Council appoints city secretary

The Highland Village City Council appointed Diane Callahan to the City Secretary position at their Feb. 8 meeting.

Callahan has worked in the Highland Village City Secretary’s office for ten years. In 2006, she was appointed Deputy City Secretary and received her City Secretary certification in 2008.

“In reviewing all the applications for the City Secretary position, Diane was the most qualified and her history with the city makes the appointment a good fit,” said Mayor Scott McDearmont. “We congratulate Diane and we’re confident she’ll do a great job.”

Also at the meeting, Council approved a resolution supporting the No Smoking Legislation proposed by Representative Myra Crownover. Council members also discussed proposed changes to the city’s smoking ordinance. The Council will continue discussion of the city’s smoking ordinance at their next meeting on March 8.
During the Mayor’s Report, Mayor Scott McDearmont recognized Firefighters/Paramedics Richard Caudle and Robert Dukes for their life-saving care in the line of duty.

Mayor McDearmont also presented the Life Saving Award to Police Officer Ryan Urbanek.

On December 3rd, 2010 at about 5:30 a.m., Highland Village Police received a report of a female possibly headed to Lake Lewisville to commit suicide by driving into the Lake. Officer Urbanek responded to Copperas Branch Park and began patrolling the area. He saw the headlights of a vehicle totally submerged underwater. The female was treading water close to the vehicle and Officer Urbanek attempted to call her to shore but she was having difficulty keeping her head above water.  Her head went under several times and Officer Urbanek, who was already knee deep in the cold water, swam out after her. He got hold of the female and was able to pull her in safely to the shore. EMS was called to the scene and transported her to the hospital for medical treatment and evaluation by Denton County Mental Health Mental Retardation personnel.

During the City Manager report, Parks Director Linda Cornelius provided an update on the Trail Master Plan Public Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to receive public input as city staff updates the current Trail Master Plan.

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