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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Sep 05

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 8:41 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
Congratulations to our Mayor Charlotte Wilcox, Highland Village Fire Department Driver/Operator Mel Harper, and Highland Village Police Department Corporal David Harney! Voted Best Of Denton County! We are proud of you all and grateful you serve Highland Village!
9.1.2017 CD - BODC Logo
We continue to inform residents of the upcoming utility rate adjustment and increase as well as the upcoming bond election. Over the last week and a half residents have received the Fall edition of The Villager which included the utility rate information as the cover story. A press release notifying residents of the upcoming Town Hall Meeting was sent to the media and HOA’s and published on the city website, Facebook, and Nextdoor. The September utility bill insert will reach residents next week with information about utility rates, the bond election, and the upcoming Town Hall Meeting. The utility rate increase videos are on the city website and have been shared on Facebook. Town Hall meeting events have been set up on the City Facebook page and Nextdoor.  We are appreciative of any help in sharing this information with our residents.
9.1.2017 CD - Town Hall Meeting
The Fallen Officer Bike Race committee met on Thursday. Sponsors for the event are still needed - specifically a sponsor for the race chip timer. Andrew Boyd has been busy working on videos to promote the event. The We Remember video was created to showcase why we host the event, why officers participate, and why businesses sponsor. A race promo video has also been created. Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock have been recruiting businesses to participate in Restaurant Week.
Fire Department
Chief Brad Goudie and Deputy Chief Travis Nokes were in Wichita Falls Saturday for the Annual HotterN’ Hell Hundred Bike Race where they offered first aid to race participants.

On Saturday evening Driver/Operator Vince Jones, Deputy Chief Nokes, along with two members of the Lake Cities Fire Department traveled to Tully Stadium in Houston. From there, they were dispatched to the Santa Fe Fire Department, where they are currently providing relief for area Fire Departments during this time of tragedy. Since arriving, they have responded to multiple calls in the Houston area, including a fire at a local car dealership.
9.1.2017 Fire - Strike Force Apparatus
9.1.2017 Fire - Dealership Fire
Assistant Chief Jason Collier and Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt attended Laserfiche training on Tuesday. 

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

Thursday A Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

B Shift was treated with a visit by Cub Scout Tiger Den 6, and their moms, on Friday. 

Monday was the first day of school in Highland Village. Throughout the week, members of the Fire Department made surprise appearances during lunch to welcome students back. We hope it is a great year for everyone! 

Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Collier completed one inspection this week. The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this past week: 
9.1.2017 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 meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers and AGL to discuss the work to be completed at Copperas Branch Park as well as erosion control to address areas along the lake’s edge.

Public Works held a preconstruction meeting with Reynolds Asphalt for the 2017 Asphalt Overlay Project to begin in October.

Staff met with SAZ Construction to discuss doing some concrete panel replacements in various areas around the City.

Street Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Remington Terrace.
9.1.2017 Streets - Remington Terrace
  • Continued cracksealing on Dickinson Drive and Highland Shores Boulevard.
9.1.2017 Streets - Cracksealing
  • Finished cracksealing on Cedar Drive, Village Tree Drive, and Edgewood Drive. 
  • Finished asphalt street repairs on Willow Way.
9.1.2017 Streets - Willow Way
  • Trimmed trees in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Removed debris from the roadway at Highland Village Road and FM 407.
9.1.2017 Streets - Debris
  • Street Division employees William Dimsdle, Ben McEnroe, and David Gonzalez attended the OSHA Fall Protection course at the TEEX training facility in Mesquite.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling. 
  • Cleared creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City.
  • Cleaned the drainage ditch behind the houses along Kimberlee Lane.
  • Met with residents on Abigail Drive to discuss adding French drains in the drainage easement to eliminate standing water and WYE inlet modifications.
  • Continued curb inlet inspections in various parts of the City.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water main break in the 200 block of Glenmere Drive.
  • 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.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
9.1.2017 Maint - Service
  • Repaired one tire. 
  • Replaced four batteries. 
9.1.2017 Maint - Batteries
  • Repaired the drive shaft on a finish mower.
  • Replaced the clutch on a brush hog.
  • Replaced a PTO belt.
Parks and Recreation
A coaches meeting was held for the upcoming NFL Youth Flag Football League. The season kicks off on September 16. 

Adam Richter and Andra Foreman attend the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation regional meeting on Wednesday.

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, 36 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a Lunch and Learn meal and presentation thanks to Flower Mound Dental and Dr. Wyatt Jr. The seniors enjoyed pizza and learned important tips on how to keep their teeth healthy.

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 on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Unity Park and on 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 - 6
Doubletree Ranch Park Pavilion - 1
Pilot Knoll Pavilions - 1
The Robert & Lee DuVall Center - 0
Kids Kastle Pavilion - 0
Lions Club Pavilion - 0
Lakeside Community Park Pavilion - 0
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 September. Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Andrew Boyd - Multi Media Specialist - 3 Years of Service
Charles Ciampi - Building Maint. Coordinator - 9 Years of Service
Cary Daniels - Firefighter/Paramedic - 2 Years of Service
Taylor Greer - Firefighter/Paramedic - 1 Year of Service
Erika Hodon - PT Building Attendant - 7 Years of Service
Trevis Jordan - Firefighter/Paramedic - 1 Year of Service
Angela Miller - City Secretary - 2 Years of Service
Romeo Munoz, Jr. - Parks Tech I - 4 Years of Service
Juan Murillo - Drainage Tech II - 10 Years of Service
William Norris Jr. - Utility Tech III - 9 Years of Service
Jana Onstead - Human Resources Director - 14 Years of Service
Douglas Reim - Police Chief - 3 Years of Service
Scott Strasser - Park Tech II - 12 Years of Service
Joe Vogel - IS Specialist - 2 Years of Service

New Police Officer, Joshuah (David) Elliott, started on Monday, August 28, 2017. Please join in welcoming him to the City.
9.1.2017 HR - Elliott
Human Resources staff attended Laserfische training on Tuesday.

Employee benefit meetings were held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. I kicked off each meeting with a budget message. The Employee Activity Fund representatives communicated plans to raise funds to assist with Hurricane Harvey victims. Jana Onstead reviewed the employee benefit premium increases and pay increases for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. Denice Thom from Higginbotham provided an overview of the benefit plans offered by the City. Kim Lopez shared the new WellRight platform for the wellness program and an open enrollment demo in Benefits In Hand.