Italian Sister City Guests Visiting Duncanville in October, Seeking Host Families

Over 21 years ago, Duncanville established a Sister City Program with Monasterolo di Savigliano, a city in Northern Italy. The program offers culture awareness and economic information. Over the years, host families in both Monasterolo and Duncanville have exchanged friendship and culture traditions.

In October, Monasterolo will send a group of citizens, age 30 to 60, to visit Duncanville for 10 days. The Sister City Commission is looking for host families to accommodate one or two people, and host families do not need to speak Italian. Responsibilities include providing a private room for either a single person or a couple, a simple breakfast, and transportation to and from City Hall.

If you are interested, or want to learn more information about the Sister City Program, contact Chelsea Cooper at 972-780-5069 or ccooper@duncanville.com.

Zoning Ordinance Update: Public Input Summary

The City of Duncanville’s Zoning Ordinance Update project is underway! The following information outlines the results of public input and participation thus far in the project.

Public Meeting
The Zoning Ordinance Update kicked off with a successful community open house held on February 6, 2019 at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center. The over 40 attendees participated in a polling exercise to identify the residents’ support for some of the big picture ideas, and then board exercises were conducted to receive open-ended input on selected topics.
The polling exercise identified a desire for diverse housing types in moderation, overwhelming support for increasing design standards to improve the look of the City, and the importance of building design standards and increased landscape standards. Feedback captured on the input boards highlighted participants’ thoughts on what types of housing and businesses are missing and identified issues with building design, landscaping, parking, walkability and procedures in the current ordinance.

Stakeholder Interviews
Stakeholder interviews were also conducted by the project team on February 6, 2019 with City Staff, developers/development community, and appointed officials to receive their thoughts and ideas on the most pressing issues in the current ordinance and how to resolve those issues.

Online Survey
An online survey was conducted from January 29 to February 10 and was made available on the City’s website as well as the project website. The survey was designed to identify the areas within the City that the residents like and dislike and their reasoning behind the preferences, general directions related to the zoning ordinance, and their priorities. A total of 158 people participated in this survey.

The most commonly-selected priorities were:

1. Economic development
2. Vibrant downtown
3. Aesthetic enhancement

The visual preference portion of the survey highlighted the desire from the public for lush landscaping, townhomes for young people and retirees, buildings with unique design, more mixed-use shopping/dining/living, and parking with landscaped walkways.

All the public input received so far, along with feedback from the Planning and Zoning Commission, formulated the basis of the draft diagnostic report which will build the framework for the ordinance update.

For more information, or to submit a comment regarding the Zoning Ordinance, please visit the project website at https://clients.freese.com/duncanvillezoning/.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: March 15, 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, March 15, 2019

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: March 8, 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, March 8, 2019

Tri-City Animal Shelter ‘St. Catrick’s Day Soiree’ – March 15, 2019

Over 7,000 homeless, abandoned, and lost animals come through the doors of Tri-City Animal Shelter each year. 74% of these animals are not sterilized and over 1,000 per year are in need of veterinary care during their time at the shelter. Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter is raising money to help these dogs and cats by funding spay/neuter and veterinary care programs. You’re invited to join DeSoto Mayor, Curtistene McCowan, honorary event chair, for the first annual St. Catrick’s Day Soirée fundraiser, presented by Camp Bow Wow and VCA DeSoto Animal Hospital, and sponsored by many other generous local businesses and donors.

Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter launched their Give with a PURRpose capital campaign last fall to raise $500,000 for a renovation of the old shelter facility, located next door to the current shelter and adoption center. The building will become a new Surgery Suite and Medical Center where all adopted animals will be spayed or neutered before they go home, and sick and injured shelter animals will receive the veterinary care they need.

“I am delighted to serve as Honorary Chair of this exciting event benefiting the Tri-City Animal Shelter that serves Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Duncanville,” said DeSoto Mayor, Curtistene McCowan. “We look forward to greeting you at the Grow DeSoto Market Place (DeSoto’s small business incubator) for a successful evening of fundraising supporting this very important cause.”

The St. Catrick’s Day Soirée will take place Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Grow DeSoto Market Place, located at 324 E Belt Line Road in DeSoto. Tickets are $25 and include open bar with wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres and dessert from local restaurants, and live music. A silent auction and raffle will benefit life-saving programs for dogs and cats at the shelter. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tricityfriends.org and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: March 1, 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, March 1, 2019

Duncanville Police Honor Fire Department SWAT Team Medics

In addition to their full-time jobs with the Duncanville Fire Department, Captain Jason Wigginton, Firefighter Brent Nabors, and Firefighter Jared Gilbert also serve as the Duncanville SWAT Team Medics for the Police Department. On February 14, 2019, the Duncanville Police Department presented Police Commendation Bars to the SWAT Team Medics for the firefighter’s outstanding contribution to law enforcement and assistance at the biennial Active Shooter training held last year. As partners in public safety, the police and fire departments rely heavily on each other’s professional skill sets during emergency incidents.

In September 2018, the Duncanville Police Department SWAT Team conducted Active Shooter training in an abandoned hospital facility in Waxahachie, Texas. The firefighters provided vital medical training to police personnel over the course of three training days, including casualty assessment, formations of rescue teams and how to properly care for the injured. The close partnership and cross training efforts ensure that police and fire personnel are better prepared if an incident were to occur in Duncanville.

“Duncanville emergency responders believe that training, cooperation and preparedness are essential to protecting the community and citizens of Duncanville,” said Chief of Police Robert D. Brown, Jr. “Police officers rely on firefighter/paramedics to do our job effectively, and we appreciate the help and support of the Fire Department.”

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: February 22, 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, February 22, 2019

Duncanville Saves Approximately $800K in Bond Sale Related to $21.6M November Election

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the Duncanville City Council approved the issuance of $20.735M in general obligation bonds at a rate of 3.12%, which is 3/10 of a percent lower than projected, saving the City approximately $800K over the life of the bonds. The bonds were sold at a premium, allowing for the City to realize the full $21.6M in project proceeds authorized by the citizens.  The bond issuance is a result of the November 2018 general election where Duncanville voters approved four bond propositions for various park, street, fire and facility projects. The low interest rate is credited to the City’s strong fiscal policies, experienced and stable city management, solid AA bond ratings and overall healthy local economy.

The rate is fixed over the life of the bond and represents a savings of approximately $40K per year as compared to projections. Funds are expected to be available in early March.

Misleading Representation Regarding Water Quality

The City of Duncanville’s water is safe to drink, but opportunists are trying to convince residents otherwise.

The City of Duncanville has received several reports regarding recent social media posts from a company called “Test My Water”. The posts target unsuspecting residents with sensational claims and graphics about water, then offers free in-home water tests. The company works through third party vendors to provide water tests, who then up-sell residents with water filtration products and services.

“Duncanville water is tested daily throughout the city to ensure safety, and our drinking water exceeds all county, state and federal drinking water standards,” said Public Works Director Greg Ramey. “Duncanville residents should be wary of anyone trying to sell products or services that are not initiated by the homeowner.”

Duncanville drinking water continues to be rated as “superior” by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. For more information regarding water quality, or to have a City of Duncanville Water Utilities professional test your water, please call 972-780-4900.

This company and related partners are not working on behalf of the City, and do not have permission to use the City logo, letterhead or other City branding. Residents are encouraged to be careful with online advertising from “Test My Water” and other unsolicited water filtration businesses.

The drinking water alerts first surfaced a couple years ago, and several cities have published warnings about the activity:

Haltom City: https://www.haltomcitytx.com/public-works-news-events/2728-scam-alert-regarding-water-quality-tests-september-12-2018

Garland: http://www.ci.garland.tx.us/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1499&TargetID=23