City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas, to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s wastewater system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact the City of Duncanville at 972.780.4900 or BURGESS & NIPLE at 214.636.3158.

Click here for more information and to view testing locations and dates.

Prescribed Burn Planned for Cedar Hill State Park 11/28/2017-11/29/2017

A prescribed burn is planned for Cedar Hill State Park for Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29.

Prescribed burns are used as a management tool in state parks to improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie habitats on the park that were historically maintained by natural fires. They also are conducted to reduce the amount of available fuels, such as leaf litter, fallen branches, understory growth and dead trees that accumulate naturally and from storm events.  By reducing the amount of available fuels, prescribed burns reduce the chance for a potentially destructive wildfire to occur.

Prescribed burns on state parks are conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel who have undergone training and met national wildland firefighting certification standards.  The park’s prescribed fire plan defines the conditions under which a prescribed burn may be conducted, taking into account wind speeds and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture levels.  The plan also guides the fire crew members in managing burns to prevent them from escaping into adjacent properties and to minimize the effect of smoke in nearby residential areas.

Because specific weather conditions are required to conduct an effective and safe prescribed burn, TPWD staff cannot provide a specific date for the burn at this time. However, local emergency management officials will be notified before the prescribed fire is implemented.  Choate stated that during the burn, some areas of the park would be closed to the public.  During the burn there may be smoke that reduces visibility on neighboring roads and Choate cautions travelers to reduce their speed and use their headlights when smoke is present.  Automated signs will be present, as well as Park Rangers, to caution travelers in these areas.

For more information regarding the planned burn, please contact the park at 972-291-6505 or by e-mail joshua.choate@tpwd.texas.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prescribed Burns

Amended Vacant Building Ordinance – Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324

On November 7, 2017, the Duncanville City Council adopted an amended vacant building ordinance; Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324. This ordinance regulates commercial and industrial vacant structure properties, which includes church properties located in non-residential zoning districts and shopping centers that are over 50 percent vacant. The ordinance establishes new features not included in the City’s previous vacant building ordinance. Properties not included in this regulation include the following uses: Single or Multi Family structures, churches and their ancillary buildings (unless they are in a non-residential zoning district), and partially vacant shopping centers (unless those centers are over 50% vacant).

New features contained within this ordinance include:

  • Registration of vacant properties
  • Contact information
  • Proof of liability insurance of no less than $100,000
  • Minimal marketing requirements include listing property and the appropriate sale or leasing signage
  • Submission of criminal trespass warrant
  • Submission of floor plan for first responders
  • Notice of change of ownership; and
  • Must adhere to additional standards of care and maintenance for property including securing of the structure

The proposed registration fee is $750 annually with an inspection fee based on $0.01 per square foot of space. Fee waivers to this ordinance are allowed based on an adherence to the standards of care contained within the ordinance. Waivers are good for only a 12-month period with the property owner applying for the waiver each year. Fee waiver exemptions will be evaluated based on four criteria:

  • Property has been devastated by a catastrophe such as fire or flood.
  • The property owner is deceased or is no longer legally competent.
  • The owner of the property has obtained a building permit and is progressing in an expedient manner to prepare the premises for occupancy.
  • The owner of a property has maintained the property to the standard of care required under this article, as well as all other applicable ordinances and laws.

If you are an owner or agent of a vacant building as it pertains to this ordinance, you will be required to register the building under the auspices of this ordinance. Enforcement of this ordinance is set to begin January 1, 2018. For more information about this ordinance, please contact the City of Duncanville Code Enforcement office at (972) 780-5041. With your help, we can all make Duncanville a better place to live, work and play!

To view Vacant Building Ordinance No. 2324, click here.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 20, 2017

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, November 17, 2017

 

Duncanville Police Department Looking for Suspect in Armed Robbery

Duncanville, November 16, 2017 – In the early morning hours of approximately 2 a.m. on November 16, the 7-Eleven located at 447 East Highway 67 was robbed. The male suspect entered the store with a gun and ordered the clerk to give him money from the cash register.

After robbing the clerk and store, the suspect fled through the rear door in a gold Honda. Duncanville officers arrived as the vehicle was leaving and attempted to stop the car. After a short pursuit, the suspect wrecked his car into a residence near Camp Wisdom and Hamilton Road and fled on foot and was not located.

Suspect description:

  • Black male
  • Approximately early 40’s, 5’9” and 180 pounds
  • Wearing a black ski mask and black jacket

At this time, video surveillance and 911 audio are not available.

If you have any information about the incident, contact Duncanville’s Detective Pollock at 972.780.3831.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 9, 2017

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Thursday, November 9, 2017

 

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 2, 2017

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Thursday, November 2, 2017