City News Briefs

February 20, 2017

February Edition of UPdate

Catch up on City items of interest, department-by-department.  UPdate is a new online publication that is distributed mid-month.  Read the February 2017 version of UPdate.

Planting Tips/Water Conservation Class - March 7

The City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park are partnering with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on information-packed programs to assist those interested in landscaping and water conservation. The next program takes place on Tuesday, March 7.  It is free of charge, but attendees are asked  to register and RSVP.
March 7, 2017 - Water Efficient Landscape, Part II

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  - UP Public Library (8383 Preston, Suite 200)

Learn installation and proper maintenance for a water efficient landscape.  Learn proper soil preparation, plant installation, hardscape installation and maintenance.

RSVP for this program

Turn off automatic sprinkler systems in cold weather

City Ordinance prohibits the use of automatic sprinkler systems when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees. This measure is intended to reduce the likelihood of vehicle and pedestrian accidents caused by runoff that freezes on sidewalks, streets and alley surfaces.  Property owners who are responsible for these dangerous conditions are subject to Municipal Court fines

Coyote activity in cold weather

Coyotes are solitary creatures, however, during cold weather, coyotes tend to become more social and they join forces, creating hunting packs to find food more easily.  Remember, coyotes are not picky eaters, they eat meat and vegetation. In addition to rodents, fruit and grass they will also eat pet food and garbage.

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. If you feel the need to call the Police Department or the City’s Animal Control Officer, please do so. The City's non-emergency number is 214-363-3000.  For more information on coyotes and their habits, go to the City's Animal Control page and scroll down to the bottom.