Today's Quality of Life Update: How to Report Dead Street Lights, and TX-OU Tow Warnings

Amazing the things you learn from city council briefings. Like this: Oncor has a Web site that allows you to report street-light outages by address or pole numbers. It's been operational since August, but the council's Quality of Life Committee is getting a briefing on the subject today. The Web site's a good time suck if you're curious about how many public and private street lights are in your neighborhood -- just type in your address and have at it. Another fun fact: There are 86,000 public right-of-way street lights citywide, all of which are maintained by Oncor. But keep this in mind: "Alley lights are the responsibility of property owners." So there.

Here's another timely Quality of Life committee briefing: Motor Vehicle Tow Plan for the State Fair of Texas. Wait -- isn't the Fair over on Sunday? Regardless, seems Public Works wants to calm the council before Texas-OU, since last year's Red RIver Shootout ended with unsuspecting Fairgoers getting their cars towed illegally. As it happens, on September 22, the city hand-delivered to all licensed tow companies a letter warning them that "violations of the City Code will not be tolerated." And if they are, well, there will be ramifications ranging from a $1,000 Class C misdemeanor ticket to a 10-day suspension to a two-year revocation of two licenses. The missive's included in the briefing.

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robert Wilonsky
Contact: Robert Wilonsky