COVID-19 INFORMATION - CITY OF DESOTO
CITY ANNOUNCES COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANTS
The City of DeSoto has received access to funds through the CARES Act that are required to be used to prevent, prepare for, or to respond to job loss and impacts related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The CARES Act will provide the City with $182,823 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds from the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and these funds will be paired with a matching $182,823 contribution from the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation (DEDC). This combined funding will become the basis for the COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM.
The City encourages eligible small businesses to apply to participate in this grant program that will make available short-term working capital assistance for the retention of jobs held by low to moderate-income (LMI) employees.*
Each participating small business will be required to have procedures in place to prevent duplication of benefits. Participants will be subject to oversight and reporting requirements to ensure that funds are not used to pay costs already eligible for coverage under other available sources of financial assistance.
Click here for the online application or call 972-230-9694 to request a hard copy. Electronic or hard copies of the completed application must be submitted no later than Friday, June 12, 2020, by 4:00 PM. Because social distancing efforts are in place at all City office locations, delivery of your application can be delayed. Therefore all applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the due date.
Town Hall Meetings will be held on June 1st at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm at DeSoto City Hall to accept public input on use of Community Development Block Grant CARES Act Funds. To facilitate program understanding and completion of applications, “Go To Meetings” will be held online from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on the evenings of May 29th, June 5th, and June 10th, 2020. Please join one of the meetings by following: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474210493
You can also dial in using your phone.United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 / Access Code: 474-210-493
Questions and comments regarding the CDBG-CV program and application must be submitted to email@example.com. City staff will respond as quickly as possible and will post frequently asked questions (FAQ) and the associated responses on the City’s website.
*= Based on HUD definition. HUD Income Limits (2020) are defined on Page 4 of the application.
City Facilities Now Open On A Limited Basis:
On Monday, May 18th, in conjunction with Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas, DeSoto’s City Hall, and some other important facilities reopened to the public on a graduated basis. It was a “soft reopening” designed to gradually restore on-site service while maintaining essential safety guidelines established by the CDC and Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. City Hall, the DeSoto Public Library, and Recreation Center have been closed to the public since March 23rd as part of the coordinated effort with national, state, county, and local partners to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Those who are looking forward to transacting their business at City facilities should be aware of the following modifications to service hours and safety requirements. Changes At City Hall: City Hall reopened for normal business hours beginning Monday, May 18th.
For the safety of everyone, residents who are running a fever, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had close contact within the last 14 days with someone who has or is believed to have COVID-19 will be prohibited from entry. Visitors are asked to comply with the following guidelines while in City Hall:
• Refrain from bringing visitors into the building
• Sanitize hands • Clean any surfaces after use with supplied materials
• Maintain six feet of separation
• Wear a mask or face covering
• Refrain from loitering in the building
• Refrain from visiting staff members
Parks & Recreation:
DeSoto’s Recreation Center will open after Memorial Day on a limited basis with safety restrictions. Patrons will have access to the Fitness Center only during the initial opening phase. The Center will open three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th. During the reopening week, the first day will be Tuesday, May 26th, Wednesday, May 27th, and Friday, May 29th. The Recreation Center will revert to the new Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule during the first week in June. The Fitness Center will have a limited capacity. Patrons will be required to schedule an appointment for 45 minutes per visit. Member access will be allowed during modified hours. Upon arrival, please present your membership card to the facility staff.
Fitness Center Schedule
Open on selected dates:
May 26 | May 27 | May 29 | June 1 | June 3 | June 5
8 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM
For the safety of everyone, residents who are running a fever, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had close contact within the last 14 days with someone who has or is believed to have COVID-19 will be prohibited from entry.
Visitors are asked to comply with the following guidelines.
• Sanitize hands
• Clean any surfaces before and after use
• Maintain social distancing - six feet of separation
• Mask or face covering and gloves are required
• Loitering is prohibited
• You can contact the Recreation Center at (972) 230-9655.
Register for free
Patrons will only have access to the fitness center during the initial opening phase; the gym, running track, and other rooms will remain closed. The DeSoto Active Seniors Center on Lion Street will remain closed until further notice. Park playgrounds, the BMX complex, and park restrooms will remain closed until further notice.
DeSoto Public Library:
The DeSoto Public Library reopened Monday, May 18th with limited hours and safety restrictions designed to protect both visitors and library staff. Face coverings will be required. The Library and Computer Lab will initially be open weekdays from noon to 6:00 PM and will be closed on weekends. Only 30 visitors will be allowed into the Library at one time for a period of up to one hour per day per visitor. Curbside pick-up service, which was implemented as a customer convenience during the COVID-19 related closure, will remain as a service. Library patrons can reserve materials by calling (972) 230-9665 or visit the DPL Catalog to request items and then pick those materials up curbside between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
DeSoto Municipal Court:
In-person court appearances resumed in City Hall on Monday, May 18th. Court hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Persons who have questions about their cases can text the Court Clerk at (972)737-7558. Those needing to make an appearance before the Judge are still able to meet with the Judge through VIDEO CONFERENCING THE JUDGE by going to https://zoom.us/join, click JOIN a meeting and type in MEETING ID 582-661-129
In addition to paying in person, water bill payments can be made online at www.desototexas.gov/billpay or via the automated phone system by dialing 855-748- 6063. Water customers can also dial 972-230-9627 to speak with a Utility Billing representative during normal business hours for general water account information. Check and money order payments can be placed in the after-hours drop box at City Hall.
The City of DeSoto will continue to post new information related to facilities and COVID-19 issues on our website or Facebook Nextdoor and Twitter pages as it becomes available. Residents can continue to call the City with general service requests via our Action Center at 972.274.CITY (2489) during normal business hours. Residents with questions related to COVID-19 can dial 2-1-1 and access a 24/7 hotline via 2-1-1 Texas.
View Press Release: City Hall Reopens May 18th On Limited Basis
Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan issued Amended COVID-19 Orders on behalf of DeSoto that both mirror and support those issued by Judge Clay Jenkins for the people of Dallas County. It is a part of the coordinated effort within the County to combat the spread of COVID-19. You can view the Mayor’s Orders here.
Just checking in to reassure you that TEAM DESOTO is continuing to communicate and coordinate with federal, state, county and other local government officials on the COVID 19 Coronavirus crisis. We, like other cities around the country, are doing our best to take the necessary steps to keep our citizens and others safe. We thank you and our business community for your cooperation and support during this crisis. I know DeSoto is a resilient community and expect that we will not only take care of ourselves, but our response must always include taking care of each other. To that end, we will continue to share information on all City of DeSoto social media platforms, so remain vigilant in monitoring the news disseminated by the City and through the news media. And by all means, be safe and do your best to practice social distancing.
If you have specific questions about access services during this time, please look at the links to the left for more information. You can also view the actual documents and executive orders issued by our Governor and Dallas County.
Please continue to pray for our city, our nation, and the world. And I especially call on everyone to say a “special” prayer for those who have contracted the virus or who have lost loved ones as a result of it. And pray for our medical professionals, first responders and leaders charged with the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of those we serve. God bless you!
Curtistene S. McCowan, Mayor
Here are some helpful links for our residents during these difficult times:
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
COVID-19 Information from Dallas County Health and Human Services
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) serves as DeSoto’s public health department and is providing up-to-date information to residents on COVID-19 (coronavirus). Follow this link to DCHHS information.
Who is at risk?
While most people diagnosed with COVID-19 will present mild symptoms and eventually recover, there are members of the population that are more at risk. The CDC says best evidence available indicates the risk of severe illness begins to increase with people age 50 and increases with age. The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over and those with underlying medical conditions.
How to protect yourself and others
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions at home, at work or out in the community:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe