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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Feb 27

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 8:36 AM by Crystal Babcock

I would like to congratulate Bill Collins, the new Board of Directors Chairman for the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Yesterday I attended the Monthly Board of Directors meeting, which was Bill’s first meeting as Chairman. At the meeting, we participated in a team building exercise using the DISC assessment of all Board members and Chamber staff. This should be a fun year at the Chamber!  

Thursday evening was the 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off at McAuliffe Elementary. Mayor Wilcox was one of the judges at the packed family event. 
2.24.2017 CM - Chili 1
2.24.2017 CM - Chili 2
Community Development
On Tuesday Mayor Wilcox gave our State of the City presentation at the joint HVBA, Flower Mound, and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce luncheon. This year, Mayor Wilcox picked up where she left off last year. After showing Highland Village to a potential resident in the 2016 presentation, the resident now wanted to learn more about the services received for the tax dollars paid. We received many complements on the video presentation. A big thank you to students from the Stage Right Ministry at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church for providing vocals. They also participated along with students from Footlight Dance Studio and Christian Youth Theater to provide some great dance moves. Andrew Boyd, Crystal Babcock, and Laurie Mullens did a great job putting this video together. The video has been posted to our website and Facebook.
2.24.2017 Comm Dev - Mayor SOTC
2.24.2017 Comm Dev - Filming
Public Safety (Fire)
Sunday Chef Morris and his wait staff from Bistecca of Highland Village catered dinner at the Fire Department as a thank you from a resident. Captain Middleton and the C Shift responded to a patient suffering from a global cardiac event. Early recognition, immediate transport, and hospital Cath Lab activation all contributed to saving the patient’s life. The patient is currently on the long road to recovery, but is at home and doing well and the family is most grateful.
2.24.2017 FD - Bistecca 1
2.24.2017 FD - Bistecca 2
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence conducted monthly continuing education for all three shifts. Topics covered this month were two hours over Trauma Triad and one hour over Behavioral.

Tuesday Assistant Chief Jason Collier had knee replacement surgery. Assistant Chief Collier will be out of the office for the next four to six weeks. During that time, Chief Brad Goudie will be conducting all Fire Marshal duties on his behalf. We wish him a very speedy recovery!

Chief Goudie attended the joint State of the Cities luncheon on Tuesday.

Tuesday was the work anniversary of Firefighter/Paramedic Derek Doyle. His official full time hire date was February 21, 2011. 

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the Zone 2 meeting for Denton County and Wise County, a subset of the North Central Texas Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. 

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

On Thursday Chief Goudie conducted a home inspection for a local resident wanting to ensure their home is up to date and safe for their family. 

A Shift completed blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

On Friday Chief Goudie attended the retirement ceremony of Jim Terry, a Denton County Fire Marshal, former volunteer firefighter for the Highland Village Fire Department, and resident of Highland Village.

Deputy Chief Nokes attended the Denton County Training Officer’s Association meeting in Argyle on Friday.

The Fire Department had 16 calls for service this past week, including one Fire Call, nine Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, four Service Calls, and two Good Intent Calls. 
Public Works (Streets/Drainage/Utilities/Maintenance/Community Services)
The Canyon Creek Project has been completed.

Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Staff met with residents on Canyon Creek Drive, Lakeside Drive, and Briarhill Boulevard to discuss drainage problems and other issues.

Public Works staff attended the joint State of the Cities luncheon on Tuesday.

Charles Mitchell officially retired on Friday, February 24. We wish him the best in his retirement.
2.24.2017 PW - Charles
2.24.2017 PW - Charles and Dusty
Street Division:
  • Performed temporary pothole patching in various locations.
  • Continued concrete street repairs at 2704 Hillside Drive.
  • Applied Median Alert to the median in the 1600 block of Village Parkway.
2.24.2017 Streets - 2499 Median Alert
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed guardrail maintenance in the 500 block of Highland Village Road.

Drainage Division:
  • Located storm water infrastructure in the 2800 block of Spring Oaks Drive and the 900 block of Hillside Drive. 
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations in the City.
  • Graded the residential barrow ditch to flow in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane.
2.24.2017 Drainage - Kimberlee
  • Graded the residential barrow ditch to flow in the 900 block of Shadow Ridge Drive.
    Performed detention pond maintenance in the 2100 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Assisted other departments in the repair of the storm water infrastructure at Redwood Drive and Highland Village Road. 
2.24.2017 Drainage - Redwood
Utilities Division:
  • Bruce Sprowl and Nathan Hardwick attended a 20 hour Basic Wastewater class in Carrollton.
  • Excavated to replace 20 linear feet of sanitary sewer main in the 100 block of Redwood Drive.
2.24.2017 Utilities - Sewer Main Repair
  • Vacuumed out debris in the wet well and removed clogs from both pumps at Lift Station 10.
2.24.2017 Utilities - LS 10
  • Repaired a leak on a water service line in the 200 block of Bexar Drive.
2.24.2017 Utilities - Water Service Leak
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 700 block of Windsor Court.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as part of a monthly TCEQ regulated program.
  • Located three areas of water and sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance on several fire hydrants.
  • 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced eight tires.
2.24.2017 Maintenance - Tire
  • Replaced seat belts.
  • Performed two alignments.
  • Replaced the A/C cover on Medic 1.
  • Repaired a hedge trimmer.
2.24.2017 Maintenance - Trimmer
  • Continued upgrading the lights in Dispatch to LED lights.
  • Continued the fire alarm upgrades at City Hall and the Police Department.

Community Services:
Certificate of Occupance Issued:
  • Shoal Creek Tavern

Autumn Aman and Sasha Torres attended the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday, presenting the Ladera Development and an application for a conditional use permit.  

Building permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 20
Permits Issued - 31
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 30
Inspections Performed - 48

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 5
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 10
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 11
Contact with one property owner for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Unity Park
An electrical contractor is in the process of tracing a short in the security lights that illuminate the tennis court/soccer field building area. They were able to fix the two soccer field lights that were shorting out earlier in the week.

Fire Station
Staff is working on irrigation repair where the decomposed granite driveway was recently installed.
2.24.2017 Parks - Fire Station
Pilot Knoll Park Restroom Renovation
Staff is in the process of reviewing the plans submitted by BR Architects & Engineers, Inc. to renovate the overnight and day use area restrooms to meet ADA standards. 

Park Staff
  • All crews are in the process of trimming native grasses and shrubs in the landscaped bed areas on FM 2499. 
  • The Doubletree Ranch Park Crew trimmed native grasses and made pre-emergent fertilizer applications on the soccer fields and event lawn areas. 
  • The Unity Park Crew made pre-emergent fertilizer applications to athletic fields and other park turf areas. 
  • The South Crew made repairs to tennis nets and windscreens at the Tennis Center. 
  • The North Crew installed decomposed granite to the landscaped beds at the Fire Station. While there, they also trimmed shrubs and native grasses on site.
  • The Pilot Knoll Park Crew installed security cameras to the equipment storage yard as a preventive measure for vandalism.

Interviews are underway for 2017 Kids Kamp Counselors. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Please apply by completing the application found at under Human Resources Employment Opportunities.

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

A group of Senior All-Stars took a trip to Argyle to the Coffee Tree Café on Wednesday. Everyone enjoyed the local restaurant with their delectable creations and southern charm.

Rambling Oaks Courtyard provided a very informative Lunch & Learn about Diabetes on Thursday at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Their certified health professionals provided great insight regarding prevention, awareness, and management. Thank you Rambling Oaks!
2.24.2017 Parks - Rambling Oaks Learn at Lunch
2.24.2017 Parks - Learn at Lunch
Community Education Classes
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. 

Camp Gladiator is held at Doubletree Ranch Park on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Camp Gladiator is also held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Unity Park.

Fit4Mom is held Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Unity Park.

A Basic Manners dog obedience class was held Thursday at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

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 The Robert & Lee DuVall Center FREE of charge.

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.

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

Texas Isshinryu Karate Kai has kicked off at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center! Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit or contact Jennifer Wiederkhr at or (469) 964-1668.
Human Resources
On Monday Vanesa Childers and Kim Lopez conducted an exit interview for retiring Street Supervisor, Charles Mitchell. Charles has worked for the City since July 1991. We will miss Charles and wish him the best in his retirement! 

On Tuesday Human Resources hosted a Learn at Lunch covering “Heart Attack and Strokes.” There were seventeen employees in attendance.  

Signups for participation in the “Sleep Deep Challenge” kicked off this week.  This four week challenge is designed to improve sleep patterns by increasing the number of hours you sleep each night, and participants will learn valuable techniques to improve their sleep.  Employees participating in this challenge will receive credit toward the Wellness Program, which ultimately discounts employee paid health premium costs.