May 4, 2019 General Election Information

The 2019 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 4th.

The slate of offices includes Council Members to represent At-Large, District 1, District 3 and District 5.  All registered voters in the City of Duncanville will have the opportunity to vote for the At-Large position. Registered voters residing in Districts 1, 3, and 5 will also have an opportunity to vote for their respective candidates.

Candidates in Ballot Order:

  • Council Member At-Large
    • Patrick Harvey
    • Patrick LeBlanc**
  • Council Member District 1
    • Joe Veracruz
    • Matthew Jones
  • Council Member District 3
    • Monte Anderson
  • Council Member District 5
    • Johnette Jameson**
    • Mike Miner

**Denotes Incumbent

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 4th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May election.  Voter registration cards may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.  For more information regarding voter registration, residents may contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (214) 637-7937.

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 22, 2019 through Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 22nd – Saturday, April 27th:                   8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 28th:                                                                1:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, April 29th – Tuesday, April 30th:                     7:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

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.

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.”

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

May 4, 2019 General Election Information

The 2019 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 4th.

The slate of offices includes Council Members to represent At-Large, District 1, District 3 and District 5.  All registered voters in the City of Duncanville will have the opportunity to vote for the At-Large position. Registered voters residing in Districts 1, 3, and 5 will also have an opportunity to vote for their respective candidates.

Candidates in Ballot Order:

  • Council Member At-Large
    • Patrick Harvey
    • Patrick LeBlanc**
  • Council Member District 1
    • Joe Veracruz
    • Matthew Jones
  • Council Member District 3
    • Monte Anderson
  • Council Member District 5
    • Johnette Jameson**
    • Mike Miner

**Denotes Incumbent

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 4th to register in order to cast a ballot in the May election.  Voter registration cards may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.  For more information regarding voter registration, residents may contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (214) 637-7937.

Early voting will be conducted Monday, April 22, 2019 through Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 22nd – Saturday, April 27th:                   8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 28th:                                                                1:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, April 29th – Tuesday, April 30th:                     7:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.

Fire Department Hiring – Apply for Civil Service Exam by Feb 22

City of Duncanville is currently accepting applications to test for the position of EMT-Paramedic or Firefighter/EMT. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as listed below at the time of hire to be considered. To apply please visit www.duncanville.com/departments/fire/recruitment and complete the information. Interest to take the test must be received no later than 5 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.

TEST DATE
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 am
Doors will open at 8:30 am

LOCATION
D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
206 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville TX 75116

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age and shall not have reached their 36th birthday.
  2. High School or G.E.D. certificate
  3. Certified as an EMT-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic by Texas Department of Health and Human Services OR Basic Firefighter by Texas Commission on Fire Protection AND EMT by Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
  4. Must possess (or be able to possess) a valid class A or B Texas driver’s license and have a good driving record.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen.

STARTING SALARY
City of Duncanville | Firefighter/Paramedic 2
$ 55,852.00 per year

Applicants with prior employment as a Firefighter/EMT- Paramedic in the State of Texas may receive credit for previous experience; resulting in higher starting pay. Please see city website for further details.

TESTING DAY INFORMATION
The entrance examination must be completed within two and one half hours and will consist of a written examination from which the eligibility list shall be established and will remain in effect for a one year period unless list is exhausted first. Veterans with Honorable discharge status with a copy of DD214 will receive 5 additional points. In the event of identical grades, the test administrator will break the tie in the following order: 1) Highest raw test score 2) EMT-Paramedic certification by Texas Department of Health and 3) Draw numbers.

Top 15 scores on the written exam will take the Physical Agility test the same day immediately after the exam. The location is Fire Station 2, 1530 S. Main Street, Duncanville 75137.

Entrance exam will consist of basic reading and math comprehension. You may obtain a study guide at www.bannonandassociates.com.

Kidsville/Splashpad Town Hall Recap

On January 24, approximately 50 residents attended the Town Hall meeting for the Kidsville/Splashpad projects at Armstrong Park. Overall the concept plan was well received by residents who attended. Several concerns and questions were raised that the City will continue to review and address in the planning process moving forward. Examples include shade, restrooms, security, and ancillary amenities such as water fountains and benches. The preliminary concept plan for Armstrong Park was shown at the meeting; however, the only projects currently funded are replacing Kidsville and adding a Splashpad. Future items will be constructed in phases as funding allows. The next step is for the concept plan to go before the Park Board for recommendation to City Council, possibly in March. Project updates will continue, and for questions please email parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Preliminary Concept Plan

Zoning Ordinance Update: Community Survey

WHAT WE’RE DOING

The City of Duncanville is updating its Zoning Ordinance, which affects future developments in the city. The City’s decision-makers utilize this ordinance to implement the Comprehensive Plan and manage growth, development, and revitalization within Duncanville.  Capturing stakeholder input is vital to the research and data gathering phase of the Zoning Ordinance update project.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Please complete the survey by February 10, 2019 to help us better understand issues that are important to you. We appreciate your valuable input!


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Zoning Ordinance Update: Community Open House Feb 6

The City of Duncanville is beginning the process to update the Zoning Ordinance and is seeking stakeholder input at a Community Open House that will kick off the project. During the Community Open House, a presentation will be given to provide an overview of the project scope. Attendees will then participate in interactive activities to provide input on key issues and opportunities affecting the City through the Zoning Ordinance.

Zoning Ordinance Update Community Open House
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center – 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville

The zoning ordinance update project in 2019 has three primary goals:

  • to update and correct outdated regulations
  • address redevelopment and
  • align the ordinance with the vision established in the Comprehensive Plan.

A key achievement with updating the Zoning Ordinance would be removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment. The scope of the project is limited to the Zoning Ordinance and related development regulations. Planning consultants at Freese and Nichols are assisting the City with the Zoning Ordinance project.

Duncanville Zoning Ordinance Update – Project Website

With adoption of the Comprehensive Plan in September 2017, the City of Duncanville provided a framework for future development decisions and set the direction for change.  A primary action for implementing the comprehensive plan is a Zoning Ordinance revision. The City last initiated a major update of the Zoning Ordinance in 1998 and completed it in 2002.

For more information please contact Chasidy Allen Benson, AICP, City Planner at 972-707-3871.