City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jun 26

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM by Crystal Babcock

Fire Department
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all three shifts completed their monthly Continuing Education with Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence. This month’s topic covered Renal Dialysis and potential complications.  

C Shift visited Tutor Time Learning Center of Highland Village on Monday to give an educational presentation to some of our younger residents and their teachers. 
6.23.2017 Fire - Tutor Time
Tuesday morning Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) Zone 2 meeting in Argyle. Zone 2 covers Wise and Denton Counties. Zone meetings are utilized to disseminate information from NCTTRAC meetings to the outer counties. 

Wednesday afternoon the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association conducted their monthly CPR/AED class for City employees and area residents. 

On Wednesday and Thursday, Chief Brad Goudie attended the National Weather Service Storm webinars on Tropical Storm Cindy to receive the most up to date information possible. 

Keira Stephens of the Flower Mound Fire Department visited the Highland Village Fire Department on Thursday and Friday to collect voluntary swabs for the National Bone Marrow Registry on behalf of Hallie’s Heroes. Hallie Barnard is a local nine year old with a rare blood disease who needs a bone marrow transplant. Several members of the Fire Department, Police Department, and City employees signed up to be swabbed to see if they are a match for Hallie or any of the other 14,000 people who are waiting for matches.
6.23.2017 Fire - Hallies Heroes
Thursday a local student joined C Shift for a ride along to gain hands-on experience with Fire and EMS.
6.23.2017 Fire - Ride Along
Fleet Maintenance completed repairs on the air conditioning on reserve Medic 482. 

Thursday C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 
6.23.2017 Fire - Blood Pressure
The Fire Department had 19 calls for service this past week including eight Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, one Hazardous Condition, four Service Calls, two Good Intent Calls, and four False Alarm/False Calls.
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; the contractors continue work on the box culvert bridge, installing utilities, and performing dirt work. 

Staff met with the Ladera developer and their engineering team to discuss a plan to remove the old pond dam structure. 

Street Division
  • Completed concrete street repairs on Shetland Drive.
6.23.2017 Streets - Shetland
  • Completed a concrete street repair in the 800 block of Silverthorne Trail.
6.23.2017 Streets - Silverthorne 1
6.23.2017 Streets - Silverthorne 2
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
6.23.2017 Streets - Highland Shores
Drainage Division
  • Performed mosquito collections at various locations throughout the City.
6.23.2017 Drainage - Mosquito Collections
  • Installed a drainage conversion replacement in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
6.23.2017 Drainage - Catlin Replacement
  • Repaired an inlet grate box in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
6.23.2017 Drainage - Catlin Inlet Grate
  • Extended a French drain through the curb to eliminate standing water in the 5000 block of Manchester Road.
  • Attended a training course on how to set up and use the BG Sentinel Traps at the Denton County Health Department.
  • Assisted Target Specialty Products on calibrating the new skid mounted Mosquito Fogger.
  • Met with residents in the 400 block of Lake Vista East on drainage conversions.
  • Met with the residents in the 3300 block of Shadow Ridge Drive on drainage easement blockages.

Utilities Division
  • Performed monthly grease trap inspections as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
6.23.2017 Utilities - Grease Trap Inspections
  • Unstopped three sanitary sewer services and TV inspected the lines on Tanglewood Lane, Creekside Way, and Bexar Drive.
6.23.2017 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color specifications.
  • Performed preventive maintenance on the CL-17 chlorine analyzers at all well lots and elevated storage tanks.
  • Located one area 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 14 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
6.23.2017 Maint - Service
  • Completed six state inspections.
  • Made A/C repairs on Medic 482.
  • Replaced one tail light.
  • Repaired two tires.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Replaced the PTO belt on a mower.
6.23.2017 Maint - Belt
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff is assisting the contractor with the completion of the final walk-through punch list items. They are also replacing/installing landscaping, trees, and bushes in various areas of the park.
6.23.2017 Parks - DRP Landscape
Staff has completed the installation of the curb and gutter (along with reinstalling the irrigation) along a short portion of City Trail that will 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.

Park Staff
  • Staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.
  • They installed the light pole banners promoting the DCTA A-train.
6.23.2017 Parks - DCTA Banner 1
6.23.2017 Parks - DCTA Banner 2
  • Staff removed two irrigation double checks at Unity Park and installed them above ground in hot boxes.
6.23.2017 Parks - UP Irrigation
  • They are also preparing the baseball fields at Unity Park for the week long AAYBA tournament beginning on Sunday.

Registration for Highland Village Kids Kamp is open. Kids Kamp is an eight week camp that runs from June 12 to August 4. Join us in the morning 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 week’s field trips included visiting the UNT Planetarium, the Perot Museum in Dallas, the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and swimming! Please refer to for more information including the field trip calendar and registration.
6.23.2017 Parks - Kids Kamp 1
6.23.2017 Parks - Kids Kamp 2
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

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 Wednesday 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 - 4
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 2
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 3
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 1
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 2
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 1