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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Aug 21

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 8:21 AM by Crystal Babcock

Transportation issues have been a hot topic this week. We had two meetings with residents over existing pavement repairs throughout the City as well as future plans for reconstruction and dedicated funds for a potential pavement repair program. We also met with DCTA on enhancement of service and how to communicate these enhancements with potential new riders and existing riders of both the A-train and the On-Demand Service.
Community Development
On Tuesday Council member Barbara Fleming and Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. The luncheon was held at Lantana Golf Club with the president of the State Fair of Texas as the guest speaker. 

Andrew Boyd recorded a Back to School message with Cpl. David Harney. 

Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce board of directors meeting on Friday.
Fire Department
Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended Fire Officer IV class in Lewisville this past week as part of his continuing education. 

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

The Fire Department responded to Mutual Aid requests in Little Elm and Aubrey for lightening strikes from the early morning storms on Thursday. 

Members of the Fire Department, including Chief Goudie, C Shift, and various other personnel will be on hand Friday for the opening night of the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Fest. Each year, the Fire Department is in attendance throughout the event to provide a first aid tent. 

The Fire Marshal conducted one inspection this week. 

The Fire Department responded to the following Calls for Service between August 11 and August 17:
8.18.2017 Fire - Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Work continues on the Ladera Development; the contractors have started work on the retaining walls and continue construction on the box culvert. 

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

Public Works staff attended a training at the Doubletree Ranch Park pump house. 

Street Division
  • Started asphalt repairs on Remington Terrace.
8.18.2017 Streets - Remington
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Willow Way.
8.18.2017 Streets - Willow Way
8.18.2017 Streets - Willow Way 2
  • Finished sealing expansion joints on Whispering Oaks Drive and Overlook Circle.
  • Restriped pavement markings on Tartan Trail, Doubletree Drive, and Silverthorne Trail.
8.18.2017 Streets - Doubletree Striping
  • Replaced signs throughout the City.
8.18.2017 Streets - Sign Replacement
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, will be in Leadership Lewisville 2017 – 2018; their first class was held this week.  

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling. 
  • Installed WYE inlet protection in the 4100 block of Abigail Drive.
8.18.2017 Drainage - Abigail
  • Cleared creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City.
  • Checked the inlets throughout the City.
  • Mowed the material bins area in the 5000 block of FM 2499.
8.18.2017 Drainage - Southwood
  • Met with the contractor on the removal of cattails and weeds around the Quail Cove pond and the Walmart pond.

Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 900 block of Inverness Circle.
  • Performed an excavation to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 3100 block of Winston Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 2800 block of Hillside Drive using our new jet nozzle camera on the Vaccon.
  • Uncovered and raised a sanitary sewer manhole to grade in a backyard easement of Hillside Drive.
8.18.2017 Utilities - Raising MH
  • Pulled conduit to activate the remote meter read panel for the new Southwood 2 distribution meter in the vault.
8.18.2017 Utilities - SW 2 Meter
  • Replaced a broken curb stop in the 300 block of Doubletree Drive.
  • Performed maintenance on all CL-17 chlorine analyzers at all well lots and elevated storage towers.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Made A/C repairs on Medic 482.
  • Replaced two tires and repaired one tire. 
8.18.2017 Maint - Tire
  • Performed four state inspections.
  • Replaced the carburetor on a Parks Department welder.
  • Repaired PTO.
8.18.2017 Maint - PTO

Parks and Recreation
The 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival takes place August 18 - 20 at Unity Park. The event features fun for the whole family with a Kid’s Zone, food court, live music, car show on Saturday, arts and crafts booths, and, of course, the iconic hot air balloons. There is no entry! Also, free vision screenings are offered daily throughout the festival.

The Fall NFL Flag Football and 7on7 Football registration deadline is Saturday, August 19. Stop by Dick’s Sporting Goods on Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to register in person. 

Registration is open for the Fall Adult Kickball League. All games are played on Wednesday nights at Unity Park starting September 6.

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

On Thursday, 42 seniors enjoyed lasagna, salad, rolls, and a variety of desserts from Meals on Wheels.

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. - 12:45 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 - 1
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 2
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 2
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 0
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 1