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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Oct 16

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 10:03 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
Highland Village Restaurant Week kicked off Sunday! Our local restaurants are partnering with us to raise funds for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund. Plan to dine at a participating restaurant - there are selections for each day of the week! Help us meet our fundraising goal for this year’s Fallen Officer event and support our local eateries at the same time!

We have begun a new partnership with Jay Marks Real Estate and his Foodie Friday blog to showcase our Highland Village restaurants. The first video features Jay’s Foodie Friday segment at Fresco’s for Highland Village Restaurant Week. Jay has over 12,000 viewers of his Foodie Friday blog and the HVBA has a good following (not quite 12,000 though) through the newsletter and social media. We are looking forward to a beneficial and successful partnership!

The Fallen Officers Bike Race & 5K is Saturday, October 21 at The Shops at Highland Village. This is the ten year anniversary and we have a lot of fun activities planned – like a dunking booth! Our very own Chief Reim has agreed to take the plunge and Jessie Peterson is coming back to see if anyone can dunk him. There will also be a kids’ zone, demonstrations, music throughout the day from Bach to Rock, and then Infinite Journey - The Music of Journey will close out the evening. This year we will also have a special memorial tribute to the fallen officers at 6:30. Make your plans to spend the afternoon and evening with us at The Shops at Highland Village.
10.13.2017 CD - Post
We have had the solid waste survey open for nearly two weeks and have received a good number of responses. The survey will no longer be available after Sunday evening. 

The Bond Election educational pamphlets will reach residents early next week. Detailed information on the two propositions is included in the pamphlet, on the city website, and in the October and November utility bill insert.
10.13.2017 CD - Bond

Fire Department
Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy in Garland this week. 

Assistant Chief Jason Collier completed a fire inspection at Texas Health ER on Tuesday. 

The Fire Department joined the Flower Mound S.A.F.E. Program on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to provide safety presentations to McAuliffe, Heritage, and Highland Village Elementary Schools as part of Fire Prevention Week. We appreciate the opportunity to pair with the Flower Mound S.A.F.E. Program each October to educate our students!
10.13.2017 Fire - Clown Program
Chief Brad Goudie attended the HeartSafe Workgroup meeting at North Central Texas Trauma Council in Arlington on Thursday. At the meeting, he presented former Highland Village Chief John Glover with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work with the HeartSafe Workgroup.
10.13.2017 Fire - Glover
On Friday, B Shift presented an outdoor safety and first aid presentation to Matt Schwolert’s Outdoor Education Class (from Marcus High School) at Doubletree Ranch Park.
 10.13.2017 Fire - Class 1  10.13.2017 Fire - Class 2
The Fire Marshall completed two plan reviews and four inspections. 

The Fire Department had the following calls for service this past week:
 10.13.2017 Fire - Count
 
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 box culvert.

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

Public Works staff met with Halff Associates to discuss their study of the Unity Park pond and drainage basin.

Street Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Rolling View Court and Highland Shores Boulevard.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs in the 500 and 600 block of Sellmeyer Lane. 
 10.13.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
 10.13.2017 Streets - Lochmoor
  • Replaced various signs as part of the sign replacement program throughout the City.
 10.13.2017 Streets - Signs
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Reynolds Asphalt Company completed the 2017 Asphalt Overlay Project on segments of Tharp Drive, Highland Lake Drive, Elmwood Drive, Hickory Ridge Drive, Mockingbird Drive, and Post Oak Drive. 
 10.13.2017 Streets - Overlays
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling. 
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed water quality sampling at various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced sod after completing the drainage conversion in the 400 block of Lake Vista E.
  • Performed pond maintenance in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
  • Replaced a driveway culvert in the 900 block of Highland Village Road. 
 10.13.2017 Drainage - 921 Driveway 1  10.13.2017 Drainage - 921 Driveway 2
  • Put the aeration pond fountain back in service at the pond located behind Walmart.
 10.13.2017 Drainage - Walmart
Utilities Division
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 300 block of Pebble Knoll.
 10.13.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Repaired a water service leak under the street in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
 10.13.2017 Utilities - Water Repair
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code. 
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 600 block of Greensprings Street.
  • Flushed 800 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Unstopped one sanitary sewer service on Lakeland Drive.
  • Flowed and inspected several 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.
  • 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Patched three tires.
  • Replaced four vehicle batteries.
  • Repaired a hydraulic leak in the Vac-star.
  • Replaced a vehicle coil. 
 10.13.2017 Maint - Coil
  • Completed three safety inspections.
  • Repaired the lights on a dump truck.
 
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
  • Field staff is performing regular maintenance at their assigned properties.
  • On Wednesday, staff competed in the TRAPS Equipment Maintenance Rodeo and placed second in the truck and trailer competition out of 25 cities. Way to go! 
 10.13.2017 Parks - TRAPS Team  10.13.2017 Parks - TRAPS Award
  • Staff scalped the dog park and seeded it with rye grass to prepare the entire area for the winter months and prevent turf issues. The dog park will be closed until 6:00 a.m. on October 19.
 10.13.2017 Parks - Dog Park Rye Grass
  • On Friday, staff met with AGL at Copperas Branch Park to determine the best location to install the new pay station.

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The Pilot Knoll Park Restroom Renovation’s began this week. The overnight restroom in the campground area will have all stud walls replaced with CMU. This project is estimated to be complete in three months.
 10.13.2017 Parks - PK 1  10.13.2017 Parks - PK 2
Recreation
Staff met with Women Running with Authority to discuss their upcoming 5K on November 11 at Unity Park. 

Andra Foreman attended the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) regional meeting in Watauga on Wednesday.

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 Tuesday, 22 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a Lunch and Learn sponsored by Inspired Living of Lewisville. The menu included chicken alfredo, salad, and bread from Jason’s Deli.

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.