City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Mar 19

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 8:10 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Several videos were either produced or completed for airing this week. The Foodie Friday segment featuring Seven Mile Café was posted to our social media sites and the HVBA website. On Wednesday Officer Ben McKelvey starred in his first E-Watch Minute video and did a fantastic job! This video focuses on the police department’s STAR program. On Thursday Laurie Mullens and Andrew Boyd did a video shoot for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt. Scooter and the Bunny are at it again, this time for a Kia Soul hamster-style dance off with the help of students from Stage Right Ministry. Watch for the completed videos on the City’s YouTube channel.
3.16.2018 MC - Easter
3.16.2018 MC - STAR
Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors meeting on Thursday.
Fire Department
B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center on Thursday. 

The Fire Department canopies have been installed. These canopies were designed to offer city vehicles protection from UV rays and damaging hail storms.
3.16.2018 FD - Canopy
The Fire Marshal completed one plan review and two inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
3.16.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Police Department
Fabiola Ramirez accepted a Police Recruit position with the Police Department and started on March 13. She will attend the Tarrant County College Police Academy starting March 26 through August 3. Fabiola has previous experience as a Jailer with the Collin County Sheriff’s Department and is a Specialist in the US Army Reserve, 957th Quartermaster Company.
3.16.2018 PD - Ramirez
Public Works
Work continues on the Ladera development; the contractor continues to do subgrade work as well as installing waterlines, retaining walls, and sidewalks. They have also started on the gabions.

Staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Public Works staff toured the CWD facility in Dallas.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
3.16.2018 Streets - Village Tree
3.16.2018 Streets - Lakeside
  • Removed the road closure signs at North Clearwater Drive and Edgewater Drive.
3.16.2018 Streets - Clearwater
  • Continued prepping and restriping the pavement markings at the Fire Station and Municipal Complex.
  • Replaced various signs in locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted D&S Contractors with collecting compaction samples on Duvall Boulevard, Scenic Drive, and Winding Creek Drive.
  • SAZ Contractors continue concrete street repairs in various locations along Hillside Drive.
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series training in Keller.

Drainage Division
  • Deployed door hangers in the 100 block of Gayle Lane informing residents that the Drainage Division will be doing work in the backyard drainage area.
  • Deployed the message board to notifying residents of the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Hauled spoils from 5001 FM 2499 to the Lewisville dump in an effort to make room for more barrow ditch cleaning.
  • Graded the drainage swale on the south side of DKH Academy in the 2400 block of Briarhill Boulevard to eliminate flooding. 
3.16.2018 Drainage - DKH
  • Installed gabion baskets to help eliminate erosion around Lift Station #7 in the Casllewood subdivision.
3.16.2018 Drainage - Lift Station
  • Met with a resident in the 300 block of Whittier Street regarding drainage work performed around their house.
3.16.2018 Drainage - Whittier
Utilities Division
  • Weisenger Incorporated performed annual well testing at five well lots.
  • Televised a sanitary sewer service in the 100 block of Village Estates Drive.
  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Took possession of our new John Deere backhoe along with a snow plow attachment.
3.16.2018 Utilities - Backhoe
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 700 block of Eringlen Lane.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with installing gabion baskets along a creek bank at Lift Station #7.
  • Dressed two areas of previous excavations and laid new sod.
  • 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.
  • Replaced four batteries.
  • Repaired one tire.
  • Replaced a tire pressure sensor. 
3.16.2018 Maint - Tire Sensor
  • Repaired several mowers.
3.16.2018 Maint - Mower
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 - 8
Permits Issued - 52
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 42
Inspections - 84

Code Enforcement
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 6
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 4
Complaints - 3
Contact with five property owners for various Code violations/issues. 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All crews continue to perform maintenance tasks at their assigned areas of responsibility.  

Staff continues to prepare the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park for the season. They are working with the Information Services Department to allow the splash pad water monitoring controller to email and text staff if it should go into alarm for any reason. This would allow for immediate response to a situation should one arise. 

On Monday, Matt Ansted hosted a safety training regarding Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as part of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals. GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products and communicates health and safety information on labels and SDS.
Phil Lozano and Fince Espinoza performed a plan review on Thursday for a proposed subdivision to ensure park land is appropriately dedicated.

Matt Ansted, Gabe Doria, and Tony Adams attended the Supervisory Series training in Keller on Thursday.

Matt Ansted, Nacho Gomez, and Jorge Ponce attended a confined space training class on Friday. This will allow them to work inside confined spaces, particularly, the splash pad balance tank at Doubletree Ranch Park. 

The Denton County Master Gardeners began work at Doubletree Ranch Park this week. They planted plants in the butterfly garden and assisted with weed management.
3.16.2018 Parks - Master Gardeners
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
Construction crews continue to work on the overnight restroom. They are working on electric rough-in and installing the ceiling. Installation of the plumbing fixtures began this week.

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.

Copperas Branch Park
City staff performed a preliminary cleanup of the park in preparation for the controlled burn scheduled for next week. 
3.16.2018 Parks - Copperas CU 1
3.16.2018 Parks - Copperas CU 2
Doubletree Ranch Park
Fince Espinoza held a preconstruction meeting regarding the installation of the splash pad guardrail. The contractor will begin work next 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.
Unity Park
Staff reviewed the professional services contracts regarding the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects.

Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection
The contractor is currently working on installing piers into Copperas Lake that will support the bean and 14’ wide pedestrian bridge connecting Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. This connection is a vital link to our community for travel, exercise, gaining access to city events, and is sure to be used regionally!
3.16.2018 Parks - Bridge 1
3.16.2018 Parks - Bridge 2
Practice for NFL Youth Flag Football started this week at Brazos Park. The season kicks off Saturday, March 24.

The Spring Adult Kickball League kicked off on Wednesday at Unity Park.
3.16.2018 Parks - Kickball
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 lunch from Meals on Wheels featuring Chicken Parmesan from Peter’s Pizzeria. After lunch, seven Senior All-Stars stayed for the showing of A Roman Holiday.

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 and face painting, also the Fire Engine and a bounce house will be on location. 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
Instructor Sharond Grimes held her American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR Class this week for ages 10 - 14. The students learned skills on how to be a responsible babysitter for children and infants. Her students also received some “hands on” experience when baby Joshua made an appearance.
3.16.2018 Parks - ARC 1
3.16.2018 Parks - ARC 2
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

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.
3.16.2018 Parks - Fit4Mom
Camp Gladiator is held at Unity Park on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
3.16.2018 Parks - Camp Gladiator
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
Vanesa Childers and Adam Richter attended a job fair at the University of North Texas last week. Their focus was to recruit counselors for Kids Kamp this summer.
3.16.2018 HR - UNT Job Fair