City Manager Michael Leavitt

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May 30

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 8:42 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
City offices are closed Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday. Trash pickup (yard waste pickup) will run as scheduled.

We have begun the utility rate increase education process. A press release was issued following Tuesday’s Council meeting and was picked up by the Cross Timbers Gazette. Detailed information is on the City website which includes an explanation of our current utility system, the previous rate structure, the reason for the increase, the new rate structure, representative bills, and frequently asked questions. We continue to work on more educational material, including a video, and will push it out to residents throughout the summer.

We are gearing up for our annual Celebrate Highland Village event. All activities this year will take place at Unity Park. We have sent a postcard reminder to all of our residents. We will send a city-wide phone call closer to the event informing residents of the event and that fireworks will be shot at Unity Park that evening. Portions of Unity Dog Park will be closed next week - we will leave the east end of the large dog park open beginning on Tuesday, May 30 through June 2 (except for the regular maintenance closure on Wednesday). The entire dog park will be closed June 3 for the event and will reopen on Sunday, June 4. This information is being shared on the City website and social media accounts. 

Council member Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday.
 
Fire Department
Monday Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the Building Professional Institute (BPI) course at the University of Texas at Arlington. BPI provides quality education and training courses for building professionals and, as Fire Marshal for the City of Highland Village, Chief Collier stays current on requirements and code through continuing education.

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the annual volunteer breakfast at McAuliffe Elementary School on Tuesday morning. The Fire Department is grateful to partner with our local schools to educate and ensure the safety of the students, teachers, and parents. 

Tuesday afternoon Chief Brad Goudie, Assistant Chief Collier, Deputy Chief Nokes, along with C Shift attended the Honor our Veteran’s Ceremony. 

Following the ceremony, the Fire Department welcomed Mayor for the Day Sloane Miller, a student at Heritage Elementary School. Jared Middleton, C Shift Captain, provided her a tour of the Fire Department.

Tuesday evening Mayor Charlotte Wilcox presented Chief Goudie and C Shift a proclamation for National Emergency Medical Services Week. National EMS Week brings local communities and medical personnel together to promote safety and to honor the dedication of those individuals providing the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” This year’s theme is “EMS STRONG: Always in Service.”
5.26.2017 Fire - EMS Week Proclamation
In recognition of EMS Week, several of the Fire Department’s local health care partners provided the shifts with lunch throughout the week. We’d like to thank Medical City Lewisville and Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound for their continued support and partnership!
5.26.2017 Fire - EMS Week 1
5.26.2017 Fire - EMS Week 2
Firefighter/Paramedic Clint Duke and Firefighter/Paramedic Recruit Clayton Grubbs were sworn in by Mayor Charlotte Wilcox at Tuesday’s Council Meeting. These two new members of the Fire Department are welcome additions to an already strong team of First Responders.
5.26.2017 Fire - Duke Swearing In
5.26.2017 Fire - Grubbs Swearing In
Thursday morning Chief Goudie attended the LISD Partnership Breakfast celebrating the relationship LISD has with their community partners. 

Police Sergeant Cameron, Chief Goudie, Assistant Chief Collier, and Deputy Chief Nokes worked together on the Fire Department’s Mobile Data Client Devices (MDC’s), which allow the Fire Department to interface with the City’s CAD system. 

Thursday B shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Moore celebrated three years with the Fire Department on Friday! We are thankful for his continued dedication and commitment to the Fire Department and to the residents of Highland Village.

C Shift attended the Highland Village Elementary School “Road to Success” vehicle career day on Friday morning. There, 18 classes rotated through the different vehicles to learn more about the careers and purposes of those vehicles.

The Fire Department had 28 calls for service this week including one Mutual Aid Structure Fire, one Mutual Aid Motor Vehicle Collision, four Public Services, 17 Medical Emergencies, one Odor Investigation, one Medical Alarm, two Commercial Fire Alarms, and one EOC Activation due to Weather.
 
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 work on the box culvert bridge and have started installing utilities.

Public Works met with the Flower Mound Traffic Division to discuss the possibility of removing the south bound “Right Turn Only” lane from the intersection at FM 407/FM 2499. The new configuration would allow a right turn and a straight through movement. 

Staff met with TxDOT to discuss conflicts with the storm sewer installation along Highland Village Road as part of the trail system extension. 

Public Works participated in the Highland Village Elementary School “Road to Success” vehicle career day where students learned about the careers and purpose of the vehicles that were there.

Street Division
  • Started asphalt street repairs on Elmwood Drive.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Post Oak Drive.
5.26.2017 Streets - Post Oak
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Mockingbird Drive.
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City.
  • Made temporary pothole patches in various locations throughout the City.
5.26.2017 Streets - Temporary Patch
  • Assisted the Parks Department with a concrete curb on the Inland Trail System.
5.26.2017 Streets - Parks Sidewalk
  • The Street Division attended the annual “Backhoe Road-E-O!” on Friday, May 19. They took part in a competition to challenge their equipment operation skills on a Backhoe, Excavator, and Gradall. This event allowed employees to compete, visit with other municipal employees, and view equipment from potential vendors.
5.26.2017 Streets - Street Dept
5.26.2017 Streets - Odi Gradall
Drainage Division
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling.
5.26.2017 Drainage - Mosquito Collection
  • Cleaned the creek crossings after recent rains.
  • Deployed mosquito larvacide at various locations in the City.
  • Treated a swimming pool at an abandoned house in the 500 block of Willow Way.
  • Cleaned the drainage area located behind a house in the 3000 block of Whispering Oaks Drive.
5.26.2017 Drainage - Ditch
  • Hauled equipment to the gabion basket job site located behind the houses in the 2700 block of Timber Crest Lane.

Utilities Division
  • Lance Beasley attended a 20 hour Pumps and Pumping class in North Richland Hills.
  • Excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 100 block of Russell Drive.
  • Dressed two areas of previous water and sanitary sewer line excavations and laid new sod.
5.26.2017 Utilities - Sod Replacement
  • Pulled pumps at Lift Station 10 and removed clogs.
5.26.2017 Utilities - LS 10 Pumps
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color specifications.
  • Flushed 5,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Performed monthly grease trap inspections as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Located two 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
5.26.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced one tire.
  • Repaired the A/C on the Fire Department’s Truck E481.
  • Replaced the air bag light on a police vehicle.
 
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff is assisting the contractor with the completion of the final walk through punch list.

Trails
Staff is in the process of installing a curb and gutter along a short portion of City Trail to assist in diverting water from residential property. This project is located adjacent to the round planter bed in close proximity to Highland Village Road and Willow Creek Estates. Staff has completed 80% of the curb and gutter installation. We appreciate the assistance of the Street Division with this project! 
5.26.2017 Parks - Curb and Gutter
Park Staff
  • Staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.  
  • Light pole banners and road side banners have been installed advertising Celebrate Highland Village. 
  • Staff assisted the Information Services Department with installing a security camera on the Doubletree Ranch Park barn building.
5.26.2017 Parks - DRP Camera
Recreation
Celebrate the beginning of summer with Celebrate Highland Village on Saturday, June 3 at Unity Park. The morning events include a 1k/5k walk/run, a family fish out, and our Arbor Day Proclamation along with the giving away of Texas Native Redbud trees. That same evening, head back to the park for music, food, drinks, kids’ activities, and a spectacular fireworks display. Please visit www.HVparks.com for a complete schedule of activities and events.
5.26.2017 Parks - Fish Out
5.26.2017 Parks - Petting Zoo
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 www.HVparks.com 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

Arbor House Assisted Living provided a barbeque luncheon on Thursday in honor of Memorial Day for the Senior All-Stars. Everyone enjoyed lunch followed by the feature Casablanca at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.
5.26.2017 Parks - All Stars
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 revonswan@me.com.

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 Monday at 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.; as well as on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 6:30 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 www.BluetSup.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram for current classes offered as well as rental days/times available.
 
Human Resources
On Wednesday Jana Onstead met with Jay Kim from Lattice to review the software company’s Performance Management Platform.

Human Resources is preparing for the Annual Benefit Fair on Wednesday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at City Hall. Thank you to everyone on the Benefit Committee for the hard work you have put in preparing for this year’s Benefit Fair. The theme this year is Treasure Your Health. Benefit representatives and vendors will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Employees and their families are welcome to attend.  

Tommy White, Parks Superintendent, was recognized at Tuesday’s Council meeting. After 20 years with the City, Tommy retired in May. We wish him the best in his retirement! 
5.26.2017 HR - Tommy Proclamation
The Get Moving Challenge wraps up on May 28 with 28 employees and three teams (Finance, Fire, and Police) participating in the six week challenge.
5.26.2017 HR - Police
5.26.2017 HR - Fire
Kim Lopez conducted a meeting Tuesday to go over the WellRight pilot with two employees that were unable to attend the previous meetings.