Citizen Input Needed for City’s Comprehensive Plan

The City of Duncanville is hosting a community meeting seeking citizen input about Destination Duncanville, the Comprehensive Plan, on Wednesday, June 21.

Destination Duncanville is the long-term vision for the City targeting growth areas and specific locations for revitalization-focused efforts. Development of this plan is nearing completion and has been underway since August 2016 with a series of Steering Committee meetings, community and stakeholder meetings, an online survey, and Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council workshops. Public input has generated the basis of the plan.

A summary of input received, elements of the draft plan and proposed recommendations and strategies to implement the public’s vision will be reviewed during the community meeting. Citizens will have an opportunity to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Check-in for the meeting begins at 6:30 pm with the meeting starting at 7 pm and will be at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center (206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville).

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City Launches Interactive Maps

The City of Duncanville Public Works Department has developed an Interactive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Map Portal which is available to the public through the city’s website.

The maps will allow access to information to improve transparency of data and communicate information that is frequently requested by the public including citizens and development professionals.

The maps currently available on the portal include Council districts, zoning, storm water and floodplain, TIF District, and utilities. The maps are searchable by address or intersection, and there is a tutorial video and PDF handout available on the website to assist users in navigating the maps.

View Interactive City Maps

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The city will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, March 25, 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 utility bill.  No vouchers are required.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information, or contact Solid Waste Coordinator Jessica Smith at (972) 780-4900.

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.

 

Infrastructure Improvements Underway

Your Public Works Department has been busy with infrastructure improvements throughout the city. Many of these projects are currently under construction or have recently been completed such the erosion control improvement project at Lions Park. The existing retaining walls along Horne Branch were lengthened approximately 200 feet to prevent further erosion along the south bank at a cost of approximately $119,528.00.

The FY2016 Water/Wastewater Improvements Project along Roma Drive between Greenstone Lane and West Ridge Drive is almost complete. This project includes the construction of approximately 2,100 linear feet of 8 inch water line and 2,100 linear feet of 10 inch and 8 inch wastewater line, the placement of 730 tons of asphalt pavement, and 1,500 square yards of reinforced concrete pavement. This project is budgeted at $956,848.00 but is anticipated to be completed at a significantly reduced cost. Approximately 50% complete are the FY2016 Wastewater Improvements and Sidewalk Improvements Projects. The wastewater improvements project will install 8,100 linear feet of sanitary sewer by pipe bursting at a cost of approximately $1,229,738.00. The sidewalk improvements project will provide new sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, and a new hike and bike trail through Lakeside Park from Mizell to Center Streets at a cost of $356,215.00.

 

FY16 Annual Sidewalk Improvements

The annual sidewalk program emphasizes accessible routes and pedestrian safety.  The goal of the program is to create a “walkable” community in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to remove barriers and construct new sidewalks where gaps exist to connect existing sidewalks.  Along with the sidewalks being constructed in various locations throughout the City, a crushed granite trail is being constructed in Lakeside Park along with a 6-foot sidewalk in H. Louis Nichols Park.  Construction is scheduled for completion summer 2017.

FY16 Alley Improvements

Drainage improvements and alley reconstruction of the Forest Hills Installment No. 13 alley between Madrid Drive and San Juan Drive (from Madrid Drive to west of South Cockrell Hill Road) have been completed.  This subdivision was built approximately 44 years ago.  The existing alley pavement was replaced with a more durable reinforced concrete pavement to better withstand heavy trash trucks.  Additionally, the alley now has a “V” shape in order to convey runoff from Madrid Drive and the adjacent properties to South Cockrell Hill Road.  The drive approaches at Madrid Drive and North Cockrell Hill Road were removed and replaced in order to make them ADA compliant.  The project was completed at a cost of $276,830.18.

Keeping Up with the City’s Infrastructure

The Wastewater Department began its Annual Manhole Rehabilitation program again this fall. Aging sewer manholes throughout the city made from brick, concrete, fiberglass, or a combination of the three, need attention. Manholes suffer cracks, breaks or separations caused by age, ground shifting, and excessive weight from traffic, allowing groundwater to enter the sewer system. This equates to lost money and an inefficient system.

In 2004, the Wastewater Department started using information obtained from sanitary sewer surveys to attack leaking and failing manholes. A yearly program was implemented to identify failing structures so they could be rehabilitated by spray lining. These photos show manholes treated with spray lining.

The city currently budgets $65,000 annually to rehabilitate these failing structures, equating to approximately 30 to 50 manholes each year. Spray lining is a cost-effective, non-intrusive way of saving our sewer infrastructure. The products used provide a long-lasting, leak-free barrier. Our goal is to provide money saving efforts in keeping our infrastructure up-to-date and maintained. The Wastewater Department also tries to keep up with changing technology to cause the least amount of service disruption and give the longest life possible out of our system.