City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Nov 06

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 8:09 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
On Wednesday Councilman Dan Jaworski and Laurie Mullens attended the Community Impact Newspaper launch party. The first edition of the paper hit resident’s mailboxes on Thursday, November 2. New to the area, the newspaper covers Highland Village, Flower Mound, and Lewisville and will be mailed to residents on a monthly basis. The launch party included a ribbon cutting with the Highland Village Business Association, Flower Mound, and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce.
 11.3.2017 CD - Community Impact RC
On Friday Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended a meeting with Robin Vaughn of Congressman Burgess’ office at the Hilton Garden Inn to finalize the plans for the Salute Our Veterans Lunch. The luncheon will take place on Friday, November 10. This event honors our local Veterans by allowing each Veteran in attendance to state their name and branch of service. Community sponsorships allow the Veterans and a guest to attend at no charge. Congressman Burgess uses the event to award Congressional Commendations to selected area Veterans. We are looking forward to honoring our local Veterans again this year!

Andrew Boyd attended the Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors conference this week in San Antonio. The City received third place for two entries – the DCTA New Services video and the HVTV Update video series. Congratulations Andrew!
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 work at Copperas Branch Park done by the IH 35 contractor is nearly complete. Although they are near completion, they still have a few weeks to get everything done. 

Public Works met with UTRWD to discuss future water and wastewater needs for the City.

Staff met with contractor representatives from the Corps of Engineers to inspect the new bridge/culvert on Canyon Creek.

Public Works staff met with several residents to discuss drainage, street widening, and other issues.

Several Public Works employees and equipment participated in “Careers on Wheels Day” at McAuliffe Elementary.
 11.3.2017 PW - Career
Street Division
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a landscape project on Community Center Boulevard.
 11.3.2017 Streets - CC1  11.3.2017 Streets - CC2
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with saw cuts on Inverness Circle and Catesby Place.
  • Started concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive. 
 11.3.2017 Streets - Lakeside
  • Continued installation of a new sidewalk and ADA ramp on Silverthorne Court. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs in various blocks on Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Our new Streets Technician, Armando Duran, started this week.
  • The Street Division assisted in retrieving a cell phone for a resident that was dropped in an inlet box on Halloween. 
 11.3.2017 Streets - Sewer
Drainage Division
  • Investigated mosquito issues in the 3400 block of Bentley Court. 
  • Met with a resident about spilled concrete in the 3400 block of Bentley Court.
 11.3.2017 Drainage - Bently Court
  • Installing gabion baskets in the 60 block of Remington Drive West for sanitary sewer manhole protection.
 11.3.2017 Drainage - Remington
  • Investigated a complaint regarding a barrow ditch after a crash involving a Jeep.

Utilities Division
  • Replaced a fire hydrant in the 200 block of Oak Street.
 11.3.2017 Utilities - FH Replace
  • Resealed a sanitary sewer manhole in a rear easement on Remington Drive West, and assisted the Drainage Division on an erosion control project around the manhole.
 11.3.2017 Utilities - MH Sealing  11.3.2017 Utilities - Sewer Main Erosion
  • Installed a new dead end water main blow-off on Catesby Place.
  • Lowered a property line sanitary sewer cleanout to grade in the sidewalk on Lochmoor Lane. 
 11.3.2017 Utilities - PLCO Repair
  • Replaced two submergible pumps at Lift Station 9 and Lift Station 6.
 11.3.2017 Utilities - LS Pump
  • Pulled Pump 1 at Lift Station 9 and removed a clog.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Flushed 2,200 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • 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.
  • 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 seven preventive maintenance and equipment services.
 11.3.2017 Maint - Service
  • Repaired one tire and replaced four.
  • Performed six state inspections.
  • Repaired a concrete saw.
Parks and Recreation
On Saturday, November 4, the annual Fall Festival will take place at Unity Park from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The event will feature food vendors, local arts and crafts vendors, activities for children, and a performance by MoonGlass Showband. The food court will be highlighted by the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association serving up some delicious BBQ. Children’s activities include face painting, bounce houses, train rides, carnival games, petting zoo, and a magic show! Parking is available at Briarhill Middle School.

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

The Senior All-Stars Halloween Party took place Tuesday. Lunch included spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert sponsored by Rambling Oaks. Rambling Oaks also donated a $25 gift card to Walmart as a door prize. The party featured Halloween themed music and the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace. We had 32 Senior All-Stars for the party and 18 stayed for the movie!
 11.3.2017 Parks - Halloween 1  11.3.2017 Parks - Halloween 2
On Thursday, 40 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Chicken Express featuring catfish, cole slaw, green beans, and hush puppies provided by Meals on Wheels.

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.
Human Resources
Jana Onstead and Kimberly Lopez met with representatives from Cigna and Higginbotham on Thursday to discuss Wellness.

New full time employee, Armando Duran, started this week in the Street Department.  Please join us in welcoming him.  
 11.3.2017 HR - Duran
Jana Onstead and Vanesa Childers met with Chief Reim, Assistant Chief Stewart, and Commander Schlichter to discuss recruitment strategy in the competitive market that currently exists in Public Safety.