Council recognizes citizen for community service

Highland Village Mayor Scott McDearmont presented the Mayor’s Citizen Award to Pat Falcon for volunteering her time to various organizations over the years at the August 23 city council meeting.

“It was my pleasure to recognize Pat Falcon with a Mayor’s Service Award for her years of dedicated service to Highland Village as well as our region,” said Mayor McDearmont.

Ms. Falcon has served the city of Highland Village for many years, participating and volunteering in many capacities including Highland Village Lions Club, the Highland Village Business Association, and the Community Development Corporation and served on the committee that worked on the book, A History of Highland Village.

Mayor McDearmont also presented city manager Michael Leavitt with a proclamation and plaque honoring him for his recent nomination for the Texas City Management Association Administrator of the Year.

The presentation highlighted Leavitt’s administration and leadership to transition Highland Village into a vibrant example of retail, transportation and quality of life that serves the needs and expectations of the community.

The development of the Marketplace Overlay to usher in the Shops at Highland Village and the one-of-a-kind Super Wal-Mart, transportation projects including the extension of FM 2499, the widening of FM 407 and the involvement in the Denton County Transportation Authority were some of the projects completed during Leavitt’s tenure.

“Mike Leavitt’s nomination as Administrator of the Year by his leadership team is well deserved. For eight years, Mr. Leavitt has provided strong leadership for our organization. The council appreciates him and congratulates him on this honor,” said Mayor McDearmont.

Council held a public hearing and approved the first read of an ordinance amending the Comprehensive Trails System Master Plan.

A part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the goal of the Trails System Master Plan is to plan for trail connections through the year 2025. Since the last update to the Plan, there have been additions to the trail system not reflected in the current plan, including the Marauder Park Lake Trail and FM 2499 sidewalk from Market Trail to connect to City Trail.

The City contracted with Bud Melton and Associates to update the Plan with input from the public, TxDOT, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Denton County Transportation Authority, North Texas Council of Governments, city staff, Parks Board and City Council.

The second read of the ordinance will be considered at the September 13 City Council meeting.

Council extended Phase 2 water restrictions through September 16. Mandatory Phase 2 water restrictions limiting landscape watering for Highland Village residents went into effect on Wednesday, July 27. Phase 2 prohibits residential and commercial landscape watering on Monday’s and Friday’s and restricts watering the rest of the days of the week between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Wasteful water runoff is prohibited, which includes hosing down pavement or rinsing off cars. Groundwater well owners and residents that draw water from the lake are required to post a sign showing well water or lake water is in use.

Also at the meeting, Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Environs Group for FM 2499 median landscaping. The city and Denton County entered into an interlocal cooperation agreement in April 2011 for the 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. Denton County has committed a contribution of $1,000,000 toward the project.

Submitted by the City of Highland Village


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