City Manager Michael Leavitt

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May 22

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 8:16 AM by Crystal Babcock

On Tuesday, May 16, I attended the North Texas Smart Cities Summit. It was an opportunity for municipal stakeholders along with federal and state policy advocates together with academic and industry thought leaders to address Smart Cities and Transportation Planning, Funding, Deployment, Operation, and Success. The Summit incorporated case study presentations, interaction with Smart City experts, breakout sessions, and academic round tables to understand what is on the horizon for the year 2025 for Cities.
Community Development
Flags at the Municipal Complex and the Robert & Lee DuVall Center will be lowered to half staff this weekend in honor of Bill Thorne, long-time resident and mayor. The flags will be lowered at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19 until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22. Bill’s wife, Nancy, and Bill’s brother will be present when the flags are lowered. Bill served on the Highland Village City Council for three terms, from 1984 to 1990 and served two years as mayor.  Bill Thorne passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. A memorial celebration of Bill’s full, rich life will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 21, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at The Union, 2300 Highland Village Road in Highland Village. Interment will be May 22 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. 

On Tuesday the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce held the Leadership Class of 2017 graduation during their monthly luncheon. Crystal Babcock attended the community leadership program and graduated with her class. Flower Mound Leadership is a nine month community leadership program. Council member Barbara Fleming and Laurie Mullens also attended the luncheon. Congratulations Creative Crystal!
5.19.2017 Comm Dev - Leadership FM
The Highland Village Business Association featured Club Pilates Highland Village in a virtual ribbon cutting video. The video is a free benefit provided to our new Highland Village businesses to introduce them to the community. The HVBA produces the video, shares on HVBA social media, and provides the link for the business to use in their marketing efforts.
5.19.2017 Comm Dev - Club Pilates
Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Friday.
Fire Department
On Saturday B Shift attended the Doubletree Ranch Park Ribbon Cutting and Opening Celebration.

Chief Brad Goudie departed Monday for the annual Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio along with over 2,500 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers from across Texas. The conference includes workshops and seminars on topics ranging from Disaster Preparedness to Operational Technology.

Tuesday B Shift provided the winner of the “Ride to School” certificate at Highland Village Elementary School a ride to school on the engine with a friend. 

Tuesday Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the Zone 2 Meeting for the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council held at Texas Health Resources Denton. At the meeting, a recap of state EMS guidelines was discussed. Zone 2 covers Denton County and parts of Wise County. 

On Tuesday evening Deputy Chief Nokes assisted PHI Air Medical’s medical helicopter with landing at Brazos Park for the Police Department’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP’s). The Fire Department is grateful for PHI’s continued partnership as they strive to educate first responders and their volunteers on what to look for and how to safely secure a landing zone. 

Wednesday Assistant Chief Jason Collier and Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt attended the Human Resources WellRight pilot program meeting. 

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

Wednesday evening the Highland Village Professional Firefighter’s Association taught a CPR/AED class with 13 students, including five City of Highland Village employees. 

Thursday Deputy Chief Nokes and Assistant Chief Collier attended the retirement reception for Parks Superintendent Tommy White. We wish him the best in retirement! 

Friday the Fire Department had three kindergarten classes from the Highland Village Elementary School tour the station and learn more about what our Firefighters do each day. 
5.19.2017 FD - HVE Tour 1
5.19.2017 FD - HVE Tour 2
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Fire Department personnel doubled up on their monthly EMS Continuing Education classes. In one session, Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence taught “Pediatric Assessment” and Josh Constantino of Medical City Lewisville provided a presentation on implementing a new process for hand off between EMS personnel and Emergency Department Staff. In the other session, Paul Newby conducted an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course. All three shifts attended both sessions.

The Fire Department had 22 calls for service this week including 13 Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, one Hazardous Condition, three Service Calls, three Good Intent Calls, and two False Alarm/False Calls.

The Fire Marshal completed one plan review and six inspections.
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 continues on the Ladera Development; they continue to clear the land, perform dirt work, and have also started work on the box culvert bridge.

Public Works staff met with TxDOT and a contractor on the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project to look at water line conflicts. 

Streets Division
  • Performed concrete repairs on Copperas Branch Road.
5.19.2017 Streets - Concrete
  • Repaired asphalt on Mockingbird Drive and Post Oak Drive.
5.19.2017 Streets - Asphalt 1
5.19.2017 Streets - Asphalt 2
  • Striped the parking lot at the Fire Station and the boat ramp at Pilot Knoll Park.
5.19.2017 Streets - PK Boat Ramp
  • Repaired the sidewalk on Lochmoor Lane.
  • Layne Cline attended Leadership training in Keller.

Drainage Division
  • Checked creek crossings after recent rains.
  • Repaired an abandoned waterline that was causing erosion in a barrow ditch in the 400 block of Lake Vista.
5.19.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista
  • Investigated possible barrow ditch cleaning in the 300 block of Post Oak Drive.
  • Investigated standing water in the 400 block of Post Oak Drive.
  • Performed pond maintenance in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
  • Cleaned the barrow ditch on Chinn Chapel Road.
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling at various locations throughout the City.
5.19.2017 Drainage - Mosquito
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 600 block of Arbor Court.
  • Hauled spoils from the material bins to the landfill. 

Utilities Division
  • Justin Praesel and Todd Hutson received their “Certified Water Professional” endorsements from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
  • Bruce Sprowl took a TCEQ licensing exam.
  • Lance Beasley attended a 20 hour Water Lab class at the TWUA Regional School in Arlington.
  • Replaced a water main line valve at Stone Canyon Drive and Canyon Creek Drive.
5.19.2017 Utilities - Valve Replacement      

  • Weisinger Incorporated performed annual testing on all five water wells.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service and TV inspected the line in the 100 block of Russell Drive.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color specifications.
  • Located two areas of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Repaired a water service damaged by a utility contractor in the 100 block of Highland Village Road.
5.19.2017 Utilities - Water Service Repair HV Rd
  • Raised a water service for a new meter installation in the 2800 block of Lake Brook Court.
5.19.2017 Utilities - Meter Raise
  • 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 six preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed one alignment.
  • Replaced two tires.
  • Repaired one tire.
5.19.2017 Maint - Tire
  • Performed five state inspections.
  • Replaced mower blades on a finish mower. 
  • Replaced four ball joints. 
5.19.2017 Maint - Ball Joints
  • Completed one front brake job.
Parks and Recreation
Tommy White retired Friday after 20 years of service with the City of Highland Village. We thank him for his years of service and dedication with the Parks and Recreation Department. Happy trails Tommy and we wish you all the best!
5.19.2017 Parks - PARD
The adult kickball playoff and championship games took place on Wednesday evening at Unity Park. Congratulations to team Know Your Body!
5.19.2017 Parks - Kickball Champs!
The youth NFL flag football championship games took place on Saturday at Brazos Park.

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.
5.19.2017 Parks - Kids Kamp
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 group of Senior All-Stars attended the Main Street Festival in Grapevine on Friday. They enjoyed craft beer, food, as well as craft and wine vendors to kick off the festival.
5.19.2017 Parks - SAS Grapevine
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 is now offered at Doubletree Ranch Park on 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 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 - 1
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 3
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Human Resources
Human Resources held kick off meetings for a WellRight pilot program. Representatives from various departments were selected to participate in the pilot program to test out the new wellness platform (WellRight). Thank you to all of the representatives that are contributing their time and feedback!