Citizen Input Needed for City’s Comprehensive Plan

Public Meeting Set for August 17, 2016, 7 p.m., D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center

What: The City of Duncanville will host a Community Wide Comprehensive Plan Meeting to proactively partner with the public and seek citizen input and feedback to develop the City’s first Comprehensive Plan. The plan is designed as a framework for guiding future development, redevelopment and community enhancement throughout the next 20 years and beyond.

The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant, Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basis of understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.

Community participation through events like the Community Wide Meeting is vital for the comprehensive plan development process. For more information and to take the Comprehensive Plan community survey, please visit:

When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where: D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville, TX 75116

The meeting is being hosted in partnership with the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., which has offices around the country and throughout the State.

Duncanville Public Library Treated for Bedbugs

BedbugThis week, staff discovered bedbugs in various chairs and couches in the Duncanville Public Library. The affected pieces of furniture were deemed untreatable and were promptly discarded in order to prevent the bedbugs’ spreading further throughout the Library. Exterminators were then brought onsite to assess the rest of the facility.

The Library underwent treatment for bedbugs after closing at 6PM on the evening of Friday, August 12th. The treatment required only 4 hours to take effect and dissipate before the building is safe to enter, so the Library was able to open for normal service hours at 10AM on Saturday, August 13th. Exterminators will return for a post-treatment inspection within approximately one week.

As a precaution, Library visitors (as well as the general public) are advised to check their homes, cars, and workplaces for signs of bedbugs, such as small rust-colored spots on mattresses or furniture, or a sweet, musty odor. While bedbugs can live in many places, they are most commonly found close to where a person sleeps.

Once discovered, bedbugs can be treated with heat (as by running clothes and bedsheets through the dryer on high heat, or steam-cleaning carpets) or with insecticides and other chemical agents. Severely affected areas should be treated by a professional exterminator.

More information about bedbugs (including signs/symptoms, treatment, mitigation, prevention) can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For more information regarding Library facilities and services, contact Library staff at 972-780-5050.

She got hired!

She used the library to find a new job.

She used the library to find a new job.

We have lots of regular patrons visit the library. Quite a few of them are here to update their resumes, search for job postings, and send in applications. Recently, Ms. Rayford found out she could stop sending in applications. While in the midst of filling out an application, she got a call offering her a job. She’ll be starting her new position next week and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Remember, you too can come in to the library. We have resume software, lots of books that have resume and interview tips, and plenty of computers. Our staff is always ready to get you started on looking for your next job.


Fats, Oils, and Grease: It Doesn’t Stop at the Kitchen Sink

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG), the residue left over from cooking meats, such as bacon, that hardens after it cools can cause problems when poured down the drain and clog pipes in your home. This grease also clogs the sewer pipes under the street that takes the wastewater from your home to the treatment plant. When this occurs, wastewater will back up and come to the surface, polluting the environment. This allows untreated sewage to run into the streets and into our storm drains. This is not only a human health hazard but, since storm drains flow to creeks and rivers, can cause significant environmental damage and impact aquatic life forms. You can avoid unnecessary sewer repairs, expense and damage to the City sewer system by following a few simple rules.

Did You Know?

Duncanville residents can pick up free Fat Trapper Bags and can lids at the Duncanville Service Center, located at 330 Shady Trail, or at City Hall (Public Works Counter), located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. (Please limit 5 per visit.)

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for E. Little & 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, August 11, Friday, August 12, and Sunday, August 14, 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 or visit

See spraying map.

Library staff picks

What a surprise! We’ve got some more titles to share with y’all this week. It seems the library people really like books. But reading isn’t all we do… Sometimes we watch TV. Then again, we do have a few staff members who have been known to read a book while watching TV.

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


P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

This is the second part of the One Crazy Summer trilogy. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are back home in Brooklyn, still excited from their summer spent in Oakland, California. When they return, they find that things have changed. It’s a great coming of age story about being young and staying that way. Once again, I definitely recommend to young readers.



My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

This is a delightful children’s book about a little pig out witting a hungry fox. It is a story your kid will want to hear again and again.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Dinosaur Kisses by David Stein

This is an amusing story of a little dinosaur discovering kisses and trying to give them out with many funny mishaps. This is a very fun bedtime story.

~Stunt Clerk #3


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

This story is filled with classic Mo Willems humor. Read this delightful story to your child and discover together if the dinosaurs get their human bonbon.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Loved it! I hadn’t read a play since I had to read Shakespeare in high school, but despite the format of the book it was a delightful read. I enjoyed my time back in Harry Potter’s world and so will anyone who is a fan of the Harry Potter books.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Aftershock by Chuck Scarborough

A major earthquake hits New York City!

This title appeared on a “weeding” list and I love disaster stories so I had to check it out. Plus, it sounds just like a TV movie I watched once and I wanted to see if this was the basis for that movie.


Talk like TED: the 9 public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds by Carmine Gallo.

This book is helpful for those who are beginning to public speak. Also good for people who already have been doing public speaking. I picked this book up because I was taking a class on public speaking at the time. I needed all the pointers I could get.


Jane by Design: Volume One
Jane By Design (TV series)

The show is about “Jane Quimby is leading the ultimate double life. Jane, a regular high school student, applies for a coveted internship at fashion house Donovan Decker. Through a case of mistaken identity, Jane lands a job as the assistant to Gray Chandler Murray a high-powered executive. Only her best friend Billy knows the truth about Jane’s two lives. Will she be able to juggle a life of high school AND high fashion or will they come crashing together at the most inopportune time?”


Longmire (TV series)

Based on the series of books by Craig Johnson.

Walt Longmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka county in Wyoming. He’s just starting to take an interest in life again after the murder of his wife.


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

I just begged our cataloger to get this book processed for me. It’s book 2 in the Great Library series and I can’t wait to read it!


Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

Synopsis: This very moving and well-written book begins, “Is this the day I die?” Two main characters, one Chinese and one American, whose lives intersect, learn what a difference living for Christ makes in everyday life and what it means to stay true to their faith even in the face of death. This novel describes the persecution Chinese Christian believers face in in China today and is based on a poignant painting by Ron DiCianni of the same title.


“G o o o d evening!”

Currently, I’m bingeing on a wonderful, classic, TV series. It is Alfred Hitchcock’s original Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The library has seasons 1 and 2 (1955-56 and 56-57). Each episode is one half hour long and is totally self-contained so there is no plot carryover from one week to the next. Different actors star each week so there is always a new face and fresh talent. Of course it is in classic black and white. It is mystery not science fiction. No gratuitous violence.


Equipment Services Receives New City Vehicles and Equipment

As a part of the FY2016 Budget, Equipment Services received approval to purchase several replacement vehicles and pieces of equipment, a few of which have already been received. The equipment received is one Toro Sand Pro bunker rake, to be used by the Parks Department, as well as two V-box sand spreaders and a concrete saw for the use of the Streets Department.  Vehicles received include three F-150 pickup trucks for the Equipment Services, Streets and Water Departments. One F-450 cab/chassis with a service body was also received for the Wastewater Department and one F-350 cab/chassis with a service body for the Water Department.  In addition, there are six new Patrol SUV Police Interceptors currently in the process of having police equipment installed.

These units are a vital part of the City’s operation and are essential in the day-to-day activities of the City. The vehicles and equipment are used in maintaining integrity of City streets, the quality of water, the flow of wastewater, and the protection of the citizens.  The bunker rake is used in maintaining the ball fields used by citizens and athletic associations.

There are a total of twenty-one vehicles and pieces of equipment being purchased this year. More deliveries are expected in the near future for the rest of the vehicles and equipment ordered.  If you have any questions regarding Equipment Services, please call Asa Low at 972-780-5062.

Notice of Tax Rate/Public Hearing

A tax rate of $0.758447 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Duncanville.  This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

The governing  body  of City of Duncanville  proposes  to use revenue  attributable  to the tax rate increase for the purpose  of funding  ongoing  maintenance  and operations  including  streets,  parks,  and municipal buildings and facilities.

PROPOSED TAX RATE                                         $0.758447 per $100

PRECEDING  YEAR’S TAX RATE                       $0.758447 per $100

 EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                                        $0.704578 per $100

ROLLBACK TAX RATE                                          $0.763848 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Duncanville from the same properties in both the 2015 tax year and the 2016 tax year.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Duncanville  may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.


property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100

For assistance  or detailed information about tax calculations,  please contact:

John R. Ames, PCC, CTA

Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

1201 Elm Street, Suite 2600, Dallas TX


You are urged to attend and express your views at the following  public hearings on the proposed tax rate:

First Hearing: August 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland,  Duncanville, TX.

Second Hearing: September  13, 2016 at 7:00pm at 203 E. Wheatland,  Duncanville, TX.

Sales Tax Revenue Update

Sales Tax is paid on the sales of certain goods and services. It is an important indicator of the financial viability of our community. Sales tax is one of the top revenue sources for Duncanville’s general City operations and makes up 24% of the current General Fund Revenue Budget. Duncanville shoppers pay a sales tax rate of 8.25%, which is $.0825 for every taxable $1.00 spent. Of the 8.25% total sales tax rate, 2.0% goes to the City and 6.25% goes to the State of Texas.

$715,881 – Duncanville Sales Tax Revenue for the month of July 2016

This is a 17% increase or $104,908 more than the same month last year (July 2015)

Where does the total 8.25% sales tax go?

6.25% State of Texas

1.00% Duncanville General Fund

0.50% Duncanville General Fund for Property Tax Relief

0.50% Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation

8.25% Total Sales Rate