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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Utility Rate Increase and Bond Election Information Shared at Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall meeting was held on Thursday, September 14 to share information on the upcoming utility rate change and increase as well as items to be considered in the November 7 bond election. Residents who were unable to attend the meeting can view the video at the link below.

The utility rate change and increase will apply to the water and wastewater used in October and show on the bill received in November. A city produced video explains the reason for the utility rate change and how it will impact residents. 

Two propositions, totalling $7,150,000, will be up for voter consideration on November 7, 2017. The approval of these proposed propositions will not require a tax increase as a reduction in debt service starting in 2017 has provided a window to consider new debt issuance.

Proposition 1 - Street Improvements - $2.86M

The City of Highland Village conducts a Pavement Condition Inventory Survey to determine the priority of streets that need repairs, overlays or full replacement. The streets considered in this proposition have reached the end of their life cycle and are in need to full reconstruction. Targeted streets are Rosedale Street, Ranier Court, Catesby Place, Rockland Drive, Hickory Ridge Drive, Oak Forest Drive, Winding Creek Drive, Dickinson Drive, South Clearwater Drive, Scenic Drive, North Clearwater Drive, Springway Drive, Mockingbird Drive, Post Oak Drive, Pecan, Raintree Drive, Greensprings Street, Duvall, Baird Circle, Donna Circle, Savanna Drive, and Arbor Court.

Proposition 2 - Parks and Recreation Improvements - $4.29M

Unity Park – $2.54M

Unity Park is Highland Village’s only community park which includes multiple amenities for resident use including the brand new dog park.

  • The Kids Kastle play areais at the end of its useful life and in need of replacement with new recycled plastic materials that will provide increased safety and less maintenance.
  • The ponds at Unity Park require dredging to remove the accumulated silt and improvements to address drainage considerations. A drainage study conducted in 2017 recommended making improvements to accommodate a 50-year flood which will also benefit the surrounding area.
  • A section of the park will be redeveloped to add an additional softball field to complement the existing baseball fields

Sunset Park - $162,700

Sunset Park is classified as a mini park and serves local residents as a neighborhood park site and provides water access to Lewisville Lake. The development will address erosion issues and safety concerns along with enhanced roadway completion to facilitate emergency vehicle access and turn around capabilities. Public input was solicited on the design for the park in the spring of 2017 and was approved by Council.

Brazos Park Parking Lot - $353,000

Several years ago a parking lot was built at this park to alleviate parking on adjacent streets. Popularity of the fields has prompted the need to increase the size of the parking area by an additional 50 spaces.

Highland Village Road Sidewalk - $922,300

Construction of the sidewalk on Highland Village Road from the Municipal Complex to Sellmeyer Lane to increase pedestrian safety and connect residents to amenities along Highland Village Road. A large number of residents adjacent to this section have no access to the City trail system to connect to Lions Club Park, Lakeside Community Park, and Doubletree Ranch Park. This presents a potential safety issue as people walk the two-lane Highland Village Road to access these amenities.

Victoria Park - $198,000

The current walking track is badly cracked and uneven, causing a tripping hazard to patrons. The track would  be resurfaced and replaced with a six foot concrete path.

Town Hall Meeting Video
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