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 10

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 8:42 AM by Crystal Babcock

On Thursday evening, the Parks and Recreation Department hosted members of City Council and the Parks Board on a tour of all City Parks. It was a beautiful evening to be out enjoying the weather and our Trail and Park System!
4.7.2017 Parks - Tour
Community Development
The Highland Village Business Association has produced their first virtual ribbon cutting video. Bellisima Salon is new and now open in The District of Highland Village. Check out the video and make an appointment for their shiny, sassy and healthy experience! 

On Tuesday the Leadership Lewisville class presented their class project to Lewisville Chamber of Commerce board members and staff, Leadership Lewisville Alumni, employers, supervisors, sponsors and partnering organizations.  Class 31 transformed the outdoor space at Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County (CACDC) into an activity and therapy space for children. You can learn more about this great project on its web page. Street Superintendent Don Strange has participated in the Leadership Lewisville program. A ribbon cutting will be held on Monday, April 10 at 9:45 and the class will also tell about their project at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, April 25.
4.7.2017 Comm Dev - Lewisville Leadership
Public Works
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 met with insurance adjusters to survey hail damage done to City vehicles and facilities. 

Information Services held a demonstration on the Micropaver and its integration with CityWorks.

Staff met with representatives from the Town of Flower Mound to discuss improvements to the traffic signal at FM 2499 and Live Oak Lane.

Streets Division
  • Continued installing new parking spaces at the Fire Department.
4.7.2017 Streets - Fire
  • Removed trees that fell down on Justin Road.
4.7.2017 Streets - Justin Road
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
4.7.2017 Streets - Hillside
  • Performed cracksealing maintenance on Sellmeyer Lane.
4.7.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer
  • Replaced stop signs at various locations throughout the City. 

Drainage Division
  • The Drainage Division deployed locates for barrow ditch cleaning on Highland Village Road at Bluebonnet Drive.
4.7.2017 Drainage - Bluebonnet
  • Line locates deployed for barrow ditch cleaning in the 700 block of Lake Hollow Court.
4.7.2017 Drainage - Lake Hollow
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 100 block of Russell Drive.
4.7.2017 Drainage - Russell
  • Laid sod after the barrow ditch cleaning job in the 500 block of Snowdon Court.
  • Met with the residents on Whittier Court and Longfellow Drive on flooding issues.
  • Cut the curb to extend drainage pipes in the 5000 block of Manchester Road. 
  • Deployed mosquito larvicide at various locations throughout the City. 

Utilities Division
  • A representative from Green Equipment demonstrated our new Jetscan video nozzle, and a new sewer tractor camera.
4.7.2017 Utilities - Jetscan Demo
4.7.2017 Utilities - Sewer Camera Demo
  • Began annual testing of City owned backflow assemblies.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Flushed 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main and storm water main in the 2100 block of Strathmore Drive.
  • Made repairs on three fire hydrants on Brooks Court.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 200 block of Malibu Drive.
  • Completed 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 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.
  • Replaced three batteries.
4.7.2017 Maint - Battery
  • Repaired one tire.
  • Replaced the radiator hose on a John Deere tractor.
4.7.2017 Maint - Hose
  • Replaced two side mirrors and 18 windshields due to hail damage.

Community Services
Site Plan Applications Received:
Medical Building
Retail Building

Staff visited with members from the Texas Department of Insurance Compliance to help prevent insurance fraud.

Roofing Permits Issued: 47
Roofing/General Contractors Registered: 100
Stop Work Orders issued to Contractors working without a permit: 16

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 42
Permits Issued - 58
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 38
Inspections Performed - 65

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 15
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 18
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 21
Contact with 14 property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Unity Park Dog Park
Staff has been installing sod in the areas that were disturbed by the installation of potable water lines, electrical conduit, and the irrigation system. All turf, potable water lines, and electrical components will be completed next week. The Unity Park Dog Park will open April 14!
4.7.2017 Parks - Dog Park
Doubletree Ranch Park
The contractor is finalizing the final items on the punch list in preparation for the final walk though next week.  

Park staff is coordinating to have the stones in the splash pad sealed to prevent them from bleeding onto the splash pad.

Park Staff
  • Staff is performing regular maintenance and preparing all of the game fields for football, baseball, soccer, and kickball.
4.7.2017 Parks - DRP Aeration
  • Staff has been preparing equipment and materials needed to host our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8!
  • The Village Park pond fountain has been repaired and reinstalled. 
4.7.2017 Parks - VP Fountain
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 8! The Easter Bunny will be at the Unity Park baseball/softball complex at 9:45 a.m. for the Hunt. 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, custard sandwiches from Freddy’s Frozen Custard, games, and of course, The HUNT. This event is intended for children toddler to ten years of age.
4.7.2017 Parks - Hunt
4.7.2017 Parks - Hunt Close Up
Registration for Highland Village Kids Kamp 2017 is now available. Kids Kamp is an eight week camp that runs from June 12 to August 4. Join us in the mornings for organized games and activities, and then stick around in the afternoon for field trips you won’t find offered by any other kamp out there! Field trips are taken four out of five days most weeks (weather permitting). Please refer to for more information including the field trip calendar and registration.
4.7.2017 Parks - Kids Kamp 1
4.7.2017 Parks - Kids Kamp 2
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, 42 Senior All Stars enjoyed a meal from Cotton Patch served by Metroport Meals on Wheels followed by a professional game of BINGO.
4.7.2017 Parks - Meals on Wheels
Community Education Classes
Yoga classes will begin Monday, April 10 at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. There will be two classes available: Yoga Foundations: Beginners on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Yoga Fitness: Beginner/Intermediate on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. as well as Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Rachel at (214) 641-4236 or

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. 

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.

Facility Rentals
Doubletree Ranch Park Barn - 1
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 0
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 2
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 1
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 2
Lions Club Pavilion - 1
Human Resources
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in April. Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Matthew Cautero - Communications Officer - 1 year of service
Kenneth Heerman - Asst. City Manager - 26 years of service
Jasmine Hipp - Police Records Tech - 1 year of service
Audrey Junkin - Accts Payable Rep - 17 years of service
Robert Lively - Street Crew Leader - 4 years of service
Benjamin Mcenroe - Street Tech II - 5 years of service
William Moore II - Utility Tech III - 4 years of service
Desydelia Townsend - Police Officer - 1 year of service

Jana Onstead and Kim Lopez attended a CPR refresher course on Tuesday morning administered by Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy.

Kim Lopez and Vanesa Childers attended a meeting on Tuesday to discuss ideas for a recruitment video for the Police Department. 

Vanesa Childers attended the monthly admin meeting on Wednesday, which was also National Walking Day. During the meeting, the group took a short break to enjoy the day.
4.7.2017 HR - Admin Group