COUNCIL SEEKS CITIZENS TO SERVE ON CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

COUNCIL SEEKS CITIZENS TO SERVE

ON CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

The Duncanville City Council is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in volunteering their service on one of the City’s boards or commissions.  To be eligible to serve, one must be a resident of the City of Duncanville, and not be in arrears on City of Duncanville ad valorem taxes or fines or fees.

Applications are being accepted for the following Boards and Commissions:

  • City Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Sign Control Board
  • Duncanville Community & Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)
  • Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board
  • Duncanville Community Multicultural Commission
  • Senior Advocacy Commission
  • Civil Service (Term beginning October 1, 2017).

Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2017 thru July 14, 2017.  Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council.  Appointments to the Boards and Commissions will be made by City Council during their August 15, 2017 regular meeting with new appointments beginning on September 1, 2017, with the exception of Civil Service Commission which will begin on October 1, 2017.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 14, 2017 to Mary E. Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; to mjones@ci.duncanville.tx.us; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road. An application may be obtained at City Hall or by visiting the Boards and Commissions Application. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

People of Duncanville – Becky

Becky J.

Becky J. remembers a town where everybody knew everyone, the skating rink her daddy owned was almost the only entertainment in town, and 69 of the 169 students in her graduating class had attended school together since first grade.

Though she lived outside of Duncanville city limits proper, Becky lived in Duncanville ISD and attended Duncanville schools, starting at Central Elementary and graduating from the first high school located on Camp Wisdom in 1969. While she attended schools, the population grew and the district expanded into multiple elementary schools and a larger high school. Becky remembers: “School memories — oh so many! When there was only one elementary school (later Central Elementary (grades 1 through 3 or 1957) in the building that had formally been the ENTIRE Duncanville ISD, half or so of the playground was a blacktopped area that was basically what was left after the original high school gymnasium burned.  Beyond that was a dirt area with swing sets, metal slides, monkey bars, and space to play tag, bordered by the fence for the army base.”

“Because the town and school district was growing (new housing booms) 5th graders were split, with 2 classes bused daily for the first half of the school year to First Baptist Church while construction on 2 new elementary schools, Fairmeadows and Merrifield, was completed. At mid-term, all the elementary school kids were split between Central and the new schools which housed grades 1-6.  Junior high (7-8 grades) went to what was several years later named for J. Herman Reed, but at the time it was just the Junior High.  9th through 12th grades were all in the High School.  The class of ’65 was the last to graduate there.  Schools were first integrated when the new high school on Camp Wisdom Road opened.  Although there were some black soldiers stationed on the base, none of those families lived in the few base houses along Main St.”

School standards were high, Becky remembers; students struggled to maintain a C average, and anyone with a B average and up would likely get scholarship offers from surrounding colleges. Two teachers especially stuck out in her memory: Jerre Simmons and Grace Brandenburg. Jerre Simmons was Becky’ freshman English teacher, and began her students’ high school careers with a dramatic reading of Jabberwocky. Grace Brandenburg, Becky’s senior English teacher, was “the epitome of her name.”  Under choir director Ron Bretz, musicals were performed at the high school, with sophomores through seniors allowed to participate. Becky remembers, “The first one I recall was “Oklahoma”, in 1963; my favorite (and first) was “Lil’ Abner” in 1967 (a rollicking production complete with the Sadie Hawkins Day race scene), ’68 was “South Pacific”, and ’69 “Music Man”.”

Little D Roller Rink on Wheatland Road near Cockrell Hill was virtually the only entertainment in town until the late 60s, when the bowling alley was built. Skaters of all ages attended, and many romances bloomed there; “only parents were allowed to sit and watch.” Admission was $.50 with an extra $.25 for skate rental, and the rink also hosted many church and birthday parties. Becky remembers: “The rink was a converted tin quonset hut, no air conditioning, just 2 big exhaust fans at the end opposite from the entrance. My folks owned it from spring ’58 through sprint ’66, “modernizing” it from clamp-on to shoe skates, adding overhead insulation, and changing from wooden half-walls around the floor to a single metal pipe about 4′ high.  Nothing fancy, just a safe place for some good clean fun. (Nobody used the word “exercise”, but a Weight Watchers group skated there for a few years during the daytime while their kids were in school).” Becky’s dad loved when boys who grew up at the rink would come back and see him while on leave from the armed forces.

FRONT PORCH SALE @ Hopkins Senior Center

The annual Front Porch Sale sponsored by the Share & Care Site Council takes place this  Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr., Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX  75116.  Be sure to support the seniors with your donations or purchases.

Donations of household goods are welcome beginning Monday, April 17th through Wednesday, April 19th.

For further information call 972-780-5073.

 

Cleanout Duncanville 2017

It is time for Spring Cleaning. Once again the city of Duncanville is here to help. We’ll take junk that needs to be trashed; we’ll take stuff that’s still good but you don’t need any more; we’ll shred old papers; we’ll recycle batteries and electronics.

Read below for even more information (like the date and time) on this fabulous, Earth-friendly, help-your-fellow-humans, event.

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Our Easter Egg Hunt begins very soon.
The little ones start hunting just before noon.

So grab your basket if you dare,
The items sought are not square.

A bunny DJ there will be,
Dancing to the Hip-Hop-Hippity.

Saturday, April 8th at Armstrong Park is the place to be.
It’s great fun for the whole family!

 

 

Last Chance – Park Master Plan Citizen Survey

Today is the last day to give your input for the Park Master Plan Survey.

The Parks and Recreation department wants to thank all of those who have given their input on the survey.  The City still invites you to take this anonymous needs assessment survey to assist with developing priorities for the Park Master Plan. The survey is available in English and Spanish on the City’s website at www.duncanville.com. If you would prefer to fill out a hard paper copy in English or Spanish, these surveys are located at the Recreation Center, City Hall, Library and the Duncanville Fieldhouse.   Please, only one survey per household. Should you have any questions about the survey or its results, feel free to contact the Director of Parks and Recreation Bart Stevenson at bstevenson@ci.duncanville.tx.us. Thank you for your support and participation in the future of Duncanville Parks and Recreation.

Click Here for Park Master Plan Survey

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The city will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Duncanville High School softball parking lot (on the west side of North Greenstone Lane).  Please bring your driver’s license and utility bill.  No vouchers are required.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information, or contact Solid Waste Coordinator Jessica Smith at (972) 780-4900.

Preserving Duncanville’s History

The Duncanville Public Library is looking for current and former Duncanville residents and City employees that would like to share their personal story with the community via a collection of mini-interviews to be published throughout the City’s communication channels. Inspired by Humans of New York, the Library hopes to capture and preserve the history, personality, and diversity of the community. Individuals from all religions, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to participate free of charge. Interested persons should contact the Library’s Technical Services Librarian at 972-780-5097 or by email at holsen@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

Read more about the history of Duncanville.

You can read the first interview here!

2017 Everything Teen Expo

You’re invited to participate in the 2nd Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo 2017.

This is a community event that will enrich the lives of teens by connecting them with community, resources, services, and support. Teens ages 13-18 will learn about valuable resources, services and programs especially designed for them. They will connect and build positive relationships with professionals in their community through fun and engaging interactions. This event is planned and organized largely by teens from the Cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Lancaster, and Duncanville. This a one day event that will feature workshops, motivational speakers, entertainment, giveaways and more. Teens may register for this free event at www.desototexas.gov/everythingteenexpo . The Teen Expo will be held on Saturday, April 8th, from 10 am – 3 pm at the DeSoto Civic Center. For more information, contact Ms. Marq Runnels, DeSoto Public Library Teen Volunteer Coordinator, at 972.230.9663 or mrunnels@desototexas.gov. The DeSoto Civic Center is located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, in the DeSoto Town Center Complex. Free parking is available in the nearby parking garage

Seeking Public Input on Harrington Park Access

The Duncanville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will be seeking public input regarding the idea of gating Harrington Park at its entrances on Cockrell Hill Road and Highgate Drive to limit access to the park during after-hours. The discussion will held at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board regularly scheduled meeting on February 13, 2017 in the meeting rooms at the Duncanville Recreation Center, 201 James Collins Blvd., starting at 6:30 pm.

Persons interested in providing input but are unable to attend the meeting can email Bart Stevenson, Director of Parks and Recreation, at bstevenson@ ci.duncanville.tx.us, or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 972- 780-4972. Input obtained via email will be shared with the Board, and the Board will make a recommendation to the City Council on this matter following public input and discussion.