City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Aug 28

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 10:06 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
On Tuesday Council member Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Dr. Kevin Rogers, LISD Superintendent, talked to attendees about the upcoming school year and the plans for the voter approved bonds. 

Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended the Social Media for Public Safety training event on Thursday. The training was hosted by the Highland Village Police Department and took place in the 948 training room.
Fire Department
Saturday the Fire Department staffed a first aid tent at the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival where they treated people for a variety of needs, including ant bites and dehydration.
8.25.2017 Fire - FD Tent 1
8.25.2017 Fire - FD Tent 2
Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt was drawn as one of the employees to receive a balloon ride. 

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all three shifts participated in their monthly continuing education training with Lead II Excellence. The topic this month was Allergic Reactions. 

B Shift participated in the Biometrics Screening on Wednesday.

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

Additionally, Chief Goudie has participated in several conference calls with the Division of Emergency Management for the State of Texas regarding the emerging weather situation related to Hurricane Harvey. 

Sheri Duderstadt attended the Social Media for Public Safety Training hosted by the Police Department on Thursday. 
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 uniform meeting for Fiscal Year 2018.

Staff met with a vendor for a fogging tracking device.

Most Public Works employees participated in the Biometric Screening on Wednesday.

Street Division
  • Finished cracksealing on Doubletree Drive. 
8.25.2017 Streets - Crackseal Doubletree
  • Continued cracksealing on Highland Shores Boulevard. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Willow Way.
  • Trimmed trees in various locations throughout the City.
8.25.2017 Streets - Tree Trimming
  • Finished installing new time changes to all school zone signs for the upcoming LISD 2017-2018 school year which starts today.
8.25.2017 Streets - School Zone Times
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Assisted the Parks Department with repairing and leveling out a gravel overflow parking lot for the Balloon Festival.
8.25.2017 Streets - Gravel Driveway
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling.
  • Cleared creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed barrow ditch maintenance in the 1700 block of Highland Village Road. 
8.25.2017 Drainage - Barrow Ditch 1
8.25.2017 Drainage - Barrow Ditch 2
  • Met with the residents on adding French drains in the drainage easement to eliminate standing water and WYE inlet modifications on Abigail Drive.
  • Met with a resident on creek erosion in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
  • Met with residents in the 200 block of Pecan Street on barrow ditch maintenance.
  • Repaired an area that was holding water in the gabion project in the 300 block of Lake Vista.
8.25.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista
Utilities Division
  • Excavated the water main at the end of Sandberg Place to install a dead end blow-off.
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services in the 300 block of Highland Lake Drive and in the 3200 block of Northwood Drive.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Repaired a water main break in the 200 block of Glenmere Drive. 
8.25.2017 Utilities - Main Break
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 3300 block of Shadow Wood Circle, and one sanitary sewer service in the 300 block of Highland Lake Drive.
  • Replaced two broken curb stops on Chaparral Court and Shasta Drive.
  • 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.
8.25.2017 Maint - Service
  • Repaired one tire. 
  • Obtained five registration renewals.
  • Performed two state inspections.
  • Replaced two ignition coils.
8.25.2017 Maint - Coil
Parks and Recreation 
Park Projects
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff continues to assist the contractor with completion of the final walkthrough punch list.

Sunbelt Pools installed a Cal-Hypo (Calcium Hypochlorite) feeder and booster pump to further assist in the sanitization of the Splash Pad water. They also hosted training for staff describing the functions and maintenance of the new cal-hypo feeder and booster pump.
8.25.2017 Parks - DRP Cal-Hypo Feeder
8.25.2017 Parks - DRP Cal-Hypo Training
Park Staff
  • Field staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.  
  • Following the Balloon Festival, staff cleaned up Unity Park and stored all of the equipment.
  • Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park has prepared the soccer fields for the GLASA games that began this weekend.
8.25.2017 Parks - DRP Soccer Fields
  • Our projects crew began the installation of the Lightguard enhanced crosswalk system on Highland Village Road at S. Clearwater Drive this week.
  • The projects crew has also been working on irrigation repairs on the FM 2499 and Highland Village Road medians, Turpin Park, and at Doubletree Ranch Park. 

The Concert in the Park series continued Saturday, August 26 with Infinite Journey. The concert took place at Doubletree Ranch Park at 7:00 p.m. with the Flour Shop Snack Bar open before and during the concert. Attendees enjoyed games, live music, and extended Splash Pad hours!

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, 40 seniors attended a Lunch & Learn provided by Morrison Financial. 

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 - 3
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 1
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 0
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 2
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 2
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 1
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez coordinated the annual biometric screenings for employees on Wednesday, August 23.

Kimberly Lopez, Laurie Mullens, Crystal Babcock, Sunny Lindsey, and Keith Pennock participated in a conference call with WellRight on Wednesday. Final preparations are being made to rollout the new wellness platform.