City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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May 01

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
At Tuesday’s Council meeting we recognized outgoing Councilmember Bill Meek for his eight years of service on the City Council. Bill began his service to the community nearly as soon as he moved to Highland Village in 2006 when he was appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). He served on the ZBA until 2009 when he was elected to Place 7 on the City Council. Bill was actively involved in the City and represented the Council at nearly every City and regional event. We appreciate his service and wish him well!
4.28.2017 CD - Mr. Meek
Mayor Wilcox, Council members Barbara Fleming and Bill Meek, Laurie Mullens, Crystal Babcock, Scott Kriston, Glenn Hollowell, Don Strange, and I attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. The event was the Leadership Lewisville Class of 31 graduation and featured Chris Wallace, President of the Texas Association of Business as the keynote speaker. Street Superintendent Don Strange participated in Class 31. The class chose an impactful project with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County - they transformed the organization’s backyard into a child-friendly space for both play and therapy. Congratulations Don on a job well done!
4.28.2017 CD - Don
4.28.2017 CD - Don Certificate
Fire Department
The on duty shift made an appearance at the Family Campout at Pilot Knoll Park on Saturday. They enjoyed visiting with all of the great families in attendance. 

On Monday Chief Brad Goudie met with Sunny Lindsey to discuss cameras for the fire apparatus.

The B Shift escorted Honorary Mayor Gracie McWilliams, a third grader at Highland Village Elementary School, around the Fire Department on Tuesday. 

Also on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Travis Nokes, Captain Daniel Ortmeier, and Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Moore left for the annual Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis. 

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

Thursday Chief Goudie attended the HeartSafe Workgroup meeting in Arlington. 

Also on Thursday, Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection’s meeting in Austin. 

On Friday Chief Goudie and Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt attended the lunch at CoServe in Corinth.
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 continue to clear the land and are performing dirt work. 

Public Works staff attended the Leadership Lewisville Graduation Ceremony this week. Congratulations to Don Strange, Streets Superintendent, for completing the course.

Public Works staff attended the Denton County Precinct 3 Task Force meeting Monday in Lewisville. Staff also attended the CoServ luncheon on Friday at the CoServ campus in Corinth.

Streets Division
  • Completed the asphalt street repairs in the 400 block of Merriman Drive.
4.28.2017 Streets - Merriman
  • Finished concrete street repairs in the 600 block of Santa Fe Drive.
4.28.2017 Streets - Santa Fe
  • Completed the concrete street repair in the 20 block of Remington Drive West.
  • Finished installing signs and pavement markings in the parking lot at the Highland Village Tennis Center.
4.28.2017 Streets - Tennis Center
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
  • Continued performing cracksealing maintenance on Sellmeyer Lane.
4.28.2017 Streets - Crackseal
  • Replaced stop signs and object markers in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut in the 2100 block of Strathmore Drive.
  • Don Strange graduated from Leadership Lewisville on Tuesday.

Drainage Division
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 300 block of Oak Forest Drive.
4.28.2017 Drainage - Oak Forest
  • Deployed line locates for barrow ditch maintenance in the 100 block of Lake Vista West.
  • Graded the barrow ditch for proper flow in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane.
4.28.2017 Drainage - Tanglewood
  • Met with DKH Academy regarding standing water in the creek behind the school, and treated it for mosquito larva.
  • Checked the creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Investigated a stagnant pool call in the 900 block of Hillside Court.
  • Marked dead trees to be removed located by the walking trail in the 3000 block of FM 2499.
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 2700 block of Green Oak Court.
  • Investigated the drainage easement in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane for possible improvements.

Utilities Division
  • Replaced a water valve at Copperas Branch Court and Highland Village Road.
4.28.2017 Utilities - Valve Replace
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA standards.
4.28.2017 Utilities - FH Blasting
  • Repaired a fire hydrant in the 2800 block of Millington Drive.
  • Continued annual testing of city owned backflow assemblies. 
  • Made repairs to three city owned backflow assemblies.
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services in the 200 block of Springway Drive and in the 500 block of Lake Vista Drive.
  • Located four areas of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance on several fire hydrants to complete the program for the year.
  • 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 15 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
4.28.2017 Maint - Service
  • Performed one alignment and replaced four tires.
  • Completed two state inspections.
  • Completed a front brake job. 
  • Replaced two tail lights.
  • Replaced PTO belts on a mower.
4.28.2017 Maint - PTO Belts
Community Services Division
Roofing Permits Issued: 178
Roofing/General Contractors Registered: 53
Stop Work Orders issued to Contractors working without a permit: 39

Since the March 26, 2017 storm there has been:
Roofing Permits Issued: 513
Stop Work Orders issued to Contractors working without a permit since April 12, 2017: 112
Approximately 20% of roofing inspections have failed due to safety issues. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 16
Permits Issued - 22
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 32
Inspections Performed - 54

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 7
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 10
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 4
Contact with four property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Unity Dog Park
Staff, with the assistance of an electrical contractor, installed four light poles by the main entrance of the Dog Park. They are currently in operation and the entire Dog Park is lit until 11:00 p.m.
4.28.2017 Parks - Dog Park 1
4.28.2017 Parks - Dog Park 2
Doubletree Ranch Park
On Thursday, Parks staff received training on the operation of the splash pad.
4.28.2017 Parks - Splash Pad
4.28.2017 Parks - Splash Pad Training
Staff is also preparing the entire site for the Opening Celebration on May 13!
4.28.2017 Parks - Doubletree Opening Celebration
Inland Trail
Staff is in the process of installing a curb and gutter along a portion of City Trail to assist in diverting water from residential properties. This project is located adjacent to the round planter bed in close proximity to Highland Village Road and Willow Creek Estates.
4.28.2017 Parks - City Trail
Park Staff
Staff is performing regular maintenance and has prepared all game fields for football, baseball, soccer, and kickball. 

The Spring Family Campout took place last weekend at Pilot Knoll Park. We had a record number of participants for this special event! Patrons enjoyed kayaks, food, s’mores by the campfire, the movie The Sandlot, a cornhole tournament, and other recreational activities.
4.28.2017 Parks - Campout Dinner
4.28.2017 Parks - Kids around Campfire
Due to inclement weather, the paper shredding event at Pilot Knoll Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This event is open to Highland Village residents. Please be prepared to present your I.D. at the gatehouse. Business shredding is not allowed. Please refer to for the latest updates. 

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.
4.28.2017 Parks - KK at Flight Museum
Interviews are underway for Kids Kamp Counselors. Applications are still being accepted and can be found under the Human Resources tab at

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

Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are now available at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. There are two options: 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 Fit4Mom class will be offered at Doubletree Ranch Park beginning Wednesday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. 

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 - 2
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 1
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 2
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 0
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 1
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
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 May. Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Cody Cline - Utility Tech II - 4 Years of Service
David Harney - Police Corporal - 13 Years of Service
Sandy Johnston - Municipal Court/Utility Billing - 1 Year of Service
Jose Lazo - Drainage Tech II - 7 Years of Service
Marcos Mejorado - Irrigation Specialist - 7 Years of Service
Marcela Rodriguez - Police Officer - 4 Years of Service
Bruce Sprowl - Utility Tech II - 4 Years of Service
Mark Stewart - Assistant Police Chief - 28 Years of Service
Tommy White - Parks Superintendent - 20 Years of Service

On Monday Vanesa Childers met with Network Manager, Keith Pennock, to review the Supervisor’s Guide, information regarding forms, the hiring process for open positions, and safety. 

Ken Heerman, Jana Onstead, and Kim Lopez met with representatives from Cigna and Higginbotham to review the City’s claims history.  

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

On Thursday and Friday, Kim Lopez attended the Texas Business Conference in Grapevine. The Texas Workforce Commission sponsors the conference and those in attendance learn about state and federal employment laws as well as the unemployment claim and appeal process.