City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Oct 23

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 12:50 PM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
The 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race & 5K was Saturday at The Shops at Highland Village. The day began at 8:00 a.m. with the 5K Run and then started up again at 3:00 p.m. with vendors, demonstrations, live music from Bach to Rock, and a kids’ zone. There was a dunking booth where people had the opportunity to dunk our very own Chief Reim! The opening ceremonies began at 4:00 with the bike races starting at 5:00. At 6:30 we played a memorial video tribute to all of the Texas officers who have been killed in the line of duty since July 2016. Infinite Journey closed out the evening with the music of Journey from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
 10.20.2017 CD - Snuffers  10.20.2017 CD - Rockfish
Restaurant Week also concluded on Saturday. A number of event attendees stopped by Snuffer’s for the Dak Burger, Rockfish for the Flat Iron Steak dinner, and Flour Shop Bakery for special desserts. 

The Leadership Lewisville class came to Highland Village on Tuesday for their Economic Development and Tourism Day. The class started the day in Lewisville and then came to Highland Village to learn about our economic development and how we fund trails and Doubletree Ranch Park through the 4B sales tax. Laurie Mullens and Fince Espinoza met the class at Doubletree Ranch Park before coming to the Municipal Complex where I presented the economic development history and how we are using the 4B sales tax dollars. From there, the class continued the tour of the trail system and ended at The Shops at Highland Village with lunch at Shoal Creek Tavern. After lunch the class headed to Flower Mound. 
 10.20.2017 CD - LL Trails  10.20.2017 CD - LL Mike
Council member John McGee and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber luncheon on Tuesday at the Denton County Southwest Courthouse in Roanoke. Jeff Moseley, CEO of the Texas Association of Business, gave a legislative update to attendees and tours were offered to those wishing to see the new facilities. 
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the 19th Annual Fire Marshals Conference in Austin. This four day conference covers a wide variety of topics from legislative updates in the industry to Fire Prevention education and is attended by Fire Marshals across the State of Texas.  

All three shifts completed their monthly continuing education course conducted by Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence. This month’s topic was International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) which stresses rapid assessment, appropriate intervention, and identification of immediate life threats. The ITLS framework for rapid, appropriate, and effective trauma care is a global standard that works in any situation.

Chief Brad Goudie, Deputy Chief Travis Nokes, along with Councilwoman Barbara Fleming attended the Denton County Fire Chiefs Association’s Memorial on Wednesday. Many of the Denton County Fire Departments gather annually at a public service in October to pay tribute to the firefighters who have paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives in the line of duty. The Highland Village Fire Department is honored to be part of this tradition. 
 10.20.2017 FD - Memorial 1 10.20.2017 FD - Memorial 2 
A Shift and the administrative staff enjoyed and appreciated the lunch provided by In-N-Out Burger on Wednesday that was organized by the EAF. 

B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
 10.20.2017 FD - 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 are scheduled to begin road work in the next few weeks. 

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

The Public Works Department had a Boss’s Day Celebration on Monday. 

Several staff members attended a Drinking Water Seminar in Fort Worth on Friday.

Street Division
  • Started concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs in the 600 and 700 blocks of Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Finished concrete street repairs on Rolling View Court and Highland Shores Boulevard.
 10.20.2017 Streets - Rolling View Ct  10.20.2017 Streets - Highland Shores
  • Finished cracksealing in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
 10.20.2017 Streets - Crackseal
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
 10.20.2017 Streets - Oak Forest
  • Replaced raised pavement markers in the 100 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
 10.20.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling. 
  • Met with a resident on cleaning the drainage easement behind the houses in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard. 
  • Deployed line locates for drainage improvements in the 3400 block of Canterbury Drive.
  • Started the drainage conversion behind the houses in the 4100 block of Abigail Drive.
 10.20.2017 Drainage - Abigail 1  10.20.2017 Drainage - Abigail 3
Utilities Division
  • Filled in areas that have settled with dirt and laid new sod for a previous water line replacement on Pebble Knoll.
 10.20.2017 Utilities - Pebble Knoll
  • Restored the Army Corps of Engineers cable, wooden posts, and dressed a back utility easement where a sanitary sewer manhole was repaired. 
  • Raised a sanitary sewer manhole to grade in the 3100 block of Vista Heights Lane.
 10.20.2017 Utilities - Raise MH
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code. 
  • Flowed and inspected several fire hydrants as part of our annual fire hydrant maintenance program.
  • Began grease trap inspections as part of a monthly 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
 10.20.2017 Maint - Service
  • Replaced two tires. 
  • Performed eight vehicle inspections.
  • Replaced a set of motor mounts. 
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Completed three state inspections and one DOT inspection.
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
  • Park staff has prepared their assigned areas for baseball, softball, soccer, flag football, and tennis games taking place this weekend.
  • Staff at Pilot Knoll was busy felling trees that were hazardous due to them being dead.
 10.20.2017 Parks - Tree Felling
  • Staff prepared the flower beds in preparation of their annual fall planting.
 10.20.2017 Parks - Flower Beds
  • The projects crew was busy installing conduit from the Copperas Court cul-de-sac, through the pedestrian bridge, to the gatehouse for Frontier to install their fiber optic service line. This will enable us to monitor the self pay station as well as allow for phone and video cameras that will be installed in the near future.
 10.20.2017 Parks - Copperas
  • Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park repaired leaks that were found on the irrigation system.
 10.20.2017 Parks - Irrigation Fix
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The Pilot Knoll Park Restroom Renovation project is in full swing. This week, the contractor poured the slab extension that extends the front of the building towards the parking lot, which will give ADA access when the new walls are erected. 
 10.20.2017 Parks - PK Restroom 1  10.20.2017 Parks - PK Restroom 2
Doubletree Ranch Park
Sunbelt Pools were out this week locating a leak at the splash pad. They were able to locate it rather quickly and are in the process of repairing it!
 10.20.2017 Parks - DRP SP Leak
The Family Campout has been canceled due to the inclement weather (100% chance of rain/thunderstorms) that is expected to arrive on Saturday evening.

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 tacos from Rosa’s Café provided by Meals on Wheels. Following lunch, 12 Senior All-Stars stayed to watch the classic movie, The Trouble with Harry.
 10.20.2017 Parks - Movie
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.