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City Council highlights: Immunizations, transportation and new bait cars

Shannon Ware | 6/3/2013, 9:53 a.m. | Updated on 6/3/2013, 11:09 a.m.
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The Dallas Examiner

Because no Dallas City Council candidate in District 5 or District 14 received a majority vote in the election on May 11, a runoff election will be held on June 15. The candidates in District 5 are Rick Callahan and Jesse Diaz. Bobby Abtahi and Philip T. Kingston will run for office in District 14.

A public hearing will be held on June 12 to discuss the “City Youth Program Standards of Care” and re-examine the standards of care for city-sponsored youth programs offered after school and during vacations. Each program will be reviewed and its staff must meet qualifications regarding education, experience and age. Program coordinators are provided with additional child-care training and must follow fire, health and safety guidelines.

In an effort to reduce vehicular theft, the Dallas Police Department plans to implement a bait car program consisting of 56 bait car systems and 300 asset tracking devices. The system utilizes recorded video and audio, Global Positioning System mapping and tracking as well as additional covert tracking devices. Officers control the vehicles via remote control. The Council approved a contract for the program’s implementation, maintenance and support for $2,397,279.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit plans to extend its rail system to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The rail system will include a rail station, parking lot and access roadways to the airport. The Council approved the conveyance of an easement of approximately 68 acres of land to Dallas Area Rapid Transit for its construction.

The Council authorized the receipt of the “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization Grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. The grant funds the overtime salaries of officers who enforce the Seatbelt and Child Safety Seat laws.

The Council approved the exercise of the right of eminent domain for the acquisition of land from Michael Franklin Green, James A. Loven, Linda G. Raborn, Westley E. Raborn, Patricia Alice Rains, Ronald Dale Rains, Mary Joann Woods and Jamie Zavala for the construction of a 144-inch raw water transmission line for the Lake Tawakoni Pipeline. As part of the Lake Fork Project, this pipeline from Lake Tawakoni to the Eastside Water Treatment Plant in Dallas will allow Lake Fork to supply water for current and future city demands.

The exercise of the right of eminent domain was also approved for the acquisition of land from the United States of America and the Estates of Leila May Bledsoe, Floyd W. Offhaus and Roy May for the Southwest 120/96-inch Water Transmission Pipeline Project. The construction of a treated water transmission pipeline from the Eastside Water Treatment Plant to Southern and Southwest Dallas is part of the Long Range Water Master Plan and the Water Distribution Master Plan to meet the water demands resulting from population growth.

Land may also be acquired from the Palestine Concrete Tile Company LP for the Chalk Hill Improvement Project. The project includes the construction of a four-lane divided roadway from I-30 Frontage Road to Singleton Boulevard with sidewalks, drive approaches and crosswalk improvements. City officials expect improved traffic flow in the area.

The Council does not yet know if such acquisitions will be necessary.