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Dallas County Hosts Groundbreaking ceremony For new Oak Cliff Government Center

Dallas County hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction on its new Oak Cliff Government Center. For safety reasons in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas County live streamed the ceremony via Microsoft Teams so that all Dallas County officials, employees, constituents and project team members invited to the postponed March groundbreaking ceremony could participate. A small

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Dallas County breaks ground on new Oak Cliff Government Center

Last week, Dallas County broke ground on its new Oak Cliff Government Center, a $27.6-million-dollar project scheduled for completion in July 2021. The government center will house the Dallas County Justice of the Peace, Truancy, Constable and Tax departments. The project will also include the construction of a three-story parking garage with 240 parking spaces. Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba

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Juvenile Department implements new COVID-19 work-safety protocols

The Dallas County Juvenile Department implemented a variety of protocols to keep staff and students safe while operating during the coronavirus pandemic. The department requires employees to complete health-screening questionnaires and temperature checks daily and installed informative signage on all relevant office sites. Additionally, the department lowered the occupancy capacities of its offices and staggered employees’ work schedules. “The health

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Dallas County Public Works maintains service during COVID-19 pandemic

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas County Public Works (DCPW) department has continued service as an essential department. Some staff members have continued their important work in the field while others have shifted to working remotely. “We have implemented social distancing practices and utilized technology to manage the risk to our partners and staff,” said Public Works Director Alberta Blair,

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Dallas County Public Works inspires family involvement

In the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak when the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) became apparent, Lonna Schurrman, daughter of Dallas County Inspector Jimmy Vermillion, began making masks for family, friends and her father’s coworkers. Each of Schurrman’s masks include a personalized touch, and she modifies her mask designs (e.g., masks with loops, ties or elastic head bands) to

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Dallas County postpones Oak Cliff Government Center groundbreaking ceremony

Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia (District 4) announced today that the Oak Cliff Government Center groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 is postponed until further notice. In an email to Dallas County community, staff and residents, Garcia said:  “Due to the recent evolving of the COVID-19 virus, we regret to inform you that the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for the

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County department’s nuisance enforcement and patrol efforts making a difference

The nuisance enforcement and patrol efforts of the Department of Unincorporated Area Services (DUAS) are contributing to cleaner communities and better-informed property owners. For example, a site that was used as a dumping ground for construction materials is now clean. Nuisance Abatement Officer Mary Walton used a credit card receipt located among debris on the site to track down the property owner. On

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