Congratulations to the 2019 Leadership Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy graduates! Fourteen Duncanville city employees from various departments graduated from the City’s annual Leadership Academy on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to recognize and develop upcoming leaders amongst the staff who exhibit qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence and positivity.

2019 Duncnaville Leadership Academy Graduates

Members of the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy

  • Esther Wright, Senior Code Enforcement Officer
  • Jose Torres, Crew Leader Streets
  • Stephanie Lott, Librarian
  • Duaine Mayo, Police Officer
  • Christopher McCaleb, Police Lieutenant
  • Ronald Wilcots, Police Lieutenant
  • Richard Jones, Fieldhouse Operations Supervisor
  • Derrick Downs, Crew Leader Utility Billing
  • Daisy Guillen, Court Clerk
  • Mike Forester, Crew Leader, Irrigation
  • David Dunn, Assistant Utilities Operations Manager
  • Angelica Garcia, Building Inspections Coordinator
  • Ervey Morales – Skilled Maintenance Worker Parks
  • Jimmy Shelley – Maintenance Worker Streets

The Leadership Academy is a one-year program that meets monthly for leadership training, which also includes city-related topics such as Introduction to City Values and Culture, Community Engagement, Council Relations, Strategic Planning, etc. Midway through the program, academy members divide into three groups and select a city-related project they are responsible for researching, developing, and implementing. The group projects for the 2019 academy program include:

  1. City University – Establish and implement a city-wide training and development program for employees
  2. Senior Center Expansion – Research and recommend expanded programs/services for the Duncanville D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
  3. Employee “Walk In Your Shoes” Day – Create a program where employees rotate through departments/divisions to learn/observe what each department does in the city

2019 Holiday Schedule for Trash, Recycling & City Facilities

​​Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Year’s 2020

Duncanville city facilities will be closed on:

  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the New Year’s holiday

Holiday hours (other closures and holiday hours):

  • Duncanville Public Library – Closed Saturday, November 30. Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27 and Tuesday, December 31.
  • Duncanville Recreation & Senior Centers – Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 31.

Trash, recycling and bulk collection service will not run on:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Refuse collection will resume on the following regularly scheduled pick up day.

Live Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Duncanville provides Christmas tree recycling through January 10 at the Service Center located at 330 Shady Trail. Residents may drop off their trees in the grassy area by the existing mulch pile on Shady Trail near Main Street (there will be signage to direct you to the area). Christmas trees must be free of lights and decorations and cannot be in any type of wrap, especially plastic. The mulch is provided free to residents. For more information contact the Service Center at 972-780-4900.

FY19 Sidewalk Accessibility Program

As a part of the annual sidewalk accessibility program to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), improvements are planned for various locations throughout the City to provide sidewalks and ADA ramps to provide a walkable community. This program will provide for 6,250 linear feet of sidewalks and 47 barrier-free ramps at seven (7) project locations. Three areas in Greenstone Estates were completed in FY18. The remainder of the program is being completed as the FY19 program.

FY18 Sidewalk Accessibility Program Locations - Map

FY18 Water/Wastewater Improvements in W. Center Street/Center Ridge Apartments/Center Ridge Dr. Construction Underway

Design of water and wastewater improvements is complete for West Center Street, the Center Ridge Apartment complex, and Center Ridge Drive. Installed in 1979, the existing water lines are 8-inch cast iron pipe and the wastewater lines are clay tile pipe. The project consists of 8-inch water main replacement of approximately 3,100 linear feet of along the current alignment of West Center Street from Cedar Ridge Drive to North Horne Street, approximately 2,800 linear feet along the current alignment of the existing 10-foot water line easement within the Center Ridge Apartment complex, and approximately 400 linear feet along Center Ridge Drive from Cedar Ridge Drive to the Center Ridge Apartment complex. The wastewater improvements consist of approximately 2,500 linear feet of 8-inch wastewater main replacement along the current alignment of the existing six-foot sanitary sewer easement within the Center Ridge Apartment complex.

A construction contract was awarded to Douglas Dailey Construction, LLC, on September 3, 2019.  Construction began on October 28, 2019, and is scheduled to be completed by October 23, 2020.  The construction cost is $2,184,136.00.

FY18 Water/Wastewater Improvements in W. Center Street- Map

FY18 Water and Wastewater Improvements on South Alexander Avenue Construction Underway

Design of water and wastewater main replacements are underway in the Forest Hills #8 Subdivision on South Alexander Avenue. The existing water and wastewater lines along South Alexander Avenue were installed in the 1950s and 1960s and are in need of replacement. The water main improvements project consists of 1,400 linear feet of 6-inch water line along the 400-500 block of South Alexander Avenue from East Wheatland Road north to South Forest Lane.   The wastewater main improvements project consists of 1,250 linear feet of 6-inch wastewater main along South Alexander Avenue from East Wheatland Road north to Mauk Branch.

A construction contract was awarded on August 6, 2019, to FM Utilities, LLC.  Work began on September 25, 2019, and is scheduled for completion on March 22, 2020.  The construction cost is $644,047.59.

FY18 Water/Wastewater Improvements at S. Alexander Ave.- Map

Spring 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The city will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, March 28, 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/or utility bill as proof of residency.  For additional information, contact Solid Waste Coordinator Leshonda Vaughn at (972) 780-4946.

FY18 Water Line Improvements in Greenbriar Estates Phase 1 Construction Underway

Design of water main replacements are underway in the Greenbriar Estates subdivision. Installed in the 1970-1980s era, the existing water mains are in need of replacement. The project consists of 1,750 linear feet of main replacement along High Ridge Drive from Crescent Lane to Meadow Ridge Drive, 2,750 linear feet of main replacement in the 1700-1800 blocks of Green Tree Lane, 3,050 linear feet of main replacement in Greenbriar Lane from Green Tree Lane to Wind Ridge Lane, 1,000 linear feet of main replacement in Knob Hill Drive from South Greenstone Lane to Beaver Creek Drive, and 475 linear feet of main replacement in the 1600 block of Nob Hill Circle. The improvements are scheduled for phased construction over a four-year period. The engineer’s estimate of probable cost for these improvements is $1,805,000.00.

Design for Phase 1 (High Ridge Drive from Crescent Lane to Meadow Ridge Drive) is complete, and a construction contract was awarded to Douglas Dailey Construction, LLC, on August 6, 2019.  Construction began on September 9, 2019, and is scheduled to be completed by May 7, 2019.  The construction cost of Phase 1 is $61,160.00.

Construction of FY18 Water Line Improvements in Greenbriar Estates Locations - Map

FY18 Water Line Improvements in Irwin Keasler Addition Construction Underway

Design of water line improvements are complete in the Irwin Keasler Addition. The water mains are being replaced with 8-inch PVC lines. Water main improvements include Bow Creek Drive from Bow Creek Court to the north end of the Red Bird Lane intersection (630 linear feet), Bow Creek Court (300 linear feet), Bow Creek Drive from Round Top Boulevard to Jellison Boulevard (1,100 linear feet), Dula Circle from Frank Keasler Boulevard to north of Rita Lane (400 linear feet), Ida Vista Court from Jungle Drive to the end of the cul-de-sac (250 linear feet), and Jellison Boulevard from Cedar Ridge Road to Bow Creek Drive (700 linear feet).  The engineer’s estimate of probable cost was $880,000.00.

A construction contract is scheduled for award to Aushill Construction LLC on November 5, 2019, with construction beginning in late 2019.  The construction award is $799,723.00.

FY18 Water Line Improvements at Irwin Keasler Locations - Map

FY18 Streambank Repairs at Ferguson Road Construction Underway

Design is complete for drainage, erosion and paving improvements for Mauk Branch Creek along Ferguson Lane to provide bank stabilization and slope protection. The design also provides for improvements to the adjacent ditch and culvert on the west side of Ferguson Lane to capture any stormwater runoff over Ferguson Lane and the slope. The project limits are from the Ferguson Lane cul-de-sac southward for approximately 300 linear feet.

A construction contract is scheduled for award to Excel 4 Construction LLC on November 5, 2019, with construction beginning in late 2019.  The construction award is $421,554.50.

FY18 Streambank Repairs at Ferguson Road- Map