City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Mar 26

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 8:08 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Saturday was the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Unity Park. Scooter the Squirrel and the Easter Bunny say “Let’s go to the Park!” The event began promptly at 10:00 a.m. 

We had the opportunity to take some aerial footage of the prescribed burn that took place Tuesday and Wednesday at Copperas Branch Park. There has been five years of vegetation and foliage growth at the park since AGL has used it for the staging area of the 35Express construction. City crews are now preparing the park for public use. 
3.23.2018 MC - Prescribed Burn
Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday and the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce board of directors meeting on Friday. 

Laurie Mullens attended a Leadership Lewisville Steering Committee planning meeting on Tuesday. 

Andrew Boyd, Crystal Babcock, and Laurie Mullens attended a planning meeting for the 2018 TXFallenPD Tribute Event. 

We worked with the Police Department to produce an informational video about the STAR program. Thanks to Officer Ben McKelvey for his debut role in a video and to Bob Miller for the location help.
Fire Department
Driver Operator Mel Harper deployed to Wichita Falls on Saturday as part of Strike Team 105. He, along with members of Lake Cities, Frisco, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Plano, and Coppell Fire Departments, headed to the area as part of the initial attack for the Wichita Falls Fire Department, Wichita County, and the surrounding counties during this high wildfire threat season. As part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Strike Team, they were tasked with the responsibility of responding as the initial attack to any grass fires in the surrounding area. This Strike Team of five brush trucks is being deployed by the State of Texas to the Panhandle and West Texas due to the extreme fire conditions that are forecast next week.
3.23.2018 Fire - TIFMAS
The monthly CPR/AED training class took place Wednesday in the Emergency Operations Center. This class is taught by members of the Highland Village Professional Firefighter’s Association and teaches local residents, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and City employees CPR and AED use. 

Members of the Highland Village Fire Department, Flower Mound Fire Department, and Argyle Fire District completed a prescribed burn at Copperas Branch Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. This prescribed burn was part of wild land management designed to restore this natural resource with vital nutrients while reducing dangerous fire threats.
3.23.2018 Fire - Copperas1
3.23.2018 Fire - Copperas2
Sisters Cassidy and Eviana Butcher, who attend McAuliffe Elementary School, redeemed their certificates to ride to school on the Fire Engine on Wednesday. 

A representative from Stryker performed annual maintenance on the cots for Medic 1 and Medic 2 on Wednesday. 

C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center on Thursday. 

A Shift attended Heritage Elementary School’s Careers on Wheels event on Friday. Members shared information with students about Fire Department apparatus and their profession. 
3.23.2018 Fire - Career1
3.23.2018 Fire - Career2
The Fire Marshal had one plan review this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
3.23.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
Police Department
Curtis Duncan-Pritchard accepted a Police Recruit position with the Police Department and started on March 19. He will attend the Tarrant County College Police Academy starting March 26 through August 3. Duncan-Pritchard has previous experience as an electrician and attended Collin County College. 
Information Services
The Information Services Department worked with Denco 9-1-1 and our telephone vendor to integrate the 9-1-1 emergency lines with the non-emergency lines. This integration will allow the use of wireless headsets in Dispatch to answer either line. The modifications completed this week mark the end of a three-month, multi-department project.
In preparation of the migration from Office 2007 to Office 2016, onsite Office 2016 training was available to those wishing to attend. By the end of Saturday, all 153 desktops will have Office 2016 installed. 
3.23.2018 IS - Office 2016 Training
The Information Services Department worked with Denco 9-1-1 and our telephone vendor to integrate the 9-1-1 emergency lines with the non-emergency lines. This integration will allow the use of wireless headsets in Dispatch to answer either line. The modifications completed this week mark the end of a three-month, multi-department project.
In preparation of the migration from Office 2007 to Office 2016, onsite Office 2016 training was available to those wishing to attend. By the end of Saturday, all 153 desktops will have Office 2016 installed. 
3.23.2018 IS - Cloud Plume

Public Works
Work continues on the Ladera development; the contractor continues to do subgrade work as well as installing waterlines and sidewalks. They have completed the concrete and gabion work on the bridge structure, allowing the pond to fill back up. The contractor should begin paving streets in the development soon.  
3.23.2018 PW - Ladera
Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Staff attended a Water Loss Audit Workshop sponsored by the Texas Water Development Board.

All Public Works staff participated in the Careers on Wheels event at Heritage Elementary.
3.23.2018 PW - Career1
3.23.2018 PW - Career2
Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
3.23.2018 Streets - Lakeside
  • SAZ Contractors have completed concrete street repairs along Hillside Drive.
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
3.23.2018 Streets - Potholes
  • Removed graffiti on curbs along Monday Haus Lane.
  • Continued prepping and power washing the pavement markings at the Fire Station and Municipal Complex.

Drainage Division
  • Removed blockages from the drainage grates at Primrose School.
  • Repaired a sprinkler head at DKH Academy.
  • Performed water quality tests throughout the City.
  • Deployed mosquito larvacide at various locations throughout the city.
  • Mowed the Chinn Chapel barrow ditch down to the Quail Cove pond.
  • Removed trash and weeds from the Quail Cove pond.
  • Investigated a white substance in a creek which turned out to be calcium. 
  • Removed blockages and leaves from the concrete flume in the 2800 block of Butterfield Stage Road. 
3.23.2018 Drainage - Butterfield
Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water main break in the 300 block of Doubletree Drive.
3.23.2018 Utilities - Main Break
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the back easement of Turpin Drive.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as part of a monthly Texas Commission on Environmental Quality mandated program.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
  • Installed a property line cleanout on Horseshoe Drive.
  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 400 block of Remington Point.
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery and one tire. 
  • Repaired the radiator on a workman. 
3.23.2018 Maint - Radiator
  • Performed a tune up on a Police vehicle.
  • Repaired a concrete saw. 
3.23.2018 Maint - Saw
  • Repaired an air conditioner hose and recharged it.
3.23.2018 Maint - AC
  • Performed six state vehicle inspections.

Community Services
Billy Spencer, Autumn Aman, Sasha Torres, and Gary Cowley met with Integrity Group to go over the building permit process for the Ladera development. 

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 - 12
Permits Issued - 62
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 54
Inspections - 92

Code Enforcement
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 5
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 3
Complaints - 2
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.  

Tony Adams and his crew cleaned the surface, drains, and washed the balance tank at the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park in preparation for it to open on March 30. The splash pad has been tested and is ready for operation.
3.23.2018 Parks - Balance Tank
3.23.2018 Parks - SP Test 1
On Wednesday, Phil Lozano, Andra Foreman, and Fince Espinoza met with a representative from Par-Kut to discuss options for the replacement of the Pilot Knoll gatehouse. Par-Kut provides prefabricated buildings that are customizable to the configuration we need and to meet ADA standards.

On Thursday, Phil Lozano, Andra Foreman, and Fince Espinoza met with the Parks Directors and Managers from Lewisville and Flower Mound to discuss collaborating efforts through joint ventures in event planning/hosting and project coordination. We plan to have a tri-city meeting every quarter to keep the window of communication open between the three departments. While there, we also visited the splash pad at Heritage Park in Flower Mound which includes a newer version of a Leather and Associates playground (the firm that built Kids Kastle) to gather ideas for both amenities.
3.23.2018 Parks - TriCity1
3.23.2018 Parks - TriCity2
Staff received a new herbicide spray apparatus this week. This will allow staff to begin the herbicide regiment next week pending the weather.
3.23.2018 Parks - Herbicide
The Denton County Master Gardeners worked on trimming the vitex at Doubletree Ranch Park

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
Construction crews continue to work on the overnight restroom. They are working on installing the plumbing fixtures, painting the building, and installing the metal roof. Next week they will paint the parking lot and install the signage. 
3.23.2018 Parks - PK Restroom1
3.23.2018 Parks - PK Restroom2
Copperas Branch Park
Thank you to the Fire Department for performing the prescribed burn at Copperas Branch Park! The prescribed burn assisted in eliminating years of thatch that grew up while it was being used as a staging area by TxDOT.

AGL has installed the bollards on the entrance and exit sides of the entry gate arms to prevent vehicles from circumventing the entry system.
3.23.2018 Parks - Bollard
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. Staff is coordinating with the design firm on existing electrical components and the preliminary design. 

Doubletree Ranch Park
In preparation of the guardrail being installed between the upper and lower areas of the splash pad, the contractor will begin coring for the railing posts 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.
Unity Park
Halff Associates continue to work on the designs for the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects. 

The Musco light shields and control link system was installed this week. The light shields will assist in preventing light pollution towards the skyline and adjacent residents. The control link system will allow staff to set the light schedules online for the baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and dog park lights. This will reduce the amount of time the lights will be on. 
3.23.2018 Parks - Musco
Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection
The contractor continues to work on installing piers into Copperas Lake that will support the beam and 14’ wide pedestrian bridge connecting Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. 

The NFL Flag Football season kicks off this Saturday, March 24 at Brazos Park.

The Spring Adult Kickball League continued on Wednesday at Unity Park.

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 Tuesday seven Senior All-Stars attended a genealogy workshop facilitated by Genealogy Librarian, Nancy Maxwell, from the Grapevine Public Library. Nancy provided beginner packets to the Senior All-Stars in attendance and shared tips on how to get started with their research.
3.23.2018 Parks - Genealogy
On Wednesday, 13 Senior All-Stars went to the Dallas Arboretum to witness Dallas Blooms. On display were over 500,000 blooming spring bulbs.
3.23.2018 Parks - Arboretum
Upcoming Classes & Trips
On Tuesday, March 27 Dr. William E. Wyatt, Jr. DDS from Flower Mound will host a Senior Social Event for the Senior All-Stars at 4:30 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres and wine served following a short presentation.

Special Events
The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Unity Park. This was a free event which included pictures with the Easter Bunny and face painting, the Fire Engine and a bounce house was also on location. Several local businesses were on site at the event providing kid friendly activities at their booths.
3.23.2018 Parks - Easter Egg Hunt
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

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.
3.23.2018 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 attended a NeoGov City Tour in Dallas on Tuesday. NeoGov is our job recruitment provider.

Vanesa Childers held orientation for two employees on Wednesday.

On Thursday Kim Lopez attended a North Texas SHRM sponsored luncheon on ADA compliance.