Council recognizes teacher for donating kidney

At the June 12 Highland Village City Council meeting, council members recognized Marie Bell, a kindergarten teacher at Highland Village Elementary, for donating her kidney to a student’s father.

Bell learned that Marshall Smith, the father of one of her students, was in dire need of a kidney transplant and volunteered to participate in the donor screening process.  She was a match and underwent surgery to donate one of her kidneys to Smith.

“It’s hard for me to imagine the sacrifice Ms. Bell has made; she is truly a role model for all,” stated Mayor Pat Davis.

Also at the meeting, Council approved resolutions appointing members to fill unexpired terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Highland Village Community Development Corporation.

Current Alternate 1 on the Planning & Zoning Commission, Austin Adams, was appointed to Place 3, expiring in September 2012. Michael Lombardo was appointed Alternate 1, expiring in September 2013. Council members Bill Meek and Michelle Schwolert were appointed to the Highland Village Community Development Corporation to fill terms expiring in September 2013.

During the City Manager Report, the HVTV Update invited residents to attend the free Concert in the Park at Pilot Knoll Park on Friday, June 29, where Jolie Holliday will be playing. The update informed residents the city is in Water Conservation Phase 2. This phase prohibits landscape watering between 10 AM and 6 PM. Also, the city is now accepting applications for appointments to boards and commissions. An application can be filled out online at and submitted to the City Secretary’s Office. Appointments are made in September.

Submitted by the City of Highland Village.

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