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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Duncanville Police Looking for Aggravated Assault Suspect

The Duncanville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating an aggravated assault suspect.Aaggravated assault suspect 9.25.16

The incident occurred at approximately 1:54 a.m. on September 25th when a black male suspect was reportedly involved in a disturbance outside of Greedy’s Sports Bar, located at 303 South Cedar Ridge Dr. The suspect pulled out a handgun and shot an employee in the leg as the employee was trying to break the disturbance. The employee was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as being in his 40’s, measuring approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds.

Anyone having any information concerning these offenses is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pollock with the Duncanville Police Department at 972-707-3831.

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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.

Library staff reads

This week is National Banned Books Week. You’ll notice that some of this week’s book titles are in red. Those are books that someone, somewhere, didn’t think that people should be allowed to read. You might be surprised by some of the books that you’ll find on the lists. You can see the Top Ten lists for the past few years at this link.

 

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

 

The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.

I’ve heard about this book for years, but never got a chance to read it. When I saw that it was on the banned books list, I wanted to know why. I expected the book to mainly take place in Birmingham, but majority of the time was spent in Flint, Michigan. This book was very funny to me, although it does deal with the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing and the racial tension and injustice that went on down south during 1963. I loved the family dynamic of the book. I plan to watch the movie next.

~Candace

Virals

 

Virals by Kathy Reichs

This book is a first in a series. This book is about a group of kids that discover that there is some bad experiment going down on an island. So they investigate what is going on. But in the process they trigger a chain of events that will change their lives forever. This book is a good mystery thriller for teens and up.

~Emma

iZombie (TV Series)

This show is about a unlikely hero that is a zombie. She assists the police in trying to track down criminals that are running the streets. There are also some funny supporting roles in this show. I was scrolling through the CW website to see if there was anything interesting to watch. It also gives an interesting twist on the word superhero.

~Emma

 

The Jungle Book (movie)

I watched the version that was released this year. I’ve never seen the original cartoon version, so I didn’t know what to expect. I really liked it. For me it was suspenseful even though I knew the little boy would be the victor. I loved Bill Murray as Baloo and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, and Idris Elba did a great job as Shere Khan as well. I would definitely recommend it.

~Candace

Kung Fu Panda 3 (movie)

Po and his friends continue their “legendary adventures of awesomeness!” Skadoosh!!

~Danene

5th Wave (movie)

This movie is based on a young adult novel by Richard Yancey. Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave and Cassie is on the run desperately trying to save her younger brother.

~Danene

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Dysfunctional family is dysfunctional…but oh so very human, and loveable in their own ways (for the most part). Engaging. Helped that I got to read it on the beach, I’m sure. 😉

~Hannah

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell

Based on the true story of a family of penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The story of why a teenage committed suicide. You’ll need some tissues for this one.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

City Completes Annual Asphalt Overlay Program

The Public Works Department recently completed its annual asphalt overlay program. Asphalt concrete pavement is a bound layer of coarse and fine aggregate and asphalt binder that allows water to run off the surface area, minimizing seepage and further deterioration to soil beneath the roadway surface. This process will add additional life to our streets and provide a smooth riding surface.

The overlay program consisted of placing 5,698 tons of asphalt on 14 streets. These streets included portions of Meadowglen Drive, Southwood Drive, Meadowwood Drive, Villa Creek Drive, Big Stone Gap, Greenstone Lane, Greenstone Court, Greenstone Circle, Florence Drive, Plateau Drive, Plateau Circle, Venice Drive, Lodema Drive, and Lodema Circle.

To best use citizens’ tax dollars, the work was done using Dallas County’s competitive bidding process. Using this process results in a 15% to 20% savings compared to using an independent contractor. The work was completed at a cost of $392,612.

Should you have any questions regarding the asphalt overlay program or the services the Public Works Department provides, please contact Jon Bunner, Civil Engineer, at 972-780-5008.

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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