Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush Avenue Area

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, August 4, Friday, August 5, and Sunday, August 7, in the Thrush Avenue area from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in this area.

Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

DCEDC Awards Incentive Grant

The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) recently presented Randy Gaubert, President of RPG Capital Management, LLC with a $75,000.00 incentive grant.  The grant was used to complete a screening wall, utility infrastructure, fire lane, and approach paving for Phase 2 and 3 of a medical/professional office development located at 407 W. Danieldale Road.  

Incentive grants are part of DCEDC’s Design Incentive Program that is aimed at helping businesses enhance their facades and improve their sustainability.  For more information on DCEDC or business incentives, please call the Economic Development Department at 972-780-5090. 

Pictured left to right are DCEDC Vice President Barry Gordon, DCEDC President Mark Cooks, RPG Capital Management, LLC President Randy Galbert, DCEDC Board Member Steve Dial, DCEDC Board Member Dr. Matt Murrah, and DCEDC Director Jessica James

 

Comprehensive Plan Kickoff

The Comprehensive Plan public engagement process is kicking off! Destination Duncanville is the City’s first comprehensive plan and a critical part of plan development will be the involvement of property owners, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders in the community. The development of the Comprehensive Plan will start ‘from the ground up’, meaning that community involvement will be the foundation of the plan. There are multiple ways to get involved and to give input to the planning team.

Input Boards – There will be input boards in the foyer of City Hall, at the Duncanville Public Library, the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, and the Fieldhouse for citizens to write down their vision for the future of Duncanville. It is an opportunity to share where you see Duncanville in the next 10 to 20 years. Does it look exactly the same? Is it different? This is a chance to provide candid thoughts on the direction the City should go.

Destination Duncanville Website – As part of the plan development process, a website has been created to disseminate information, gather input, and provide updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan. The website, DestinationDuncanville.com, will be the main source of information for those interested in keeping up on the status of the plan.

Community Survey – On the DestinationDuncanville.com website, is a community survey. The information in this survey will aid the planning team in becoming familiar with Duncanville, its strengths, and its weaknesses from the perspective of its everyday users. It will include questions about the importance of various quality of life aspects of the City and where the City should focus its energy and resources. This survey is voluntary, all information recorded will be kept anonymous and no record of individual responses will be transferred or implied. Your input is vital and greatly appreciated.

Community Wide Meeting – Perhaps the most important way to give input on the Comprehensive Plan is to attend the first community wide meeting that will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center. Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basic understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.

The planning team will also be meeting with various stakeholders in the community to gain further insight into specific topics to be covered in the plan including economic development and Downtown. There will also be opportunities for citizens to provide input on their own through the Meeting in a Box. The Meeting in a Box is a box of resources to allow anyone to facilitate a meeting on their own and provide the feedback to the City. More information regarding the Meeting in a Box will be provided on the DestinationDuncanville.com website and the City website.

The Comprehensive Plan presents an opportunity to demonstrate that Duncanville residents, businesses and elected officials are committed to working together for the best possible future for our community. It is an exciting time for Duncanville and it will require everyone’s participation. Can we count you in?

Updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan as well as information on opportunities for public input will be provided on the City of Duncanville website as well as through the DestinationDuncanville.com website, the Spotlight Duncanville quarterly newsletter and The Champion monthly newsletter.

Back to School Bash

Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Staff for an afternoon of fun, on August 6th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s an end of summer party with bounce houses, games, prizes, and lots of fun! The event will take place at the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Center, located at 201 James Collins Blvd. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush Avenue Area

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, July 28, Friday, July 29, and Sunday, July 31, in the Thrush Avenue area from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in this area.

Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Highgate and Greenstone Court Areas

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, July 21, Friday, July 22, and Sunday, July 24, in the Highgate and Greenstone Court areas from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in these areas.

Residents living near these areas are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

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DCEDC Presents Sign Grant to Local Business

The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation recently presented Steve Corder owner of State Farm Insurance and Melcor, Inc. with a $4,805.06 sign grant. The grant was used to replace an older monument sign, that inhibited drivers visibility in the area and branding of tenant businesses, with a new pole sign. Sign grants are part of DCEDC’s Design Incentive Program that is aimed at helping businesses enhance their façades and improve their sustainability. For more information on DCEDC or business incentives, please call the Economic Development Department at 972.780.5090.

Bring Your 4-legged Friends to Armstrong this Week

The City of Duncanville is holding a temporary dog park at Armstrong Park from July 8-17th from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. This will serve as an opportunity for the City to collect feedback from the public on a possible permanent dog park in the future. Additional opportunities for public feedback will continue as the Parks Master Plan process begins in a couple of months. The idea of a temporary dog park was realized by Girl Scout Natalie Ortiz, with the support of the City Parks and Recreation Board and Staff. As a result, Natalie received the Girl Scout’s Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Bring your 4-legged friend to the park! Be sure to follow these temporary dog park rules and regulations:

1. Owners/handlers are legally responsible for their dog(s) and any injury or damage to facilities caused by them.
2. Dog owners/handlers must keep their dog(s) in view at all times.
3. All dogs must be under the owner’s/handler’s control.
4. Dog owners/handlers must immediately pick up and dispose of, in trash receptacles, all dog feces.
5. Dogs off their leash are limited to two dogs per owner/handler inside the park.
6. Dogs must be leashed before entering and leaving the park.
7. Dogs must be current on vaccinations, including rabies.
8. Dogs “in heat” will not be allowed inside the park.
9. Dogs using the park must be at least 4 months old.
10. Dogs are the only type animals permitted in dog parks.
11. Aggressive dogs, posing a threat to human beings or other dogs are not allowed at any time. Any bite of a person or other dog must be immediately reported to the City of Duncanville Animal Control and parties involved must wait for an officer to respond, except in the case where immediate medical care is needed.

Off-duty Duncanville firefighters save man’s life while mowing yards

DMN firefighter article july 5 2016Dallas Morning News (7.5.16): Battalion Chief Robert Gideon called a client the day before he was scheduled to mow his lawn Wednesday for his part-time job. The 27-year Duncanville firefighter tried not to worry when the call went straight to voicemail, even though this particular client always answered his phone.

“But we were mowing at another house down the road and saw his car in the yard,” said Gideon, 50. “So we had some idea he was there.”

His suspicions were correct. The elderly client was there, but in no position to come to the door. Gideon and his lawn-mowing partner, Duncanville firefighter Robert Shaw, entered the home and found the elderly man semi-conscious, lying on the floor.

Paramedics later determined that he had probably been that way at least a couple of days. The two firefighters shouted his name and he eventually responded as Shaw called 911 and Gideon got on the phone with his own department.

“If they hadn’t followed through with their instincts and concern, there is no doubt in my mind that the elderly male would have laid there and died,” Duncanville EMS Chief Mike Ryan said.

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