City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

Communication is very important to the City of Highland Village. Each week, I will provide you departmental updates on projects, events and accomplishments. Please stop by and take a minute to become informed on what is happening in your city.

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Jan 08

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 8:11 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
We have received some questions regarding trash, recycling, and yard waste pickup in Highland Village. After the Christmas holiday there was the need to dispose of more than the normal amount of cardboard boxes. Many residents’ recycle bins were full and the boxes were placed to the side of the bins. Waste Management truck drivers were receiving questions from residents as to why cardboard placed outside the recycle bin was being picked up as trash. Waste Management asked us to remind residents of the contract specifications regarding material outside the recycle bin as these items easily get contaminated, ruining their value and are often co-mingled with trash making it difficult for the drivers to sort. We provided that information and also thought it a good time to share helpful information regarding yard waste, recycling, and trash collection in general via the website, Facebook, and Nextdoor. If residents would like an additional recycle cart, they can email their request to utilitybilling@highlandvillage.org and City crews will deliver a new cart to their curb within three days. An extra $2.00 per month will be added to their utility bill for each additional cart.
 
Police Department
Officer Kristina Epperson will be returning to the Highland Village Police Department on January 16. After serving as a Deputy Sheriff with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department in Boerne, she is ready to be back in Highland Village and will be assigned her old badge number!
 
Public Works
Work on the roof continues at the Municipal Complex.

Work continues on the Ladera development; the owner received the Army Corps of Engineers permit to perform work in the flood plain. 

Public Works staff met with BW2 engineers to discuss ongoing projects.

Street Division
  • Finished sidewalk repairs near the 3200 block of Northwood Drive.
1.5.2018 Streets - Northwood
  • Started crack sealing the entire segment of Village Estates Drive.
1.5.2018 Streets - Crack Seal
  • Replaced various signs in locations throughout the City.  
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Kingwood Court.
  • SAZ contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations throughout Hillside Drive.
  • Nortex contractors conducted slab-lifting and stabilization to treat puddle issues at the Municipal Complex and on Winston Drive. 
1.5.2018 Streets - Nortex
Drainage Division
  • Cleaned creek crossings after the recent rains.
  • Removed leaves from blocking the driveway culverts in the 100 block of Lake Vista West. 
1.5.2018 Drainage - Lake Vista W
  • Placed an inlet box and connected the pipe on Lake Vista. Also, started digging the barrow ditch.
1.5.2018 Drainage - Inlet 1
1.5.2018 Drainage - Inlet 2
  • Deployed line locates at the corner of Lake Vista West and Lake Vista North.
  • Hauled off spoils from 5001 FM 2499 to the Lewisville landfill.
  • Met with residents to discuss drainage issues. 

Utilities Division
  • TV inspected sanitary sewer laterals on Highland Hills and Northwood Drive.
  • Test killed an area of Hillside Drive for valve maintenance repairs next week.
  • Repaired a leaking water main line valve at Hillside Drive and Kingwood Court.
1.5.2018 Utilities - Valve Repair
  • Replaced a bad curb stop riser in the 2700 block of Hillside Drive.
1.5.2018 Utilities - Curb Stop
  • Troubleshot and made repairs to the Southwood II pump control circuits.
1.5.2018 Utilities - TS SW2 Controls
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 2900 block of Hillside Drive. 
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 100 block of Willow Creek Estates. 
  • Located one area of water and wastewater infrastructure for a contractor performing underground directional boring.
  • Repaired backflow devices on two fire hydrant meters.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with bar ditch maintenance on Lake Vista Drive.
  • 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 23 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
1.5.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced ten tires.
  • Replaced the rear brakes on a vehicle. 
1.5.2018 Maint - Brakes
  • Replaced motor mounts.
  • Replaced four batteries. 
  • Repaired a spotlight.
  • Performed two state vehicle inspections. 
 
Parks and Recreation
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, 36 Senior All-Stars attended the Meals on Wheels and Bingo program. They enjoyed chili from Wendy’s along with salad and cheesecake for dessert. 
1.5.2018 Parks - All Star MOW Bingo
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 revonswan@me.com.

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 sangeetapathak@gmail.com. 

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 sangeetapathak@gmail.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, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8:30 a.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!
 
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 January. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Bibiano Bautista-Gonzalez Parks Crew Leader 9 Years of Service
Odilon Benitez Street Tech III 22 Years of Service
Vanesa Childers HR Generalist 1 Year of Service
Jason Collier Assistant Fire Chief 10 Years of Service
William Dimsdle Street Tech III 6 Years of Service
Travis Flowers Police Officer 2 Years of Service
Frank Furche Mech/Bldg Maintenance 16 Years of Service
Kimberly Lopez HR Specialist 4 Years of Service
Eric Luster Police Officer 1 Year of Service
Mark Rudder Streets Crew Leader 14 Years of Service
Bobby Salmon Drainage Supervisor 14 Years of Service
Anita Sanchez Police Corporal 4 Years of Service
Tony Sorsby Fire Captain 10 Years of Service
Van Tinch Senior Applications Dev. 7 Years of Service
Alvin Varughese Police Officer 1 Year of Service
Gregory Warren Scada Ops & Maintenance 2 Years of Service
On January 4 Kimberly Lopez attended a meeting with Cigna’s Health Improvement Strategist to discuss upcoming Learn at Lunch events. These events are part of the City’s Wellness Program for employees. 

Next week Human Resources will launch a new Wellness Program which will feature online and app capabilities. This will make accessing and participating in wellness challenges easier for employees.