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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Jul 03

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 8:48 AM by Crystal Babcock

Fire Department
Monday Deputy Chief Travis Nokes met with Ashley Cohen, the Fire Department’s Physio Control representative. Deputy Chief Nokes attended the Big Box Training at the Fort Worth Fire Training Center on Tuesday. He also completed additional swabbing for Hallie’s Heroes to help locate a bone marrow donor for a local child. 

Chief Brad Goudie attended a meeting regarding the Highland Village Farmer’s Market at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center on Tuesday.

The Fire Department welcomed a group of homeschoolers (11 families – 40 adults and children) to tour the station on Tuesday morning. B Shift showed them the apparatus, living quarters, and educated the children about what our Firefighter/Paramedics do on a daily basis. 
6.30.2017 FD - Homeschool Tour
Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended a meeting with Dispatch to communicate and facilitate the common goals of the safety and wellbeing of our residents.

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

Deputy Chief Nokes attended the Lions Club Balloon Festival planning meeting at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

As a member of the committee, Assistant Chief Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection meeting in Austin on Thursday. 

Thursday afternoon Chief Goudie, Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt, and A shift attended the employee meeting where new Firefighter/Paramedic Recruit Clayton Grubbs was introduced to the members of staff. 

Chief Goudie conducted a brief presentation on heat safety to approximately 70 members of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club.

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

The Fire Department had 26 calls for service this past week including 15 Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incidents, one Hazardous Condition, seven Service Calls, one Good Intent Call, and two 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 are continuing work on the box culvert bridge, installing utilities, and performing dirt work. 

Public Works staff attended the Precinct 3 Transportation Group meeting and received an update on most of the county and TxDOT projects.

Street Division
  • Finished crack sealing Sellmeyer Lane.
6.30.2017 Streets - Crack Seal Sellmeyer
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Tharp Drive.
  • Completed the asphalt street repairs on Elmwood Drive.
6.30.2017 Streets - Elmwood
  • Repaired the guardrail on Sellmeyer Lane.
6.30.2017 Streets - Guardrail
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Creek Haven Drive.
6.30.2017 Streets - Creek Haven
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut on Strathmore Drive.
  • Trimmed trees on Copperas Branch Court.
6.30.2017 Streets - Tree Trimming
Drainage Division
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling at various locations in the City.
  • Finished replacing sod in the 300 block of Catlin Circle after completing the drainage conversion project.
  • Located storm water infrastructure in the 2100 block of Strathmore Drive.
  • Added new drainage infrastructure to the drainage map.
  • Performed pond maintenance on the pond located behind Walmart.
  • Hauled equipment to the 300 block of Lake Vista South for the creek erosion project.
  • Provided two quotes for drainage conversion in the 400 block of Lake Vista East.
  • Patched a 36” concrete drainage pipe where a contractor bored through it in the 2100 block of Strathmore Drive.
6.30.2017 Drainage - Strathmore
  • Investigated a blocked WYE inlet located in a back yard in the 3300 block of Thornberry Trail.
6.30.2017 Drainage - Thornberry
Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water service leak under the street in the 3100 block of Creek Haven Drive.
6.30.2017 Utilities - Water Service Leak
  • Excavated in a backyard easement to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Bexar Drive.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 3400 block of Wentworth Way.
  • Removed an extensive root blockage from a sanitary sewer manhole in the 3400 block of Wentworth Way.
6.30.2017 Utilities - Roots
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 100 block of Addison Drive.
  • Flushed 2,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced the flush valve on Pump 1 at Lift Station 6.
  • 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 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed six state inspections and ten vehicle registrations. 
  • Replaced the fuel pump on a dump truck. 
6.30.2017 Maint - Fuel Pump
  • Repaired two blowers.
6.30.2017 Maint - Blower
Community Services Division
Since the March 26, 2017 storm there has been:
Roofing Permits Issued: Approximately 2,000
Weekly Roof Inspections: 75
Approximately 50% of roofing inspections have failed due to safety issues. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
A permit application has been submitted for Toni & Guy. 
Plans Reviewed - 13
Permits Issued - 18
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 26

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 2
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 4
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 5
Contact with five property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Projects
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff is assisting the contractor with the completion of the final walk-through punch list items. The landscape subcontractor is installing plants and trees throughout the site. A vent was installed in the IT Room to keep the servers cool.
6.30.2017 Parks - IT Room
An attic fan and insulation was installed in the splash pad pump house to keep fresh air circulating.
6.30.2017 Parks - Pump House 1
6.30.2017 Parks - Pump House 2 
Park Staff
  • Staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.
6.30.2017 Parks - Mowing
  • Staff has been dragging, marking, and painting the baseball fields at Unity Park for the AAYBA tournament.
  • They also prepped all parks for the busy 4th of July extended weekend.

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 Excite! Gym in Highland Village, AT&T Stadium, the Ballpark in Arlington, and swimming! Please refer to for more information including the field trip calendar and registration.
 6.30.2017 Parks - KK Rangers  6.30.2017 Parks - KK Cowboys
Adult kickball summer league games took place Wednesday evening at Unity Park.

The summer youth basketball league games started on Saturday at Briarhill Middle School.

A special event meeting was held with the Highland Village Lions Club for the upcoming Balloon Festival. The festival will take place August 18 to 20 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

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals graciously provided Subway for 42 Senior All-Stars, and then offered an educational presentation.

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 - 2
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 2
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 1
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 1
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 July.  Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Crystal Babcock - Public Affairs Admin Specialist - 4 Years of Service
James Brown - Utility Crew Leader - 18 Years of Service
Robert Dukes - Fire Driver Operator - 8 Years of Service
Jose Guevara - Drainage Crew Leader - 9 Years of Service
Timothy Henderson - Police Officer - 9 Years of Service
Glen Hollowell - Deputy Director of Public Works - 1 Year of Service
Scott Kriston - Public Works Director - 21 Years of Service
Jack Lacy III - Firefighter/Paramedic - 6 Years of Service
Justin Moore - Firefighter/Paramedic - 2 Years of Service
Timothy Oliver - Parks Tech II - 2 Years of Service
Allison Pitt - Network Support Technician - 1 Year of Service
Darla Pyron - GIS Technician - 1 Year of Service
An employee meeting was held on Thursday where updates from the Departments were provided, wellness initiatives were highlighted, and new employees were introduced.
6.30.2017 HR - Emp Mtg
As part of our Wellness Program desk elliptical machines will soon be located at each building for employees to check out for use. They track calories burned, distance, and speed. Some assembly was required!
6.30.2017 HR - Desk Elliptical
Eunice Brogdon, the City’s ICMA representative, was here on Wednesday afternoon to meet with employees regarding 457 and Roth/IRA personal accounts.