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 18

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 8:21 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
We held the Town Hall meeting on Thursday evening to provide residents information on the upcoming utility rate adjustment and increase as well as the November 7 Bond Election. We had good dialogue with those in attendance. Of the residents that attended, the majority heard about the meeting either through the City website, City email notifications, or the City’s posts on Nextdoor. We will continue to provide residents information on both topics through our print, digital, and social media channels.  The meeting video has been posted to the City website and shared on social media channels. 

Last week Laurie Mullens attended the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) Conference in Anaheim, California. The conference had multiple presentations from communication professionals around the country. The sessions focused on building community trust in a time of alternative facts and frustration with government, using social media to engage citizens, and media relations in times of crisis. The annual awards presentation took place and we are pleased to announce Highland Village brought home a Silver Circle Award for the marketing of the Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K. We were up against cities and counties of all sizes for this award. The judges said the marketing provided a consistent and comprehensive approach bringing together the City, business community, residents and law enforcement in a meaningful way. Congratulations go to the entire Bike Race committee for their work on the marketing of this event. 
9.15.2017 CD - 3CMA Award
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

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

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

Public Works staff attended training at UTRWD on pipeline safety.

Staff also attended a preconstruction meeting at The Shops at Highland Village to discuss upcoming helicopter lifts.

Public Works received some praise this week. A resident complimented Todd Hutson and the Utility Division for the service he received. Another resident complimented Andy Dimsdle after rescuing a cat that had fallen into a storm sewer inlet.

Street Division
  • Started driveway repairs on Glenmere Drive. 
  • Started asphalt street repairs on Highland Lake Drive and concrete street repairs on Rolling View Court. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Highland Shores Boulevard.
9.15.2017 Streets - Highland Shores Compaction
9.15.2017 Streets - Highland Shores 
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Remington Terrace and Sandberg Place.
9.15.2017 Streets - Remington Terrace
  • Trimmed trees on Hickory Ridge Drive, Elmwood Drive, and Highland Village Road. 
9.15.2017 Streets - Tree Trimming
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Conducted sign maintenance in various locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling. 
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City
  • Located storm water infrastructure in the 500 block of Duvall Boulevard.
  • Installing gabion mattresses for creek erosion in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
9.15.2017 Drainage - Gabion 1
9.15.2017 Drainage - Gabion 2
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with hauling spoils from the Southwood Material Storage Site to the landfill.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 400 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
9.15.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
9.15.2017 Utilities - FH Blasting
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak in the 2400 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
  • Flushed 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains and vacuumed out debris from manholes.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division on creek erosion maintenance on Duvall Boulevard.
  • Hauled spoil material at the Southwood Material Storage Site to the landfill with assistance from the Drainage and Street Divisions.
  • 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 five preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced four tires and repaired two.
9.15.2017 Maint - Tire
  • Repaired A/C filters at the Service Center, City Hall, and Fire Station. 
  • Performed six registration renewals. 
  • Performed one state inspection. 
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
  • Field staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.
  • Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park has prepared the soccer fields for GLASA games happening this weekend. 
  • Staff at Unity Park has prepared the baseball and softball fields for HVABSA games taking place over the weekend.
  • Staff at Brazos Park has prepared the flag football fields for Neighborhood Sports games happening this weekend.
  • The projects crew continues work on the installation of the Lightguard enhanced crosswalk on Highland Village Road at S Clearwater Drive. 
9.15.2017 Parks - Lightguard
  • The projects crew has also been working on irrigation repairs at City Hall and Brazos Boulevard.
9.15.2017 Parks - DRP Irrigation
9.15.2017 Parks - 2499 Irrigation
  • On Wednesday, Matt Ansted and Joey Hardin hosted an electrical training session at Pilot Knoll Park to review the proper procedures for maintaining the RV pedestals at the campground.
9.15.2017 Parks - Elec Training 1
9.15.2017 Parks - Elec Training 2
  • Bill Aycock has been assisting the crews with spraying for weeds in the flower beds.
9.15.2017 Parks - Weed Spraying
  • Staff changed out the pole banners at City Hall, Brazos Boulevard, and the intersection of Highland Village Road at Highland Shores Boulevard to the Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K/Restaurant Week banners to bring awareness to that great event happening on Saturday, October 21!
9.15.2017 Parks - Banner 1
9.15.2017 Parks - Banner 2
The NFL Youth Football season starts on Saturday, September 16 at Brazos Park.

Adult kickball fall league games took place Wednesday evening at Unity Park.

Paper Shredding Day is scheduled for September 16 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Pilot Knoll Park for Highland Village residents. Mobile, on-site paper shredding ensures that all discarded information is protected from unauthorized use eliminating the possibility of fraud or identity theft. 

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 Tuesday, 32 seniors enjoyed a Lunch and Learn program sponsored by Home Helpers and 2nd Time Prom. Seniors in attendance enjoyed singing and dancing, as well as tips on fall prevention. Hot dogs, chips, and desserts were served for lunch.

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.
Human Resources
New Streets Tech I, Tyler Adams, started on Monday, September 11.  Please join us in welcoming him to the City.
9.15.2017 HR - Tyler Adams
Vanesa Childers held orientation for a new employee on Monday.

Open enrollment for employee benefits ended this week.

Jana Onstead attended the monthly HR Director’s meeting on Thursday, September 14 in Haltom City.  The speaker was Ashlee Hardy with Metroplex COPS who spoke on benefits for Police Officers killed in the line of duty.