City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Feb 12

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:26 AM by Crystal Babcock

Fire Department
Chief Brad Goudie hosted a group of Cub Scouts and took them on a tour of the Fire Station on Monday.

Chief Goudie and Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended a meeting with Integrated Computer Services (ICS), the Police Department, Information Services, Finance, and myself to discuss functionality of the GPS tracking on Public Safety vehicles. 

Chief Goudie attended the Regional Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday at the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council where he serves on the EMS, Stroke, and Cardiac committees. 

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes and B Shift Captain Dan Ortmeier attended the monthly Fire Instructor’s Association of North Texas meeting in Grapevine on Wednesday. 

As you may have noticed, the Early Outdoor Warning Siren test was not completed this week due to an emergency call that was received during the planned test time. 

An adorable visitor stopped by the Fire Station on Thursday! She’s already following in her Daddy’s footsteps - she’s a future Firefighter in the making! 
2.9.2018 Fire - Baby Girl Grubbs
Assistant Chief Collier completed two inspections and two plan reviews as the City Fire Marshal.

The Fire Department had the following calls for service this past week:
2.9.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
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, installing waterlines, and retaining walls. 

Staff met with representatives from the Ladera development to discuss changes to some of the retaining walls, the spillway at the box culvert, and the waterline crossings over the UTRWD waterlines.

Public Works and Parks met with G&A Consultants to discuss the Sunset Point Park Project.

Staff met with BW2 Engineers to discuss ongoing projects.

Streets Division
  • Completed a sidewalk patch in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
2.9.2018 Streets - Castlewood
  • Continued asphalt street repairs throughout Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Started power washing and preparing the pavement markings at the Service Center for a restripe project. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
2.9.2018 Streets - Woodhollow
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City.
2.9.2018 Streets - Springway
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.

Drainage Division
  • Started a gabion basket installation project in the 3400 block of Fairfield Lane.
  • Began barrow ditch cleaning in the 300 block of Whittier Street. 
2.9.2018 Drainage - Whittier
  • Replaced a driveway culvert in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
  • Cleaned the Public Works building. 

Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a break on the sanitary sewer force main at Lift Station 7.
2.9.2018 Utilities - Force Main Repair
  • Repaired a fire hydrant at Briarhill Boulevard and Rosedale Street.
2.9.2018 Utilities - FH Repair
  • Performed meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Unstopped two sanitary sewer services on Lake Vista Drive and Timbercrest Lane.
  • Replaced a broken curb stop in the 500 block of Willow Way.
  • Dressed one area of a previous water main repair.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Performed a brake job.
  • Replaced two tires and repaired two tires. 
2.9.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Performed a tune up.
2.9.2018 Maint - Tune Up
  • Repaired trailer lights.
  • Replaced the cutting blades on two hedge trimmers.

Community Services
New roof permits continue to be issued resulting from the 2017 hail storm.

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

Two inspectors attended a three day Continuing Education class through C.E.A.T. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 3
Permits Issued - 20
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 28

Code Enforcement
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 26
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 12
Contact with 20 property owners for various Code violations/issues. 
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
All crews are performing routine winter maintenance in preparation for the start of sports league play.

Bill Aycock, Tim Oliver, and Jesus Contreras continue to treat various park areas with pre-emergent to prevent broadleaf weeds from populating in the spring. They also trimmed trees around the Fire Station.
2.9.2018 Parks - Tree Trimming
Joey Hardin and Scott Strasser continue to work on site 33 at Pilot Knoll Park. Relocation of the picnic table and fire pit was necessary due to erosion undermining the outer borders that are adjacent to the lake.
2.9.2018 Parks - PK Site 33
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado have been working on replacing the broken flagstone at the gatehouse at Pilot Knoll Park. They also replaced the epoxy that failed on some of the In Roadway Warning Lights (IRWL) at the Highland Village Road and Oak Street Lightguard enhanced crosswalk.
2.9.2018 Parks - PK Gatehouse
Phil Schmidt took over as the Southern Crew Leader and is now responsible for Unity Park and most of the parks south of City Hall.

Tony Adams was promoted to Crew Leader this week. His area of responsibility is now Doubletree Ranch Park, Lakeside Community Park, and the trails throughout the City.

Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park have installed skate guards at the pavilion. These will assist the department in preventing damage to the infrastructure.
2.9.2018 Parks - DRP Skate Guard 1
2.9.2018 Parks - DRP Skate Guard 2
Matt Ansted attended the NRPA’s Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course and exam this week! We all support Matt and are thankful for his efforts to make our city parks and playgrounds safer by expanding his knowledge regarding playground safety!

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
Construction crews continue to work on the overnight restroom.  
Copperas Branch Park
City staff continues to coordinate with AGL Constructors in an effort to restore the park to its previous condition.    

CoServ has completed installation of all electrical meters throughout the entire park that provide power to the restroom building, e-taps, security lights, as well as the pedestals and gatehouse. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design for the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project.

Victoria Park Track Replacement 
Staff continues to coordinate with Oncor Electric regarding the track replacement at Victoria Park.  Oncor has given city staff the green light to proceed with this project as proposed. 

Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to work on the design of the Brazos Parking Lot Extension Project.

Doubletree Ranch Park
Matt Ansted continues to work on having a guardrail installed at the splash pad. 

Sunset Point Park
Scott Kriston, Phil Lozano, and Fince Espinoza met with a representative from G & A Consultants to discuss the details of design and construction of Sunset Point Park.  

The annual Highland Village Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance took place last Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville with 336 people in attendance! Attendees enjoyed an evening of dinner, DJ entertainment, dancing, door prizes, and a special guest appearance from Miss Texas 2017, Margana Wood. Miss Texas provided a motivational speech on the importance of having good character, doing well in school, and giving back to the community.
2.9.2018 Parks - FD 3
2.9.2018 Parks - Miss Texas
Local businesses that donated door prizes for dance included: Seven Mile Café, Boardroom Salon for Men, Camp Gladiator, Chick-fil-A (Flower Mound), Dr. Audrey Stansbury Family Dentist, Edison Coffee, Fresco’s Mexicana, Massage Green Spa, Peter’s Pizzeria, Raising Cane’s (Flower Mound), Snooty Pig Café, State Draft House (Flower Mound), The Flour Shop (Flower Mound), and Yellow Rose Steakhouse (Flower Mound). Combined, the total monetary value of the door prize donations was $1,591.80. Thank you to all of the businesses for their support! 

The City of Highland Village and Neighborhood Sports Winter NBA Youth Basketball season continues this Saturday, February 10. Games take place at Briarhill Middle School. The league is for boys and girls from first to twelfth grade.

This was the fifth 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, 49 Senior All-Stars attended the Valentine’s Day Party. Lunch was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and featured spaghetti, bread, and dessert. Following lunch, the Senior All-Stars enjoyed some Valentine’s Day trivia facilitated by June Kim from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Several Senior All-Stars walked away with door prizes donated by Attiva Lewisville, Blue Cross Blue Shield, A Place for Mom, and Caring Transitions.
2.9.2018 Parks - VDay 1
2.9.2018 Parks - VDay 2
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. 
2.9.2018 Parks - CG Unity
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
On Thursday Jana Onstead attended the MHRA luncheon in Euless for area HR Directors. Topics of discussion this month were performance evaluations, HR organizational structure, and policies.

Kim Lopez facilitated registration completion for employees on WellRight. The site tracks wellness program participation as well as contains forms, policies, and benefit contact information for quick access.