City News Briefs

October 18, 2016

New lighted crosswalk on northwest side of Goar Park

The City has installed a lighted crosswalk on the northwest side of Goar Park.  Located on Turtle Creek, between Vassar and Hunters Glen, this  ADA compliant crossing was put in place for the convenience and safety of those who visit the park, whether they are stopping by for youth soccer games, exercise classes, annual events or any other outings.  A second lighted crosswalk, located on University near the tennis courts, also serves Goar Park.  

UPPD reminds - lock your bikes

A reminder from the University Park Police Department – Please lock your bicycles.  In the past few weeks UPPD has seen an increase in reported bike thefts.  In most cases victims told police that the bikes were left unlocked, in a front yard, on a driveway or inside an open garage. 

Tips for reducing bike theft:  

  • Lock your bike.  Use a high quality U-lock, not a cable lock
  • Lock the frame and one wheel to a secure fixed object
  • Keep your garage door closed

Also, don’t forget to write down the serial number of your bike and take a photo of it.  Both steps will help police as they try to recover it.

Dallas Water Utilities to inspect intake pipes 

In order to inspect for zebra mussels, for much of  October, Dallas Water Utilities will take several raw water intake pipes off-line.  During this effort , Dallas County/Park Cities Municipal Utilities District, the entity that provides water to University Park, will be using water from Dallas Water Utilities.  This temporary interconnect may change the taste of the water.  It will not impact water quality.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day  - October 22

Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Park residents can dispose of accumulated, unwanted, and unused prescription drugs by stopping by the fire station side of University Park City Hall at 3800 University Blvd.  This effort, hosted by UPPD, is part of a nationwide drug disposal program started by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010.  Since that time, with the assistance of thousands of local law enforcement agencies, households in communities across the U.S. have helped dramatically reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse.  

By the way, residents don’t have to wait for Prescription Drug Take Back Day to dispose of their unused, unwanted drugs.  There is now safe and secure around-the-clock option on any day of the year.  The University Park Police Department has installed a MedReturn disposal box at City Hall (photo).  The box is located inside the building’s always-open entrance next to the City’s 9-1-1 call center.  

Oncor vegetation management - northeast side of University Park 

Oncor has contracted crews working in or near the mapped area trimming trees.  The streets and alleys (marked in green) is where work will occur.  These activities are focused on reducing tree-related power outages and providing a safer environment for utility workers. 

Special Notice from Oncor

  • Oncor employees will always wear ID and drive Oncor vehicles.
  • While Oncor employees may need access to a customer’s property to access an electric meter or power lines running close to the home, Oncor employees are not permitted to enter a customer’s home and have no need to do so.
  • Oncor will never call a customer or visit their home demanding personal information (Social Security numbers, Driver License Number, Banking Information, etc.) or payment to prevent cutting off their electric service.
  • If customers are ever unsure about the identity of Oncor employees, they should call Oncor at 888-313-6862.