City News Briefs

January 19, 2018

Filing period for 2018 City election runs through February 16

University Park residents who are interested in running for mayor or city council can file an application for a place on the May 5 ballot beginning January 17. The last day to file an application with the city secretary is February 16.

Candidates for either office must be at least 21 years of age and have been a resident of the City for at least 12 months prior to the May 5 election date. Candidates must also meet Texas Election Code requirements, have a valid voter registration card, and not be delinquent on any taxes or other liabilities due the City.  By City Charter, the mayor and all four council members serve two year terms. All five positions are at-large seats with each elected official serving the city as a whole. No mayor or council member can serve more than three successive terms, or six years of continuous service.  

By City charter, the mayor is elected separately from the council and does not run against individual council candidates.  As the official head of city government, the mayor presides over all council meetings, and votes on all matters before council, unless otherwise disqualified.  Each council member has an equal vote on all actions taken by the council and is expected to attend the regular council meetings conducted on first and third Tuesdays as well as serve as liaison to various advisory committees.  The mayor and council members serve without compensation. 

Candidate filing packets are available online until the filing deadline date, or at City Hall at 3800 University Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For more information about the filing process, visit the Texas Ethics Commission and Texas Secretary of State websites or contact City Secretary, Christine Green at (214) 987-5302 or by e-mail at

UPPL Friends special lecture series runs through January 25

Look who’s turning 5!  It's been nearly five years since UP Public Library moved to the Plaza at Preston Center.  In celebration, the Friends of UPPL will kick-off 2018 with a special lecture series.  All the lectures will be held in the library’s 3rd floor community room from 7 to 8 p.m.  

Mark your calendar and join us on January 16, 18, 23, 25.
  • January  16 - Making Sense of New Media – Reid Slaughter, journalist
  • January  18 - Pet Health and Parenting  - Dr. John Vandermeer, Highland Park Animal Hospital & Melissa Anderson with dog, Skinny Vinnie
  • January  23 - Privacy in a Public World - Ashley Cook, CEO/Founder ZOCCAM 
  • January  25 - And the Oscar Goes to… - Libby Hunt, movie reviewer
The Friends are offering one amazing price for all 4 speakers - $20 a ticket. 

Where to get tickets

Series tickets are available at these library supporters: Suzanne Roberts Gifts, Kid Biz and Lucky Dog Barkery or UP Public Library.  You can also purchase tickets at the library. 

These lectures are underwritten by Kathy Myers and Lacy Schultz - Dave Perry Miller Real Estate
January 2018 UPdate

Catch up on City items of interest, department-by-department.  UPdate is a new online publication that is distributed mid-month.  Read the January 2018 version of UPdate.

Concrete pours and steel at UP Elementary School site

Through the end of January, activity at the site of the UP Elementary School rebuild will center on concrete pours and the delivery and installation of steel to frame and support the 3-story building. 

All piers are complete. Foundation walls are under construction, steel columns are being installed and grade beams have been poured in the building's education wing of the building. About half of the slab has been poured in the education wing and the parking garage. Most of the basement walls have been poured, and most concrete columns are poured. 

During the delivery of concrete to the site, personnel will stage trucks on Lovers Lane in the existing head-in parking areas, so traffic impact should be minimal.  Trucks will come to and exit the site on Lovers Lane.  Flagmen will be assisting the trucks at all times.  This activity is generally scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.    

Renovations underway at the Holmes Aquatic Center

Construction is well underway on a new building that will feature an updated concessions area, family-style restrooms, meeting rooms and improvements to the children's sprayground pump equipment.  Construction of the new building is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2018 pool season.  A timetable for the redesign of the existing west building has not been finalized.

Curtis Park's tennis courts, play areas and other amenities will remain open throughout the project.