The Highland City Council voted during its Nov. 26 meeting to move forward with a plan to organize its own State of the Community Address, an annual event that had been hosted by the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce as a luncheon for many years.

Mayor Penny Lilburn and Mayor Pro Tem Larry McCallon forwarded the idea of the city hosting the address during the Nov. 12 city council meeting when the item was directed to the Community Day of Service Subcommittee for further discussion.

Having the city host the event would open it up to attendance from a greater portion of the community as would moving it to an evening event, Lilburn felt.

McCallon said that now that the city has a fulltime volunteer services coordinator the city should be more able to organize the event itself as many other cities do.

The subcommittee ⎯ Councilwoman Anaeli Solano and Councilman Jesse Chavez ⎯ recommended that the address be held in May as an evening event with appetizers.

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