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 24

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 8:14 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
Thursday was a great day for local businesses. DKH Academy held an Open House providing tours around the facility, hors d’oeuvres, and door prizes. It was a wonderful opportunity for fellow businesses to learn about an unexpected and exciting opportunity for partnerships in the future. 
4.21.2017 CD - DKH Open House
Following the Open House, the Highland Village Business Association held a joint Ribbon Cutting with the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce for Neighborhood Credit Union. We are happy to have Neighborhood Credit Union in Highland Village!
4.21.2017 CD - NCU Ribbon
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 dirt work. 

Public Works celebrated their Quarterly Birthday Luncheon at Pilot Knoll Park. We celebrated birthdays for Jannie Baughman, Andy Dimsdle, Juan Murillo, Cody Cline, Will Moore, John Harper, Tim Bruedigam, and Todd Hutson. Happy Birthday!
4.21.2017 PW - Employee Lunch
Public Works employees displayed heavy equipment at the vehicle showcase at Heritage Elementary School Career Week.
4.21.2017 PW - Heritage Equip Show
4.21.2017 PW - Barnett School
Streets Division
  • Completed installing the new parking spaces at the Fire Department. 
  • Finished a concrete street repair in the 20 block of Remington Drive West.
  • Started a concrete street repair in the 600 block of Santa Fe Drive.
4.21.2017 Streets - Santa Fe
  • Started an asphalt street repair in the 100 block of Baird Circle.
4.21.2017 Streets - Baird
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
  • Continued performing cracksealing maintenance on Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Layne Cline attended the Supervisory Leadership Series in Keller on Thursday. 

Drainage Division
  • Deployed line locates for barrow ditch maintenance in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane.
  • Responded to a call regarding standing water in the drainage easement in the 3300 block of Mayfair Lane.
  • Met with a Frontier contractor regarding a communication line that was bored through a 36” drainage pipe.
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 900 block of Kingwood Circle.
  • Deployed mosquito larva control in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
4.21.2017 Drainage - Castlewood
  • Inspected the barrow ditch in the 300 block of Oak Forest Drive for future cleaning.
  • Repaired eroded gabions in the 500 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
4.21.2017 Drainage - Sellmeyer
Utilities Division
  • Assistant Chief Collier from the Fire Department presented SCBA procedures and maintenance during a safety meeting for the Public Works field technicians.
4.21.2017 Utilities - Safety Meeting
  • Flushed 2,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Continued annual testing of City owned backflow assemblies.
4.21.2017 Utilities - Backflow Testing
  • Repaired a fire hydrant in the 2800 block of Millington Drive.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA system.
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services in the 700 block of Shannon Lane and in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
  • Located four areas of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed one alignment and replaced two tires. 
  • Replaced two ball joints.
4.21.2017 Maint - Ball Joints
  • Completed a front brake job.
  • Replaced one battery.
4.21.2017 Maint - Battery
Community Services
Roofing Permits Issued: 161
Roofing/General Contractors Registered: 67
Stop Work Orders issued to Contractors working without a permit: 29

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 21
Permits Issued - 24
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 23
Inspections Performed - 75

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 coordinated with an electrician to pull the wire for the light poles that are going to be installed in the dog park next week. Currently, the four large light poles on the east end of the large dog park are operating from dusk to 11:00 p.m.

Reminder, the dog park will be closed every Wednesday for maintenance (including irrigation) and when there is a rain event.

Doubletree Ranch Park
JC Commercial continues to work on items that were not addressed on their punch list, while staff prepares the park for its grand opening on Saturday, May 13. 

Four small grills at the tables in the oak grove and the one small grill by the pond have been installed by Park staff.
4.21.2017 Parks - DRP Shade 1
4.21.2017 Parks - DRP Shade 2
Park Staff
Staff is performing regular maintenance and has prepared all game fields for football, baseball, soccer, and kickball. 

In preparation for the Family Campout taking place April 22 - 23, Park staff is working on equipment that will be used during the weekend. 

The Spring Family Campout will take place April 22 - 23 at Pilot Knoll Park. We are expecting a record number of participants for this special event. Patrons will enjoy kayaks, food, s’mores by the campfire, the movie The Sandlot, a cornhole tournament, and other recreational activities.
4.21.2017 Parks - Family Campout
Andra Foreman served as the City liaison for the Highland Village Public Art Advisory Board meeting on Thursday. The board is gearing up for the Highland Village Art Festival which will take place at The Shops at Highland Village on May 6, 2017. Please refer to for more information.

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.
4.21.2017 Parks - Kids Kamp Field Trip
Interviews are underway for Kids Kamp Counselors. Applications are still being accepted and can be found under the Human Resources tab at
4.21.2017 Parks - Kamp Counselor
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

Metroport Meals on Wheels served a delicious meal of lasagna, salad, rolls, and ice cream to 39 Senior All-Stars on Thursday.

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 - 4
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 2
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 4
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 1
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 2
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Human Resources
The Get Moving Challenge started on Monday with 28 employees participating. This six week challenge encourages participants to log at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate to heavy activity. 
4.21.2017 HR - Terrific Trio
4.21.2017 HR - Fire
The safety committee conducted their annual safety inspections of all City facilities on Monday. Representatives from City Departments serve on this committee and perform annual inspections to help identify safety issues. We sincerely appreciate the members of the safety committee for taking the time to assist in this important endeavor. 

Kim Lopez had a follow up conference call with a representative from WellRight on Wednesday. WellRight markets an online platform for wellness programs.

Also on Wednesday, Jana Onstead, Kimberly Lopez, and Vanesa Childers attended the EAF picnic at Doubletree Ranch Park.