Dallas Wings (WNBA) — the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and the City of Duncanville are co-sponsoring a promotional “Duncanville, City of Champions Night” on Saturday, June 25, at 7:30p. The WNBA Dallas Wings will play the Indiana Fever. The game will be held at UTA’s College Park Center. This will be Duncanville High School alum (class of 1997) basketball star, Tamika Catchings’ last professional game in the area as she is retiring this year with the Indiana Fever.
Boards and Commissions — update regarding the 2016 Boards & Commissions Application process to date:
41 Vacancies (including 31 terms that are up for renewal in August 2016, 8 resignations, and 2 non-attendance issues)
30 Applications received including 18 requests for reappointment and 12 new applications.
July 15, 2016 is the deadline for applications. We are currently advertising through the website (home page), Champion, June Spotlight, LED Sign, and posters in City Hall lobby area.
Fire Department – The Department did not have any major fire or EMS events in Duncanville this week but did respond to a small kitchen fire Sunday night at Ridge Rock. The fire was contained to that area and the electric meter did not need to be pulled.
The next Fire Civil Service entrance exam is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at First United Methodist Church at 9:00a.
Public Works – Water usage was 29.040 MG last week, down from 31.724 MG the
prior week. The weekly peak water demand occurred on Saturday, June 18, when
4.731 MG was pumped from ground and elevated storage.
US Underwater performed tank cleaning and inspections on the Clark, River Oaks, and North Main elevawater tanks this week.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Monday, June 27, 2016 to consider two replats and an amendment to Appendix A, Article XIV-G – Screening Requirements, Walls, and Fences. Staff was directed by the Planning and Zoning Commission to prepare an amended ordinance following a workshop held on March 28, 2016. The amended ordinance addresses elements not previously provided, including aesthetic requirements, strength/construction requirements, and the allowance of concrete panel walls with specific criteria. City Planner Chasidy Allen will also provide an update on the status of the Comprehensive Plan.
The Street Department removed the overgrown vegetation and silt from the open ditches on Woodhaven Boulevard. This is an extremely flat area that will require a drainage study to determine a permanent solution for the drainage problems. However, we are improving the drainage for now by cleaning the open ditches and culverts.
On Wednesday, June 23, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) notified the City of a positive mosquito trap test for West Nile Virus. They will conduct ground spraying in the Jewel Lane area on Thursday, June 23, Friday, June 24, and Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 9:00p to 5:00a, weather permitting. A map of the area to be sprayed is attached at the end of this memo. Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur.
The County continues to forward updates regarding the Zika virus. No cases have been reported in Duncanville.
A building permit was issued to Northstar Builders for the Duncanville ISD Bond Package renovations at Duncanville High, Daniel Intermediate, Alexander Elementary, Smith Elementary, Summit Alternative, and the PACE schools.
Barson Utilities will finish underground utility work within the next week and continue forming and installing sidewalks, curbs, ADA ramps, and gutters for the Roma Drive Water and Wastewater Improvements project. Paving should begin by mid-July.
Staff held a pre-construction meeting on Thursday, June 16, with Ken-Do Contractors for the FY16 Sidewalk Improvements project awarded at the May 17 Council meeting. The project start date is contingent on another project Ken-Do is working on in the area, but priority will be placed on projects near schools to ensure they are completed prior to August 23.
Parks and Recreation – The mowing/litter contractor will have 7 crew members on US Highway 67 today to address weedeating and litter along the roadway. Staff continues to meet with the contractor management on a weekly basis and we have made several strong suggestions to them on ways they can improve their service including dedicating more resources to Duncanville. The contractor continues to struggle but we are staying on top of the situation as close as possible. We will continue to monitor their performance per the terms of the contract.
Recreation – Summer Concert Series kicks off this Saturday at Armstrong Park at 7:30p with a line-up of Gospel music for the families of Duncanville.
Gospel June 25
Jazz July 16 Performers: Savoy Swing, La Pompe, Cat Garner Jazz Ensemble, Duval & Ave Maria
R&B August 20 Performers Nia Kids, Vante, Lady Diamond
Economic Development — ED staff continues to work with Jorge Ruiz on the design of the EDC website, tentatively scheduled to launch on August 8.
Osaki Sushi & Hibachi restaurant opened this week. It is located at 749 West Wheatland Rd in the Tom Thumb Shopping center. Several staff members visited the restaurant for lunch on Tuesday and reported the food was very good.
ED staff and the Public Works Department met with TxDOT last week on the I-20 frontage road project to discuss timeline and possible aesthetic enhancements. TxDOT will schedule the required public hearing meeting as well as the neighborhood meeting to solicit input on the sound wall, sometime between now and the end of the year. No dates have been determined yet.
RPG Capital completed their building at Danieldale Drive and Cedar Hill Road and moved their offices from Lancaster to the new building in Duncanville.
The Rice Pot is scheduled to open in the next few weeks in the location of the former King Crab at Main Station. It is an Asian fusion restaurant.
Certificate of Occupancy (CO) Permits Issued:
None this week
CO Permits Applied For:
CRP Senior Care, Inc., 515 N Cedar Ridge (Non-medical in home health care)
Eunice Professional Hair Braiding & Weaving, 550 N Main St Unit 530
CT Auto Repair, 214 Woodhaven Blvd. Unite B; (Auto Repairs)
Ashley Nycole’s Hair Boutique, 707 Oriole Blvd (Hair Salon)
Zodiak’s Style Bar and Brow-tique, 603 E Hwy 67 Unit 1(Dual Salon)