Council approves contract for automated meter reading system

The Highland Village City Council approved a resolution executing the contract for the installation of a fixed network automated water mater reading system at their meeting on Tuesday.

The contract, with Ferguson Waterworks Meter & Automation Group, replaces all water meters located in the city with a new meter, replaces all cast iron meter box lids with plastic lids and installing all equipment to provide a fixed network water meter reading system to include a web portal for residents to view their water consumption.

The project will begin with a pilot phase of 509 houses to ensure the system works correctly, city officials said.

There will be no effect on existing utility rates, as the $1,350,232 contract was included in the 2010-2011 Utility Fund Budget. The AMR project funding was included in the 2008 bond proceeds, which is included in the current water rate structure. 

“The new water meter reading system utilizes technology to ensure immediate, consistent and accurate reads of city water meters as well as providing residents the ability to monitor their water usage through web access to their account,” said Mayor Scott McDearmont.

Council also approved a resolution executing the contract for construction of the wastewater system improvements to Winding Creek Drive and Oak Forest Drive sanitary sewer line.

The wastewater replacement program was included in the city’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) several years ago to address the older sewer lines within the city. The older lines consist of pipelines made of vitrified clay pipe (VCP) which is susceptible to breaking, cracking, root intrusion and joint displacement. Those lines will be replaced with PVC pipe which is more flexible, dependable and durable, said officials.  The contract was awarded to Dickerson Construction Co. in the amount of $725,345.

Council approved a resolution executing a contract with Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. for design services for the Doubletree Ranch Park Master Plan. The resolution approves the funding for Phase 1 in an amount not to exceed $66,000.

City Council members Charlotte Wilcox, Pat Davis and William Meek were sworn in to office. All three council members ran unopposed for their seats. This is the second time since Highland Village was incorporated in 1963 the City Council election was cancelled. 

Council members appointed Louis Robichaux IV as Mayor Pro Tem and Charlotte Wilcox as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. 

During City Manager reports, a Denton County Transportation Authority representative provided a recap on DCTA’s Rail Ready Safety Day held on May 21 at the MedPark station in Denton and invited residents to attend the Rock ‘N Rail event on Saturday, June 18 which celebrates the opening of the A-train service. More information can be found at

City manager Michael Leavitt invited residents to attend the annual Red, White & Blue Festival on Saturday, June 4.

Morning Events at Unity Park:

7:00 a.m.         5k/1k Run Registration, Sponsored by Marcus High School Cross Country & Track
8:00 a.m.         Run Begins
9:00 a.m.         Family Fish Out
10:30 a.m.       Arbor Day Proclamation

Evening Events at Copperas Branch Park
5:00 p.m.         Gates Open
6:30 p.m.         Bart Crow Band
8:15 p.m.         Josh Abbott Band
Grand Finale     Fireworks Extravaganza

More information is available at


Submitted by the City of Highland Village

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