City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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May 14

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 8:21 AM by Crystal Babcock

I met with Zach Flores, State Representative Ron Simmons’ Chief of Staff, on Friday to discuss potential legislative issues coming up in the next legislative session beginning in January 2019. 
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 Learn at Lunch held on Tuesday.

Streets Division
  • Began concrete street repairs on Silverthorne Court.
5.11.2018 Streets - Silverthorne1
5.11.2018 Streets - Silverthorne2
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
5.11.2018 Streets - Pothole
  • Trimmed trees in various locations throughout the City.
  • Conducted pavement condition index rating on various concrete streets throughout the City.
  • Several Street Technicians enrolled in various developmental courses with the National Highway Institute. 
  • Completed the pavement markings at the Municipal Complex and the Fire Department.
5.11.2018 Streets - City Hall
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitos for testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Laid sod after completing the drainage easement improvements in the 3300 block of Mayfair Lane.
5.11.2018 Drainage - Mayfair
  • Met with a resident in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane regarding ditch maintenance.
  • Repaired a drainage grate behind the houses in the 3100 block of Southwood Drive.
  • Met with a contractor about cutting down dead trees in the 3000 block of FM 2499/Long Prairie Road. 
  • Performed retention pond maintenance in the 3000 block of FM 2499/Long Prairie Road.
5.11.2018 Drainage - Pond
  • Performed barrow ditch maintenance behind the houses in the 2700 block of Quail Cove.
  • Deployed locate flags for a headwall repair behind the houses in the 600 block of Hidden Oak Court.
  • Repaired the drainage culvert in the 4100 block of Abigail Drive.
5.11.2018 Drainage - Abigail
  • Performed drainage easement maintenance in the 100 block of Trails End.
5.11.2018 Drainage - Trails End
Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Merriman Drive.
5.11.2018 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main on Merriman Drive and one sewer service on Remington Drive West.
5.11.2018 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Excavated a sanitary sewer service stub out to verify depth for a new house being built on Rockland Drive.
  • Flushed 2,600 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Performed meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Performed annual testing of several City owned backflow assemblies.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with laying new sod 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
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one taillight.
  • Repaired one tire and replaced five tires.
5.11.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced an over flow reservoir.
5.11.2018 Maint - Tank
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All crews continue to perform maintenance at their assigned areas of responsibility.  

Staff continues preparing all of the game and practice fields for soccer, baseball, kickball, softball, and tennis league play.

Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park performed various maintenance tasks on Monday to prepare for the Movies in the Park series.
5.11.2018 Parks - DRP Spray
5.11.2018 Parks - DRP Mulch
Bill Aycock and his crew installed engineered wood fiber at the Lions Club Park and Turpin Park playgrounds on Wednesday. The engineered wood fiber is added to playgrounds when the surfacing does not meet impact attenuation standards set by the American Standard of Testing Materials (ASTM 1295-04). By maintaining these standards, the possibility of being injured from a fall is lowered. 
5.11.2018 Parks - LC Wood Fiber
Matt Ansted coordinated the removal of a dead tree overhanging the trail adjacent to Wichita Forest. Wichita Forest is a US Army Corps of Engineers property that is classified as an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA). That means that any tree felled for safety reasons must remain on the forest floor as shelter for different types of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Also, fireflies require decaying logs to complete their life cycle! Without fallen logs, many of these creatures could not exist.
5.11.2018 Parks - Tree Removal
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contractor continues to work on punch list items to finish the overnight restroom project.

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.

Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado met with representatives from CoServ Electric on Thursday to assist them in locating the conductors that feed the parking lot security lights.
5.11.2018 Parks - CoServ 
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 reviewed the second design submittal for this project. 
Doubletree Ranch Park
The fabricated guardrails have been installed and the splash pad is now open on the weekends!
5.11.2018 Parks - DRP Rail
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. 

Parks Director Phil Lozano met with the City of Rowlett Parks and Recreation Director, Angela Smith, earlier this week to discuss the Pecan Grove community built playground. Phil and Angela discussed several key factors that influenced the success of the project as well as some of the challenges.
5.11.2018 Parks - Rowlett Mtg
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. 

The NFL Youth Flag Football games took place Saturday, May 12 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

Special Events
Movies in the Park returned to Doubletree Ranch Park Friday, May 11 and again next Friday! Come enjoy a free movie under the starso on May 18 with 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. 

The Highland Village Art Festival took place last Saturday, May 5 at The Shops at Highland Village. We had great weather for the 50 outstanding gallery quality artists, artist demonstrations, live music and entertainment, and interactive children’s art activities. 
5.11.2018 Parks - Art Festival1
5.11.2018 Parks - Art Festival2
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. 
5.11.2018 Parks - CG1
5.11.2018 Parks - CG2 
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.
5.11.2018 Parks - SUP