City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Dec 04

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 8:39 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
The Christmas season kicked off on Saturday, November 30 at The Shops at Highland Village with Our Village Glows. As always, there was festive caroling from our local school kids and other groups, face painting, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course the arrival of Santa. The over 60’ Christmas tree was lit for the season marking the beginning of the holiday season! Big thanks to the Highland Village Women’s Club, The Shops at Highland Village, and all city staff who participated to make this one of the best events yet.
 12.1.2017 Comm Dev - OVG Mayor  12.1.2017 Comm Dev - OVG Clause
The Highland Village Police Department’s Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy and Food Drive is now underway. Highland Village officers, volunteers, and auxiliary members were at Walmart and Walgreens last weekend and will be there again this weekend to collect items for kids and families in our area. You can donate at several locations and help everyone have a special Christmas this year!
 12.1.2017 Comm Dev - Stuff a Cruiser
The Highland Village Farmers Market is celebrating the holiday season throughout December. Stop by Sundays between 10 and 2 for additional holiday vendors, festive treats, holiday décor, and special items for your holiday gatherings (think tamales!).
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. They have been issued a few punch list items that need to be addressed.

The roof on the Public Works building is complete and the roof on the Fire Station is anticipated to be complete early next week. The contractor began replacing the roof on the storage building at the Service Center. 

Staff met with other City departments to discuss the Unity Park Drainage bond project.

Street Division
  • Started concrete driveway repairs in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
 12.1.2017 Streets - HV Road
  • Continued ADA ramp repairs on Inverness Circle. 
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut and traffic control operations in the 2700 block of Knoll Court.  
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane and on Lakeside Drive. 
 12.1.2017 Streets - Lakeside Drive
  • Continued asphalt street repairs in various blocks throughout Sellmeyer Lane.
 12.1.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer
  • Completed guardrail maintenance in the 750 block of Highland Village Road. 
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Catesby Place. 
 12.1.2017 Streets - Catesby Place
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City. 
 12.1.2017 Streets - Sign Replacement
Drainage Division
  • Completed a drainage conversion project and the crew poured a concrete sidewalk repair in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
 12.1.2017 Drainage - Conversion  12.1.2017 Drainage - Sidewalk
  • Performed line locates in the 400 block of Lake Vista East.
  • Repaired tire ruts in the barrow ditch on Moran Drive.
  • Cleaned the concrete flume on Ferndale Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 2400 block of Silverthorne Court.
 12.1.2017 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main on Clear Lake Lane.
 12.1.2017 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Flushed 5,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Removed an abandoned water service on Rockland Drive.
  • Began flushing dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Repaired three tires.
  • Had one roadside assistance call.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Completed tractor repairs.
  • Repaired a saw for the Fire Department. 
 12.1.2017 Maint - FD Saw
Community Services Division
Since the March 26, 2017 storm there has been:
Roofing Permits Issued: 3,490
Weekly Roof Inspections: 75
Approximately 50% of roofing inspections have failed due to safety issues. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential):
Plans Reviewed - 15
Permits Issued - 25          
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 17

Code Enforcement:
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 4
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 6
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 8
Contact with three property owners for various Code violations/issues. 
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 us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in December. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
 Mark Bowden Part Time Bus Driver 5 Years of Service
John Bradley Police Officer 4 Years of Service
Matthew Bufford FF/Paramedic 6 Years of Serivce
Andrew Chong Public Safety Systems Administrator 1 Year of Service
Andra Foreman Recreation Manager 9 Years of Service
Vincent Jones Fire Drive/Operator 15 Years of Service
Beverly King Part Time Park Manager 11 Years of Service
Shawn Locke Drainage Tech III 6 Years of Service
Laurie Mullens Director of Communications & Marketing 16 Years of Service
Jessica Risdon Police Officer 3 Years of Service
Karl Schlichter Police Commander 16 Years of Service
Phyllis Walden Part Time Crossing Guard 13 Years of Service
Cody Wooten FF/Paramedic 6 Years of Service
On Wednesday Vanesa Childers, Jana Onstead, and Jane Ponder held orientation for two employees.

Please join us in welcoming Ignacio Gomez to the Parks Department staff as a Park Tech I. 
 12.1.2017 HR - Gomez, Ignacio