City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Apr 17

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 8:22 AM by Crystal Babcock

On Thursday Mayor Wilcox and I attended the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Council. Mayor Wilcox attended as a voting member of the Council. At the meeting an overview was provided on TxDOT’s state wide unified transportation plan by Laura Ryan from the Texas Transportation Commission. A legislative update was also provided at the meeting with much of the discussion centered on the proposed budget as well as the potential delay in TxDOT funding which was seen as a negative for TxDOT and the North Texas Region.  
Community Development
On Tuesday the Highland Village Business Association held their second lunch of the year. Brian Searcy, with Mainstreet Pilot, was the guest speaker talking about his book Inspired Right. Searcy shared ways to make better decisions in all aspects of life by aligning our actions to our individual Compass of Right. We had about 60 in attendance. Once again the luncheon was held at Doubletree Ranch Park. Big thanks to Angie Miller and Jannie Baughman for their help checking in attendees, Andrew Boyd and Fince Espinoza for setting up the A/V, and Charles Ciampi for setting up the space.
4.14.2017 Comm Dev - Mayor
4.14.2017 Comm Dev - Searcy
Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended a ribbon cutting for Seven Loaves Catering on Thursday.
4.14.2017 Comm Dev - Ribbon Cutting
4.14.2017 Comm Dev - Seven Loaves
Fire Department
Saturday the Fire Department provided the Easter Bunny a ride to Unity Park for the Annual Highland Village Easter Egg Hunt. 

On Monday annual hose testing was conducted at the Fire Department to certify that all the hoses utilized by the department are functioning properly. 

Monday Assistant Chief Jason Collier met with members of ICS in the Police Department training room to go over the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) program. 

C Shift attended the Dog Park Ribbon Cutting on Friday morning. 

Assistant Chief Collier has been working with Denton County Radio Shop to update all of the Fire Department radios and their programming. 

All three shifts attended an Insurance Service Office (ISO) nighttime live burn at the Denton Fire Department Training Field. 

Texas Health Resources spoke with all three shifts about their stand alone emergency room and its capabilities as a new transport option for the citizens of Highland Village.  

Assistant Chief Collier completed two plan reviews and one inspection. He also coordinated uniform and gear needs for two new staff members that will join the Fire Department in May.
The Fire Department had 22 calls for service this past week.
Police Department
We are excited to announce the promotion of Cory Gullo and Anita Sanchez to Corporal. 
4.14.2017 PD - Cory-Anita
This week was National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We are so appreciative of all of our dispatchers and their hard work! Thank you for everything you do – Brenda, Amie, Terra, Michaela, Ronda, Matthew, and Brianna.
4.14.2017 PD - Dispatcher Week
Public Works
Streets Division
  • Finished installing new parking spaces at the Fire Department.
4.14.2017 Streets - Fire Dept
  • All Street Division employees have completed the course material and received their NHI certificates.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
  • Performed cracksealing maintenance on Sellmeyer Lane.
4.14.2017 Streets - Crackseal Sellmeyer
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with saw cuts on Santa Fe Drive and Merriman Drive.
4.14.2017 Streets - Saw Cut Merriman
Drainage Division
  • Performed barrow ditch cleaning at Bluebonnet Drive and Highland Village Road.
  • Mowed the Quail Cove Pond and the Chinn Chapel barrow ditch. 
4.14.2017 Drainage - Mowing
  • Performed barrow ditch cleaning in a rear easement on Lake Hollow Court.
4.14.2017 Drainage - Lake Hollow
  • Performed larviciding throughout the City. 
4.14.2017 Drainage - Larvicide
  • Removed leaves and debris from the drainage channel around the Public Works Service Center.
  • Ran drain pipes through the curb on Manchester Road to tie in a french drain.
  • Installed a drainage inlet at the Fire Station.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired two water service line leaks in the street in the 600 block of Sante Fe Drive and in the 400 block of Merriman Drive. 
4.14.2017 Utilities - Sante Fe Water Service
4.14.2017 Utilities -Merriman Water Service
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer main line cleanout in the rear easement of Moran Drive.
4.14.2017 Utilities - CO Repair
  • Continued annual testing of City owned backflow assemblies.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service and TV inspected the line in the 2800 block of Timbercrest Lane.
  • 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 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
4.14.2017 Maint - Service
  • Renewed five vehicle registrations.
  • Repaired two tires.
  • Performed PTO repairs on mower.
4.14.2017 Maint - PTO
  • Replaced one side mirror and one windshield due to hail damage.

Community Services
Permits Issued:
A building permit for Elevation Church was issued this week. 
A new residential home building permit was also issued this week. 

Roofing Permits Issued: 88
Roofing/General Contractors Registered: 75
Stop Work Orders issued to Contractors working without a permit: 40

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 32
Permits Issued - 24
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 32
Inspections Performed - 40

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 5
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 7
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 2
Contact with one property owner for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Unity Park Dog Park
Staff has installed the flagpole, sod, potable water lines, electrical conduit, and irrigation system in preparation of the grand opening.
4.14.2017 Parks - Sod
4.14.2017 Parks - Flagpole
The Dog Park grand opening was held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and was a great success! It was wonderful seeing everyone enjoy the area that we have worked so diligently on!
4.14.2017 Parks - Parks Crew
4.14.2017 Parks - Ribbon Cutting
Doubletree Ranch Park
The final walk through was completed on Wednesday. Park staff, representatives from JC Commercial, as well as representatives from Schrickel, Rollins, and Associates were all present.
4.14.2017 Parks - Boardwalk
A minor list of items to repair was created on the final walk through. We anticipate closing out this project by the beginning of next month.  

Additionally, Park staff has installed a large grill at the pavilion.
4.14.2017 Parks - Grill
Park Staff
Staff is performing regular maintenance and has prepared all game fields for football, baseball, soccer, and kickball. 

The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, April 8 at Unity Park. Patrons enjoyed face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a bounce house, custard sandwiches from Freddy’s Frozen Custard, games, and of course, the HUNT. Thank you to all of the sponsors who made this event possible.
4.14.2017 Parks - Easter Prizes
4.14.2017 Parks - Hunt
Andra Foreman and Kristin Willingham attended the TAAF Region 4 meeting in Keller on Wednesday.

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.

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

A lunch and learn sponsored by North Texas Homecare was held on Thursday at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center where 39 Senior All-Stars received information regarding in home health and how to make Medicare work best for them. We want to say a huge thank you to Kim Jones and her colleagues for putting on such a great informational luncheon.
4.14.2017 Parks - NTX Luncheon
4.14.2017 Parks - All Stars Lunch
Community Education Classes
Yoga classes began this week at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. There are 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 Swan 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.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is available by appointment only. Contact Juliet at (214) 717-2031 for an appointment. Bluet SUP will be offering daily rentals, SUP yoga classes, private lessons, tours, and group parties. Please see Bluet SUP at, on Facebook, or on Instagram for current classes offered as well as rental days/times available.

Facility Rentals
Doubletree Ranch Park Barn - 1
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 0
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 6
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 2
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 4
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Human Resources
We would like to welcome Raul Mendiola, Street Tech I, to the City. Raul started Monday working in the Street Department.
4.14.2017 HR - Mendiola
Also on Monday, Kim Lopez met with Cigna to discuss upcoming Learn at Lunch opportunities. 

On Tuesday, Jana Onstead attended the HVBA quarterly luncheon at Doubletree.

Vanesa Childers assisted Part Time Crossing Guards with training on Wednesday.

Jana Onstead attended the Municipal Human Resources Alliance (MHRA) luncheon in Colleyville on Thursday. MHRA is an alliance for area Human Resource Directors to meet regularly to share helpful information and discuss current issues. The guest speaker at Thursday’s luncheon was Riley Harvill, and he discussed employee assessment tools. Also at the luncheon, new staff members were introduced and local Human Resources job openings were also announced.