City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Dec 18

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 8:33 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
On Tuesday Mayor Wilcox, Council member Barbara Fleming, Angie Miller, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber holiday luncheon at Hidden Pines in Highland Village. The luncheon featured a holiday market and a great speaker from the Disney Institute. 

Another Foodie Friday segment will debut this Friday. The Highland Village Business Association has partnered with Jay Marks of Jay Marks Real Estate to put to video his Foodie Friday blogs specifically for Highland Village restaurants. This month we focused on Whole Foods Market for their holiday meal and party preparation. You can order your whole holiday meal, party appetizers, and desserts from Whole Foods and spend more time with your friends and family and less time in the kitchen.  
 12.15.2017 CD - WF Foodie Friday
Santa will begin greeting Highland Village residents this Sunday as the Fire Department escorts the Big Guy through our neighborhoods. With the help of our GIS elves, you can now see just where Santa is by following along on the Santa Tracker. Be sure to check the city website at for the map and the link to the Santa Tracker. 
Information Services
New configurations were installed in half of the police vehicles to improve GPS and the mobile Computer Aided Dispatch software’s integration. 

Preparations continued on the core server s and switches for upgrades and migration to newer and faster equipment.  

Staff met with the Parks Department to discuss the fiber run and other technology requirements for the new gatehouse at Copperas Branch Park. They also met to complete configurations on a new monitoring system for the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 to discuss various projects.

Work continues on the Ladera Development; the contractors have started work on some of the roads and the clubhouse. 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.

SAZ Construction has been hard at work replacing concrete street panels. They are working in the Hillside Drive area of Highland Shores.

The roof at the Service Center, Fire Station, and Maintenance Shop is complete. The contractors continue to work on the roof at the Municipal Complex and The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Public Works attended the Employee Holiday Luncheon at City Hall.

Staff attended the annual Denton County Precinct 3 Holiday Luncheon.

Street Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive and on Knoll Court.
 12.15.2017 Streets - Knoll Court
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Sellmeyer Lane. 
 12.15.2017 Streets - Sellmeyer Asphalt
  • Finished crack sealing Briarhill Boulevard and Canyon Creek Drive.
 12.15.2017 Streets - Briarhill Crack Sealing
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Conducted equipment maintenance on sanding machines and snow plows in preparation for winter weather operations. 
  • SAZ is continuing concrete street repairs in various locations throughout Hillside Drive.

Drainage Division
  • Performed vehicle checks and building cleaning.
  • Located lines on Lake Vista N.
  • Poured a concrete driveway and sidewalk on Lake Vista E.
  • Flushed driveway culverts on Lake Vista E. 
  • Dressed the area for sod and subsequently laid new sod in the barrow ditch in the 400 block of Lake Vista E.
  • Watered sod in the 400 block of Lake Vista E.
  • Cleaned around the material storage bin at Southwood. 

Utilities Division
  • Replaced the ring and lid on two sanitary sewer manholes in the 700 block of Highland Village Road and in the 200 block of Lakeland Drive.
  • Hydro-excavated a fire hydrant and made repairs in the 2200 block of Justin Road.
 12.15.2017 Utilities - FH Repair
  • Replaced a section of sidewalk from a previous sanitary sewer service repair on Silverthorne Court.
 12.15.2017 Utilities - Sidewalk Replace
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Lamesa Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main on Lakeland Drive to locate a tap.
  • 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. 
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with laying new sod on Lake Vista E.
  • Performed maintenance on well lots, lift stations, fire hydrants, and the water distribution and wastewater collection system.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
 12.15.2017 Utilities - FH Blasting
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses.
  • Performed meter rereads, water turn on/turn offs, and leak checks.

Maintenance Division
  • Performed eight preventive maintenance and equipment services.  
  • Repaired a spotlight.
  • Replaced an A/C compressor.
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Replaced a damaged backhoe door. 
 12.15.2017 Maint - Backhoe
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
Staff assisted Thor Guard with installing a lightning prediction and warning system at Brazos Park on December 6. We now have Thor Guard lightning prediction and warning systems at Doubletree Ranch Park, Unity Park, and Brazos Park. Each of these systems actively monitors the weather from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. When there is lightning in the area and they are activated, it will sound one, 15 second continuous blast and a strobe light will be activated until safe conditions return. Once safe conditions return, the Thor Guard will sound three, five second blasts and the strobe light will turn off.

Matt Ansted, Bibiano Bautista, Phil Schmidt, and Fince Espinoza attended the Texas Turfgrass Conference in Arlington on December 5. Phil Lozano was also in attendance and presented at the Texas Turfgrass Conference in Arlington from December 5 through December 7.
 12.15.2017 Parks - Phil Presenting
Park staff continues to work on trimming trees and grass on FM 2499.
 12.15.2017 Parks - 2499 Median Trimming
Staff is replacing the rotten boards on the Copperas Branch Park boat dock.
 12.15.2017 Parks - Copperas Dock 1  12.15.2017 Parks - Copperas Dock 2
Phil Lozano hosted a training class for all departmental staff regarding preparedness.
 12.15.2017 Parks - Phil Training
Park staff replaced the light bulbs on the trail bollards at the Fire Station and at the Lions Club Park pavilion. 
 12.15.2017 Parks - Bollard Lights
Staff painted the parking lots at Pilot Knoll Park using their striping machine. 
 12.15.2017 Parks - PK Stripes
Crews at Doubletree Ranch Park installed stainless steel screens over the drains at the splash pad, which will help prevent debris and trash from entering the recirculation system.
 12.15.2017 Parks - DRP Screen
Parks staff pressure washed and sealed the cedar wood that is on the restroom building at the Highland Village Tennis Center.
 12.15.2017 Parks - HV Tennis Center
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park 
The Pilot Knoll Restroom Renovation project continues as scheduled. This week, the contractor began the roof work and continued the installation of the CMU walls.
 12.15.2017 Parks - PK RR Reno
Highland Village Road Sidewalk 
Park staff met with BW2 Engineers to discuss the upcoming Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project.

Copperas Branch Park
AGL has started installing the self pay station at the gatehouse. They are waiting for additional equipment to complete the installation. 
 12.15.2017 Parks - Copperas Pay Station
Victoria Park Track Replacement
Park staff is coordinating with ONCOR in regards to the upcoming Victoria Park Track Replacement Project.  

The winners of the 2017 Parade of Lights Holiday Lighting contest were selected by a non-biased judging panel this week. Award winners in each category received a yard sign placed at their residence indicating their winning status and category in which they received the award. The results are as follows:
  • Most Creative Display - 110 Glasgow Court, Stephen and Nanci Thompson
  • Most Outstanding Lights - 2845 Hillside Drive, Jack & Ramona Harmon
  • Spirit of the Holiday’s - 193 Desiree Lane, Andy Dimsdle
  • Best Theme - 812 Lake Haven Court, John and Carol Carter

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted applications!

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 Thursday, 58 Senior All-Stars attended the Christmas Party at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. The meal was provided by Meals on Wheels and consisted of ham, yams, cole slaw, green beans, and rolls from Mama’s Daughters’ Diner. The desserts were donated by Rambling Oaks of Highland Village. Several door prizes were raffled off for those in attendance. The prizes were donated by Rosa’s Café, Palio’s Pizza Café, Walmart, Premier Designs (Shraond Grimes), and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Following the Christmas Party, eight Senior All-Stars stayed to watch the movie, Nativity Story.
 12.15.2017 Parks - SAS Christmas 1  12.15.2017 Parks - SAS Christmas 2
Also on Thursday, 15 Senior All-Stars went on the trip to see Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie. Before viewing the four million lights, they had dinner at The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake.
 12.15.2017 Parks - SAS Prairie Lights
The Senior All-Stars filled up a second box full of toys and non-perishable goods for the Stuff-A-Cruiser program.

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.; as well as on Tuesday at 8:30 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.

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.
Human Resources
The annual Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Highland Village Lion’s Club was held on Wednesday at City Hall. Service Awards were presented to employees marking service milestones. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
 12.15.2017 HR - Crowd  12.15.2017 HR - Carolyn
Information Services
Sunny Lindsey 5 Years of Service
Heather Miller 10 Years of Service
Carolyn Britton 20 Years of Service
Nicholas Sommers 5 Years of Service
Michael MacLean 5 Years of Service
Cory Gullo  5 Years of Service
James Walden 10 Years of Service
Brenda Grove 25 Years of Service
Sheri Morrison  25 Years of Service
Vincent Jones 15 Years of Service
Public Works 
William Dimsdle  5 Years of Service
Benjamin McEnroe 5 Years of Service
Darren Dodd 10 Years of Service
Juan Murillo 10 Years of Service
Frank Furche 15 Years of Service
Justin Praesel 15 Years of Service
Autumn Aman 20 Years of Service
Parks and Recreation 
Kimberlie Huntley  5 Years of Service
David Huntley 5 Years of Service
Phillip Schmidt 5 Years of Service
Mark Bowden  5 Years of Service
Gabriel Doria 10 Years of Service
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.