After DISD made its decision to close Monday I conferred with leaders at NWS,DISD,TxDOT, my staff and county administration. Based on information received from those sources, I am amending my previous broadcast and ordering a delayed opening at 10 a.m. for Monday, March 3, 2014.
Employees should exercise extreme caution and their best judgement in traveling. TxDOT expects overall conditions on area roadways will be passable but speeds will likely need to be significantly reduced. Allow more time to travel tomorrow morning. We have reports of icy conditions in Southeast Dallas County that have resulted in several vehicles losing control. Patchy ice on secondary roads and overpasses throughout the county should be anticipated and ice on non secondary roads is possible.
The NWS is forecasting that further precipitation is unlikely tonight but precipitation on the roads after sundown will continue to freeze due to the very low temperatures. Primary issues in several decisions to close schools were extremely cold wind chills in the morning and early morning employee travel into Dallas County from the surrounding counties. DISD and others are opening their administrative offices at 10.
TxDot and others will continue to monitor and sand the roads. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until tomorrow afternoon and therefore icy conditions could remain; particularly on neighborhood and secondary streets. There is also a possibility ice will form on some overpasses and non secondary roadways. Please use appropriate caution when driving.
Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management is committed to keeping you safe and informed. We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the night and update you as appropriate.
Dallas County Judge
JFK REMEMBERANCE SERVICE EVENT
In preparation for the remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the County has made November 22, 2013 a County holiday. Based on the attention focused on this event in Dallas County next week, security will be extremely high.
All County offices in the downtown building complexes (Records, Administration, Old Red and George Allen) will need to end their work day no later than 4:30 PM sharp on Thursday, November 21, 2013 and all employees are asked to immediately leave the building and exit the County parking garages so a security sweep can begin. Any vehicles left in the County downtown parking garages after 6:00 PM will be towed, NO EXCEPTIONS.
There will be NO access to any downtown County buildings until the conclusion of the event late in the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 2013. All streets and sidewalks within the perimeter of the event will be closed by order of the Dallas Police department on Friday, November 22nd. There will be a number of street closures and changes in traffic patterns next week. Please check the City of Dallas website for more specific information on road closures.
There will also be challenges with parking in the private lot behind the County Administration Building.
Dallas County will offer vouchers for County employees who park in this lot. This voucher will allow employees to park in the Records Building parking garage at the same rate from November 18 ‐21. Vouchers will be available on the 2nd floor of County Administration beginning Thursday, November 14, 2013. Employees will need to produce County Identification in order to receive a voucher.
In case of emergency please call Security’s main number: 214‐653‐7000. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COME TO ANY OF THE DOWNTOWN COUNTY BUILDINGS DURING THE EVENT.
We appreciate all of your cooperation. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact County Administration.
Cece Cox, Executive Director of the Resource Center in Dallas, stands as the resolution commemorating the Resource Center’s 30th anniversary is read.
Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, in a resolution on behalf of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, recognized the Resource Center’s 30th anniversary and lauded the center’s efforts within the community, Sept. 3.
Founded in 1983, the Resource Center is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations of its kind, with over 1,100 volunteers and more than 50 paid staff members. The organization manages to serve over 60,000 people in the Dallas area each year through the various programs and services offered.
Commissioner Garcia noted the center’s “dedicated, professional and excellent services,” and commended the Resource Center’s accomplishments.
Commissioner Daniel reads the resolution proclaiming Aug. 26 to be Women’s Equality Day
Following a motion made by Commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioners Court has designated Aug. 26, 2013 as Women’s Equality Day in Dallas County.
Nearly a century ago, Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was passed, granting women the right to vote. Texas was the ninth state to ratify the amendment and the first state in the south to do so.
Commissioner Daniel reminded those in the court that despite having overcome obstacles, “acceptance of equality is something we must all practice and teach future generations.”