City of Duncanville Weekly Update: December 5, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, December 6, 2019



Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter to Begin Renovations on Old Animal Shelter

Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter will soon be breaking ground on a much-anticipated Surgery Suite & Medical Center at Tri-City Animal Shelter. 

The non-profit launched a half-a-million dollar capital campaign in September of last year in order to renovate the old shelter facility, located next door to the current shelter and adoption center. The Petco Foundation, PetSmart Charities, the Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, and numerous individuals and businesses from the local community came together to help fund the project.

“We were nearly 80% of the way to reaching our fundraising goal when I received a message from a local family,” said Corey Thompson, Executive Director of the Friends. “I updated them on the status of the campaign, and they expressed their commitment to helping us save more lives at the animal shelter.” The couple then delivered the news: they were funding the remaining $100,000 needed to launch the renovations.

“Four years ago the Friends board members asked what the shelter truly needed in order to help more animals,” said Shelter Director, Tammy Miller. “What was the one big thing that would transform our work?” Miller explained that what the Friends were already doing for the animals — spaying and neutering and providing veterinary care — was the most critical need. Her worry, though, was how to make it sustainable long-term.

“We were resolved about what needed to happen, but we were a tiny non-profit that had just hired our first employee” said board member, Donna Fuller. “Building a medical center felt pretty far fetched at the time, but here we are on the cusp of making that vision a reality.” 

The Surgery Suite and Medical Center is now slated to open in 2020. Veterinarians will sterilize nearly 1,500 adopted animals next year and work with staff to meet the medical needs of the nearly 7,000 animals that come through the shelter each year.

A classroom has also been designed as part of the facility with a large window allowing students to see into the operating room and watch surgeries. 

“We have already begun conversations with some local school districts and community colleges about how we can bring CTE, STEM, and veterinary technology students to the shelter to enhance their learning and train up the next generation of advocates for animals,” said Thompson. “It’s going to be a really special place for our whole community, but especially for our kids.”

Local businesses interested in being part of the renovations should contact Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter at 469-850-2287 or director@tricityfriends.org. Naming opportunities for the facility are also still available, with all proceeds helping to fund surgeries, medical care, and educational programs in the coming year. Visit www.tricityfriends.org/campaign for more information.

About Tri-City Animal Shelter The Tri-City Animal Shelter is a municipal agency serving the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and DeSoto, Texas. The shelter’s mission is to provide exemplary care for impounded and unwanted animals through redemption, adoption, and public education. For more information about Tri-City Animal Shelter, visit www.luvpets.org.

About Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter

Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2006 that partners with Tri-City Animal Shelter to improve the welfare of homeless, neglected, and lost animals. For more information about Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter, visit www.tricityfriends.org.

2019 Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting: December 6

Street Closures

There will be street closures for the Duncanville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6 between the hours of 6:00 and 10:00 pm.

Expect street closures on Wheatland from Freeman to Main between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 pm AND on Main from Freeman to Davis between the hours of 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Please seek alternate routes Friday evening, if possible.


2019 City of Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

In celebration of the Christmas Holiday, the City of Duncanville is hosting the annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6, 2019.

This year’s festivities will feature the lighted Christmas Parade down Main Street, pictures with Santa, the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and much more!

Christmas Parade | 7:00 pm

The Parade route starts on Wheatland Rd at Freeman St, heads west and turns right on N Main St then ends in downtown Duncanville.

Residents are welcome to set up blankets and chairs along the parade route to enjoy the fun and creative floats. After the parade, head to downtown for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and festivities!

Various road closures will affect the Wheatland & Main St area beginning at 6:00 pm on December 6.

Enter a Parade Float!

Float entries welcome! There is a $25 float charge and applications are due by Friday, November 15.

View the Parade Float Registration form for additional details.

For any questions regarding the parade, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Tree Lighting, Concert & Festivities | 8:00 pm

Downtown Duncanville near Memorial Park– 101 N. Main St., Duncanville, TX

Join Mayor Gordon as he lights the downtown Christmas tree to kick off the holiday festivities, including live performances, singing Christmas carols, yummy food and drink options, bounce houses, games and other activities. Be sure to dress up for pictures with Santa!

Pictures with Santa are located at Ben Franklin Apothecary.

Vendor Opportunities

To inquire about being a vendor for this event, please register with the Duncanville Parks & Recreation Department at the Recreation Center Front Desk located at 201 James Collins Blvd. For any questions regarding being a vendor, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Shuttle Service | 5:00 pm to End of Event | Costco

Shuttle service to and from the event is free to the Public. Due to various street closures and limited parking, the City of Duncanville will offer shuttle service before, during and after the event. Guests can park at Costco located at 250 E Hwy 67 in Duncanville to catch the shuttle.

To catch the parade, park and ride from Costco to the Phase I stop located at the southeast corner of Main & Wheatland at the Dallas County Tax Office. After the parade, road closures will open allowing the stop to progress to Phase II, located adjacent to the Main St activities at W Freeman & Main St.

Duncanville Police Arrest Capital Murder Suspects

Duncanville Police Arrest Capital Murder Suspects

Duncanville, TX — December 2, 2019

The Duncanville Police Department has arrested two individuals, and another is in Dallas County Jail, regarding the October 2019 murder of Duncanville resident Aaija Smoker.

On November 25, 2019 Duncanville Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway, 17, of DeSoto, TX in a Capital Murder offense resulting in the death of Aaija Smoker in early October 2019.  At the time the Capital Murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the Dallas County Jail on other charges.  He remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional charge of Capital Murder and a bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.

On November 27, 2019, Duncanville detectives arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with Capital Murder with a bond set at $500,000. Young was booked into the Duncanville City Jail and then transferred to Dallas County Jail. On November 30, 2019 Duncanville detectives arrested a juvenile female of Dallas on Capital Murder charges, and she was transported to Dallas County Juvenile Detection Center. 

Detectives are attempting to locate an additional juvenile suspect, and an at-large warrant for Capital Murder has been obtained for the juvenile suspect.

Personnel of the Duncanville Police Department have worked diligently on this case alongside law enforcement agencies throughout North Texas, as well as the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, to bring accountability and justice for the victim and her survivors. 

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information pertaining to this case are asked to call Duncanville Police Detective Bert Pudgurney at 972-780-4911.

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