Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Constitutional Amendment and Joint Election

Dallas, Texas – Dallas County Elections Administrator, Michael Scarpello, reminds eligible voters that the Constitutional Amendment and Joint Election is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

All qualified voters in Dallas County may vote in person at any one of the county’s 443 vote center locations on Election Day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. A list and a map of Election Day vote centers can be found at www.dallascountyvotes.org.

The Dallas County ballot will have 8 State of Texas propositions. In addition, the cities of Lewisville, Mesquite, Richardson, Sachse, Wylie and Highland Park ISD will also be voting on their own propositions. The City of Glenn Heights and the City of Mesquite will have special elections to fill vacancies. Visit www.dallascountyvotes.org to view a complete sample ballot.

Voters must present an acceptable form of identification in order to vote. ID requirements can be found at https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-day-voting/what-do-i-need-in-order-to-vote/

“When going to a vote center, voters should look for our new ‘Official Vote Center’ signs,” said Elections Administrator Scarpello. “These new signs were purchased recently to replace our old ‘Official Polling Place’ signs, which were acquired before the County’s move to vote centers in 2019.”

Election Night Reporting:
You may follow Election Night results online at https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-results-and-maps/election-results. Early Voting results will be posted at 7 p.m. on Election Night and the Election Day results will be posted at 9 p.m. and every 30 minutes after that until all results have been uploaded.

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Martes, 2 de noviembre de 2021 Enmienda Constitucional y Elección Conjunta

Dallas, Texas – El Administrador de Elecciones, Michael Scarpello, recuerda a los votantes elegibles que la Elección Constitucional y Conjunta del martes, 2 de noviembre de 2021.

Todos los votantes calificados en el Condado de Dallas pueden votar en persona en cualquiera de las 443 ubicaciones de los centros de votación del condado el día de las elecciones entre las 7 a.m. y las 7 p.m. Una lista y un mapa de los centros de votación se pueden encontrar en www.dallascountyvotes.org/es.

La boleta del Condado Dallas tendrá 8 propuestas del Estado de Texas. También, las ciudades de Lewisville, Mesquite, Richardson, Sachse, Wylie y Highland Park ISD también votarán sobre propuestas propias. La ciudad de Glenn Heights y Mesquite tendrán elecciones especiales para llenar vacantes. Visite www.dallascountyvotes.org/es para ver una muestra de la boleta.
Los votantes deben presentar una forma aceptable de identificación para poder votar. Los requisitos de ID se pueden encontrar en https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-day-voting/what-do-i-need-in-order-to-vote/

“Al ir a un centro de votación, los votantes deben buscar nuestros nuevos letreros de ‘Centro Oficial de Votación'”, dijo el Administrador de Elecciones Scarpello. “Estos nuevos letreros se compraron recientemente para reemplazar nuestros antiguos letreros de ‘Lugar de votación oficial’, que se adquirieron antes de que el Condado usaba centros de votación en 2019”.

Informes de la Noche de Elecciones:
Usted puede seguir los resultados de la Noche de Elecciones en línea en https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-results-and-maps/election-results. Los resultados de votación adelantada se publicarán a las 7 p.m. de la noche del día de las elecciones y los resultados del día de las elecciones se publicarán a las 9 p.m. y cada 30 minutos después hasta que se completen todos los resultados.

TxDOT LAUNCHES PUBLIC SURVEY FOR THE I-20 TEXAS CORRIDOR STUDY

I-20 Corridor SurveyDALLAS – As part of the statewide I-20 Texas Corridor Study, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is requesting public input through an online survey. The survey asks respondents to weigh in on their transportation priorities for I-20, their points of interest along the corridor, and issues or opportunities that should be addressed.

TxDOT’s Freight, Trade, and Connectivity Section of the Transportation Planning and Programming Division is conducting the I-20 Texas Corridor Study to identify multimodal needs and prioritize improvements that facilitate the movement of people and goods from east to west Texas. The study area spans along I-20 from the I-10 junction in Reeves County to the Texas/Louisiana state line, a distance of 635 miles. Findings and recommendations from the study will be used to help guide the future of the I-20 Corridor.

“This is the first time TxDOT has taken a comprehensive look at the whole I-20 corridor. I-20 is one of the primary east-west travel and trade routes in Texas,” Caroline Mays, Director of Freight, Trade and Connectivity Section at TxDOT. “As part of the study process, TxDOT wants input from people who live and work near I-20. This survey is an opportunity for the public to give us their input about what should be addressed in the study recommendations.”

The survey will be open from Oct. 25 – Dec. 10, 2021. The public can get more information about the study and access the survey by going to https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/statewide/i20-corridor-study.html and clicking the link on the project page.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for October 28 and 29, 2021

no mosquitoesThe City of Duncanville, at the recommendation and in cooperation with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), will be conducting ground spraying against mosquitoes on Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, weather permitting. The spraying is being conducted in response to the detection of West Nile Virus in a mosquito trap within the 75116 zip code. If the weather prohibits spraying on Thursday night, spraying will be conducted on Friday and Saturday nights. Spraying will be performed in the targeted area within the City of Duncanville (see the attached map). Residents living within the spray zone are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying.

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Residents living within the spray zone are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying.

City staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is most likely to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitoes, residents should remove all areas of standing water. Residents should also report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitoes are likely to breed to either City of Duncanville Health Services or Neighborhood Services by calling 972-780-5040. 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 mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact Tammy Island at 972-780-4963.

Mosquito Pesticide FAQs

What pesticide is used for mosquito control?

Dallas County uses permethrin a synthetic pyrethroid commonly used in mosquito control programs due to its effectiveness. Permethrin has been registered by the EPA since 1979.

Can I opt-out of mosquito spraying?

Yes. Duncanville residents wanting to be on the no-spray list can email Tammy Island at tisland@duncanville.com at or Angelica Garcia at agarcia@duncanville.com to have your address added

The Veterans Day Resource Fair Coming to Duncanville’s Armstrong Park

The City of Duncanville, Rotary Club of Duncanville and Dallas College are partnering for the Veterans Day Resource Fair happening Thursday, November 11 at Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, Texas 75116.

Active-duty military, veterans, and their families, are invited to attend the Dallas College Veterans Day Resource Fair taking place between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Members of the military will be honored and celebrated with live entertainment, food, a raffle, and vendors.

Dallas College will share information on veterans-related education. Other vendors will be on hand to help educate attendees on resources for health care, benefits, and employment.

The Resource Fair is a fantastic way for your organization to highlight military or veteran-focused services. To participate as a vendor, please reserve your table by registering at dallascollege.edu/veteransfair.

Dallas College Veterans Day Resource Fair
Thursday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX

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About Dallas College

Dallas College, formerly the Dallas County Community College District, was founded in 1965, and consists of seven campuses: Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland. Dallas College offers online learning, and serves more than 83,000 credit and 25,000 continuing education students during the fall and spring semesters. Dallas College also offers dual credit for students in partner high schools and early college high schools throughout Dallas County. Dr. Joe May, the college’s 7th chancellor, has established the Dallas College higher education network in partnership with area school districts, colleges and universities, businesses, community organizations and others to support student success and college completion by removing barriers and providing services that help them earn a college credential and start their professional careers. https://www.dallascollege.edu/

About the City of Duncanville

Duncanville is a city in southern Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. Duncanville’s population was over 40,000 as of the 2020 Census. The City is part of the Best Southwest Partnership that includes Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Lancaster. www.duncanville.com

About Rotary Club of Duncanville

The Rotary Club of Duncanville was established in 1983 by a group of 35 business professionals, civic and community leaders, and entrepreneurs with a heart for service.  These men believed in volunteering their professional skills and talents to strengthen the foundation of our Duncanville community.  Today, we remain a thriving Club of like-minded volunteers, now including women! https://portal.clubrunner.ca/4287

Dallas College Veterans Day resource fair flyer

Trick or Treat! (Nothing but treats at the Library)

The weather is finally cooling down! With the crisp air comes the joyous time of Halloween. Dressing up like someone else and getting a bunch a free candy to boot is such a great way to kick off the holidays! One of the best things about Halloween is how the community bands together to give goodies to one another. A new tradition that I’ve noticed of late is to “Boo” your neighbor. We booed the folks across the way from us with treats for their pets and goodies for the humans. It was great way to teach my kid that it isn’t just about what you’ll be getting, but that you can spread joy by giving to those around you. I love that I live in a neighborhood that will give generously to my kid come Halloween night. He’ll have enough candy to last a few months.  

At the library we love to spread the joy of Halloween to our patrons. This year we are continuing virtual story times and will have take home crafts to give out during Halloween week. We also plan to award four ginormous candy trophies to four lucky kids who entered either the coloring or writing contest! We have boxes of candy bags ready to hand out to each kid who visits the library Halloween week. Make sure to stop by for treats!  

Duncanville Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 because many significant anniversaries of Latin American independence fall on Sept. 15, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The yearly observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to become a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

Reference: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/hispanic-heritage-month.html

Generations of Hispanic Americans have positively contributed to and enriched American society. On the website https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov, one can explore many documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and other things from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries highlighting Hispanic culture.

And a website entitled “How to Celebrate Hispanic Month in North Texas” features a listing of local events, such as the Mexican Rodeo Celebration at the State Fair, the art market and various exhibits and performances at the Latino Cultural Center, and other opportunities.

Reference: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/how-to-celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-in-north-texas/2742024/

Dia De Los Muertos

Duncanville, with a diverse population that includes many people of Hispanic heritage, boasts a number of Mexican restaurants and three Hispanic markets—Terry’s on Camp Wisdom, La Michoacana Meat Market on 67, and Supermercade Monterrey on Danieldale.

Our lives, in fact, would be impoverished without the presence of our many Hispanic citizens—so we might consider celebrating Hispanic Heritage the entire year, whatever our background.

Along with Halloween, the Day of the Dead is coming up (November 1–2), with more opportunities to learn about and enjoy a meaningful and colorful Hispanic tradition.

So, let’s celebrate and embrace Hispanic people and cultures!

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

Learn more about the Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership.

City of Duncanville and City of Lancaster City Managers to be Inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration’s 2021 Class of Academy Fellows

The National Academy of Public Administration today announced that 39 leaders in the field of public administration have been selected for the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows. Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place virtually and in-person at five host sites across the country November 3-9.

“I am very pleased to welcome the Academy’s 2021 class of Fellows,” said Terry Gerton, President, and CEO of the Academy. “Our distinguished Fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise in the field of public administration and this year’s incoming class is no exception. As government at every level continues to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to addressing public concerns regarding equity, the environment, the nation’s fiscal health and others, we welcome our new Fellows’ perspective as we work collaboratively to find intergovernmental solutions to the Grand Challenges in Public Administration.”

Two Best Southwest City Managers, Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, City of Duncanville, and Opal Mauldin-Jones, City of Lancaster, were named in the announcement as 2021 Class of Academy Fellows inductees. The two City Managers will collaborate with 37 other Fellows to innovate and address the 12 Grand Challenges in Public Administration, which includes items such as Modernize and Reinvigorate the Public Service, Foster Social Equity, and Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work.

“The inclusion of Opal Mauldin-Jones and myself as part of the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows is a remarkable opportunity for the two of us to bring our unique experiences, knowledge, and connections to our communities to this collaboration,” said Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “I am excited to see what the Academy Fellows will be able to accomplish as we work together to address each of the 12 Grand Challenges and move our cities and our nation forward toward a brighter and more inclusive future.”

Opal Mauldin-Jones added, “It is an honor to be voted a 2021 Academy Fellow. It is unprecedented to have two City Managers from the same region. I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve my community and profession at this level”.

The National Academy of Public Administration helps government leaders solve their most critical management challenges. Since 1967, their congressionally chartered non-partisan non-profit Academy has provided expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, equitable, accountable, and transparent organizations. The National Academy of Public Administration’s national network of over 850 Fellows includes former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators.

Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. A Fellows Nominating Committee, selected by the Academy’s Board Chair, makes its recommendations to the full Fellowship, which then votes on those individuals nominated to be a Fellow. The Committee was co-chaired by Academy Fellows Katherine Siggerud, Former Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and Kendra Stewart, Professor and Director Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston.

“The National Academy of Public Administration’s selection of Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides for the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows fills the Duncanville City Council and me with a great sense of pride,” said Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “This induction into the prestigious group of public administrators is a well-deserved and appropriate recognition of both her and Opal Mauldin-Jones’ hard work and professional accomplishments.”

Lancaster’s Mayor, Clyde C. Hairston, also chimed in on this achievement, adding, “We are thrilled with the announcement of both Opal Mauldin-Jones and Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides on being selected into the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows. Being selected into this program is certainly no easy task, and this shows the hard work and dedication our City Managers have for the community, the profession, and the Best Southwest.”

The 2021 class joins more than 940 Academy Fellows – including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, non-profit leaders, and public administrators.

Supported by a full-time professional staff, Fellows bring their insights, experience, successes, and lessons learned straight to the National Academy of Public Administration’s clients through independent thought leadership, in-depth studies and analyses, advisory services and technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums, and conferences.

About the National Academy of Public Administration:

Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Learn more at www.napawash.org

About the City of Duncanville:

Duncanville is a city in southern Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. Duncanville’s population was over 40,000 as of the 2020 Census. The City is part of the Best Southwest Partnership that includes Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Lancaster. www.duncanville.com

About the City of Lancaster:

Lancaster is a 33.150 square mile, 2019 All-America city located within Southwest Dallas County, Texas, United States. Lancaster’s population is 41,275 as of the 2020 census. Founded in 1852 as a frontier post, Lancaster is one of Dallas County’s earliest settlements. The City of Lancaster is part of the Best Southwest Partnership, including Lancaster, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. www.lancaster-tx.com

Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, City Manager
Opal Mauldin-Jones

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for October 7 and 8, 2021

no mosquitoesThe City of Duncanville, at the recommendation and in cooperation with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), will be conducting ground spraying against mosquitoes on Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8, between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, weather permitting. The spraying is being conducted in response to the detection of the West Nile Virus in a mosquito trap within the 75137 zip code. If the weather prohibits spraying on Thursday night, spraying will be conducted on Friday and Saturday nights. Spraying will be performed in the targeted area within the City of Duncanville (see the attached map). Residents living within the spray zone are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying.

Residents living within the spray zone are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying.

City staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is most likely to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitoes, residents should remove all areas of standing water. Residents should also report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitoes are likely to breed to either City of Duncanville Health Services or Neighborhood Services by calling 972-780-5040. 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 mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact Tammy Island at 972-780-4963.

Mosquito Pesticide FAQs

What pesticide is used for mosquito control?

Dallas County uses permethrin a synthetic pyrethroid commonly used in mosquito control programs due to its effectiveness. Permethrin has been registered by the EPA since 1979.

Can I opt-out of mosquito spraying?

Yes. Duncanville residents wanting to be on the no-spray list can email Tammy Island at tisland@duncanville.com at or Angelica Garcia at agarcia@duncanville.com to have your address added

City of Duncanville Announces Police Chief Finalists

Duncanville, TX (October 4, 2021) – The City of Duncanville has narrowed the search for its next Police Chief for the Duncanville Police Department to three exceptionally qualified candidates.

The previous Police Chief, Robert D. Brown, Jr., was promoted earlier this year to Assistant City Manager for the City of Duncanville. By utilizing both websites and publications to promote the open position, the City garnered 26 applications and an impressive pool of candidates that have since been narrowed down to three finalists.

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the City will hold a Community Meet & Greet from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116. This event will allow Duncanville residents and stakeholders the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the finalists.

The finalists:

2021 - LiVigni, Mark

Mark LiVigni has more than 28 years of policing experience and most recently has served as the City of Duncanville’s Interim Police Chief since March 2021. His previous service experience includes:

  • Assistant Police Chief – City of Duncanville, Texas (2017-2021)
  • Police Lieutenant – City of Duncanville, Texas (2002-2017)
  • Police Sergeant – City of Duncanville, Texas (1998-2002)
  • Police Officer – City of Duncanville, Texas (1993-1998)
  • Detention Service Officer – Dallas County, Texas (1992-1993)

Mr. LiVigni attended the FBI National Academy graduating from the 233rd Session of the Executive Law Enforcement Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas and other professional certifications.

2021 - Steidle, Daniel 2

Daniel L. Steidle has 32 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as the Pacifica, California Police Department’s Chief of Police since 2015. His previous public service experience includes:

  • Captain – Pacifica Police Department, California (2013-2015)
  • Detective Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2009-2012)
  • Administrative Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2008-2009)
  • Patrol Sergeant – Pacifica Police Department, California (2005-2008)
  • Corporal/Field Training Officer – Pacifica Police Department, California (1997-2005)

Mr. Steidle holds a Master of Science – Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, a Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice from Mountain State University, an Associate of Arts – Liberal Arts from Diablo Valley College, and additional certifications.

2021 - Turner, Derrick

Derrick D. Turner has 15 years of police experience and is currently serving as Lieutenant, Special Operations Division, for the Port of Portland Police Department in Portland, Oregon, since July 2019. His previous public service experience includes:

  • Lieutenant/Patrol Operations – Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon (2018-2019)
  • Sergeant – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2013-2018)
  • Investigator – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2010-2013)
  • Public Safety Officer – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2007-2010)
  • Police Officer – Ferris State University Department of Public Safety, Michigan (2004-2006, 2007-2007)

Mr. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and other professional certifications.

The three finalists will go through a series of interviews conducted by different City department panels, a police chief panel, and be in attendance for the Meet & Greet with Duncanville residents and stakeholders on October 14. The new Duncanville Police Chief will be announced in October 2021.