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Highland Village council approves drainage fee increase

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Highland Village City Council members Tuesday passed the final read of an ordinance increasing the drainage fee by 20 cents, resulting in an 83-cent increase in the monthly bill for the average resident.

The Drainage Utility Fund was established in 2007 and the fee had been unchanged at $1.20 per 1,000 square feet of impervious cover, which translated to a $5 monthly average charge to residents.

City officials said the addition of one technician position in 2010 and the establishment of an ongoing mosquito abatement program necessitate an increase in the fee.

The new rate is projected to be sufficient for at least the next five years.

Council also approved two resolutions authorizing the notice of intent to issue Certificates of Obligation with the expectation to reimburse expenditures with proceeds of future debt.

The first resolution approved the issuance $4,650,000 for utility capital projects including the expansion and site upgrade to the FM 407 Ground Water Storage which is needed to increase water storage and well capacity and the extension of a water line in the western portion of the city to Brooks Court.

The planned issuance will have no impact on current rates, officials said.

The second resolution approves the intent to issue $7,250,000 for park improvements including the construction of Doubletree Ranch Park which will bid in February or March 2014, construction of a parking area at Brazos Park and playground equipment for Turpin Park.

Council approved a resolution appointing Paul Pomeroy as the Highland Village representative to the Denton County Transportation Authority. Pomeroy has served as the city’s representative since October 2011 and is currently Vice Chairman of the DCTA Board.

Council members recognized outgoing board and commission members Charles Turner, Tom Moore, Gene Wernette and Jim Walters. Turner was a charter member of the board, serving since 2005, and served as president from 2005-2013. Moore served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board since 2004 and served as Chairman of the board. Wernette served on the Parks and Recreation Board since 2007 and served as Vice Chairman of the board. Walters served on Planning and Zoning commission since 2006.

During the Mayor and Council Reports, Mayor Davis recognized Art Week as November 4-10 in the city of Highland Village in conjunction with the Cross Timbers Artist Guild Studio Tour set for November 9-10. Members of the Artist Guild open their studios to the public to meet and visit with the local artists.

During the City Manager Report, the HVTV Update informed residents of the opportunity to sponsor a veteran for the annual Salute Our Veterans Lunch. Sponsorships begin at $45, which covers the cost of three veterans. Contact Lori Wright at 972-899-5131 for more information. The lunch will be held on Tuesday, November 12 at Celebrations Event Center in Highland Village. All area veterans are invited to attend at no charge. RSVP to hvba@highlandvillage.org or 972-899-5131.

The update also provided information on the Fall Festival to be held at Unity Park on October 31, the Concert in the Park scheduled for November 2 featuring Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band and kittens available for adoption.

Source: City of Highland Village

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