City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

Communication is very important to the City of Highland Village. Each week, I will provide you departmental updates on projects, events and accomplishments. Please stop by and take a minute to become informed on what is happening in your city.

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Mar 05

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 8:07 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The annual State of the City Luncheon took place on Tuesday this week. This is a joint event between the HVBA and the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce. The mayors from Highland Village, Flower Mound, and Lewisville each present the state of their city. This year the Highland Village presentation was done in a talk show style format – Charlotte! The Mayor Wilcox Show. The video was also shown on Thursday to the HVBA Community Coffee attendees.
3.2.2018 MC - Charlotte!
Communications has launched a new video series titled Factual Phil. The short videos feature a host, you guessed it his name is Phil, who provides factual information on common questions citizens ask us or new information they may not be aware of but would benefit in knowing. The first segment focuses on homestead exemptions to help save on property taxes. Watch the video here
 
Fire Department
This past week Jonathan Hughes and Taylor Proefrock both celebrated their two year anniversary with the Fire Department. We are so glad they chose to be part of our team!
3.2.2018 FD - Hughes
3.2.2018 FD - Proefrock
Firefighter/Paramedics Clint Duke and Taylor Greer attended All Saws training at the Lewisville Fire Department Training Field. This training class provides hands on training over using and maintaining different types of saws carried on fire apparatus as well as how to use the equipment on different types of materials such as roofs, doors, and walls. 

Chief Brad Goudie attended the Texas Fire Chiefs Association Executive Conference in Austin from Monday through Wednesday. 

C Shift participated in continuing education with PHI Air Medical over cardiac emergencies on Monday.

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council general membership meeting in Arlington on Tuesday. 

Assistant Chief Jason Collier, Police Chief Doug Reim, and I met for our weekly Public Safety meeting on Wednesday. 

A technician from Physio Control performed annual maintenance on all City owned defibrillators. Not including those on fire apparatus, the City owns and maintains 24 defibrillators located at the Police Department, Parks Department, City parks, City facilities, and the Public Works Department. Additionally, a software update was completed on all LifePack 15’s. 

A Shift Captain Daniel Ortmeier attended the Supervisory Series class on Thursday. 

In a joint training exercise with Flower Mound Engine 501, A Shift completed rescue training at Excite Gym on Friday. This unique training opportunity allowed team members to simulate the rescue of a gymnast from the facility’s foam pit. 

Fire Marshal Collier completed two plan reviews and three inspections this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
3.2.2018 FD - Calls for Service
 
Police Department
Michael Nelson started on February 26 in the Police Department. Officer Nelson comes to Highland Village with five years of experience at the Texas Woman’s University.
3.2.2018 PD - Nelson
Aksana Shum also started on February 26 in the Police Department. Officer Shum is a recent academy graduate from the Houston area. Previously, she worked in the health field. Officer Shum was born in the Ukraine and obtained her United States citizenship in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Law Degree from Kiev National University of Internal Affairs. 
3.2.2018 PD - Shum
Communications Officer Brandon Watson has accepted a Police Officer position starting February 26. He has previous Police Officer experience with Westworth Village, Jailer experience with Brazos County, and is ECA Certified. As an additional duty, Officer Watson will assist in Communications periodically.
 
Public Works
Work continues on the Ladera development; the contractor continues to do subgrade work as well as installing waterlines, retaining walls, and sidewalks.  

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

Staff met with several citizens to discuss drainage issues.

Streets Division
  • Completed concrete sidewalk repairs at the intersection of Highland Village Road and Oak Street. 
3.2.2018 Streets - Oak Street
  • Continued prepping and restriping the pavement markings at the Service Center.
3.2.2018 Streets - MSC
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Assisted the Parks Department with a saw cut in the 1600 block of Highland Village Road. 
3.2.2018 Streets - Sawcut
  • Responded to calls about high water issues on Clearwater Drive North near Edgewater Drive.
3.2.2018 Streets - Clearwater
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series training in Keller.

Drainage Division
  • Checked creek crossings after recent rains.
  • Cleared a driveway culvert blockage in the 100 block of Lake Vista West.
  • Poured a headwall and graded the ditch to flow properly in the 300 block of Whittier Street and Highland Village Road. 
3.2.2018 Drainage - Whittier
  • Repaired a pipe separation in the in the 2100 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
3.2.2018 Drainage - Briarhill
  • Met with a resident in the 2800 block of Timber Crest Lane on drainage issues.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water service leak in the 1200 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Flushed 2,200 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 90 day sewer line maintenance.
3.2.2018 Utilities - Sewer Line Maintenance
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
3.2.2018 Utilities - Blow-offs
  • Repaired three fire hydrants on Justin Road, Rosedale Street, and Glen Ridge Drive.
  • TV inspected 900 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains on Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Located two areas 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. 
  • 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 15 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
3.2.2018 Maint - Service1
3.2.2018 Maint - Service2
  • Replaced four batteries.
  • Replaced four tires and repaired one tire.
  • Performed seven state vehicle inspections and seven vehicle registrations.
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All crews continue to perform maintenance tasks at their assigned areas of responsibility. 
3.2.2018 Parks - Water Fountain
Bill Aycock and his crew have replaced several irrigation rotors, irrigation valve box lids, and grounded two soccer goals at Victoria Park. 
3.2.2018 Parks - Victoria Grounding
Joey Hardin, Scott Strasser, Gabe Doria, and Marcos Mejorado have completed the work on site 33 at Pilot Knoll Park. The site is now open for reservations. 
3.2.2018 Parks - PK Site 33 1
3.2.2018 Parks - PK Site 33 2
The same crew also installed “Steep Slope” signs at various camp sites to assist in recognizing that there is a slope from the edge of the camp site to the water’s edge.
3.2.2018 Parks - PK Slope Sign
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado have completed the installation of the flagstone around the gatehouse at Pilot Knoll Park. They also painted a yellow stripe around the perimeter of the foundation to draw attention to the step that surrounds the building. 
 
Abe Yakes and Brent Hill repaired the chain link fence at various locations at Unity Park. Staff at Unity Park also installed a grill close to the Kids Kastle playground.
3.2.2018 Parks - Unity Fence
3.2.2018 Parks - Unity Grill
Phil Schmidt made repairs on several flush valves in the restrooms at Unity Park.
3.2.2018 Parks - Unity Valve
Tony Adams, Jorge Ponce, Hector Calderon, and Nacho Gomez made irrigation repairs, weeded beds, and performed maintenance checks throughout Doubletree Ranch Park and Lakeside Community Park. They also checked the trailheads to ensure they are in order.
 
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado set up a training session with Calsense Irrigation that allowed new staff to familiarize themselves with the software and to see what can be accomplished by using it during their normal work routine. It was a great refresher for the rest of the staff that attended as well!  We plan to host more Calsense Irrigation training sessions and will include other cities. Doing so will allow our staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the entire system and provide an opportunity to network with our neighboring cities.
3.2.2018 Parks - Calsense Training
Tony Adams, Jorge Ponce, Hector Calderon, and Nacho Gomez made irrigation repairs, weeded beds, and performed maintenance checks throughout Doubletree Ranch Park and Lakeside Community Park. They also checked the trailheads to ensure they are in order.
 
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado set up a training session with Calsense Irrigation that allowed new staff to familiarize themselves with the software and to see what can be accomplished by using it during their normal work routine. It was a great refresher for the rest of the staff that attended as well!  We plan to host more Calsense Irrigation training sessions and will include other cities. Doing so will allow our staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the entire system and provide an opportunity to network with our neighboring cities.
3.2.2018 Parks - Reserve Sign
Staff is also preparing for the Easter Egg Hunt by gathering supplies and performing maintenance on the equipment used for that event.
3.2.2018 Parks - Easter
Phil Schmidt and Tony Adams competed in the truck and trailer obstacle course at the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) state conference. They were one of twenty teams that won their regional competition and were able to advance to state. It was a great experience for all involved!
3.2.2018 Parks - Rodeo 1
3.2.2018 Parks - Rodeo 2
Staff installed ten In Roadway Warning Lights (IRWL) located at the Lightguard enhanced crosswalk on Highland Village Road at Willow Creek. It is not yet fully operational. 
3.2.2018 Parks - Lightguard
Phil Lozano, Andra Foreman, Matt Ansted, Adam Richter, and Fince Espinoza attended the TRAPS conference. While there, they attended educational sessions pertaining to Parks and Recreation and networked with representatives from various departments, park districts, design firms, and vendors.
3.2.2018 Parks - Conf 1
3.2.2018 Parks - Conf 2
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
Construction crews continue to work on the overnight restroom. They are now cleaning the area and building in preparation for paint.

Copperas Branch Park 
Staff continues to coordinate with AGL Constructors in an effort to restore the park to its previous condition. The Ventek self pay station’s gate arms were installed on Wednesday. The gate arms will remain up until the additional bollards are installed to prevent vehicles from entering the park. 
3.2.2018 Parks - Copperas Gate 1
Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers is currently working on the design for the track replacement. 
 
Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to work on the design for the Brazos Parking Lot Extension Project.
 
Doubletree Ranch Park 
Matt Ansted continues to work on having a guardrail installed at the splash pad. We anticipate the contractor to begin within two weeks.
 
Sunset Point Park 
G & A Consultants continue to work on the design of Sunset Point Park.  
 
Human Resources
On Tuesday, Kimberly Lopez sat in on two webinars. The first webinar was Maternity Costs on the Rise: What Employers Need to Know. If you or your spouse is expecting a child, call Compass Professional Health and ask them to do a cost, coverage, hospital, and procedure rating analysis. This simple request can save thousands while making sure you are going to the best rated hospital in the area. The second webinar discussed wellness programming and what to consider for the new benefit year.

Kimberly Lopez met with her Leadership Lewisville class on Wednesday to discuss their Leadership project and start working on it. 

Jana Onstead attended a webinar on Maximizing Your Growth at Each Career Stage, the first in a series of webinars presented through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Coaching Program. 

Kimberly Lopez went to Primrose Highland Village to read Dr. Seuss books to the pre-school children for National Read Across America Day. 
3.2.2018 HR - Kim Reading