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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Mar 12

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
On Thursday Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens did the video and interview for the next Foodie Friday segment. The March video will feature Seven Mile Café in Highland Village. Kevin and Josi Klingele opened the Highland Village location six years ago building on the success of their Denton location and have recently opened a third location in Keller. Stay tuned for the completed video next week!
3.9.2018 CM - Foodie Friday
Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens met this week to brainstorm a couple of new videos. They met with Commander Morrison to brainstorm and plan one of several videos promoting HVPD programs. The first video will focus on the STAR program. They also met with Timi Grogan to develop a video series promoting Highland Village retail locations.
 
Fire Department
Tuesday Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the Critical Events Committee Meeting at Medical City Lewisville. These meetings bring local hospitals together with local Emergency Medical Responders to discover and develop methods of working better together.

Flower Mound Battalion Chief Cato conducted a post incident analysis review of a major accident that the Highland Village Fire Department responded to in Flower Mound. 

Chief Brad Goudie attended the Emergency Medical Task Force Zone 2 meeting at the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Committee on Tuesday. 

On Wednesday Deputy Chief Nokes attended the Fire Instructors Association of North Texas meeting in Grapevine. The ultimate goal of this association is to enhance the knowledge and skills of both paid and volunteer firefighters by acting as a resource for the training staff of all participating Fire Departments and organizations. 

The monthly siren test was conducted on Wednesday. 

Municipal Emergency Services visited the Fire Station on Wednesday to perform respirator fit tests for members of the Fire Department and Public Works Department. 

Chief Goudie and Chief Nokes attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory meetings for the stroke committee and the committee between hospitals and EMS providers. Chief Goudie is the Chairperson of the Heart Safe Community Committee. 

Thursday and Friday Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection’s Firefighter’s Advisory Committee meeting in Austin. The committee is responsible for reviewing the administrative rules that govern the state fire service. 

A Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center on Thursday. 
3.9.2018 FD - Blood Pressure Checks
Deputy Chief Nokes and A Shift participated in the Annual McAuliffe Chili Cook-Off. 

B Shift completed rescue training at Excite Gym on Friday. This unique training opportunity allowed team members to simulate the rescue of a gymnast from a foam pit. 
3.9.2018 FD - Excite
The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
3.9.2018 FD - Calls for Service
 
Public Works
Work continues on the Ladera development; the contractor continues to do subgrade work as well as installing waterlines, retaining walls, and sidewalks. 

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

Staff met with UTRWD and other cities to discuss water conservation.

Streets Division
  • Started concrete street repairs on Glen Ridge Drive and Lakeside Drive. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Sellmeyer Lane.
3.9.2018 Streets - Sellmeyer
  • Continued prepping and restriping pavement markings at the Fire Department and City Hall.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
3.9.2018 Streets - Pothole Patch
  • Assisted the Parks and Fire Department with re-grading the storage area at Pilot Knoll Park. 
3.9.2018 Streets - Assist Parks
  • High water issues are still present on Clearwater Drive North, near Edgewater Drive.
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, attended Leadership Lewisville on Tuesday. The class took tours of the Art Gallery at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, the operations facility of Sysco Foods, and the Denton County Building in Lewisville. 
3.9.2018 Streets - Leadership
Drainage Division
  • Performed equipment checks on all equipment.
  • Cleaned the equipment storage building.
  • Repaired a drainage pipe that was separated in the 200 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
  • Performed pond maintenance, mowing, and weed removal in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
  • Assisted other departments with moving boat docks and ramps. 
3.9.2018 Drainage - Boat Docks
  • Repaired a track hoe trailer by replacing rotten boards.
  • Laid sod in the drainage easement behind the houses in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
3.9.2018 Drainage - Whittier
  • Assisted other departments by delivering the track hoe trailer to be used as a stage for the McAuliffe Chili Cook-Off.  
  • Attended a nine-hour training class on mosquito awareness at the Grapevine Convention Center.

Utilities Division
  • Replaced a fire hydrant on Community Center Drive. 
3.9.2018 Utilities - FH Replace
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 500 block of Greenbriar Drive. 
3.9.2018 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Made repairs to a dead end water main blow-off in the 800 block of Oakwood Court.
  • Repaired a fire hydrant in the 2500 block of Glen Ridge Drive.
  • Performed meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Dressed five areas of previous excavations and laid new sod.
  • Located one area 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 12 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Replaced four tires and repaired one tire. 
  • Performed one brake job.
  • Replaced a fuel pump.
3.9.2018 Maint - Fuel Pump
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All crews continue to perform maintenance tasks at their assigned areas of responsibility.  
 
Bill Aycock and his crew have placed bleachers and team benches at Brazos Park in preparation for the flag football league games.
3.9.2018 Parks - Bleachers
Matt Ansted had the rollup door replaced at the baseball concession stand at Unity Park.
3.9.2018 Parks - Unity Baseball Rollup Door
Matt Ansted has facilitated the adoption of the three butterfly gardens around the pavilion and barn at Doubletree Ranch Park by the Denton County Master Gardeners. They will be assisting with the maintenance of the landscape beds by tending to the plants and removing weeds.
3.9.2018 Parks - DRP Master Gardeners1
3.9.2018 Parks - DRP Master Gardeners2
Park staff also performed a maintenance blitz on Doubletree Ranch Park and attacked the weeds in the landscape beds and washed the splash pad in preparation for opening day which is at the end of the month. The schedule for the splash pad can be found here
3.9.2018 Parks - DRP Crew1
3.9.2018 Parks - DRP Crew2
Matt Ansted coordinated with a contractor to remove a dangerous Hackberry tree from Doubletree Ranch Park that was split down the middle.
3.9.2018 Parks - DRP Tree Removal
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado installed crosswalk signs on Sellmeyer Lane where City Trail crosses the road to assist in creating pedestrian awareness.
3.9.2018 Parks - Sellmeyer1
3.9.2018 Parks - Sellmeyer2
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado, along with the assistance of the Drainage Division, have installed the boat dock at Copperas Branch Park. Repairs are still needed so it is not in service, however the dock will be in service when the park opens to the public in early summer.
3.9.2018 Parks - Copperas Dock
Phil Lozano, Matt Ansted, and Fince Espinoza interviewed Halff Associates, Inc. and Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc. to possibly assist the department with updating the Parks and Trails Master Plan along with creating a Maintenance Master Plan.

Phil Lozano, Matt Ansted, and Fince Espinoza attended a webinar hosted by Sunny Lindsey and Darla Pyron that was presented by Freeance providing information about CityWorks, a mobile application used for creating work orders. Staff loved how user friendly the mobile work order application is and is excited to add it to the daily routine!
 
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park 
Contractors continue to work on the overnight restroom construction. They are working on electric rough-in and installing the ceiling. Installation of the plumbing fixtures is anticipated to begin next week. 
 
Copperas Branch Park 
City staff continues to coordinate with AGL Constructors in an effort to restore the park to its previous condition. The gate arms of the Ventek self pay station were installed and barricades have been set out to block traffic from entering the park until AGL installs bollards. While the park is closed, the gate arms will remain in the down position. All maintenance and emergency staff have been given the code to enter the park if needed. We anticipate Copperas Branch Park to be open by early summer, weather permitting. 
3.19.2018 Parks - Copperas Entry Gate
Victoria Park Track Replacement 
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the track replacement.  
 
Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to work on the design for the Parking Lot Extension Project.
 
Doubletree Ranch Park 
Matt Ansted continues to work on having a guardrail installed at the splash pad. We anticipate the contractor to begin within the week.
 
Sunset Point Park 
G&A Consultants continue to work on the design of Sunset Point Park.  

Highland Village Road Sidewalk 
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the sidewalk. They have been surveying the rights-of-way along Highland Village Road.

Recreation
Staff met with Adventure Shade about adding shade structures at Lions Club Park, Turpin Park, Lower Sellmeyer Park, and the Exercise Station at Unity Park.  
3.9.2018 Parks - Shade Meeting
Staff also met with Elevate Entertainment Dallas for upcoming Special Events.
3.9.2018 Parks - SE Meeting
This was the third week of Session II 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, 26 Senior All-Stars went to Winstar Casino for a day of gambling and socializing. While they were there, they enjoyed breakfast at the famous Gran Via Buffet.
3.9.2018 Parks - SAS Winstar
On Thursday, a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration was held at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center with 50 Senior All-Stars in attendance. The celebration was sponsored by Attiva Active Living Lewisville. Those in attendance enjoyed a reuben sandwich for lunch and St. Patrick’s Day trivia. Many of the Senior All-Stars were surprised to find out that St. Patrick was not originally from Ireland. 
3.9.2018 Parks - SAS St Patricks
Upcoming Classes & Trips
On Tuesday, March 20, a genealogy class will be offered for the Senior All-Stars from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The class will be facilitated by Genealogy Librarian, Nancy Maxwell, from the Grapevine Public Library.  

On Wednesday, March 21, the Senior All-Stars will take a trip to the Dallas Arboretum to witness Dallas Blooms. Those who attend will have the opportunity to view over 500,000 blooming spring bulbs.

Special Events
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Unity Park. This event is free to the public and includes pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, the Fire Engine will be on location, and a bounce house. Several local businesses will be on site at the event providing kid friendly activities at their booths.

In the event that the Easter Egg Hunt is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be held the following Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Unity Park.

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

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.

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.

Tai Chi Gung is held Mondays fro 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 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.