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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Jul 21

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM by Lori Wright

Community Development

Laurie Mullens attended the 35Express External Communications Committee meeting on Thursday. The closure of Highland Village Road and construction of the Copperas Branch Park road construction has been delayed until late 2015 due to flooding.  
 HV Road reconstruciton
Andrew Boyd took photos and shot video of the Marcus High School football team as they removed the sandbags from Highland Village Road.  
 sandbag removal
Public Safety (Police)

Thanks to HVPD Civilian Auxiliary Joslyn Harney for coming in and working the PD records desk for a few hours. Our Auxiliary team volunteers to do many things to help the PD on a day to day basis. We appreciate every hour they give to the PD and their community.  
So what does Officer Dave do when school is out for summer? He finds kids to take selfies with out around HV. These four kiddos received Kids Safety Coupons for wearing their helmets while riding their bikes. HVPD encourages everyone to be safe while riding their bikes and we reward kids for being safe with Kids Safety Coupons. 
Thanks to Hudson and Jaxson for stopping by the Highland Village Animal Shelter and dropping off food, leashes, and toys for our animals. The two boys raised $300 by selling lemonade and paper airplanes. The boys, with the help of their mom, bought all the items and delivered them this week.  
 ACO donations  ACO donations
Officer Dave and Officer Zehetner stopped by the Float Away Spa for their ribbon cutting this week. The Highland Village Business Association and Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce took time to welcome this new business to our community and HVPD attended to do the same. Officer Zehetner is the AOR 11 officer and Officer Dave is the business liaison. If you are a business owner or manage and need assistance from the PD or just need to talk with an officer please contact Officer Dave.  
 ribbon cutting
This is HVPD Civilian Auxiliary Volunteer Deb Brod. Deb was out this week driving the Auxiliary VIP Patrol car and assisting HVPD officers with patrols in our retail shopping areas. Thanks to Deb for coming out during such a hot week to help us out!  
 police auxiliary
A couple of our boys stopped by a local lemonade stand this week while they were on patrol. These kiddos were selling lemonade to raise money for the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center. 
 lemonade stand
On Tuesday night during the Highland Village City Council meeting Chief Reim officially swore in Officer Marcela Rodriguez. Marcela is the newest addition to the HVPD team so please welcome her if you see her out in the community. Congratulations Marcela!  
 swearing in ceremony  swearing in ceremony
KC Epperson and Officer Cory Gullo stopped this week at Kids Kastle for a birthday party. They gave all the kids a chance to look through the patrol cars and ask questions about police work. The officers also handed out coloring books, stickers, and bracelets. 
 kids with police
Detective Alicia Bautista adopted one of our shelter pups that had been found as a stray in the area. She says that she picked it up for her mom but she seems pretty attached to us!  
 adopted pup
Public Works (Streets/Utilities/Drainage/Community Services) 

Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering, Inc. and discussed the status of all active and proposed Public Works projects.

Public Works staff held a pre-construction conference with the selected contractors for the approved Sellmeyer Lane improvements.  The paving contractor is Pavecon and they will tentatively mobilize in mid August subject to conditions dependent on the lake level.

Public Works staff met with multiple residents to discuss drainage issues.

Streets Department
  • Began concrete replacing pattern concrete at intersection of Highland Village Road and Highland Shores Boulevard
 Highland Village Rd demo
  • Repaired the asphalt street in the 200 block of Ferndale Drive 
 Ferndale repair
  • Prepped the area for a asphalt street repairs in the 300 block of Lakeland Drive
  • Repair concrete sidewalk in the 3000 block of Spring Hill Lane 
 Spring Hill sidewalk
Drainage Department
  • Installed a 12” ADS pipe on the Inland Trail to eliminated continued moisture and moss build up 
 Inland trail drainage
  • Finished the new drainage infrastructure in the 3000 block of Spring Hill Lane
  • Started pond maintenance on the pond behind Wal-Mart
  • Continued pond maintenance on the pond located behind Kroger
  • Fogged various locations in the City to keep down the adult mosquito population
  • Performed mosquito collections and sampling at various locations in the City
  • Relocated the sand bags from Highland Village Road to the Southwood materials yard
  • Shot elevations on the side lot drainage easement in the 3100 block of Kimberly Lane
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 5000 block of Manchester Road
Utilities Department
  • Hydro-excavated and repaired a water service leak at the 300 block of Lakeland Drive 
 water service leak
  • Replaced three gate valves at Highland Shores Well Lot and brought the station online 
Highland Shores Well lot 
  • Dressed three areas of previous excavations and planted new sod 
 excavation ans sod planting
  • Flushed 300 linear feet of sewer main to cut out infiltrating roots at the 200 block of Victoria Drive
  • Located one area of buried utility infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations
  • Hauled concrete, asphalt, and dirt spoils to landfill from the Material Storage Site at Southwood Well Lot
  • Utilities employees attended a monthly safety meeting on heavy equipment yard practices
  • 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
Community Services / Building Operations / Code Enforcement

Rudy Lopez, Gary Cowley and Beth Meller attended CPR training provided by the COHV Fire Department
Commercial Building plans for the following have been issued.
The Shops at Highland Village multimillion dollar property renovation

Certificate of Occupancy applications       
  • Village Express Home Loans – Prospect Park area
  •  407 Club – Highland Plaza area                   
  •  DATCU – Celebrations Village area
Building permits (Commercial & Residential)
  • Reviewed - 14
  • Issued – 28
  • Accepted – 24
  • Inspections - 61
Code Enforcement 
  • 2 Citations were written
  • 14 or so On-site Door Hangers/Inspections
  • 20 Letters written for various code violations 
Parks and Recreation

Park Maintenance

Parks staff is in the process of installing new exercise equipment at Unity Park near the Kids Kastle playground. 

Staff at Unity Park prepped and groomed baseball fields this week for the AAYBA tournament. 

The crew at Pilot Knoll Park planted new plants on median sections at 2499 and Highland Shores Dr. this week .

The north crew prepped fields at Brazos Park to prepare for the fall youth flag football season. The crew also installed sod and topsoil at the Sellmeyer Tennis courts.

Park staff installed new sod and constructed a small berm for drainage at Village Park this week.


We completed week 5 of Kids Kamp! This week we went to the Highland Village Fire Department, Zone Action, Rangers Ballpark, and swimming at Old Town Aquatic Center. Registration is available on a weekly basis for kids ages 6 - 12. We still have an exciting summer ahead planned and more information can be found on our website at

Senior All-Stars
Monday: Pinochle, Tia Chi Gung, Pickleball, Card Games – Dealer’s Choice
Tuesday: Pickleball, Card Games – Dealer’s Choice, Dominoes, 42
Wednesday: Card Games – Dealer’s Choice, Pinochle
Thursday: Tia Chi Gung, Pickleball, Card Games – Dealer’s Choice, Bridge, Rummikub
33 Senior All-Stars were served a meal of chicken salad, fruit and dessert on Thursday by Metropolitan Meals on Wheels.

Community Education Classes
We have several classes available for our youth this summer. Children’s Cooking Class, Children’s Creative Art Classes, Sew Fun Camp, American Red Cross Babysitting Classes and Kinderdance classes are registering now. Please visit for more information and registration.

Everyone had a blast at Sew Fun Camp this week. Participants learned to make personalized bags, purses and scrunchies while exploring their creativity with use of patterns and textures. 
Camp Gladiator is held:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. @ Unity Park
Tuesday, Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Unity Park

Fit4Mom is held Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Unity Park. 

Tia Chi Gung is held Mondays 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center FREE of charge.

Pilates is held Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

All Levels Yoga is held Saturdays at 11 a.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Kinderdance classes are held Mondays at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center for children ages 3-5. 
The next session begins on Monday, August 3rd. Registration is available by contacting Elizabeth Littleton at

A Puppy Kindergarten dog training class was held Tuesday at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

A Basics Manners dog training class was held Thursday at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 
Human Resources 

The Human Resources Department hosted the regular meeting of the Municipal Human Resources Association (MHRA) on Thursday.  MHRA is an association of area municipal HR professionals who meet periodically to discuss current issues involving Human Resources.

Jana Onstead & Kimberly Lopez attended CPR training on Wednesday.

The Human Resources Department participated in a webinar discussing recent updates to the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA).