City News Briefs

August 18, 2017

Solar Eclipse - Monday, August 21

A rare solar eclipse will take place Monday, August 21.  Peak viewing in the Dallas area of what will be a partial eclipse will occur at 1:08 p.m.   

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, blocking all or part of the sun. For thousands of years, people have observed this phenomena, and this year many in the U.S. will get that chance.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979, and the next total eclipse over the U.S. won’t be visible until April 8, 2024.

From beginning to end, the solar eclipse will last up to 3 hours, but the total eclipse (when the moon completely blocks the sun) will be visible from each location for much shorter. For those lucky people in the path of totality, which spans about 70 miles in width and crosses portions of 14 states from Oregon to North Carolina, they’ll get to watch as day turns into night when the moon blocks the sun for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Everyone else will see a partial solar eclipse.

During the partial eclipse, the sun’s rays will cause eye damage and should only be viewed through a solar filter or special eclipse viewing glasses.  

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus - Fogging scheduled August 16 - 18

The City received notification on Wednesday, August 16 from the lab it contracts with that a mosquito sample in Caruth Park tested positive for West Nile virus.  In response, targeted fogging of the northeast section of the City, east of Thackery and north of Lovers (shown in red) is scheduled for August 16, 17, and 18.  Weather permitting, this effort, conducted by Municipal Mosquito, will begin after 11 p.m.

Fogging Schedule City Parks - August 16, August 17 and August 21

City staff will fog Caruth Park and Coffee Park on August 16 and August 17 and August 21.  On August 17, City staff will fog all the other City parks. Nightime fogging will begin after 11 p.m.  On August 21 fogging will begin at 4 a.m. 

Armed Robbery at  Starbucks

Saturday, August 12 - About 6:40 a.m. a suspect armed with a hand gun entered the Starbucks in the 6700 block of Hillcrest and demanded money from the store register.  The employee complied. The suspect, who had covered his face to hide his identity, then left the store on foot.  He was last seen walking southbound.

If you have information about this incident, please contact UPPD Detective Escobar at 214-987-5360. 

This store was also robbed soon after opening for business on July 27. 

It's a common question - What can be recycled?

Our Sanitation Division crews welcome the site of an alley populated with blue recycling containers that are filled to capacity. 

Remember - As you help the environment and our community, avoid mixing non-recyclable items like small plastic bags, garden hoses and discarded Christmas lights with items that can be recycled.  These “contaminated” materials degrade “good” recycled materials, and can jam sorting equipment.

Reducing the amount of contaminated materials

A recent audit of the City’s residential and commercial recycling loads determined that nearly 20 percent of delivered volume was comprised of non-recyclable materials.  That amount is double the figure we typically report.  Our goal is 10 percent contamination or less.

Let Waste Wizard answer your questions

If you are unsure if an item is recyclable, go to the City’s website and use Waste Wizard.  This quick and easy tool provides details on what materials go into the recycling container or the trash can.  To access Waste Wizard go to  From the home page click on Government, Sanitation/Recycling and then Recycling.  At that point, simply type in the item in question to see if it should be recycled or disposed of as waste.

A short list of common recyclable items:

  • Paper and paper products
  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten)
  • Metal cans (rinsed and clean)
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Glass jars and bottles (rinsed and clean)
  • Plastic containers (no Styrofoam or packing peanuts)

A short list of common non-recyclable items:

  • Soiled pizza boxes
  • Styrofoam or packing materials
  • Plastic bags
  • Used toys
  • Garden hoses

August 2017 UPdate

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

Improvement project - Dallas North Tollway

The south end of the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) is getting a facelift. The North Texas Tollway Authority will replace the center median barrier and repave the tollway between Harvest Hill Road (south of I-635) and I-35E.   Because of the project, a new speed limit of 55 miles an hour is in place from Harvest Hill Road south of I-635 to I-35.   

This is proactive, planned maintenance to ensure a safe, reliable and quality road that drivers expect on the DNT.
To minimize traffic impacts, the majority of this work will happen during off-peak hours — at night and on some weekends. Nightly lane closures will be performed under the guidance of local law enforcement. Please be aware that the work area will move locations periodically.

Project Elements - Crews will restripe the lanes to make room for repairs, then the center barrier will be removed and replaced, then asphalt replacement will take place.
This project will be complete in approximately 18 months, weather permitting.  For project updates and the latest information on lane closures go to

Preventing third-row seat thefts

The University Park Police Department reminds SUV owners with 2014 and older models to continue to take precautions to prevent third-row seat thefts.
Thieves most often target GM products including Suburbans, Tahoes and Yukons.  The stolen seats are commonly sold on eBay, Craigslist, and at area swap meets.  Although 2015 and newer GM full-sized SUVs feature third-row seats that are bolted to the floor, earlier-models have seats that can be easily removed.  Here are a few preventive tips that residents can take to safeguard their vehicles:

  • Secure the third-row seat with a cable lock.  Although locks can be cut, this is a layer of protection to slow the thief down. 
  • Store the seat if it’s not being used. 
  • Park your vehicle in your garage.  If not, back the vehicle to the garage, a fence or wall to hinder thieves from entering the vehicle through the back glass. 
  • Etch your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the seat. The police department has an electric engraver available for resident use.

Report any suspicious activity to the University Park Police Department at 214-363-3000 or call 911 for an emergency.