Boys and Girls Basketball Coaches Face Suspension

Duncanville ISD

UIL Executive Committee Meeting Results

October 31, 2022 – At a hearing this morning, the UIL State Executive Committee voted to suspend Coach David Peavy for one year for playing a student that the Committee determined was an ineligible player. In addition to Coach Peavy’s suspension, the Committee determined that the Duncanville Boys Basketball program forfeits all games in which the student played and therefore forfeits the 2022 Conference 6A Boys Basketball State Championship.

The player’s eligibility was the subject of court action. At all times that the student played for Duncanville, the player did so under a valid court order. Although this matter is still pending, the district disagrees that it violated any UIL rules by playing a student whose eligibility was the subject of a valid court order.

Also, at today’s meeting, the UIL State Executive Committee voted to publicly reprimand and suspend Duncanville High School Head Girls Basketball Coach LeJeanna Howard for a period of one year. In addition to the lengthy suspension for Coach Howard, the Committee placed the Duncanville Girls Basketball program on probation for a three-year period and suspended them from participation in this year’s post-season play.

Prior to today’s hearing, Duncanville ISD had already internally acted to impose a substantial and appropriate disciplinary suspension for Coach Howard. We believe our internal disciplinary measure was both substantial and appropriate. However, we respect the Committee’s decision that a longer suspension was appropriate.

“These are significant and unprecedented consequences for both programs, and students will suffer the most from today’s decisions,” said Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith.

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SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to Close in Dallas and Balch Springs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced today that SBA will close its Dallas and Balch Springs Disaster Loan Outreach Centers on Oct. 20, 2022, and Oct. 27, 2022, respectively.

So far, SBA has approved more than $2 million in federal disaster loans for Texas businesses and residents. SBA disaster assistance is available in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties in Texas.

“SBA opened the centers to provide personalized assistance to Texas businesses and residents who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred Aug. 22-25, 2022. Until the centers close, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans,” said Garfield.

Businesses and residents can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times as indicated below. No appointment is necessary.

DALLAS COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Samuell-Grand Recreation Center

Game Room 112

6200 East Grand Ave.

Dallas, TX  75223

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20

DALLAS COUNTY

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Balch Springs Recreation Department

Meeting Room

4372 Shepherd Lane

Balch Springs, TX  75180

Mondays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3.04 percent for businesses, 1.875 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Nov. 14, 2022. The deadline to apply for economic injury is June 14, 2023.

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for October 6 and 7, 2022

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 6, and Friday, October 7, 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 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 Welcomes New City Secretary, Police Department Welcomes Familiar Chief Operations Officer

Duncanville, TX – The City of Duncanville is pleased to welcome Juanita “Janie” Willman as the new City Secretary.

Ms. Willman comes to the City of Duncanville with knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during a career in Texas local government that dates back to January 1988. Her service to the citizens of Texas has spanned a number of municipalities over the past 34 years.

One of Ms. Willman’s several accomplishments in local government was serving as part of a neighborhood group that acquired a $1.2 million Community Model Blocks Grant using the City of Fort Worth’s competitive model blocks grant program. At the City of Fort Worth, she played an important role in the city’s Action Center, advocating for Fort Worth’s citizens to collaborate with the city’s traditional service structure.  She coordinated the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women’s annual banquet honoring the most prominent women in Fort Worth and Texas.  She also wrote a bracket bill that became part of the State of Texas legislative program extending taxation funding for street reconstruction. As a volunteer member of a consortium of cities, Ms. Willman also represented Texas utility ratepayers in Texas utility rate-setting cases.

Ms. Willman will be taking over the position of City Secretary from Kristin Downs, who served the City of Duncanville in that position for the last four years. Ms. Downs will be moving to the Duncanville Police Department to serve as the new Chief Operations Officer.

“I am incredibly happy to pass the torch to her,” said Ms. Downs. “I believe she will be a tremendous asset to the City of Champions. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have worked in the City Manager’s and City Secretary’s offices for the past eight years. I cannot wait for our citizens and leadership to see our accomplishments in the Duncanville Police Department.”

In her new role, Ms. Downs will serve as the executive assistant to the Chief of Police, supervise the Police Records division, assist in the execution of internal and external department communications, help organize department events, and oversee community engagement.

She brings to the Department a unique understanding of governance and its role in creating a vibrant community. Her knowledge of records management, budget preparation, and agenda preparation will prove to be valuable resources for Police Administration. The Department will also benefit from Ms. Downs’ eight combined years of experience with the City as it continues to develop its professional administrative standards.

Chief Mark LiVigni, who has worked closely with Ms. Downs over the last several years, stated, “We have talented employees throughout our department. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to add Kristin’s gifts to the Police Department. She brings an incredible skillset and cognizance of municipal government that will advance the Department.”

“The transition to the Police Department is an incredible opportunity for Ms. Downs, and it reflects the City’s efforts to develop an organization that attends to the needs of our community,” said City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “We are recognizing people with talent, skills, and knowledge and putting them in the best locations within our organization to have the most immediate and positive impact. We are also recruiting talented people. As Ms. Downs begins to positively impact our Police Department with her knowledge and enthusiasm, we are excited to have someone as accomplished as Ms. Willman assume the City Secretary role.”

Janie Willman and Kristin Downs will officially assume their new roles on Monday, October 3, 2022.

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City of Duncanville Extends Condolences to the Family and Friends of Anne Green

Duncanville, TX – Mayor Barry L. Gordon, members of the City Council, staff, and Duncanville residents wish to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Virginia Anne Green, who passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

“I, and my wife, are deeply saddened by the news of Anne’s passing,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “Though not a public figure, she has left an indelible mark upon this world and our community. We appreciate her for both her 32 years of service as a teacher of Arts and History and for sharing her husband, former Mayor David Green, with the City of Duncanville.”

The former Mayor and Mrs. Green recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, she and her husband raised two daughters, Julie Hargrove and Laurie Jones, and became the proud grandparents to four girls: Hannah, Rachel, Reagan, and Grayson.

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Duncanville Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

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Duncanville, TX – The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred in the City of Duncanville wastewater collection system on August 22, 2022, caused by weather conditions and heavy rainfall. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:

700 block of Forest Circle
400 block of S. Alexander
400 block of Falling Leaves

City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a wastewater discharge over the threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the sanitary sewer overflow completely resides, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe. There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect and test samples in the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within 1/2-mile of the spill site or within the potentially affected area should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing. Individuals with private water wells should have their well water tested and disinfected, if necessary, prior to discontinuing distillation or boiling.

For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at (972) 780-4900.

Was Your Home Affected By The Recent Severe Storms?

TDEM

REPORT YOUR DAMAGES HERE:

Visit damage.tdem.texas.gov or

scan the QR code with your Smart Phone:

Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) Damage Surveys

This survey will help state and local emergency management officials identify and gain an understanding of damages from the recent storms.

Reporting damages to Emergency Management is a voluntary activity, is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.

Notice About 2022 Tax Rates

Property tax rates in City of Duncanville.

This notice concerns the 2022 property tax rates for City of Duncanville. This notice provides information about two tax rates used in adopting the current tax year’s tax rate. The no-new-revenue tax rate would Impose the same amount of taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. In most cases, the voter-approval tax rate is the highest tax rate a taxing unit can adopt without holding an election. In each case, these rates are calculated by dividing the total amount of taxes by the current taxable value with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value.

This year’s no-new-revenue tax rate: $0.599304/$100
This year’s voter-approval tax rate: $0.650462/$100

To see the full calculations, please visit the Tax Rate Calculation Worksheet.

Unencumbered Fund Balances

The following estimated balances will be left in the taxing unit’s accounts at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by corresponding debt obligation.

Type of Fund

General Fund

Debt Service

Balance

15,268,747

1,385,475

Current Year Debt Service

The following amounts are for long-term debts that are secured by property taxes. These amounts will be paid from upcoming property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable).

Description of Debt

Principle or Contract Payment to be Paid from Property Taxes

Interest to be Paid from Property Taxes

Other Amounts to be Paid

Total Payment

Debt

1,290,000

726,782

0

2,016,782

Total required for 2022 debt service: $2,016,782

– Amount (if any) paid from funds listed in unencumbered funds: $0

– Amount (if any) paid from other resources: $0

– Excess collections last year: $2,765

= Total to be paid from taxes in 2022: $2,014,017

+ Amount added in anticipation that the unit will collect only 101.52% of its taxes in 2022: $-30,155

= Total debt levy: $1,983,862

This notice contains a summary of actual no-new-revenue and voter-approval calculations as certified by John R. Ames, PCC CTA, Tax Assessor/Collector on 08/11/2022.

Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you can easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax rates and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property.

The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is calculated to limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.

Tax Code Section 26.18

General Fund’s
Maintenance/Operations
Debt Service
Tax Rate Amount Tax Rate Amount
2020 Adopted 0.666163 $17,997,398 0.050689 $1,410,157
2021 Adopted 0.65541 $18,614,836 0.04459 $1,410,157
2022 Proposed 0.62512 $20,545,379 0.02534 $832,829

City of Duncanville Mourns the Passing of Former City Manager Larry Shaw

 August 9, 2022 

Duncanville, TX – The Mayor, Council, and Staff wish to extend their condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former Duncanville City Manager Larry Shaw, who passed away earlier this week. 

Mr. Shaw served the City of Duncanville for 26 years. He began his career as the Parks and Recreation Director, and he worked in nearly every department before eventually accepting the position of Assistant City Manager. He was appointed City Manager in 1996 and served in that role until 2001. 

“I am saddened by the news of Mr. Shaw’s passing,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “As our City Manager, he served our community well and left a legacy of positive change that impacts the lives of Duncanville residents to this day.” 

Larry Shaw retired from the City of Duncanville in 2001 but continued to assist other Texas cities by utilizing the skills and knowledge he acquired during his tenure in the City of Champions. 

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Official Election Results and Swearing In Ceremony

Official May 7, 2022, General Election Results

TOTAL = Total votes | VOTE % = Percentage of Votes Cast | EV I-P = Early Voting In-Person | EVM = Early Vote by Mail | ED = Election Day | EV/ED Prov = Early Voting & Election Day Provisional

Mayor

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
ERIKA BROWNING 707 24.41% 432 37 238 0
MARK D. COOKS
(run-off)
1,056 36.46% 645 93 312 6
LAVAUGHN WASHINGTON 79 2.73% 42 13 24 0
BARRY L. GORDON
(run-off)
1,054 36.40% 642 88 321 3
Total 2,896 100.00% 1,761 231 895 9

Councilmember District 2

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
DON MCBURNETT (W) 288 50.70% 184 34 70 0
NANCY GUTIERREZ 280 49.30% 179 15 86 0
Total 568 100.00% 363 49 156 0

Councilmember District 4

TOTAL VOTE % EV I-P EVM ED EV/ED Prov
KAREN CHERRY
(W)
493 74.58% 316 38 135 4
BRENDA O’BRIEN 168 25.42% 93 17 58 0
Total 661 100.00% 409 55 193 4

City of Duncanville Swearing-in Ceremony

City Secretary Kristin Downs swore in Councilmember Don McBurnett, District 2, and Councilmember Karen Cherry, District 4 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Regular City Council Meeting.

A Runoff Election for Mayor will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, for Mayor

Early Voting

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 11, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monday, June 13, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Election Day

Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting the City Secretary at (972) 780-5017.