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 31

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 8:27 AM by Crystal Babcock

The City of Highland Village is honored to have four candidates representing our city in The Best of Denton County contest. Mayor Charlotte Wilcox is hoping to defend her title as Best Mayor in Denton County. Driver/Operator Mel Harper is a candidate in the Best Fire Station/Firefighter in Denton County category. Also, both Chief Doug Reim and Corporal David Harney are candidates in the Best Police Officer in Denton County category. You can vote here. We think all of our employees are fantastic; we’re thrilled that the community feels the same and chose to nominate four outstanding City representatives!
Community Development
The Unity in Communities luncheon was held on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn. This is a joint event with the Highland Village Business Association and the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce. Loving Community was selected as the Non-Profit of the Year. This year’s theme was Passport to Service. Highland Village provides the graphic creation and the design for the printed material as well as the PowerPoint. We also produce a three-minute video for each of the finalists to play at the event and for their use after the event. A big thank you to Crystal Babcock and Andrew Boyd for their work on this event.
7.28.2017 CD - Unity Set Up
7.28.2017 CD - Unity Attendees
Planning has begun for the 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K which will take place on Saturday, October 21. The staff committee met this week and will continue to meet on a regular basis as they plan this year’s event. TXFallenPD Memorial Shirts have been modified from last year to recognize the 10th anniversary of this event and, unfortunately, more names of the fallen had to be added to the back of the shirt. The shirts are available to purchase online with all profits going directly to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund.
7.28.2017 CD - Memorial Shirt Back
As we continue to provide educational material to our residents regarding the upcoming rate increase we have received some questions that prompted an additional FAQ section on the city website. We now have two FAQ sections on the Utility Rate Increase page. The newest is titled Utility System FAQ’s.  We will continue to provide more information as we move closer to October.
Fire Department
C Shift made an appearance at a birthday party on Saturday for a local two year old! 

Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the 88th Annual Municipal Fire School at TEEX in College Station as an instructor this week. The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Municipal Fire School provides highly qualified and trained instructors for extensive classroom and hands-on training over fire prevention, suppression, and control. Safety personnel from municipalities, industries, state, federal agencies, and armed forces attend the training for one week each summer. 
7.28.2017 Fire - TEEX 1
7.28.2017 Fire - TEEX 2
Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy celebrated his six year anniversary as a full time member of the Highland Village Fire Department on Tuesday. Jack also serves as the President of the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association and coordinates the monthly CPR classes offered at the Fire Department. Congratulations Jack on six years!
7.28.2017 Fire - Lacy
Chief Brad Goudie attended the Unity in Communities luncheon Tuesday hosted by the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and our very own Highland Village Business Association. The annual luncheon honors area non-profits that serve our communities.

The Highland Village Fire Department is excited for B Shift Driver/Operator Mel Harper on his nomination as The Best of Denton County in the Community/Non-Profit category. Mel has been with the Fire Department for almost eight years. Congratulations Mel on making a difference in our community and spotlighting the services of the Fire Department.
7.28.2017 Fire - Harper
The Fire Department had 19 calls for service this week including one Fire, six Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Incident, four Hazardous Condition, one Service Calls, two Good Intent Calls, and five False Alarm/False Calls.
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Staff met with G&A Consultants and Edge Crew Construction to discuss a lot under development in the 300 block of Rockland Drive that has some unique challenges.

Work continues on the Ladera Development; the contractors are working on the box culvert bridge and storm sewer inlets. Another crew is starting work on the retaining walls this week. 

Public Works staff met with several residents to discuss drainage, street widening, and other issues.

Street Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Silverthorne Court. 
  • Finished concrete street repairs on Creek Haven Drive.
  • Finished restriping the Briarhill and Brazos school zones, including limit lines and cross walks.
7.28.2017 Streets - School Zone
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Catlin Circle. 
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Canyon Creek Drive.
7.28.2017 Streets - Canyon Creek
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
7.28.2017 Streets - Signs
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes 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.
7.28.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista
  • Backfilled an eroded area of drainage easement in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive. 
7.28.2017 Drainage - Dickinson
  • Investigated running water in the 400 block of Wichita Court. 
7.28.2017 Drainage - Wichita Court
  • Met with residents in the 200 block of Stone Canyon Drive on barrow ditch maintenance on Highland Village Road to help eliminate storm water runoff.
  • Mowed and removed weeds from the barrow ditch located on Chinn Chapel Road.
  • Deployed larvicide in the 300 block of Red River Circle.
  • Investigated storm water runoff in the 100 block of Village Estates Drive.
  • Mowed and removed weeds from the drainage easement in the 3400 block of Sherwood Lane.

Utilities Division
  • Ricky Garza passed his TCEQ Class D Water Operator license exam. 
  • Replaced three water sample stations to above ground units on Addison Drive, Hillside Drive, and Tree Haven Court.
7.28.2017 Utilities - Sample Station
  • Assisted the Parks Department with installing irrigation pipe fittings at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
7.28.2017 Utilities - Assist Parks
  • Flushed 3,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains while performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main to verify the location for a contractor performing a directional bore in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive. 
7.28.2017 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code requirements.
  • 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.
  • Repaired a broken electrical outlet under the covered vehicle parking area at the Southwood Material Storage site.
7.28.2017 Utilities - Outlet
Maintenance Division
  • Performed 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
7.28.2017 Maint - Service
  • Repaired the A/C in three dump trucks.
7.28.2017 Maint - Air
  • Replaced two trailer tires.
  • Replaced one set of golf cart batteries.
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 August. Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Darren Dodd - Utility Crew Leader - 10 Years of Service
Sheri Duderstadt - Fire Administrative Assistant - 2 Years of Service
Ricardo Garza - Utility Tech - 1 Year of Service
Terry Golden - Parks Administrative Assistant - 9 Years of Service
Terra Hair - Communication Officer - 4 Years of Service
Valerie Henderson - Crossing Guard - 1 Year of Service
J McCally - Police Corporal - 7 Years of Service
Donna McClung - Crossing Guard - 12 Years of Service
Robert Miller - PSO-Police - 3 Years of Service
Jennifer Richter - Crossing Guard - 1 Year of Service
Joann Rogers - Crossing Guard - 9 Years of Service
Phillip Schmidt - Parks Crew Leader - 5 Years of Service
Sara Speck - Police Officer - 6 Years of Service
Jeff Sun - Staff Accountant - 1 Year of Service
James Walden - Crossing Guard - 10 Years of Service
James Young - Crossing Guard - 3 Years of Service

Two new full time Parks and Recreation employees started in July.
Adam Richter – Recreation Coordinator 
7.28.2017 HR - Richter
Jesus Contreras – Park Tech I
7.28.2017 HR - Contreras
Wellness Champions hosted a Learn at Lunch on Wednesday for 40 employees. The topic covered three types of stress that affect the body, and simple things you can do to reduce the negative effects of stress.