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 publicbetter informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.
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
“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
“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 email@example.com.
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
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.
For any questions regarding the parade, call or email the Parks & Recreation Department at (972) 780-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Police Department has arrested two individuals, and another is in Dallas County
Jail, regarding the October 2019 murder of Duncanville resident Aaija Smoker.
On November 25, 2019 Duncanville Police
Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway,
17, of DeSoto, TX in a Capital Murder offense resulting in the death of Aaija
Smoker in early October 2019. At the
time the Capital Murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the
Dallas County Jail on other charges. He
remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional
charge of Capital Murder and a bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.
On November 27, 2019, Duncanville detectives
arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with Capital
Murder with a bond set at $500,000. Young was booked into the Duncanville City
Jail and then transferred to Dallas County Jail. On November 30, 2019 Duncanville
detectives arrested a juvenile female of Dallas on Capital Murder charges, and
she was transported to Dallas County Juvenile Detection Center.
Detectives are attempting to locate
an additional juvenile suspect, and an at-large warrant for Capital Murder has
been obtained for the juvenile suspect.
Personnel of the Duncanville Police
Department have worked diligently on this case alongside law enforcement
agencies throughout North Texas, as well as the Dallas County District
Attorney’s Office, to bring accountability and justice for the victim and her
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone
with information pertaining to this case are asked to call Duncanville Police Detective
Bert Pudgurney at 972-780-4911.
season is a busy time of year with the hustle and bustle of work and shopping,
family coming to visit or going out of town to visit friends and family.
there are criminals who use the holidays to target victims who may be
distracted by the busy season. The holidays present special challenges to
safety and security. Be aware of the dangers and takes steps to keep your
Don’t let the rush and excitement
of the holiday season make you careless in protecting your home from potential criminals.
holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to
theft and other holiday crimes. Be extra cautious about locking doors and
windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
When leaving home for
an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up
your newspapers and mail.
Be sure someone is home if you have packages delivered to your
home. Don’t leave them sitting on your
front porch, since criminals sometimes follow delivery trucks and steal
packages after they are delivered.
Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds
Be sure to do a property inventory and record serial numbers. On new gifts, be sure to keep receipts and
any documentation that has model and serial numbers before they are wrapped.
Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the
windows and doors of your home.
When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make
sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base, so
children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not
damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.
Shopping during the holiday
season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measurers can help
keep your holiday season joyous.
The following tips from the Duncanville Department Crime
Prevention Division can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the
Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at
night, go with a friend or family member.
Dress casually and comfortably.
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
Fanny sacks work great to keep your identification and money in
Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with
necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
Keep cash in your front pocket.
Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is
lost, stolen or misused.
Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place
Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse.
Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have
clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time
of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you
with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
Driving on shopping trips during
the holidays requires some extra safety precautions. Avoid driving alone
or at night.
Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of
Do not leave your purse or valuables sitting in the passenger seat
of your car while pumping gas.
Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars
with tinted windows.
Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of
where you parked.
Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with
Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.
This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something
in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put
them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
Criminals take advantage of the
holiday season to prey on those who are unsuspecting and generous. Be careful
when someone you do not know comes to your door during the holiday season. Be aware that
criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the
generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations
door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
for their identification and find out how the donated funds will be used.
If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
Donate to a recognized charitable organization.
Also be sure to keep you pets safe and watch what you feed them.
If you need more information contact Officer Doug Sisk with the Duncanville Police Department,
Crime Prevention / Community Relations Division. (972) 780 – 5027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to Diamond Wished for your donations to start off our 2019 Santa Cop Toy Drive Program. The Santa Cop program is funded entirely by local donations and the Duncanville Police Association and Duncanville Police Employees and families. It is organized by the Duncanville Police Association, and supported by members of the Duncanville Police Department, their families, Ebby Halliday, Realtors’ Southwest Dallas/Ellis Counties office, Duncanville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Diamond Wishes, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, Champion Cove, Inwood Bank, Assured Self Storage, Champions Cove, Inwood Bank, Duncanville Senior Citizens Center, and community volunteers.
New unwrapped toys or cash
donations can be dropped off at:
Duncanville Police Department 203 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, Texas 75116
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”.
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
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.
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.