City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Oct 09

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 8:42 AM by Crystal Babcock

I had the honor of presenting a City update at the Highland Village Women’s Club monthly meeting on Wednesday evening. It was a packed house with great questions and comments from those in attendance.
10.6.2017 CM - Womens Club
 
Community Development
The last Highland Village Business Association Community Coffee for 2017 was held on Thursday at Doubletree Ranch Park. I provided a city update on the new budget year initiatives, the bond election, 35Express, and the Highland Village Town Center. We had about 50 in attendance with several attending for the first time.
10.6.2017 CD - Comm Coffee Mike
10.6.2017 CD - Comm Coffee Mullens
We are taking sponsorships for the Highland Village Business Association’s Salute Our Veterans Luncheon which provides our local Veterans and their guest to attend the event at no charge. The luncheon will take place on November 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The sponsorships begin at $40 and cover the cost of a Veteran and guest to attend the event at no charge. Sponsorships increase in $20 increments. Over the years we have received enough sponsorship dollars from the community to cover the cost of over 100 local Veterans and their guests. Congressman Burgess will once again present his Congressional Commendations to Veterans at this event. 

Staff continues to prepare for the 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K and Highland Village Restaurant Week in support of the Fallen Officer Fund. The weekly meeting was held on Thursday and the committee has added a dunking booth at the event with former HVPD Corporal Jessie Peterson agreeing to participate as well as Chief Reim. We have received great donations for auction items and can always use more. Nine local restaurants have signed on to participate in Highland Village Restaurant Week which takes place October 15 - 21. Make your plans now to dine at participating restaurants that week and to attend the 10th Annual event on Saturday, October 21.

Finance
The Municipal Court participated in National Night Out with the Highland Village Police Department on Tuesday. The court table provided information for all ages including safety information for children, texting and driving, as well as information on alcohol and the consequences associated. The Texas Municipal Court Education Center provided the court with a corn hole game and fatal vision goggles which simulated a blood alcohol content of 0.16 to 0.20. Participants would wear the goggles while trying to get the bean bag in the hole. Thank you to the Texas Municipal Court Education Center and Denco 9-1-1 for sponsoring the court table!
10.6.2017 Finance - National Night Out
10.6.2017 Finance - Andrew Goggles
 
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

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

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

Public Works met with AGL to discuss the cleanup and restoration of Copperas Branch Park.

Street Division
  • Started asphalt street repairs in the 300 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Replaced various signs as part of the sign replacement program throughout the City.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Rolling View Court and Highland Shores Boulevard. 
10.6.2017 Streets - Highland Shores
  • Trimmed trees in various locations throughout the City.
10.6.2017 Streets - Tree Trimming
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
10.6.2017 Streets - Pothole Patching
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City.
  • Inspected the ADS pipe from Bluebonnet Drive to Lake Vista W. for separations.
10.6.2017 Drainage - Bluebonnet
  • Deployed locates for a driveway culvert replacement in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Started a drainage conversion in the 400 block of Lake Vista E. 
  • Deployed the message board for the Family Campout.
  • Placed the aeration pond pump back in the center of the pond in the 2700 block of Quail Cove. 
10.6.2017 Drainage - Quail Cove
  • Completed the gabion project in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
10.6.2017 Drainage - Duvall
Utilities Division
  • Flushed 2,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Flushed dead end water mains as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services in the 400 block of Canberra Court and in the 300 block of Pebble Knoll.
  • Flowed and inspected 37 fire hydrants as part of our annual fire hydrant maintenance program.
  • Located one area of water and wastewater infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
10.6.2017 Utilities - FH Painting
  • 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.
10.6.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced six tires.
10.6.2017 Maint - Tires
  • Repaired two mowers.
  • Replaced a set of motor mounts. 
  • Replaced a battery.
 
Parks and Recreation
Recreation
A special event meeting was held with Christian Community Action for their upcoming 5K on November 4 at Unity Park.

The NFL Youth Football games take place on Saturday 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, 42 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a lunch provided by Meals on Wheels that featured baked ziti and lasagna from Peter’s Pizzeria. The Senior All-Stars played Bingo after the lunch.
10.6.2017 Parks - Bingo
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 revonswan@me.com.

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 BluetSup.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram for current classes offered as well as rental days/times available.
 
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 October. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Employee Anniv