Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF MEETING BY VIDEO CONFERENCE

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, as extended, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Regular Meeting in person and by video conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is an open meeting conducted by in person and video conference.

Due to limited seating in council chambers, persons or participants may attend by video conference in order to maintain safe social distance as provided in this notice. To speak by video conference during Citizen Comments, you must register with the City Secretary before 4 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment – May 18th. You will need to register with the link below and attend the meeting by video conference. During the Citizen Comments period of the agenda, the City Secretary will call your name and allow attendance in person access to your camera and microphone for you to provide your comments. Feel free to email your comment to the City Secretary for the Mayor to read into the record for any unexpected technological issues that may arise or unable to attend in person.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XtpvBm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the video meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.

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City of Duncanville Council and Staff Mourn the Passing of Assistant City Manager Paul Frederiksen

Paul Frederiksen

Duncanville, Texas – Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon, the City Council, City Manager Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, and staff are stunned and heartbroken after learning of Assistant City Manager Paul Frederiksen’s unexpected passing on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Mr. Frederiksen was hired as the Assistant City Manager by former Duncanville City Manager Kevin Hugman in 2017. He had most recently served as the Interim City Manager while the Duncanville City Council worked through the lengthy process of recruiting a new Manager. He’d accepted the interim position during a difficult time for the world and our city. As both Interim and Assistant City Manager he led city staff through the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and, more recently, the winter storm that impacted Texas and neighboring states.

“When disaster was declared, Paul put his already exceptional leadership skills into action,” said Mayor Barry L. Gordon. “We were in crisis mode dealing with unprecedented critical issues around the clock. There were no days off. Not for a man who led by example. Not until our city and citizens were taken care of.”

Councilmember Joe Veracruz added, “Paul demonstrated true leadership by assembling the Department Directors, implementing an emergency plan, and continually communicating with the City Council.”

“Paul performed at an extraordinary level during his time serving as Interim City Manager for Duncanville,” said Councilmember Johnette Jameson. “His leadership through the snowstorm that caused the electrical power grid failure that left many without electricity for days was inspiring. He worked tirelessly to care for the citizens as we teetered acutely close to losing our water.”

Paul Frederiksen had dedicated his life to serving others, which is revealed through a long career in government that started with his work as a City of Dallas Planning Technician. His career path would eventually lead to his becoming the Town Manager of Argyle, Texas and ultimately bring him to the City of Duncanville where he served as the Assistant City Manager. Throughout his career he simultaneously focused on both the bigger picture and the individual citizen, always striving to create a better place for people to live, work and play. Mr. Frederiksen worked hard for the citizenry without a wish for credit or accolade.

“I am very proud to have worked with Paul in the cities of Dallas and Duncanville,” said Councilmember Patrick Harvey. “I respected him for his focus and dedication. He was kind, considerate, compassionate, and conducted himself with integrity.”

“Even prior to assuming the role of Interim City Manager, Paul consistently gave Duncanville his all,” Mayor Gordon said. “He was the dependable rock everyone looked to for wisdom, guidance, and discernment. He had the deep professional love and respect of the city council, the entire city staff, and his many peers and colleagues throughout the metroplex.”

“He was well liked, had a great sense of humor and worked with diligence to help move Duncanville forward,” Councilmember Don McBurnett said.

“Paul was an absolute joy to work with,” said Ms. Jameson. “As he conducted city business, he would reveal a dry sense of humor much like my father’s. He always made me laugh. When the Council was on the dais during meetings, he would sit on the front row of the auditorium. I always enjoyed watching his expression when something or someone provided unexpected entertainment.”

“Paul was the ultimate Municipal Government professional with knowledge in numerous areas, which made him a major resource for our councilmembers, staff, and citizens,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mark D. Cooks. “And his humor and laughter would leave me in tears during and after meetings. His untimely departure will leave a void in my heart.”

Councilmember Don McBurnett said, “The news of Paul Frederiksen passing came as heartfelt shock.  This is a tremendous loss for the City Council, his coworkers, friends and family. Prayers for his family and the countless people he touched.”

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude for his dedication, leadership, and selfless efforts. His loyalty will never be forgotten,” Councilmember Joe Veracruz said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Frederiksen family.”

“My husband, Ted Benavides, and I have known Paul for many years, and I was very excited to finally work alongside him after being given the opportunity to serve as Duncanville’s City Manager,” said Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides. “Our city has lost a knowledgeable and dedicated public servant and I have lost a friend.”

“Our hearts are broken,” Councilmember Monte Anderson said. “Paul spent time with me talking about cities, how to be better collaborators and about life in general.  He always made me laugh at our problems. He used a lot of common sense to fix things and he showed me how cities, businesses and citizens could work together.  Paul was my friend.”

“His service to Duncanville will never be forgotten and will always be appreciated,” Councilmember Jameson added. “I will miss you, my friend, but I know that I will see you again.”

“There are no words that can sufficiently express the impact of his passing,” Mayor Gordon added. “We pray earnestly for his entire family for God’s strength.”

Paul Frederiksen will be remembered by Duncanville City Council and staff as a champion for our city and its residents.

City of Duncanville Announces City Manager Finalists


Duncanville, TX (November 13, 2020) – The City of Duncanville has narrowed the search for the next City Manager to two exceptionally qualified candidates.

On Saturday, November 21, 2020, the City will hold a Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  This meeting will allow residents an opportunity to ask questions of the finalists virtually.  The City Council will also have an opportunity to interview the finalists again on November 21, 2020, during a virtual meeting in Executive Session. 

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City Council Extends Safer at Home Order to May 6, 2020

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At the Regular Session City Council meeting held April 7, 2020, the City Council reviewed the local disaster declaration and public health order and voted unanimously to approve a resolution extending the order until May 6, 2020.

This post has been edited, removing “The order mirrors Dallas County’s April 30” as the Duncanville Order is set to continue to May 6, the day after the next Duncanville City Council Meeting.

People are encouraged shelter in place, leaving their homes for only essential work or activities. Social distancing, which is to maintain at least 6 feet between persons, continues to be the best practice when outside the home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

How to Participate in the Upcoming Virtual City Council Special Meeting

Duncanville City Council Special Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, March 31, 20206:00 P.M.

In accordance with an Order of the Office of the Governor issued on March 16, 2020, the City Council for the City of Duncanville, Texas will conduct a City Council Special Meeting by telephone conference at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called “social distancing”) in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   

This is an open meeting conducted by telephone conference. There will be no public access to a physical location.  

To submit public comments, email citysecretary@duncanville.com and title the email “Public Comment”.  All public comments submitted by 4pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 will be provided to the City Council members and entered into the record for the March 31, 2020 City Council Special Meeting. 

The public toll-free dial-in number to access the telephonic meeting is 1-720-902-7700. Once connected, enter Meeting ID: 149 038 4118.

A recording of the telephonic meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.


Duncanville City Council Special Meeting Agenda