City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

Communication is very important to the City of Highland Village. Each week, I will provide you departmental updates on projects, events and accomplishments. Please stop by and take a minute to become informed on what is happening in your city.

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Jun 19

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:25 AM by Crystal Babcock

Councilmember Fred Busche adhered compass directions depicting "true north" on the Rotunda Map this week. 
6.16.2017 CM - Rotunda Map
Community Development
Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) annual conference last week. The conference was held in Lakeway, Texas and focused on all aspects of city communication from generating the big creative ideas to website accessibility. Also at the conference, awards for several different categories are presented. The City came home with two awards this year – a TAMI award for the Fallen Officer Bike Race and 5K in the Recurring Special Event category for city’s with a population of 100,000 and less, and an Award of Excellence for the Journey to Dream – Non-Profit of the Year finalist video in the Special/One Time video category for city’s with a population of 60,000 and below. It is an honor to receive this recognition. Congratulations to everyone involved!
6.16.2017 Comm Dev - TAMI Award
Laurie Mullens attended the Leadership Lewisville Steering Committee meeting on Monday.
Information Services
The Information Services team completed a multi-month project to upgrade and remove all equipment from a utility closet in the Police Department and move it to a more secure area in Police Dispatch. This move involved phones, internet, video, and cabling. In the process, upgrades were made to the equipment as well as the design of the wiring and connectivity in the Police area as well as connections to the rest of City Hall. Additional security was added and several identified points of failure were removed.
6.16.2017 IS - Cabling Before
6.16.2017 IS - Cabling After
The last of the digital VOIP intercoms were installed this week by Building Facilities and brought online.  Wiring and repairs were made to several Police cameras, a new wireless access point was installed, and in car configurations were made for Police to facilitate the uploading of videos from vehicles. 

Information Services attended a project planning meeting with an outside contractor and the Fire Department concerning upgrades to the Emergency Operations Center.  

GIS, with data from Public Works, worked on an online CIP map for internal testing. 
6.16.2017 IS - CIP Map
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 at their office for a tour and 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; the contractors continue clearing the land, performing dirt work, and working on the box culvert bridge.

Staff met with TxDOT and the contractor on the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project to look at some water line conflicts.

Street Division
  • Started concrete street repairs on Shetland Drive.
6.16.2017 Streets - Shetland
  • Continued asphalt repairs on Elmwood Drive and Tharp Drive.
  • Continued crack sealing on Sellmeyer Lane.
6.16.2017 Streets - Cracksealer
  • Finished a sidewalk repair on Lochmoor Lane. 
  • Replaced stop signs at various locations throughout the City.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • The southbound, right turn only lane (in front of Whole Foods) at FM 2499 and FM 407 has been converted to a straight or right turn lane. The City coordinated efforts with TxDOT and the Town of Flower Mound to complete this project. Our contributions include removing the “Only” pavement marking, removing the right turn only arrows, and converting the solid lines to skip lines. The City also converted the remaining right turn only arrows to straight or right turn arrows.
6.16.2017 Streets - New 2499
6.16.2017 Streets - 2499 407 1
Drainage Division
  • Installed gabion baskets and replaced sod for erosion control in the 2700 block of Timber Crest Lane.
6.16.2017 Drainage - Timber Crest
  • Deployed line locates to replace a drainage culvert in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
  • Redefined the drainage swale behind the houses in the 3000 block of Lakeside Drive. 
6.16.2017 Drainage - Lakeside
  • Met with a resident in the 900 block of Silverthorne Trail regarding standing water.
  • Met with a resident in the 300 block of Remington Drive East regarding water that is coming down their driveway.
  • Fogged for mosquitoes in the 3000 block of Lakeside Drive.
  • Ran the camera in the drainage culvert in the 300 block of Catlin Circle in preparation of replacing it.

Utilities Division
  • Assisted Xylem Flygt with annual lift station pump maintenance.
  • Repaired leaking dead end blow-offs.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color specifications.
  • Dressed and placed sod at areas of previous excavations.
  • TV inspected a sewer service on Remington Drive.
  • Cleared station fences at FM 407 and Highland Shores.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
6.16.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Repaired one tire and replaced one tire. 
  • Replaced the starter on the Fire Truck. 
  • Replaced two tail lights and one headlight on a vehicle. 
6.16.2017 Maint - Headlight
  • Replaced the wheel bearings and seals on a mower.
6.16.2017 Maint - Bearings
Parks and Recreation
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head over to Doubletree Ranch Park Friday, June 16 for Movies in the Park. It will be a fun evening the whole family will enjoy with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starting at dark. Concessions will be available for purchase by The Flour Shop Snack Bar.
6.16.2017 Parks - Movie in the Park
Registration for Highland Village Kids Kamp 2017 is open. 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). This weeks field trips included visiting the Elm Fork Nature Preserve, the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park, and swimming! Please refer to for more information including the field trip calendar and registration.

Adult kickball summer league games took place Wednesday evening at Unity Park. 

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

Metroport Meals on Wheels served 45 Senior All-Stars a delicious meal from Chicken Express on Thursday. 

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 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.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 as well as on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park.

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 - 5
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 4
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 1
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 1
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 1
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 0
Human Resources
The “Treasure Your Health” Benefit Fair for employees and their family was held on June 7. This annual event is a great opportunity for employees to meet with our benefit representatives as well as vendors promoting health and wellness. A special thank you to the Benefit Committee and additional staff that took the time to help set up, clean up, and support this event – this would not be possible without your support!
6.16.2017 HR - Benefit Fair Greeters
6.16.2017 HR - Benefit Fair Inside
Jana Onstead, Human Resources Director, met with Joshua Smith from CPS HR Consulting.

Jana Onstead also attended the MHRA meeting in Hurst where upcoming salary and benefit budgets were discussed.

Kim Lopez, Human Resources Specialist, met with the Benefit Committee and administrative staff to discuss potential advancements to the City’s Wellness Program.

Prior to the start of Kids Kamp, Vanesa Childers met with the 12 Kids Kamp Counselors to process new hire paperwork.  

We would also like to welcome three new full time employees to the City!
Lisa Rutherford - Communications Officer
6.16.2017 HR - Lisa Rutherford
Brandon Watson - Communications Officer
6.16.2017 HR - Brandon Watson
Matthew Ansted - Parks and Trails Superintendent 
6.16.2017 HR - Matthew Ansted
Vanesa Childers held employee orientation for three new employees on Wednesday.