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 10

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 8:24 AM by Crystal Babcock

On Friday we remembered the lives of five Police Officers who were tragically killed on July 7, 2016 following a peaceful demonstration. We are thankful for the service of our Highland Village Police and Fire Departments who keep our community safe on a daily basis. A special thank you to Pastor Matt Chandler from The Village Church for coming out to remember the lives of the Fallen and to pray for the safety of our Officers. 
7.7.2017 CM - Dallas
Community Development
On Thursday and Friday last week Laurie Mullens participated in Public Safety PIO Media Training. The two-day class was taught by Russell Ruffin and Penny Carter of Public Safety Media Training and was held at the Texoma High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in Irving. Laurie learned from analysis of recent public safety media events such as Ferguson, San Bernardino, and Baltimore and participated in on-camera interview exercises.
7.7.2017 CD - Public Safety Media Training
Fire Department
Tuesday C Shift made an appearance at the Castlewood Homeowners Association Fourth of July parade where over 60 adults and children celebrated the holiday in style. 

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes and Chief Brad Goudie attended the Regional Advisory Council Cardiac meeting Wednesday in Arlington.  

Monthly siren testing was conducted Wednesday on the Early Outdoor Warning sirens. 

Deputy Chief Nokes met with representatives from the Flower Mound Fire Department to review settings for the new emergency reporting software the Department is in the process of implementing.

The Fire Department had 20 calls for service this past week. Assistant Chief Jason Collier performed one plan review and one inspection.
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Staff met with 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 their work on the box culvert bridge.

Street Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Tharp Drive.
7.7.2017 Streets - Tharp Drive
  • Preparing the Briarhill and Brazos school zones for paint restriping.
  • Performed sidewalk maintenance on Lochmoor Lane.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
7.7.2017 Streets - Potholes
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Silverthorne Court.
  • Performed driveway maintenance on Horseshoe Drive.
7.7.2017 Streets - Horseshoe
Drainage Division
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling at various locations throughout the City.
  • Checked creek crossing after the storms.
  • Unclogged an inlet on Manchester Road.
  • Prepared ADS pipes for an upcoming project.
  • Performed routine maintenance on all heavy equipment.
  • Performed maintenance around the Service Center.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water service leak under the street at Silverthorne Court.
7.7.2017 Utilities - Silverthorne Leak
  • Replaced pump 1 at Lift Station 6 and delivered it to Xylem/Flygt for repair.
7.7.2017 Utilities - LS 6
  • Delivered the first week of July’s bacteriological samples per TCEQ mandate.
  • Flushed all dead-end water mains per TCEQ mandate.
  • 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 seven preventive maintenance and equipment services 
  • Repaired two tires.
  • Replaced one rear brake.
  • Renewed the vehicle registration on several vehicles.
  • Replaced the motor on the front door of The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 
Parks and Recreation
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 Denton Firefighter Museum, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum, and swimming! Please refer to for more information including the field trip calendar and registration.
7.7.2017 Parks - FF Museum
7.7.2017 Parks - AA Museum
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for Movies in the Park at Unity Park on Saturday, July 8 (sponsored by Munchies Food Truck). Come watch Captain America Civil War and enjoy a fun evening for the whole family.

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

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

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

Meals on Wheels provided 34 Senior All-Stars a Fourth of July themed meal followed by popcorn and a screening of Forrest Gump.

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.

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.