Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership Seeks Members

Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership Seeks Members

The Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership is now taking applications for individuals interested in serving as a member. Created on February 3, 2015, the Partnership was formed to engage and develop a family-oriented community, with a brand focusing on the goal of “Duncanville as the Basketball and Sports Tourism Capital of Texas,” and create ways to engage citizens between 18-30 years of age to become involved in Duncanville. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month. Visit www.duncanville.com/boardsandcommissions to download application. For more information, call 972-780-5043 or email: cgaribay@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

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High Grass Season is Here: Guidelines for Plant Life in Duncanville

High Grass Season is Here: Guidelines for Plant Life in Duncanville

Given the lack of rain this winter, it may seem hard to believe that “high grass season” will soon be upon us. Yet every year, Duncanville’s Code Enforcement Officers are kept busy from mid-March through October monitoring the growth of grass, weeds and other vegetation in the City. As the season opens let’s review requirements and methods of enforcement, which are provided in Chapter 12, Article IV of Duncanville’s Code of Ordinances.

At its most basic level, this ordinance tells us that it is prohibited to allow “weeds, brush or any objectionable or unsightly vegetation” to grow to a height greater than 12 inches. In turn, “objectionable and unsightly” is defined as “all vegetation that is not regularly cultivated and exceeds 12 inches in height”, which would include grass.

This ordinance extends to all “real property within 150 feet of any property line which abuts street rights-of-way, alleys, utility easements, subdivided additions, developed property, or any buildings or other structures”. Thus, there are very few areas in the City that are not covered by these requirements.

Other points to remember with respect to grass and weeds:

  • Property owners or occupants are responsible for mowing all areas between their property lines and streets or alleys
  • Sidewalks and curb lines on and adjacent to one’s private property must be kept free of grass, weeds, and vegetation.

Chapter 12, Article IV also provides regulations pertaining to trees and other plant life. As a general rule, no plant life may be maintained in such a way as to constitute a traffic hazard or to obstruct the view of persons using public streets, alleys and sidewalks.

Trees are also subject to the following requirements:

  • Branches and foliage shall be trimmed to at least 14 feet above the surface of streets or alleys
  • Branches and foliage shall be trimmed to at least 7 feet above the surface of sidewalks and curbs
  • No trees or shrubs may be planted on City property along alleys
  • Branches and foliage shall encroach no more than one foot onto City property along alleys
  • All trees or parts of trees determined to be dead, diseased, damaged beyond the point of recovery or in danger of falling must be removed

In the event of a violation, the City is required to give the property owner and occupant seven days’ notice to comply with the requirements of the ordinance. If the owner or occupant fails to respond to this notice, the City may do whatever work is necessary to bring the property into compliance, charging the property owner for expenses incurred. If the owner fails to pay these expenses, an interest-bearing lien may be placed against the property. If the violation recurs within one year, the City may correct the violation, bill for expenses, and/or file a lien against the property without giving another notice.

A normal level of care and maintenance nearly always suffices to keep a property within the requirements of this ordinance. This in turn contributes to the beauty of the City, enhances property values and attracts investment in business and residential property. It’s easy to do your part to keep Duncanville beautiful! For further information contact your Code Enforcement Department at 972-780-5041.

Our Special Collections

The Library’s Special Collections

If you’re interested in learning about your past, then take a look through our Genealogy collection.

You’ll find books about how to start researching your family tree. Then you can take a look at census records, cemetery rolls, and marriage records. There are also yearbooks from local schools (including Duncanville) and scrapbooks. We even have old telephone directories.

Texas: the state so big that it demands its own non-fiction collection.

We’ve been a Texas Heritage Resource Center since 1982. Here you’ll find books that are solely about Texas. This is also where you’ll find biographies of Texans.

2016 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

2016 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 2016 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and end at midnight on Monday, April 25.

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, nonelectric 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, 03/01/2016).

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Free Composting Seminar Offered

Free Composting Seminar Offered

A no-cost seminar for residents wishing to learn about the benefits and uses of compost and Vermicompost, proper soil treatment, the usage of organic material discarded from lawns, gardens and flower beds; plus, growing and caring for native and adapted plants for the North Texas area.

This seminar is being offered in Dallas. Attendance is limited to the first 100 persons. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75235

For more information on the seminar, e-mail dallasrecycles@dallascityhall.com or call 214-670-4475.Seminars sponsored by City of Dallas Zero Waste.

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Duncanville Welcomes Sister City from Italy

Duncanville Welcomes Sister City from Italy

The Duncanville City Council, Staff, and community leaders held a welcome reception at City Hall today for Mayor Marco Cavaglià of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy reaffirming the long-term partnership and friendship between the two communities.

The City of Duncanville flag, Key to the City, a personalized street sign, and a book on the history of Duncanville was presented to Mayor Cavaglià in a ceremony following a tour of City facilities. A Proclamation was also signed on this day proclaiming Monday, March 21, 2016 as Sister City Day in Duncanville.

“It was a pleasure to host Mayor Cavaglià today and showcase the great assets the City of Duncanville offers,” said Mayor David Green. “Having a Sister City abroad provides our community, as well as communities from different parts of the world, an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and best practices. We are looking forward to a strong continued relationship with the city of Monasterolo di Savigliano.”

The relationship had its earliest beginnings in 1994 and 1995 through the friendship between Drs. Nancy and Cecil Wood (Dentists in Duncanville at the time) and Mr. Dario Crosetto (a Physicist formerly with the “super collider” and a native of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy).

The friendship blossomed into a semi-formal visit to Duncanville in 1997 by a delegation of Italians, including Monasterolo di Savigliano Mayor Antonio Prochietto. Under the leadership of then Mayor Ed Purcell, the City of Duncanville sponsored a reception at City Hall in recognition of the Italian guests.

In 1998, the Duncanville City Council passed a resolution supporting the “twin-city” (Gemelaggio, in Italian) relationship. In July, a delegation of 13 Texans, including State Senator Jane Nelson, were led by Mayor Glenn Repp to Monasterolo di Savigliano to participate in a formal ceremony instituting the arrangement. Italian dignitaries attended the celebration.

In September 1999, a delegation of 39 Italians from all walks of life visited the City of Duncanville to formalize the Sister City program. During their stay, they were hosted by local citizens. A formal ratification ceremony was held at City Hall on September 28th with an exchange of documentation and gifts. Local dignitaries, including City Council Members, Staff, Duncanville Independent School Administration Officials, and the Honorary Vice Council of Italy participated. The visitors were treated to tours of local businesses, as well as a visit to the State Capitol, San Antonio, Galveston, and the Houston Space Center. They witnessed the Duncanville ISD homecoming parade as well as a football game.

Since these initial visits, there have been numerous personal exchanges between citizens of both cities while friendly communication continues to this day between families and young people in both communities.

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Winter Holiday Safety

Winter Holiday Safety

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

HOLIDAY DECORATING

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
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Before Heading Out or to Bed

Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

FACTS

  • Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
  • Nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Duncanville Fire Department
(972) 780-4920

 

Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving Safety

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially at Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children–up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
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Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations With recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.

Duncanville Fire Department
Fire Prevention Office
(972) 780-5049  |  (972) 780-5047