City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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May 15

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 11:33 AM by Crystal Babcock

We held the ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies for Councilmember Mike Lombardo and newly-elected Councilmember Dan Jaworski. Councilman Fred Busche was unable to attend the meeting on Tuesday. We welcome back Mike and Fred and welcome Dan to the Council.
5.12.2017 CM - Lombardo Swearing In
5.12.2017 CM - Jaworski Swearing In
McAuliffe second graders visited City offices on Friday. The class broke into three different groups and each toured City Hall with Mayor Wilcox, the Police Department with Officer Dave, and the Fire Department.
5.12.2017 CM - Mayor Selfie
5.12.2017 CM - Mayor McAuliffe
Community Development
On Tuesday a ribbon cutting event was held for Club Pilates in the District of Highland Village. This was a joint event with the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Wilcox, Laurie Mullens, Crystal Babcock, members of the Fire Department, and I attended the event. 
5.12.2017 CD - Club Pilates Ribbon Cutting
5.12.2017 CD - Club Pilates Mike and Ray
Laurie Mullens and Andrew Boyd were back at Club PIlates on Thursday to record their virtual ribbon cutting video for the Highalnd Village Business Association.
Public Works
Public Works Staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Met with several residents to discuss their issues submitted for review and resolution.

Work continues on the Ladera Development. They have continued clearing the land and performing dirt work. Held a pre-construction meeting with Ladera Subdivision engineer and contractors releasing the box culvert civil plans.

Public Works provided an infrastructure tour for new Councilman Dan Jaworski.

Streets Division
  • Started asphalt street repairs on Mockingbird Drive ahead of 2017 Summer Overlay project.
5.12.2017 Streets - Mockingbird Overlay
  • Finished concrete median repairs at Copperas Branch Court.
  • Finished restriping parking stalls at the Fire Department.  
5.12.2017 Streets - Fire Dept Striping
  • Assisted Parks Department with restriping the No Parking Zone at Pilot Knoll Park. 
5.12.2017 Streets - Pilot Knoll Striping
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
5.12.2017 Streets - RR Crossing
  • Temporary pothole patching in various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed asphalt street repairs at 342 DuVall Boulevard. 
5.12.2017 Streets - DuVall
  • Continued crack sealing maintenance on Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Finished grading and placing sod at the Fire Department. 
5.12.2017 Streets - Fire Dept
  • Replaced stop signs and object markers in various locations throughout the City.
  • Temporary pothole patching in various locations throughout the City. 
5.12.2017 Streets - Pothole
  • Layne Cline attended the Supervisor Series Training Course.

Drainage Division
  • Performed barrow ditch maintenance in the 800 block of Highland Village Road.
5.12.2017 Drainage - HV Rd Barrow Ditch
  • Performed barrow ditch maintenance and installed a 2x2 WYE Inlet box in the 100 block of Ranney Drive to restore proper stormwater flow. 
5.12.2017 Drainage - Ranney
  • Met with the residents in the 900 block of Lochmoor on drainage easements improvements.
  • Performed mosquito collections at various locations in the City.
  • Checked creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow and replaced the sod in the 100 block of Lake Vista West. 
5.12.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista West
Utilities Division
  • Nathan Hardwick and Ricky Garza took TCEQ licensing exams in Fort Worth.
  • Repaired a water service where a contractor ran over a meter box in the 100 block of Chisholm Trail. 
5.12.2017 Utilities - Water Service Repair
  • Repaired two sanitary sewer services in the 700 block of Shannon Drive and in the 500 block of Lake Vista Drive.    
5.12.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair Lake Vista
5.12.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair Shannon Drive
  • Flushed over 15,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines performing sewer line maintenance in Lift Station Basin 8. 
  • Met with a representative from Murray Energy to verify proper installation and calibration parameters of the new 10” discharge meter at FM 407 Well Lot.
5.12.2017 Utilities - Murray Energy
  • Completed annual testing of city owned backflow assemblies. 
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Located three areas of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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 22 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed two alignments.
  • Replaced nine tires and repaired two.
  • Performed five state inspections.
  • Replaced the mower blades on a finish mower.
5.12.2017 Maint - Blades
  • Replaced a cooling fan motor.
5.12.2017 Maint - Cooling Fan
  • Replaced the brakes on a mower. 
  • Replaced three tail lights. 
Parks and Recreation
The Doubletree Ranch Park Celebration will take place this Saturday, May 13 beginning at 10:45 a.m. There will be a ribbon cutting to officially open the splash pad for the season. Join us for food, family activities and a concert by the local band, Van Gogh’s Ear, to celebrate our newest park and all it has to offer.
5.12.2017 Parks - DRP Opening
Registration for Highland Village Kids Kamp 2017 is now available. Kids Kamp is an 8-week-long camp that runs from June 12 – 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.

The Highland Village Art Festival was a huge success! Everyone had a wonderful time at The Shops at Highland Village last Saturday with over 40 vendors and exhibits. This festival has become an annual event for patrons to enjoy.
5.12.2017 Parks - Art Fest 1
5.12.2017 Parks - Art Fest 2
Delay Middle School was able to enjoy a sneak peak of the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park on Thursday to celebrate the end of STAR testing. The 6th grade class had had a wonderful time on their field trip and was grateful for all the hard work it took to build such a premier park. 
5.12.2017 Parks - Delay MS 1
5.12.2017 Parks - Delay MS 2
The first Movie in the Park of 2017 will take place next Friday, May 19 at Unity Park. The feature Trolls will begin at dark. Come out and enjoy the park early beginning at 7:00 p.m. for children’s activities and musical entertainment by the music school Bach to Rock. 

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 served by Metroport Meals on Wheels from Rosa’s Tortilla Factory followed by BINGO. 
5.12.2017 Parks - BINGO
5.12.2017 Parks - SAS
A group of Senior All-Stars had a wonderful time attending the play Quanah at the Lyric stage in Irving over the weekend.

Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center!
Yoga Foundations-Beginners - Mondays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Yoga Fitness - Beginner/Intermediate - Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. 
For more information please contact Rachel Swan at (214) 641-4236 or at

Adams “At-Home” Kempo Kids Karate classes are held on Saturdays for children ages 4 and up. Indoor classes take place at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center at 9:00 a.m. and outdoor classes are held at 10:30 a.m. at Unity Park. 

Fit4Mom is held Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at Unity Park. 
A new Fit4Mom class begins at Doubletree Ranch Park on May 1st Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

A Basic Manners dog obedience class was held Tuesday at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

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

Tia Chi Gung is held Mondays 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center FREE of charge.

Outdoor Recreational Pickleball open courts are available at Unity Park. Pickleball nets and balls are located onsite 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 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekly 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 by contacting Juliet at (214) 717-2031. Bluet SUP will be offering daily rentals, SUP yoga classes, private lessons, tours, and group parties. Please see, Facebook and Instagram for current classes rental days and times.
Human Resources
Please join us in welcoming three new employees to the City. 
5.12.2017 HR - FF-P Clinton Duke
5.12.2017 HR - FF-P Recruit Clayton Grubbs
5.12.2017 HR - Officer Benjamin McKelvey
Kim Lopez attended a Tyler Technologies user conference in San Antonio this week. Tyler staff and clients shared knowledge of Tyler’s products and services.  Educational classes for Incode and other Tyler products were offered.  

Jana Onstead attended a TMRS Executive Workshop over the retirement system’s actuarial and investment strategy and how it ensures long-term sustainability.  The TMRS system has been recognized state-wide and nationally for its plan design and financial stability, and has been identified in 2017 by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence as 1 of 5 systems nationwide that have developed effective approaches to pension reporting and communication.

Jana Onstead participated in a webinar for a performance management program presented by Halogen Software.