City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Nov 20

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 8:06 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
We held two different events to honor and recognize our local Veterans. On Friday, November 10 we held the 14th Annual Salute our Veterans luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. This is our favorite event as we honor each Veteran in attendance. Congressman Burgess awarded his Congressional Commendation to five local Veterans. This year we had more than 350 people attend and the majority were Veterans and their guest. We take sponsorships from the community to allow each Veteran and their guest to attend at no charge. Then on Tuesday, November 14 six Highland Village Veterans were recognized at the Honor our Veterans ceremony. A big thank you to Crystal Babcock and Laurie Mullens for their work organizing these events, Angie Miller, Sheri Duderstadt, and Jannie Baughman for help at check in, Andrew Boyd for his technical expertise and Fince Espinoza, Gabe Doria, and Marcos Mejorado for installing the Veterans plates on the Veterans Monument and help at the Hilton Garden Inn.
 11.17.2017 CD - SOV Group  11.17.2017 CD - SOV Table
On Tuesday the HVBA held a ribbon cutting for People’s Mortgage in Highland Village. This was a joint event with the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. Based out of Arizona, this is the first People’s Mortgage location in North Texas.
 11.17.2017 CD - Peoples Mortgage
Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors retreat on Thursday.
 
Fire Department
Girl Scout Troop #2189 visited the station on Sunday for a tour and B Shift taught them about the different apparatus. 

A Shift, Deputy Chief Travis Nokes, and Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the Honor our Veterans Ceremony at City Hall where six local Veterans were recognized. 

Assistant Chief Collier inspected the progress on the Fire Department’s portable building at Pilot Knoll Park. The building will store the Fire Department’s All-Terrain Utility Vehicle and other necessary equipment. 
 11.17.2017 FD - PK Bldg
Assistant Chief Collier, Police Chief Doug Reim, and I met for our weekly Public Safety meeting on Wednesday.

Wednesday evening the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association conducted the monthly CPR/AED class at the Fire Department. This course is offered to all residents, employees, and area citizens.

Driver/Operator Mel Harper celebrated eight years with the Highland Village Fire Department on Thursday! Congratulations Mel on your years of faithful service!

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

Assistant Chief Collier and Deputy Chief Nokes viewed a demonstration on emergency reporting on the new electronic apparatus check module on Friday morning.

On Friday Assistant Chief Collier and Deputy Chief Nokes met with members of the Our Village Glows committee to review plans for Santa’s arrival at the annual tree lighting event Saturday at The Shops at Highland Village. 

The Fire Marshall completed one plan review and nine inspections including annual inspections, Certificate of Occupancy inspections, and a few re-inspections. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this past week:
 11.17.2017 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 week. They are waiting for their permit from FEMA to do the required work in the floodplain. 

The work on Copperas Branch Park by the IH 35 contractor is nearing completion and should be finished in a few days.

Public Works staff held a pre-construction meeting with the roofing contractor on Monday. They began replacing the roof on City Hall, the Service Center, and the Fire Station this week.

Staff met with representatives from the Celeris Group to discuss the installation of cell phone antennas. 

Public Works, along with other City Departments, met to discuss the bond projects and the sequencing of those projects. 

Street Division
  • Started ADA ramp repairs on Inverness Circle. 
  • Assisted the Parks Department with a saw cut and traffic control operations on Highland Village Road. 
  • Cracksealed the entire asphalt segment of Briarhill Boulevard. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive and in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
 11.17.2017 Streets - Lochmoor Lane
  • Continued asphalt street repairs in various blocks throughout Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Catesby Place. 
 11.17.2017 Streets - Catesby Place
  • Completed installing a new sidewalk and ADA ramp located on Silverthorne Court.
 11.17.2017 Streets - Silverthorne Court
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Repaired the headwall in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive.
 11.17.2017 Drainage - Longfellow
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 300 block of Rockland Drive.
 11.17.2017 Drainage - Rockland
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Repaired the cyclone fence around the discharge headwall in the 60 block of Remington Drive West. 
 11.17.2017 Drainage - Remington
  • Completed repairs to the culvert along Highland Village Road.
 11.17.2017 Drainage - HV Road
  • Hauled dirt from 5001 FM 2499 to the Lewisville Landfill. 
  • Located storm water infrastructure in the 3100 block of Clear Lake Lane.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water main leak and relocated two water meters out of the sidewalk approach in the 900 block of Inverness Circle. 
 11.17.2017 Utilities - Inverness Circle Leak
  • Repaired a water service leak in the 2700 block of Knoll Court.
 11.17.2017 Utilities - Knoll Ct Leak
  • Provided assistance for DKH Academy installing a flagpole rope using our bucket truck.
 11.17.2017 Utilities - Flagpole
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Scenic Drive.
  • Replaced two curb stops in the 500 block of Rosedale Street and in the 2500 block of Glen Ridge Drive.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service on Silverthorne Court.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Patricia Lane.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by our automated metering system.
  • 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
  • Performed13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Repaired a /spot light.
  • Completed two state inspections and 11 vehicle registrations. 
  • Removed the decals on a police vehicle. 
 11.17.2017 Maint - Decals
 
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
The projects crew installed a Lightguard System enhanced crosswalk on Highland Village Road between The Robert & Lee DuVall Center and the Highland Village Tennis Center. This will not only enhance the safety for the public crossing the street at this location, but it will also accommodate the patrons that park in the overflow parking lot located at the Highland Village Tennis Center crossing the street in the evening.
 11.17.2017 Parks - Lightguard 1  11.17.2017 Parks - Lightguard 2
Park staff has been installing Christmas lights at various city buildings this week.
 11.17.2017 Parks - Christmas Lights Install  11.17.2017 Parks - Christmas Lights at DRP
Staff has also switched the pole banners located along Brazos Boulevard and the City Hall parking lot to Our Village Glows in preparation for the event Saturday and the holiday season.
 11.17.2017 Parks - OVG Banner
Phil Lozano, our new Parks and Recreation Director, participated in a game of pickleball with the Senior All-Stars! Way to go Phil!
 11.17.2017 Parks - Pickleball Phil
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The Pilot Knoll Restroom Renovation Project continues as scheduled. This week, the contractor continued to demolish the existing stud walls and replaced them with CMU walls.
 11.17.2017 Parks - PK RR
Doubletree Ranch Park
The electrical contractor has installed a chlorine gas detection system inside the pump house at the splash pad.
 11.17.2017 Parks - Pump House Chlorine
Samuel West installed a Little Free Library by the pond which resembles the splash pad pump house. This project allows him to earn his Eagle Scout badge! Thank you Samuel West and congratulations!
 11.17.2017 Parks - LFL 1  11.17.2017 Parks - LFL 2
Recreation
The City celebrate the start of the holiday season with Our Village Glows at The Shops at Highland Village on Saturday, November 18. Our Village Glows is a festive community event organized by the Highland Village Women’s Club, the City of Highland Village, and The Shops at Highland Village. It’s a holiday tradition featuring the lighting of the 60’ Christmas Tree and the Let it Glow Light Show Spectacular complete with 245,300 LED tree lights synchronized to holiday music. There were plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy including horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making, and the arrival of Santa! 

The adult fall kickball playoffs and championship game took place on Wednesday at Unity Park.
 11.17.2017 Parks - Kickball Champs
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

It was a busy week for the Senior All-Stars. On Tuesday, 14 Senior All-Stars took a trip to Autumn at the Arboretum which included the amazing Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, full of pumpkin houses inspired by this year’s theme, The Wizard of Oz.
 11.17.2017 Parks - All Stars Arboretum
On Wednesday evening, Larry Chambers with PourAndExplore guided 14 Senior All-Stars as they sampled six premium Napa Valley, handcrafted, artisan wines. A variety of cheese, crackers, and fruit were served as well.
 11.17.2017 Parks - All Stars Wine
On Thursday, 57 Senior All-Stars attended the Thanksgiving Feast. They enjoyed chicken, mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, and rolls from Snooty Pig with desserts provided by Rambling Oaks. Mark Clark, a local musician came out to perform. Door prizes were donated from Jason’s Deli, Fuzzy’s, Raising Cane’s, and Dr. Wyatt Jr. in Flower Mound.
 11.17.2017 Parks - All Star Thanksgiving 2  11.17.2017 Parks - All Star Thanksgiving 3
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
TMRS held a regional pre-retirement conference in Grapevine on Wednesday. Employees considering retirement in the next few years could attend at no charge. Representatives from TMRS and Social Security provided information to attendees.

Kimberly Lopez attended Leadership Lewisville on Tuesday. This nine month program of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce educates and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills.