City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jun 05

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 8:16 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
The Highland Village Business Association Community Coffee was held on Thursday at Doubletree Ranch Park with a little over 50 in attendance. CoServ was the featured speaker in commemoration of their 80th anniversary. They also brought out their Pit Crew to serve up delicious breakfast tacos for everyone in attendance. Tracee Elrod, Area Manager, and Vicki Sargent, Director of Community Relations, shared with the attendees how CoServ partners with the community. As a member of the CoServ electric coop the City has received over $200,000 in capital credit retirements since 2003. The CoServ Charitable Foundation has a strong partnership with the City through grants to the Police and Fire Departments, Highland Village schools and sponsorship of Celebrate Highland Village, Salute Our Veterans luncheon, Fallen Officers Bike Race, and the Fall Festival. Happy 80th Anniversary CoServ and thank you for all you do for Highland Village. Mayor Wilcox, Council members Barbara Fleming, and Mike Lombardo attended the event.
6.2.2017 Comm Dev - Coffee 2
6.2.2017 Comm Dev - Pit Crew
Fire Department
On Wednesday morning, B Shift gave a McAuliffe Elementary School third grader a ride to school. The student won the ride at a recent school event. 

B Shift provided a refreshing wet down for the 5th grade students following McAuliffe Elementary School’s Rock-n-Run event at Kid’s Kastle on Wednesday morning.

Chief Brad Goudie, Assistant Chief Jason Collier, and Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the Denton County Fire Chief meeting on Thursday. 

Thursday morning C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

Chief Goudie and Chief Nokes attended the HVBA Community Coffee on Thursday morning at Doubletree Ranch Park. 

The Fire Department had 27 calls for service this week including one Fire, 12 Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incident, three Hazardous Condition, eight Service Calls, two Good Intent Calls, and one False Alarm/False Call. 

Fire Marshal Jason Collier had one inspection and one review. 
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 installation of utilities. 

The TxDOT contractor continues to work on the storm sewer pipe for the new trail extension on the east end of Highland Village Road.

Street Division
  • Started asphalt street repairs on Tharp Drive and Elmwood Drive.
6.2.2017 Streets - Tharp Drive
6.2.2017 Streets - Elmwood Drive
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Mockingbird Drive and Post Oak Drive.
6.2.2017 Streets - Post Oak
  • Replaced stop signs at various locations throughout the City.
  • Assisted the Parks Department with installation of a concrete curb on the Inland Trail System.
  • Public Works participated in the Highland Village Elementary School “Road to Success” vehicle career day on May 26 where students learned about the careers and purpose of the vehicles that were there.
6.2.2017 Streets - Vehicle Showcase
  • The City of Highland Village started a street sweeping program as a “Best Management Practice” within our mandated Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measures pursuant to the City’s Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II MS4 General Permit. Our goal is to sweep curbed arterial and collector streets twice annually, and to sweep curbed residential streets once annually. Sweeping began Tuesday, May 30 on the east side of the City and will work from east to west.
6.2.2017 Streets - Sweeper Map
6.2.2017 Streets - Street Sweeper
Drainage Division
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling.
6.2.2017 Drainage - Mosquito Collection
  • Cleaned the creek crossings after recent rains.
  • Deployed mosquito larvacide at various locations in the City.
  • Investigated a separated pipe crossing at the intersection of Hickory Ridge Drive and Elmwood Drive.
  • Began installing gabions around the headwall behind the houses in the 2700 block of Timber Crest Lane.
6.2.2017 Drainage - Timber Crest
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Investigated a backyard drainage easement for possible cleaning behind the houses in the 900 block of Shadow Ridge Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water main damaged by a contractor in the rear easement of the 600 block of Savanna Drive.
  • Flushed 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Located two areas of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color specifications.
6.2.2017 Utilities - FH Painting
  • 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 19 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
6.2.2017 Maint - Service
  • Charged and tested one battery.
  • Replaced the starter on a concrete saw. 
6.2.2017 Maint - Starter
  • Replaced one taillight.
  • Repaired the lift hydraulics on the bucket truck.

Community Services Division
Since the March 26, 2017 storm there has been:
Roofing Permits Issued: Approximately 1,400
Weekly Roof Inspections: 100
Approximately 50% of roofing inspections have failed due to safety issues. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 16
Permits Issued - 15
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 21

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 
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.

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

The Senior All-Stars joined together on Thursday to wish Kristin Willingham farewell. 

“Thank you to everyone for all of the well wishes, cards, gifts, and support as my family and I journey on to new endeavors. I will truly miss my Highland Village family and am so grateful for all the friendships and memories made.” - Kristin Willingham
6.2.2017 Parks - Kristin 1
6.2.2017 Parks - Kristin 2
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 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, on Facebook, or on Instagram for current classes offered as well as rental days/times available.

Facility Rentals
Doubletree Ranch Park Barn - 6
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 2
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 3
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 2
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 5
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 3
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 June.  Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Lance Beasley - Utility Tech II - 3 Years of Service
Jered Cameron - Police Sergeant - 13 Years of Service
Bobby Doyle, Jr. - Police Lieutenant - 17 Years of Service
Wesley Fiddes  - Sr. Animal Control Officer - 3 Years of Service
Joseph Hardin - Parks Crew Leader - 16 Years of Service
Sunny Lindsey - Director of Information Services - 5 Years of Service
Angela McClure - Public Works Admin. Asst. - 7 Years of Service
Heather Miller - Asst. Finance Director - 10 Years of Service
Jorge Ponce - Parks Tech I - 2 Years of Service
Jane Ponder - Accounting Specialist - 29 Years of Service
Manuel Sullivan - Police Officer - 6 Years of Service