City News Briefs

April 29, 2016


Prescription Drug Take Back day - Saturday, April 30

Saturday, April 30, 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.  

If you miss the event, remember you can dispose of prescription drugs at any time using the MedReturn box at City Hall.
Click HERE for details. 

Oncor vegetation management - northeast side of University Park

Beginning in mid-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

The week of April 11, in the Heath/Forney area, two men posed as Oncor tree trimming crews, using that as pretext to enter the homes of several Oncor customers to steal property. 

  • 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 by late May.  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