Take Care of Duncanville by Managing Your Leaves this Fall

As autumn brings the start of the school year, football games, and cooler temperatures, it also signals the arrival 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.

Police Looking for Aggravated Robbery Suspect

The Duncanville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating an aggravated robbery suspect. anisha-food-mart-aggravated-robbery-suspect-10-12-16

The incident occurred at approximately 10:34 p.m. on October 12 when a male suspect reportedly approached a clerk as he was locking the Anisha Food Mart, located at 102 South Cedar Ridge Dr. The suspect forced the clerk back inside where he tied the clerk up with a phone cord and stole money from the register. The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

The suspect is described as being dark-skinned, approximately 6`1, 250 pounds, and wearing a blue long-sleeved hooded shirt under a white t-shirt, gray sweatpants, and black boots.

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Anyone having any information concerning these offenses is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pollock with the Duncanville Police Department at 972-707-3831 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-8477.

Duncanville Residents to Benefit from Smoke Alarm Donation

The City of Duncanville was selected to receive a 200 smoke alarm donation by the Insurance Council Of Texas (ICT) through its We’re Out to Alarm Texas program.  Duncanville Firefighters  img_8993 img_8986installed smoke alarms and conducted a home inspection for possible fire hazards in a Duncanville home today. The donated smoke alarms will be installed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested Duncanville residents should contact the Duncanville Fire Department at 972-780-4920.

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), through its We’re Out to Alarm Texas program, recently distributed almost 2,000 smoke alarms to fire departments in 23 Texas cities in anticipation of Fire Prevention Week.  Working with Texas fire fighters, ICT has placed approximately 16,000 smoke alarms into the homes of seniors and other citizens throughout the state over the past 12 years.

“ICT has been joined by other insurance organizations and First Alert to prevent needless tragedies from the lack of a smoke alarm,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.  “Through the help of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, we have placed these smoke alarms in communities hardest hit by fire fatalities.” The Travelers Insurance Companies, State Farm, the Association of Fire and Casualty Companies of Texas (AFACT) and First Alert assisted ICT in making this effort possible.

The State Fire Marshal has supported the smoke alarm program since its inception.  “Simply put, smoke alarms save lives,” said State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.  “The goal of this program remains preventing people from dying in fires because they couldn’t afford these lifesaving alarms.”

The Insurance Council of Texas is the largest state insurance trade association in the country consisting of approximately 500 property and casualty insurers writing business in Texas.  For more information click on www.insurancecouncil.org or http://www.facebook.com/insurancecounciloftexas.

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Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15th: Change Smoke Detector Batteries

This year’s Fire Prevention Week is designed to get Americans thinking about the age of their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms do age and become less effective over time. Your family, home and possessions deserve the best protection available and when that protection becomes obsolete or even aged to the point where it is offering little or no warning, it is time to replace it. The industry standard is a life expectancy of 10 years on smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms generally have a date of manufacture displayed by a small sticker attached to the underside of the base. If you cannot locate a date or cannot remember when the smoke alarm was installed, it is probably time to replace it. It is important to note the date of manufacture as the beginning of the 10 year period instead of the date of installation. The material used inside the alarm to detect smoke begins to break down and becomes less efficient over time. Changing the battery at least twice a year is extremely important. Keep in mind that fresh batteries do not increase the life span of the smoke alarm.

Today, a decent battery-powered, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sells for around $25.00. Over a span of ten years the daily cost of a $25.00 smoke alarm is 0.006 cents a day (plus the cost of batteries)! Where else can you buy peace of mind for your family for literally fractions of pennies? Smoke alarms continue to be one of the best, low-cost investments for protection of your entire house.

Another reason to replace old smoke alarms is due to the changes in technology. Alarm manufactures are constantly upgrading their products. Some smoke alarms include lights, voice messages and overall better detection of smoke. Many smoke alarms are now sold with a 10 year battery as well, how easy is that? What a great way to remember when the alarm is due to be replaced.

For more information visit the NFPA website below:

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Check your smoke alarms when you change your clock! Daylight Saving Time ends November 6, 2016: turn clocks backward 1 hour.

Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home.

Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4″ from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12″ from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents).

 

Citizen Input Needed for Downtown Element of the Comprehensive Plan

What: The City of Duncanville will host a Downtown Stakeholders Meeting to seek citizen input on the downtown element of the Comprehensive Plan. The intent is to discuss the existing Downtown District boundary, challenges and opportunities for future development within downtown. The meeting is geared toward property owners and business owners within the Downtown District but is open to the public.

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 basis of understanding of what the community deems as important as it relates to downtown Duncanville.
Community participation through events like the Downtown Stakeholders Meeting is vital for the comprehensive plan development process. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, please visit: www.DestinationDuncanville.com.

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where: D.L. Hopkins Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville, TX 75116

The meeting is being hosted in partnership with the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., which has offices around the country and throughout the State.

Working Together to Improve Property Values in Duncanville

The Duncanville community came together today to continue improving local residential properties through the City’s Property Improvement Project program. Lead by the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Duncanville, in partnership with City’s Neighborhood Vitality Commission, local volunteers performed pip-days-volunteers-working-on-fence-repair-resizedcosmetic upgrades to bring local residences back to community standards.

“The team effort seen here today reflects the sense of community Duncanville is known for.  We couldn’t have accomplished this project without the help of local volunteers and contributions from local organizations. Their dedication and love for the City is what sets us apart and makes the City of Duncanville the best place to live,” said Mayor David Green.

Today’s project marks the second renovation coordinated by the FUMC in Duncanville and the Duncanville Neighborhood Vitality Commission. “It is absolutely rewarding to be able to assist residents in need through programs like these,” said Brenda O’Brien Duncanville Neighborhood Vitality Commission President. “We are fortunate to have local partners that step up to help beautify the city.” Funding for the project was provided by the FUMC pip-days-volunteers-group-3Mission Group with donations by local businesses including Republic Services, Costco Wholesale, and Chicken Express.

The City plans to continue with the program with future residential projects. Persons interested in volunteering can contact the FUMC in Duncanville at 972-298-6121. Homeowners that wish to be considered for future renovations should contact the City of Duncanville Code Services at 972-780-5040. Residences are selected based on an evaluation conducted by the City that includes resident’s need, income, and scope of work among other criteria.

For more information about the Duncanville Project Improvement Project, contact the Assistant City Manager at 972-780-5004.

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for E. Little 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, September 29 and Sunday, October 2 in the E. Little area (south of Wheatland Rd., west of Hwy. 67, east of Santa Fe Trail, and west of Cockrell Hill Rd.) 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 this week.

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.

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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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Duncanville Police Looking for Aggravated Assault Suspect

The Duncanville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating an aggravated assault suspect.Aaggravated assault suspect 9.25.16

The incident occurred at approximately 1:54 a.m. on September 25th when a black male suspect was reportedly involved in a disturbance outside of Greedy’s Sports Bar, located at 303 South Cedar Ridge Dr. The suspect pulled out a handgun and shot an employee in the leg as the employee was trying to break the disturbance. The employee was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as being in his 40’s, measuring approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds.

Anyone having any information concerning these offenses is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pollock with the Duncanville Police Department at 972-707-3831.

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for East Little and Greenstone Court

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, September 22 and Sunday, September 25 in the E. Little 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.

See spraying map.

City Completes Annual Asphalt Overlay Program

The Public Works Department recently completed its annual asphalt overlay program. Asphalt concrete pavement is a bound layer of coarse and fine aggregate and asphalt binder that allows water to run off the surface area, minimizing seepage and further deterioration to soil beneath the roadway surface. This process will add additional life to our streets and provide a smooth riding surface.

The overlay program consisted of placing 5,698 tons of asphalt on 14 streets. These streets included portions of Meadowglen Drive, Southwood Drive, Meadowwood Drive, Villa Creek Drive, Big Stone Gap, Greenstone Lane, Greenstone Court, Greenstone Circle, Florence Drive, Plateau Drive, Plateau Circle, Venice Drive, Lodema Drive, and Lodema Circle.

To best use citizens’ tax dollars, the work was done using Dallas County’s competitive bidding process. Using this process results in a 15% to 20% savings compared to using an independent contractor. The work was completed at a cost of $392,612.

Should you have any questions regarding the asphalt overlay program or the services the Public Works Department provides, please contact Jon Bunner, Civil Engineer, at 972-780-5008.

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