City of Duncanville Weekly Update: July 26, 2019

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, July 26, 2019

City Council Approves Solid Waste Contract, Increases Cost of Service to Align with Market Rates

On July 16, 2019, the Duncanville City Council approved a seven-year solid waste contract with Republic Services of Texas that will increase the amount that residents, property managers, commercial and industrial entities pay for trash, recycling and bulk/brush pick up service in Duncanville.

Under the existing contract with Republic Services set to expire in September, rates for solid waste had not been adjusted for 20 years with exception to Consumer Price Index increases. Over time, rising market rates and inflation have caught up with the cost to provide service in Duncanville. Additionally, due to a decline in the marketability of recycle materials, the cost to recycle no longer offsets the cost to collect recyclable materials.

The contract goes into effect September 21, 2019, and residents will incur an increase in cost of service for collection provided at the curb and alley.

The frequency and schedule of garbage and recycle pick up will not be affected, and support to the elderly and mobility challenged will continue as before. The most notable change in service affects the brush and bulk collection, which will occur once per month and is limited to four (4) cubic yards per pick up effective October 1, 2019. Residents will have a dedicated week each month to place bulk/brush items at the curb for collection. Additional bulk/brush can still be picked by Republic Services for a fee, but the resident is responsible for coordinating directly with Republic Services for removal and payment.

The new contract expands recycling program options by giving residents the ability to rent a 96-gallon rolling recycling cart from Republic for an additional $4.75 a month. However, due to a slump in recycling, Republic Services will no longer accept glass, juice boxes and carton-style milk and juice containers with a gable top as recyclable materials. The blue recycle bin will still be provided to residents free of charge for those who do not want the cart option. Small commercial entities will also have the ability to rent a recycling cart for an additional $18.50 a
month.

A Town Hall Meeting regarding the new solid waste collection contract, adjusted bulk/brush pick up schedule and recycling procedures is scheduled for August 29 at 6:30 pm at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Blvd. Look for more information in the mail in early September, including more details on recycling and brush/bulk collection. For questions regarding trash, recycling, bulk waste and brush collection, please contact Assistant Utilities Operations Manager David Dunn at 972-780-5079.

Rotary Park Parking Lot Complete

The first project from the 2018 Bond Program is finished! The Concrete Construction and Repair Crews completed construction of the new parking lot at Rotary Park in July. The new parking lot has 10 regular parking spaces and two ADA spaces, as well as two ADA ramps. To prevent erosion, improve safety and beautify the area, crews placed four pallets of sod and repaired the curb and gutter at the park. The parking lot is open for public use!

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 972-780-4972.

 

 

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: July 18, 2019

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, July 18, 2019

Re-Striping lanes along Cockrell Hill Rd.

On, 12 July 2019, the City of Duncanville will re-stripe the lanes along Cockrell Hill Rd (by Papadeaux’s) in order to alleviate congestion at the intersection of US-67 Eastbound Service Rd and Northbound Cockrell Hill Road.  The lane markings will extend the length of the right-turn lane to allow additional cars to turn right onto the Service Rd and subsequently access US-67.  This work should take only one day.

The City’s contractor will also re-stripe the road markings at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Cockrell Hill Rd at the same time.

For more information, please contact the City’s Traffic Operations Superintendent, John Borchardt, at 972-780-5059.

 

Traffic Signal Box Art Unveiling Event

The City of Duncanville held its first Traffic Signal Box (TSB) Art Unveiling Event on Friday,  June 28, 2019, located in Downtown Duncanville. Mr. Jose Perales’ patriotic themed artwork was selected for the TSB located next to the war memorial on the corner of Center Street and Santa Fe Trail. Mr. Perales, his family, City Council Members, City Staff, and friends of the community were present to celebrate this exciting unveiling.

In 2017, the City of Duncanville adopted its first Comprehensive Plan.  Throughout the development of the plan, citizens requested to have more culture and public art throughout the Duncanville community to help enhance the City’s identity and character. During City Council’s 2018 Strategic Planning Session, the City Council approved the Traffic Signal Box Art Program. The initial call was for Duncanville artists participation, but then later was extended to include non-residents as well.  This art initiative is a public-private partnership with the City of Duncanville and the Duncanville Design Studio committee. Three additional art unveilings will take place over the next few weeks and the final one will take place when school starts; as the artist is a Duncanville student.

For more information about the Traffic Signal Box Art Program, call Parks Superintendent Timothy Hamilton at 972-780-5072.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: June 28, 2019

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, June 28, 2019