City of Duncanville Requests Community Input on Zoning Ordinance Update

The City of Duncanville began reviewing the zoning ordinance in February 2019 with a community open house, online survey, and stakeholder interviews. Since that time, City Council, City Staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and the City’s consultant team have collaborated to develop a revised draft of the zoning ordinance.

The zoning ordinance establishes regulations for:

  • The land-use types that are allowed in various zoning districts;
  • The minimum lot size, width, and depth;
  • The maximum building height and minimum setbacks from property lines;
  • The minimum amount of parking required for each use type and general design requirements for parking areas;
  • The minimum amount of landscaping required for developments;
  • The placement and the maximum size and number of accessory structures that can be located on a property; and
  • The procedures for addressing nonconforming uses and structures.

The zoning map designates the zoning districts that apply to properties throughout the City. The new zoning ordinance will combine some existing districts.

The City of Duncanville will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm.  Members of the community are invited to attend this event either by registering for the Zoom event or the City’s Facebook Livestream.

Following the Virtual Open House presentation, the community is encouraged to visit https://clients.freese.com/duncanvillezoning and fill out the survey that will provide input on the draft ordinance. Alternatively, hard copies of the survey are available at City Hall. The survey is available through Thursday, December 3.

The draft ordinance is available for review on the website below.

For more information, please visit Virtual Open House or https://clients.freese.com/duncanvillezoning.

2020 Halloween Celebration – Spooky Chalk-Off Contest

The City of Duncanville will be hosting a Halloween Celebration event this year, however, it will not be our traditional Boo Bash event and it will be on a much smaller scale. The Duncanville Recreation Center will instead be hosting our very first Halloween Spooky Chalk-Off Contest!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Recreation Center – East parking lot. Each participant will be assigned an 8′ X 16′ parking space where they will create a Halloween-themed work of art … in chalk!

Space will be limited to the first 46 participants.

Registration is required for all participants.

Event Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Event Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event Location: Recreation Center – East Parking Lot

Safety measures: For the safety of our participants, this event will be COVID-19 compliant and will be held outdoors allowing for 6-foot social distancing. There will be one empty parking space between each art display, masks will be required, and participants, family, and friends will be asked to remain together in their area and not mingle with others outside their group.      

Event Categories:          

  • Family – 8′ X 16′ parking space; up to 4 people – to include children ages 2 to 7.
  • Youth – 8′ X 16′ parking space; up to 4 people – ages 8 to 17.

Material Restrictions: Only water-based chalk paints are permissible. The Recreation Center will provide a limited amount of chalk while supplies last. We encourage participants to bring their own chalk. 

Space Assignment: 46 spaces available. Each parking space is 8′ X 16′. The spots will be numbered and assigned to each participant by a Recreation Attendant. Participants will be spaced one parking space apart to adhere to social distancing.  Please note that some parking spaces may have cracks or texture variations.

Registration/Sign-up:  To register, download the fillable form and email it to fmendoza@duncanville.com or visit us at the Recreation Center – 201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, Texas 75116.  Check-in will begin at 10:30 am at the pavilion in the Recreation Center parking lot.  Artists may prep their spaces as early as 7 am, but art creation cannot begin until 11 am.  Any artist failing to check-in by 10:30 am will forfeit their space. You must register to participate.

Halloween Chalk-Off Registration Form

Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Parking: All participants must park at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center – East parking lot.

Prizes: Award winners will be selected and announced on the same day. The winner must be present to claim his/her prize at 3 pm.

Rules: 

  • Drawings must remain within the designated square area.  Drawings on buildings, trees, or any other surface are strictly prohibited.
  • This is a family-friendly Halloween event.  Artwork containing nudity, profanity, political or content deemed inappropriate by the Halloween committee will be removed and the artist will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Only artist-made templates are permissible
  • The use of flammable or offensive odors may not be used.

Failure to comply by these rules or guidelines may be grounds for dismissal.

Tips:

  • Use chalk sparingly.  Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom.
  • Some artists prefer to lay all their undertones first.  Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all major elements first.
  • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color.  Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.
  • Using a paintbrush is also helpful when filling large areas.
  • If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc.  Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface – so think BIG & DRAMATIC.
  • The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become.  So, practice on the driveway at home.

Things you can bring: Blanket, chair, knee pads to stay comfy while you draw, sketches, or inspirations pieces to guide your chalk design and water and snacks to enjoy if you take a break.

Small bags of candy will be provided by the Recreation Center.

Cancellation:  In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled with no rescheduled date.

For more information please contact the Recreation Center Front Desk at 972-780-5070 or email us at fmendoza@duncanville.com.

Hand Delivering Your Ballot by Mail for the November 3, 2020 General/Joint (Presidential) Election

Under the Governor’s emergency proclamation, voters may also:

  • Hand-deliver their marked ballot to the Dallas County Elections Department, 1520 Round Table Drive, Dallas, TX 75247
  • Ballots may be hand-delivered during the Election Departments hours of operation now through Election Day (November 3, 2020)
  • If delivering in person a voter must provide an acceptable form of ID upon delivery. For a list of acceptable ID’s please review the “ID FAQ’s”at https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-day-voting/what-do-i-need-in-order-to-vote/

EXTENDED HOURS SCHEDULE TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT BY MAIL IN OUR OFFICE

HORARIO EXTENDIDO PARA ENTREGAR SU BOLETA POR CORREO EN NUESTRA OFICINA

Bajo la proclamación de emergencia del Gobernador, los votantes pueden:

Duncanville Celebrates National Hispanic-Latino History Month – September 15, 2020 to October 15, 2020

Article Submitted by La’Trena Barrett, Commissioner
Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership (MSEP)

The 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Theme is:

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future

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

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries 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.

Reference:  https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/hispanic-heritage-month 

To learn more, view each Presidential Proclamation:

Did You Know?

  • 60.6 million – The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2019, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 18.5% of the nation’s total population.
  • 12 – The number of states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents in 2019 — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Reference: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2020/hispanic-heritage-month.html

Notable Hispanic and Latino Americans

Sonia Sotomayor, Celia Cruz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, César Chávez, Sylvia Rivera, Emma Gonzálex, Olga E. Custodio, Macario García, C. David Molina, Rita Moreno, Julia Alvarez, Roberto Clemente, Alfonso Cuarón, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Laurie Hernandez, Jaime Escalante, Frida Kahlo, Gloria Estefan

Educational Links

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.  

Click Here to Learn More About Hispanic Heritage Month

Visit the Smithsonian Latino Center to learn more about:

  • Celebrating Influential Latinos in American History
  • Building A National Latino Gallery
  • Latino History is American History

Learn more about the Multicultural Social Engagement Partnership.

Voter Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching for Presidential Election Last Day to Register is Monday, October 5, 2020

DALLAS, Texas – The General/Joint (Presidential) Election will occur on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday, October 5, 2020. The Dallas County Elections Department (DCED) must receive all applications no later than Monday-October 5, 2020. Anyone not registered by the deadline, will not be able to vote in the Presidential Election.

In order to accept any last minute registrations, the DCED will be open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight on Monday, October 5.

Dallas County Elections Department is asking all citizens, groups, business and community partners to encourage all eligible individuals to register to vote for this election.

On Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5, DCED will join forces with the Dallas Mavericks, Univision and Dallas Morning News to hold two separate mobile voter registration activities. Applicants can register to vote and update their information without having to get out of their car. Individuals can remain in their car while they fill out their voter registration application having a contactless experience.

Voter Registration Drive-Thrus

Sunday – October 4th, 2020
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Health and Human Services Parking
Lot 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Monday – October 5th, 2020
8:00 am–Midnight

Dallas County Elections Department
1520 Round Table Drive
Dallas, TX 75247

To be eligible to register to vote in Texas, a person must be:

  • A United States citizen;
  • A resident of the Texas county in which application for registration is made;
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • Not finally convicted of a felony, or, if so convicted must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or (2) been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote;
  • Not determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated; or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Voter registration applications are available at Dallas County Tax Office locations, Post Offices and local libraries. You can also access an application from; https://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/Dallas_2020_VR17-2-1.pdf, print it, fill it out and mail it back to DCED. The application must be postmarked by October 5, 2020.

New Executive Orders GA-30 and GA-31 With Changes to Business Capacities, Elective Surgeries, and Nursing Home Visitation

Governor Greg Abbott, who was joined on Thursday, September 17, 2020, by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Bonnen, and Texas health officials for a press conference, announced new reopening plans for areas where COVID-19 hospitalization rates are at 15% or less. He also issued executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, which provide the specific guidelines for those businesses to reopening.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates that are 15% or lower as a percentage of all people hospitalized in a region for seven consecutive days is the new threshold. In regions that meet this threshold retail, restaurants, offices, museums, libraries, gyms, and manufacturers will be permitted move from the earlier 50% capacity restrictions to 75%.

Elective surgeries are permitted to resume immediately.

Nursing homes, assisted living, and long-term care facilities have been given permission to resume visitations and provided health and safety protocols, which they must follow.

Bars are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Read Executive Order GA-30 | Read Executive Order GA-31


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

City of Duncanville Wastewater System Smoke Testing in September

The City of Duncanville has contracted with BURGESS & NIPLE of Austin, Texas to perform a Smoke Test Survey in portions of Duncanville’s waste water system. This survey involves the opening and inspecting of manholes and sewer lines, which are primarily located in backyard easements, but may be located in streets. An important task of the survey will be the smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. Should smoke enter your home or business, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew, who can check the sewer lines around your home or business to help determine the source of the smoke.

To prevent smoke from entering your home or business, make sure that all drain traps (also called “U Joints” or “P Traps”) in your home are filled with water by pouring water in the drain. A filled drain trap will keep smoke out of your home or business. Make sure air conditioning units run within several hours of the testing to ensure that the condensation drain trap is filled with water.

Work crews from BURGESS & NIPLE will be conducting the sewer inspections over the next few days. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements on your property. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. BURGESS & NIPLE personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

Photographs will be made of leaks occurring in the system. We anticipate the smoke testing will require a few hours in your area. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing is being used to improve the quality of your wastewater collection system.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact:

The City of Duncanville 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027

Prueba de Humo del Sistema de Drenaje Sanitario de la Ciudad de Duncanville

La Ciudad de Duncanville ha contratado a BURGESS & NIPLE de Austin, Tejas para realizar una encuesta sobre pruebas de humo en porciones del sistema de drenaje de Duncanville. Este examen implica la abertura y la inspección de bocas y de las líneas de la alcantarilla, que están situadas principalmente en servidumbres, pero se pueden situarse en calles. Una tarea importante del examen será la prueba del humo de las líneas de la alcantarilla para localizar roturas y defectos en el sistema de alcantarilla. El humo que usted puede ver venir de las pilas de ventilación en casas o agujeros en la tierra es inofensivo, tiene poco olor y no crea ningún riesgo de incendios. El humo no debe entrar en su hogar a menos que usted tenga plomería defectuosa o sumideros secos. Si ocurre esto, usted debe consultar a un fontanero licenciado. En cualquier caso de que el humo inofensivo entrara a través de la plomería defectuosa, el potencial existe para que los gases peligrosos de la alcantarilla incorporen su hogar o negocio. Si el humo ingrese su hogar o negocio, por favor contacte a un trabajador de Burgess & Niple para que pueda revisar las líneas de la alcantarilla alrededor de su hogar o negocio y para ayudar a determinar la origen del humo. Para prevenir la entrada de humo a su hogar o negocio, asegurarse de que todos las trampas del drenaje en su hogar se llenan con agua vertiendo el agua en el drenaje. Al llenar las trampas del drenaje con agua se podre mantener el humo fuera de su hogar o negocio. Cerciórese que aires acondicionado funcione por varias horas durante la prueba para asegurarse de que la trampa del drenaje de la condensación está llena de agua.

Trabajadores de BURGESS & NIPLE, Inc. conducirán inspecciones de la alcantarilla en los próximos días. Los trabajadores pueden necesitar acceder las bocas de la alcantarilla en servidumbres de utilidad en su propiedad. Cuando estas líneas requieren una investigación, tendrán que acceder a las servidumbres de alcantarillado. Personal uniformados de BURGESS & NIPLE llevan credenciales de identificación. Dueños de casa no necesitan estar presentes y por ningún motivo, los trabajadores no tienen que entrar a su hogar o negocio.

Se tomarán fotografías de los fugas en el sistema. Anticipamos que la prueba del humo durar unas pocas horas en su área. Se le agradece su cooperación. La información obtenida de esta prueba será utilizada para mejorar la calidad de su sistema de drenaje sanitario.

Para más información:

La Ciudad de Duncanville – 972-780-4900

BURGESS & NIPLE – Rene Candanoza – 214-923-3027


DCHHS announces second re-opening of Emergency Housing Assistance Program for Dallas County Residents

DALLAS (August 27, 2020) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) announces the second re-opening of the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) for residents of Dallas County. This program provides short-term, rental, mortgage and utility assistance to Dallas County residents living outside the City of Dallas facing economic hardship in the wake of COVID-19. Assistance for EHAP is eligibility based and will be processed through a lottery system.

DCHHS will begin accepting pre-screening applications online at https://www.dallascounty.org/ehap starting Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (CT). The pre-screening application process will remain open until such time that a closure is announced. The eligible pre-applications will be batched every other week (2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.) and processed through the ongoing lottery system to determine SLN order.

The pre-screening application form is available both, in English and Spanish. If you are an individual who does not have access to the internet or is unable to access the pre-screening application online, please call 214-819-1968. Pre-screening applications accepted by phone will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT). Please note that the submission of a pre-screening application does not guarantee eligibility or an offer of assistance. Only completed applications meeting eligibility requirements, and supported by required documentation, will be considered for assistance based on the availability of funds. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

“Given that we are encouraging families to continue to stay home as much as possible right now, keeping people in their homes is especially critical,” said DCHHS Director, Dr. Philip Huang. “As we continue to fight this virus, EHAP will help thousands of Dallas County families in need.” For more information, please visit:

https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/ehap-cares.php or https://www.dallascounty.org/covid19/emergency-assistance.php