SMU is a strange entity. It’s a freestanding, independent organization, but still needs University Park approval for most things.
With that, SMU came before the UP City Council Tuesday night to ask for approval for a series of signs dotting the campus. During the pre-meeting presentation, though, a few councilmembers recognized something: some of these signs already existed.
“I guess it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission,” said Councilmember Dawn Moore.
During the main session, UP Mayor Dick Davis asked SMU attorney Paul Ward a fairly straight-forward question: “What if we said no?”
After a few chuckles, Ward responded.
“There would be some deconstruction, and much conversation at the university for the legal department to come before the construction department,” he said.
No need. Councilmembers approved the signs.