City News Briefs

July 30, 2015

Mosquito samples test positive for West nile virus - 7/30/15

The City received notification today from the lab it contracts with that mosquito samples adjacent to the Highland Park High School campus and on the Southern Methodist University campus have tested positive for West Nile virus.  

In response, the City will fog neighborhoods surrounding those two locations over a three-night period.  The effort  begins tonight, Thursday, July 30 and continues on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.  During this three-night effort, the City will also fog all City parks and all HPISD campuses.  

Fogging on HPISD school campuses will begin at 9 p.m.  All other fogging will not begin until after 11 p.m.
Below is a map showing the neighborhoods and locations that will be treated.  The City will continue to send mosquito samples to the lab for testing.  Results from those tests will determine the City’s fogging schedule for the rest of August. 
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.

Public hearings on FY2016 proposed budget and tax rate

On Tuesday, August 18 and Tuesday, September 1, the City Council will hold public hearings so that the public may comment on the City’s FY2016 proposed budget and tax rate.  The Council will vote to adopt the FY2016 budget and FY2016 tax rate during its Tuesday, September 15 meeting.  A copy of the draft FY2016 budget will be available on the City’s website on August 4.

Advise on choosing best plants & trees for North Texas climate

The City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park are partnering with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on four information-packed programs for those interested in landscaping and water conservation. The first program is set for September 1.  All programs are free of charge, but attendees are asked  to RSVP and register for each program.

September 1 - Trees of North Texas
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Highland Park Town Hall (4700 Drexel Dr.)

Trees are an important investment for any property. Trees provide energy savings for your home, water savings for your landscape, and add resale value should you sell your home.  The first program in the series will focus on selecting the right trees for our North Texas environment and discuss proper watering, pruning, and effective treatments for common insect issues and diseases.

RSVP for Trees of North Texas

Other free programs will be held in December, and in 2016 in March and June.  Topics include Shade Gardening, Native & Adaptive Plants and Smart Watering During Restrictions.

Oncor tree trimming near transmission lines

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.  

All previously identified locations have been completed.  More work is expected to take place in the coming months.

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

To report a power outage, CLICK HERE.