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 24

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 8:14 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The Cross Timbers Gazette and Bob Weir hosted a City Council candidate forum on Monday evening. The event was held in the Council Chambers and televised live on HVTV and the city website. The Forum was replayed on HVTV and can be viewed at any time on the city website or at this link.
4.20.2018 MC - Candidate Forum
Early voting begins Monday, April 23 and runs through May 1. During Early Voting, registered voters may vote at any Denton County Polling site, including the Highland Village Municipal Complex. Early voting dates and times are:
Monday, April 23 - Saturday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 1 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A groundbreaking event was held for Ladera Highland Village on Thursday. John and Steve Delin of Integrity Group, Commissioners Bobbie Mitchell and Andy Eads, Mayors Charlotte Wilcox and Sue Tejml, and I spoke to the future residents and others who attended the event. Ladera Highland Village, the City’s first 55 community, will provide 102 homes in an affordable price range for the active adult. The development will include an activity center, open spaces, and trails. The infrastructure is in place and new home construction will begin soon. Not only is the gated community an asset for the City, but the development brought about the completion of the Utility CIP program to loop water mains for fire flows by partnering with Integrity Group to install the last section of the water main from their development, under the KCS Railroad to Castlewood Boulevard. More noticeably to the future residents is the installation of a quiet zone railroad crossing on Chinn Chapel Road adjacent to the Ladera development. The road project, funded by Denton County, is complete and the quiet zone is constructed. The engineering firm is in the process of contacting the railroad and submitting the required application to activate the zone crossing.
4.20.2018 MC - Ladera Groundbreaking
4.20.2018 MC - Chinn Chapel Silent Crossing
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber monthly luncheon on Tuesday at the Courtyard Marriott in Flower Mound.
Public Works
Public Works staff attended the groundbreaking for the Ladera development. The contractors are set to begin construction on the amenities center soon and will start building houses as well. They have pre-sold 35 homes.

Staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Public Works staff met with several residents regarding drainage issues.

Streets Division
  • Met with residents to discuss street and drainage concerns. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
4.20.2018 Streets - Village Tree
4.20.2018 Streets - Lakeside
  • Reset concrete blocks to maintain material storage at Southwood.
4.20.2018 Streets - Southwood
  • Removed large tree limbs from the right-of-way near Nowlin Drive and Highland Village Road.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Conducted pavement condition index rating on various concrete streets throughout the City. 
  • Public Works attended the Work Zone Traffic Control: Certified Flagger course on Thursday and Friday.
4.20.2018 Streets - Training
Drainage Division
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 100 block of Cedar Drive.
  • Installed a new driveway culvert in the 200 block of Meadowbrook Drive.
4.20.2018 Drainage - Meadowbrook
  • Deployed line locates in the 3300 block of Mayfair Lane for drainage easement improvements.
  • Located storm water infrastructure in the 4000 block of Barton Creek.
  • Collected mosquitos at various locations throughout the City.
  • Removed leaves from drainage culverts throughout the City.

Utilities Division
  • Relocated a water service out of a driveway about to be built in the 600 block of Sugarloaf Court.
4.20.2018 Utilities - Service Relocate
  • Entered the wet well at Lift Station 3 to begin repairs on a 90 degree elbow at the bottom of the pit.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA metering system.
  • Dressed one area of previous excavation and laid new sod.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 100 block of Trail End.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a bar ditch maintenance project on Cedar Drive.
  • 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 a radiator.
4.20.2018 Maint - Radiator
  • Repaired one tire and replaced six tires.
  • Replaced one wheel.
  • Replaced two headlights.
  • Performed 14 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All crews continue to perform maintenance at their assigned areas of responsibility.  
Fince Espinoza taught the April safety training on chainsaw safety. He went through the proper way to use a chainsaw when cutting and general maintenance of equipment.
4.20.2018 Parks - Training
Abraham Yakes, Gabe Doria, and Marcos Mejorado removed shrubs and repaired a leak at the 948 Service Center. We hope to replant what was lost due to the repair in the coming weeks.
4.20.2018 Parks - Irrig Leak
Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado repaired a wall at the Pilot Knoll Gatehouse to help with rodent control.
4.20.2018 Parks - PK Wall
Tim Oliver sprayed City Hall as well as the soccer field and Grand Lawn at Doubletree Ranch Park for broadleaf weeds.

Park staff completed their summer planting of all annual beds. Keep an eye out for the Salvia, Shasta Daisies, Russian Sage, Lantana, and Vincas to bloom.
4.20.2018 Parks - Summer Color
Bill Aycock and his crew finished mulching the median at Brazos to help with weed control.
4.20.2018 Parks - Brazos Mulch
Phil Schmidt and his crew removed a shade cover at the Unity Park baseball fields due to wind damage. The new cover will have to be made prior to being re-installed.
4.20.2018 Parks - Shade Cover
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contractor continues to work on punch list items to finish the overnight restroom project.

Copperas Branch Park
Staff is coordinating with AGL Constructors to restore the park to its previous condition. They are working on final quotes to have the area cleaned as well as installing bollards.

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
The fabricated guardrails for the splash pad have been approved. They are now being sent off for galvanization and will be installed once that process is complete. 

Sunset Point Park
G&A Consultants continue to work on the design of Sunset Point Park. 

The NFL Youth Flag Football games take place Saturday, April 21 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 Thursday, 25 Senior All-Stars enjoyed pulled pork, coleslaw, and cookies from Meals on Wheels. Following lunch, four Senior All-Stars stayed to watch The Man Who Knew Too Much. 

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. as well as on Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
4.20.2018 Parks - CG
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.