Some City of Duncanville residents may discover late fees on their utility bills. The city’s utility billing software (legacy system) is automatically adding late fees for the period starting from February 15, 2021, through March 5, 2021. Utility bills are generated and sent 19 days prior to the due date, which will cause a penalty charge to appear on accounts where the payment was not made within 3 days of the due date. As a result of the winter storms and the system’s automation, customers who discover a late fee on their bills but can contact Utilities’ staff at (972) 780-5010 to have this fee waived.
WATER CUT-OFF SUSPENDED
Water cut-offs due to non-payment of current bills are suspended through March 5, 2021.
WINTER AVERAGING CHANGES
The final month of utility billing winter averaging is February 2021, but due to the winter storms, changes are being made to assist Duncanville residents. The Utility Billing department will be running a report comparing winter averages for 2021 against 2020 and making appropriate adjustments in response to February spikes caused by the winter storms. Customers experiencing wastewater (sewer) cost increases due to leaks caused by the winter storms can request a manual review and adjustments by calling (972) 780-5010. New winter averaging will go into effect for April billings.
Duncanville, TX (February 18, 2021) – Duncanville, in accordance with the City’s Water Conservation Plan, has implemented a STAGE 3 – Water Warning. The trigger for this STAGE 3 – Water Warning is a combination of ground and elevated storage capacity within the city being below 50% at the beginning of a 24-hour period.
The drawdown of water was caused by water line breaks due to freezing weather and challenges within the water distribution system due to power outages.
As part of the STAGE 3 – Water Warning, Duncanville residents are being asked to limit their water use in the following ways:
Reduce toilet flushing
Reduce shower use
Reduce dishwasher use (maximize capacity when operating)
Reduce/postpone washing clothes
Allowing faucets to drip to prevent frozen pipes is allowed. Residents can capture that water for other uses.
Residents’ participation in this conservation effort will help to prevent the potential for a water boil notice by helping the city’s water supply return to the levels necessary to safely serve the community.
Duncanville, Texas – Beginning Monday, August 10, 2020
the City of Duncanville will reinstate utility service disconnections for customers
with delinquent accounts. Disconnection can be avoided by paying any past due
balances and making accounts current.
On March 26, 2020, the Public Utility Commission ordered
PUC-regulated water, sewer, and utilities across the state to suspend
disconnections for non-payment on residential customer accounts. This was done
in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency declaration and to mitigate
economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PUC order expired
on June 13, 2020 making it possible for utility providers to resume
disconnections as needed.
The City of Duncanville, who purchases treated water from the City
of Dallas, stopped disconnections when the order was released. Utility services
continued uninterrupted during the period of the PUC order.
Utility services used, but left unpaid, could eventually lead to
increased rates for those customers who keep their accounts up to date. Rate
increases are avoided when all utility customers keep their accounts current. Now
that the PUC order has expired, the City of Duncanville is asking anyone with a
past due amount to contact Utility Billing immediately to resolve those balances.
For those with extenuating circumstances, payment arrangements may be
Anyone with a past due balance should speak directly with a Duncanville utility customer service representative in person by visiting City Hall at 203 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, Texas 75116 or by phone at 972-780-5010 ext. 7.
Duncanville Outreach Ministry provides assistance with food, clothing, prescriptions, utilities, and rent.
Basic Qualifications to Become a Client And Receive Assistance:
Live in Duncanville zip codes 75116 or 75137
Meet TEFAP/TDA income guidelines
Documents New Clients Are Requested to Bring to DOM:
Drivers license (If none, we can accept Texas ID, passport, or immigration papers)
Birth certificates for all children 10 and under
Electric bill, Water bill, or Natural Gas bill in your name, or letter from Apartment manager from the current month
Proof of income for the past 30 days
Duncanville Outreach Ministry is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) reported five additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. Local public laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to the CDC for confirmation. Respiratory samples positive for COVID-19 in a public health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.
five cases include:
One man in his 40’s, one man in his 50’s, one woman in her
50’s, one man in his 60’s, one man in his 70’s
All are self-isolating at residences and are not hospitalized
Three cases are residents of the city of Dallas, one is a
resident of the city of Farmers Branch, and one resides out-of-state
4 cases are related to domestic out-of-state travel
1 case is likely from local community spread
County will not release further information to protect their privacy.
“Significantly, there’s another likely case of community spread
among the five cases we are reporting today. I am in consultation with the
mayors of the cities in Dallas County and our state and federal partners. We
will be announcing additional measures to keep you safe soon,” said Dallas
County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Dallas County has now reported 19 presumptive positive cases, however, four of those cases are out of county residents and will not be reflected in our case counts posted on the DCHHS website.
March 14, 2020
March 13, 2020 Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported five (5) additional presumptive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in Dallas County to eight (8). Last night, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster for public health emergency and has issued a community gathering order effective today at 11 am. Judge Jenkins has requested that the mayors in Dallas County cities issue a local declaration in support of the county’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. To that end, Mayor Gordon issued an order mirroring the Dallas County order this morning, as allowed by state law.
ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS (SUMMARY) DATE ORDER ISSUED: March 12, 2020 The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, the Dallas County order prohibits community gatherings of 500 persons or more anywhere in Dallas County beginning at 11 a.m. on March 13, 2020, and continuing seven days through 11:00 a.m. on March 20, 2020. For all other gatherings, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly recommends following the social distancing protocols attached to this Order, including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons. Additionally, the Office of the Dallas County Judge and the Health Authority strongly urges high-risk individuals, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to cancel, reschedule, or not attend events that will have or will likely have 10 or more people.
Duncanville Facilities and Community Events, Programs & Classes Impacted
In order to protect the health and welfare of our employees and residents, the City of Duncanville has made the following immediate modifications in order to address the growing health concerns:
The D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 through the end of March, which is subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Recreation Center and Library operations will continue as usual, and classes and programs are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
All senior activities are canceled until further notice.
The Recreation Center’s ‘Princess Tea Party’ event scheduled for March 28 has been postponed.
The Library’s ‘Touch A Truck’ event on March 18 has been canceled.
Large events occurring in the near future at the Fieldhouse will be canceled based on the Dallas County declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency threshold for community gatherings.
March 12, 2020 The health, safety and well-being of our community and employees is of paramount concern, and the city continues to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) activity and is prepared to respond appropriately if Duncanville is impacted.
Dallas County Health and Human Services is the lead agency responsible for providing information and guidance regarding COVID-19 to the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management are actively engaged with daily calls and communication with DCHHS and other partners to ensure Duncanville has the latest updates and information regarding the evolving public health threat.
The city is taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of germs at public facilities.
If possible, we encourage residents to use online tools and other resources for self-service needs. For example, residents can report an issue through the ‘Report A Concern’ button at the bottom of the homepage, and pay utility bills online at https://duncanville.dpnetbill.com or by phone: 844-608-6680. For general questions or concerns, please call City Hall at 972-780-5000 or peruse the city website. Follow the city on Facebook and Twitter for the latest new and information updates.
City facilities in Duncanville have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing efforts through the COVID-19 public threat period, including Duncanville City Hall, Duncanville Public Library, Duncanville Recreation Center, D.L. Hopkins Jr., Senior Center, Duncanville Fieldhouse and public restrooms at City parks.
Disinfection activities at facilities includes:
Increasing the cleaning and disinfection efforts in all city facilities
Disinfecting communal equipment multiple times a day
Re-filling soap and antibacterial dispensers daily
Posting the DCHHS 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ document in English and Spanish at the entrance to all city buildings and in public restrooms
City employees have been asked to assist with regular disinfection of workstations and public areas
Public restrooms at parks are cleaned and sanitized appropriately
Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up,
remediation and disinfection of two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that
occurred as a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall on February 11
& 12, 2020. The overflows affected Mauk Branch Creek and are located near:
700 Block of Forest Circle
400 Block of Falling Leaves
City Officials will continue to comply with the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements for a discharge over their threshold
limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water 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.
For more information, contact the Duncanville Public Works
Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.