Highland Village approves funding for nonprofit organizations

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Highland Village City Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman

The Highland Village City Council at their Oct. 24 meeting approved funding for area nonprofit organizations.

Each year the council allocates funds to support the nonprofit organizations providing essential services to the residents of Highland Village.

City Ordinance 03-919 sets out guidelines nonprofit applicants must meet to request funding for community services provided to city residents. The organization’s 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. The services 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 those services.

The following are the organizations receiving funding and the amount allocated:

Family Service Organizations:

Special Abilities of North Texas – $2500
Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc. – $2500
Youth and Family Counseling – $3500
Christian Community Action (CCA) – $2500
WTF-Winning the Fight – $3000
Chisholm Trail RSVP – $1000
Salvation Army – Lewisville – $2500

Children’s Service Organizations:
CASA of Denton County, Inc. – $1000
Communities in Schools of North Texas – $2500
PediPlace – $2500
LISD Education Foundation – $4,000
Journey to Dream – $2500

Community Service Organizations:

Friends of the Flower Mound Library – $500
Highland Village Lions Club – $3500
Lewisville Lake Symphony – $3500
Studio B Performing Arts Center – $3000
Greater Lewisville Community Theater – $1000

Council approved the final read of the parking ordinance, specific to portions of Highland Forest Drive. The parking regulations in place for this portion of Highland Forest Drive, were put in place when there was minimal development at the location, except for an event center. The residential street was often used as overflow parking when activities were scheduled at the event center. Since that time, there is more parking in the area and the residents on Highland Forest Drive requested an adjustment to the no parking area to allow more parking in front of the residences.

Council approved the ordinance to reduce the no parking area on Highland Forest from 451 ft. to 419 ft. north of Justin Road.

Council approved a site plan for a 13,994 square-foot retail building to be constructed at 2150 Village Parkway in The Marketplace at Highland Village behind LA Fitness.

The contract with the City’s current solid waste provider, Waste Management, will end on Aug. 31, 2018. The Council approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with Solid Waste Specialist, LLC to provide consulting services relating to the preparation of a request for proposals for services, including solid waste, recycling, hazardous waste, yard refuse and textile collection services in the amount of $32,600.

A resident survey was conducted in early October to determine the solid waste collection service desires of the community. The survey results will aid the consultant in developing the request for proposals. The city will advertise the request for proposals in November with the goal to have a contractor selected by April 2018, giving the contractor time to have required equipment on hand and ready to mobilize on Sept. 3, 2018.

Council approved an ordinance repealing a 90-cent fee which funded the City’s compost and hazardous waste programs. The actual charges the city incurred were less than anticipated, which resulted in a surplus of collected fees to fund compost services sufficiently through the remainder of the Waste Management agreement. All services and programs will be reviewed in the development of the request for proposals for solid waste services.

Council approved a resolution to increase the rates Waste Management charges for the solid waste service in Highland Village. Rate adjustments are allowed in the agreement between the City and Waste Management, based on the DFW Consumer Price Index and the change in diesel fuel prices for the Gulf Coast. The last rate adjustment was in 2012. The adjustment will increase the monthly bill by 25-cents.

During the Mayor’s comments, a proclamation was presented declaring November Highland Village Art Month. The Cross Timbers Artists Guild’s 16th Annual Studio Tour takes place Nov. 11-12 and showcases local artists in their studios.

A proclamation was also given recognizing Red Ribbon Week and the collaboration between Highland Village Police Department and the Lewisville Independent School District to educate students on the effects of drug use.

The HVTV Update informed residents of the annual Salute Our Veterans luncheon on Nov. 10.

Early voting times for the upcoming bond election and the Fall Festival scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4 at Unity Park.

The City Council early work session and regular session is available on HVTV (Spectrum 16; Frontier 43) and via website streaming by searching HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.

 

Information provided by the City of Highland Village.

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