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The Highland Village City Council Tuesday approved the second and final read of an ordinance providing for smoke free workplaces in the city by a vote of 5-2.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in any enclosed facility within all places of employment and any area available and used by the general public. Smoking is not prohibited in outdoor patio areas of businesses. Council provided a June 1, 2011 effective date for this ordinance.

Also at the meeting, council members approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute an interlocal agreement with Denton County for design services, installation, and construction of landscaping for medians and roadway intersection lighting on FM 2499 from FM 407 north to the Highland Village city limits. The project consists of landscape enhancements, drainage improvements, lighting, aesthetic improvement and additional safety-screening walls by the Texas Department of Transportation in five locations. Denton County will contribute $1 million to the project, to be reimbursed to the city at the completion of the project.

During Mayor and Council comments, Mayor Scott McDearmont announced the Police Departments new program, “Stand Up” Against Bullying, which supports the efforts of the Lewisville School District to combat the problem of bullying in schools.

Highland Village Police Department’s Education/Awareness program is designed to reinforce LISD efforts and further minimize the effects of this kind of behavior. The HVPD message will be focused on reversing and preventing these activities from ever occurring by actively and visibly gaining the condemnation of bullying by our community, through our elected officials, parents, school administrators, teachers and most importantly our students.

“I appreciate our Police Department’s commitment to a multi-disciplinary approach to stand up against bullying. We must be good examples for our children and let them know this behavior will not be tolerated in our community,” said Mayor Scott McDearmont

During his report, City Manager Michael Leavitt informed residents of upcoming events:

– Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 16, at Unity Park. The hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. There will be face painting, games, a bounce house and Freddy’s Frozen Custard. The Easter bunny will be there too and available for pictures with the kids. This event is free and for children ages 10 and under.

– Highland Village Veterans Memorial Dedication – Friday, April 15 In 2008 the City dedicated the community funded Veterans Monument on the south side of the Municipal Complex. The Monument represents each branch of the armed services. The newly constructed Veterans Memorial is adjacent to the Monument and is designed to memorialize individual Highland Village Veterans who have died in the line of duty or passed away after full retirement from the service. Join us for the dedication of our Veterans Memorial and for the placing of the first plaque honoring Pfc. Aaron Hudson from Highland Village who was killed in Iraq on April 16, 2005.

Veterans Memorial Dedication
Friday, April 15, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
City of Highland Village Municipal Complex
1000 Highland Village Road
South side of Brazos Boulevard and City Trail

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