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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Jun 04

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 8:29 AM by Crystal Babcock

The Salvation Army stopped by City Hall on Friday morning to drop off some delicious donuts and juice for National Donut Day and to say “thank you” to the City for helping and supporting the Salvation Army. It’s a little known fact that the Salvation Army actually created National Donut Day in 1938 to help the needy during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who served soldiers in World War I.
6.1.2018 CM - Donut Day
Marketing & Communications
We are thankful for the sponsorships we have received from Anderson Roofing, Pro Tow, and Independent Bank for the TXFallenPD Tribute Event. Anderson Roofing has been a major sponsor of the event since its inception. Pro Tow will be sponsoring the Officer Hospitality Room and Independent Bank is supporting the Fallen Officer Fund. We couldn’t put on the event without the support of these businesses. There are still more sponsorship opportunities available for any entity that would like to partner with us to support the families of fallen Texas police officers.

Our bi-annual Honor our Veterans Ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 22, outside at the Veteran and Armed Forces monument adjacent to the Inland Trail. We were privileged to honor three distinguished Veterans including Mr. Louis Fausak (Army 1961 - 1975), Mr. Bradley Tesch (Navy 1966 - 1969), and Mr. Robert Allen Vale (Navy 1948 - 1955).
*Pictured below: Mr. Fausak and family (Left); Mr. Vale and family (Right); Mr. Tesch was unable to attend. 
6.1.2018 MC - HOV Fausak
6.1.2018 MC - HOV Vale
On Tuesday, May 22, Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended the ribbon cutting for Bank of the West in Flower Mound and the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Laurie and Crystal also represented the City and the HVBA at the LISD Business Partnership Thank You luncheon on Wednesday, May 30.
Fire Department
Last weekend all three shifts were on hand at Walmart to Fill the Boot for Muscular Dystrophy. Due to the generosity of Highland Village residents and surrounding citizens the Fire Department raised more than $4,600! Thank you to the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association for coordinating the fundraising drive.
6.1.2018 FD - MDA1
6.1.2018 FD - MDA2
On Wednesday Volunteer Willis Sanchez and Assistant Chief Jason Collier completed several inspections of local businesses. In total, 13 inspections were completed over the week.

Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the annual McAuliffe Elementary School volunteer appreciation breakfast on Wednesday. 

Kindergarten students from Highland Village Elementary toured the Fire Department on Wednesday morning. C Shift was there to show them around and explain some of their duties and responsibilities.  

The Department had the following Calls for Service this past week:
6.1.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Police Department
The Highland Village Police Department went to the Texas Motor Speedway on May 19 for the Lone Star Corvette Classic Car Show. They raised over $2,400 for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund! Officer Sullivan, Auxiliary Artham, PSO Jones, Corporal Harney, Sergeant Pittinger, and Commander Schlichter volunteered to sell Memorial Shirts and take donations for this great cause.
6.1.2018 PD - TMS1
6.1.2018 PD - TMS2
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects. They also took a field trip to inspect the streets that are scheduled to be rebuilt.

Staff met with citizens regarding drainage issues.

Public Works staff inspected Unity Park in preparation of Celebrate Highland Village.

Streets Division
  • Began concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
6.1.2018 Streets - Hillside
  • Completed concrete street repairs on Silverthorne Court.
6.1.2018 Streets - Silverthorne
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series Course in Keller.
  • Staff participated in Careers on Wheels at Highland Village Elementary.
6.1.2018 Streets - Career Day
  • The Streets Division participated in the North Texas Backhoe Road-E-O. Several of our technicians went home with door prizes, and David Gonzalez claimed the title of “Best Overall Equipment Operator” for 2018!
6.1.2018 Streets - Backhoe Rodeo1
6.1.2018 Streets - Backhoe Rodeo2
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
6.1.2018 Drainage - Mosquito
  • Laid sod in the 600 block of Hidden Oak Court after completing drainage improvements. 
  • Performed lawn maintenance around the pond behind Walmart. 
  • Performed water quality testing throughout the City.  
  • Removed leaves and debris from the drainage flume at 948 Highland Village Road.
  • Extended a French drain through the curb to eliminate standing water in the 300 block of Shady Bend Court. 
  • Graded a barrow ditch in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane to flow and laid sod.
6.1.2018 Drainage - Tanglewood1
6.1.2018 Drainage - Tanglewood2
  • Hauled spoils from 5001 FM 2499 to the landfill.
  • Met with contractors regarding removal of a tree located in the 3000 block of FM 2499.

Utilities Division
  • Oak Street and Lake Vista Well Lots were put into service to supplement the rising water demand.
  • Excavated and repaired two water main breaks on Woodland Drive and S Clearwater Drive.
  • TV inspected a water main to verify location of a tee in the 100 block of S Clearwater Drive. 
6.1.2018 Utilities - Water TV Inspection
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 700 block of Eringlen Lane.
6.1.2018 Utilities - SS Repair
  • Poured nine yards of concrete for a storage pad at Lake Vista Well Lot.
6.1.2018 Utilities - LV Pad
  • Dressed two areas of previous water and sewer line repairs and laid new sod.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
  • Replaced a curb stop on Remington Drive E.
  • 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 three batteries.
  • Repaired one flat and replaced two tires.
6.1.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced the charge guard on a Police unit. 
  • Cleaned and serviced four A/C units.
  • Replaced the air cleaner assembly on a mower.
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
Parks and Recreation were busy this week in preparation for Celebrate Highland Village. Executing this event is a team effort and a prime example of teamwork! We would also like to thank Public Works, the Fire Department, and the Police Department for their help as well!
6.1.2018 Parks - CHV1
6.1.2018 Parks - CHV2
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contract for the Day Use Restroom Project has been executed. Staff is in the process of reviewing the preliminary set of plans. Once complete, 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.  
6.1.2018 Parks - Copperas1
6.1.2018 Parks - Copperas2
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, they are currently surveying the existing park and trail.  

Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to work on the design for the Parking Lot Extension Project. Staff is reviewing the final version of the construction documents. 

Sunset Point Park
G&A Consultants is updating the construction documents for Sunset Point Park.
Highland Village Road Sidewalk
Staff met with BW2 Engineers to review the preliminary sidewalk layout. With the layout defined in more detail, BW2 will submit another layout for staff to review. 

Unity Park
Halff Associates continue to work on the designs for the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects. Beginning next week they will begin performing soil boring around the ponds and proposed softball field area (eight bores in total). 

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.