Council Connection: February 22, 2019
February 22, 2019
Family and police colleagues of retired Officer Jon V. Latimore. Holding a replica of street sign that says "Officer Jon V. Latimore Dr."

Mesquite Police Department honors first African-American police officer

At the Feb. 18 City Council meeting, the Mesquite Police Department honored its first African-American police officer, Jon Latimore. Officer Latimore, who retired in 2013, passed away last year. The department presented Latimore’s wife and family with a replica of a “Jon V. Latimore Dr.” street sign. The City installed the sign at Honorary Boulevard for the remainder of the month. Officer Latimore served the Mesquite community for 28 years. Watch the presentation.

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City Council approves solid waste pilot program for selected neighborhoods

At the Feb. 18 Council Pre-Meeting there was a briefing on a pilot program to study possible improvements to the City’s solid waste service. The program will test a couple of alternatives in a few selected neighborhoods as one of many efforts to help reduce the amount and frequency of loose trash that becomes litter in the community. The City Council will review the results of the pilot program after six months. Watch the full presentation by City staff and the comments by City Council. The item begins at 22 minutes. 

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North Texas Municipal Water District system maintenance begins March 4

As a member city of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), City of Mesquite receives its water supply for its water utility customers from NTMWD. NTMWD will temporarily change the disinfectant in its water treatment process from March 4 through April 1. The annual change is necessary to maintain the regional system and year round water quality. During the temporary change, NTMWD suspends adding ammonia and uses only free chlorine to keep water disinfected as it travels through pipes. The absence of ammonia during these few weeks may make the chlorine disinfectant more noticeable. There are simple steps to minimize taste, odor or skin sensitivities. For more information on those steps and this process, visit

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Free AARP tax assistance at Mesquite Main Library

Mesquite Main Library, 300 W. Grubb Drive, is hosting a free AARP tax assistance program for residents. Remaining sessions are Feb. 25; March 4, 11, 18 and 25; and April 1, 8 and 15. Sessions take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Taxpayers must bring their financial documents including a copy of last year’s income tax return, W-2 forms from employers and other related information. Call the library for more information at 972-216-6220.

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