City News Briefs.

September 17, 2014

Park Cities Recycling event - September 27

Clear your garage and attic, and get ready for fall.  The City will host another recycling event Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at the Middle/Intermediate School parking lot. Recycling drop off is free of charge. 
Many paper products and documents can be disposed of including:

  • Medical records
  • Legal files
  • Tax records
  • Financial records
  • Invoices
  • Canceled checks
  • Blueprints
  • Contracts
  • Payroll records
  • Company letterhead
  • Junk mail containing personal information
  • Any information that contains credit card, social security, driver license and account numbers 

E-waste items can also be disposed of

You can also dispose of various e-waste items including computers/laptops, computer monitors, computer speakers, keyboards, mice, power supplies, printers, fax machines, scanners, TVs, VCRs, PDAs and cell phones.

Two nationally certified firms will be on site:

  • Iron Mountain will collect and shred all paper documents onsite.
  • Universal Recycling Technologies will collect and dispose of all e-waste items.  The company handles disposal of electronic materials at collection events in Dallas and numerous cities across the U.S.

Suspect arrested in Aggravated Sexual Assault - September 17
University Park PD has served an arrest warrant on Torey Jamal Harris for the alleged aggravated sexual assault that occurred on September 7, 2014 in University Park. 
Harris was arrested by Navarro College Department of Public Safety  in Corsicana on an alleged aggravated sexual assault on September 15, 2014.  He is being held in the Navarro County Jail. 
Navarro College law enforcement officials noticed the artist sketch of the University Park suspect was similar in appearance to their suspect and they contacted UPPD detectives working the case.  UPPD detectives went to Corsicana and interviewed the suspect.  He confessed to committing the sexual assault  in University Park.  Arrest warrants for Aggravated Sexual Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping were issued and bonds have been set at $100,000 each.

              Torey Jamal Harris
                   DOB - 2-5-91

Sexual Assault near SMU campus - September 7

UPPD is investigating a sexual assault that occurred near the SMU campus on Sunday, September 7.  The attack occurred about 11:15 p.m. as the victim was jogging in the 6700 block of Willard.  That location is about half a mile east of campus, near Central Expressway.  The victim reported that the suspect was armed with a small knife, and that he grabbed her from behind.  The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s.  The victim told police her attacker is about 6 feet tall, with close cut black hair.  At the time of the attack the suspect was wearing a white California Angels shirt, blue shorts and white high-top shoes.

Additional Suspect Description & Artist Sketch of Suspect -- September 15

The suspect has a tattoo on the left side of his neck depicting a crown.  There is some type of script writing below the crown.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call UPPD at 214-363-3000, or they can contact Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359. 



Burleson Park improvements

Parking slots on west & east side of the park not accessible during construction
On Saturday, August 30 crews will begin working on a series of improvements at Burleson Park.  Funded by the City’s Capital Improvements program, upgrades include: 

  • Installation of a rubberized surface and shade structures for the playground area
  • Installation of walkways that will connect the park’s various amenities and improve accessibility for all park visitors
  • Decorative lighting
  • Installation of a smart irrigation system
  • New turf and botanical beds    

Weather permitting, all work will be completed by January 2015. 
Park closed to the public
During construction all park facilities, except for the tennis courts, will be closed to the public.  During construction temporary fencing will be in place to prohibit access to the playground area, ball fields and basketball court (See map).  Temporary fencing will be in place on the sidewalks around the full perimeter of the park.
Parking slots at park reduced
Access to the parking slots on the Dublin Street and Durham Street sides of the park will not be accessible during the construction process (See map).  This reduction involves about 60 parking slots. 


Some tree removal necessary
Beginning Tuesday, September 9, crews will start removing 30 to 35 of the park's existing trees.  Trees selected for removal are either diseased or are being cleared to enhance the vitality of other existing trees.  Prior to completion of the park's renovation, crews will plant several new trees throughout the acreage. 

September is "Library Card Signup Month" at University Park Public Library

It’s the smartest card in your wallet – opening new worlds to readers of all ages.  Everyone should have a library card.  If you don’t, now is the perfect time to sign up for one at University Park’s Public Library.
Become eligible for free gifts
Throughout the month of September, while supplies last, residents who get a first-time library card at the University Park Public Library will get a book and gift bag as a gift.  New cardholders will also be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the month. 

Suspense, drama, travel to distant lands
Your University Park Public Library has so much to offer!  Want to find out whodunit?  We have a comprehensive collection of mystery and suspense novels, and we get all of the new titles.   Interested in reading the new novel all of your friends or neighbors are talking about?  The library will have it!  We have recently updated and expanded our travel book collection and have many of the latest titles in the fields of business and politics.  Our books can also help you redecorate your home, cook a fabulous meal, or learn a new hobby. 

Dozens of youth book series
Is your child anxiously waiting to read the next book in a popular series?  We have many of the most popular children’s series, award books, and current young-adult titles.  We have children’s classics, as well as new favorites.  Our children’s nonfiction collection is growing, with new books about planets, science projects, hobbies, and poetry arriving weekly. 

Your library’s virtual offerings
Is your schedule too busy for visits to the library?  Visit us online.  Our virtual offerings include: downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines, interactive books for children, and streaming independent film service.  We even have NoveList, a service for adults and children that will make reading recommendations based on favorite authors, subjects, or past reads. "Digital Services.”

Library Card requirements
Get it – Use it!  University Park Public Library cards are free to residents who live within Highland Park Public School District.  All you need to provide is photo identification with proof of residency.  We look forward to meeting you!

Library location & hours
University Park Public Library is located in the Plaza at Preston Center (8383 Preston Center Plaza – Suite 200) Library hours are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We are closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Our phone number is 214-363-9095.


Details on summer road construction projects

With fewer motorists in the neighborhoods near the SMU and Highland Park High School campuses, the City’s Public Works Department is using summer break to improve road conditions in three different locations.   

Bush Ave.  Reconstruction – On Friday, May 30 contractors will begin reconstructing a portion of Bush Ave.  In addition to replacing the driving surface, crews will also replace curbing and sidewalks.  Because there is no opportunity for motorists to turn around, Bush Ave. will be closed to traffic on the south side of the project at Mockingbird and on the north side of the project at SMU Blvd. The targeted date for completion of the project is the first week in August.  REOPENED TO TRAFFIC ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 5.

Douglas Ave. Reconstruction - Work will begin June 1 on the reconstruction of Douglas, north from Emerson to Lovers Lane.  Because the work borders the Highland Park High School campus, crews are trying to complete as much of the work as possible during the summer recess.  The contractor will begin working on the south side of the project and progress to the north.  The goal is to have everything completed north of Grassmere before the start of the fall semester. 

Traffic flow for nearby residents will be impacted by the work.  Druid Lane and Glenwick will temporarily become two-way streets with access at Armstrong only, and Grassmere east of Douglas will temporarily become a two-way street with access at Westchester only.  The project will also impact access for various intersections and alleys.  Along with roadway resurfacing, work on Douglas will include replacement of some sidewalks and curbing and some landscape restoration. REOPNED TO TRAFFIC ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 

University Blvd. Reconstruction – This project will involve reconstruction of University Blvd., west from Cleburne to Dublin.  Work began in late May.  The work is being done in four phases.

  • Phase I – North half of the street, west from Cleburne to Boedeker
  • Phase II – North half of the street, west from Boedeker to Dublin
  • Phase III – South half of the street, east from  Dublin to Boedeker
  • Phase IV – South half of  street, east from Boedeker to Cleburne
The project will force temporary closure of various intersections.  The University/Cleburne intersection will be closed to northbound traffic at Cleburne and the University/Boedeker intersection will be closed to northbound traffic at Boedeker.  In addition, motorists will not be allowed to go westbound on University at the U.S. 75 southbound frontage road.  For those wanting to travel eastbound on University to the southbound US 75 frontage road, the southern half of University will be one-way eastbound from Boedeker.  Along with reconstruction of the street, this project includes some sidewalk and drainage work. The targeted date for completion of the project is late September.