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September 4, 2015
 

football smu vs. baylor - 9/4/15



SMU begins its 2015 football season Friday, September 4 with a home game against Baylor.  Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Ford Stadium.  Neighborhoods near campus will be congested with traffic.  For details about the game, parking and traffic CLICK HERE.  



MOSQUITO SAMPLES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS - 9/3/15

 

The City received notification today from the lab it contracts with that mosquito samples adjacent to Caruth Park, Highland Park High School and on the SMU campus have tested positive for West Nile virus.  In response, the City will continue an aggressive fogging schedule as outlined below. 

Fogging on HPISD's High School campus will begin at 11 p.m. tonight, September 3.  Fogging on the other HPISD campuses will begin at 9 p.m. on September 6.  All other fogging will not begin until after 11 p.m.

Fogging Schedule -- Updated 9/3/15

Parks & Campuses

August 7 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks, HPISD School Campuses, and SMU Campus
August 8 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks, HPISD School Campuses, and SMU Campus
August 14 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks, HPISD School Campuses, and SMU Campus                      
August 15 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks, HPISD School Campuses, and SMU Campus  
August 21 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks and HPISD School Campuses 
August 22 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks and HPISD School Campuses 
August 24 (Completed) 11 p.m. SMU Campus
August 28 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks and HPISD School Campuses 
August 29 (Completed) 11 p.m. City Parks and HPISD School Campuses 
August 31 (Completed) 11 p.m. SMU Campus
September 3 (Completed) 11 p.m. Highland Park High School
September 6 (Weather Permitting) 11 p.m. City Parks, HPISD School Campuses, and SMU Campus

Alleys & Streets

August 11 (Completed) Both 11 p.m. City-wide                                                                            
August 12 (Completed) Both 11 p.m. City-wide
August 13 (Completed) Both 11 p.m. City-wide 
August 25 (Completed) Both 11 p.m. City-wide
August 26 ​(Completed) Both 11 p.m. City-wide
August 31 ​(Completed) Both 11 p.m. North of Lovers Lane
September 1 ​(Completed) Both 11 p.m. North of Lovers Lane
September 2 ​(Completed) Both 11 p.m. South of Lovers Lane
September 3 (Completed) Both 11 p.m. South of Lovers Lane

University Park’s fogging efforts follow accepted IPM (Integrated Pest Management) guidelines consisting of monitoring, trapping, larviciding and adulticiding.  To target mosquitoes during peak daily activity, protect beneficial insects and limit exposure for outdoor pets and residents who have sensitivities, fogging is conducted during the overnight hours.   

To help control mosquitoes in your area, take the following steps:

  1. Eliminate any stagnant or standing water. This can be found in birdbaths, non-circulating fish or lily ponds, plant saucers, low areas in your lawn, and around outdoor water faucets, etc.
  2. Reduce the amount of water placed on your lawn. Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. Reprogram your irrigation controller based on the temperature and rainfall.
  3. Cover exposed soil with cedar or cypress mulch if possible.
  4. Clean out decomposed leaf matter from your storm gutters.
  5. Keep any unnecessary plant growth cut back.

If you notice yards or other landscaped areas with an abundance of mosquitoes, or spot standing water call the Parks and Recreation Department at 214-987-5488.




Watering by automatic sprinkler systems is limited to twice a week, year-round in University Park. 
 

  • The City continues to prohibit the use of automatic watering systems from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  That limitation runs from April 1 to October 31. 

Consistent with ordinances in many other area communities, outdoor watering days are determined by
street address. 


 

  • Even - Residents with addresses ending in an even number can use automatic sprinklers on Sundays and Thursdays.
  • Odd - Addresses ending in an odd number  can use automatic sprinklers on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
  • Multi-family addresses and office buildings will water using their lowest street address number.

Residents can water at any time of the day or night, and on any day of the week, with a hand-held hose, a drip irrigation device, soaker hose or watering can.

When a Code Enforcement  officer sees a watering violation, the homeowner is notified and asked to comply.  Addresses that continue to be in violation will be mailed a formal notice.  After that, a Municipal Court citation will be issued. 

For more information on the City’s twice-a-week watering ordinance and watering tip, click here.


update 8-25-2015 Oncor tree trimming near overhead lines

 

Contractors for Oncor will be trimming trees near its power lines in various sections of University Park.  The work will begin the week of August 24, and will continue in the affected areas at various intervals, over the next 3 or 4 months.  The map below shows the streets and alleys (blue) where trimming will occur.  




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.  

To learn more about Oncor's vegetation management program, CLICK HERE.

To report a power outage, CLICK HERE.