City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Dec 12

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 8:29 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
We know you are busy making your list and checking it twice, cross off all of your holiday shopping right here in Highland Village. You can find it all from something sparkly to (char)coal for those on the not so nice list. By staying in Highland Village you can enjoy the cheerful Christmas decorations, avoid the holiday crowds, and receive a hearty “thank you” from local store owners. That’s certainly a part of the season which shouldn’t be overlooked. So, check out the online directory and then look around, abundant gifts wait to be purchased right here at home! 
 12.8.2017 CD - Shopping Girls
Have you been to The Shops at Highland Village to tell Santa what you want for Christmas yet? If not - you better get there soon! He will be there daily until December 24 when he has to head back up to the North Pole to deliver all of the toys that the elves have been diligently working on. Be sure to check the schedule before heading that way, Santa does take breaks to check in on things up north. Simplify your visit with Santa by signing up for Santa’s FastPass
 12.8.2017 CD - Santa
Do you hear those sleigh bells jinglin? It’s not your imagination! Enjoy an enchanting horse drawn carriage ride through the festive streets of The Shops at Highland Village. No need to spend your holiday money, the carriage rides are free! Grab some hot chocolate and cookies at Nestle Toll House Cafe while you wait for your turn. Rides will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings through December 23 (with the exception of inclement weather days).

Council member Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce holiday luncheon on Tuesday. Our very own Santa (Chief Reim) was the special guest along with Christmas carols by Lewisville High School’s Maroon 9. 
 12.8.2017 CD - Barbara-Bobbie  12.8.2017 CD - Mullens-Babcock
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 along with the roof on the storage building. 

Public Works staff met with Atmos Gas to discuss a gas line replacement project.

Staff attended a meeting regarding a new performance review system.

Street Division
  • Completed concrete driveway repairs near the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
 12.8.2017 Streets - Highland Village Road
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • SAZ contractors will be conducting concrete street repairs in various locations throughout Hillside Drive. 
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut near the 400 block of Lake Vista East.
  • Completed ADA ramp repairs on Inverness Circle. Started concrete driveway repairs in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
 12.8.2017 Streets - Inverness
  • Completed sidewalk repairs near the 900 block of Silverthorne Trail. 
  • Started concrete street repairs on Knoll Court. 
 12.8.2017 Streets - Knoll Court
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive.
 12.8.2017 Streets - Lakeside Drive
Drainage Division
  • Drainage installed a new drainage conversion in the 400 block of Lake Vista East.
 12.8.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista 1  12.8.2017 Drainage - Lake Vista 2
  • Performed water quality testing.
  • Performed inlet inspections.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water service that was damaged from a pavement contractor in the 2600 block of Hillside Drive.
 12.8.2017 Utilities - Water Service Repair
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
  • Installed our new sewer main tractor camera in the TV inspection trailer.
 12.8.2017 Utilities - Sewer Camera Install
  • Completed flushing dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • TV inspected two sanitary sewer services on Bexar Drive and Hillside Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main on Sellmeyer Lane to verify exact location.
 12.8.2017 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Located one area of water and sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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 15 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
 12.8.2017 Maint - PM
  • Repaired one tire.
  • Replaced the lenses on the Animal Control truck. 
 12.8.2017 Maint - Lenses
  • Replaced two batteries. 
  • Repaired a trailer light harness.
Parks and Recreation
Entry forms for the 2017 Parade of Lights Holiday Lighting Contest are available online at Highland Village residents are encouraged to decorate their homes as prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:
  • Spirit of the Holiday’s Award
  • Most Creative Display  
  • Best Theme
  • Most Outstanding Lights    
  • Best Decorated Street

The deadline to enter is December 8, and there is no cost to enter. Judging will take place on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 15.

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, 16 seniors attended a Lunch & Learn co-sponsored by BrightStar Care and North Texas Home Care.
 12.8.2017 Parks - Lunch Learn
On Wednesday, the Senior All-Stars Book Club had their monthly meeting at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.
 12.8.2017 Parks - Book Club
On Thursday, 45 seniors attended the Meals on Wheels and Bingo lunch where they were served lunch from Peter’s Pizzeria. 

The Senior All-Stars have filled up a box full of toys and non-perishable goods for the Stuff-A-Cruiser program. 
 12.8.2017 Parks - Senior Box
Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are available at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Private Yoga classes are offered by certified Yoga instructor, Rachel Swan. To schedule your private class, please contact Rachel Swan at (214) 641-4236 or

Detox and De-Stress Yoga is a new class offered by certified Yoga instructor Sangeeta Pathak. Classes take place on Tuesdays fro 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. For questions, Sangeeta can be reached at

Gold Yoga for people ages 50 and over is offered by Sangeeta Pathak on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. For questions, Sangeeta can be reached at

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.