City News Briefs

January 23, 2015


Safe disposal of fireplace ashes/Chimney safety
During this time of year, please keep the following in mind:
  • Soak hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container outside your home.  Don’t keep cooling ashes in your house, garage or deck.
  • Dump fireplace ashes only after they've had a sufficient time to cool
  • Chimneys should be thoroughly cleaned and well maintained.  The interior and exterior of the chimney need to be inspected by properly trained personnel.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces.  There should always be a three-foot area around  the hearth that is clear of debris, decorations and flammable materials

Oncor tree trimming

Contractors for Oncor will be trimming trees near its power lines in various University Park neighborhoods throughout 2015. Oncor is doing the work to ensure continued reliability and safety of electricity in the area. Residents near the work areas will be notified by door hangers.

Current Work Locations - Mid to Late  January 

Southwest University Park

  • Alleys  and streets from Armstrong west of the Toll Road to Emerson
  • Alleys and streets from Lomo Alto east to Hunters Glenn
  • Alleys and streets from Lovers Lane south to Shannon Lane
Southeast University Park

  • Boedeker, Dyer, SMU Blvd. area
  • McFarlin, Fondren area west to Airline

To learn more about Oncor's vegetation management program and your options for tree pruning, CLICK HERE.


Twice-a-week watering still in effect

Even though we are in the winter season, the City’s twice-a-week water conservation measure is still in effect.  The year-round ordnance is consistent with measures in many other area communities, with outdoor water days determined by street numbers.

  • Even - Residents with addresses ending in an even number can use automatic sprinkler systems on Sundays and Thursdays.
  • Odd - Addresses ending in an odd number can use automatic sprinkler systems on Saturdays and   Wednesdays.  
  • Buildings or facilities with multiple addresses will water based on their lowest street address number.

Addresses that continue to be in violation, will be mailed a formal notice.  A Municipal Court citation will be issued after that.  Learn more about twice-a-week watering, and how to keep lawns healthy year-round.