Santa Cop Now Taking Donations

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The Duncanville Police Department Santa Cop program is now accepting new unwrapped toys or cash donations at the Duncanville Police Department, located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. Last year, the program assisted more than 25 Duncanville families and more than 91 children as a result of the generosity from the public. Information: Officer Doug Sisk/ 972-780-5027/dsisk@duncanvillepd.com. This is a joint effort between the Duncanville Police Department, Duncanville Police Association, and local volunteers.

 

TxDOT Public Hearing on Proposed IH-20 (Between Main and Camp Wisdom Road) Frontage Road Improvements

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing several improvements to IH-20 from North Main Street to East Camp Wisdom Road in Duncanville. Specifically, they are proposing the construction of new concrete-paved eastbound frontage road between Oriole Blvd. and E. Camp Wisdom Road, and westbound between N. Main Street and Oriole Blvd that will provide better access to our city and boost development opportunities. A six-foot sidewalk would be located along the outer lanes of both eastbound and westbound frontage roads allowing for a safer pedestrian traffic flow. It is important to mention that there will be no residential or commercial displacements as a result of the project. In addition, noise walls are being proposed along the new westbound frontage road.  The neighborhoods affected by the proposed noise walls will have an opportunity at a later meeting to provide input to TxDOT on whether a noise wall is desired, and if so, what it should look like.

Details surrounding these improvements will be presented by TxDOT at the December 13th Public Hearing to be held in Duncanville at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 800 N. Main Street.  TxDOT will display information regarding the project including draft environmental documentation, maps showing the project location and design, and tentative construction schedules beginning at 5:30 p.m. A formal hearing will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Can’t make the meeting? TxDOT will accept your verbal and written comments about the project on or before Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in person or by mail to Mr. Jim Dobbins, Texas Department of Transportation Dallas District Office, 4777 East US Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 57150. Visit their website at www.keepitmovingdallas.com under Upcoming Public Hearing/Meeting to view the project information that is being presented at the Public Hearing. You may also review this information in person at TxDOT’s Dallas District Office, located at 4777 East US Highway 80 in Mesquite. For information about the proposed project or hearing, please contact TxDOT’s Grace Lo, P.E. at (214) 320-6627 or email her at Grace.Lo@txdot.gov. The Duncanville Public Works Department is also available to answer your questions or concerns at 972-780-5015.

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Audiencia Pública Sobre Mejoras a la Carretera Lateral de la IH-20

El Departamento de Transportación de Texas (por sus siglas en inglés, TxDOT) está proponiendo mejoras a la autopista interestatal (IH) 20, desde el norte de Main Street hasta el este de Camp Wisdom Road en la Ciudad de Duncanville. La audiencia pública se llevara a cabo el martes, 13 de diciembre, en el Hilton Garden Inn, 800 N. Main Street en Duncanville. Información sobre el proyecto estará disponible para revisión pública empezando a las 5:30 p.m., y la audiencia formal será a partir de las 6:00 p.m. El propósito de la audiencia es la de presentar las mejoras planeadas y para recibir comentarios del público sobre el proyecto propuesto.

El proyecto propuesto incluye la construcción de una nueva vía pavimentada en concreto desde el lado este de la carretera lateral entre Oriole Blvd. y E. Camp Wisdom Road, y hacia el oeste entre N. Main Street y Oriole Blvd. La nueva dirección hacia el oeste de la carretera lateral ampliaria la actual carretera lateral más allá de Oriole Blvd hasta E. Camp Wisdom Road. La intersección en E. Camp Wisdom Rd. y el lado este de la carretera lateral serian señalizados.

La rampa de entrada del lado este desde N. Main Street hasta IH 20 también seria reconstruida en su ubicación actual. La nueva carretera lateral en dirección oeste se extendería más allá de Oriole Blvd. hasta el oeste. El acceso existente de la carretera hacia el oeste de la carretera lateral hasta Winding Trail seria reconstruida para estar alineada con la nueva carretera lateral. La rampa de salida del constado oeste hasta N. Main Street, desde la IH 20 seria reconstruida en la localización actual. Se eliminaría el acceso existente de la rampa de salida hacia el oeste hasta Thrush Avenue. Cada carretera lateral consistiría de un ancho de 12 pies adentro del carril de viaje y un ancho de 14 pies fuera del carril de uso compartido (para alojamiento de bicicletas) con bordilla y cuneta. Una acera de seis pies se ubicaría a lo largo de los carriles exteriores en ambos sentidos de la carretera hacia el este y oeste. Las aceras propuestas cumplirían los criterios de diseño de ADA. Tanto la entrada en dirección este como la rampa de la salida en dirección al oeste retendrían su configuración actual de 14 pies con cuatro pies dentro del costado y seis pies fuera del costado. Se propondrían muros de contención de ruido a lo largo de la nueva carretera en el sentido oeste. Se adquirían aproximadamente 0.37 acres de nuevo derecho de paso (por sus siglas en inglés, ROW) (curvos menores). No habría desplazamientos residenciales a consecuencia del proyecto. Los muros de contención de ruido serian construidos a lo largo de varios segmentos de la carretera lateral en dirección oeste. Los vecindarios afectados por muros de contención de ruido tendrán la oportunidad de presentar sus opiniones en una futura junta de TxDOT. El costo del proyecto es de aproximadamente $5.01 millones y se anticipa que inicie en el 2019 y concluya en el 2021.

La documentación ambiental preliminar, los mapas mostrando la ubicación y diseño del proyecto, horarios de construcción previsionales y otra información en cuanto al proyecto están en archivo y disponibles para inspección de lunes a viernes entre las 8:00 a.m. y 5:00 p.m. en la oficina del Distrito de Dallas de TxDOT en 4777 East US Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150 o por internet en www.keepitmovingdallas.com, bajo “Upcoming Public Hearing/Meeting.”

Comentarios verbales y escritos del público con relación al proyecto son solicitados y pueden ser presentados en la audiencia o enviados por correo al Sr. Jim Dobbins, Oficina del Departamento de Transporte de Texas, 4777 East US Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75150. Los comentarios deben ser recibidos antes del miércoles, 28 de diciembre, 2016, para formar parte del registro de la audiencia oficial.

La audiencia se realizara en inglés, pero habrá un intérprete presente.

Para preguntas en general en cuanto al proyecto, por favor contacte a Grace Lo, P.E. (214) 320-6627 o envié un correo electrónico a Grace.Lo@txdot.gov.

City of Duncanville to host LEGO® themed Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

In celebration of the Christmas Holiday, the City of Duncanville is hosting the annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2nd, 2016. This year’s festivities will feature the annual parade down Main Street, pictures with Santa, the tree-lighting ceremony, and much more.

PARADE

Event Type: Parade

Price: Free to the Public

Description: The Christmas parade will be hosted by the Duncanville Parks & Recreation Department. This year’s Christmas Parade is themed all things LEGO®.

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Place: The parade route will extend from Freeman to Wheatland, Wheatland to Main and dis-embarking on Main at Carder.

Special Info:To participate in the parade, please register with Duncanville Parks & Recreation at the following location: Recreation Center – 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116

Various closures will affect the Wheatland & Main St area beginning at 6PM. Click here to register your Christmas Float. For any questions regarding the parade, call Recreation Superintendent – Veronica Williams at (972)780-5074

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & CONCERT

Event Type: Tree Lighting & Concert

Price: Free to the Public

Description: City of Duncanville’s Christmas in the Stars Tree Lighting & Concert will feature commentary by Mayor David Green and the music of Duncanville ISD’s Elementary Choirs.

Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Place: In front of Duncanville Feed Store – 219 N Main St., Duncanville, TX

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Event Type: Family Activities

Price: Free to the Public

Description: Enjoy the festivities hosted by the City of Duncanville’s Park & Recreation Department which includes pictures with Santa & More!

Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM

Place: Ben Franklin Apothecary – Pictures with Santa

Special Info:To become a vendor for this event, please register with the Duncanville Parks & Recreation Department at the Recreation Center Front Desk located at: 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Event Type: Shuttle Service

Price: Free to the Public

Description: Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville has partnered with Duncanville ISD to offer a free shuttle service before, during and after the event.

Time: 5:00PM – End of Event

Place: Costco – 250 E Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX 75137

Special Info: To catch the parade, park and ride from Costco to the Phase I stop located at the southeast corner of Main & Wheatland at the Dallas County Tax Office. After the parade, road closures will open allowing the stop to progress to Phase II, located adjacent to the Main St activities at W Freeman & Main St.

For any questions regarding the LEGO® Christmas Festivities please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at (972) 780-5070.

Duncanville Police: ‘Tis the Season to be Stealing. Stay Alert.

Enjoy the decorations and shopping, but stay alert.

The busiest shopping season is right around the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a time when Scrooges are out to find some great and fantastic deals at your expense. Thefts, as well as Burglary of Motor Vehicles and Auto Thefts, go up due to people lowering their guard during this time of the year. Unfortunately, with so much to do, some tend to leave valuables in their vehicles and forget to lock their cars giving a thief an open invitation to deprive individuals of their hard-earned property. The Duncanville Police Department wants to help you prevent from being a victim by taking the following safety precautions.

How to Ensure a Safer Holiday While Shopping

Always be aware of what is going on around you.

  • Don’t leave packages visible through car windows. Lock them in the trunk, if possible, take them directly home.
  • Never walk alone. Walk with someone or have someone from the store or a security guard walk you out to your vehicle.
  • When carrying your purchases, don’t overburden yourself with packages so that you are not be able to react quickly and easily if you need to.
  • Take only what you need in a purse or wallet and keep a tight hold on it. Carry your purse closed and snugly against your body. Carry your wallet in a front pocket or coat pocket. If possible, use a fanny pack to carry what you need; this keeps you hands free and you can conceal the fanny pack under a jacket out of sight.
  • File receipts in your wallet immediately. Identity thieves can get important personal information from them.
  • Park and walk in well-lighted areas.
  • Lock your car after entering or exiting your vehicle. Visually look inside and around the vehicle before getting in to make sure no one is inside or around your vehicle.
  • Teach your children to go to a security guard or store employees if they get separated from you. Make sure they know your name, not just Mom or Dad, so store management can call you via the intercom system.

While conducting personal or business transactions at a bank or ATM, be aware of “bank jugging.” While the origin of the term is unclear, the method by which this crime occurs is described in detail below.

WHAT IS BANK JUGGING?

  • The term is used to describe suspects who sit in bank parking lots and watch customers go in and out of a bank. The suspects follow the customers they believe are in possession of cash and look for an opportunity to burglarize their vehicles or rob them directly.
  • “Juggers” most frequently target customers carrying bank bags, bank envelopes, and coin boxes.
  • If a customer leaves the bank and does not leave their money unattended in the vehicle, most “Juggers” will go back to the bank to target another banking customer. However, some “Juggers” will confront the customer in an attempt to rob them by taking the money by force.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN BANKING:

  • Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive-thru line.
  • Vehicles arriving at the bank with no occupants entering the bank.
  • Vehicles changing parking spaces.
  • Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants.
  • Vehicles with multiple occupants.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes, or coin boxes.
  • Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank.
  • If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location and the direction you are traveling. Drive toward the Sheriff’s Office or Police Station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
  • Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.

When Shopping Online

  • Beware of “bargains” from companies you are unfamiliar with. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Shop with companies you know. Make sure the site uses a secure connection for purchases.
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you ask for it. Credible retailers should already have that information!

If you have any questions about Holiday Safety Tips contact Officer Doug Sisk, Duncanville Police Department Community Relations / Crime Prevention Officer at (972) 780-5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com.

Keep Drains Clear this Holiday Season

Remember to collect the grease and oils in a sealable container after cooking this holiday season. Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into nearby streams or rivers adversely affecting our drinking water. If your pipes become clogged from putting FOG down the drain, it can be a very expensive problem to fix. To avoid household and environmental damage, as well as costly bills, NEVER put FOGs down the drain! Wipe pans clean with a paper towel and place the paper towel in the trash. Scrape off excess food from pots, pans, and plates into the trash before rinsing them in the sink with cold water.

Did you know? The City of Duncanville provides reusable fat trapper bags and reusable can lids at the Public Works counter at City Hall or at our Service Center located at 330 Shady Trail. Must present proof of residency. Limit 5 bags and 2 lids per household, while supplies last.

To dispose of large quantities of cooking oil, contact Jessica Smith, Solid Waste Coordinator, at 972-780-4946 to find the nearest household hazardous waste collection station.

 

Take Care of Duncanville by Managing Your Leaves this Fall

As autumn brings cooler temperatures, it also signals the arrival of another seasonal display: falling leaves.

While Texans are encouraged to plant shade trees to help lower their utility bills in the summer, these deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall, in abundance.  Instead of raking and bagging them, where they’ll head to a landfill, put them back into your lawns and gardens, as a valuable source of mulch and fertilizer, and an addition to your compost. Leaves contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air during the season. Grass clippings, leaves, and other yard debris make up 20 percent of the trash sent to landfills each year. It costs Texans over $250 million a year to collect and dispose of this waste. There are four basic ways in which leaves can be managed and used in the landscape:

  1.  Mowing – a light covering of leaves can be mowed, simply leaving the shredded leaves in place on the lawn. This technique is most effective when a mulching mower is used.
  2.  Mulching –a lawn mower with a bagging attachment provides a fast and easy way to shred and collect the leaves. Apply a three to four inch layer of shredded leaves around the base of trees and shrubs. A two to three inch mulch of shredded leaves is ideal for flower beds. For vegetable gardens, a thick layer of leaves placed between the rows functions as a mulch and an all-weather walkway that will allow you to work in your garden during wet periods.
  3. Composting – in addition to leaves, other yard wastes such as grass clippings, pine needles, weeds, and small prunings can be composted. Compost can serve as a soil conditioner that nourishes your yard and reduces the need for outdoor watering up to 60 percent.
  4. Soil Improvement – leaves may be collected and worked directly into garden and flower bed soils. A six to eight inch layer of leaves tilled into a heavy, clay soil will improve aeration and drainage. The same amount tilled into a light, sandy soil, will improve water and nutrient holding capacity. For more tips to keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste, visit TakeCareOfTexas.org. While you’re there, pledge to Take Care of Texas, and we’ll say thanks by mailing you a free Texas State Park Guide.

Which Duncanville Fieldhouse Logo is Your Favorite? Let Us Know!

The City of Duncanville is committed to promoting the Duncanville Fieldhouse and strengthening its brand in the sporting and events market. The Duncanville Fieldhouse is in the process of creating a new exciting logo to aid in this process and we would appreciate your input! The logo will be used in all marketing and advertising efforts of the event center. The unveiling of the selected logo will take place in the next few months.

Please click here to take the Survey

Exchange Zone Spaces Now Available at the Duncanville Police Station

exchange-zone-signWith the increasing ability to make purchases online, the Duncanville Police Department is now offering the public two designated parking spaces in front of the Duncanville Police Station (203 E. Wheatland Rd) to complete transactions. The “Exchange Zone” spaces are well-lit and under 24-hour surveillance, giving residents and commuters a safe place to purchase or exchange property from online sale sites such as Craigslist, Offer Up, 5 Miles, and Facebook. “It is important to remember that the people you meet online are strangers and can pose dangers,” said Duncanville Chief of Police Robert Brown. “Not every buyer or seller you meet online is someone who is true with their intent. Unfortunately, there are certain individuals that capitalize upon the inexperience of others. Our goal is to reduce victimization by online predators, and provide a safe and monitored place to conduct these types of transactions.” In addition to online purchase exchanges, the Department also invites blended families to utilize the Exchange Zone for child custody arrangements. For more information, contact the Duncanville Police Crime Prevention Office at 972-780-5027.

Infrastructure Improvements Underway

Your Public Works Department has been busy with infrastructure improvements throughout the city. Many of these projects are currently under construction or have recently been completed such the erosion control improvement project at Lions Park. The existing retaining walls along Horne Branch were lengthened approximately 200 feet to prevent further erosion along the south bank at a cost of approximately $119,528.00.

The FY2016 Water/Wastewater Improvements Project along Roma Drive between Greenstone Lane and West Ridge Drive is almost complete. This project includes the construction of approximately 2,100 linear feet of 8 inch water line and 2,100 linear feet of 10 inch and 8 inch wastewater line, the placement of 730 tons of asphalt pavement, and 1,500 square yards of reinforced concrete pavement. This project is budgeted at $956,848.00 but is anticipated to be completed at a significantly reduced cost. Approximately 50% complete are the FY2016 Wastewater Improvements and Sidewalk Improvements Projects. The wastewater improvements project will install 8,100 linear feet of sanitary sewer by pipe bursting at a cost of approximately $1,229,738.00. The sidewalk improvements project will provide new sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, and a new hike and bike trail through Lakeside Park from Mizell to Center Streets at a cost of $356,215.00.

 

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Proposed TIF

A Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for next Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Activity Center to discuss a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reinvestment Zone for the Camp Wisdom Road / North Duncanville Road / N. Main Street area. The meeting will include a presentation discussing the purpose and structure of a TIF, including examples of TIF projects in other communities. A Q & A will follow the presentation and City Council will listen to the public comment on this topic.  For more information, contact the Duncanville Economic Development Department at 972-780-5090.