City News Briefs

July 27, 2016

Water Main break in Snider Plaza - northbound lane of 6700 block of Snider Plaza blocked

July 27 - Original Post 9:15 a.m:  Crews are installing a new section of pipe following a water main break in the 6700 block of Snider Plaza.  The break occurred overnight.  Because of these repairs, the northbound side of that block is closed to traffic at Rosedale.  Parking in the 6700 block of Snider Plaza will be limited for much of the day.  The City will provide updates throughout the day.

2:45 p.m. Update:  The Water Main has been repaired.  Weather permitting, asphalt and concrete will be laid this afternoon.  Traffic can go north on the 6700 block of Snider Plaza. Motorists need to follow temporary signage at the Snider Plaza/Rosedale intersection until pavement repairs are completed.     

Memorial Service for SMU Police Officer

SMU and the greater community are invited to a memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of SMU Police Officer Mark McCullers on Thursday, July 28.  The service will be held at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus, 6405 Boaz Lane.  The service will begin at 11 a.m.  

Neighborhood Advisory:  The service will conclude about 12:30 with a 21-gun salute and a flyover involving helicopters. Motorists on Hillcrest and streets near McFarlin Auditorium may experience delays during the arrival and departure of those associated with the service.       

Parking is available on Bishop Boulevard and in parking lots and centers labeled All University Parking (AUP).

Donations to the Officer Mark McCullers Memorial Account may be made at any Wells Fargo bank (Account 9976436577) or online.

Remembering former City Councilmember Dan Stansbury

The City of University Park salutes the life and civic accomplishments of Dan Stansbury who died on July 4 at age 84.

Dan served three terms as a member of the City Council from 1992 to 1996, and was Mayor Pro-Tem for a portion of that time.  Prior to his service as a Councilmember he served on the City’s Board of Adjustments for 14 years. 

Dan graduated from Highland Park High School in 1950.  He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with a BBA in 1954 and a JD in 1959.  Dan was on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1957.
Other civic activities include the SMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, Past President of the SMU Dads’ Club, the Park Cities-North Dallas YMCA Board and Chief Usher at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church where his family were founding members.   

Dan is survived by his wife Joan, three children, their spouses, and numerous grandchildren.  A burial service was held Saturday, July 9 at All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas.

Improvements at Mockingbird Ln. & Abbott Ave. -- June 20, 2016 to August 2016

The Town of Highland Park will be involved in an intersection improvement project for the roadway, sidewalk, and signal lights at Mockingbird Ln. and Abbott Ave. until August, 2016. This construction will require lane adjustments for east and west bound traffic in the designated work zone. One block of Abbott Ave., between Drexel Dr. and Mockingbird Ln. will be closed throughout the project.  Additionally, there may be congestion in the work area because one east-bound lane and one west-bound lane on Mockingbird Ln. will be closed.  Signs and traffic markers will identify the lane adjustments around the work zone. Motorists may want to use alternative travel routes to avoid traffic congestion.  Pedestrians who normally cross Mockingbird Ln. at Abbott Ave. are advised to use the crosswalk at Mockingbird Ln. and Airline Rd.

The Town’s website,, will provide updates on the progress of the project on the homepage under, “Town News.”

Name the Holmes Aquatic Center mascot

The Holmes Aquatic Center has adopted a new mascot!  We found this young shark swimming in Turtle Creek and we thought the pool complex was the perfect home for our new friend.  Our shark is currently in Lifeguard Training and is ready to meet you this summer, but we need your help in naming our new companion.  Give it a try.  We’re sure you will come up with some “fintastic” suggestions.

Where to find Name Our Mascot entry cards

Entry cards and suggestion boxes are located at City Hall, UP Public Library, the Holmes Aquatic Center and the City’s Peek Service Center.  The person who names our new mascot will receive a 2017 Pool Party, a swag bag of HAC gear and lifetime bragging rights!

The winning name will be announced Labor Day Weekend.

Oncor vegetation management - northeast side of University Park - postponed

Due to Oncor crew workload and spring storms throughout Texas, the announced vegetation management effort originally scheduled for May and June has been delayed.  Trimming efforts won't begin until late July at the earliest.  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. 

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 July.  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.  

July 1 - Making substantial progress on silt removal

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.