MOSQUITO SEASON IS HERE

The City of Duncanville is divided into five zones with a fixed mosquito trap in each zone. Each zone is monitored and tested weekly for the presence of the West Nile virus. A positive trap will result in mosquito ground spraying in the zone that is positive. A 24 hour notice of spraying will be posted on the City website with a shaded map, and a notification will be sent out on our Everbridge emergency notification system. If you would like to sign up for Everbridge, please click on the link to sign up for Everbridge.

Spraying does not protect you; it only reduces the number of mosquitos in the area. For personal protection from biting mosquitos, use insect repellents with DEET or other EPA approved repellents.

Remember the 4Ds

DEET Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents with DEET or other EPA approved repellents.
DRESS Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
DRAIN Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. (Keep pools and spas drained or clean and clear with bottom of pool clearly visible with chlorine at least 1 ppm and the pump running at least 8 hrs. per day).
DUSK & DAWN Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn.

 

For more information contact the Duncanville Health Inspector:

Michael Plemons, RS/REHS

972-780-4963

mplemons@ci.duncanville.tx.us

COUNCIL SEEKS CITIZENS TO SERVE ON CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

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
  • Senior Advocacy Commission
  • Civil Service (Term beginning October 1, 2017).

Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2017 thru July 14, 2017.  Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council.  Appointments to the Boards and Commissions will be made by City Council during their August 15, 2017 regular meeting with new appointments beginning on September 1, 2017, with the exception of Civil Service Commission which will begin on October 1, 2017.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 14, 2017 to Mary E. Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; to mjones@ci.duncanville.tx.us; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road. An application may be obtained at City Hall or by visiting the Boards and Commissions Application. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

People of Duncanville – Becky

Becky J.

Becky J. remembers a town where everybody knew everyone, the skating rink her daddy owned was almost the only entertainment in town, and 69 of the 169 students in her graduating class had attended school together since first grade.

Though she lived outside of Duncanville city limits proper, Becky lived in Duncanville ISD and attended Duncanville schools, starting at Central Elementary and graduating from the first high school located on Camp Wisdom in 1969. While she attended schools, the population grew and the district expanded into multiple elementary schools and a larger high school. Becky remembers: “School memories — oh so many! When there was only one elementary school (later Central Elementary (grades 1 through 3 or 1957) in the building that had formally been the ENTIRE Duncanville ISD, half or so of the playground was a blacktopped area that was basically what was left after the original high school gymnasium burned.  Beyond that was a dirt area with swing sets, metal slides, monkey bars, and space to play tag, bordered by the fence for the army base.”

“Because the town and school district was growing (new housing booms) 5th graders were split, with 2 classes bused daily for the first half of the school year to First Baptist Church while construction on 2 new elementary schools, Fairmeadows and Merrifield, was completed. At mid-term, all the elementary school kids were split between Central and the new schools which housed grades 1-6.  Junior high (7-8 grades) went to what was several years later named for J. Herman Reed, but at the time it was just the Junior High.  9th through 12th grades were all in the High School.  The class of ’65 was the last to graduate there.  Schools were first integrated when the new high school on Camp Wisdom Road opened.  Although there were some black soldiers stationed on the base, none of those families lived in the few base houses along Main St.”

School standards were high, Becky remembers; students struggled to maintain a C average, and anyone with a B average and up would likely get scholarship offers from surrounding colleges. Two teachers especially stuck out in her memory: Jerre Simmons and Grace Brandenburg. Jerre Simmons was Becky’ freshman English teacher, and began her students’ high school careers with a dramatic reading of Jabberwocky. Grace Brandenburg, Becky’s senior English teacher, was “the epitome of her name.”  Under choir director Ron Bretz, musicals were performed at the high school, with sophomores through seniors allowed to participate. Becky remembers, “The first one I recall was “Oklahoma”, in 1963; my favorite (and first) was “Lil’ Abner” in 1967 (a rollicking production complete with the Sadie Hawkins Day race scene), ’68 was “South Pacific”, and ’69 “Music Man”.”

Little D Roller Rink on Wheatland Road near Cockrell Hill was virtually the only entertainment in town until the late 60s, when the bowling alley was built. Skaters of all ages attended, and many romances bloomed there; “only parents were allowed to sit and watch.” Admission was $.50 with an extra $.25 for skate rental, and the rink also hosted many church and birthday parties. Becky remembers: “The rink was a converted tin quonset hut, no air conditioning, just 2 big exhaust fans at the end opposite from the entrance. My folks owned it from spring ’58 through sprint ’66, “modernizing” it from clamp-on to shoe skates, adding overhead insulation, and changing from wooden half-walls around the floor to a single metal pipe about 4′ high.  Nothing fancy, just a safe place for some good clean fun. (Nobody used the word “exercise”, but a Weight Watchers group skated there for a few years during the daytime while their kids were in school).” Becky’s dad loved when boys who grew up at the rink would come back and see him while on leave from the armed forces.

Smile!

The library wants to take your picture, so we’re giving you plenty of notice to look your best. (Although, we’re sure you look your best everyday.)

We are always trying to provide better security for our patrons. Attaching photos to your accounts will help us protect you from possible identity theft. These photos are for internal use only. They will not be printed on your cards and are not shared with anyone. They are only visible when a staff member pulls up your account with your library card number.

Photos will be taken at account renewal and/or account creation starting on MAY 1st.

FRONT PORCH SALE @ Hopkins Senior Center

The annual Front Porch Sale sponsored by the Share & Care Site Council takes place this  Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr., Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX  75116.  Be sure to support the seniors with your donations or purchases.

Donations of household goods are welcome beginning Monday, April 17th through Wednesday, April 19th.

For further information call 972-780-5073.

 

Outdoor Warning Siren Testing April 13th

The Southwest Regional Communications Center (SWRCC) will be conducting a test of the Outdoor Warning Siren system for Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Duncanville, today, April 13th at 2pm unless there is inclement weather or overcast skies. This test is to ensure that our Southwest Regional Communications Center can activate all three cities’ outdoor warning sirens simultaneously and ensure that they are operational for severe weather season.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Fire Department at 972-780-4920.

Cleanout Duncanville 2017

It is time for Spring Cleaning. Once again the city of Duncanville is here to help. We’ll take junk that needs to be trashed; we’ll take stuff that’s still good but you don’t need any more; we’ll shred old papers; we’ll recycle batteries and electronics.

Read below for even more information (like the date and time) on this fabulous, Earth-friendly, help-your-fellow-humans, event.

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Our Easter Egg Hunt begins very soon.
The little ones start hunting just before noon.

So grab your basket if you dare,
The items sought are not square.

A bunny DJ there will be,
Dancing to the Hip-Hop-Hippity.

Saturday, April 8th at Armstrong Park is the place to be.
It’s great fun for the whole family!

 

 

2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has issued a publication informing taxpayers that the emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday for 2017 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and end at midnight on Monday, April 24.

During this period, certain emergency preparation supplies can be purchased tax free with no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased, and no exemption certificate is required. Qualifying items include: (1) for a purchase price of less than $3,000, portable generators; (2) for a purchase price of less than $300, hurricane shutters and emergency ladders; (3) for a purchase price of less than $75, batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, or 9 volt), first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets, axes, mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers, non-electric coolers and ice chests for food storage, non-electric can openers, portable self-powered light sources (flashlights), portable self-powered radios (including two-way and weather band radios), reusable and artificial ice products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, and tarps and other plastic sheeting.

However, the following do not qualify: batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves; camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders; step ladders; tents; repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies; and services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies.
Delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are part of the sales price, and if the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable (e.g., if a rescue ladder is purchased for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, tax is due on $309 because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300). (Tax Publication 98-1017, Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 03/2016).

Goodbye

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

Our very favorite Library Director, Dennis, will soon be leaving to take up a new position in Coppell. We are sad for ourselves but happy that he will have a new opportunity for himself. His last day here will be Saturday April 15, so please stop by before then to wish him well.