On January 16, 2020, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Celebrate Duncanville: State of the City event at Hilton Garden Inn. Approximately 200 attendees from various businesses and community organizations came together to celebrate Duncanville’s progress over the past year, including awarding Duncanville’s Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the Mayor’s Choice Award for two local businesses.
The State of the City presented by Mayor Barry Gordon shares community highlights and city accomplishments for the year.
One of the most recognized events in Duncanville is steadily approaching. Be our guest and join us for the Beauty and the Beast Daddy Daughter Dance in February. The City of Duncanville’s Parks & Recreation Department is gearing up to provide an event that will create memories that last a lifetime for young girls, dads, or special guests. This event provides an opportunity for Dads to treat their daughters to a magical evening filled with dancing, fun, and prizes. Dinner, music, games, and photos will be taken so that dads and daughters have photos to take home.
The Daddy Daughter Dance is a fun event filled with entertainment and prizes. This special event provides the opportunity for guests to mingle and chat with other couples. A DJ will keep the music going and facilitate fun activities while a photographer will work with couples to take photos in our photo booth to take home.
There are a limited number
of tickets available. Please visit the
recreation center to purchase your tickets in advance. Daughters of all ages welcome. Formal dress
Event: Daddy Daughter Dance – Beauty and the Beast
Price: $50.00 per couple – $15.00 for additional tickets
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Duncanville Recreation Center
201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville, TX 75116
Tickets must be
purchased in person at the Duncanville Recreation Center located at 201 James
Collins Boulevard, Duncanville, TX 75116.
For more information
regarding the Duncanville’s Daddy Daughter Dance event, contact the Parks &
Recreation Department at 972-780-5070 or visit www.duncanville.com.
The 2020 City Officers election will be held Saturday, May 2nd. Duncanville voters will go to the polls to elect the Mayor and Councilmembers to represent Districts 2 and 4 for the upcoming two-year term.
The first official day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, January 15. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14. Candidate filing packets are now available in the City Secretary’s office.
City qualifications for candidacy include:
• Qualified voter
• Resident of the State of Texas for one year
• Resident of the City and district for six months
• Hold no other public office
All registered voters in the City of Duncanville may vote for the Mayor. Residents of Districts 2 and 4 may vote for their respective candidates. Anyone not currently registered to vote has until April 2, 2020, to register in order to cast a ballot in the May 2nd election. Voter registration applications may be obtained at City Hall or the Duncanville Public Library.
Questions concerning voter registration should be directed to the Dallas County Voter Registration Department at 469.627.8683 (VOTE). Additional information regarding the upcoming election may be obtained by contacting Duncanville’s City Secretary at 972.780.5017.
Dallas County Elections Department will be relocating in 2020!
New Address: 1520 Round Table Drive Dallas, TX 75247
At the December 17, 2019 City Council meeting, the Duncanville City Council amended the Solid Waste ordinance after receiving input from residents. The changes primarily affect brush and bulk collection as outlined below. Residents will see a $2.31 increase per month for solid waste services on utility bills starting in January.
The City of Duncanville
has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the
city’s first ever Annual Report for fiscal year 2017-2018. GFOA awarded the
city for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR
The award represents a significant achievement by the city. In order to be eligible for the PAFR award, a government must also submit its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting program and receive the CAFR award for the current fiscal year. Each eligible report is reviewed by independent judges who evaluate the report based on the following categories: reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, creativity, innovativeness and usefulness.
Congratulations to the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy graduates! Fourteen Duncanville city employees from various departments graduated from the City’s annual Leadership Academy on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to recognize and develop upcoming leaders amongst the staff who exhibit qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence and positivity.
of the 2019 Duncanville Leadership Academy
Esther Wright, Senior Code
Jose Torres, Crew Leader Streets
Stephanie Lott, Librarian
Duaine Mayo, Police Officer
Christopher McCaleb, Police
Ronald Wilcots, Police Lieutenant
Richard Jones, Fieldhouse Operations
Derrick Downs, Crew Leader Utility
Daisy Guillen, Court Clerk
Mike Forester, Crew Leader,
David Dunn, Assistant Utilities
Angelica Garcia, Building
Morales – Skilled Maintenance Worker Parks
Shelley – Maintenance Worker Streets
Leadership Academy is a one-year program that meets monthly for leadership
training, which also includes city-related topics such as Introduction to City
Values and Culture, Community Engagement, Council Relations, Strategic
Planning, etc. Midway through the program, academy members divide into three
groups and select a city-related project they are responsible for researching,
developing, and implementing. The group projects for the 2019 academy program include:
City University – Establish and implement a city-wide training and development program for employees
Senior Center Expansion – Research and recommend expanded programs/services for the Duncanville D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
Employee “Walk In Your Shoes” Day – Create a program where employees rotate through departments/divisions to learn/observe what each department does in the city
The new year is a great time to commit to a healthier
lifestyle, and an opportunity for a fresh start. If you join or renew in the month
of January, you will get a 1-year membership for the price of 6 months! You
will have access to the gym, the fitness/weight room, the indoor walking track,
and receive a free gift!
For more information, please contact the Duncanville
Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.
Recreation Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 9 PM Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM
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.