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 25

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 8:17 AM by Crystal Babcock

This has been a very busy week with discussions on various topics as we look to the future. The Army Corps of Engineers are in the process of reviewing land use classifications on Corp property at Lewisville Lake. In doing so, City staff had the opportunity to meet with Corp staff to discuss potential modifications to Corp property within the corporate city limits. Also, discussed this week was our solid waste contract. In 2018, our current contract will expire and City staff met with an environmental specialist to discuss what a Request for Proposal (RFP) might entail including future services. I have requested a scope of service agreement from the environmental specialist group. As we look to the future, City staff met with a land planner on assisting with the review of potential development concepts for future land planning. I have requested a scope of service agreement with the land planner to assist City staff.
Community Development
The Parks and Recreation pages on the city website have a new look. We’ve just completed and gone live with a department header package for Parks and Recreation. This allows Parks and Recreation to have its own specific look, main menu, graphic buttons and content while staying within the layout of our current site. Our statistics show Parks and Recreation pages receive the most traffic on our site. We used the statistics to develop the menu layout and the graphical links on the home page. Users who visit the site will now find a streamlined navigation process with the main menu categorized by Parks, Trails, Facilities, Special Events, and Athletics and Programs. The pages receiving the most views - Doubletree Ranch Park, Athletic Field Conditions, Pilot Knoll Park, Dog Park, and Maps - were given graphic links on the home page. We also have the ability to showcase Parks and Recreation news and events and inform residents through notification emails. The calendar includes the Parks and Recreation events and a separate calendar for the Senior All-Stars. A big thanks to Andra Foreman, Adam Richter, and Laurie Mullens for their work on the new look.
9.22.2017 CD - Home Page Banner
9.22.2017 CD - Home Page Container
Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens began shooting videos for restaurants participating in Restaurant Week in support of the Fallen Officer Fund. Restaurant Week will take place October 15 - 21 and participating restaurants will be donating a percentage of their sales to the Fallen Officer Fund. We have many of the restaurants from last year back on board again this year and some new ones too! Stay tuned for more information to schedule your meals at the participating restaurants to support not only the Fallen Officer Fund but our local eateries as well!

Much work is being done to make the 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race & 5K a special celebration of the lives of the officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The online auction will be live next week with many great items up for bid. TXFallenPD Memorial Shirts are available for purchase online and at the Police Department. The registration site for the Bike Race and 5K is up and we anticipate many participants in the 5K as well as the civilian and police team bike races. Infinite Journey is lined up to play at the event and we know that will be a huge hit! The committee continues to work on the final details to make this event the best one yet. Just check out for all the details.
9.22.2017 CD - Registration Site
Police Department
Michael Lazard has accepted a Police Officer position with the City and will be starting on October 9. He recently graduated from the Cedar Valley College Police Academy and worked as a Telecommunications Officer with the Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office previously. Welcome Officer Lazard to the HVPD!
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 met with Larry Stone of SRA to discuss future projects.

The entire Public Works Department attended Hazard Materials Training which is held annually.

Street Division
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Highland Lake Drive.
9.22.2017 Streets - Highland Lake 1
9.22.2017 Streets - Highland Lake 2
  • Continued driveway repairs on Glenmere Drive.
  • Conducted sign maintenance at various locations throughout the City.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Rolling View Court and Highland Shores Boulevard.
9.22.2017 Streets - Highland Shores
  • Removed a tree that fell over the street on Sellmeyer Lane. 
9.22.2017 Streets - Tree Trimming
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling.
9.22.2017 Drainage - Mosquito Collections
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City. 
  • Installing gabion mattresses for creek erosion in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
9.22.2017 Drainage - Duvall 1
9.22.2017 Drainage - Duvall 2
  • Performed water quality testing on the creek throughout the City.

Utilities Division
  • Nathan Hardwick took his TCEQ Class C Water Distribution license test.
  • Performed monthly grease trap inspections as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
9.22.2017 Utilities - GT Inspections
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code. 
  • Replaced carbon filters at two sanitary sewer lift stations to eliminate sewer odors.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with creek erosion maintenance on Duvall Boulevard.
  • 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. 
9.22.2017 Maint - Service
  • Repaired two tires and replaced one. 
  • Replaced one fuel pump on a truck. 
9.22.2017 Maint - Fuel Pump
  • Replaced one seat belt.
  • Performed one alignment.
  • Began roof repairs on The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.
Parks and Recreation
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for the Concert in the Park at Doubletree Ranch Park on Saturday, September 23. The Stewart Brothers Band starts at 7:00 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase from The Flour Shop Snack Bar. 

Adam Richter and Andra Foreman attended The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) Annual Conference in Killeen this week.

The NFL Youth Football games take place on Saturday, September 23 at Brazos Park.

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

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, 35 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a lunch provided by Meals on Wheels that featured chicken from Chicken Express. Following the lunch, the Senior All-Stars watched Steel Magnolias.

Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are 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.