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 30

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 30, 2018 at 8:07 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
On Monday the Highland Village Lions Foundation presented the Parks and Recreation Department with a check to fund the two shade structures at the Unity Park Dog Park. The proceeds raised through the Highland Village Lions Balloon Festival are used to support local non-profits and special Highland Village parks projects. The dog park shade structures will be ordered and installed within 8 to 16 weeks.
4.27.2018 MC - Lions Club Donation
The Highland Village Area Baseball and Softball Association was featured on KXAS Channel 5 news this week. News anchor Mark Fein interviewed HV 8U Premier player Ranger Robinson at Unity Park ballfield. Ranger has Neurofibromatosis (NF) and is a miracle story from the original diagnosis and was never believed to play baseball again. The HVABSA raised $1,000 for the NF Foundation and the teams will be playing in the Tear the Cover off Cancer Tournament May 5-6.
4.27.2018 MC - HVABSA 1
4.27.2018 MC - HVABSA 2
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, Crystal Babcock, Jana Onstead, and Don Strange attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. This event was the graduation ceremony and class project presentation for the Leadership Lewisville Class 32. Kim Lopez and Dusty Cline graduated INTO leadership.
4.27.2018 MC - Leadership Lewisville
Fire Department
The Fire Department hosted a Managing Company Tactical Operations (MCTO) class this week. MCTO is an eight day class taught by TEEX instructors through Texas A&M comprised of four two-day classes that are attended by Fire Department employees from across the state. 

Chief Brad Goudie, Assistant Chief Jason Collier, Police Chief Doug Reim, and Assistant Police Chief Mark Stewart attended the area-wide active threat meeting at the Lewisville Training Center. 
Deputy Fire Chief Travis Nokes and Firefighter/Paramedics Derek Doyle and Taylor Proefrock attended the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis. Attendees from all over the world came to the conference for fire service training and exhibitions. 

Chief Collier attended a Texas Commission on Fire Protection committee meeting in Austin on Thursday.  

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
4.27.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Staff met with citizens regarding drainage issues.

Public Works staff attended the Leadership Lewisville graduation.

Streets Division
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced stop signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
4.27.2018 Streets - Village Tree
4.27.2018 Streets - Lakeside
  • Removed a concrete mountable curb assist from Kingwood Court.
4.27.2018 Streets - Kingwood
  • Conducted pavement condition index rating on various concrete streets throughout the City. 
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, graduated from the Leadership Lewisville program on Tuesday.
4.27.2018 Streets - Leadership Lewisville
Drainage Division
  • Checked and cleaned creek crossings at various locations following the storms on Wednesday.
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 100 block of Cedar Drive.
  • Began a drainage project in the 3300 block of Mayfair Lane. 
  • Collected mosquitos at various locations throughout the City.
  • Removed leaves from drainage culverts throughout the City.

Utilities Division
  • The Utilities Division welcomed a new employee, Jorge Hernandez, who started as a Utility Tech I.
  • Began a project to replace a 90 degree elbow for Pump 2 at Lift Station 3.
4.27.2018 Utilities - LS 3 Repair
  • Performed grease trap inspections as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main on Rockland Drive to find depth and location.
4.27.2018 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Made repairs to three fire hydrants on Spring Hollow Court and Chapel Springs Drive.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a back easement drainage project on the 3300 block of Mayfair 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 three batteries.
  • Replaced four tires and repaired a flat. 
  • Performed nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced the battery charger and trailer plug on the brush truck.
  • Replaced the high side A/C line and condenser on a medic. 
4.27.2018 Maint - Medic
Community Services Division
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 - 16 
Permits Issued - 57
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 22
Inspections - 88

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 at their assigned areas of responsibility. 
4.27.2018 Parks - Maint1
4.27.2018 Parks - Maint2
Staff continues preparing all of the game and practice fields for soccer, baseball, kickball, softball, and tennis league play.
4.27.2018 Parks - Field Maintenance1
4.27.2018 Parks - Field Maintenance2
On Monday Sunny Lindsey, Darla Pyron, Phil Lozano, Matt Ansted, and Fince Espinoza visited with staff from the City of Grapevine to discuss their implementation of a digital work order system.

Gabriel Doria and Marcos Mejorado have repaired damaged irrigation at the Municipal Service Center.

On Tuesday Matt Ansted, Gabe Doria, Phil Schmidt, and Marcos Mejorado attended laser grading training.
4.27.2018 Parks - Training
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contractor continues to work on punch list items to finish the overnight restroom project. They have also installed the benches in both shower areas.   

Staff continues to work on the day use restroom project. The contract has been approved and returned to the contractor for execution. 

Also, staff is gathering information to estimate probable costs for the replacement of the gatehouse to include automatic firewood and ice dispensers. 

Copperas Branch Park
Staff is in the process of gathering quotes to have the site refurbished in order to produce an itemized probable cost for budgeting purposes. They have also been coordinating with AGL Constructors regarding the completion of punch list items.

Army Corps of Engineers 
Staff is working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to establish an amendment to the current USACE lease for Copperas Branch Park to coincide with the recently realigned city limit at the southeast section of the City.

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 fabricated guardrails are being galvanized 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.

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.

Park Shade Structures
Andra Foreman is coordinating the installation of shade structures at Unity Park (in the dog park and exercise equipment areas), Lions Club Park playground, Turpin Park playground, and Lower Sellmeyer Park playground. Staff is currently reviewing the contract.

The new Recreation Intern, Bryce Reed, began work this week. Bryce is a senior at the University of North Texas majoring in Recreation, Events, and Sports Management. Some of Bryce’s job tasks will include planning special events, assisting with Senior All-Star programming, and conducting surveys in the parks.
4.27.2018 Parks - Bryce Reed
Adam Richter and Andra Foreman attended Sport Management School in Arlington. 

The NFL Youth Flag Football games took place Saturday, April 28 at Brazos 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

Last Friday, 26 Senior All-Stars took a trip to the Bluebonnet Trails Festival in Ennis. Attendees enjoyed vendors, live music, and several miles of Bluebonnet flowers. 
4.27.2018 Parks - Bluebonnets
Special Events
The Highland Village Art Festival is on Saturday, May 5 at The Shops at Highland Village. We’ll have displays from over 30 outstanding gallery quality artists, artist demonstrations, live music and entertainment, and interactive children’s art activities. 
4.27.2018 Parks - Art Festival
Movies in the Park return in May to Doubletree Ranch Park! Come enjoy a free movie under the stars on May 11 for The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and May 18 for Coco. Concessions will be available for purchase courtesy of The Flour Shop Bakery. Grab your family, chairs, and blankets and head out to Doubletree Ranch Park! Movies will begin at dark.

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. 
4.27.2018 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.
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez graduated from Leadership Lewisville on Tuesday. This nine month program was developed by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce to equip and strengthen community leadership skills.
4.27.2018 HR - Kim Leadership Lewisville Graduation
Jana Onstead and Kimberly Lopez met with representatives from Cigna and Higginbotham on Wednesday for a mid-year review of our benefits.