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 16

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 8:27 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The Highland Village Business Association held their quarterly lunch on Tuesday. Johnnie Yellock II, Staff Sergeant (Retired), shared an inspiring message of making each day count and serving with a purpose. His life experience serving in Afghanistan and his desire to continue to serve others over himself shape the testimony he shared with the nearly 60 in attendance. Representative Tan Parker was in attendance and presented Yellock with a proclamation in honor of his service to our country in the USAF and continuing to stand for faith, family, and freedom in this country.
4.13.2018 MC - Attendees
4.13.2018 MC - Johnnie Res
Laurie Mullens attended the Leadership Lewisville class project presentation on Tuesday. 

Commander Schlichter, Corporal Harney, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock met with teachers at McAuliffe Elementary School to learn the strategy they use for the McAuliffe silent auction fundraiser and how we can incorporate that into the TXFallenPD Tribute Event silent auction. 
Fire Department
B Shift attended a neighborhood block party on Sunday. 

Chief Brad Goudie and Assistant Chief Jason Collier attended the LISD Safety and Security Committee meeting to review programs on Wednesday. 

Chief Collier and Volunteer Willis Sanchez attended the monthly Fire Protection Association of North Texas meeting and luncheon on Wednesday. 

The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) deployed resources on Thursday to the northwest area of the state due to “high” and “extreme” fire conditions. Driver/Operator Mel Harper, Flower Mound Chief Scott Funderburg, and Lake Cities Captain David Lobbes and Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Howerton will stage in Merkel and await further instructions.
4.13.2018 Fire - Deployment
Chief Goudie attended the Heart Safe Workgroup Committee meeting on Thursday as part of the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Committee. 

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

Firefighter/Paramedics Clint Duke, Trevis Jordan, and Taylor Greer were certified as National Child Passenger Safety Certification Technicians this week. Through this program from Safe Kids Worldwide they joined a team of over 41,000 nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) and will be a community advocate and resource. 

The Fire Department recently hosted “Glamour Shots” for two former street dogs available for adoption, Goldie and Hope. Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography volunteers with local rescue organizations to take special photos of animals available for adoption. She was very grateful that Chief Goudie allowed her to work in such a unique environment. Check out Goldie and Hope’s story and view more of the great photos from Tracy!
4.13.2018 Fire - Dogs
Five members tested for three new Field Training Preceptor roles at the Fire Department on Friday. The new member responsibilities will include insuring quality improvement within our programs. 

The Fire Marshal completed one plan review and four inspections. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
4.13.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
Public Works
Work continues on the Ladera development; the contractor has completed most of the paving and has installed the waterline under the railroad tracks. 

Staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Public Works staff met with several citizens regarding drainage issues.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
4.13.2018 Streets - Village Tree
4.13.2018 Streets - Lakeside
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
4.13.2018 Streets - Pothole
  • Continued to prep and power wash the pavement markings at the Fire Station and City Hall. 
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, attended Leadership Lewisville and took part in presenting their class project on Tuesday. Several guest speakers addressed the class including LISD Board President Angie Cox, City of Lewisville Councilman Neil Ferguson, and Representative Ron Simmons.
4.13.2018 Streets - Leadership Lewisville
Drainage Division
  • Deployed line locates for barrow ditch cleaning and driveway culvert replacement.
4.13.2018 Drainage - Line Locates
  • Performed water quality testing throughout the City.
  • Deployed larvacide at various locations throughout the City.
  • Hauled spoils from 5001 FM 2499 to the landfill.
  • Cleaned debris from the curb inlet behind Briarhill Middle School.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a leak on a water service tap on Remington Drive W.
4.13.2018 Utilities - Tap Saddle Repair
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
4.13.2018 Utilities - Meter Boxes 1
4.13.2018 Utilities - Meter Boxes 2
  • Dressed four areas of previous excavations and laid new sod.
  • Flushed 4,400 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 60 and 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 100 block of Trails End.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with laying new sod in a backyard easement on Gayle Lane.
  • 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
  • Replaced eight batteries.
  • Replaced one headlight and taillight.
  • Replaced front rotors and brake pads.
  • Assembled a drag mat for the ball fields.
4.13.2018 Maint - Drag Mat
  • Performed nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
4.13.2018 Maint - Service
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
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.

Gabriel Doria and Marcos Mejorado repaired a water leak at Pilot Knoll Park. They are also in the process of repairing leaks in the irrigation system on FM 2499.
4.13.2018 Parks - PK Leak
4.13.2018 Parks - 2499 Irrig
Bill Aycock and his crew installed mulch in the median on the Brazos Boulevard and adjusted the Thor Guard Lightening Prediction System.
4.13.2018 Parks - Brazos Median
4.13.2018 Parks - Brazos Thor Guard
Joey Hardin and his crew installed fibar (playground surfacing) at the Village Park playground. The playground is now open to the public!
4.13.2018 Parks - Village Park
Tony Adams and his crew pruned trees and installed mulch at Doubletree Ranch Park.  They also installed stop signs at both corners of Sellmeyer Lane at Chisholm Trail.
4.13.2018 Parks - Stop Sign
Matt Ansted attended continuing education training for his Texas Department of Agriculture Herbicide License on Thursday. 

On Friday, staff removed a tree that blew over due to strong winds on Thursday evening.  
4.13.2018 Parks - Tree Down
Saturday, April 14, 2018, was the one year anniversary of the Unity Dog Park! What a great addition to our premier park system!
4.13.2018 Parks - Dog Park
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The overnight restrooms are now open to the public. The contractor continues to work on punch list items.
4.13.2018 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. 

Matt Ansted has approved the barrier railing submittal provided by the contractor. 
4.13.2018 Parks - DRP Railing 1
4.13.2018 Parks - DRP Railing 2
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. 

Staff hosted the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation regional meeting at Doubletree Ranch Park on Wednesday. 

The NFL Youth Flag Football games take place Saturday, April 14 at Brazos Park.

The Spring Adult Kickball League continued on Wednesday at Unity Park.
4.13.2018 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 Wednesday, 18 Senior All-Stars took a trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco. Many of them enjoyed a cupcake from Silos Baking Co. and lunch at Magnolia Table. 
4.13.2018 Parks - SAS Magnolia
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
On Tuesday Kimberly Lopez, Streets Supervisor Dusty Cline, and their Leadership Lewisville classmates presented their class project. The project is to initiate discussion to drive down barriers and build a pathway for healthcare services to the underserved in Lewisville. They also met District 65 Representative Ron Simmons and City of Lewisville Councilman Neil Ferguson both of whom spoke on their experiences in government.
4.13.2018 HR - Leadership Class
4.13.2018 HR - Leadership Class Presentation
Vanesa Childers held orientation for a new employee on Wednesday.

Kimberly Lopez coordinated safety inspections with the safety committee on Wednesday. Representatives from all departments serve on the committee and conduct annual inspections which help to identify safety issues. Thank you to Dusty Cline, Billy Spencer, Justin Praesel, Charles Ciampi, Matt Ansted, Bobby Salmon, Travis Nokes, and Kimberly Lopez for your ongoing commitment to keeping employees and the residents that visit city facilities safe! 

Jana Onstead and Ken Heerman met with Jim Hubbard and Denice Thom from Higginbotham & Associates, Inc on Wednesday. Higginbotham reviews and secures competitive pricing and benefit provider options for our employees.