Highland Village welcomes new council members

Highland Village City Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman

At this week’s City Council meeting, the Highland Village City Council welcomed its new council members, approved a sign regulation amendment and extended the juvenile curfew.

The ceremonial swearing in of newly-elected Council members took place at Tuesday night’s meeting. Re-elected Mayor Charlotte Wilcox and new Council members Jon Kixmiller and Robert Fiester were sworn in, and Council member Fred Busche was elected Mayor Pro Tem and Barbara Fleming was elected Deputy Mayor Pro Tem.

The City Council held a public hearing and approved the first read of an ordinance amending the sign regulations at The Shops at Highland Village. The amendment would allow tenant monument signs and light pole banner signs, according to a city news release. The second read of the ordinance will be considered at the June 26 meeting.

Council also approved the extension of the termination date of the city’s Juvenile Curfew Regulations to June 30, 2021. The juvenile curfew hours, which apply to kids 16 and under, are between 12-6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and between 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The ordinance allows for several exceptions, such as traveling on a direct route to or from a place of employment, emergency errand, etc. The Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, first enacted in 1995, is an effective tool in the protection of minors and the public, preventing juveniles from becoming crime victims, preventing illegal drug and alcohol abuse and discouraging other juvenile criminal activities, according to the city.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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