DECD Receives Final Dallas Stars Payment

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Dallas Stars Final Payment Closes Chapter on Duncanville DrPepper StarCenter

In 2009 the Dallas Stars started their withdrawal from Duncanville, and a long process of closing out the contract the Stars organization began.

The reason for the closing was due to a souring relationship with the Stars and a perceived lack of attention to the Duncanville StarCenter. While the other StarCenters in the area would flourish, the organization was showing a huge loss in Duncanville. This was due in part to a lack of promoting the facility by the Stars leading to a decline in usage by the general public and a general decline in attention from the organization, at least in the eyes of city officials.

According to the contract with the Stars, the Duncanville Economic Development Corporation (DEDC or 4B Board) was due payments by the Stars organization should the Stars default on the lease of the building.

The biggest point of contention recently has been the final payment. Duncanville received word that the payment was scheduled to be paid by December 1, 2011, contingent on the sale of the Dallas Stars being approved by the bankruptcy court. On November 18, 2011 the sale was approved and Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi was confirmed as the Stars’ new owner.

In a November 22, 2011 e-mail to Interim City Manager Jeanne Fralicks, Finance Director Richard Summerlin confirmed that a wired payment for $683,000 had been received from the Dallas Stars organization.

This payment will close out the chapter with the Dallas Stars as the City of Duncanville now moves ahead with the Duncanville Fieldhouse.

The Duncanville Fieldhouse is a city-run facility that offers volleyball, basketball, karate, fitness classes and an after school program.

9 Responses to DECD Receives Final Dallas Stars Payment

  1. How if we can find a money rich America Indian Tribe to buy it, and get the indebtedness away from the Taxpayers of Duncanville.

    Homer Fincannon
    Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

    • There is very minor issue, Texas laws prohibit gambling and “odds makers” feel it won’t be approved anytime soon. But, we appreciate Homer being a faithful reader and follower of

      Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      • Mr. Fincannon’s comments were removed because they were off topic.

        Homer Fincannon
        Friday, November 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

        • The comments made by Mr. Fincannon were concerning the legalization of gambling and not on topic. Comments not pertaining to the topic of the story are subject to removal.

          Friday, November 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  2. Well, even on the precipice of Ten Mile Creek, when any more erosion tilts the $10,000,000.00 Duncanville FieldHouse into the stream, tax-payers will be picking up the expense for that too.

    Homer Fincannon
    Friday, November 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    • I would be very interested in reading any documentation you have on this issue. I’ve checked with my sources and nobody knows of any problems. If you have documentation, please let us know.

      Friday, November 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      • Presuming these sources can be use, Duncanville City Budget years 2006 thur 2012?

        Homer Fincannon
        Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

        • There is nothing in those documents regarding the building falling into Ten Mile Creek. I was looking for documentation to support that statement.

          Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

          • Sure there was ,Duncanville City Budget 2006-2007 Drainage Improvements in the amount of $25,707.00 awarded to a 4B board member project (Madison&Meyers). That money could have gone to a retaining wall( like the one they built over near Smithey home dried bags of concrete stacked.Erosion control drainage is charge to every water bill and every taxpayer in Duncanville. So this future wash out at the Duncanville Field house won’t happen. Next the Green Hope for the Fieldhouse and the funding.

            Homer Fincannon
            Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm