City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Feb 05

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 10:17 AM by Crystal Babcock

Community Development
On Thursday Laurie Mullens and Andrew Boyd did the interview with Peter’s Pizzeria for the February Foodie Friday with Jay Marks. This will be the fifth video the HVBA has produced with Jay Marks to showcase Highland Village restaurants. Peter and Liz Pagano have operated Peter’s Pizzeria in the Highland Village Town Center for almost five years. Stop in for some authentic New Jersey pizza and pasta and be sure to ask for extra dipping sauce!
2.2.2018 CD - Foodie Friday
Fire Department
A Shift Captain Tony Sorsby celebrated nine years with the Fire Department on Sunday! We are so glad he is part of our team!
2.2.2018 FD - Sorsby
Deputy Chief Travis Nokes and Firefighters Cody Wooten, Derek Doyle, and Jack Lacy attended the Fentanyl Symposium hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments on Monday. Topics discussed at the symposium included the illicit manufacturing of fentanyl to lace existing street drugs, increasing potency, and the potential dangers to first responders.

The Fire Department hosted the first of a series of classes from the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program, Shaping the Future, presented by a trainer from TEEX on Tuesday and Wednesday. Firefighters from across Texas and Oklahoma, including Little Elm, Dallas, and Tulsa, attended the two-day class. The National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program is a two-year program in which interested Firefighters must apply and be accepted prior to attending. A Shift Captain Tony Sorsby, Chief Brad Goudie, and Deputy Chief Nokes are currently attending the program.
2.2.2018 FD - Shaping the Future
Chief Goudie and Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended a radio interoperability meeting at the North Central Texas Council of Governments on Wednesday. 

The Fire Department and Information Services Department attended a demonstration in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) going over the updated equipment in the EOC. The EOC is used in the event of severe weather or other disaster, as well as for training. 

B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 
2.2.2018 FD - BP Checks
Chief Goudie, Assistant Chief Collier, and Deputy Chief Nokes attended the Denton County Fire Chief’s meeting on Thursday. 

The Fire Department had a visitor stop by on Friday to see the Engine and meet C Shift. We always love when our young residents stop in!
2.2.2018 FD - Station Visitor
The Fire Marshal completed two plan reviews and two inspections this past week.

The Fire Department had the following calls for service this week:
2.2.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Police Department
Corporal David Harney received the Blauer Officer of the Month Award at the recent North Texas Police Chiefs monthly meeting for his community service. Congratulations Corporal Harney and thank you for your dedication and service to our community and department.
2.2.2018 PD - Harney
2.2.2018 PD - Chief, Harney, Morrison
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.

Streets Division
  • Placed sod in the 900 block of Lochmoor Lane.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs throughout Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Continued to crack seal throughout Village Estates Drive, Desiree Lane, Dickinson Drive, and Whittier Street. 
2.2.2018 Streets - Desiree
2.2.2018 Streets - Whittier
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.
  • Crews responded to a call about an oil spill on Castlewood Boulevard. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series training in Keller. 
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, attended Leadership Lewisville. The class toured the State Capitol and had a meet and greet with Senator Jane Nelson.
2.2.2018 Streets - Lewisville
Drainage Division
  • Completed the barrow ditch cleaning in the 400 block of Moran Drive.
2.2.2018 Drainage - Moran
  • Repaired a fence after the gabion basket installation in the 60 block of Remington Drive West.
  • Deployed line locates for barrow ditch cleaning in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
2.2.2018 Drainage - Whittier
  • Hauled spoils from the spoil pile to the dump from Southwood Storage Yard.
  • Retrieved an inlet lid that fell into a Wye inlet in The District. 
2.2.2018 Drainage - Wye Inlet
Utilities Division
  • Repaired two sanitary sewer services in the 500 block of Greenbriar Lane and in a backyard easement of Lamesa Drive.
2.2.2018 Utilities - Greenbriar Ln
2.2.2018 Utilities - Lamesa Dr
  • Tapped a water main and installed a new water service line for a new house in the 400 block of Rockland Drive.
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak on Lakeland Drive.
  • Repaired a leaking fire hydrant on Brazos Boulevard.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 300 block of Hickory Ridge Drive.
  • Replaced a broken curb stop on Quail Ridge Court.
  • Dressed several areas of previous water and sewer excavations and laid new sod.
  • Located two 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 16 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
2.2.2018 Maint - Service1
2.2.2018 Maint - Service2
  • Replaced two batteries. 
  • Replaced four tires.
  • Performed two alignments.
  • Performed four state inspections.
  • Performed eight vehicle inspections.

Community Services
Final inspection letters are being sent out to contractors that have pulled roofing permits but have not had their final inspection.

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 6
Permits Issued - 58
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 36

Code Enforcement
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 5
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 4
Information/Educational Fliers Distributed to Residents - 7
Contact with five property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks and Recreation
The annual Highland Village Father & Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance takes place on Friday, February 2! The event includes dinner, dancing, and door prizes in a formal setting 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.
2.2.2018 Parks - Father Daughter
The City of Highland Village and Neighborhood Sports Winter NBA Youth Basketball season continues this Saturday, February 3. Games take place at Briarhill Middle School. The league is for boys and girls from first to twelfth grade.

This was the fourth 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 Thursday, 51 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a lunch from Meals on Wheels featuring catfish from Chicken Express. After lunch many of the Senior All-Stars participated in Bingo.

The Senior All-Stars Valentine’s Day Party will be held on Thursday, February 8 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

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 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.
2.2.2018 Parks - Andra CG
2.2.2018 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.