City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Aug 14

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 8:17 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
The Highland Village Farmers Market debuted on Sunday to many area shoppers. The Market had about 40 vendors ranging from produce, Texas raised beef, plants, tamales, local honey, candles, salsa, and much more! On Sunday Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens met with the market manager, Cheryl Norris, and recorded the virtual ribbon cutting video to help promote the Market. The organizers of the Market, Four Seasons Markets, were pleased with the turnout for the grand opening event and look forward to continued growth. Stop by again this Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Actually, you might want to get there early to get the pick of the offerings!
8.11.2017 CD - FM Attendees
8.11.2017 CD - FM Produce
Police Department
Please help me welcome our newest Police Officer, Joshuah Elliott, who will be starting on August 28. Joshuah comes to us with previous experience as a Deputy and Jailer with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. He also worked for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department as a Jailer and attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Work continues on the Ladera Development; the contractors are working on the box culvert bridge and storm sewer inlets. Another crew has been working on the retaining walls. 

Staff met with several residents to discuss drainage, street widening, and other issues.

Public Works staff attended the HVBA luncheon on Tuesday.

Street Division
  • Trimmed trees in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Worked with the Police Department to verify new school zone flasher times.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Willow Way.
8.11.2017 Streets - Willow Way
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Highland Lake Drive.
8.11.2017 Streets - Highland Lake
  • Finished restriping and preparing school zone pavement markings for the start of the 2017-2018 LISD school year.
8.11.2017 Streets - Briarhill
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
8.11.2017 Streets - Pothole Patch
Drainage Division
  • Performed mosquito collections for sampling.
  • Finished the creek erosion project in the 300 block of Lake Vista South.
8.11.2017 Drainage - Gabions
  • Performed stream maintenance in the 500 block of Lake Vista East.
  • Removed a fallen tree from the creek flow line located behind the houses in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
  • Inspected the barrow ditch in the 30 block of Horseshoe Drive. 
  • Met with a resident regarding standing water by a driveway culvert in the 3000 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
  • Inspected the WYE inlets for blockages in the 3200 block of Shadow Wood Circle.
  • Met with a contractor regarding the removal of weeds and algae in the ponds at Quail Cove and behind Walmart.

Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 70 block of Remington Drive.
8.11.2017 Utilities - Sewer Line Repair
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer manhole in the 400 block of Willow Way.
8.11.2017 Utilities - MH Repair
  • Performed water meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Inverness Circle.
  • Replaced a 12” distribution meter at Southwood Well Lot.
  • Flushed 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • TV inspected a drainage pipe in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
  • 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.
8.11.2017 Maint - Service
  • Repaired the A/C on Medic 482.
  • Repaired four tires.
  • Replaced motor mounts.
8.11.2017 Maint - Motor Mounts
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Made repairs to a chain saw.
Parks and Recreation
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for Movies in the Park at Unity Park on Saturday, August 12 (sponsored by Munchies Food Truck). Come watch The Lego Batman and enjoy a fun evening for the whole family.

Neighborhood Sports is hosting a free football skills camp Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Brazos Park. The camp will focus on skill positions (Receiver, Defensive Back, Running Back, and Quarterback).
The adult kickball summer league playoffs and championship games took place on Wednesday evening at Unity Park. Registration for the fall league is now open!
8.11.2017 Parks - Kickball
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
Instructor Sharond Grimes led a variety of youth classes this week including Red Cross Babysitting & CPR, Sew Fun Camp, and Children’s Cooking Class. 
8.11.2017 Parks - Babysitting
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. - 12:45 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 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.

Facility Rentals
Doubletree Ranch Park Barn - 5
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 2
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 1
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 2
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 0
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 0