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

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.

Click here for brochure.
Click here to download application.

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.

Library staff reads

It was a long weekend and we were so busy that we didn’t get a lot of reading done. Sometimes life gets in the way. Even the bookgeeks can’t read all the time.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading (watching, or listening to) also! Please feel free to let us know in the comments.

The Last Dragon
The Last Dragon (movie)

A cult classic from the 1980s. Leroy Green is on a journey to find the kung fu “Master” so that he can understand how to obtain “The Glow”. Feel good movie with a great Motown soundtrack.

~Candace

Hart of Dixie: Season 1

 

Hart of Dixie (TV Series)

This show is about a recent graduate from medical school in the big city. She comes to find out she has in inherited a doctor’s small practice that is located in a small town in Alabama. The show also goes through the small town charm and how an outsider might feel when they first come. Reminds me little bit of “Gilmore Girls” and “Cedar Cove”.

~Emma

Listening to whales : what the orcas have taught us by Alexandra Morton

I first picked this book up after a trip to SeaWorld when I was younger. This book goes into some of the marine biology that the author went through and the how she became so interested in Orca research. Also has some good information on how they know what group/individual whales they’re looking at. This book is highly recommended if you are at all interested in marine biology or just in whales in general.

~Emma

 

The Last Ship (TV series)

A Navy warship is sent on a top-secret mission to the Arctic. While there the crew is unaware that an extremely deadly flu virus is infecting most of the Earth’s population. One of the scientists on board might be the only hope for creating a vaccine.

It’s based on the book by William Brinkley

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

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 1, Friday, September 2, and Sunday, September 4, in the E. Little 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 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.

Library Staff Reads

And we’re back for another week of recreational reading with those bookgeeks at the Duncanville Public Library. For those of you who don’t have time to come to the library, remember that we also have ebooks. Go to Overdrive and sign in with your library card number. You’ll be able to read on almost any smart phone or tablet. It’s great for whenever you have to wait in line.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

This book is the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads the book in school. The movie will be in theaters on November 18.

~Danene

 

 Run by Kody Keplinger

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter — protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.

Bo and Agnes become best friends but their friendship is put to the test when they run away from their small town.

~Danene

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This show on Netflix is awesome! What thing is plaguing the town of Hawkins? You will have to watch this binge worthy show to find out. If you have lived through the 80s then you will get a kick out of the setting and the wardrobe of the characters. Even if you don’t have personal memories of the 80s you can still enjoy the way it used to be. Small bits like one of the kids bragging about his TV make the show funny at times. I have a teenager who thought the phones on the show were hilarious. The last episode ended in such a way that keeps you wondering how the writers will continue the story with the next season.

~Stunt Clerk #3

 

The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo

This is a great book to start your journey to decluttering your space. This book is about decluttering process and stories of clients she has worked with. Found this refreshing and an easy read. There is also a companion iPhone app that goes along with book too. I even have started some the decluttering process myself.

~Emma

 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Book two in this fantasy/romance young adult series. Really enjoyed this one. Maas takes the relationships and events of the first book and subverts them so they mean something completely different. The heroine learns that she has autonomy and is capable of much more than she imagined, and I cheered her growth as I read. Naturally, the book ends on a cliffhanger and the third one isn’t yet published! I’ll be waiting impatiently until it comes out.

~Hannah

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Kelsey gets a summer job with a local circus and is responsible for feeding their white tiger. She’s sad when he is sold but the new owner hires her to assist in the tiger’s transport to India. After she and the tiger arrive, Kelsey finds out that the tiger isn’t always a tiger.

I first read this as an ebook but wound up buying a print copy because the cover is beautiful. The other three books in the series have beautiful covers too.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

Robbery Suspect Arrested

A 19-year-old Dallas man suspected in aggravated robberies in Duncanville and several other Dallas area cities was arrested by Duncanville Police Detectives on Wednesday, August 24th. Duncanville Detectives received a lead from Cedar Hill Police Detectives and were able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect. The suspect was seen in surveillance footage from several offenses threatening employees with a machete.robbery suspect arrested
Harron Jamal Jennings was charged with a First Degree Felony, Aggravated Robbery of the Shell convenience store at 602 South Clark Road in Duncanville on August 16th. Jennings is accused of brandishing a machete and robbing the store of cash and cigarettes. During the robbery, Jennings was wearing a burgundy hoodie with a Mesquite High School logo on it.
Suspect Jennings was arraigned on an Aggravated Robbery charge with a bond of $25,000 and has been transported to Dallas County Jail.

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Summer Reading Club winner!

Every year, your Duncanville library hosts the Summer Reading Club. Everyone ages 0-18 are encouraged to read at least 25 hours. Those who do, and turn in their log, receive a prize packet and are entered into a drawing for a grand prize. This year there were TWO grand prizes: brand new Kindles! Olivia and Isabella were the lucky winners out of 817 entrants.

Even those who didn’t win still had fun and got some great prizes. We had lots of programs this summer: clowns, magic, unusual animals (including snakes!), and more. We hope y’all will join the fun next year.