City of Dallas offers Free Irrigation System Checkup

FREE Irrigation System Check-ups Can Save You Water and Money

As a service to our customers, City of Dallas Water Utilities is conducting FREE automatic irrigation system check-ups.

As we move into spring, now is a great time to have your system inspected by one of our licensed irrigation system professionals. They will help you make seasonal adjustments to your programming in order to maximize water savings. Poor irrigation scheduling, systems operating inefficiently and overwatering are the primary sources of landscape water waste.

These check-ups can help improve the efficiency of your existing irrigation system by identifying:

  • Programming errors
  • Leaks in the system
  • Broken or misaligned equipment
  • Problems with pressure (too high or too low)
  • Coverage problems

As part of the check-up, the irrigation specialists may also make recommendations such as:

  • Programming suggestions
  • Turf water requirements
  • Possible equipment upgrades
  • Repair and maintenance tips

Our goal at the City of Dallas Water Utilities is to help you save water! All recommendations are subject to the homeowner’s discretion, but each recommendation could save you money.

Contact us to schedule your free check-up today by going to or call us at (214) 670-3155.

Dallas City Charter Review Commission Meeting

The Charter Review Commission will conduct community meetings Feb. 11 and Feb. 15 to receive public comments on the charter review process. Meeting times and locations are:
Tuesday Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Bachman Lake Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Road

Saturday Feb. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Martin Luther King Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

City of Dallas Health Fair

Dallas Park and Recreation Department is hosting a free family-friendly health fair on Monday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fretz Recreation Center, 6950 Beltline Road. The fair is a one-stop shop for North Texans to get cutting-edge information that addresses critical health and social issues while connecting with area organizations that deliver a wide range of health resources.

The event kicks off a specially designed wellness initiative offered at Fretz and other City of Dallas recreation centers for adults 55 and older. Texercise, a free 12-week nutrition and exercise program, is a series of incentive-based activities to encourage participants to eat healthy and do daily exercise.

Families can get information and useful tips on such topics as Medicare, Medicaid, diabetes prevention, fitness trends and nutrition. Senior adults and individuals of all ages with disabilities will find health resources tailored for their needs.  

The Methodist Health System Mobile Mammography Unit will offer screenings by appointment only from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Methodist Health Connection prior to the fair at (214) 947-0026. For event information, call Fretz Recreation Center at (214) 670-6203.

Exhibiting organizations include:

  •          The Cooper Institute of Dallas – Nutrition and exercise
  •          Susan G Komen for the Cure – Healthy diets and cancer prevention
  •          YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas – Diabetes prevention and Silver Sneakers   program
  •          Paradigm Home Health Agency – Blood pressure screening
  •          Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics – Spine and posture screening
  •          Reliv International Nutritional Supplements – Weight management
  •          North Texas Food Bank – Medicaid
  •          Advanced Hearing Center
  •          Blue Cross blue Shield of Texas
  •          City of Dallas Senior Services
  •          Lewisville Estates Senior Living
  •          Maximus Health
  •          Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Dallas Junior Police Acacademy

The Dallas Junior Police Academy it is holding an ADVANCED class for students in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The class will be held at the Dallas Police Academy and the students will take field trips to Dallas Police Headquarters and the 911/Communications Center at Dallas City Hall.

Information on the class and applications are now available at The class will hold 30 students. Classes fill up very quickly, so please send your application in as soon as possible. You can fax, mail or email your application to Sgt. Cheryl Cornish. The information is on the bottom of the application.

To see a 3 minute video of a typical Dallas Junior Police Academy, go to and type in Dallas Junior Police Academy.  You can also follow them on twitter @DallasJrPolice and they can be found at #DallasJPA.  There will also be a BASIC Dallas Junior Police Academy for students in the 4th-7th grade in March.

Christmas Tree Recycling

The Dallas Sanitation Department reminds you…It doesn’t matter where you bought it.  This year, recycle your live Christmas tree at any Home Depot store in Dallas, from December 26 to January 7.

11255 Garland Road – Dallas, Texas 75218

11468 Grissom Lane – Dallas, Texas 75229

6110 Lemmon Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75209

6000 Skillman – Dallas, Texas 75231

2610 Fort Worth Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75211

2901 W. Wheatland Road – Dallas, Texas 75237

11682 Forest Central Drive – Dallas, Texas 75243

Remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails and tree stands before dropping off your tree.  Call the Waste Diversion Hotline at 214-670-4475 if you need additional information. This program is a community partnership between Home Depot and the City of Dallas supported through the Sanitation Services Department.

City of Dallas Launches PayByPhone Parking for Meters

Dallas The City of Dallas and PayByPhone Technologies have launched pay by phone parking, a convenient alternative to using cash at the meter. PayByPhone allows drivers to pay for metered parking with a credit or debit card using a smartphone app or by dialing a toll free number.
“PayByPhone can also send users a text message reminder five minutes before their meter expires, giving them the option to extend their parking session,” said Parking Enforcement Manager Paul Curington “If you’re stuck in a meeting, enjoying dinner or just want to spend more time shopping, you can add parking time from wherever you are without worrying about getting a ticket.”
PayByPhone street teams will be at 2630 Commerce St. Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at Main Street Gardens Saturday Nov. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. to promote the service, answer questions and help customers sign up.

For a free PayByPhone account, download the Smartphone app (iOS, Android, and Blackberry supported), or visit Don’t have a smartphone? Call 1-888-680-7275, follow the voice prompts and set up an account to pay for parking with a credit or debit card. One time registration is quick and easy and all information is securely saved. (A 35 cent convenience fee is charged for each transaction).

Fall Plant Sale

Hello, Neighbors!

Please see the attached 2013-Fall Sale Order Form for the fall plant sale.  Orders received on or before Wednesday, October 30 will be delivered to your home Saturday, November 2nd.  We have always had beautiful plants, baskets, and bowls delivered to us from Gena Evans and our friends at Home Grown Plants.  If you have any questions, please call me at 214-546-9375 or Gena at 972-754-4888 and feel free to visit the web sites at and

Thanks for your support,

Keith Kinney

President Meadows Neighborhood Association

Dallas Office of Emergency Management Joins National Preparedness Month

The City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will participate in numerous education and outreach events in September as part of National Preparedness Month. The nationwide effort encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The OEM will host an information booth from 9 to10 a.m. Thursday mornings during September and will also present these education and outreach events:

Sept. 4 – Employee Safety Fair, Federal Reserve Bank
Sept. 7, 14 & 21 – Community Emergency Response Team training

Sept. 11- Downtown Security Directors Association meeting
Sept. 11 – Day to Remember, Brookhaven College, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 – FEMA Region VI Employee Preparedness Event

Sept. 19 – Occidental Chemical Corporation Employee Preparedness Event

Sept. 17 – Building Owners and Managers Association meeting

Sept. 21 – Outreach at Chief on the Beat at Thomas Jefferson High School, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sept. 27 – Public outreach at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

National Preparedness Month’s key messages include preparing for emergencies by following these steps:
–     Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

–       Make a plan.

–       Build an emergency supply kit.

–       Get involved.

Preparedness information and events will be posted on Facebook:OEMDallas and Twitter@DallasOEM. For more information visit or call 1-800-BE-READY.

Dallas Library-Sale of Used Books and More

Visit the Dallas Central Library BookEnds and browse through the large selection of used books, movies, audio books, music cd’s and more! Prices are 50¢ for any individual item OR fill up a box (standard size) for only $6! Store operating hours are Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.  BookEnds is located on the first floor of the Central Library 1515 Young Street. Check out the website at or call 214-670-1727 during store hours for more information.