City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Feb 26

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 10:26 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
The February Foodie Friday with Jay Marks and the Highland Village Business Association video was published this week. The video highlights Peter’s Pizzeria in the Highland Village Town Center. Peter and Liz Pagano have  been in Highland Village for about five years but have been making great food for nearly 40 years.  Check out the video and stop in for some authentic New Jersey pizza and pasta and be sure to ask for extra dipping sauce!
2-23-2018 Community Development  - Foodie Friday
Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. 
Fire Department
Wednesday Firefighter/Paramedic Derek Doyle celebrated his 7th Anniversary with the Highland Village Fire Department. We wish him a happy anniversary and are grateful for all the wonderful contributions he has made to the department. 
2-23-2018 Fire - Doyle
All Saws class was attended Monday by Taylor Proefrock and Wednesday by Cary Daniels at the Lewisville Fire Department Training Field. This training class provides hands on training on using and maintaining different types of saws carried on fire apparatus. It included using the equipment on different types of materials such as roofs, doors and walls. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all three shifts completed CE’s with Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence. The topic was “Critical Thinking and Documentation.”

Monday evening B Shift provided Cub Scout Pack 163 basic first aid lessons and a tour. There were 18 adults and children. 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Chiefs Goudie, Collier and Nokes along with Captains Sorsby, Ortmeier and Middleton attended the Combat Ready Training at the Frisco Central Fire Station. A seminar regarding mental and physical fitness requirements for first responders. 

Wednesday evening Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy taught the monthly CPR/AED class at the station. 

Thursday morning B Shift completed the blood pressure checks at the Robert and Lee DuVall Center.

Friday Firefighter/Paramedic Clinton Duke participated in Questcare EMS Medical Direction’s cadaver lab for paramedics at UT Southwestern. 

This past week Firefighter/Paramedic has been working on a using a GPS system to map fire department systems on commercial buildings in Highland Village. Systems mapped include fire alarm panels, Knox  boxes, riser rooms, gas meters and more. Helmets off to Darla Pyron, GIS Administrator, for bringing this system to fruition for the department!

The Fire Marshal completed two reviews and one inspection.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this past week:
2-23-2018 Fire Department - Calls for Service
Public Works
Roofing work has continued at City Hall and the Service Center.

Work also continues on the Ladera project. They continue doing dirt work, installing waterlines, retaining walls and sidewalks.

Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Public Works staff met with several citizens to discuss drainage issues.

Drainage Division
  • Cleaned creek crossings after the recent rains.
  • Removed leaves and debris from blocking the curb inlet in the 200 block of Green Springs St.
  • Removed leaves from blocking the driveway culvert in the 100 block of Lakeland Dr.
  • Laid sod in the 300 block of Whittier St. after grading the barrow ditch to flow.
  • Removed leaves and debris from the drainage culvert at the intersection of Village Estates Dr. 
2-23-2018 Drainage - Village Estates
  • Performed inlet inspections throughout the City.

Street Division
  • Continued prepping and restriping the pavement markings at the Municipal Service Center.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
2-23-2018 Streets - UPM
  • Assisted Drainage Department with laying sod in the barrow ditch at the intersection of Highland Village Road and Whittier Street. 
  • Started concrete sidewalk repairs at the intersection of Highland Village Road and Oak Street. 
2-23-2018 Streets - Oak St
  • Responded to calls about high water issues near Highland Village Road and Village Estates Drive. 
  • Removed construction signs that were left along the 200 block of Highland Village Road.
2-23-2018 Streets - Signs
  • SAZ contractors will resume construction repairs  throughout Hillside Drive, starting Monday, February 23.

Utilities Division
  • Raised a fire hydrant to grade in the 2200 block of Justin Road.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 800 block of North Shore Drive.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service on North Shore Drive.
  • Located one area of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Flowed and inspected several fire hydrants as part of our annual fire hydrant maintenance program.
2-23-2018 Maintenance - FH
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses.
  • Performed meter rereads, water turn on/turn offs, and leak checks.
  • Performed maintenance on well lots, lift stations, fire hydrants, and the water distribution and wastewater collection system.

Maintenance Division
  • Performed 14 preventative maintenances/equipment services. 
  • Replaced one battery
  • Replaced 8 tires
  • Performed 7 state inspections
  • Performed one tune up, replaced one set of motor mounts, replaced two tail lights
2-23-2018 Maintenance - Tune Up
2-23-2018 Maintenance - Tail Light
Parks and Recreation
The City of Highland Village and Neighborhood Sports Winter NBA Youth Basketball season continues this Saturday, February 24. Games take place at Briarhill Middle School. The league is for boys and girls from 1st to 12th grade.

This was the first week of Session II of the Spring Tennis Program. There are morning, evening, and weekend classes offered for ages four and up.

Senior All-Stars
Monday: Assorted Card Games - Dealer’s Choice, Spades in the Library
Tuesday: Assorted Card Games - Dealer’s Choice, Dominoes, 42 
Thursday: Assorted Card Games - Dealer’s Choice, Bridge, Rummikub

This past Saturday, the Senior All-Stars took a trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards for a day of shopping and to witness the “Fort Worth Herd”. Before heading home, they enjoyed lunch at Joe T. Garcia’s.
2-23-2018 Parks - Senior Trip
Upcoming Events & Trips
On Wednesday, March 7, the Senior All-Stars will take a trip to Winstar Casino for a day of gambling and to enjoy the famous Gran Via Buffet.

On Thursday, March 8, the Senior All-Stars will enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. This event is being sponsored by Attiva Lewisville Active Living who will provide lunch and an activity. 

Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are available at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Private Yoga Classes are offered by certified Yoga Instructor, Rachel Swan. To schedule your private class, please contact Rachel Swan at (214) 641-4236 or

Yoga For All is offered by instructor, Sangeeta Pathak. This class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Sangeeta can be reached at

Adams “At-Home” Kempo Kids Karate classes are held on Saturdays for children ages four and up. Indoor classes take place at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center at 9:00 a.m. and outdoor classes are held at Unity Park at 10:30 a.m.

Fit4Mom is held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 Unity Park and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park.

Camp Gladiator, normally held at Unity Park, took place at Doubletree Ranch Park on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 
2-23-2018 Parks - Camp Gladiator
2-23-2018 Parks - Camp Gladiator2
Tai Chi Gung is held Mondays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at T Robert & Lee DuVall Center FREE of charge. 

Pilates Strength & Core for 50 is held Sundays at 9:00 a.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Outdoor Recreational Pickleball open court is available at Unity Park. Pickleball nets and balls are located on-site for set up. All ages are welcome to play FREE of charge and residency is not required. Don’t forget to bring your paddle!

Indoor Recreational Pickleball open court is available weekly on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. All ages are welcome to play FREE of charge and residency is not required.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is available by appointment only. Contact Juliet at (214) 717-2031 for an appointment. Bluet SUP will be offering daily rentals, SUP yoga classes, private lessons, tours, and group parties. Please see Bluet SUP at, on Facebook, or on Instagram for current classes offered as well as rental days/times available.
Human Resources
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and live by the values and mission that has been set forth.  Please join in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in March.  Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Karen Bradley - City Secretary Administrative Asst. - 17 yrs
Layne Cline - Street Supervisor - 4 yrs
Gary Cowley - Building Inspector - 15 yrs
Fince Espinoza - Parks Ops & Project Mgr - 19 yrs
Jack Gammon, Jr - PT Bus Driver - 1 yr
David Gonzalez Montecino - Street Tech III - 2 yrs
John Harper - Utility Crew Leader - 5 yrs
Kimberlie Huntley - PT Gate Attendant - 6 yrs
Michael Leavitt - City Manager - 18 yrs
Daniel Ortmeier - Fire Captain - 4 yrs
Jimmy Sims - Police Officer - 2 yrs
Donald Strange - Streets Superintendent - 3 yrs
Abraham Yakes - Parks Tech I - 3 yrs