City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Jan 29

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
We have received two pieces of good news from TxDOT this week. First, at Mayor Wilcox’s request to TxDOT and with Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell’s help, the signal lights at the Garden Ridge and IH 35 intersection are now set to flashing red in all directions. The signal lights were installed in anticipation of meeting warrant, but unfortunately the intersection did not meet the study criteria. Temporary stop signs had been in place but were difficult to see so many travelers drove right through the intersection. We received many comments from residents who have seen accidents or been involved in near-misses at this intersection. When we learned the signal lights would not be activated we contacted Commissioner Mitchell and requested the lights be set to flashing red in all directions. TxDOT approved and the lights are now flashing red. You can see them from a good distance so we hope this will improve the safety of the intersection. Second, we learned “Highland Village Exit 454A” will be added to an existing sign on IH 35 just north of Lewisville Lake. There is already a sign south of FM 407 for the northbound travelers. This will greatly help visitors find Highland Village. 

On Friday Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming and Laurie Mullens attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce annual awards luncheon. The event is held at the Denton Country Club and recognizes citizens and businesses for their work and involvement in the community. 

The Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K Committee met on Thursday. After ten years of holding the Fallen Officers Bike Race and 5K, the committee is working to improve the event to attract more attendees and better honor Texas officers killed in the line of duty and their surviving families. A new name for the event was coined at this meeting – TXFallenPD Tribute Event. Stay tuned for more news as the committee continues to develop the event. 
 
Information Services
The core servers were replaced this week in preparation for the switch replacement. These changes will improve memory capacity on the core servers by 100%, improve data speeds by a factor of ten, and should provide the City with enough memory storage capacity for the next five to six years. All of the equipment that was removed will be repurposed to improve the offsite disaster recovery servers.
1.26.2018 IS - Server 1
1.26.2018 IS - Server 2
GIS and IS met with the City of Lewisville to discuss options for data sharing and improved communications during mutual aid events with Emergency Management. While there, GIS and IS also met with the City Manager, Police Chief, and Fire Chief to present the new program and discuss options. 
 
Public Works
Work on the roof continues at the Municipal Complex and Service Center. 

Work also continues on the Ladera development; the contractor continues doing dirt work and installing waterlines. 

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

Staff met with Halff and Associates to discuss the flood study at Unity Park.

Street Division
  • Completed concrete street repairs in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
1.26.2018 Streets - Lochmoor
  • Continued asphalt street repairs throughout Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Kingwood Court.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Patched an area on Lake Vista where the Drainage Division installed a new pipe and inlet.
1.26.2018 Streets - Lake Vista
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.

Drainage Division
  • Located the storm water infrastructure at several locations in the 100 block of Brazos Boulevard.
1.26.2018 Drainage - Brazos
  • Cleaned the drainage easement located behind the houses in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
1.26.2018 Drainage - Castlewood
  • Poured a concrete pad on the drainage culvert in the 300 block of Hickory Ridge Drive.
  • Installed a 4” drainage culvert and tied it into the existing Wye inlet box in the 4100 block of Abigail Drive to eliminate standing water.
  • Deployed line locates in the 400 block of Moran Drive for barrow ditch cleaning.
1.26.2018 Drainage - Moran
Utilities Division
  • Turned off a water main in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard for a contractor to tie in a new water main.
1.26.2018 Utilities - Castlewood
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services on Greenbriar Drive and Clearwater Drive South.
1.26.2018 Utilities - Unstop Sewer
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 3100 block of Vista Heights to find location.
  • Replaced two broken curb stops on Woodside Drive and Patricia Lane.
  • Completed monthly grease trap inspections as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Located three areas of water and sanitary 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 14 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Replaced six tires and two wheels.
  • Replaced an alternator. 
1.26.2018 Maint - Alternator
  • Replaced the rear engine on the brush truck.
1.26.2018 Maint - Brush Truck
Community Services
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 13
Permits Issued - 52
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 46

Commercial Permits Issued
Woodhouse Day Spa

Certificate of Occupancy Issued
Kids First Pediatrics

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
Park staff continues to trim grass at various park and median locations in addition to performing regular winter maintenance.
1.26.2018 Parks - Maintenance
1.26.2018 Parks - Clean Up
Staff has completed the rebuild of Campsite 32; they continue to work on Campsite 33 at Pilot Knoll Park. Due to erosion undermining the outer borders that are adjacent to the lake, the rebuilding was necessary. Staff has also completed the installation of the safety railing on Campsite 34.

Matt Ansted hosted a blood borne pathogen training class that included all Parks and Recreation staff.
1.26.2018 Parks - BBPT
Highland Village Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy, along with staff from the Medical Center of Lewisville, hosted a CPR, AED, and Stop the Bleeding training for all Parks and Recreation staff.
1.26.2018 Parks - CPR 1
1.26.2018 Parks - CPR 2
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contractor continues to work on the construction of the overnight restroom - they are nearing completion of this project.

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

Frontier Communications has installed a fiber optic line to the gatehouse to provide communication to the Ventek Self Pay Station that is being installed by AGL Constructors.
1.26.2018 Parks - Copperas Fiber
CoServ is in the process of installing the electrical meters throughout the entire park to provide power to the restroom building, e-taps, security lights, and pedestals.
1.26.2018 Parks - Copperas Meters
Phil Lozano, Sunny Lindsey, and Fince Espinoza met with a representative from HALFF & Associates to discuss the probability of installing security lights and video cameras underneath the IH 35 overpass.  The proposed lights and cameras will also assist in illuminating the newly installed parking lot.
1.26.2018 Parks - Copperas Parking
Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continues to work on the design for the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project.

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

Brazos Park
RL Goodson continues to work on the design for the Brazos Parking Lot Extension Project.

Doubletree Ranch Park
Several trees that did not survive the season have been replaced by the contractor since they are still under warranty.
1.26.2018 Parks - DRP Tree Replacement
Staff found that there were several areas where the expansion joint sealant compound separated. The contractor is repairing those areas this week.
1.26.2018 Parks - DRP Expansion Joint
Matt Ansted is currently working on having a guardrail installed at the splash pad.

Recreation
The annual Highland Village Father & Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance is one week 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 HVparks.com or through the Highland Village Parks and Recreation Department.
1.26.2018 Parks - Father Daughter
The City of Highland Village and Neighborhood Sports Winter NBA Youth Basketball season continued Saturday, January 27. Games take place at Briarhill Middle School. The league is for boys and girls from first to twelfth grade.

This was the third 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

On Wednesday, nine Senior All-Stars enjoyed a trip to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
1.26.2018 Parks - Trip to GBLM
On Thursday, February 8, The Senior All-Stars Valentine’s Day Party will be held at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center at 12:00 p.m. following cards. The party is being sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

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.

On Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m., Rachel Swan will be offering a special Yoga class, Full Moon Yoga. This class is open to all levels for $10 per person. Refreshments will be served following the class.

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 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 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.

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 BluetSup.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram for current classes offered as well as rental days/times available.
 
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 February. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Hector Calderon Gonzalez Park Technician 2 Years of Service
Larry Chambers PT Bus Driver 5 Years of Service
Derek Doyle FF/Paramedic 7 Years of Service
Brad Goudie Fire Chief 3 Years of Service
Jonathan Hughes FF/Paramedic 2 Years of Service
Dennis Oliver, Jr.  Police Sergeant 15 Years of Service
Keith Pennock Network Manager 4 Years of Service
David Pittinger Police Sergeant 14 Years of Service
Taylor Proefrock FF/Paramedic 2 Years of Service
Kathlee Teniente Police Admin. Mgr. 5 Years of Service
Sasha Torres Community Svcs. Asst. 2 Years of Service