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Highland Village City Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman
Highland Village City Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman

Highland Village received a $35,000 check from the Denton County Sheriff’s office at the city council meeting Tuesday. The money, from the seizure or sale of contraband seized by the Highland Village Police Department, will be used to purchase a live scan fingerprint system.

Sheriff Will Travis presented the check to Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim. The live scan fingerprint system electronically captures fingerprints in a digitized format and then transmits them to the Department of Public Safety and/or the FBI.

Council received an update from the Denton County Transportation Authority regarding the Highland Village specific services, Connect Shuttle and Community on Demand. Since the launch of these services in April 2016, DCTA has carried 3,611 passengers, more than two and a half times the amount carried in 2015 with the RSVP service. DCTA Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Nicole Recker, also informed Council of a new partnership with Uber. Under the agreement, those traveling within the specified Highland Village Zone will receive a $2 discount for Uber rides as part of the new pilot program.

Mayor Wilcox presented a proclamation for Artist Month in support of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild Studio Tour scheduled for November 12 – 13.

During the City Manager’s Report, Michael Leavitt informed Council on the status of several projects. Inspection of the Highland Village Road overlay project found approximately 65 areas to be out of compliance with the required surface test. The contractor will perform pavement grinding of the out of compliance areas. The operation will take approximately two days to complete and should be completed by November 4. When the road surface meets specification, the striping will be placed and the project closed.

The Highland Village Dog Park contractor will be finished with construction and clean up by November 4. Turf establishment and maintenance will continue for at least four weeks. City crews will install bench pads, benches, irrigation system, shade structures and electrical work on existing lighting. The park will remain closed until the turf is established. On Monday, November 14, the “green field” at Unity Park ball fields will be open as a temporary off-leash area until January 22, 2017.

The FM 2499 median modifications were constructed by TxDOT as part of their Hwy 377 project. City crews will install temporary pavement markers and signage. TxDOT will install the permanent markings when they deploy pavement marking on the Hwy 377 project which is anticipated to take place in August 2017.

Also during the report, the HVTV Update informed residents of the Fall Festival scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at Unity Park, early voting currently underway at the Highland Village Municipal Complex and the Salute Our Veterans Luncheon scheduled for November 10.

The City Council early work session and regular session is available on HVTV (Time Warner 16; Verizon 43) and via the website streaming by clicking HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.

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