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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May 21

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:24 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Rock ‘N Ice House in The Marketplace at Highland Village is our Foodie Friday restaurant this month. We teamed up with Jay Marks to showcase Highland Village eateries and learned all about Thai style ice cream from Rock ‘N Ice House manager Selina Ton. Stop in and try some rolled ice cream for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!
5.18.2018 MC - Foodie Friday
The newly designed TXFallenPD Memorial Shirts have arrived and are now available for purchase – thanks to our Memorial Shirt sponsors, Anderson Roofing and the Lone Star Corvette Club. The Memorial Shirts can be purchased at the Police Department for $20, or you can get a shirt and support sticker combo for $25. All proceeds from the sales of the Memorial Shirts go to the Fallen Officer Fund.
5.18.2018 MC - Corvette Club
5.18.2018 MC - Memorial Shirt
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber monthly luncheon on Tuesday. 

Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Thursday. Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber Board of Directors meeting on Friday. 
City Secretary 
Last week, Mayor Charlotte Wilcox, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Councilmembers Mike Lombardo, Fred Busche, and Daniel Jaworski, along with Assistant City Manager Ken Heerman, Human Resources Director Jana Onstead, and Information Services Director Sunny Lindsey attended the Denton County 26th District Fly-In hosted by Congressman Michael Burgess, MD. City and business leaders were invited to attend the event, which included updates from Congressman Burgess. The event also provided our City Council the opportunity to attend briefings and learn of federal legislation that may impact our state and local economy. Speakers included House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Director of Congressional Relations Scott Mason, and Department of Energy Chief of Staff Brian McCormack. Attendees also had the privilege of visiting the Library of Congress.
5.18.2018 CS - Burgess
5.18.2018 CS - Questions
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects.

Staff met with citizens regarding drainage issues.

Public Works staff met with CWD and Waste Management to discuss the solid waste transition.

Staff met to discuss the City Works PLL integration of Code Enforcement.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Silverthorne Court. 
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5.18.2018 Streets - Silverthorne2
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Village Tree Drive and Lakeside Drive.
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5.18.2018 Streets - Lakeside2
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series Course in Keller. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Cleared blockages and trees for better flow in the creek behind the houses in the 600 block of Hidden Oak Court.
5.18.2018 Drainage - Hidden Oak 1
5.18.2018 Drainage - Hidden Oak 2
  • Deployed locate flags for barrow ditch cleaning in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane.
  • Met with Pond Medics regarding clearing the weeds and moss from the ponds located at Walmart and Quail Cove.
5.18.2018 Drainage - Quail Cove Pond
  • Met with a resident in the 300 block of Whittier Street regarding failing driveway culverts and barrow ditch cleaning. 
  • Mowed and cut down weeds at the Southwood Material Storage site.

Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak in the 600 block of Highland Hills Lane.
5.18.2018 Utilities - Water Service Repair-001
  • Flushed 3,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 60-day sewer line maintenance.
  • Dressed one area of a previous water service line repair and laid new sod on Remington Drive West.
  • Began constructing two large concrete pads at the Lake Vista Well Lot for water and sewer parts storage. 
5.18.2018 Utilities - LV Pads
  • Replaced the mechanical seal on Pump 2 at the Highland Shores Well Lot.
  • Performed maintenance on the BEACON water meter system.
  • Replaced both checks in the domestic double check valve assembly at the Fire Department.
  • 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
5.18.2018 Maint - Service
  • Recharged three A/C units.
  • Replaced four tires and repaired one.
  • Replaced two batteries. 
  • Replaced the license plate light on a vehicle.
5.18.2018 Maint - Light
  • Performed three state inspections and one alignment.

Community Services Division
Final inspection letters are being sent out to contractors that have pulled roofing permits but have not had their final inspection.

A bathroom renovation permit was issued for Heritage Elementary School. 

Roofing permits for Heritage Elementary School, Briarhill Middle School, and McAuliffe Elementary School were also issued. 

Froyo Joe’s is officially open. They are located at 2540 Justin Road, Suite 195.

Onyx Nail Bar in The Shops at Highland Village (by Shoal Creek Tavern) opened on May 1. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 15 
Permits Issued - 32
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 12
Inspections - 77

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

Staff at Unity Park are preparing the site for Celebrate Highland Village.  
5.18.2018 Parks - Pond Maint
Staff at Doubletree Ranch Park performed various maintenance tasks in preparation for the Movies in the Park.
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The Denton County Master Gardeners performed landscape maintenance on the butterfly gardens around the Doubletree Ranch Park barn.
5.18.2018 Parks - Master Gardeners
Staff at Pilot Knoll Park updated the signage at the boat ramp and parking lot areas and assisted with tree maintenance.
5.18.2018 Parks - PK Sign
5.18.2018 Parks - PK Tree
Bill Aycock and his crew performed tree maintenance on the Brazos Boulevard median and along the District Trail. 
5.18.2018 Parks - Brazos Median
5.18.2018 Parks - Tree Maint
Staff is in the process of researching electronic light towers versus traditional diesel fed light towers. The electronic light towers are smaller and lighter than traditional light towers. One person can move them as opposed to needing a vehicle with a hitch to move the traditional light towers.  
5.18.2018 Parks - Tower1
5.18.2018 Parks - Tower2
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
Staff continues to work on the Day Use Restroom Project. The day use restroom will be identical to the Lakeside Community Park restroom.

The contractor working on the Overnight Restroom Project is finalizing the punch list items. A final walkthrough has been scheduled for next week.

Copperas Branch Park
Staff is proceeding with the Copperas Branch Park Remediation Project. They are coordinating with the Army Corps of Engineers, TxDOT, and AGL Constructors to complete the items on their punch list. We are hoping to have Copperas Branch Park open by mid-summer, pending weather and construction related delays.

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 third design submittal for this project. 

Sunset Point Park
G&A Consultants continue to work on the design of Sunset Point Park.  Staff reviewed the project manual and returned it to G&A Consultants. 

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. Gabe Doria met with a representative from Halff Associates on Friday to coordinate the locations for soil boring. 

Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection
The contractor continues to work on the pedestrian bridge crossing Copperas Lake that will connect 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 Spring Adult Kickball League continued on Wednesday at Unity Park.
5.18.2018 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 Thursday, 31 Senior All-Stars enjoyed chicken spaghetti, salad, bread, and apple pie from Meals on Wheels. Following the lunch, five Senior All-Stars stayed to watch Red, a 2010 action comedy featuring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.
5.18.2018 Parks - Meals on Wheels
Special Events
The final Movies in the Park event took place Friday at Doubletree Ranch Park. Attendeees enjoyed a free movie under the stars with Coco
5.18.2018 Parks - Movies
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.
5.18.2018 Parks - CGDRP
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.