City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Mar 13

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 9:31 AM by Crystal Babcock

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Highland Village Rotary Club and provide an update on what’s happening in Highland Village. I provided several different pamphlets on programs we provide to residents, talked about our new Emergency Care Attendant (ECA) program, and was able to answer questions from the group. On April 2, the Club will hold its Bunny Hop Family Day at Excite Gym & Cheer. This event is the Rotary Club’s charity fundraiser and vendor fair, celebrating the Easter season.
Public Safety (Fire)
Tuesday two of our seniors stopped in to present the department with some of the historical items that once resided on the walls of the recently closed Applebee’s. We cannot thank Jake and Erika enough for not only thinking of the Fire Department and bringing these items to us, but also for all of their contributions to The Robert & Lee DuVall Center and the City of Highland Village.
3.10.2017 Fire - Applebees
On Wednesday morning B Shift responded to a vehicle fire just off of Highland Village Road and IH 35.
3.10.2017 Fire - Vehicle Fire 1
3.10.2017 Fire - Vehicle Fire 2
Chief Brad Goudie, Police Chief Doug Reim, and I met for our weekly Public Safety meeting on Wednesday. 

On Thursday Chief Goudie attended a staff meeting to review material for the Council Planning Session. 

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended an EMS luncheon at Medical Center Lewisville on Thursday.

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

Also on Thursday, the Chiefs and all three Shift Captains attended the final training session with Marcel Brunel of the Brunel Group along with the Police Department. This training wrapped up a yearlong endeavor designed to help both the Police and Fire Departments work as a cohesive, unified Public Safety organization.

Friday morning the Fire Department held agility trials for eight Firefighter/Paramedic candidates applying for two open positions in the Fire Department. Candidates were required to complete a rigorous fire obstacle course in four minutes and 30 seconds or less in order to move on to the next phase of the hiring process. Of the eight candidates, six passed. Rookie Taylor Greer demonstrated the obstacle course before the candidates completed it to show them what was expected.
3.10.2017 Fire - Testing 1
3.10.2017 Fire - Testing 2
The Fire Department responded to 15 calls for service this past week including two Fire calls, eight EMS calls, one Motor Vehicle Accident, three Service Calls, and one Good Intent Call.
Public Works (Streets/Drainage/Utilities/Maintenance/Community Services)
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Staff met with residents on Sellmeyer Lane, Manchester Road, Highland Hills Lane, and Hickory Ridge to discuss drainage problems and other issues.

Public Works staff met with Brown & Gay Engineering to discuss future projects.

Staff had a final walk-through for the Wilkerson Addition.

Public Works staff met with the Chapel Hill HOA to discuss the Amhurst detention pond.

Street Division
  • Repaired the guardrail in the 600 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
3.10.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer Guardrail
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
  • Performed temporary pothole patching in various locations throughout the City.
3.10.2017 Streets - Temp Patch
  • Finished repairing the gravel drive at the Fire Department.
3.10.2017 Streets - Gravel Drive
  • Don Strange attended Leadership Lewisville where one of the guest speakers was our very own Mayor Wilcox.
3.10.2017 Streets - Mayor Wilcox
  • Technicians continue NHI certification training.

Drainage Division
  • Met with residents on leaves in the barrow ditch in the 100 block of Highland Lake Drive.
  • Installed a drainage grate in the curb and gutter in the 5000 block of Manchester Road to eliminate nuisance water.
3.10.2017 Draiange - Manchester
  • Took elevations of the curb and gutter on Highland Hills Lane to explore the possibility of grinding the gutter in an effort to achieve proper flow.
3.10.2017 Drainage - Highland Hills
  • Installing gabion baskets for slope stabilization in the creek located behind the houses in the 500 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
3.10.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer 1
3.10.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer 2
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations in the City.

Utilities Division
  • Todd Hutson attended a 20 hour Utilities Calculations class in Lewisville.
  • Performed our annual meter route inspections.
3.10.2017 Utilities - Meter Route Inspections
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main and a storm water main on Nelson Parkway to locate a tap for an empty lot.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 2900 block of Lakeside Drive.
  • Dressed two areas of previous excavations and laid new sod on Bexar Drive and Tartan Trail.
  • 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 12 preventive maintenance and equipment services.  
  • Replaced five tires and repaired one.   
  • Replaced one battery.
3.10.2017 Maintenance - Battery
  • Performed a brake job.
  • Repaired a fuel return hose.
3.10.2017 Maintenance - Fuel
  • Performed six vehicle registration renewals.

Community Services
Shoal Creek Tavern is now open!

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 15
Permits Issued - 25
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 23
Inspections Performed - 38

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 7
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 8
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 6
Contact with two property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Unity Park
Park staff continues to work on installing the irrigation system at the Dog Park, which is anticipated to be complete in two weeks, pending the weather. 

BW2 Engineers is working on the hydraulic study to determine the best course of action to improve the functionality of both ponds during heavy rain events. 

Doubletree Ranch Park
Frontier has completed work on the Wi-Fi at the barn, splash pad, and pavilion and it is now operational. Doubletree Ranch Park is the first City owned park to provide Wi-Fi to the public. 

A stone mason is installing flagstone on the walking area outside of barn on the southern end. Staff has also been working on installing video cameras at the pavilion. 

Sunset Point Park
Park staff and representatives from G&A Consultants are tabulating results from the public forum held last week. 

Park Staff
  • Park staff is currently adding decomposed granite landscaping material to the plant beds and walking path at the Fire Station. 
  • The Unity Park Crew has been preparing the athletic fields for spring baseball/softball and soccer practices.
  • Staff has been trimming trees on Briarhill Boulevard. 
  • All crews have completed trimming native grasses and shrubs in the landscaped beds on FM 2499, Brazos Boulevard, at Doubletree Ranch Park, Village Park, and areas at Pilot Knoll Park.  
  • The Corps Crew is cleaning and trimming trees by camp sites at Pilot Knoll Park in preparation of heavy usage from Spring Break campers over the next two weeks. 
  • Staff is finishing the application of pre-emergent fertilizer in all irrigated parks, municipal grounds, and medians maintained by the City. They have also applied post-emergent weed control in several City maintained areas. 

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

The NBA Youth Basketball season playoff and championship games took place on Saturday at Briarhill Middle School.

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

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. 

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
The “Sleep Deep Challenge” started on Monday with 21 employees participating in the four week Wellness Activity.

Kim Lopez and Vanesa Childers met with newly promoted Streets Supervisor, Dusty Cline, to review NeoGov, the online application system. 

Kim Lopez and Jana Onstead met with Marcel Brunel on Tuesday to review the leadership training class material for Thursday.  Brunel conducted the final Public Safety Leadership training class on Thursday for 23 staff participants. 
3.10.2017 HR - PS Leadership
Jana Onstead and Kim Lopez had a follow up conference call with a representative from WellRight on Thursday.  WellRight markets an online platform for wellness programs.

On Thursday Jana Onstead attended a staff meeting to review material for the Council Planning Session taking place on Saturday, March 11. 

Vanesa Childers attended the agility testing for Firefighter/Paramedic candidates in Lewisville on Friday morning.