Weekly Update: June 14, 2024
Posted on 06/14/2024
Weekly Update: June 14, 2024

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The Biden Administration has approved the addition of Dallas County to the Presidential Disaster Declaration making assistance accessible for those impacted by last week's severe weather. Those impacted can now apply for The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program.

FEMA may be able to help you with home repairs, temporary housing, or property damage (appliances, furniture, vehicle, etc). You may also qualify for help with child care, medical, lodging, moving, and funeral expenses.

To apply: 

  • Visit disasterassistance.gov.
  • Install the FEMA app on your smartphone.
  • Contact the FEMA hotline from 6:00 AM to 10 PM at (800) 621-3362. This line is accessible in the majority of languages.

This aid is restricted to Dallas County citizens. 


The Fire Department responded to 145 calls for service in the past seven days, which included:

  • Fires: 2
    • Building Fire in Cedar Hill, (1) Vehicle Fire in DeSoto
  • EMS: 114
    • Motor Vehicle Accidents: 14

The Deputy Fire Marshal obtained his Fire & Life Safety certification.

Lauren Sanchez was awarded a Regional Service Excellence Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments
Lauren Sanchez received the NCTCOG’s Regional Service Excellence Award today, June 13, during the Emergency Preparedness & Planning Committee (EPPC) Meeting at NCTCOG. Way to go, Lauren! 


The Police Department welcomes the public to access www.crimemapping.com for resources; citizens can also sign up for crime alerts within their location's radius.

  • The Police Department said farewell to Assistant Chief of Police Chris Freis and wished him luck in his new position as Chief of Police for the Town of Addison.
  • Sergeant Tijerina has been named the Interim Assistant Chief of Police.
  • On Friday, June 7, Officers Green and Goodwin were promoted to Sergeants. 





Accounting & Reporting – Week of June 6 – June 12

  • Electronic Funds Transfer Payments: 69 invoices were processed, totaling $159,686.67.


The Library’s Summer Reading Club programming continues! 

This week's highlights are:

  • The Dallas Zoo Animals program in the Library meeting rooms on Saturday, June 15, at 10:15 a.m.
  • Reading Bingo game sheets will be available for adults.

The Summer Reading Camp program had 285 participants from June 8 to June 13.

Upcoming Events

The Library has added a Little Free Fridge to our Pantry. The Pantry and the Fridge are open to anyone in need. Staff members can receive donations.
There are two new Curiosity Kits for checkout. Each kit has books and other materials on a specific topic. One of the latest kits is Geocaching, and the other is Birding. The other two kits are Hearth Health and Tarot.



  • Kaelin Cruz, Maintenance Worker I – Horticulture Division, is now a certified Texas Department of Agriculture Spray Applicator.
  • The fountain at Lakeside Park is scheduled to be repaired on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.
  • The tree survey for the dog park master plan at Rotary Park has begun.
  • Crews have improved the Willow Run entry Bed.
  • Crews continue tree maintenance and brush removal from storm damage.
  • Staff tested new cleaning products for park amenities.
  • Fencing at the Charles F. Ladd Nature Preserve parking lot is complete.
  • The Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board recognized the Summer 2024 Curb Appeal Properties and the Business Beautification Award at the June 4, 2024, City Council Regular Meeting. Chick-fil-A Duncanville was presented with a Business Beautification Award sign and plaque to display at their property. (click to watch the June 4, 2024 City Council Meeting)
  • The Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board will host the Keep Texas Waterways Clean Community Cleanup event on Saturday, June 22, at the Charles F. Ladd Nature Preserve from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., weather permitting. Cleanup supplies will be provided.

Duncanville Fieldhouse

The 2024 B.O.S.S. Summer Camp registration begins on April 15.

Activities include field trips, dance, cooking, football, basketball, volleyball, gym games, table games, cheer, arts and crafts, and tumbling.
Breakfast and lunch will be included. For more information, visit www.duncanvillefieldhouse.com

  • Session  I: June 1 – June 28
  • Session II: July 1 – July 26 
  • Extended Camp: July 29 – August 9

Upcoming Events:

  • Breakthrough Basketball Camp, two courts – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Dallas ShowTyme Basketball Tournament, six courts – Friday, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
  • Maters Adult Basketball League, three courts – Sunday, 4:00 PM to 9:00PM
  • Next-up Youth Basketball League, three courts – Sunday, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center

Senior Meal Program: Monday through Thursday, everyone who dines with us will receive a breakfast bag and a boxed lunch to take home. On Fridays, each person will receive two breakfast bags and two boxed lunches to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday. This is due to additional state funding from the Dallas Area Agency on Aging (DAAA). The funding and expanded meal program will continue through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2024, and there is no additional cost to the City.

 Become a member today! The minimum age to join is 50. For more information, contact the Senior Center at (972) 707-3864.

Read the latest Golden Gazette!

Upcoming Events

Recreation Center

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration – Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 5:00 – 10:00 PM

This year’s Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration will be hosted by the City of Cedar Hill on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Activities include food vendors, a variety of arts and crafts, live performances, and much more. The event will feature headliner Atlantic Starr, an American rhythm and blues band based in White Plains, New York, with supporting act Original Pinettes Brass Band, We Them Grays, and Paul Cannon Band. After Atlantic Starr's anticipated set, stick around for a special drone show to conclude the evening festivities. This is a show you will not want to miss! Admission is FREE.

Juneteenth 2024

Concert in the Park: Pure Blend – Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Join us on Saturday, June 1, at the Poe-Hobden Amphitheater at Armstrong Park for a Concert in the Park feat. Pure Blend. Admission is FREE. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or lawn chair.

Movies in the Park: Jurassic World – Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 8:45 PM

Movies in the Park: Jurassic World – Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 8:45 PM

Join us on Saturday, June 22, at the Poe-Hobden Amphitheater at Armstrong Park for a Movie in the Park feat. Jurassic World. Admission is FREE. The movie will begin at approximately 8:45 PM. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or lawn chair. 

For more information, contact the Recreation Center at (972) 780-5070 


The Director of Economic Development has joined the team on a part-time basis as he continues to navigate moving his family from Illinois to Texas. He is expected to be full-time on July 1.

The Economic Development Department is:

  • Staff are developing Standard Operating Procedures for the Department to ensure continuity when assisting our citizens. This includes Incentive/Grant Applications, Purchase Order Requests, Special Use Permit Applications, Planning and Zoning, and Special Events.
  • Economic Development is assisting with the kiosk and working with Permits to assist citizens with their applications.
  • The department is undergoing some cosmetic changes to our space.

The following items are being prepared for the June 18, 2024, City Council Meeting Agenda:

  • One Source Plumbing Incentive Application ($280,000 for signage, landscaping, paving)
  • Cedar Park Shopping Center, Limited Liability Incentive Application ($20,000 for The Americans with Disabilities Act-related infrastructure improvements)
  • Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)/Hotel Motel Occupancy Tax Funding Budget Adjustment

The City Council and the Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) are planning a joint meeting on July 30, 2024, to view the collaborative space at Wheatland Plaza.

Certificates of Occupancy Applications Received – May 30 – June 5, 2024

New Business:

  • NappyBliss Natural Hair Salon: 207 S. Hastings Dr.
  • LFO Contractors: 706 E. Hwy 67
  • Wholesale Auto: 118 E. Fain St.

Certificates of Occupancy - Certificates Issued – May 30 – June 5, 2024

New Occupancy:

  • One Stop Gyros and Burritos: 271 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.

Change of Ownership:

  • Ocean King Buffet: 700 S. Cockrell Hill Rd., Suite 180

New Business:

  • Smoothie King: 103 N. Cedar Ridge Dr., Suite 100

Special Events

  • Wristbands for Red, White, and BBQ (Barbecue) are available at the Recreation Center
  • Presenting Resolution 2024 - 282 to City Council on June 18, 2024
  • We have 23 vendors registered and 7 BBQ (Barbecue) Competitors


  • Toyota Legacy 
  • Republic 

Event Applications:

In Process:

  • Alexa Stariha – Crossroads of Life 5K – June 22, 2024 – Requested a change of date to either June 20 or 27, 2024
  • Marvin Bernard – M25-35 BBQ (Barbecue) Cookoff – November 3, 2024
  • Shana Ramsey – Field Day – July 27, 2024 – returned to the applicant for more information


  • LaTasha Marks-Kirkpatrick – Beastmode Baseball Tournament – October 26 – 27, 2024

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024: Summer Party in the Park | Love Like Ty | Lakeside Park
  • Saturday, June 29, 2024: Family Reunion Picnic | Williams Family | Armstrong Park
  • Saturday, July 13, 2024: Sidewalk Sale and Charity Collection Event | Knick Knacks | Knick Knacks
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024: Duncan Switch Street Market | Chamber of Commerce | Main Street


New & Potential Projects

  • Proposed New Development at 704 North Main Street
    • Site Plan submitted 08/30/2023.
    • Building permit application submitted 11/18/2022.
    • Replat approved at the 04/10/2023 Planning and Zoning meeting.
    • Building Inspections is currently waiting on revised plans; fire is waiting on fire sprinkler plans.
    • Civils have been approved.
  • Proposed New Development at 615 South Cockrell Hill Road
    • Pre-development meeting occurred on 08/30.
    •   Staff sent comments/markups to developers on 08/29; waiting for developers to respond.
    •  Staff reached out to developers on 11/27. Per developers – they will be moving forward with the proposed project after getting with the owner.
    • Latest plans submitted 02/07/2024. The latest markups were sent to developers on 02/13.
    •  SUP request for “Fuel Pumps” was heard at the 04/29 P&Z meeting; P&Z recommended denial.
  • Proposed New Development at 626 Crestside Drive
    • Pre-development meeting occurred on 11/07.
    • SUP application submitted on 12/06; SUP request scheduled for February 12. P&Z docket and March 5 City Council docket.
    • SUP request tabled at the January 8 P&Z meeting; recommended for approval at the February 12 P&Z meeting.
    • Replat application submitted on 12/13; Replat approved at the January 8th P&Z meeting.
    • SUP request approved by City Council on 3/5.
    • Civils sent to the developer on 3/21/2024.
  • Proposed Re-Development/New Development at 202 West Center Street
    • Pre-development meeting occurred on 11/20; staff comments were sent out the same day to applicants.
    • The second pre-development meeting occurred on 12/18.
    • Walkthrough with developer and City staff on 3/11/2024.
  • Proposed New Development at 282 West Highway 67
    • Pre-Development meeting occurred on 01/09/24.
    • Staff sent out comments on 01/09/2024 after the meeting.
    • Latest plans submitted on 02/07/2024. Staff markups were sent to developers on 02/16.
    • SUP request for the use of “Retail, Sundry” was heard at the 04/29/2024 P&Z meeting and is recommended for approval.
    • Applicants requested to be removed from 06/04/2024 City Council meeting until further notice.
  • Proposed New Development at 914-918 East Highway 67
    • DRC 10/24/2023
    • The Planning Director met with developers on 1/3 to discuss site plans.
    • DRC 3/8
    • Planned Development submittal sent to City on 05/29/2024. Staff are currently reviewing.
  • On-Going
    • Comp Plan Five-Year Update
      • Request for Qualifications has been posted to the City website by Chief Procurement Officer Elton Brock.
      • Pre-Statement of Qualifications Meeting for RFQ 24-0014 held on 3/6.
      • Statement of Qualifications due 3/26/2024 at 2 pm.


Utilities Division 

  • Water usage was 45.4582 million gallons (MG) during this reporting period, June 3 – June 9, 2024, down from 45.4976 MG the previous week. The daily peak water demand occurred on Friday, June 7, 2024, when 8.5356 MG of water was used. There was 1.38 inches of precipitation during this period. There was an estimated 42,000 gallons of water loss.

CIP Construction

  • Ten Mile Creek Embankment and Drainage Improvements
    • Stoic Construction has begun work on sites 1 and 2.
  • Wren Ave. and Oriole Blvd. Water Main Replacement I-20 Aerial Crossing
    • Insulation for the water main on the utility bridge is scheduled to begin in two weeks. 
  • Softwood Dr. Sanitary Sewer Aerial Crossing Repair
    • Crews are awaiting beam delivery. 

Other Construction

  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) I-20 Construction Cockrell Hill Rd. to Hampton Rd. TxDOT is constructing new service roads and ramps from Cockrell Hill Rd. in Duncanville to Hampton Rd. in Dallas, including new bridges across US-67. This project also includes construction by TXDOT of a Texas U-Turn at US 67 and Cockrell Hill Rd. on the southwest side of the bridge, which is projected to be completed by Fall 2024, barring any unforeseen conditions. The entire project has an estimated completion date of September 2025.

Visit the TXDOT Project Tracker

  • A total of 1,971 single-family rental properties have been registered to date, with zero new properties registered since the last update. Fifteen inspections have been completed since the previous update; twelve passed, three failed, and one was canceled. The primary reason for the failed inspections was the absence of a Grounded/Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection and missing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  • Since the Single-Family Rental Registration Program inspections in June 2024, 197 Certificates of Occupancy have been re-issued.
  • This week, 94 Building inspections and 14 Health Inspections were conducted. The total amount of fees collected was $14,975.00.
  • This week, 90 permits were issued. 


The Human Resources Department is currently recruiting for the following positions:

The City promoted the following employees:

  • Sofine Lewis, Executive Liaison, promoted to Interim Project Manager
  • Andrea Henry, Human Resources Manager, promoted to Interim Human Resources Director
  • Trevin Green, Police Officer, was promoted to Sergeant
  • Reagan Goodwin, Police Officer, was promoted to Sergeant
  • Adrian Tijerina, Sergeant, was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police

T2 Professional Consulting is honored to partner with the City of Duncanville, Texas, in the search for an exceptional leader to serve as the next Police Chief. This pivotal role requires a visionary who can lead with integrity, foster community trust, and drive innovative law enforcement strategies.

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The Police Chief will direct all operations of the department, including policy development, emergency response, budget management, public relations, and more. This leader will play a crucial role in shaping the department’s culture, ensuring safety, equity, and continuous improvement.

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We invite our network to share this opportunity and help us find a leader who will continue to build on the strong foundation of the Duncanville Police Department. Together, let's make Duncanville a safer and stronger community!

T2 Professional Consulting is thrilled to partner with the City of Duncanville, Texas, to find an exceptional leader to serve as the next Fire Chief. We are looking for a dynamic individual who can lead with integrity, foster community trust, and drive innovative fire and emergency services strategies.

🔥 Position Overview:

The Fire Chief will serve as the executive manager and commander of the fire department, overseeing all aspects of fire administration, prevention, suppression, and life support activities. This leader will play a crucial role in developing policies, managing budgets, responding to major incidents, and fostering a culture of safety and continuous improvement.

Join us in making a significant impact on public safety and community trust in Duncanville. If you are a dedicated leader with a passion for service and innovation, we want to hear from you!

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The Duncanville Arts Commission Presents a Juneteenth Pop-Up GalleryDuncanville, TX — The Duncanville Arts Commission is excited to announce the upcoming Juneteenth Pop-Up Gallery, which will take place from June 17 to June 23, 2024. The event will celebrate the rich history of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States and Texas.

The Juneteenth Pop-Up Gallery, curated by Howard Brown of Howard Brown Design, Inc., will showcase the work of local artists, highlighting their creativity and talent. The gallery will feature a diverse range of artistic mediums and more. Attendees will be able to view unique pieces that reflect the beauty and diversity of the Duncanville community. Continued...

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