City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Nov 13

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
On Wednesday Doubletree Ranch Park was the site for the 35Express Project ribbon cutting ceremony. Phase 1 of the project is substantially complete. Judge Mary Horn officiated the event with speakers from all the cities along the corridor, AGL Constructors, and TxDOT.  Despite the rain there was a good turnout to commemorate the completion of this project. A big thanks to Fince Espinoza and his Parks guys and Andrew Boyd for helping set up the event as well as the logistics during the event. The 35Express Project extends approximately 30 miles, through eight cities and two counties, from US 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County and was completed within four years. For us, we temporarily lost Copperas Branch Park as it was the staging area for the project. On completion the Park will be returned to us with a new, safer entrance off of Highland Village Road and paved parking under the bridge. We look forward to opening this Park back to our residents in the future. 
 11.10.2017 Comm Dev - 35Express RC
On Tuesday Highland Village voters approved the two propositions included in the bond election. Proposition 1 (Street Improvements) had 813 in favor and 104 against. Proposition 2 (Park Improvements) had 695 votes in favor and 220 against. I will be meeting with staff next week to begin the process of implementing these projects. 

On Sunday Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens were at the Highland Village Farmers Market videotaping the next segment of Foodie Friday in Highland Village. Stay tuned for the completed video!
 11.10.2017 Comm Dev - Foodie Friday
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 on Copperas Branch Park done by the I-35 contractor is nearing completion. They should be finished in a few days.

Public Works attended the 35Express Project Ribbon Cutting.

Staff participated in the city-wide safety inspection by the Safety Committee.

Veterans from Public Works and fellow staff attended the Salute our Veterans luncheon hosted by the Highland Village Business Association on Friday.

Street Division
  • Removed a down tree over the sidewalk in the 700 block of Silverthorne Trail.
 11.10.2017 Streets - Silverthorne
  • Began asphalt street repairs on Catesby Place. 
  • Fixed a tripping hazard on Woodside Court.
 11.10.2017 Streets - Woodside Court
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a project on Inverness Circle.
 11.10.2017 Streets - Inverness
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive and Cantebury Drive.
 11.10.2017 Streets - Cantebury
  • Continued installing a new sidewalk and ADA ramp on Silverthorne Court. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
 11.10.2017 Streets - Lochmoor
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on various blocks throughout Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Finished grading the landscape project on Community Center Boulevard.

Drainage Division
  • Finished the gabion basket project in the 60 block of Remington Drive West.
 11.10.2017 Drainage - Remington
  • Cleared creek crossings throughout the City after recent rains.
  • Started repairing the culvert due to someone running off of Highland Village Road.
 11.10.2017 Drainage - Highland Village Road
  • Performed water quality checks at various locations throughout the City.
  • Performed inventory checks for inventory adjustments. 
  • Deployed line locates in the 300 block of Rockland Drive for barrow ditch cleaning.

Utilities Division
  • Replaced a main line water valve in the 300 block of Catesby Place.
 11.10.2017 Utilities - Valve Replace
  • Repaired the drain pipe to an automatic dead end water main flusher at Copperas Branch Park.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 300 block of Catlin Drive.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division installing gabion baskets over a sanitary sewer service on Remington Drive West.
  • Flowed and inspected several fire hydrants as part of our annual fire hydrant maintenance program.
 11.10.2017 Utilities - FH Maintenance
  • 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.

Community Services
Since the March 26, 2017 storm there has been:
Roofing Permits Issued: 3,387
Weekly Roof Inspections: 75
Approximately 50% of roofing inspections have failed due to safety issues.

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 22
Permits Issued - 24
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 17

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 3
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 4
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 8
Contact with two property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
On Saturday, November 4, the annual Fall Festival was held at Unity Park. The event featured food vendors, local arts and crafts vendors, activities for children, and a performance by MoonGlass Showband. The Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association served BBQ in the food court area. Activities for children included face painting, bounce houses, train rides, carnival games, petting zoo, and a magic show. Approximately 2,000 people came out and took part in the festival.
 11.10.2017 Parks - Fall Festival 1 11.10.2017 Parks - Fall Festival 3 
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 Grenadier Homes. Following a presentation on their new community designed for those 55 and up, the Senior All-Stars enjoyed Italian food from Olive Garden.

Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are available at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. There are two options: Yoga Foundation Beginners on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Yoga Fitness: Beginner/Intermediate on Wednesday 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 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 T Robert & Lee DuVall Center FREE of charge. 

Pilates Strength & Core for 50 is held Sundays at 9:00 a.m. at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

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.

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 met with Marc Carroll from Work Compass to learn about their Performance Management products.

Kimberly Lopez coordinated safety inspections with the Safety Committee on Tuesday. Representatives from all departments serve on the committee and conduct the inspections. Todd Hutson, David Harney, Charles Ciampi, Bobby Salmon, Layne Cline, Matt Ansted, Travis Nokes, Jason Collier, and Kimberly Lopez conducted site reviews. Inspections help identify safety issues and we appreciate the Safety Committee scheduling site inspections of all city facilities.

Jana Onstead and Vanesa Childers attended the Ethics Board meeting on Monday night.  

Vanesa Childers and Jane Ponder held orientation for two employees on Wednesday.  

Jana Onstead attended a Municipal Human Resources Association (MHRA) meeting on Thursday. This group of North Texas city Human Resources Directors meets periodically to discuss current events in the world of Human Resources.