2016 Candidates’ Forum

On April 21, 2016, the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and Duncanville Rotary Club hosted the 33rd Annual Candidates’ Forum for Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees and City of Duncanville City Council and Mayor.

The series of five videos are presented below.

Video 1

Introduction
Helen Peralta, President 2015-2016
Rotary Club of Duncanville

Video 2

Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees
Tom Kennedy – Incumbent – Place 1
Joe Veracruz – Candidate – Place 3

Video 3

City Council Candidates District 2
Gwenda Joyce Lowe,
Steven E. Rutherford – Incumbent

Video 4

City Council Candidates District 4
Lorraine Hood-Jack,
Dr. Ron Dotson M.D. – Incumbent

Video 5

City Council Candidates for Mayor
Mark D, Cooks,
David L. Green – Incumbent

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 24, 2018, with overflows in the vicinities of the 700 block of Forest Lane; 400 Block of South Alexander; and intersection of Allen and South Alexander, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek. This SSO event is a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. The overflows were observed at 9 pm and stopped at 1:05 pm on October 25.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, 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 samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. 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, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 15, 2018, and October 16, 2018, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek, Horne Branch Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Ten Mile Creek Tributary 11 in the vicinities of:

Areas of continuation from October 15:

  • 300 block of Cedar Creek
  • Little & South Main
  • Austin Stone Apartments
  • Allen & S. Alexander
  • 300 block of S. Horne
  • 100 block of S. Venice
  • 700 block of Forest
  • 400 block of S. Alexander
  • 400 block of Falling Leaves

New areas as of October 16:

  • 400 block of Shorewood
  • 500 block of W. Center
  • 400 block of Calder
  • 200 block of S. Venice
  • Merribrook Trail & Memory
  • Merribrook Trail & Harrington
  • 500 block of Towne Place

These SSO’s are a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall, and they are still overflowing.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, 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 samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. 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, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 15, 2018, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek, Horne Branch Creek and Ten Mile Creek Tributary in the vicinities of:

  • 300 block of Cedar Creek
  • Little & South Main
  • Austin Stone Apartments
  • Allen & S. Alexander
  • 300 block of S. Horne
  • 100 block of S. Venice
  • 700 block of Forest
  • 400 block of S. Alexander
  • 400 block of Falling Leaves

These SSO’s are a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. City personnel were notified of the overflow at 11 am, and they are still overflowing due to rainfall.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, 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 samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. 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, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 13, 2018, with one in the vicinity of the 700 block of Forest Circle Drive and one in the vicinity of the 400 block of South Alexander, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek. This SSO event is a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. City personnel were notified of the overflow at 4:45 pm and were able to stop the flow around 11 pm.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, 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 samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. 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, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred May 29, 2017, at 1314 Meadow Green and 1239 Greenway Drive, flowing into creek 3A29. This SSO event is a result of vandalism as well as the City’s aging infrastructure.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, 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 samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. 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, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

Duncanville Celebrates First Virtual Reality Graduating Class

Duncanville Celebrates First Virtual Reality Graduating Class

The City of Duncanville proudly announces the first graduating class of EON Reality Entrepreneur School, the Nation’s only virtual reality school that is revolutionizing the way corporations do business and train personnel in North Texas.

Inaugurated in May of 2015 in Duncanville, the EON Reality School program consists of an Augmented and Virtual Reality classroom and a development lab with the latest in Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies. The program is aimed at developing the digital content workforce, specializing in Augmented and Virtual Reality. The course includes coding, 3D modeling, animation, design and development.

“The program is fast-paced, it teaches you the needed skills to get a job in the field,” said EON Reality graduate James Canada, “it’s an exciting new field with rapid advancements, no telling where the future can take it, the sky is the limit.”

Graduates were honored with a private reception in Duncanville where they received their diplomas.

Recruitment is already underway for the next class scheduled to begin May 1st, 2016. For more information, visit eonreality.com.

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Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership Seeks Members

Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership Seeks Members

The Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership is now taking applications for individuals interested in serving as a member. Created on February 3, 2015, the Partnership was formed to engage and develop a family-oriented community, with a brand focusing on the goal of “Duncanville as the Basketball and Sports Tourism Capital of Texas,” and create ways to engage citizens between 18-30 years of age to become involved in Duncanville. The group meets every second Tuesday of the month. Visit www.duncanville.com/boardsandcommissions to download application. For more information, call 972-780-5043 or email: cgaribay@ci.duncanville.tx.us.

Download application.

High Grass Season is Here: Guidelines for Plant Life in Duncanville

High Grass Season is Here: Guidelines for Plant Life in Duncanville

Given the lack of rain this winter, it may seem hard to believe that “high grass season” will soon be upon us. Yet every year, Duncanville’s Code Enforcement Officers are kept busy from mid-March through October monitoring the growth of grass, weeds and other vegetation in the City. As the season opens let’s review requirements and methods of enforcement, which are provided in Chapter 12, Article IV of Duncanville’s Code of Ordinances.

At its most basic level, this ordinance tells us that it is prohibited to allow “weeds, brush or any objectionable or unsightly vegetation” to grow to a height greater than 12 inches. In turn, “objectionable and unsightly” is defined as “all vegetation that is not regularly cultivated and exceeds 12 inches in height”, which would include grass.

This ordinance extends to all “real property within 150 feet of any property line which abuts street rights-of-way, alleys, utility easements, subdivided additions, developed property, or any buildings or other structures”. Thus, there are very few areas in the City that are not covered by these requirements.

Other points to remember with respect to grass and weeds:

  • Property owners or occupants are responsible for mowing all areas between their property lines and streets or alleys
  • Sidewalks and curb lines on and adjacent to one’s private property must be kept free of grass, weeds, and vegetation.

Chapter 12, Article IV also provides regulations pertaining to trees and other plant life. As a general rule, no plant life may be maintained in such a way as to constitute a traffic hazard or to obstruct the view of persons using public streets, alleys and sidewalks.

Trees are also subject to the following requirements:

  • Branches and foliage shall be trimmed to at least 14 feet above the surface of streets or alleys
  • Branches and foliage shall be trimmed to at least 7 feet above the surface of sidewalks and curbs
  • No trees or shrubs may be planted on City property along alleys
  • Branches and foliage shall encroach no more than one foot onto City property along alleys
  • All trees or parts of trees determined to be dead, diseased, damaged beyond the point of recovery or in danger of falling must be removed

In the event of a violation, the City is required to give the property owner and occupant seven days’ notice to comply with the requirements of the ordinance. If the owner or occupant fails to respond to this notice, the City may do whatever work is necessary to bring the property into compliance, charging the property owner for expenses incurred. If the owner fails to pay these expenses, an interest-bearing lien may be placed against the property. If the violation recurs within one year, the City may correct the violation, bill for expenses, and/or file a lien against the property without giving another notice.

A normal level of care and maintenance nearly always suffices to keep a property within the requirements of this ordinance. This in turn contributes to the beauty of the City, enhances property values and attracts investment in business and residential property. It’s easy to do your part to keep Duncanville beautiful! For further information contact your Code Enforcement Department at 972-780-5041.

Our Special Collections

The Library’s Special Collections

If you’re interested in learning about your past, then take a look through our Genealogy collection.

You’ll find books about how to start researching your family tree. Then you can take a look at census records, cemetery rolls, and marriage records. There are also yearbooks from local schools (including Duncanville) and scrapbooks. We even have old telephone directories.

Texas: the state so big that it demands its own non-fiction collection.

We’ve been a Texas Heritage Resource Center since 1982. Here you’ll find books that are solely about Texas. This is also where you’ll find biographies of Texans.