City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jan 22

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 8:20 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
Have you made your plans for Valentine’s Day? This month’s HVBA Foodie Friday video with Jay Marks features Bistecca - An Italian Steakhouse. Chef Morris Salerno shares with Jay new items he’ll be featuring on the Valentine’s Day menu. 

On Tuesday Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended a planning meeting for the State of the Cities luncheon with the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce. The annual State of the Cities luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn. At this luncheon the mayors from Highland Village, Flower Mound, and Lewisville give the attendees the state of their cities. 

Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Education Committee meeting and the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting. 
Fire Department
Chief Brad Goudie attended a Martin Luther King celebration at Lewisville High School Monday evening. This year’s theme was “Embrace Unity: Be the Change!” and featured A Tribute to Dr. King, which was prepared by the five LISD high schools. Fire Chiefs from Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Highland Village were presented with a commemorative crystal for their service to the community. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Paul Newby of Lead II Excellence conducted monthly continuing education for all three shifts. The topic covered this month was Sepsis. 

All three shifts participated in Live Fire Training at DFW Airport on Thursday. The Fire Department is very grateful to the Flower Mound Fire Department crew that filled in at our station during training. 
1.19.2018 Fire - Training Group
1.19.2018 Fire - Training Fire 2
The Fire Department had the following calls for service this past week:
1.19.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
Public Works
Work on the roof continues at the Municipal Complex and Service Center.
Work continues on the Ladera development; the contractor continues doing dirtwork and installing waterlines. Public Works staff met with representatives from Ladera and a resident of Castle Hills to discuss some changes to retaining walls and the outfall structure.

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

Staff met with a resident on Sellmeyer Lane to discuss the possibility of expanding his garage.

Street Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
1.19.2018 Streets - Lochmoor 1
1.19.2018 Streets - Lochmoor 2
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City.
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.

Drainage Division
  • Performed drainage inlet inspections for January in Grids B-3 and B-2 (94’ total; three tons of spoils; three yards of debris). 
  • Inspected inlet boxes for repair in the 3100 block of Vista Heights Lane and the 3100 block of Overlook Circle. 
  • Removed two beaver dams in the 2600 block of Chinn Chapel Road.
1.19.2018 Drainage - Chinn Chapel
  • Removed a beaver dam from the outflow of the pond behind Walmart.
1.19.2018 Drainage - Walmart Beaver
  • Hauled spoils from 5001 FM 2499 to the Lewisville dump.
  • Investigated a possible headwall installation in the 300 block of Rockland Drive.
1.19.2018 Drainage - Rockland Drive
Utilities Division
  • TV inspected three sanitary sewer services to find issues on Millington Drive, Horseshoe Circle, and Ashley Court.
  • Replaced a broken curb stop in the 600 block of Hawthorne Circle.
  • Began monthly grease trap inspections as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Dressed several areas of previous excavations and prepped for new sod.
  • Excavated to repair a water main leak in the 200 block of Merriman Drive.
1.19.2018 Utilities - Water Main Repair
  • Turned off a water main in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard for a contractor to tie in a new water main.
1.19.2018 Utilities - Castlewood
  • 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.
1.19.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced six batteries.
  • Replaced rear brake pads.

Community Services
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 11
Permits Issued - 26
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 31

Commercial Permit Applications Submitted for Review
Woodhouse Day Spa
Altitude Fitness

Commercial Permits Issued
Hillside Grill
Celieo Taco

New Businesses Now Open
Rock N Ice
Pet Vet at PetCo

Code Enforcement
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 3
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 4
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 3
Contact with three property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
  • Staff has been busy trimming grass at various park and median locations.
1.19.2018 Parks - Trimming Grass
  • Park staff is working on rebuilding Campsites 32 and 33 at Pilot Knoll Park due to erosion undermining the outer borders that are adjacent to the lake, and rebuilding the safety railing on Campsite 34.
1.19.2018 Parks - PK Campsite 1
1.19.2018 Parks - PK Campsite 3
  • Staff is preparing all game fields in preparation for the spring season of football, baseball, and soccer at various park locations.

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The Pilot Knoll Restroom Renovation Project is nearing completion – this week the contractor began the interior ceiling work.

Copperas Branch Park
AGL continues to coordinate with the Parks and Recreation Department in an effort to restore the park to its previous condition. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers has been issued a task order to perform the design services for the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project.

Victoria Park Track Replacement
Staff continues to coordinate with ONCOR in regards to the replacement of the track at Victoria Park.  

Brazos Park
RL Goodson has been issued a task order to perform the design services for the Brazos Parking Lot Extension Project.

The annual Highland Village Father & Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance is two weeks away! 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.
1.19.2018 Parks - Father Daughter
The City of Highland Village and Neighborhood Sports Winter NBA Youth Basketball season starts this Saturday, January 20. Games take place at Briarhill Middle School. The league is for boys and girls from first to twelfth grade.

This was the second 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

This week the Senior All-Stars said goodbye to one of their own, Mary Jacques. Mary is moving to Florida to live with family members in the Sunshine State. Some of her fellow seniors threw her a Going Away party on Monday.
1.19.2018 Parks - Mary Party
On Thursday, 46 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Meals on Wheels. The menu consisted of meatballs, salad, and apple pie from Costco. Following the lunch seven Senior All-Stars stayed for the showing of Funny Face, a romantic musical released in 1957.
1.19.2018 Parks - SAS Movie
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

Yoga for All is offered by certified Yoga instructor Sangeeta Pathak. This class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.
1.19.2018 Parks - CG 1
1.19.2018 Parks - CG 2
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
As part of the City’s Wellness Program, a Lunch and Learn was held on Thursday with 38 employees in attendance. The topics discussed at the Lunch and Learn included how to discover new ways to create better habits, increase weight loss, learn how your metabolic rate works, and how to reduce stress.