City News Briefs
February 13, 2019
Gas line leak in Snider Plaza capped
3:10 p.m. update: Hillcrest @ Lovers has reopened for both southbound and northbound traffic in the aftermath of today's gas leak. The only remaining closure is a small portion of Westminster immediately south of Tom Thumb in Snider Plaza as Atmos crews continue repairs.
2:00 p.m. update - Crews have clamped the gas line. Motorists can now travel east and west on Lovers down to Hillcrest. Hillcrest from Lovers to Rankin remains closed, along with Snider Plaza and Hersey. It remains difficult to get into northern side of Snider Plaza, so motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. Stay tuned for more updates.
A gas main on Westminster between Hillcrest and Snider Plaza on the south side of Tom Thumb was cut as a result of contractor work. As a precaution, Tom Thumb, QuickLube and Benchmark Bank have been evacuated. Crews are conducting readings at nearby businesses. Traffic is stopped at Hillcrest and Lovers going both directions. Eastbound traffic on Lovers is diverted to Airline and motorists can travel north or south on Airline. UPFD is continuing to monitor the scene and Atmos has arrived on scene.
For pickup purposes at UP Elementary, motorists should avoid Lovers and Hillcrest and Dickens and Lovers. Motorists should get to the school off Turtle Creek and exit the campus from the east on Amherst to Hillcrest.
Occupied Homes Burglarized - Lock Your Doors
UPPD reports that during the past two weeks, burglars have entered two homes at night while those inside were asleep. During one of the incidents, suspects could see a purse on the dining room table from the front lawn, and had easy access to the valuables because the exterior door was unlocked.
Don’t forget to lock your doors and activate your alarm system daily!
Mayor's State of the City presentation
During this presentation held at City Hall on February 14, Mayor Olin Lane, Jr. touched on many of the key issues and projects the Council and City staff are focused on in 2019. During the event, a printed version of the City's 2018-19 Annual Report was handed out to attendees. The report summarizes the City's finances and recaps current major projects and activities on a department-by-department basis.
State of the City Video (45:55)
State of the City Power Point
Iconic LOVE sculpture donated to University Park
University Park is feeling a whole lot of love just in time for Valentine’s Day, thanks to a new sculpture installation in Williams Park.
Created by renowned artist Robert Indiana, the famous LOVE sculpture has been gifted to University Park on long-term loan by Pauline and Austin Neuhoff. As residents of the City, the Neuhoffs recently had their 25th wedding anniversary and wanted to celebrate and share their “love” with their community, so they donated the sculpture to the City.
Once the LOVE sculpture agreement was approved by the City Council, a special committee of members with art expertise was formed to choose the best location for the 6x6 foot sculpture. After some consideration, it was decided that placement on the south side of the Williams Park island would provide the perfect community backdrop.
The LOVE sculpture adds to the list of art on display in various City parks. Hitzelberger Park is home to a sculpture titled “Parental Embrace,” created by Dallas stone-carver Harold F. Clayton and donated by former University Park Mayor Barbara Hitzelberger-Wooten. There are also sculptures on display at Coffee Park, Caruth Park and Elena’s Children’s Park.
Robert Indiana, who passed away in May 2018 at the age of 89, created the famous LOVE sculpture as a pop art image in 1964, and the first rendering in sculpture was made in 1970 and is located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There are fewer than 25 original LOVE sculptures in the United States. University Park is the second location in Texas, another is on display at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.
February 2019 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 2019 version of UPdate.