City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Mar 06

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 8:20 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
Mayor Wilcox, council members, and staff attended Denton County Days in Austin this week. The purpose of the event is for government and business leaders to meet with legislators to familiarize them with the important issues facing Denton County and how they can help us better serve our citizens. Meetings were held with Senator Jane Nelson, Representative Tan Parker, and Representative Ron Simmons. Mayor Wilcox, Council, and City Manager Michael Leavitt shared the City’s Legislative Program with each. The Program focuses on local control and opposing any legislation that would diminish Highland Village’s ability to effectively manage its resources and serve its citizens. Of particular interest is a proposed revenue cap bill for city and county entities, excluding school districts. Highland Village is nearly built out with no potential for expansion of city limits to develop new revenue streams. As a primarily residential community, 68% of the city’s budget is derived from property tax. A state-wide regulation is not suited to address the diverse makeup of cities in Texas, in other words one size does not fit all. Accountability at the local level will best address the balance of desired services and related costs. Highland Village residents have expressed satisfaction with the level of service received in relation to the amount of taxes paid. Highland Village also requested legislators move to pass a state-wide ban on distracted driving, i.e. texting and hand-held personal electronic device use, to provide uniformity throughout all Texas cities and outline enforcement for public safety officials.
3.3.2017 CD - Jane Nelson
3.3.2017 CD - Tan Parker
The HVBA Community Coffee was held on Thursday with over 50 in attendance. We presented the Mayor’s State of the City video to the group. Chief Reim, Chief Goudie, Deputy Chief Nokes, and Sgt. Kimberlin presented the details of the Emergency Care Attendant (ECA) program.
3.3.2017 CD - ECA 1
3.3.2017 CD - ECA 2
Public Safety (Fire)
Monday Firefighter Paramedic Robert Dukes returned to work on light duty after recent surgery. 

Tuesday Jonathan Hughes and Taylor Proefrock celebrated one year with the Highland Village Fire Department. 

Also on Tuesday, Chief Brad Goudie completed a foster care inspection for a resident and met with the Emergency Room staff at Texas Health. Deputy Chief Travis Nokes served on the Assessment Board for the Flower Mound Fire Department’s Battalion Chief test. 

Wednesday Deputy Chief Nokes attended the North Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Committee meeting in Arlington before heading to the monthly Fire Instructors Association of North Texas meeting in Grapevine.

Chief Goudie served on the Assessment Board for the Flower Mound Fire Department’s Assistant Fire Marshal position on Wednesday. 

The Fire Department also conducted monthly outdoor warning siren testing. 

Thursday morning Deputy Chief Nokes and Chief Goudie attended the HVBA Community Coffee. They presented the Emergency Care Attendant (ECA) program with Police Chief Doug Reim and Police Sergeant Paul Kimberlin. 

Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt met with Autumn Aman to review forms that will be streamlined and digitized between the departments. 

On Thursday, B Shift completed blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

Thursday afternoon B Shift was treated to lunch prepared by one of the Fire Department’s original Fire Chiefs, Bob Galloway. Mr. Galloway regaled some of the younger members with tales of his many years in the Fire Department. 
3.3.2017 Fire - Galloway
The Fire Department had 14 Calls for Service this past week, including eight Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, five Service Calls, and one False Alarm. Chief Goudie completed two foster home inspections and two business inspections.
Public Works (Streets/Drainage/Utilities/Maintenance/Community Services)
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Staff met with residents on Shadow Wood Circle, Lake Haven Court, and Windsor Court to discuss drainage problems and other issues.

Public Works staff attended the HVBA Community Coffee on Thursday.

Staff attended a preconstruction meeting for the Ladera Development.

Public Works staff attended the Denton County Precinct Three meeting on Monday where updates were given regarding the ongoing transportation projects in the area.

Street Division:
  • Repaired a guardrail in the 500 block of Highland Village Road.
3.3.2017 Streets - Guardrail
  • Continued the concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
3.3.2017 Streets - Hillside
  • Performed temporary pothole patching in various locations throughout the City.
  • Layne Cline attended a Supervisory Course.
  • Technicians continue their NHI certification training.

Drainage Division:
  • Cleaned the drainage culvert in the 200 block of Scenic Drive.
  • Cleared the creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Laid 180 yards of sod in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane after completing the clean out of the residential barrow ditch. 
  • Cleared a WYE inlet box full of leaves and debris in the 800 block of Fernwood Court.
  • Began installing gabion baskets in the 500 block of Sellmeyer Lane to protect against erosion.
3.3.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer 1
3.3.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer 2
Utilities Division:
  • Repaired a leak on a water service line in the 200 block of Bexar Drive.
3.3.2017 Utilities - Service Leak Bexar
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants.
3.3.2017 Utilities - FH Blasting
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ regulated program.
  • Flushed 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains while performing 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • TV inspected 300 linear feet of sanitary sewer main on Redwood Drive and a sanitary sewer service on Windsor Court.
3.3.2017 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Performed maintenance on the train horns on Highland Village Road and Briarhill Boulevard.
  • Located two 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 14 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
3.3.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced four tires and repaired one tire.
3.3.2017 Maint - Tire
  • Performed two alignments.
  • Continued upgrading the lights in Dispatch to LED lights. 
  • Continued the fire alarm upgrades at City Hall and the Police Department. 
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects:
Unity Park
Staff is in the process of installing the irrigation system at the Dog Park. The irrigation system is anticipated to be complete in three weeks, pending weather.
3.3.2017 Parks - Dog Park
BW2 Engineers are currently working on a hydraulic study to determine the best course of action to improve the functionality of both ponds during heavy rain events.

Doubletree Ranch Park
A contractor re-stained some areas of the splash pad where masonry work was recently done.  Staff is also preparing the splash pad area for the poly-soft surfacing to be installed in a couple of weeks.
3.3.2017 Parks - DRP
Staff is coordinating with Frontier to have Wi-Fi installed at the barn, splash pad, and pavilion. Frontier has installed the cabling and mounting brackets, and will install the Wi-Fi repeaters next week. Doubletree Ranch Park will be the first City owned park to provide Wi-Fi to the public.

Pilot Knoll Park Restroom Renovation
Staff has reviewed and returned the plans that were submitted by BR Architects & Engineers, Inc to have the overnight and day use restrooms renovated to meet ADA standards.

Sunset Point Park
Park staff, along with representatives from G&A Consultants, hosted a public forum on Thursday night to review conceptual plans for Sunset Point Park. The plans were well received by the public who also had great suggestions.
3.3.2017 Parks - Forum
Park Staff:
  • All crews are nearly done with trimming native grasses and shrubs in the landscaped bed areas. 
  • Staff continues to apply pre-emergent fertilizer to athletic fields and park turf areas. 
  • Bibiano Bautista qualified and competed in the state equipment rodeo hosted by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). He is the first employee to represent the City of Highland Village at the state level.
3.3.2017 Parks - TRAPS Rodeo
We would like to welcome the newest addition to our team, Anabelle Dunn, Recreation Intern. Anabelle is a senior at UNT in the Recreation, Event, and Sport Management Program. We are excited to have her on board!
3.3.2017 Parks - Anabelle Dunn
Kristin Willingham attended the annual Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) conference this week in Irving. There, she conducted an education session with Jill Beam who is over all senior programming for the City of Rowlett and also the reigning Ms. Senior Texas.
3.3.2017 Parks - TRAPS Senior
This was the second 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

On Thursday, 33 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a luncheon of lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert served by Metroport Meals on Wheels.

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. 

This was the final week that Camp Gladiator was held at Doubletree Ranch Park. Camp Gladiator will continue to meet 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. 

A Puppy Kindergarten 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
Vanesa Childers assisted Anabelle Dunn with her new hire paper work. Anabelle is the new Recreation and Special Events Intern and will be a great asset to the Parks and Recreation team this year. 
3.3.2017 HR - Anabell
Signups to participate in the “Sleep Deep Challenge” ended Friday. 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.