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 16

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 9:02 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
The Highland Village Business Association (HVBA) held their first luncheon of 2018 on Tuesday at Doubletree Ranch Park. Representative Tan Parker was the guest speaker and he drew quite a crowd with nearly 80 in attendance. There were many first-timers in attendance which shows the news of the HVBA is spreading. Chief Reim used the luncheon as an opportunity to present Representative Parker a plaque for his service as the 2017 Honorary Chair of the Steak and Stetson event benefiting the Special Olympics of Texas.
1.12.2018 CD - Jannie CB
1.12.2018 CD - Rep Parker
Fire Department
Chief Brad Goudie attended the 10th Annual Leadership Development Symposium Influence Today/ Impact Tomorrow in San Marcos Monday through Wednesday. This annual conference, hosted by the Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX), offers general and breakout sessions designed to enhance the leadership skills of the emergency response community in Texas and is attended by emergency response professionals with backgrounds in Municipal, Industrial, and Department of Defense. 

The Fire Department had an unannounced compliance inspection by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection on Wednesday. This regulatory commission for the fire service performs inspections every two years to ensure that departments meet requirements for the National Fire Prevention Agency standards in regards to inspections, maintenance, and record keeping. Assistant Chief Jason Collier and Deputy Chief Travis Nokes met with the state inspector who reviewed the station’s operational procedures and inspection and maintenance records. The department passed the surprise inspection with flying colors. 

Chief Goudie attended the Heart Safe Workgroup meetings at North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) on Thursday. 

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this past week:
1.12.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
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.

Staff met with a resident on Arbor Court to discuss drainage issues.

Street Division
  • Finished crack sealing the entire segment of Village Estates Drive.
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
1.12.2018 Streets - Lochmoor
  • Continued asphalt street repairs along Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
1.12.2018 Streets - Pothole Patching
  • Replaced various signs in various locations throughout the City.
  • Crews are prepared for sanding operations in the event of inclement weather.
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, attended the Leadership Lewisville class on Tuesday.
  • Street Technicians are enrolled in continuing education courses to update Division certificates.

Drainage Division
  • Completed the drainage conversion project at the corner of Lake Vista North and Lake Vista West.
1.12.2018 Drainage - Lake Vista
  • Installed two Type B headwalls in the driveway culvert located in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
1.12.2018 Drainage - HV Road
  • Performed water quality at predetermined locations in creek systems throughout the City.
  • Cleaned the concrete drainage flume around 948 Highland Village Road removing leaves and debris.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a leak on a 2” water service in the 330 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
  • Repaired a leak on a water sampling station in the 800 block of Tree Haven Court.
  • Replaced and resealed a sanitary sewer manhole ring and lid in the 200 block of Lakeland Drive.
  • Removed abandoned equipment from the top of the Idlewild Elevated Storage Tank to prepare for the upcoming tank painting project. 
1.12.2018 Utilities - Idlewild EST
  • Performed meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Flushed 3,220 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in a backyard easement on Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Pulled pumps at Lift Stations 3 and 4 to perform maintenance and repairs.
1.12.2018 Utilities - LS Work
  • Completed 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.
1.12.2018 Maint - Service
  • Repaired two tires and replaced two tires.
1.12.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced a power steering pump.
  • Made repairs to the street sander.
Parks and Recreation
The annual Highland Village Father & Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance is quickly approaching! The event includes dinner, dancing, and door prizes in a formal setting on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at or through the Highland Village Parks and Recreation Department.
1.12.2018 Parks - Father Daughter
The City of Highland Village and Neighborhood Sports Winter NBA Youth Basketball practices started this week. Games will take place starting Saturday, January 20 at Briarhill Middle School. The league is for boys and girls from first to twelfth grade.

This was the first week of Session I of the Spring Tennis Program. There are morning, evening, and weekend classes offered for ages four and up.

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

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, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
1.12.2018 Parks - CG
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.

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.
Human Resources
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.

Kimberly Lopez facilitated meetings this week launching a new wellness program which will feature online and app capabilities for employees. Planning and developing this program has been almost a year long process with contributions from employees testing the site, our Information Services Department assisting with technology set ups, and Communications & Marketing for assisting and help setting up the graphics. Thank you all for your teamwork and a great job by Kimberly Lopez for coordinating this project!