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Analysis: DeSoto Civic Academy

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The Ellis County Press

DESOTO - What a delight it was having the chance to actually sit down and go one on one with the DeSoto Economic Development Corp. during week eight of the DeSoto Civic Academy.

During the downhill of economic times it was interesting to have insight into what the city actually goes through to achieve the businesses’ featured here , generating tax revenue for the city.

Presenting were newly hired DEDC Executive Director Norma Nichols and former mayor Michael Hurtt.

While some businesses are on hold, Jazzy’s, the 3300 square foot new restaurant/ club is well under way.

DEDC is currently working with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to get the city placed in the regional and national heliport/vertiport plan with interest in CareFlight, a Texas based non-profit medical transport company, to add a location in DeSoto due to excessive traffic.

Learning a beer and wine special election was coming to DeSoto is a great way to generate more income and keep business in demand close to home.

"The police and fire associations have even contributed money to see that this passes," said Hurtt, former mayor for nine years.

Learning the surrounding zip code brought in 23 million last year, just two cents off that for each sale could generate $464,000 for the city.

"The Duncanville Kroger was about to close, then beer and wine passed and it’s since been renovated and become one of their top stores in the area," said Hurtt.

You can vote early at the DeSoto Town Hall Library on 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. now through the 23 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Week nine was exhilarating!! We broke up into three groups taking tours, actually sitting on calls and listening to a presentation all by the Southwest Regional Communications Center.

The SWRCC serves 9-1-1 emergency dispatch for Cedar Hill, Duncanville and DeSoto.

Tonya, DeSoto Police Department dispatch, showed me all this neat information and how things work that I really can’t share. Best thing to solve this problem is by signing up for the next civic academy session and see for yourself.

Answering over 250 9-1-1 calls per day, divided amongst four people totaling nearly 70,000 this year alone, is definitely holding true to their mission statement of "facilitating the delivery of emergency services with professionalism and integrity, through the efficient, reliable collection and dissemination of critical information to the citizens and agencies they serve."

Not to mention the fact more than 300,000 administrative calls had been taken to date since the first of this year and someone around there can cook up some very yummy veggie and beef soup.

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