On June 11 Council approved a resolution amending the City’s residential building permit fee schedule. The new permit fee for residential home construction, room additions and interior finish out is a per square foot flat fee. All other residential permits are a flat fee. Where applicable, a plan review fee is included at 50% of the permit fee. During the 86th Texas Legislative session, the Legislature enacted Texas Local Government Code 214.907 prohibiting cities from considering the value or cost of construction or improvement of a residential dwelling in establishing building permit fees. The law became effective on May 21, 2019 at which time the City suspended all building permit fees until a new fee schedule was approved. The new building permit fee is in compliance with state law and is comparable to the fees previously charged. The updated fee schedule can be found on the City website
Council also approved a resolution designating Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as the City’s bank depository with a contract effective September 1, 2019. City staff sought proposals from banks within a five-mile radius of the Municipal Complex. Proposals were received from six area banks. All proposals were evaluated based on the cost of service, earnings credits and interest paid, and the demonstrated ability of provided service level. Based on this evaluation, it was determined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. would provide the “best value” to the city. The new contract is for a two-year term with the provision for three one-year extensions under the same terms.
During the City Manager and Staff Reports, the HVTV Update featured the HVBA Spotlight video focusing on Highland Village business, What’s That Guy’s Name? Photography by Guy T, informed residents of mosquito prevention measures and the Eye on Highland Village app to notify staff of issues around the City in need of attention.
The City Council early work session and regular session is available on HVTV (Spectrum 15; Frontier 43) and via website streaming by searching HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.