Duncanville Receives Prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award – Updated

Duncanville is One of Ten Winning Communities to Receive the State Environmental Award and a Share of $2 Million in Prize Money

Duncanville, Texas – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Duncanville as one of ten winners of the 2021 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. KTB, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the GCAA to Texas communities for more than 50 years. This year, the ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscape funding from TxDOT; Duncanville will receive $210,000 for a landscaping project.

The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. A community’s environmental program is judged by a group of diverse, multi-sector judges on achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: public awareness and outreach, environmental education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management, litter law, and illegal dumping enforcement.

Duncanville is proud to receive this award. The City of Duncanville and Keep Duncanville Beautiful, a Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful affiliate, have partnered on environmental and beautification programs which include, but are not limited to:

  • a Household Hazardous Waste event in the spring;
  • two city-wide Operation: Clean Duncanville events in the spring and fall;
  • a Property Improvement Program that assists property owners who are unable to make home repairs due to life circumstances;
  • an Annual Garden Workshop in the spring; and
  • proactive efforts to enforce codes and combat illegal dumping.

The City of Duncanville received 2nd place in 2019 and made a dedicated effort in 2020 to do more, be better, and get more individuals involved in keeping Duncanville beautiful.

“The Governor’s Community Achievement Award is a positive recognition of the Keep Duncanville Beautiful board’s hard work, commitment, and success in the beautification of our community,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon.

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. Duncanville will be honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which will take place virtually from June 29 through July 1. Other winning communities include Athens, Denton, Friendswood, Gatesville, Cuero, Mansfield, McKinney, Muenster, and San Saba.

To learn more about GCAA and this year’s winners, visit ktb.org/gcaa.

Library Secrets, part 5

Library Secrets, part 5

We’re friendly to everyone who comes in, but there’s also a special group called:

Their whole purpose is to support the library. They occasionally have meetings, run the Book Sale, and do some fundraising.

Joining the Friends is a really great way to support the library. The Friends are always looking for new members and new ways to benefit the library. There is a $10 membership fee but all that goes back into the library.

 

So here’s a couple of FAQs:

 

Q: how old do I have to be?

A: all ages are welcome. There’s even a family membership available.

 

Q: how do I join?

A: you can get a membership form at the library and here’s a link, too.

 

 

As always, catch us on social media or comment below. If you have a library question, call 972-780-5052 or email librarians@duncanville.com.

 

Fiction review: Don’t make me choose…

Don’t Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes by Dixie Cash had some great memorable characters. My favorite character was Celina who is a librarian in a small Texas town. I liked reading about her bravery as she stepped out to try something new and found love along the way. The two main characters, Edwina and Debbie Sue, were a lot of fun to read. The dialogue that came from them was laugh out loud funny.

One of the most entertaining parts of the books was when Edwina decided to go win a karaoke contest. She decided in order to win, she first needed some liquid courage. In the meantime, Debbie Sue found the empty mini bottles of said courage and knew trouble was brewing. Sure enough, when Debbie Sue caught up with Edwina she found the bar crawling with cops and Edwina literally hanging on a wall. You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out how that came about.

As I read the book, I wondered about the very beginning of the book that narrated a murder. ‘‘

“Whodunit” is what you are left wondering as more characters are defined. My initial opinion regarding Celina’s love interest was that he was the culprit of the heinous crime mentioned at the beginning of the book… I won’t say more about that, or what happened with this particular character.

The book had a great epilogue that tidied up how the characters went on from their New York adventure.

I haven’t read any other books by this author, but the next time I want to read something funny and light I will go see what else the library has by Dixie Cash.

 

 

 

As always, catch us on social media or comment below. If you have a library question, call 972-780-5052 or email librarians@duncanville.com.

 

Tight grid conditions expected due to high number of forced generation outages

ERCOT

Grid operator requests energy conservation

AUSTIN, TX, June 14, 2021 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking Texans to reduce electric use as much as possible today through Friday, June 18. A significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions.

Generator owners have reported approximately 11,000 MW of generation is on forced outage for repairs; of that, approximately 8,000 MW is thermal and the rest is intermittent resources. According to the summer Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, a typical range of thermal generation outages on hot summer days is around 3,600 MW. One MW typically powers around 200 homes on a summer day.

“We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service,” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson. “This is unusual for this early in the summer season.”

According to generation owners, the number of outages should decrease throughout the week.

Wind output for today is expected to be 3,500 to 6,000 MW between 3 and 9 p.m. This is roughly 1,500 MW lower than what is typically available for peak conditions. Wind output is expected to increase as the week goes on.

Today’s peak load forecast may exceed 73,000 MW. The peak demand record for June is 69,123 MW set on June 27, 2018 between 4 and 5 p.m.

Please take these simple actions to help reduce electric use:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher – every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent.
  • Turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers.
  • If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.

Visit the Power to Save website or your electric provider for more ways to conserve.

How to track electricity demand

  • View daily peak demand forecast, current load and available generation at http://www.ercot.com.
  • Follow ERCOT on Twitter (@ERCOT_ISO) and Facebook (Electric Reliability Council of Texas).
  • Sign up for the ERCOT mobile app (available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play).
  • Subscribe to the EmergencyAlerts list on http://lists.ercot.com.

Consumer assistance

Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline – 1-888-782-8477

Fiction review: Attack Surface

Title: Attack Surface

Author: Cory Doctorow

After reading this book, I am now officially wary of my phone, my thermostat, my Kindle and various other devices in my possession.

The book centers on Masha, who makes a living analyzing and using the results of surveillance software. She’s a good person, with good intentions, and we all know where that leads.

The events of this book also touch on events that happened in two of Doctorow’s earlier books.


I greatly enjoyed this book. Masha is an interesting character who lives in much more of a moral gray zone than the main character of the two other books (Little Brother and Homeland.) I did find myself wanting to go back and reread those other two, since now I have another perspective on the events.

 

 

As always, catch us on social media or comment below. If you have a library question, call 972-780-5052 or email librarians@duncanville.com.

Duncanville Celebrates “Pride” Month, June 1–30, 2021

pride month pridge flagJune is designated as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. According to the Library of Congress, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ Americans.”

What happened in 1969? Patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village of Lower Manhattan, New York, staged an uprising to resist and protest police harassment of LGBTQ Americans. This marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against them.

In 1998, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13087 (PDF) expanding equal opportunity employment in the Federal government by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. On June 11, 1999, he issued Proclamation No. 7203 (PDF) for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, which states: Thirty years ago this month, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a courageous group of citizens resisted harassment and mistreatment, setting in motion a chain of events that would become known as the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement. Gays and lesbians, their families and friends, celebrate the anniversary of Stonewall every June in America as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

On June 1, 2009, President Obama issued Proclamation No. 8387 (PDF) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. In this proclamation, Obama pointed out contributions made by LGBTQ Americans, in promoting equal rights to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and in broader initiatives such as the response to the global HIV pandemic. The President ended the proclamation by calling upon the people of the United States to “turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.”

Other Presidential Proclamations on the annual observances of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Month can be found through American Presidency Project.

Reference: https://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/pride.php

In addition to embracing LGBTQ lifestyle choices, many young people today question gender norms and the “binary” nature of the division between “male” and “female.” Some do not wish to be known as or identify with the gender they were born as; others go to lengths to change their gender—something unheard of in previous eras. A film that depicts the first man who sought a gender change and is well worth watching is “The Danish Girl.” I found that it evokes empathy toward those who do not “identify with” their birth gender.

It serves us all to try to understand these changes in consciousness and lifestyles, whether or not we fully understand or support them. Perhaps this is all a part of a larger quest for human liberation from the shackles of prejudice and oppression.

On a different note, June also celebrates World Environment Day (June 5); National Cancer Survivors Day (June 6); Flag Day (June 14); World Blood Donor Day, and the US Army Birthday (June 14); Smile Power Day (June 20). It also commemorates PTSD and Cataract Awareness.

Reference: https://www.pinmart.com/awareness-calendar/

According to another source, June also includes Hug Your Cat Day and National Donut Day (June 4); National Gardening as Exercise Day (June 6); Best Friends Day (June 8); National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day (June 9); National Splurge Day (my favorite!) (June 18); and of course, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year (June 20/21).

Reference: https://www.thespruce.com/reasons-to-celebrate-in-june-4164029

If you want to celebrate National Donut Day (any day of the year) see Duncanville donut listings here: https://www.duncanville.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Restaurant-Guide-7-16-2014-CURRENT.pdf

If that’s not enough, here’s another one that is particularly appropriate to mention: Race Unity Day, also known as Race Amity Day, is observed the second Sunday in June. The day was started by the Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly in the United States in 1957, and the goal is to raise awareness of the importance of racial harmony and understanding.

Reference: https://www.holidaysmart.com/holidays/daily/race-unity-day

The multi-cultural commission wishes to acknowledge and celebrate diversity of all kinds in Duncanville, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to do so as well. At the very least, we can all splurge a little, practice tolerance for all lifestyles, and celebrate Smile Power!

May June be a meaningful, productive, fun, and liberating month for all!

Article Submitted by Anne Perry, Commissioner
Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP)

Learn more about the Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership.

Fine Forgiveness Week

We’ve got a lot going on the week of June 7 – 12, 2021.

It’s the start of our annual Summer Reading Club. There’s going to be an awesome kickoff on the 7th with a Kona ice truck and popcorn.

There’ll be plenty more kids’ activities to come throughout the summer.

We’re also going to be starting our brand-new hours.

We’ll be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 – 8 p.m. Yes, those of you who asked for evening hours. Here they come!

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we’ll be open from 10 – 6 p.m.

OMG! Saturdays, too!

And we’ve saved the best for last…

We’re announcing our first Fine Forgiveness Week. During the week of June 7 – 12, 2021 you have an opportunity to become fine free. If you’ve got overdue materials bring ’em back, along with at least one item for our Little Free Pantry.

If you don’t have any materials to bring back but still owe fines, we’ve got you covered too. Receive $5 waived for every item you bring in for our Little Free Pantry. See below for a list of suggested items.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION ZONING FILE #2021-17

A public hearing will be held before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., and before the City Council on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, Texas, to hear a request of James Wilkins, Applicant and Owner, to include a Specific Use Permit “SUP” for a Bed and Breakfast on J.H. Spruce Survey, Abstract No. 1297, Page 50, City of Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas, approximately 0.51 acre, more commonly known as 415 Hustead Street.

As an interested citizen, you may appear at the public hearing or you may send a notice to either the City Secretary or to Skye Thibodeaux, Secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280 stating your position.

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

Kristin Downs, City Secretary

Skye Thibodeaux, AICP, Secretary, Planning and Zoning Commission

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION ZONING FILE #2021-10

A public hearing will be held before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., and before the City Council on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, Texas, to hear the request of Julius Okunola, representing the Redeemers Christian Church of God (Victory House), Owner and Applicant, for a Planned Development “PD” to allow for an Event Center on Shekinah Glory Addition, Block A, Lot 1, City of Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas, approximately 3.910 acres, more commonly known as 515 W Center Street.

As an interested citizen, you may appear at the public hearing or you may send a notice to either the City Secretary or to Skye Thibodeaux, Secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280 stating your position.

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

Kristin Downs, City Secretary

Skye Thibodeaux, AICP, Secretary, Planning and Zoning Commission

515 W Center St Area Request_Paper-Model

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION ZONING FILE #2021-09

A public hearing will be held before the Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., and before the City Council on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, Texas, to hear a request from Roland Ako, representing Italy Family Pharmacy, Inc., Owner and Applicant, to include a Specific Use Permit “SUP” for Drive-Thru on Hopco Wedge Tract 1, City of Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas, approximately 1.710 Acres, more commonly known as 102 E Danieldale Road. 

As an interested citizen, you may appear at the public hearing or you may send a notice to either the City Secretary or to Skye Thibodeaux, Secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280 stating your position.

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

Kristin Downs, City Secretary

Skye Thibodeaux, AICP, Secretary, Planning and Zoning Commission

102 E Danieldale Rd Area Request_Paper-Model