Mesquite Roundup: blood donations, surveys and more | News

Everyday heroes

The Mesquite Police Department recommends that residents donate blood this month.

Due to the increase in seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, blood and platelet donations decline and demand increases, the ministry said. The American Red Ross and the Blood Banks of America also encourage residents to donate blood. Donating blood is safer than ever and saves lives, including cancer patients, organ recipients and accident victims, the department said.

City asks for comments

Mesquite seeks the opinions of residents on the city’s programs and services.

Randomly selected Mesquite residents will receive an invitation to participate in the survey questionnaire by mail or online until the end of January to ensure that a citywide statistical and scientific response is captured. The inquiry will then be open to the public in February for further comment.

Deputy City Manager Chris Sanchez said the purpose of the survey is to gain a better understanding of residents’ level of satisfaction with the city’s key services and to help determine community priorities under the Mesquite’s ongoing planning process. The city plans to compare residents’ responses to surveys from previous years. Sanchez said the results of the investigation will be used by Mesquite City Council in a planning retreat later.

Don’t be cruel

With the recent freezing weather, Mesquite Animal Services posted a public service announcement encouraging residents to bring their animals.

According to city code, it is illegal to keep pets outside if temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit or drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Residents are encouraged to call 972-216-6283 if they see any animals left behind in extreme weather conditions.

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Jennifer R. Strohm