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May 26, 2016
Mosquito fogging scheduled in alleys and parks May 26



Mosquito season typically runs from April to October.  To help combat West Nile and other mosquito-related viruses, University Park conducts scheduled city-wide fogging. The program follows accepted IPM (Integrated Pest Management) guidelines consisting of monitoring, trapping, larviciding and adulticiding. Fogging is conducted late at night.  This helps limit exposure to people who may wish to avoid contact with the pesticide.   

Weather permitting, fogging of alleys and parks will take place tonight, May 26.

May 26 (weather permitting) 11 p.m. Alleys (SMU not included)
May 26 (weather permitting) 11 p.m. City Parks                            
The City of University Park reminds everyone of steps you can take to help control mosquitoes in your neighborhood:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover exposed soil with cedar or cypress mulch if possible.
  • Clean out decomposed leaf matter from your storm gutters.
  • Keep any unnecessary plant growth cut back.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Zika Virus

Dallas County Health and Human Services - Mosquito Viruses


Video on WestNile and Zika Virus prevention
 


Memorial Day Weekend Hours/Building Closings

  • Friday, May 27 City Hall and the Peek Service Center will close for the day at 11:30 a.m. so that staff can participate in the annual Memorial Day Staff Picnic.  UP Public Library will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so that staff can attend the picnic.
  • Monday, May 30 - City Hall and the Peek Service Center will be closed for  Memorial Day.  City Hall and the Peek Service Center will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 8 a.m.
  • UP Public Library is closed on Mondays.  The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and will open at  10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.



Memorial Day Weekend - Holmes Aquatic Center


Memorial Day Weekend May 28th - 30th 
Saturday 10 a.m - 6 p.m
Sunday Noon -6 p.m.
Monday (Mem. Day) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  

Oncor vegetation management - northeast side of University Park

Beginning in late May Oncor will trim trees in sections of northeast University Park.  The map below shows the streets and alleys (marked in green) where work will occur.  These activities are focused on reducing tree-related power outages and providing a safer environment for utility works.  Weather permitting Oncor will complete trimming work by early June.
   

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.

Williams Park Pond silt removal is underway

April 6 - The water levels of Williams Park Pond and Turtle Creek adjacent to City Hall have been lowered substantially.  This will allow crews to remove silt (trash, leaves and grass clippings) that has collected on the floor of the waterway.  Weather permitting, silt removal will be completed in June.  The local ecology will benefit from this clean-up process.

This work is part of  the ongoing McFarlin Bridge Project that involves the installation of a dam south of McFarlin.  The project will alleviate flooding on portions of McFarlin and University.  For decades, water over these roadways have hampered emergency vehicle response times and endangered motorists.  For project details click HERE.  

Aquatic Relocation Plan

Prior to dewatering, the City took extensive steps to assure that fish and other wildlife in Turtle Creek and Williams Park Pond were not harmed.  As mandated by the State of Texas the City had to acquire a permit prior to beginning these activities. Closely associated with this effort was the development by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) biologists of an aquatic life relocation plan outlining step-by-step actions to transfer fish and other wildlife. During development of the plan the firm consulted with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Kills and Spill Team.  

April 6 -- Silt removal is underway.

Help the City reduce contaminated stormwater runoff

Q:  What is stormwater?

A:  Stormwater is rain that cannot soak into the ground. As it collects it begins to flow to lower elevations, including storm sewer inlets that are designed to capture runoff.  As the stormwater flows to nearby inlets, it picks up  contaminants including: trash, grass clippings, leaves, fertilizers, pesticides, vehicle oils/fluids and pet waste.  Stormwater in University Park ends up in local ponds and in Turtle Creek.

Q: Can residents help the City minimize polluted runoff and improve the quality of stormwater?

A:  Yes.  There are several simple steps you can take to help reduce polluted runoff.  First, never put things in a storm drain, or fertilize before it rains.  Second, don’t blow yard waste and grass clippings into the street.  It’s also a  good idea to properly dispose of chemicals and paints, clean up after your pets and wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash so soap and oils stay out of nearby inlets.

For more information on the City's ongoing Storm Water Management efforts, click here.

Coyote Sightings


 
Seen along the banks of Turtle Creek, coyotes are a fact of life in nearly all urban areas.  Omnivores, coyotes eat plants and animals including skunks, possums and raccoons. Do not intentionally feed a coyote. Since they prefer to find easy meals, they are also attracted to:
 
  • Dog and cat food that is left outside
  • Rotting fruit under trees
  • Bird seed on the ground
  • Trash that is accessible due to garbage containers that are not properly secured
It is also not a good idea to leave small pets outside overnight.  Even though coyotes have adapted to living in cities and towns, they are wary of people. If you see a coyote in your yard, wave your arms, shout and spray it with a water hose.  It is likely to leave the area quickly after any of these actions.  

More information on Coyotes
Learn more about Smart Watering techniques



The City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park are partnering with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on information-packed programs for those interested in landscaping and water conservation. The next program takes place on June 2.  It is free of charge, but attendees are asked  to RSVP and register.
 
June 2, 2016 Smart Watering During Restrictions

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. -  UP Public Library (3rd floor meeting room)

Get smarter with your watering habits. This program will give you a general overview on Drip Irrigation, New Water Conserving Technologies, Cycle and Soak, Lawn Care during drought, Foundation Watering, Tree watering, Irrigation Scheduling and Rainwater harvesting.  

RSVP for this program 

 
 

 

 

The City of University Park reminds everyone of steps you can take to help control mosquitoes in your neighborhood:


Mosquito season typically runs from April to October.  To help combat West Nile and other mosquito-related viruses, University Park conducts scheduled city-wide fogging. The program follows accepted IPM (Integrated Pest Management) guidelines consisting of monitoring, trapping, larviciding and adulticiding. Fogging is conducted late at night.  This helps limit exposure to people who may wish to avoid contact with the pesticide.  

Weather permitting, fogging of alleys and parks will take place tonight, May 26.

May 26 (weather permitting) 11 p.m. Alleys (SMU not included)
May 26 (weather permitting) 11 p.m. City Parks                            
The City of University Park reminds everyone of steps you can take to help control mosquitoes in your neighborhood:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover exposed soil with cedar or cypress mulch if possible.
  • Clean out decomposed leaf matter from your storm gutters.
  • Keep any unnecessary plant growth cut back.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & Zika Virus

Dallas County Health and Human Services - Mosquito Viruses


Video on WestNile and Zika Virus prevention