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.

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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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.

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.

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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

City Manager Seeks Citizens to Serve on Civil Service Commission

The City of Duncanville is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the City’s Civil Service Commission. Currently, there is one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission which is comprised of three members appointed by the City Manager for a three-year term, subject to ratification by the City Council. The selected individual will be asked to fill a vacated position with term date beginning in October, 2016 and expiring in October, 2019.

The Civil Service Commission has the responsibility to adopt, publish and enforce rules pertaining to: examinations for entry level and promotional eligibility; procedures for appointment and certification; proper conduct of appeals of testing and examination scoring; prescribed cause(s) for the removal or suspension of a civil service employee; procedures for hearing of appeals concerning indefinite suspension, suspensions, promotional bypasses or recommended involuntary demotions; and other such matters reasonably related to the selection, promotion and discipline of civil service employees, which includes all sworn personnel in police and fire.

To be eligible to serve, one must be a U.S. Citizen over 25 years of age and of good moral character, a current resident of the City of Duncanville for more than three years, and not have held public office within the preceding three years. Applicants will be interviewed by City Manager Kevin Hugman.

Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a completed application to City Secretary Mary E. Jones, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280. A Civil Service Commission application may be obtained at City Hall or by visiting the City’s web page at www.duncanville.com. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

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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
  • Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership
  • Tri-City Animal Shelter Advisory Board
  • Civil Service Commission
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Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation members at the 2016 Boards & Commissions Banquet.

Applications will be accepted thru July 15, 2016. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council. Appointments to the Boards and Commissions are then made in August by the City Council.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 15, 2016 to Mary Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; or to mjones@ci.duncanville.tx.us; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road.

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Applications may also be obtained at City Hall. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

2016 Candidates’ Forum

On April 21, 2016, the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and Duncanville Rotary Club hosted the 33rd Annual Candidates’ Forum for Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees and City of Duncanville City Council and Mayor.

The series of five videos are presented below.

Video 1

Introduction
Helen Peralta, President 2015-2016
Rotary Club of Duncanville

Video 2

Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees
Tom Kennedy – Incumbent – Place 1
Joe Veracruz – Candidate – Place 3

Video 3

City Council Candidates District 2
Gwenda Joyce Lowe,
Steven E. Rutherford – Incumbent

Video 4

City Council Candidates District 4
Lorraine Hood-Jack,
Dr. Ron Dotson M.D. – Incumbent

Video 5

City Council Candidates for Mayor
Mark D, Cooks,
David L. Green – Incumbent