Monthly News & Updates
November 2020 | Issue 3
Nov. 3 Election - Vote at Your Assigned Precinct
There's still time to vote early and you can vote at any Denton County polling location. Here are the dates and times:
Thursday, October 22 - Saturday, October 24 -- 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 25 -- 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30 -- 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
On Election Day, registered voters must vote at their assigned polling site during the hours of 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Below are Election Day polling sites in Highland Village:
Precinct 3002
McAuliffe Elementary School Gymnasium, 2300 Briarhill Blvd.
Precinct 3003
Heritage Elementary School Gymnasium, 100 Barnett Blvd.
Precinct 3004
Briarhill Middle School Cafeteria, 2100 Briarhill Blvd.
Precinct 3005
Highland Village Municipal Complex Training Room, 1000 Highland Village Rd.

More information can be found at votedenton.com
Highland Village -
The Nicest Place in Texas
Reader's Digest looked for the cities where the people are kind, where neighbors are friends and strangers are welcome. And, not surprisingly, Highland Village is recognized as the nicest place in Texas! We are grateful for all of you and your kindness!

PFC Aaron M. Hudson Memorial Bridge
Aaron Hudson, a Highland Village resident, was killed in action on April 16, 2005 while serving his country in Iraq. A citizen committee of current and former Highland Village residents formed the Friends of PFC Aaron M. Hudson group and requested the City name an amenity after Hudson. The committee members are former Mayor Dianne Costa, former Planning & Zoning Commission chairperson Deedee Ricketts, former HVPD Captain Chuck Bahr, and former Highland Village Women’s Club vice-president Teresa Drown. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, following the guidelines established in the resolution pertaining to naming City facilities, unanimously approved recommending the City Council name the newly constructed Doubletree Ranch Park pedestrian bridge the “PFC Aaron M. Hudson Memorial Bridge.” Council approved the naming at their meeting on October 22, 2019. The committee set up a GoFundMe account in October 2019 to raise funds for the memorial. The goal was to raise $10,000 to pay for elements throughout the length of the bridge; the committee raised a little over $10,378.64 which paid for the memorial pieces and any surplus will be donated to the City to pay for maintenance of the memorial bridge.

A stone monument with a memorial plaque is placed at both entrances of the bridge. Additionally along the bridge there are letters from Hudson to his family, markers with the awards and honors Hudson received, and a storyboard detailing Hudson’s life in Highland Village and service to our country. Across from the storyboard are two stone benches donated by the Highland Village Women’s Club. If you have the opportunity, visit the bridge at the backside of Doubletree Ranch Park and learn about Highland Village’s fallen hero. 
Winter Averaging and Your Sewer Bill
The amount of water a residence uses mid-November through mid-March determines what the sewer bill will be for the rest of the year. An average water usage is determined using the lowest three out of the four months. This average is compared each month to actual water usage, with the lower of the two being used to determine sewage charges. The average is updated each year and effective with the May billing. Learn more

So how much water do you really use in your normal activities? A regular shower uses about 25 gallons, a full tub uses about 36 gallons, flushing the toilet uses about 2 - 6 gallons, and every time you wash a load of clothes you use about 30-60 gallons.
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be celebrated in new ways this year in order to mitigate the risks involved with the coronavirus pandemic. Whatever you do, take personal responsibility to understand the risks and protect the most vulnerable. Here is the link to the CDC recommendations for Thanksgiving. Things may be different this year but you can find little ways to make it special.
Fat, Oil and Grease
  • Grease from cooking makes its way into your private sewer pipes and the City’s sewer mains when you dispose of it by pouring down your kitchen sink drain.
  • Grease disposed through your kitchen sink clogs your drains and creates sewer back-ups. Blocked sewer pipes cause raw sewer to back up into your house, and could cause the City’s sewer mains to clog causing raw sewer to back up into your neighbor’s houses. Sewer back-ups lead to expensive cleanup and plumbing repair bills that must be paid for by the home owner.
  • Wipe or scrape dishes before washing.
  • Remove grease or oil from your pans with a paper towel before washing.
  • Dispose of food scraps into the trash and minimize the use of garbage disposals.
  • Cool down grease; pour it into a container and dispose of it in the trash.
Ride Safe, Stay Safe:
Commute with Confidence with DCTA
At the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), we’re taking the necessary precautions to keep our passengers and employees healthy and ensure a safe commute for all riders. Whenever you’re ready to hop back on board, we’ll be here to help get you where you need to go! Learn how you can return to transit safely and stay updated on all DCTA coronavirus (COVID-19) news and resources!

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