City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Oct 30

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 8:23 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
Thank you to all of the sponsors, participants, and attendees for making the 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K a success! All of the money raised will go to the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund which provides monetary assistance to the families of Texas officers killed in the line of duty. To honor and remember the lives of those we lost, a Memorial Video was shown prior to Infinite Journey taking the stage. It’s our goal to not only raise money for the Fallen Officer Fund, but to remember the lives of those we have lost along the way.
10.27.2017 Comm Dev - Thank You
On Tuesday Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The guest speaker was Leo Cardenas speaking about body language and presentation skills.
 
Fire Department
Deputy Chief Travis Nokes and A Shift provided First Aid at the 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K. 

Deputy Chief Nokes and Captain Dan Ortmeier met with a member of the planning committee for Our Village Glows to discuss details of the event. 

Assistant Chief Jason Collier completed an inspection at Board and Brush Creative Studio. 

All three shifts participated in the 3rd Annual Line of Duty Death (LODD) webcast this week. A number of LODD’s were studied which resulted in the conclusion that firefighter deaths are ultimately caused by the same circumstances time and time again. Attendees were challenged to become change agents in their Fire Departments to provide the leadership that is needed and allowed them to gain valuable insights to have a positive affect on the profession. 

Both A and B Shifts worked with the Police Department this week at a public education event at DKH Academy. 

Assistant Chief Collier, Police Chief Doug Reim, and I met for our weekly Public Safety meeting on Wednesday.

On Friday, A Shift attended the 2nd Annual McAuliffe Elementary Careers on Wheels Career Day where students visited a variety of different working vehicles and learned about the career associated with the vehicle, including the education required for the career and what the career involves. 

Deputy Chief Nokes was a guest speaker at Briarhill Middle School’s Annual Career Day where he gave a presentation to the students on being a member of the fire service.  

Deputy Chief Nokes celebrated his 14th Anniversary with the Highland Village Fire Department on Friday! Congratulations Chief Nokes!

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
10.27.2017 Fire - Count
 
Police Department
Chief Stewart is attending the International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Philadelphia this week. 

The 10th Annual Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K was Saturday at The Shops at Highland Village. We’re happy to say that we succeeded in our attempts to get Chief Reim in the dunking booth (thanks for being such a great sport Chief)! The event and the preceding Restaurant Week were both successful – we will have the final amount raised soon to share! Thank you to everyone that contributed and came out to support this worthy cause, we hope to see you next year!
 10.27.2017 PD - Chief  10.27.2017 PD - HVPD Team
Corporal Harney and Chief Reim visited the Highland Village area schools for Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States.
 10.27.2017 PD - Red Ribbon Week
 
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. 

The IH 35 contractor is nearly done working on Copperas Branch Park. Although they are near completion they still have several weeks to get everything done. 

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

Street Division
  • Began installation of a new sidewalk and ADA ramp on Silverthorne Court. 
 10.27.2017 Streets - Silverthorne 1  10.27.2017 Streets - Silverthorne 2
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs in the 700 and 800 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
 10.27.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer
  • Replaced various signs as part of the sign replacement program throughout the City.
 10.27.2017 Streets - Sign
  • Street Division employees attended and participated in CoServ’s North Texas Safety Day and Backhoe Rodeo.
 10.27.2017 Streets - CoServ
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for sampling. 
  • Deployed line locates for the drainage conversion in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
  • Investigated a sanitary sewer smell in the 2600 block of FM 407.
  • Performed pond maintenance in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
  • Investigated sanitary sewer erosion in the 60 block of Remington Drive East.
  • Began drainage improvements in the 3400 block of Cantebury Drive.
 10.27.2017 Drainage - Cantebury
  • Repaired the drainage culvert in the 100 block of Bluebonnet Drive.
 10.27.2017 Drainage - Bluebonnet
Utilities Division
  • Replaced a wooden fence and gate around an abandoned sanitary sewer lift station on Remington Drive West.
 10.27.2017 Utilities - Fence
  • Replaced two submergible pumps at Lift Stations 9 and 10.
 10.27.2017 Utilities - LS Pump
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 400 block of Remington Drive East, and TV inspected the line to find the problem.
  • Hydro-excavated a sanitary sewer service in the 400 block of Remington Drive East. 
 10.27.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • 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.
  • Completed 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced two tires. 
 10.27.2017 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced three batteries.
 10.27.2017 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced back window glass.
  • Repaired trailer lights.
 
Parks and Recreation
Recreation
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for Movies in the Park at Unity Park on Saturday, October 28 (sponsored by Munchies Food Truck). Come watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and enjoy a fun evening for the whole family! 

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

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 November. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
 Alicia Bautista-Gonzalez  Police Officer
 12 Years of Service
 Tim Bruedigam  Construction Inspector  11 Years of Service
 Robert Fever  Police Corporal  6 Years of Service
 Mel Harper  Fire Driver/Operator  8 Years of Service
 Krystin Henke
 Crossing Guard  3 Years of Service
 Todd Hutson  Utility Supervisor  9 Years of Service
 Stephen Jones  Public Safety Officer  7 Years of Service
 Michaela Mason  Communications Officer  2 Years of Service
 Margaret Patterson  Crossing Guard  3 Years of Service
 Brianna Robbins  Communications Officer  1 Year of Service
 Richard Skipworth  Utility Crew Leader  18 Years of Service
 Nicholas Sommers  Police Officer  5 Years of Service
 Billy Spencer
 Building Official  21 Years of Service
Kimberly Lopez attended a webinar presented by Dr. Eric Bricker with Compass that discussed areas of confusion among health plans for participants.

Last Friday Vanesa Childers attended a Career Fair at the Dale Jackson Career Center in Lewisville. The center offers the tools and insights that help shape meaningful academic, internship, and employment experiences, and serves as a critical resource in assisting students with achieving their career goals.