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.

2019 Duncanville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting: December 6

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.

Spring 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The city will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Duncanville High School softball parking lot (on the west side of North Greenstone Lane).  Please bring your driver’s license and/or utility bill as proof of residency.  For additional information, contact Solid Waste Coordinator Leshonda Vaughn at (972) 780-4946.

Kidsville/Splashpad Community Input Meeting Recap

The City of Duncanville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board along with the Parks and Recreation Department wish to thank the approximately 35 residents that were present on October 17 for the Kidsville/Splashpad Community Input Meeting held at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center. The preliminary schematic design plan for Kidsville and Splashpad was presented by Dunaway Associates and Playgrounds by Leathers. Questions and concerns were addressed and will continue to be reviewed in the planning process. Examples include shade, restrooms, security, fencing, and amenities such as benches and picnic stations. If you were unable to attend or have any further questions or concerns, please email parksandrec@duncanville.com.

View Schematic Design Plan

Welcome Sister City Guests from Monasterolo di Savigliano

Be sure to give a warm welcome to our Sister City guests from Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy.    The group of 25 Italians will be in Duncanville from October 16 through October 24 and will stay with host families for the 10-day visit. We will share our Community, culture and heritage, as well as give the delegates a tour of several significant Dallas-Fort Worth attractions and eateries.

This visit marks the 21st Anniversary of our friendship.  Monasterolo di Savigliano is located in the Northwestern region of Italy.

Next year Duncanville citizens will have the opportunity to visit our Sister City friends in Italy where they will provide host families and fellowship for our group.  If you are ever in Europe and need help, they will come to your aid.  They are our extended family abroad.

If you see them or their bus, give them a hearty Texan wave and welcome!

Duncanville Residents Invited to Help Paint Wall Mural at Cockrell Hill & Danieldale: October 12 & 13

The Duncanville Design Studio and the City of Duncanville are looking for community members who would like to help paint the new wall mural located at Cockrell Hill and Danieldale! Mural painting will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. Residents of all ages and abilities are welcome – the mural will be paint by number so anyone interested can participate and help beatify the area.

All art supplies and paint will be provided, and the Duncanville Design Studio team will assist artists with paint colors and technique, as well as answer any questions. Please wear appropriate clothes for a painting project and remember to bring sun protection. Water will be provided.

The traffic lane next to the retaining wall will be blocked off during the hours of the project and participants can park along the nearby neighborhood streets or across the street at H. Louis Nichols Park. Please be sure to avoid blocking driveways or impeding the flow of traffic.

For more information, contact Economic Development Director Jessica James at 972-780-4997 or jjames@duncanville.com.  

Background

The Duncanville Design Studio and the City of Duncanville have partnered to design a retaining wall art mural project on the northeast corner of Cockrell Hill Rd. and Danieldale Rd. This project was developed to help beautify the Duncanville community and provide more public art that resonated with neighborhoods.

Many different retaining walls were considered; however, this wall was selected as it is on the corner of one of our community gateways. The Duncanville Design Studio worked with local artists, teachers from the Duncanville Independent School District, and the Duncanville City Council to design a mural for the wall. The mural will include nature scenes, family scenes, and kids playing different sports to showcase how Dun­canville is The City of Champions. There are three phases to this project. The first phase has already been completed, which was to paint the concrete retaining wall with a white primer base. During the second phase artists will paint the outline of the mural on the retaining wall in order to prepare the wall for the community painting portion of the project. The final phase will involve the community actively participating in one of the city’s first public art projects.

Seeking Census 2020 Volunteers for Complete Count Committee

The City of Duncanville is seeking volunteers for the Census Complete Count Committee, which is tasked with activities that support and help Duncanville get the most accurate 2020 Census count. Activities include outreach efforts, connecting with and assisting traditionally hard-to-count populations, helping to promote Census jobs, increase awareness of the importance and benefits of responding to the census, and ultimately drive participation in the 2020 census to benefit our community.

Please complete an application and bring to City Hall by September 26th.

The initial meeting will be held on September 26 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Briefing Room

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Chasidy Allen Benson at callen@duncanville.com or call 972-707-3871.

Census 2020 Background

The City of Duncanville is excited to announce that we are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count.

The census counts everyone in the United States. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to support vital programs in states and communities across the country. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy.

As the 2020 Census approaches, we will continue to share information about how you can make sure our community is fully represented. Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV anytime to get the latest news.

Neighborhood Park Community Meetings

What’s in Your Neighborhood Park?

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board wants to hear from you! What do you like about our parks? What do you want to see improved in our parks? What amenities are you looking for? In September we will be gathering community input for the neighborhood park master plan. Please join us as we discuss the future of our parks!

Meeting Location, Date & Time

Pyburn Park
915 Astaire Avenue, 75137
Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm

Quail Run Park
325 N Greenstone Lane, 75116
Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 pm

Waterview Park
1700 Whitecliff Drive, 75137
Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm

Chris Paris Park
1300 Caravan Trail, 75116
Monday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm

Can’t make the meeting for your neighborhood park? Please contact our Parks and Recreation department at 972-780-5070 or  parksandrec@duncanville.com. More locations will be announced soon.

Library Announces 2019 Summer Reading Club Winners

Duncanville Public Library Summer Reading Club participants Aliyah Jones, Jacqueline Solis, Jaedon Wilhite, and Abigail Sanchez are the grand prize winners of Kindle Fire tablets, courtesy of The Friends of the Duncanville Public Library.

All the winners, Aliyah, 6, Jacqueline, 9, Jaedon, 14, and Abigail, 15, reside in Duncanville. Kids and teens who completed the 20-hour reading log were entered in the grand prize drawing. The four winners were randomly selected out of 702 kids and teens who completed reading logs this summer.

A Universe of Stories was this year’s Summer Reading Club theme, and the library offered 75 free programs. Each year, the Duncanville Public Library hosts the summer reading club to provide incentives to encourage kids and teens to read over the summer. Studies show participation in summer reading programs enables children to maintain essential reading skills during their summer vacation. And, as a result, they are better prepared for the upcoming school year.

For more information about the library and its programs, visit www.duncanville.com/library or call 972-780-5050.

                    

Wintergreen Road Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

Dallas County along with the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Dallas are partnering to improve Wintergreen Road from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and

Duncanville Road from intersection to 900 feet south in order to enhance mobility within the Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. Wintergreen Road and Duncanville Road are critical parts of the Cities Master Thoroughfare Plans.

The Wintergreen Road Project consists of constructing four new lanes of concrete pavement, a new bridge at Stewart Branch Creek, 4 (10-ft X 8-ft) box culverts on Duncanville Road, and storm drainage improvements. A traffic signal will be installed at the Main Street intersection. 1300 linear feet of 96 inch Water Main Transmission will also be installed as part of the project for Dallas Water Utilities. In addition, the project includes wider sidewalks, bike lanes in both directions along Duncanville Road, a trail along west side of Duncanville Road and Windmill Hill Preserve parking improvements. The Project limits are from Main Street and Wintergreen Road intersection to 1300 feet east and from intersection to 900 feet south on Duncanville Road.

Construction begins in August of 2019 and will complete in the summer of 2021. The engineering consultant was Dal-Tech of Dallas, Texas and the general contractor for construction is Texas Standard Construction of Dallas, Texas.

The project amount is $10,820,118. Funding is being provided by Dallas County, Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Dallas, and North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Toll Revenue.

For additional information on this project, please contact Ted Andargie, P.E., Dallas County Project Manager, at Tewodros.Andargie@dallascounty.org or 214-653-6435.