Citizen Input from March 2nd Town Hall Available

On March 2nd, 2017, the City hosted a Town Hall Meeting focused on the City’s budget process, where citizens in attendance had an opportunity to give their input on priorities for the FY 2018 budget. That input was collected and recorded by City staff, and compiled in a document available in PDF format (click here to download).

Major components of the feedback received were an interest in seeing more efforts in economic development, code enforcement, crime prevention and public parks.

PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR 2017 CITY OFFICERS ELECTION

The 2017 City Election will be held on Saturday, May 6th.

The slate of offices includes Councilmembers 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.

Following is a list of Candidates:

  • Councilmember At-Large
    • Patrick LeBlanc | Todd Durant
  • Councilmember District 1
    • Matthew Jones | Dennis Schwartz**
  • Councilmember District 3
    • Leslie Thomas**
  • Councilmember District 5
    • Frances Rizo | Johnette Jameson**

**Denotes Incumbent

Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 6th 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 24, 2016 through Tuesday, May 2, 2016 at the Duncanville Library Conference Rooms located at 201 James Collins Blvd. as follows:

Monday, April 24th – Saturday, April 29th:                   8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 30th:                                                                1:00 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1st – Tuesday, May 2nd:                            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.

City Conducting Smoke Testing on Wastewater System

In an effort to improve the quality of our wastewater collection system, the city has contracted with Burgess & Niple to perform smoke testing in various locations to detect breaks and defects in the sanitary sewer system. Over the next few days, you may see smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. The smoke is harmless, has little odor, and creates no fire hazard. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements. Burgess & Niple personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. You do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business. Please see the map and flyers below for additional information on the smoke testing. Should you have any questions regarding this testing, please contact the City Service Center at (972) 780-4900 or Gerald Boman of Burgess & Niple at (512) 626-9485.

 

Election Application Deadline is February 17

The last day to file an application for a place on the May 6th City Election ballot is Friday, February 17, at 5:00 p.m.

Duncanville voters will go to the polls to elect the Councilmember At Large and Councilmembers to represent Districts 1, 3, and 5 for the upcoming two-year term.

City qualifications for candidacy include: qualified voter, resident of the State of Texas for one year, resident of the City and district for six months, and hold no other public office.

All registered voters in the City of Duncanville may vote for the Councilmember At Large. Residents of Districts 1, 3, and 5 may vote for their respective candidates. Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 6, 2017 to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 6th election. Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (214) 637-7937. Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017. Election details will also be available at www.duncanville.com.

 

Little Free Library at Armstrong Park

Beginning this February, Duncanville residents will be able to “take a book, return a book” free of charge. The local Kappa Gamma Delta chapter will be offering a “little library” or book kiosk at Armstrong Park near City Hall as part of the Little Free Libraries project.

The Duncanville High School will be providing the design and production of the library kiosk and the local Kappa Gamma Delta chapter will be in charge of maintaining it. To donate books, simply put them in the Little Free Library kiosk. For more information about this project visit www.littlefreelibrary.org or contact the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-4972.

 

Need a laptop?

The library has a few brand new Chromebooks that are available to Duncanville residents. They can be used either inside the library or you can take them home for a week.

We’re very excited to be able to offer these, but we do have a few rules.

In order to take home a Chromebook, you must be a Duncanville resident with a library card in good standing. That means no fees or overdues for at least three months.

  • Take-home checkout is good for one week.
  • $2 per day late fee
  • No renewals

There is also the option of borrowing a Chromebook to use in the library. Any adult with a Duncanville library card in good standing (including Cedar Hill or Desoto residents) are eligible.

  • 2 hour checkout
  • One renewal of 2 hours
  • $1 per hour late fee

Ask at the Information Desk at 972-780-5052 for more details.

Winterize Your Home

Protect Your Pipes

Pipes that go unprotected can freeze and burst with time and can cost thousands of dollars to replace. Avoid unnecessary costs by caring for your pipes properly in cold weather.

First, identify any water hoses that may be hooked up. These hoses are filled with water and should be removed, emptied, and put away during freezing weather. Next, protect outside faucets or piping with heat tape or pipe insulation. Either product can be purchased from most hardware stores. Wrapping the tape or insulation around exposed outdoor pipes should be enough to keep your faucets from freezing. Outdoor pump systems, even if housed in a shed, can still freeze up and cause problems if the weather is cold enough. Use a heat lamp in the late evening hours to prevent freezing.

Sprinkler system 

To start, turn off the water to the irrigation system at the main valve. Next, set the automatic irrigation controller to the “rain” setting or turn off the controller altogether. Turn on the valves for each zone to release any pressure in the pipes. Lastly, drain all the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze.

These simple steps can help avoid major plumbing problems this winter. If you have any questions or comments regarding protecting your plumbing during freezing weather, please contact Jessica Smith, Solid Waste Coordinator, at 972-780-4946.

The Duncanville Fire Department encourages all residents to stay informed about current winter weather events and take necessary precautions to be prepared for severe conditions well in advance.

A great way to be prepared is to know when bad weather is approaching. The City’s citizen alert emergency notification system will allow the City of Duncanville to send informational messages and emergency alerts about situations as they occur. Alerts can be received on multiple devices such as home phone, mobile device, e-mail, and more. Click here to find out more information and sign up today!

 

 

 

How the Duncanville Street Department Prepares for Possible Icy Road Conditions

During a winter weather event, the Street Department sands all bridges, major thoroughfare intersections, and streets around schools. Residential streets are not be sanded unless an emergency arises.

The Street Department has stockpiles of over 600 cubic yards of ice chat and 6 tons of Meltdown 20, for use in the event of freezing rain or snow. Meltdown 20 is a complex chloride coated with a high performance liquid deicer. As a deicer, Meltdown 20 draws moisture from the ice, snow and road surface, providing safer conditions for the traveling public.

In preparing for an actual event, the Street Department begins monitoring the weather a week in advance and checks all equipment to ensure is it in good working condition. Two days before the predicted winter weather event (freezing rain, sleet or snow), they load one sander upon a dump truck with ice chat. If the Weather Channel or Local TV Stations continue predicting a major icing/snow event, they will load the remaining two trucks with sanders. Three two-man crews will be placed on 12-hour shifts until the major thoroughfare intersections, streets around schools and bridges are safe for travel.

During this event, if signaled intersections become unsafe to stop, the Traffic Operations Department will program signal lights to change to four-way flash. The signals on the more heavily traveled street of the intersection are programmed to flash yellow and the signal on the less heavily traveled street flashes red. This remains in effect until intersections become safe for traveling public.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding these procedures, please contact Kelly McChesney, Street Superintendent, at 972-780-4935.

Duncanville’s Equipment Services Division Plays an Essential Role

The Equipment Services Division of the Public Works Department plays an essential role during snow and ice weather events. It is not one that is seen directly by the public, but is a behind the scenes role. Equipment Services support the more visible departments that the public sees during snow and ice conditions.

As a storm system approaches, Equipment Services keep in contact with the Streets, Fire, and Police Departments and begin preparing vehicles and equipment to be ready as the snow or ice starts to fall. This preparation includes assisting the Streets Department as they install the sand spreaders, coordinating with the Police Department to obtain three or four vehicles and install tire cables so the vehicles will be ready when the weather hits, and installing tire cables on the reserve ambulances to have on standby. As the weather comes in, Police moves into the chained vehicles and the installation of cables on the other Police units begins. Cables are also installed on Utility Billing Department and Water/Wastewater Department trucks for these services to continue normal operation.

In addition, Equipment Services provides staffing to repair and maintain vehicles and equipment around the clock during this time. They work closely with all City Departments to ensure the City can provide quality service to its citizens.

City’s Citizen Alert Emergency Notification System

The Duncanville Fire Department encourages all residents to stay informed about current winter weather events and take necessary precautions to be prepared for severe conditions well in advance.

A great way to be prepared is to register for the City’s citizen alert emergency notification system that will allow the City of Duncanville to send informational messages and emergency alerts about situations as they occur. Alerts can be received on multiple devices such as home phone, mobile device, e-mail, and more. Click here to find out more information and sign up today!

Text Oncor

The Text Oncor Program is a 24 x 7 service that enables customers to use texting on a mobile phone for reporting power outages and receiving outage ticket confirmation, status updates and restoration messages. In addition, you can use it to check the status and receive updates on certain types of service requests. Options are also available in Spanish.

Registering for the Text Oncor program is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Have your ESI ID and Zip Code available (you can find your ESI ID on your electric bill) or,if your cell phone # is listed on your account, you won’t even need your ESI ID)

2. Text ‘reg’ to 66267 (ONCOR)

3. Reply to the text from Oncor with the last 7 digits of your ESI ID and/or the Zip Code associated with the ESI ID

YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO OPT-OUT OR CANCEL YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ONCOR’S TEXT PROGRAM AT ANY TIME BY TEXTING “STOP” TO 66267 (ONCOR).

That’s all there is to it! Click here to learn more about this service including terms and conditions as well as message and data rates.

 

City of Duncanville Partners with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

The City of Duncanville has joined Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. The integration with Nextdoor will enable the City to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Duncanville residents. The City will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor neighborhoods within the City.

“Joining Nextdoor is another way to further our efforts in making Duncanville an even better place to live,” said Mayor David Green. “Giving residents more avenues to easily and effectively connect with our City, and each other, about the things that matter most to their communities will create a safer, stronger Duncanville.”

Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Duncanville residents. Already more than 40 neighborhoods, representing 64% of the City of Duncanville, have started Nextdoor websites. The City of Duncanville joins the Duncanville Police Department on Nextdoor.

With Nextdoor, Duncanville residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The City of Duncanville will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the City.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the City. Each Duncanville neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the City will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com or contact the City’s Public Information Office at 972-780-5043.