City News Briefs

April 6, 2018

Complete the 2018 Community Survey

Now through April 30 University Park residents are once again being asked to provide the City with feedback on its services, programs and communications.  Thanks for giving us your thoughts and direction!

Two ways to participate

Households will receive the survey in their March utility bill.  A self-addressed postage paid envelope is included with each survey.  For those who prefer to participate electronically, each printed survey has a unique number on the front.  To gain online access, participants will go to a secured link and type in that number.  Whether you reply using the printed survey or you participate online, department-by-department content is the same.  Both formats provide residents with the opportunity to include expanded written comments.  Findings will be tabulated by an outside research firm.  Once the results are compiled, the City will report back to the community using the Arbor and other outreach platforms.
Save the Date - Community Recycling event, April 28

The next Park Cities recycling event will take place in the parking lot across from Burleson Park on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get a jump on spring cleaning and close out tax season by clearing your garage, attic and closets of old financial and medical documents, outdated or unused electronics, and even clothing, furniture and large appliances. 
Atmos Energy gas mains and distribution lines in University Park

With the recent replacement of gas mains and distribution lines near Love Field, the City wants you to know about efforts to modernize gas mains and distribution lines in University Park. 

In 2013, Atmos began a multi-year program to replace our cast-iron mains with polyethylene product.  The City’s Public Works Department estimates there are about 65 miles of gas mains in University Park.  Today, about half are polyethylene, most of the rest are cast-iron.  The remainder are steel.  University Park was completely developed before polyethylene was available.  So, in general, cast-iron was installed before steel, and steel was installed before polyethylene.  Atmos crews continue to work on pipe replace in our community.
Who is responsible for natural gas distribution lines?

Atmos is responsible for the maintenance and repair of mains and distribution lines in University Park.  Customers with general questions should contact the company directly at (888) 286-6700, or online

What to do if you smell natural gas
If you suspect a natural gas leak on your property, stop what you’re doing, leave the premises, and call 911.
Leak Detection

Smell – Because natural gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, a distinctive, sulfur-like, rotten egg odor is added so you can detect even small amounts of natural gas. 
Sound - In addition to the smell, pay attention to hissing, whistling or roaring sounds coming from underground or from a gas appliance.
Sight - Be aware of dirt spraying into the air, continual bubbling in a pond or creek, and dead or dying vegetation in an otherwise moist area.
Other leak indicators - The stovetop’s blue flames suddenly turn orange or yellow (discolored flames indicate the appliance is not working properly).  An excessive amount of ash or soot around a pilot light could signal a larger problem.

Work on Northwest Highway elevated Water Tank continues

Crews are repairing and repainting the elevated water storage tank on Northwest Highway.  This effort involves work in the interior and on the exterior of the bowl.  The pedestal of the tank will not be repainted. 

The work will be performed by Blastco Texas, Inc. Weather permitting, the anticipated completion date is the end of May.  

Blastco has installed scaffolding and a shroud will cover the tank to enclose the work area. During construction, there will be temporary fencing around the site for security and resident safety.  Sandblasting work will at times be noisy.  Unless Saturday work is authorized to complete the project on schedule, all site work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This work is not expected to influence water pressure or supply. 

April 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 April 2018 version of UPdate.