City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Mar 27

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 8:18 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
On Monday afternoon Laurie Mullens attended the Leadership Lewisville Steering Committee meeting. The 31st Leadership class is winding down with only a couple more classes before graduation. Street Supervisor Don Strange has participated in this year’s class. For their class project, the class has renovated the children’s therapy play area at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County. Don’s role being a street guy was to take care of re-painting the play court therapy area. The CACDC wanted a basketball court and a therapy hopscotch. While telling the Street Division guys about the project, and what his plans were, each one of them volunteered their own time, tools, and materials. Due to ongoing therapy sessions the only time that was good for the CACDC was Friday afternoons, so most of the Highland Village Street Division spent last Friday evening volunteering at CACDC. Another part of the class project was to raise funds to pay for materials and supplies. Because of the generosity and giving spirit of Robert Lively, Mark Rudder, Layne Cline, and William Dimsdle the re-painting of the play therapy area was done at no cost to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Great job! The class will present their project on Tuesday, April 4 at 3:00 at Lewisville City Hall. If you would like to attend, RSVP to
3.24.2017 CD - CAC 1
3.24.2017 CD - CAC 2
On Friday Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting.
Public Safety (Fire)
This past weekend Chief Brad Goudie was deployed to the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico as part of the Emergency Medical Response Team available to the 7,000 plus participants. 
3.24.2017 FD - Bataan Group
3.24.2017 FD - Bataan Crowd
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence conducted monthly continuing education for all three shifts. This month they reviewed the standard protocols for appropriate documentation.

On Monday Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the weekly staff meeting while Chief Goudie was deployed at the Bataan Memorial Death March.

Tuesday a six member panel consisting of members from the Fire Department and Kim Lopez from Human Resources conducted Oral Board Interviews with six candidates for two open positions in the Fire Department. From the six candidates, four were referred to Chief Goudie to participate in Chief Interview’s on Friday, March 24. 

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

On Wednesday evening, Chief Goudie met with a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout and his sponsor about a potential project at the Fire Station. 

Thursday Chief Goudie completed an inspection for Club Pilates at The District, which is anticipated to open in the next couple of weeks.  

Friday Captain Dan Ortmeier celebrated two years with the Highland Village Fire Department. We have been, and continue to be, privileged by his service to the community of Highland Village!
3.24.2017 FD - Ortmeier
The Fire Department had 25 calls for service this past week including three Fire Calls, 13 Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, one Hazardous Condition, six Service Calls, one Good Intent Call, and one False Alarm/False Call.
Public Works (Streets/Drainage/Utilities/Maintenance/Community Services)
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Staff met with several residents to discuss various problems, resolutions to remedy these problems is currently being reviewed by staff. 

Work is underway on the Ladera Development; they have started clearing the land and performing demolition work.

Scott Kriston, Laurie Mullens, and Sasha Torres met with Waste Management to review a new customer web portal that is city specific. Waste Management plans to roll out the new system in April 2017.

Street Division
  • Performed temporary patching in various locations throughout the City.
3.24.2017 Streets - Marketplace
  • Continued installing new parking spaces at the Fire Department.
3.24.2017 Streets - FD Parking
  • Technicians continue NHI certification training.

Drainage Division
  • Met with residents regarding drainage easement cleaning in the 4100 block of Amhurst Drive.
  • Inspected drainage easements in the 3300 block of Northwood Drive.
  • Attended a seminar over mosquito control in Grapevine that was sponsored by Municipal Mosquito.
  • Met with a resident in the 900 block of Idlewild Court regarding standing water.
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed inlet inspections throughout the City.
  • Finished the gabion project in the 500 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
3.24.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer
3.24.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer Gabion
Utilities Division
  • Todd Hutson attended a 20 hour Identification of Microorganisms class in Mesquite.
  • Sandblasted, primed, and painted several fire hydrants per AWWA color code.
3.24.2017 Utilities - FH Blasting
  • Performed meter route inspections as part of an annual program to ensure meter boxes are exposed and AMA components are properly installed.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes that were found performing meter route inspections.
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services in the 200 block of Lamesa Drive and the 2200 block of Strathmore Drive.
  • Flushed 10,600 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Installed wiring to the remote meter panel for the distribution meter at the FM 407 Well Lot.
  • Located four 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. Performed nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
3.24.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced four tires and repaired two tires. 
  • Performed four state inspections.
  • Completed mower deck repairs.
3.24.2017 Maint - Mower Deck
Community Services
CO Applications Received:
Club Pilates in The District

Building Permits Received:
Elevation Church

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 25
Permits Issued - 31
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 29
Inspections Performed - 31

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.
Information Services
A new electronic fingerprint machine was installed and training was done by the vendor. This machine will send fingerprint information to federal and state databases in a fraction of the time that previous methods took.

Members of the Information Services Department met with staff from the Police Department to discuss future video storage and server needs. 

A new wiring drop was installed in the AV recording booth in the Police Training Room, where City Council Early Work Session takes place. 

An automated warrant report is now in the testing phase. Previously, this information was manually loaded into the license plate recognition software.   

Installation and configuration for the public Wi-Fi at Doubletree Ranch Park was completed.

A successful test was run on the network’s high availability functionality. This allows the virtual servers to move from one host to another in the event one of the hosts goes down.   

New permitting reports were installed that will replace the previous manual methods for recording permit status and counts. The portal has been tested and comments/revisions have been sent to the vendor.
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 substantially complete by the end of next week, pending the weather. 

Doubletree Ranch Park
Adventure Playground is installing the polysoft surfacing onto the splash pad, which will be completely installed by next week. 
3.24.2017 Parks - Polysoft 1
3.24.2017 Parks - Polysoft 3
The stone mason has completed installing flagstone on the walking area outside the barn on the southern end. 

Sunset Point Park
Park staff met with G&A Consultants to discuss the survey results received from the public forum. Staff has narrowed down design ideas and will be presenting the ideas to the Parks Board in the near future.

Highland Village Tennis Center
The stone mason has completed installing the park monument sign at the Highland Village Tennis Center.
3.24.2017 Parks - Tennis Center
Park Staff
Park staff is currently performing regular maintenance at all assigned areas.
Staff has also been preparing the game fields at Unity Park, Brazos Park, and Doubletree Ranch Park for baseball, softball, kickball, and soccer.

Kristin Willingham, Andra Foreman, Anabelle Dunn, and Kelly Lopez attended training for ePACT Network. The ePACT Network is a secure emergency network that we will use to collect medical and emergency contact information electronically for Kids Kamp. Not only will ePACT replace paper forms, but it will also ensure we have a way to communicate with guardians in the event of an illness, injury, or larger scale emergency.

The youth flag football season starts this Saturday, March 25 at Brazos Park. The league is for boys and girls from Pre-K to twelfth grade. Players of all skill levels play in a quality, non-contact league, where having fun while competing is the number one goal!

The adult kickball season started on Wednesday evening at Unity Park.

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, 36 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a luncheon of pulled pork, salad, rolls, and dessert served by Metroport Meals on Wheels.
3.24.2017 Parks - Seniors
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 new class will be offered soon at Doubletree Ranch Park on Wednesday mornings. 

A Basic Manners dog obedience class was held Tuesday 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.

Outdoor Recreational Pickleball open court is available at Unity Park. Nets and balls are located on-site for set up. All ages are welcome to play FREE of charge and residency is not required. Don’t forget to bring your paddle!

Indoor 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.

Facility Rentals
Doubletree Ranch Park Barn - 3
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 1
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 2
Lakeside Community Park - 2
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 2

Parks and Recreation Annual Awards
The Parks and Recreation Department held their 2016 Annual Awards on Thursday. This years recipients include:
Phillip Schmidt
Parks and Recreation Department
2016 Employee of the Year 

Bibiano Bautista
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Professionalism, Responsibility, Leadership

Joey Hardin
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Professionalism, Entrepreneurial Spirit

Marcos Mejorado
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Professionalism, Responsibility

Frank Furche
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award

Tommy “THE BOSS” White
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Professionalism, Responsibility, Leadership

Anthony “Tony” Adams
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Team Work, Responsibility, Ethics

Jorge Ponce
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Ethics, Responsibility, Team Work

Hector Calderon-Gonzalez
2016 Outstanding Core Value Award
Professionalism, Entrepreneurial Spirit

Terry Golden
2016 Director Heart Award
For her service to her co-workers,
and her willingness to “jump in” 
to help with the Senior All-Stars.  

Kristin Willingham
2016 Director Heart Award
For her work on the Fall Festival.  
Her efforts to continuously improve the 
Festival has created a unique and fun family tradition.

Erika Hodon
2016 Part Time Employee of the Year

Richard Smith
Public Works, Maintenance
2016 PARD’ner Award
Congratulations to all of this years recipients, and thank you to each and every one of our hard-working staff!
Human Resources
On Tuesday, Kim Lopez assisted the Fire Department with Oral Board Interviews with six candidates for two open positions in the Fire Department.