Save the Pension website

City of Dallas unveils new Save the Pension website

The City of Dallas today unveiled a new website with details about the proposed plan to save the Dallas Police …

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New Source of Income Protections approved by Dallas City Council

New Source of Income Protections approved by Dallas City Council

The City of Dallas City Council passed new Source of Income protections on Oct. 26, 2016. The Protections prohibit discrimination …

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