Highland Village named safest city

Highland Village once again sits at the top of the list of safest cities in North Texas, based on information provided by the FBI’s 2010 Uniform Crime Report. The city has been recognized as the Safest City in North Texas for the past nine years.

Information on the FBI website also confirms that Highland Village is the Safest City in Texas with population over 10,000 and less than 100,000. 

“Our Police Department in Highland Village is being recognized once again for excellence on the state level. I congratulate Chief O’Bara and the entire department for a job well done,” said Mayor Scott McDearmont.

“Our Council will continue to make public safety a priority and to make sure HVPD always has the tools necessary to maintain this stellar rating.”

The Highland Village Police Department’s Community Oriented Public Safety (COPS) model of policing focuses the entire energy of the department on achieving the service and safety expectations of the community, according to city officials.

The police department’s programs, which proactively address safety and crime prevention, have won numerous state and national awards.

Non-profits pitch city for funds
At the October 25 City Council meeting, council members received presentations from area non-profit organizations explaining their service to the community of Highland Village.

Each year the Council allocates funds to support the non-profit organizations providing essential services to the residents of Highland Village. Council has budgeted $35,000 in the FY 2011-2012 budget to fund local non-profit organizations.

City Ordinance 03-919 sets out guidelines non-profit applicants must meet in order to request funding for community services provided to the residents of the city of Highland Village. The organizations services must be of economic benefit to the community or contribute to the quality of life in Highland Village by serving a municipal public purpose, they must be provided to the citizens of Highland Village on an equal basis and they must enter into a written contract with the City for the provision of services.

Council will consider a resolution allocating funds to the organizations at the November 8 meeting.

Pomeroy named to DCTA board
Also at the meeting, Council appointed Paul Pomeroy to serve as the city’s representative on the Denton County Transportation Authority Board of Directors. City Manager Michael Leavitt has been the city’s representative and will now serve in the alternate position.

During the City Manager Report, the HVTV News segment informed residents of the upcoming Fall Festival to be held on Monday, October 31 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Kids Kastle in Unity Park. This is a fun and safe alternative for Halloween trick or treating with candy, hotdogs, games and more. The lunch will be held on Tuesday, November 8 at Celebrations Event Center in Highland Village from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. This luncheon is free for all Veterans and one guest. RSVP’s are required, contact Lori Wright at 972-899-5131 for more information.

Submitted by the City of Highland Village

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