City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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May 07

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 10:26 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Laurie Mullens, Andrew Boyd and volunteer talent Timi Grogan were in several different Highland Village retailers videoing shots for a new series - Shopping Saturday. This new initiative is in collaboration with Timi to promote our local retailers and encourage shopping at the Highland Village business on Saturday and any other day of the week as well. 
5.4.2018 MC - Shopping Saturday
The TXFallenPD Tribute Event committee met on Thursday to continue the planning for this year’s event. A new Memorial Shirt has been designed and ordered along with “I support TXFallenPD” stickers. The shirts will soon be available for purchase!
5.4.2018 MC - Donation Sticker
Fire Department
Saturday morning A Shift visited the Kumon Math and Reading Center for their “Reward Party” to visit with the kids and celebrate a job well-done. From Kumon “The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the truck and the Firefighters.”

Tuesday the Department’s replacement pool truck had the Department decals applied.
5.4.2018 FD - 2018 Pool Truck
5.4.2018 FD - Pool Truck Decal
The regularly scheduled Siren Test was set for Wednesday but canceled due to overcast and cloudy weather conditions. 

Wednesday Chief Collier attended the weekly Public Safety Meeting with City Manager Mike Leavitt and Police Chief Doug Reim. 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Highland Village Fire Department hosted utility training conducted by Coserv Electric with their Gas and Arc Trailer.  They discussed the do’s and don’ts of handling downed power lines and natural gas leaks.  They also demonstrated how gas lines as well as above and below grade power lines were distributed throughout Denton County.  Personnel from Argyle Fire District, Lake Cites Fire Department, Flower Mound Fire Department, and Lewisville Fire Department were also in attendance and were treated to lunch by CoServ from their “Snackin’ Wagon”.   
5.4.2018 FD - CoServ1
5.4.2018 FD - CoServ2
Friday two students who won a ride to school on the engine were escorted to Highland Village Elementary School by A Shift. 

Fire Marshal Jason Collier and Volunteer Willis Sanchez completed eight inspections and four plan reviews this past week. 

The Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
5.4.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Staff met with several citizens regarding drainage issues.

Public Works met with representatives from CWD to get ready for their contract to begin in September.

Drainage Division
  • Trapped and collected Mosquito for testing at various locations in the City.
  • Installed drainage improvements in the drainage easement in the 3300 block of Mayfair. 
5.4.2018 Drainage - Mayfair
5.4.2018 Drainage - Mayfair 2
  • Check creek crossing after recent rains
  • Met with Resident in the 400 block of Merriman Dr. on drainage in the curb and gutter.
  • Treated a pool for mosquito larva at an abandoned house in the 2600 block of Woodside.
  • Met with a contractor on pond maintenance in the 2700 block of Quail Cove.
  • Met with resident on Trees in the drainage easement in the 800 block of Tartan Trail.
  • Met with resident in the 100 block of Trails End on residential barrow ditch cleaning.
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations in the City.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive. 
5.4.2018 Streets - Village Tree
5.4.2018 Streets - Lakeside Drive
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced various signs in various locations throughout the City.
5.4.2018 Streets - Sign
  • Restriped the pavement markings at the Fire Department.
5.4.2018 Streets - Fire Dept
  • Conducted pavement condition index rating on various concrete streets throughout the City. 
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively attended Supervisory Series Course in Keller. 

Utilities Division
  • Completed a repair at Lift Station 3 to replace a 90 degree elbow for Pump 2.
5.4.2018 Utilities - LS 3 Repair
  • Replaced a mechanical seal for a booster pump at Highland Shores Well Lot.
5.4.2018 Utilities - HS Pump Repair
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in a rear easement on Vista Heights Lane to verify location.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Performed annual testing of several City owned backflow assemblies.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 300 block of Tanglewood Drive.
  • Replaced a meter box for a Parks Department irrigation meter on Brazos Boulevard.
  • Assisted the Drainage Department with a back easement drainage project in the 3300 block of Mayfair Lane.
  • 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 rear brake pads & rotors
  • Repaired one tire and replaced five tires.
  • Repaired several mowers.
  • Replaced one taillight.
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
5.4.2018 Maint - Mower
5.4.2018 Maint - Service
Community Services
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 - 35
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 18
Inspections - 75

Code Enforcement
On-Site Door Hangers/Inspections - 7
Follow Up Re-Inspections - 5
Complaints - 4

Contact with five property owners for various Code violations/issues.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
On Monday, Matt Ansted and Fince Espinoza held interviews to fill a currently vacant positon.

On Tuesday, staff attended a maintenance field day in Frisco, TX that was hosted by the FC Dallas maintenance department.
5.4.2018 Parks - FC Dallas Training Day 1
Staff prepared equipment for the Highland Village Art Festival that took place on Saturday.
5.4.2018 Parks - Art Festival Equipment Prep
Staff continue to prepare all of the game and practice fields for soccer, baseball, kickball, softball and tennis league play.

All crews continue to work on maintenance tasks in their assigned areas of responsibility.

Staff filled the newly reconstructed flower bed located at the municipal service center with new plants.
5.4.2018 Parks - 948 Landscaping 1
5.4.2018 Parks - 948 Landscaping 2
Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park have been mulching the site as their schedule and weather allows.
5.4.2018 Parks - DRP Mulching
The Master Gardeners volunteer group performed maintenance on the landscape beds at Doubletree Ranch Park this week.
5.4.2018 Parks - DRP Master Gardeners
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park 
The contractor continues to work on punch list items.   

Staff continues to work on the day use restroom project. A contract has been approved and has been sent to the restroom company for execution. Staff is gathering information to create an opinion of probable cost for the replacement of the gatehouse to include an automatic firewood and ice dispensers.
5.4.2018 Parks - PK Restroom
Copperas Branch Park
Staff continues to gather quotes on having the site refurbished in order to produce an itemized opinion of probable cost for budgeting purposes.  Staff continues to coordinate with AGL Constructors regarding completing the items listed on their punch list.  

Army Corps of Engineers
Staff continue to work with the US 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 SE section of the city.
Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continues to work on the design of the track replacement.  Staff continues to coordinate with BW2 Engineers.
Brazos Park 
RL Goodson continues to work on the design for the Brazos Parking Lot Extension Project.  Staff performed a plan review of the second design submittal of the parking lot project this week.

Doubletree Ranch Park 
S & S Concrete Specialists is in the process of having the barrier railing galvanized.  S & S Concrete is planning on installing the raining next week weather pending.
Sunset Point Park
G & A Consultants continues to work on the design of the park.  Staff continues to coordinate with G & A Consultants.  
Highland Village Road Sidewalk 
BW2 Engineers continues to work on the design of the sidewalk.  Staff continues to coordinate with BW2 Engineers.
Unity Park
Halff Associates continues to work on the design of the Unity Pond Expansion Project & Unity Park Softball Field Expansion Project.  Staff continues to coordinate with the design firm.  
On Friday, city staff along with representatives from the Highland Village Area Baseball Softball Association (HVABSA) met with representatives from Halff Associates to discuss the proposed installation of a softball field at Unity Park.
Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection 
The contractor continues to work on installing piers into Copperas Lake.  The piers will support the beam and the 14’ wide pedestrian bridge that will provide a connection from the south end of Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. 
Park Shade Structures
Andra Foreman is currently working on coordinating the installation of shade structures at Unity Park (Dog Park and Exercise Equipment Areas), Lions Club Park playground, Turpin Park playground and Lower Sellmeyer Park playground. 

The NFL Youth Flag Football games take place this Saturday, May 5 at Brazos Park.
The Spring Adult Kickball League continued on Wednesday evening 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, 14 Senior All-Stars took a trip to Frisco for the RoughRiders baseball game against the San Antonio Missions. The RoughRiders lost a close one, by the score of 3-5. While the team didn’t win, the seniors who attended did enjoy their “all-you-can-eat” seats which featured hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, peanuts, and soft drinks.
5.4.2018 Parks - RoughRiders
On Thursday, the Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Rosa's cafe provided by Meals on Wheels. Following lunch, the Senior All-Stars enjoyed a game of Bingo.

Special Events
Movies in the Park will take place on May 11 and May 18 at Doubletree Ranch Park. There is no entry fee for these events and the movies will begin at dark. Concessions will be available for purchase courtesy of The Flour Shop Bakery. It is recommended that families bring chairs and blankets. The featured film on May 11 will be Nutty By Nature; on May 18 the featured film will be Coco.

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 instructor, Sangeeta Pathak. This class takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Sangeeta can be reached at

Fit4Mom is held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 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. 
5.4.2018 Parks - Camp Gladiator
5.4.2018 Parks - CG Unity
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
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in May. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Cody Cline Utility Tech III 5 Years of Service
Clinton Duke Firefighter/Paramedic 1 Year of Service
Clayton Grubbs Firefighter/Paramedic 1 Year of Service
David Harney Police Corporal 14 Years of Service
Sandra Johnson Court/Utility Billing Rep 2 Years of Service
Jose Lazo Drainage Tech III 8 Years of Service
Marcela Leggett Police Officer 5 Years of Service
Benjamin McKelvey Police Officer  1 Year of Service
Marcos Mejorado Parks Irrig/Project Specialist 8 Years of Service
Mark Stewart Assistant Police Chief 29 Years of Service

Jana Onstead and Kimberly Lopez held meetings with a committee of staff members to review demos for performance assessment software.