City smashes fundraising goal for families of fallen officers

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Highland Village City Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman

Highland Village Police Chief Doug Reim on Tuesday presented a donation check in the amount of $66,795.76 to a representative from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. The donation is a culmination of the 2019 TXFallenPD Tribute Event which was held on October 19, 2019. The fundraising goal was $30,000.

For the last twelve years the Highland Village Police Department and the City of Highland Village have held an event to raise funds for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty in Texas. The event has grown each year with this year the biggest yet, officials said.

(Photo: City of Highland Village)

Events included TXFallenPD at National Night Out, Highland Village Restaurant Week, a silent auction, and the community wrapping the City in blue ribbons. On October 19 at The Shops at Highland Village a 5K run/walk, a bike race, a police bike obstacle course, a police bike race, touch a truck, kids zone, and live music drew approximately 1,000 attendees. A video recap was prepared for the meeting.

“We were able to honor the lives of the officers who are no longer with us while raising funds to help the families of the fallen,” stated Chief Doug Reim. “We would not be able to hold this event without the support of our sponsors, City Council, City staff, and the community.”

Also at the meeting, Council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the playground equipment for Kids Kastle at Unity Park from Play By Design, LLC. Voters approved funds for the rebuild of Kids Kastle in November 2017. Kids Kastle closed to the public on December 3 to begin the demolition of the existing playground. The community build dates are scheduled for March 23-26 and March 31-April 5. Residents are encouraged to visit SpeakUpHV.com for all the details including how to sign up to help with the community build and sponsorship information.

City Manager Michael Leavitt informed residents of the pickup event for personalized tile, stones, and fence pickets currently at Kids Kastle. The events will be held at Unity Park in front of K-9 Kastle on Saturday, January 25 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, February 1 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Council approved a resolution appointing the following residents to fill vacancies for unexpired terms on the Planning & Zoning Commission:

Guy Skinner to Place 3
Dale Butler to Alternate Place 1
Kevin McMahan to Alternate Place 2

Also at the meeting a public hearing was held and the first read of an ordinance was passed granting a conditional use permit for Simplicity Esports to be located in The Shops at Highland Village.  The eSports gaming center on Cottonwood Creek is expected to open by March.

Council also approved the final plat for the Tequesta subdivision which is located on three acres in the 1400 block of Highland Village Road. The subdivision will be maintained by an HOA and consist of eleven lots and a detention pond area.

A resolution was passed awarding and authorizing the contract with Reynolds Asphalt & Construction Company for Phase 2 of the Street Improvements Project. The streets included in this project are Oak Forest Drive, Winding Creek Drive, Canyon Creek Drive, Dickinson Drive, E. Whittier Street, Baird Circle, and Donna Circle. The street improvement project was approved and funded by voters in the November 2017 bond election.

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