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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Apr 09

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 8:32 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The TXFallenPD Tribute Event committee met on Thursday to continue planning the event which will take place on October 20 this year. Chief Reim attended and shared with the group the presentation that was made at the Texas Police Chiefs Association conference last week in Galveston. Area departments that held fundraisers for the Fallen Officers Fund presented their checks to the Association during a Prayer Breakfast. The City of Highland Village was recognized as the highest contributing department with the presentation of a $27,697 check. The committee is working on an obstacle course for police bike teams this year instead of the bike race. Morning events will include a 5K and civilian bike race. More details to come, but mark your calendar for October 20, 2018, at The Shops at Highland Village!
4.6.2018 MC - Prayer Breakfast
Fire Department
The Highland Village Fire Department welcomes volunteer Willis Sanchez who will be working with Assistant Chief Jason Collier on Fire Prevention eight to ten hours weekly.
4.6.2018 FD - Willis
C Shift attended a Spring Celebration at Chapel Hill Estates on Saturday.

All three shifts, along with members of the Police Department, participated in Landing Zone Training with PHI Air Medical at Brazos Park on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This training is designed to keep first responders safe while allowing them to guide air medical during emergency incidents. 
4.6.2018 FD - PHI1
4.6.2018 FD - PHI2
Assistant Chief Collier and volunteer Willis participated in the Flower Mound High Rise Stand Pipe Training on Wednesday. 

Chief Brad Goudie, Police Chief Doug Reim, and I met for our weekly Public Safety meeting on Wednesday.  

Chief Goudie attended the Boy Scouts Breakfast at the Bridlewood Country Club on Thursday. 

Captains Dan Ortmeier and Jared Middleton attended the Supervisor Series training in Keller on Thursday. 

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

Chief Goudie attended the Denton County Fire Chiefs meeting at Flower Mound’s Central Station on Thursday.
4.6.2018 FD - DCFCA1
4.6.2018 FD - DCFCA2
The Fire Marshal completed three inspections this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
4.6.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Police Department
The Brinkerhoff family donated some great items for the animal shelter. For his birthday, he asked for items for the animal shelter to help out the animals that don’t have homes of their own. He’s on a mission to help save all of the animals he can!
4.6.2018 PD - Donation
Public Works
Street Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
4.6.2018 Streets - Village Tree
4.6.2018 Streets - Lakeside
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Continued to prep and power wash the pavement markings at the Fire Station and City Hall.
  • Responded to calls of trash and concrete debris on the side of the road along Village Parkway.
4.6.2018 Streets - Debris on 2499
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series training in Keller.

Drainage Division
  • Shot grade points in the existing barrow ditch for future maintenance in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
  • Checked for mosquito activity and treated for mosquitos in the 600 block of Arbor court.
  • Checked the ground water in the 2100 block of Tartan Trail for chlorine residual.
  • Assisted other divisions with the operation of the Vac-Star line locater.
  • Performed equipment checks to ensure that no repairs are needed.
  • Met with a resident in the 100 block of Gayle Lane regarding standing water in the drainage easement for proper flow.
4.6.2018 Drainage - Gayle Lane
  • Met with a resident in the 600 block of Duval Boulevard regarding an irrigation head that broke during a recent project performed in the area.

Utilities Division
  • TV inspected 500 linear feet of a sanitary sewer main on Turpin Drive.
4.6.2018 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
  • Dressed and laid new sod for a previous water valve repair in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
4.6.2018 Utilities - Sod
  • Performed meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Replaced valve boxes at two locations in the 2800 block Woodlake Court.
  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
4.6.2018 Utilities - Blow Offs
  • Replaced two curb stops on Lake Cove and Overlook Circle.
  • 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
  • Made A/C repairs on Medic 2.
  • Repaired one tail light.
  • Replaced the upper control arms on a vehicle.
4.6.2018 Maint - Control Arm
  • Replaced the pulley on a mower deck.
4.6.2018 Maint - Mower
  • Performed 16 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Matt Ansted met with a representative from Texas Municipal League (TML) to review the damage on the shade covers at Unity Park and various other parks.

Staff is in full spring season maintenance mode! They are preparing all game and practice fields for soccer, baseball, kickball, softball, and tennis league play.
4.6.2018 Parks - Soccer
4.6.2018 Parks - Softball
Staff at Unity Park installed decomposed granite under the benches at the entrance of the baseball complex.
4.6.2018 Parks - Unity Granite
Matt Ansted and Marcos Mejorado performed routine maintenance on the splash pad’s pump house and familiarized themselves with its operation. Staff also perform water quality tests on the splash pad twice per day. 
4.6.2018 Parks - DRP Pump House Testing 1
4.6.2018 Parks - DRP Pump House Testing 2
The splash pad and the snack bar (staffed by The Flour Shop Bakery) are open weekly on Saturday and Sunday until school gets out for summer (Lewisville Independent School District schedule). 
4.6.2018 Parks - DRP Splash Pad
Matt Ansted and Tony Adams attended the Supervisor Series in Keller on Thursday. 

On Thursday, Marcos Mejorado hosted a How to Operate the Splash Pad training for department staff. This training familiarized staff with the operation and procedures of the pump house and how important it is to maintain high water quality standards. 
The Denton County Master Gardeners continue to work at Doubletree Ranch Park by planting new plants and removing weeds at the butterfly gardens.  

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
Construction crews continue to work on the overnight restroom. The contractor installed plumbing fixtures, finalized painting of the inside and outside of the building, and began cleaning up the work site. We plan to open the overnight restrooms next week.
4.6.2018 Parks - PK RR
Copperas Branch Park
Staff is in the process of evaluating the site to produce an itemized probably cost list for budgeting purposes. They have also been in communication with AGL in regards to the completion of punch list items.

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
The contractor completed coring the concrete for the railing posts that will hold a guardrail between the upper and lower areas of the splash pad. They are currently fabricating the guardrail at their facility. 
4.6.2018 Parks - DRP Guardrail
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. 

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 Youth Flag Football games take place Saturday, April 7 at Brazos Park.

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

This was the final week of the Spring Tennis Program Session II. Each session has morning, evening, and weekend classes available for ages four and up. 

Special Events
The Spring Family Campout will take place April 21 - 22. Activities include a tent decorating contest, s’mores, late night movie Monsters University, and more! Registration is $50 per campsite (up to four campers; $10 for each additional camper) and includes all activities, dinner, and a snack for breakfast. The deadline to register is April 13 so sign up today at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center or at
4.6.2018 Parks - Campout
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, 50 Senior All-Stars enjoyed sandwiches, pasta salad, and dessert from Meals on Wheels. Following lunch, the Senior All-Stars played Bingo. 

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.

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
Kimberly Lopez met with her Leadership Lewisville group to work on the final stages of their community service project on Tuesday.

On Wednesday Strategic Government Resources conducted city wide training on Written Communication and Open Records Awareness. 

Kimberly Lopez met with the Benefit Committee on Thursday to discuss the upcoming Benefit Fair on June 13. This year’s theme is Fit Fab Lab – a science lab benefits fair for all employees and their families. 

Walking Group 2 (members: Andra Foreman, Gabe Doria, Marcos Mejorado, Karen Bradley, and Vanesa Childers) won the Walk There Wellness Challenge with a total of 751.2 miles. Phillip Schmidt walked the most miles with 302. Congratulations to all that participated and worked hard toward a healthier lifestyle!