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).

 

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.

See spraying map.

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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Duncanville Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

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

The incident occurred at approximately 2:27 a.m. on September 6th when a Hispanic male suspect stole a white 2004 Chevrolet Suburban from a gas station parking lot located at 310 W. Hwy. 67 Service Road. The vehicle has been recovered. According to reports, the female victim attempted to stop the suspect and was hit with her vehicle. Prior to the offense, the suspect was seen riding a bicycle behind the business.

Witnesses describe the suspect measuring 5’6”-5’8”, approximately 45-50 years old, wearing blue jeans, and having tattoos on both biceps.robbery-suspect-hwy-67-gas-station

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

 

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush Avenue

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 15, Friday, September 16, and Sunday, September18, 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.

Click here for spray map.

Fiscal Year 2016-17 Proposed Budget Overview

The City of Duncanville is in the process of adopting a new budget for the FY 2016-17. A proposed budget has been developed by staff with direction from City Council and input from citizens of Duncanville. The City Council will now consider the proposed budget at upcoming public hearings and may adopt the proposed budget with or without changes as they desire. The proposed budget focuses on three main goals:

1. Support the City Council’s strategic priorities and ensure continuing and cost-effective, quality service delivery. The proposed budget is what will define the business of City staff for the next fiscal year and therefore, it is extremely important to align the available resources with the priorities established by City Council.

2. Utilize sound financial principles. The proposed budget has been constructed within the context of multi-year financial planning, analysis of the economic environment and trends, and adherence to recommended financial practices and principles such as fund reserve balances and cost accounting methods.

3. Maintain expenditures within expected revenues. The proposed budget is structurally balanced; meaning ongoing operating expenditures are held below expected, ongoing revenues, and fund balance reserves are not used to fund ongoing operations. The proposed budget does not anticipate a tax rate increase and maintaining or lowering the tax rate is a priority consideration when developing the budget.

The City’s budget must reflect the needs of the community. On January 12th of this year, a Town Hall meeting was held in the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center with more than fifty citizens in attendance. Following a budget overview presentation, attendees provided input on what they believed the City should spend more, less, or the same money on and prioritized their responses. The results were highly considered in the creation of the proposed budget and include:

• Less money spent on legal fees. The proposed budget has reduced legal fees by as much as 50% from the amounts spent in FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015.
• More Economic Development initiatives will be possible with an expected 174% increase in the Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) Fund Balance achieved in part through cost savings in bond refinancing. These are funds then available for incentive opportunities.
• Construct more on-road and off-road walking and bicycle trails in Duncanville using a Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Trail Master Plan that will guide future priorities and budget efforts.
• Adequate funding for street maintenance to include an additional $1,000,000 proposed to be set aside to “pre-fund” 2018 and subsequent years’ maintenance needs.
• A continued safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration at Armstrong Park in 2017.
• Increased average wages for Fire/Police Departments to be more competitive with our surrounding markets plus security enhancements for the Police Department.
• Enhanced branding for the Senior Center including a sign reflecting a new name along with interior renovations to the facility.

There is still time for Duncanville citizens to voice their opinion before City Council considers a vote on the proposed budget. A second of two Public Hearings will be held during the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at the Duncanville City Council Chambers located at 203 E. Wheatland Road.

The Duncanville City Council will consider approval of the FY 2016-17 Proposed Budget during the Tuesday, September 20th City Council Meeting.

Click here for complete FY 2016-2017 Proposed Budget Book

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush 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 8, Friday, September 9, and Sunday, September 11, in the Thrush area from 9 p.m. through 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.

Click here for spraying map.

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