City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Oct 02

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 8:17 AM by Crystal Babcock

Dianne Costa and I attended Paul Pomeroy’s last DCTA Board Meeting this week. At the meeting, Paul was recognized for his service as the Highland Village Representative since 2011. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Paul for his dedication to this endeavor and for representing the City of Highland Village. Former Mayor Dianne Costa will now serve as the Highland Village Representative in Paul Pomeroy’s place.
9.29.2017 CM - DCTA
Community Development
On Tuesday Council member Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, Crystal Babcock, and I attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Representative Ron Simmons provided an update on the 85th Legislative Session. 

The Fallen Officer Bike Race & 5K committee met on Thursday at The Shops at Highland Village. The event will take place on Saturday, October 21 in the courtyard area between Rockfish and Blue Goose. This is the 10th year for this event and much is being planned to commemorate ten years of honoring the lives of the fallen. The online auction site is live and includes many great items. Check back regularly as more items will be added every day. The 10th Annual Memorial Shirt is also available for purchase online. Registration is open for the 5K and the bike race. Just check out for all the details.
Fire Department
Shift personnel met with members of Medical City Flower Mound on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the capabilities of the hospital.  

Chief Brad Goudie and Assistant Chief Jason Collier were presented with the Life Safety Achievement Award from NASFM Fire Research Foundation, in cooperation with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, at the Council meeting on Tuesday. This is the 10th year the Fire Department has received this award. 

The Mayor also presented the Fire Department with a proclamation honoring Fire Prevention Week (October 8 – 14). This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” The Fire Department encourages all residents to develop a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and to practice it twice a year. 

The Fire Department completed a car seat safety check on Wednesday for one of our younger residents. We think the helmet fits her quite well!
9.29.2017 Fire - Safety Check
Chief Goudie, Police Chief Doug Reim, and I met for our weekly Public Safety meeting on Wednesday.

Chief Goudie attended the Bike Race Committee meeting on Thursday at The Shops at Highland Village to discuss the site plan and course for the 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K. 

Chief Goudie participated in a debris coordination conference call from the State Operations Center of the State of Texas regarding the ongoing cleanup efforts in southern parts of Texas on Thursday afternoon. 

The Fire Marshal completed two plan reviews and one inspection. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this past week:
9.29.2017 Fire - Incident Count
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.

The Public Works Department participated in Bridlewood Elementary’s Careers on Wheels Day by providing several trucks and equipment. While there, they educated the kids on their job and how they use the equipment to perform their work.

Public Works staff, including Justin Praesel, Todd Hutson, Lance Beasley, and Richard Skipworth, spent some time this week training the next generation of EPA drinking water inspectors.
9.29.2017 PW - EPA
Street Division
  • Completed driveway repairs on Glenmere Drive.
9.29.2017 Streets - Glenmere
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Rolling View Court and Highland Shores Boulevard.
9.29.2017 Streets - HS1
9.29.2017 Streets - HS2
  • Conducted sign maintenance at various locations throughout the City.
  • Patched potholes at various locations throughout the City.
9.29.2017 Streets - Pothole
  • Robert Lively, Mark Rudder, and Layne Cline attended the NPDES Certified Storm Water Inspector (CSI) training.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City.
  • Completed the installation of gabion mattresses for creek erosion in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard. 
9.29.2017 Drainage - Duval 2
9.29.2017 Drainage - Duval 3
  • Repaired a separated pipe at Briarhill Middle School.
9.29.2017 Drainage - Briarhill
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 400 block of Canberra Court as well as the 3000 block of Lake Creek Drive to the 700 block of Shady Lane Court.

Utilities Division
  • Nathan Hardwick passed his TCEQ Class C Water Distribution license exam.
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 900 block of Excalibur Drive.
9.29.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Flushed 2,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced two submersible pumps at Lift Station 6 and Lift Station 10.
  • Replaced a curb stop on a commercial water service line after hours in the 3100 block of Justin Road. 
  • Located four areas of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Completed monthly grease trap inspections as part of a TCEQ mandated program. 
  • 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 16 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
9.29.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced two tires.
9.29.2017 Maint - Tires
  • Repaired a mower deck.
  • Replaced a set of motor mounts. 
9.29.2017 Maint - Mounts
  • Replaced a third brake light on a vehicle. 
  • Performed one alignment.
  • Replaced the rear brakes in a vehicle.
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
  • Field staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.
9.29.2017 Parks - DRP Pine
  • Staff removed the overgrown bushes alongside Highland Village Road between Lakeside Drive and the boat house driveway.
9.29.2017 Parks - HV Trimming 1
9.29.2017 Parks - HV Trimming 2
  • The Projects Crew assisted the Drainage Division in the reconstruction of storm drains that failed at the entrance of Unity Park.

Andra Foreman and Fince Espinoza attended the National Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference.

The NFL Youth Football games take place on Saturday, September 30 at Brazos Park.

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

Special Events
The final concert for the Concert in the Park Series was held Saturday at Doubletree Ranch Park. The Stewart Brothers took the stage and played a variety of music including country and classic rock.
9.29.2017 Parks - Stewart Brothers 1
9.29.2017 Parks - Stewart Brothers 2
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

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.