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.

Finance Department Wins 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

GFOA CAFR Award

Due to the ongoing efforts of the Finance Department team, the City of Duncanville has earned the 2019 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The achievement recognizes outstanding work on the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and Duncanville has earned this award for 24 consecutive years. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

View the City of Duncanville FY17-18 CAFR

The GFOA established the CAFR Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of accounting principles and prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that display the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 22, 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, November 22, 2019



Fraud & Identity Theft Awareness: Understanding the Dangers

At the Town Hall meeting on November 14, 2019 the Duncanville Police Department presented information regarding fraud and identity theft. A variety of topics were covered and the presentation was recorded for those who could not attend. Please be proactive about protecting yourself, and your information, from becoming a victim of crime.

City Manager Kevin Hugman Announces Retirement Effective May 31, 2020

Kevin Hugman

Duncanville City Manager Kevin Hugman will retire from the city effective May 31, 2020 after serving five years in the position. Hugman formally announced his retirement to City Council at the November 19, 2019 Council meeting. He has served as City Manager since March 2, 2015.

“This decision has not been easy as I have enjoyed my time in Duncanville working alongside dedicated city council members and an outstanding staff of professionals,” said City Manager Kevin Hugman. “I am excited about the progress the city has made and the numerous infrastructure improvements that will improve the quality of life for Duncanville residents for years to come. Many projects contribute to the betterment of our community, including the new Kidsville/Splashpad, new park pavilions and restroom/concession buildings, street reconstruction projects, added emphasis on street maintenance, and a significant increase in capital replacement of aging water and wastewater lines”.

Notable accomplishments during Hugman’s tenure in Duncanville include tackling various infrastructure-related assets and projects, updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan, adoption of a new city logo and the passage of all four propositions during the 2018 Bond Election, including projects related to parks & recreation facilities, street improvements, firefighting facilities and municipal building improvements.  

Barry Gordon, Mayor for the City of Duncanville, said, “Kevin has been a huge asset to the Duncanville community, and over the years provided great experience, professionalism and stability to our city. We wish him and Susan the very best and that they may enjoy the fruits of retirement”. Mayor Gordon went on to say, “Regarding filling the City Manager position, the City Council agrees that undergoing a professional process and hiring a dedicated search firm will result in the most qualified candidate who will fit our community’s needs and its culture so that Duncanville’s progressive growth may be sustained in the future”.  

Kevin Hugman previously worked as the Assistant City Manager for the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as in a variety of capacities at the city of Southlake, Texas, including Director of Community Services (parks, recreation, library services) and Director of Human Resources. Prior to that Kevin worked in the private sector for a few years before earning his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Hugman also holds a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines. Hugman retired from the US Navy Reserves in 2007 at the rank of Captain after serving 26 years active and Reserve duty. He is married and has two adult children and six grandchildren.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 15, 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, November 15, 2019



2019 Holiday Schedule for Trash, Recycling & City Facilities

​​Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Year’s 2020

Duncanville city facilities will be closed on:

  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the New Year’s holiday

Holiday hours (other closures and holiday hours):

  • Duncanville Public Library – Closed Saturday, November 30. Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27 and Tuesday, December 31.
  • Duncanville Recreation & Senior Centers – Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 31.

Trash, recycling and bulk collection service will not run on:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Refuse collection will resume on the following regularly scheduled pick up day.

Live Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Duncanville provides Christmas tree recycling through January 10 at the Service Center located at 330 Shady Trail. Residents may drop off their trees in the grassy area by the existing mulch pile on Shady Trail near Main Street (there will be signage to direct you to the area). Christmas trees must be free of lights and decorations and cannot be in any type of wrap, especially plastic. The mulch is provided free to residents. For more information contact the Service Center at 972-780-4900.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 8, 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, November 8, 2019



Veterans in the Duncanville Police Department: Sgt Adrian Tijerina

Sergeant Adrian Tijerina has been employed with the Duncanville Police Department since September 11, 2006 and has been a Texas Peace Officer since December 15, 1999.  The acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001 shook the foundation of America and prompted Tijerina to join the military and serve his country.  After several years, he joined the Texas Army National Guard and was sent to U.S. Army Infantry OSUT training in Fort Benning, Georgia in October 2010.

At that time Tijerina had been with the Duncanville Police Department for four years. Tijerina researched Texas Civil Service Law to learn what to expect and to make sure he had a job once he returned.  The Texas Local Government Code, Military Leave of Absence section states that an employee shall be granted leave, without pay, for initial training, annual duty, and active duty service.  Once the service is over the employee shall be reinstated to the same position that was held when the leave was granted, with some stipulations, such as, being honorably discharged and having good mental and physical health. 

In 2012, Tijerina was activated on his first Active Duty Service and deployed to Afghanistan.  He was gone from the Police Department for approximately 12 months, and that’s when he learned the City of Duncanville goes above and beyond what is required for its employees who are members of the U.S. Military.  Once his term of service was completed, Tijerina was honorably discharged and seamlessly returned to work as a Patrol Officer. Upon his return, Tijerina’s salary at the City was more than he earned before he deployed.  The City computed the difference in the salaries and continued to pay the difference, so he did not lose money while deployed to Afghanistan. 

In 2015, Tijerina was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and in 2017 was once again activated. This time he was deployed to Somalia for Active Duty Service.  In accordance with Civil Service law, there was a Sergeants Promotional Exam held to fill his role while he was deployed. His term of service ended after approximately 12 months and Tijerina returned to Patrol Sergeant duties. The officer who had been temporarily promoted to fill his position during deployment was returned to his previously held Patrol Officer position with one difference.  That Officer was placed on a promotional list that would not expire and would be promoted to Sergeant with the next vacancy.

Sergeant Tijerina is one of three Police Department employees who are active in the Texas Army National Guard.  Employing Veterans makes the department stronger and more diverse.  The training and leadership fostered with military service is a strong asset for the Police Department.  Our veteran officers cover three diverse military occupations, Infantry, Medic, and Intelligence, which can be used to enhance each employee’s Police function, and ultimately benefits the citizens of Duncanville.