Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter to Begin Renovations on Old Animal Shelter

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 renovations.

“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 sustainable long-term.

“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 director@tricityfriends.org. 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 more information.

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.

Finance Department Wins 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

GFOA CAFR Award

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.

View the City of Duncanville FY17-18 CAFR

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.

City Manager Kevin Hugman Announces Retirement Effective May 31, 2020

Kevin Hugman

Duncanville City 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”.

Notable accomplishments 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 improvements.  

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.

2019 Holiday Schedule for Trash, Recycling & City Facilities

​​Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Year’s 2020

Duncanville city facilities will be closed on:

  • 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.

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.

2019-2020 Changes to Residential Solid Waste Rates, Collection

For details regarding the 2019-2020 Solid Waste Collection, please view the 2019-2020 Solid Waste Management Information Guide. Please visit the Trash Collection webpage  to answer any additional questions and to view the Frequently Asked Questions page. Individual maps are available on the Trash Collection webpage.

More details regarding the changes to residential solid waste rates and collection are available below.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your trash collection not answered here, contact Water/Wastewater Operations Assistant Manager David Dunn at (972) 780-5079. Republic Services provides trash collection to Residential and Commercial customers and can be reached at (972) 225-4207.

City Council Approves Solid Waste Contract, Increases Cost of Service to Align with Market Rates

Published July 26, 2019
On July 16, 2019, the Duncanville City Council approved a seven-year solid waste contract with Republic Services of Texas that will increase the amount that residents, property managers, commercial and industrial entities pay for trash, recycling and bulk/brush pick up service in Duncanville.

Under the existing contract with Republic Services set to expire in September, rates for solid waste had not been adjusted for 20 years with exception to Consumer Price Index increases. Over time, rising market rates and inflation have caught up with the cost to provide service in Duncanville. Additionally, due to a decline in the marketability of recycle materials, the cost to recycle no longer offsets the cost to collect recyclable materials.

The contract goes into effect September 21, 2019, and residents will incur an increase in cost of service for collection provided at the curb and alley.

The frequency and schedule of garbage and recycle pick up will not be affected, and support to the elderly and mobility challenged will continue as before. The most notable change in service affects the brush and bulk collection, which will occur once per month and is limited to four (4) cubic yards per pick up effective October 1, 2019. Residents will have a dedicated week each month to place bulk/brush items at the curb for collection. Additional bulk/brush can still be picked by Republic Services for a fee, but the resident is responsible for coordinating directly with Republic Services for removal and payment.

The new contract expands recycling program options by giving residents the ability to rent a 96-gallon rolling recycling cart from Republic for an additional $4.75 a month. However, due to a slump in recycling, Republic Services will no longer accept glass, juice boxes and carton-style milk and juice containers with a gable top as recyclable materials. The blue recycle bin will still be provided to residents free of charge for those who do not want the cart option. Small commercial entities will also have the ability to rent a recycling cart for an additional $18.50 a
month.

A Town Hall Meeting regarding the new solid waste collection contract, adjusted bulk/brush pick up schedule and recycling procedures is scheduled for August 29 at 6:30 pm at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Blvd. Look for more information in the mail in early September, including more details on recycling and brush/bulk collection. For questions regarding trash, recycling, bulk waste and brush collection, please contact Assistant Utilities Operations Manager David Dunn at 972-780-5079.

Notice of 2019 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate

A tax rate of $0.743447 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Duncanville. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

The governing body of City of Duncanville proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of funding ongoing maintenance and operations of the City including police and fire protection, streets, parks, public library, and municipal buildings and facilities.

PROPOSED TAX RATE                              $0.743447 per $100
PRECEDING YEAR’S TAX RATE             $0.748447 per $100
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                              $0.686452 per $100
ROLLBACK TAX RATE                             $0.751442 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Duncanville from the same properties in both the 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Duncanville may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact:

John R. Ames, PCC, CTA
Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector
1201 Elm Street, Suite 2600, Dallas TX
214.653.7811
TNTHELP@dallascounty.org

Proposed Tax Rate Public Hearings

You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate:

First Hearing: August 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX.

Second Hearing: September 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland Rd., Duncanville, TX.

Notice of Public Hearing on the City of Duncanville 2020 Budget

A Public Hearing on the City of Duncanville 2020 Budget   will be held on August 20, 2019 at the regular City Council Meeting starting at 7:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers located at 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, TX 75116.

THIS BUDGET WILL RAISE MORE TOTAL PROPERTY TAXES THAN LAST YEAR’S BUDGET BY $1,474,908 OR 8.52%, AND OF THAT AMOUNT, $108,841 IS TAX REVENUE TO BE RAISED FROM NEW PROPERTY ADDED TO THE TAX ROLL THIS YEAR.

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.