Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins issued the following statement regarding the weather-related delay:
“After consultation with the National Weather Service, the Texas Department of Transportation and county and state emergency management officials, I’ve made the decision to delay the opening for Dallas County until 10:00am on Monday, December 9, 2013 for all non-essential employees. According to the NWS and TxDOT, roads will continue to be impacted by ice Sunday night and Monday morning when temperatures fall back below freezing. I urge all residents to use caution and drive slowly when traveling the next few days.”
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.”
Commissioner Mike Cantrell
After eleven years of service and success, Fred Ferguson will be leaving the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce.
Ferguson attended the University of Texas before transferring to Southern Methodist University. He served as President and CEO of Town North Bank, where he worked for 22 years.
Commissioner Mike Cantrell thanked Ferguson for his “leadership, dedication, and commitment” to the community, and wished him the best in his future endeavors.
Commissioner Elba Garcia reads the resolution announcing changes to the Dallas County Hospital District Board of Managers.
Following a report by the Saranac Group LLC, the Dallas County Hospital District Board will be forming a new committee for Corporate Governance, Compliance and Ethics. The change was outlined in a resolution passed in Commissioners Court Aug. 20.
The Dallas County Hospital District Board of Managers is appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court, with seven members total. The board manages the Parkland Hospital and Healthcare System.
Other changes to come, stemming from the report, include improved communication between the Board and the Commissioners Court and require that future appointees to the Board provide a written acknowledgement of their fiduciary duties before taking their office.
Commissioner Mike Cantrell reads the resolution praising Anne Acuna for her work within Farmers Branch and Dallas County.
Anne Acuna, Director of Chamber Relations for the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce and founder of HLA Associates, was recognized by Commissioner Mike Cantrell for her work within the community.
Having moved to Texas in 2001, one of Acuna’s passions has been youth outreach, involving her with the Chamer’s Youth Leadership program and the Junior Chamber Ambassadors. She also participates in the youth ministry at the Filipino American Alliance Church in Arlington.
Acuna will be serving in the missions field at Grace Christian Academy on the island of Rota near Guam for a year. Commissioner Cantrell thanked her for her commitment and dedication to the community, and expressed to Acuna “best wishes and continued success in the many years to come.”
Commissioner John Wiley Price reads a resolution honoring former City Councilman Leo Chaney as Commissioner Elba Garcia, right, listens.
Former City Councilman Leo Chaney died Aug. 12 after a fire in his Dallas home.
Chaney was alone at the time, and was taken to a hospital following the fire. He passed away at Baylor hospital
Commissioner Elba Garcia, a former Dallas City Councilmember, remembered him well and lauded his leadership and legacy. Both Commissioners Garcia and John Wiley Price reflected and honored Chaney, with a reading from Maya Angelou’s work, the Black Family Pledge.