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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Apr 03

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 8:51 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
We are in severe weather season, as we’ve all experienced this last week! We are encouraging residents to sign up for E-Watch to receive severe weather alerts. We also want to stress that we should all empower ourselves with several emergency alert tools. Along with E-Watch text alerts, residents should consider purchasing a weather radio with SAME technology, downloading a weather app to their smart phone, turning on the emergency alert feature on their smart phone, and stay aware and tuned in when severe weather is in the forecast. We produced a short video with the details on how to sign up for E-Watch alerts.  

Our cable channel, HVTV, has a new look. Andrew Boyd has been working the last several months to set up the new system, complete the training, build new slides, and a program schedule. We purchased the system through TelVue which includes two different components. The InfoVue product is the bulletin board generator for city information and upcoming events. The Hypercaster is the scheduler to play content on our station. Andrew created a program schedule which includes City videos, Texas Parks and Wildlife videos, and the replay of public meetings. The system is connected through our network and the cloud allowing Andrew to update content easily from any computer. We are appreciative of the help from Information Services, Keith Pennock and Joe Vogel particularly, in setting up the system. The next step to complete is 24/7/365 live streaming of the channel to the website. Check out the new look on channel 15 (Spectrum) or channel 43 (Frontier). Great work Andrew!
3.31.2017 Comm Dev - HVTV 1
3.31.2017 Comm Dev - HVTV 2
The City is seeking proposals for a business to operate the concession stand at Doubletree Ranch Park. The business would provide food and beverage service at the park during city events, soccer games, and popular use times at the park. The City encourages the concessionaire to be creative in establishing a distinctive concession business that expands beyond the typical park concession operation and creates a unique experience developing a customer base that makes Doubletree Ranch Park one of their favorite places to spend a morning or afternoon. A video has been created to showcase the park and the concession area and is being sent to the Highland Village Business Association database. 

On Friday Andrew Boyd, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock filmed an HVBA Virtual Ribbon Cutting video for Bellisima Salon. Stay tuned for the new video!
Public Safety (Fire)
Due to severe weather in the area, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated Sunday night as a large path of hail moved through the area.
3.31.2017 Fire - Storm
On Monday Deputy Chief Travis Nokes and Driver/Operator Bobby Dukes attended a Stop the Bleed, Train the Trainer course at Medical City Lewisville covering external hemorrhage control.  

Tuesday Chief Brad Goudie attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) Semi-Annual General Membership meeting at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) in Arlington.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday PHI Air Medical conducted Landing Zone training with all three shifts. During the training, PHI landed their air ambulance at the Brazos Park soccer fields and reviewed procedures and protocols for emergency landings and transports.
3.31.2017 Fire - PHI
In-service training was conducted by Ashley Cohen (Physio Control Representative) on Monday and Tuesday over the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. The CPAP assists patients with breathing difficulties. Deputy Chief Nokes conducted the CPAP device training on Wednesday. 

Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy renewed the City’s Hands Only CPR/AED training with City employees on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Jane Ponder from the Finance Department met with each shift to answer questions pertaining to payroll policies and procedures for 24 hour shift personnel. 
3.31.2017 Fire - Payroll
The EOC was activated again on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as Denton County was under a Tornado Warning and Severe Thunderstorm Warning. 

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

Thursday C shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Jason Herron from Municipal Emergency Systems demonstrated their Seek Thermal Imaging Camera for Chief Goudie on Thursday. 

The Fire Department had 31 Calls for Service this past week including 12 Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, one Hazardous Condition, 12 Service Calls, two Good Intent Calls, two False Alarm, and False Calls, and two Severe Weather and Natural Disaster Calls.
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 issues, resolutions to remedy these issues are currently being reviewed by staff.

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

Staff attended a Zika Virus Workshop and Tabletop Exercise at Denton County Precinct 3 that was presented by Denton County Public Health.

Due to the severe weather that impacted this area, staff met with insurance adjusters to survey hail damage to City vehicles and facilities.

Attended CPR Training presented by the Fire Department.

Street Division
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City.
3.31.2017 Streets - Stop Sign
  • Continued installing new parking spaces at the Fire Department.
3.31.2017 Streets - FD
  • Removed several trees that fell down in the recent severe weather.
3.31.2017 Streets - Trees
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Remington Drive West.
3.31.2017 Streets - Remington
Drainage Division
  • Removed silt and debris from the residential barrow ditch in the 4100 block of Amhurst Drive.
3.31.2017 Drainage - Amhurst
  • Removed blockages from the backyard drainage easement in the 3300 block of Mayfair Lane.
  • Removed silt and debris from the drainage culvert in the 100 block of Edgewater Drive.
  • Performed pond maintenance in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
  • Met with residents in the 300 block of Lake Vista South on creek erosion. We will be installing gabion baskets to eliminate the erosion.
  • Installed a drainage conversion in the 500 block of Snowdon Court.
3.31.2017 Drainage - Snowdon
  • Inspected a drainage easement for possible grading to prevent flooding in the 700 block of Lake Hollow Court.
3.31.2017 Drainage - Lake Hollow
Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water service leak in the street in the 20 block of Remington Drive West.
3.31.2017 Utilities - Water Service Repair
  • Repaired a broken sanitary sewer service in the 3200 block of Shore View Drive.
3.31.2017 Utilities - Sewer Service Repair
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 200 block of Spring Way Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 3200 block of Shore View Drive.
  • Investigated two low pressure concerns in the 900 block of Excalibur Drive and in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive.
  • 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.
  • Performed maintenance on the train horns on Briarhill Boulevard and Highland Village Road. 
  • Performed calibrations on chlorine colorimeters.
  • 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.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Unity Park Dog Park
Park staff is removing dirt that was left after installing the irrigation system, staff will sod the bare areas next week as well as the anchor bolt cages for the light poles. The Unity Park Dog Park will be open April 14!

Doubletree Ranch Park
The contractor is in the process of finishing the final items on the punch list, with a final walk through scheduled for April 11. We hope to close this project out very soon!

Park Staff
  • Park staff is performing regular maintenance.
3.31.2017 Parks - Maintenance
  • Staff repaired an irrigation leak at City Hall and removed the old chain link fencing, along with a dead tree, from the west side of the Highland Village Tennis Center. This was a vast improvement to the aesthetics of the property.
3.31.2017 Parks - Tree
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is just around the corner! The Easter Bunny will be at Unity Park baseball/softball complex at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. Our own Highland Village Fire Department will sound the horn to begin the Hunt at 10:00 a.m. SHARP. Join us for face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny (please bring your own camera), bounce house, games, and of course, The HUNT. This event is intended for children toddler to ten years of age.
3.31.2017 Parks - Hunt
Scooter the Squirrel visited the Highland Village Parks and Recreation office this week in preparation of all the upcoming spring events. You can find all the fun we have in store at!
3.31.2017 Parks - Scooter
The youth flag football games continue on Saturday, April 1 at Brazos Park.

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. 

Camp Gladiator is held at Unity Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

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. Pickleball 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.
Human Resources
Vanesa Childers attended a CPR refresher course on Wednesday morning administered by Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy.

Jana Onstead and Kim Lopez met with representatives from Cigna and Higginbotham on Wednesday to discuss the Wellness Program.

The “Sleep Deep Challenge” concludes Sunday, April 2 with 21 employees participating in the four week challenge.