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 17

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 8:32 AM by Crystal Babcock

We have a Celebrity among us! At least a Celebrity Ice Cream Scooper! On Thursday, Mayor Wilcox, along with Don McDaniel of Flower Mound, and Neil Ferguson of Lewisville, scooped ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s at The Shops at Highland Village for Your Home Team Cares. There may have been a friendly competition taking place between the three city representatives, which we’re proud to share that Mayor Wilcox won the most scoops and bragging rights for Highland Village serving over 90 scoops in an hour. The BIGGEST winner of the day was Your Home Team Cares. A portion of all proceeds, and the full amount of donations from each city’s tip jar, went to Your Home Team Cares, a non-profit helping people in our community.
7.14.2017 CM - Mayor Scoop
7.14.2017 CM - Group
Community Development
Crystal Babcock and Andrew Boyd have been interviewing the non-profit finalists for the Unity in Communities luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. The City produces a short video highlighting the services provided by each of the three finalists. The final video is played at the luncheon and provided to the non-profit for their promotional use as well.

Laurie Mullens met with Matt Brown of Four Seasons Farmer’s Markets to discussing promotional strategies for the new Highland Village Farmer’s Market. The Market will take place in the Highland Town Center parking area every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Highland Village Farmer’s Market is scheduled to open on Sunday, August 6.
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Jason Collier completed a home inspection for a foster family on Monday. 

Tuesday Deputy Chief Travis Nokes went to Irving to meet with other area Fire Departments that use ESO Solutions software, which is the electronic health record (EHR) software the Fire Department uses for patient care and reporting. At the meeting, they discussed the ESO Solutions software updates.  

On Wednesday and Thursday Assistant Chief Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) meeting in Austin. Joint meetings were held between the Commission and Firefighter Advisory Committee. Assistant Chief Collier serves on the TCFP Committee. 

Deputy Chief Nokes and Chief Goudie met with Fire Chiefs from Flower Mound and Lewisville on Wednesday to discuss joint training opportunities. 

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

Wednesday afternoon the Fire Department responded to a fire call at Shoal Creek Tavern at The Shops at Highland Village. Two air medical helicopters were dispatched and landed at the Chin Chapel soccer fields. 
7.14.2017 FD - Shoal Creek
7.14.2017 FD - CareFlite
Thursday C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Deputy Chief Nokes attended training at Flower Mound Station 5 with John Wright on the Fire Department’s Emergency Reporting Software on Thursday. Later, he went to Coppell for additional ESO Solutions training and updates.  

Chief Goudie met with the HeartSafe work group at North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council in Arlington. 

Deputy Chief Nokes and Chief Goudie met at the Texas Health Emergency Room for a quality assurance follow up. 

Assistant Chief Collier completed an inspection at The Lofts on Friday afternoon.

The Fire Department had 22 calls for the week.
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 continue to work on the box culvert bridge and storm sewer inlets.

Street Division
  • Started concrete street repairs on Creek Haven Drive.
7.14.2017 Streets - Creek Haven Drive
  • Finished concrete street repairs on Silverthorne Court. 
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Tharp Drive.
7.14.2017 Streets - Tharp
  • Preparing the Briarhill and Brazos school zones for paint restriping.
7.14.2017 Streets - School Zones
7.14.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer Tape
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Caitlin Circle.
7.14.2017 Streets - Caitlin Circle
  • Assisted TxDOT with concrete maintenance and sign maintenance. 
  • Technicians David Gonzalez and Raul Mendiola attended the Work Zone Safety Traffic Control Course for department certification and knowledge at the TEEX Education Center and Training Institute in Mesquite.

Drainage Division
  • Cleared creek crossing after the recent rains.
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling and fogged for adult mosquitoes throughout the City.
  • Installed gabion baskets in the 300 block of Lake Vista South to help prevent creek erosion.
7.14.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista
Utilities Division
  • Excavated and repaired one main line valve leak on Catlin Circle.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Valve
  • Excavated and installed one new service on Justin Road.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Tap
  • Removed debris from a sanitary sewer and replaced manhole risers on Gayle Lane.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Manhole
  • Cleaned valve stacks and verified the valve position in the Remington neighborhood.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Clean
7.14.2017 Utilities - Verify
  • Excavated and repaired one fire hydrant valve on Catlin Circle.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Hydrant
  • Dressed one area of a previous excavation on Wentworth Way.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Dress
  • Assisted BW2 surveyors to locate and size sanitary sewer manholes.
7.14.2017 Utilities - Survey
  • Delivered the second week of July’s bacteriological samples 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
7.14.2017 Maint - Service
  • Performed four tire repairs.
  • Replaced a tension pulley.
  • Replaced a cooling fan.
  • Replaced headlights on a vehicle.
  • Performed one brake job.
  • Replaced one oxygen sensor.

Community Services Division
Since the March 26, 2017 storm there has been:
Roofing Permits Issued: Approximately 2,179
Weekly Roof Inspections: 95
Approximately 50% of roofing inspections have failed due to safety issues.

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 23
Permits Issued - 21
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 18

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 6
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 7
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 10
Contact with seven property owners for various Code violations/issues.
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 week was “Adventure Time!” and trips included Nickle Mania, CooCoo’s Inflatable Park, Eureka 2 Park, and swimming! Please refer to for more information including the field trip calendar and registration.
7.14.2017 PR - KK 1
7.14.2017 PR - KK 2
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

Dr. Wyatt, Jr. and his associates at Flower Mound Dental graciously provided Dominos for 10 Senior All-Stars this week. Following lunch, Dr. Wyatt gave an educational presentation on “Dental Hygiene for Seniors” to the group.
7.14.2017 PR - Dental Lunch
Community Education Classes
Home Economist, Sharond Grimes, taught American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR and a Children’s Cooking course this week to an excited group of young learners at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

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.