The Arbor - June 2005

June 3, 2005

Direct Alarm Monitoring provides rapid response

On May 14, 2005 around noon, the University Park Police/Fire Communications received a residential fire alarm via Direct Alarm Monitoring from 3121 Southwestern Boulevard. Fire units were immediately dispatched.  When they arrived, approximately four minutes later, smoke was observed coming from the home. 

While the Fire Department was enroute, Communications had also dispatched Highland Park Fire units to the address and had contacted the residents, who were away.  During the call to the residents, Communications personnel learned that the family's dog was locked in the kitchen.  This information was given to Fire personnel, who upon arrival were able to rescue the family's pet.  The combination of the home being directly monitored by University Park and the attention to detail by both Communications and Fire personnel resulted in a positive outcome under the circumstances.  Damage to the home was minimal because of the rapid response time, and the family pet is doing well.

Direct Alarm Monitoring, a service provided by the University Park Police Department, saves valuable response time during security and fire alarm calls.  Private alarm monitoring companies typically call homeowners prior to making the call to dispatch police or fire.  This lag between receiving the alarm and contacting the Police or Fire Department can sometimes take several minutes.  With University Park Direct Alarm Monitoring, police or fire units are immediately dispatched to the scene as soon as the alarm goes off.  City Communications then call the resident while the units are enroute.  This eliminates the lag in response time that can occur with private monitoring companies.

To obtain more information or enroll in University Park Direct Alarm Monitoring, contact the Direct Alarm Office at 214-987-5372 or click here to visit the Direct Alarm Monitoring section of the city website.

Change in City Council meeting dates

Per resolution passed  by the City Council at the May 18th meeting,  University Park council meetings will now be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

City hires new Fire Marshal and Community Development Manager

The City is pleased to announce the hiring of Fire Marshal John Gillette and Community Development Manager Harry Persaud.

John Gillette replaces former Fire Marshal Carl McMurphy.  Mr. Gillette has a bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University.  He has worked for DFW International Airport for the past 2 years as a Fire and Safety Engineer.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.  Mr. Gillette began work for University Park May 16th and can be reached at 214-987-5382.

Harry Persaud replaces Wade McLaurin, former Building and Zoning Administrator.  Mr. Persaud has a bachelors degree in Geography from the University of Guyana, in Georgetown, Guyana, and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Oxford Polytechnic University, Oxford, England.  He has worked for the City of The Colony for the past 7 years as Director of Development Services.  Mr. Persaud began work in his new position at University Park June 1 and can be reached at 214-987-5410.


The Park Cities Fourth of July Celebration will be held Monday, July 4th.  The parade begins at 9:00 a.m., and activities at Goar Park begin at 9:30 a.m.  There is no admission charge.

Parade line-up begins on Euclid Ave. near Highland Park Town Hall at 7:30 a.m.  Bicycle line-up begins at 8:00 a.m. at Bank of America (Mockingbird & Preston).  Tricycle line-up begins at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on University Blvd. at 9:30 a.m. Picnic activities will be held after the parade in Goar Park, adjacent to University Park City Hall.

The parade will travel west on Euclid from Highland Park Town Hall to Highland, then north to Beverly Dr.,  continuing west on Beverly and then turning north on Preston Rd. to University.  The parade will then travel east on University to Hunters Glen and turn north to Turtle Creek Blvd. towards its end on the north side of Goar Park.

The parade is sponsored by the Texas Rotary Club of Park Cities (Dallas).  For more information call the Fourth of July parade hotline at  972-788-1950.

Click here to see pictures of the Fourth of July celebration last year.

Independence Day Sanitation Collection Schedule

Regular Route
Mon - Thur
Tues - Fri

Holiday Route
Tues - Thur
Wed - Fri


1. Do not leave valuables inside your parked car.

2. Park in visible, well-lighted areas.

3. Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle to reduce the time needed to enter.

4. Keep garage doors closed and locked.

5. Keep the doors locked on your home at all times.

6. Use timers on lamps to give the appearance that you are home.

7. Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and mail while you are away.

8. If leaving on vacation, call the University Park Police at 214-363-3000 and request a vacation house check.

9. Report any suspicious activity immediately.


"The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, and handling and use of fireworks are prohibited (Revised Code of Ordinances Chapter 5, section 3301.1.3)"