Feb 2016 Council Actions

In a recent Duncanville City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved a economic development assistance package of $295,000 to SWH Duncanville LLC for construction of a 65,000 sq. ft. hotel at IH-20 and Main Street in Duncanville.  This assistance package represents a reimbursement of city development fees ($45,000) and 35% of the City portion of hotel/motel taxes not to exceed $250,000 over the next four years.

Why I supported this measure:

SWH Duncanville proposes to develop and operate a 101 room Hampton Inn and Suites motel.  This company is involved with hotel properties in Grand Prairie, Decatur, Madill, OK., Bowie, Fairview and Coppell.   An independent economic impact analysis was conducted on this initiative and the study revealed that the City would experience a 1.1 year payback period on its investment, compared to the standard 10 year payback period.  Over a ten (10) year period, the City would experience a net benefit of $2,767,080.

SWH agrees to do the following:

(1)  Build a 65,000 sq. ft. 101 room Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel with indoor pool,, fitness center and meeting area

(2) Must not be delinquent in payment of ad valorem and sales taxes

(3) The hotel must be constructed and maintained in accordance with all City codes and ordinances

(4) SWH must retain ownership of the entire hotel for a minimum of five years

(5) SWH or future owner must maintain the Hampton Inn and Suites flag for a minimum of 20 years subsequent to the agreement.

Additionally, during a recent Town Hall meeting on the budget, economic development was an area the attendees thought should be a primary area of emphasis.

It’s a good deal for the City!

OVERALL PERSPECTIVE ON WATER/SEWER RATES IN DUNCANVILLE

The following information is not provided to address specific issues with each customer but is designed to provide a perspective on the direction of water & sewer rates over the past few years:

  • Duncanville Water and Sewer Rate History:
    • Duncanville increased rates in FY06
    • Duncanville increased rates in FY11
    • Duncanville increased rates in FY14
    • Duncanville increased rates in FY15
    • From FY06 to FY11, Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) and Trinity River Authority (TRA) combined, increased Duncanville’s cost to purchase water and treat wastewater 4.6%
    • From FY11 to FY14 the combined increase in cost to purchase water and treat wastewater increased 11.3%
  • In August 2014, a water and wastewater rate study was completed by Economist.com recommending rate increases for water and wastewater to prevent a forecasted negative fund balance (equivalent to bankruptcy) and to return the fund to a healthy 60 day fund balance
  • In September 2014, the Duncanville City Council passed a 5 year rate plan specifying water and wastewater increases for the next 5 years
  • In December 2014, all Duncanville residents were mailed a flyer notification and all water bills for December 2014 contained a flyer notification of the rate increase for January 2015
  • The notice regarding water rate increase for January 2015 was also posted on our website and a town hall meeting was held on December 8, 2015 to discuss the rate increase with the public
  • There are two components to the Dallas water rate contract (we purchase all our water from Dallas):
    • Demand (fixed) charge that guarantees we receive up to a specified amount measured in MGD (million gallons in a day)
    • Variable cost per thousand gallons purchased
  • Duncanville negotiated a new 30 yr contract with Dallas Water Utilities in October 2014 that resulted in lowering our demand (fixed cost) from 11 MGD to 9.5MGD which was a savings of approximately $500,000 annually (this was achievable due to water conservation efforts by our citizens)
  • DWU will increase the demand charge by 9% and the variable cost per thousand gallons by 27.3% for FY16. Dallas supplies water at these rates to Duncanville and 31 other metro cities
  • The Water Utility Fund which is an enterprise fund (meaning the source of revenue is self-sustaining and paid by user fees) would go bankrupt if rates were not increased as our cost to purchase water and treat wastewater increases
  • The majority of Duncanville wastewater is piped to TRA plants to be treated according to regulations specified by TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and their costs continue to increase due to replacement and upgrading ageing equipment and infrastructure
  • Water and wastewater funds dedicated to water and wastewater pipe replacement and other capital improvement projects is typically $2-3 million per year
    • In FY16, water and wastewater line replacement is budgeted at $2.6 million dollars which replaces 3.03 miles of water and wastewater lines out of 408 total miles of existing lines or 0.7 % of the cities total.
    • 31% of existing lines are over 50 years old and 93% of existing lines are over 30 years old

Thanks!

Recap of Duncanville City Council Meeting – Proclamation recognizing Adrian Mayberry

In 2014 the City of Duncanville acquired a remote controlled ‘robot’, valued at $10,000.00, through the Department of Defense Military Surplus Program and assigned it to the Duncanville SWAT Team. The military surplus equipment received through this program is delivered “as is” and often requires some work or repairs. After several months of work the SWAT Team was able to get the robot to power up but it would not respond to commands from the wireless remote control. Knowing that the Duncanville Police Department has partnered with various programs at Duncanville High School in the past, SWAT Team Leader Sgt. Matt Stogner contacted DHS teacher Eika Johnson and asked if her Robotics Program would want to take a look at the robot and see if they could get it running.

A few months later Ms. Johnson called and advised that the robot was ready to be picked up. On May 15th, 2015 Lt Kropff and Sgt. Stogner attended a demonstration of the robot’s capabilities in Ms. Johnson’s classroom. At that time they met DHS student Adrian Mayberry. Adrian was a Junior at the time and was the student responsible for getting the robot up and running. Adrian took on the project after a few other students attempted it but met with negative results. Adrian spent over 200 hours of his time, outside of normal school hours, to get the robot fully functional.

When deployed, the SWAT Team robot will allow first responders to have an up close look at suspicious packages or known or suspected explosive devices while keeping personnel at a safe distance. Adrian is an exceptional young man (African American) whose commitment and service to his community was instrumental in helping the Duncanville Police Depart SWAT Team expand their resources available for critical incident response and therefore enhance public safety delivery to the citizens.

My Comment:  Can we all get along and work together?  YES WE CAN!  Thank you Adrian, your parents, Duncanville High Robotics and Duncanville Police Department for your example.

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.