Thank You

I want to personally thank you for both your vote and support this election season.  I plan to continue my effort to keep you informed and engaged. Thanks for your encouragement along the way.  Please continue to help me by sharing the information you receive from me regarding the City.

Thanks again.  I appreciate your continued support!

More Duncanville City Council Actions 22Apr2015

The Duncanville City Council approved a resolution authorizing foreclosure proceedings including directing the Sheriff of Dallas County to sell and dispose the properties and, in the event of non-sell at Sheriff Sale, to appoint Dallas County to act as trustee and accept the deed to dispose of the properties commonly known as 1330 Carroll Avenue, 611 Green Hills Road, 514 Summit Ridge Drive, and 610 Woodhaven Boulevard, Duncanville, TX. A tax lawsuit has been filed on the above-referenced properties, a judgment has been entered and the court has authorized the sale of the properties. As of today, the tax obligations on the referenced matter remain unpaid. Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, L.L.P. is prepared to request that an Order of Sale be issued and that these properties be set for an upcoming Dallas County Sheriff’s sale. At a later date, some of these properties may return for City Council review for assignment to our authorized agent Dallas County for resell. The City Council approved a resolution and an Interlocal Agreement with Dallas County at its April 2, 2013 City Council meeting to allow Dallas County to serve as a selling agent in the resell of foreclosed property owned by the City of Duncanville. These properties, if not sold, continue to remain on the tax rolls in the City of Duncanville’s name and possession. The participation in this program is an effort to regain value back to the tax rolls. The sales are in compliance with the Texas Property Tax Code, Chapter 34 requirements or the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 272.
Why I support this initiative:
To get the properties back on the tax roll. There is no cost impact to the City in doing this with exception of advertising and administrative fees ($1,500 per property) being deducted from receipt of eventual sales proceeds.

The Duncanville City Council approved a resolution awarding the annual term bid for traffic signal maintenance and miscellaneous contractual services with Durable Specialties, Inc., in the unit amounts bid with an estimated annual expenditure amount of sixty one thousand two hundred dollars ($61,200). The City of Duncanville has managed annual term bids for traffic signal maintenance services for over a decade. The
Duncanville City Council last approved this agreement at its October 16, 2012 regular meeting. Since then, the annual term bid has been awarded administratively since it has been under the City Council’s purchasing authority threshold of $50,000.
Why I support this initiative:
There are a number of ways to detect vehicles, ranging from hose style detection to advanced video detection to ultrasonic to inductive loop systems. Even though the City of Duncanville has been aggressive in transitioning to state-of the art video detection for traffic signal flow management, there still remains in place a few inductive loop systems. When installing or repairing an inductive loop system the smallest detail can mean the difference between reliable detection and an intermittent detection of vehicles. Therefore, attention to detail when installing, repairing or troubleshooting an inductive loop vehicle detection system is absolutely critical. All state law purchasing requirements for purchases above $50,000, including notice requirements, were complied with for this bid.

Duncanville City Council Actions 22Apr2015

(A) The Duncanville City Council approved a resolution exercising the first of two one year renewal options for auto pound and wrecker services with 24 Hour Wrecker Service, Inc. The City of Duncanville has outsourced the management and operation of its auto pound along with wrecker services for over 2 decades. The City of Duncanville’s Auto Pound is located at 223 Woodhaven Boulevard and the property is fully owned by the City. The Duncanville City Council approved a four year bid for the operation of its auto pound along with wrecker services at its February 15, 2011 regular meeting. The bid term was four years and included two one-year renewal options. The original one year term expires April 29, 2015. Staff (including recommendation from Robert D. Brown, Jr., Chief of Police) has been very pleased with the performance of 24 Hour Wrecker Service, Inc. and wishes to execute the first of two one-year renewal options available.
Why I support this initiative:
Satisfactory customer service and the proposed fee is within budget.

(B) The Duncanville City Council approved a resolution awarding the bid for fire alarm improvements to Bacon Equipment Company in the amount of eighty seven thousand three hundred and fourteen dollars ($87,314). During the FY14-15 budget process, the City Council allocated $85,000 toward the upgrade of fire alarm systems throughout the City. This allocation was approved as part of the City’s “newly created” Innovation Fund for FY15 as part of the Fund’s goal to enhance the safety of our facilities and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. This project was also a part of the City Council’s Organizational Workplan FY 2015-2016. This project includes new and improved fire alarm panel systems for Fire Stations 1 and 2, the Municipal Service Center, and the City Hall Computer room. Additionally, the bid includes, at no cost, an alternate bid that would provide smoke/heat detection devices at the Municipal Service Center. The project specifications and design plans requested all wiring, paneling, and devices to support a fully functional fire alarm panel system or systems to support these facilities. After further evaluation, the bid from Bacon Equipment Company, in the amount of $87,314 is considered the lowest responsible bid meeting all requirements. The most complete and lowest bid is from Bacon Equipment Company.
Why I support this initiative:
It accomplishes the following goals and objectives of the FY 2015 City Council Workplan:
Goal 4: Maximize city and community resources to improve quality of life in a sustainable manner.
Objective 4.25: Complete facility improvements identified and approved in the budget including: new ice machines at the service center, water heater at City Hall, flooring at the Library/Recreation Center and Service Center, ADA compliance at all city facilities, heater boxes at City Hall, air conditioning at the Duncanville Fieldhouse, fire alarm systems upgrades at all facilities, and an irrigation system at Central Fire station.

Dr. Stephen Jones Makes the Case to Re-elect Patrick Harvey (Part I)

Quotes from Dr. Jones response to the Dallas Morning News:
“I oppose the Council’s apparent philosophy of paying companies to stay in Duncanville”. My Response: The state of Texas during the decade of the 1990’s passed a law allowing cities the ability to use sales tax for economic and community development. So, in the eyes of Texas, it’s ok to “pay” companies to locate or stay in a city. One of our top three sales taxpayers was approached by Mabank, Texas to expand a plant in their area and also move their headquarters there. We countered the offer, and the result is Duncanville keeps a major industry and also gets the additional sales tax generated by the new plant in Mabank. Why? In our area, the Cities with the lowest property tax rate have a high business presence (Grapevine, Southlake). Duncanville’s property tax base is 67% residential and 33% commercial. We need more businesses to help the homeowners provide the resources for quality City services. The cities in our area with the highest tax rates are primarily bedroom communities. Since I have been on Council, businesses added to our community include EON Reality (the world’s largest virtual reality software developer), Win Co, Walgreens, Wingstop, Louisiana King Crab, and the Rocking Crab. I prefer more business development, not less. Do you agree?

Stay tuned for more.

City Council News 08April2015 Part II

The Duncanville City Council approved a Resolution approving the terms and
conditions of a Memorandum of Understanding by and among the owners of real property located at 2130 South Main Street, Duncanville, Texas, and the City of Duncanville, Texas, concerning the construction and project management of the Southwest 120/96-inch Water Transmission Pipeline.

The City of Dallas plans to construct a 96-inch water transmission pipeline to transfer treated potable water from the East Side Water Treatment Plant in Sunnyvale, to the Summit Ground Storage Tank in Cedar Hill, to Dallas’s southern service area in order to provide redundancy with the Dallas water distribution system and increase service capacity to meet the growth of current and future customer cities. In order to construct this pipeline, the City of Dallas must make use of existing public right-of-way and procure property rights for portions of the project that cross private properties. The City of Duncanville recognized the impact of the original right-of-way alignment on the property owners and negotiated an alternative design with the mayors, city managers, and staffs of the cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill and Dallas that allows an alternative alignment.

The City of Duncanville recognizes the impact of the original alignment of the 96-inch City of Dallas water line on the property from east of Main Street along the common city limit line between Duncanville and DeSoto. The City of Duncanville has decided that the original alignment severely impacts the property in Duncanville and has concluded that the alternate alignment to relocate the 96-inch water line from the existing end needs to be moved to the south. The City of Duncanville will make every effort to work with all stakeholders to accommodate this alternative realignment.

The City of Duncanville will advocate and coordinate to the extent possible:
(1) For the property owners’ desire, to address the impact of the removal of the forest and will
work during the design process to buffer the property by berming or reforestation of the
right-of-way.
(2) The property owners’ goals to keep as much buffer as possible for noise and visual appearances to their property.
(3) The minimization of the right-of-way taking as much as possible.
(4) Keeping existing drainage paths as much as possible.
(5) Negotiating the right-of-way transfers and reliable ROW staking as soon as possible in order to be able to complete the items on the property prior to the construction of the Projects.
(6) The desire of the property owners to be reimbursed for the property and damages required to keep their property as whole as possible.
(7) The City understands the property owners’ desires for security along the south and west property lines during the construction of the water line and roadway.

Why I support the agreement:
(1) It allows the City of Dallas to install infrastructure to provide water to the area for the next 50 years.
(2) It allows Dallas County to re-align Wintergreen Road
(3) Councilmember Dotson agreed to a written understanding with the City and expressed support for it after the vote was taken.

City Council News 08April2015 Part I

The Duncanville City Council approved the purchase and installation of a shade canopy structure for Armstrong Park Amphitheater in the amount of one hundred twenty four thousand two hundred eighty four dollars and forty six cents ($124,284.46).

Why I support this project:
The shade structure for the amphitheater will bring added value to the City’s signature park and will provide immediate benefits with the City’s July 4th celebration and summer concert series as completion is expected in late June. The Park Board reviewed the proposed structure and approved the conceptual drawings. In addition, this project is outlined in the City’s FY 2015 Work Plan.

During the FY14-15 budget process, the City Council allocated $135,000 toward the purchase and turnkey installation of a cover for the Armstrong Park Amphitheater. This allocation was approved as part of the City’s “newly created” Innovation Fund for FY15 as part of the Fund’s goal to enhance the safety of our facilities and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

There is no overspending, just smart spending for community improvement.

The Case Against Leslie Thomas

Note: Comments from candidate are from The Focus Daily News. The following represent my commentary on those published remarks.

“Challenging (Stan) Smith for his seat is past councilmember Leslie Thomas who has lived in Duncanville for 22 years.
Thomas says her goals include financial responsibility to city government while also rolling back the recent tax increases and control runaway spending”

The City of Duncanville is already fiscally responsible demonstrated by (1) a clean opinion and no findings in its recent audit (2) an upgrade in its bond rating from AA- to AA, and (3) its achievement of gold status on website financial disclosures by the Texas State Comptrollers Office.

“Thomas says her goals include complete the internal audits that began in 2012, but were suspended.”

THIS IS A TOTAL AND COMPLETE WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND SQUANDERING CITY STAFF TIME (MORE WASTE) TO PURSUE A PETTY PERSONAL AGENDA. The current Council ended this witch hunt (instigated by Ann Hubener of the Crescent Realty Cartel) against Monte Anderson. WHAT DO THE TAXPAYERS BENEFIT BY LINING THE POCKETS OF LAWYERS AND FORENSIC AUDITORS?????????????????

“Thomas says her goals include maximize the assets of the Duncanville Police”

This is a confusing statement given the fact that in order to roll back the tax increase AND keep the budget balanced, she’s going to have to eliminate the two police officers that the tax increase funded! Way to make us feel safer in our homes, Leslie!!!!!!!!!!!

“Thomas says her goals include achieve transparency and adherence to the Texas Open Meetings act. “The lack of transparency is ridiculously obvious,” Thomas says. “During recent council meetings there will be numerous complicated items that would come to the floor and disposed of with a quick vote in favor with no discussion When there is no discussion on issues and the votes are 6-0, it is obvious that there is either a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act or gross dereliction of duty”

I can tell you that the first Council meeting I went to (January 2013) was held in the Library meeting room, was not televised, and Leslie Thomas was placing items on the agenda the night of the meeting (which made Don Freeman very angry). That’s when I could see for myself that Duncanville had a leadership problem, which I am proud to be a part of the solution! So Leslie knows what she is talking about, having been guilty of the same.

By the way, did I mention that the current Council has a televised one hour briefing session prior to the (televised) regular session, where we discuss the agenda items? If Leslie would take the time to attend (she doesn’t), she would know this to be true.

VOTE FOR STAN SMITH, DENNIS SCHWARTZ, MIKE MINER AND PATRICK HARVEY!

early voting April 27 – May 5 election day May 9