City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Jun 11

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 11, 2018 at 11:59 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The Highland Village Business Association Community Coffee was held on Thursday this week. Representative Ron Simmons was our featured speaker. The audience of about 45 received an update on the upcoming Texas Legislative session and priority issues. 
6.8.2018 MC-HVBA Ron Simmons
Crystal Babcock attended the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference in Georgetown this week. At the conference the City of Highland Village was presented the TAMI Award for the Unity in the Communities luncheon in the Best Recurring Special Event category for populations under 100,000 and the Foodie Friday videos received the Award of Honor recognition. We are very proud of the work Crystal Babcock and Andrew Boyd do for the City and it is great to receive confirmation of their hard work with these awards! 
6.8.2018 MC-Crystal TAMI Award
6.8.2018 MC-Foodie Friday
Fire Department
The Fire Department was out at Unity Park for the annual Celebrate Highland Village.  They provided EMS support and reported no heat-related emergencies.
6.8.2018 FD-medic at CHV
On Wednesday morning, Chief Brad Goudie and Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the NCTTRAC (North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council) committee meetings.  They both attended the Cardiac session. This committee is responsible for development of an acute cardiac care system for TSA-E (Trauma Service Area – Region E).  They also attended the Stroke session in which the committee is responsible for developing an Acute Stroke System Plan and regional guidelines for TSA-E.  Chief Brad Goudie was also in attendance for the EMS session which coordinates and improves pre-hospital patient care within the TSA-E.  Chief Brad Goudie attended the NCTTRAC committee meetings on Tuesday afternoon as well.

A-Shift conducted Fire Safety Training at Trinity Wellness Center on Wednesday morning.  In the afternoon, they attended the annual McAuliffe Elementary School Rock and Run event.  All the outgoing 5th graders got a good soaking to cool them off.

B-Shift participated in joint Aerial Operations training with Flower Mound Truck 501 crew at the Unity Water Tower.
Chief Brad Goudie, Assistant Chief Jason Collier and Deputy Chief Travis Nokes attended the Denton County Chiefs’ Meeting on Thursday in Denton.

We want to welcome Charlene Seidl to the Fire Administration team.  She is currently training with our outgoing Administrative Assistant Sheri Duderstadt, who is leaving us to join the Finance Department. 
6.8.2018 FD-New Administrative Assistant Charlene Seidl
Monthly storm siren testing was completed on Wednesday and a few problems were found. We expect to have technicians out to correct these issues and conduct additional testing in the future to make sure everything is in working order.
6.8.2018 FD-siren testing
Blue Goose Cantina stopped by the station on Thursday afternoon to drop off some water and Gatorade for our First Responders. 
6.8.2018 FD-Blue Goose donation
Assistant Chief Jason Collier as the Fire Marshall completed 7 inspections of local businesses.

The Department had the following Calls for Service this past week:
6.7.2018 FD-Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with BW2 Engineering to discuss ongoing projects. 

The Idlewild Water Tower Painting project is complete including the new logo. 
6.8.2018 PW-water tower
Public Works staff met with several residents to discuss drainage improvement and the upcoming street project. 

Public Works performed a preliminary walk-thru on the Ladera Highland Village development. The project is substantially complete but there are still a number of small things to be finished. 

Drainage Division
  • Trapped and collected mosquitos for testing at various locations in the City. 
6.8.2018 PW-Mosquito
  • Hauled spoils from 5001 FM 2499 to landfill.
  • Deployed mosquito larvacide in the 600 block of Creek Place.
  • Treated abandoned swimming pool for mosquito larva in the 500 block of Medina.
  • Treated abandoned swimming pool for mosquito larva in the 100 block of Glasgow Ct.
  • Treated abandoned swimming pool for mosquito larva in the 100 block of Villa Park.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitos in the 200 block of Sellmeyer.
  • Graded 386 feet of barrow ditch to flow at the intersection of Whittier and Longfellow.
6.8.2018 PW-whittier 1
6.8.2018 PW-Whittier 2
  • Back filled low area in the drainage easement in the 4100 block of Abigail Drive.

Street Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive. 
6.8.2018 PW-Hillside Drive
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Lakeside Drive.
  • Assisted Utilities Division with a saw cut on Rockland Drive. 
6.8.2018 PW-Rockland
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Power-washed a paint spill that occurred on Silverthorne Trail. 
6.8.2018 PW-Paint on Silverthorne
  • Met with contractors to discuss the removal of several trees in the City’s dedicated right of way. 
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended Supervisory Series Course in Keller. 

Utilities Division
  • Installed a new sanitary sewer tap and service line for a new house in the 300 block of Rockland Drive. 
6.8.2018 PW-Sewer Tap
  • Installed a rebuilt pump at Lift Station 3. 
6.8.2018 PW-Pump Install
  • TV inspected a storm drain to investigate the cause of a sink hole.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as part of a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Continued forming a second concrete pad for water and sewer parts storage at Lake Vista Well Lot.
  • Flushed 2000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 Day Sewer Line Maintenance. 
  • Performed water meter turn offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Tested several City owned backflow assemblies per TCEQ mandate.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
  • 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 seven tires.
6.8.2018 PW-Tire
  • Repaired three flats.
  • Performed 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
6.8.2018 PW-service
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Installed turf tires on a tractor for the Parks Department.
  • Repaired two weed eaters and an edger.

Community Development
  • Six New Residence permits were issued for Ladera of Highland Village
  • CO’s issued for Highland Village Counseling located in the District 
  • Final Inspection letters are being sent out to contractors and property owners that have pulled roofing permits but have not had a final inspection completed.

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
  • Plans reviewed - 21
  • Permits issued to contractors/homeowners - 41   
  • Permit applications accepted/submitted for review - 18
  • Permit Inspections - 89

Code Enforcement
  • Seven or so On-site Door Hangers/letters
  • Five follow-up re-inspections
  • Four complaints
  • Contact with five homeowners/commercial property owners for various code violations/issues
Parks and Recreation
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, 27 Senior All-Stars enjoyed the Meals on Wheels lunch. The menu consisted of chicken and fish from Chicken Express. Following lunch, Bingo was offered.

Special Events
The Celebrate Highland Village Festival took place on Saturday, June 2 at Unity Park. The morning events consisted of the Celebrate Highland Village 1K and 5K, Family Fish Out and the Arbor Day Proclamation. At the Family Fish Out, prizes and trophies were awarded to those who caught the “first fish” and “longest fish”. At the Arbor Day Proclamation, 100 Texas Red Oak saplings were handed out.  In the evening, attendees enjoyed live music from Decades Band, food vendors, Kid Zone activities and a Fireworks display. Food vendors included: Verf’s Grill & Tavern, Rambling Roast, Sweet Pop Kettle Corn, Kona Ice & Carnival Catering. The Kid Zone featured several inflatables, mini carnival rides, Bubbleball soccer, face painting, and magician shows.
6.8.2018 PR-CHV KidsZone
6.8.2018 PR-CHV Fireworks
The sponsors who helped make this event possible included: Sigma Print Co., Western Enterprises, Inc., DATCU Credit Union, CoServ, The Shops at Highland Village, Denton County Transportation Authority, Ben E. Keith Beverages, North Texas Child Magazine, Gronberg Orthodontics, Atmos Energy, ELAN Flower Mound, Dogtopia of Highland Village, Camp Gladiator, Cross Timbers Gazette, Marcus High School Cross Country & GymGuyz.

Kids Kamp will start on Monday, June 11 and will be held at Briarhill Middle School. This 8 week program will feature organized games, activities, arts and crafts, and field trips. The Kamp is offered Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. –  6:00 p.m.
6.8.2018 PR-Kids Kamp Signs
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. 

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 T 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 now open on the weekends! 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.

Park Staff
This week, staff performed routine maintenance at all parks.  They have also been aerating at Unity Park after the Celebrate Highland Village event, landscaping and performing maintenance on the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park.  Staff has also set out signs and assisted the recreation division in moving supplies to our Highland Village Kids Kamp.  Staff at the Highland Village Tennis Center removed a limb that fell due to the storms that passed through the city this week.
6.8.2018 PR-Unity Park Aeration
6.8.2018 PR-DRP Splash Pad Maintenance
The splash pad is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. weather pending.  You can check the status of the splash pad at 

Park Projects
Staff continues to proceed of with the Copperas Park Remediation Project.  The removal of dead trees and trimming up the rest of the trees has been completed.  The dome post replacement mowing and asphalt sealing will begin the following week.  The goal is to have Copperas Branch Park open by mid-summer pending any delays. 

On Thursday, Phil Lozano and Fince Espinoza met with representative from with US Army Corps of Engineers, TxDOT and AGL Constructors regarding the Copperas Park mitigation items. 
6.8.2018 PR-Copperas Mitigation Meeting 2
BW2 Engineers continues to work on the design of the track replacement.  They continue to survey the existing park/trail.
RL Goodson continues to work on the design for the Brazos Parking Lot Extension Project.  Staff is in the process of reviewing the final version of the construction documents (CD’s).
G & A Consultants continue to update the contract documents (CD’s) for the park project.  
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the preliminary layout of the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project.
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.  

The southern section (south of the pond) has been closed to the public due to the construction of the pedestrian trail that is going to connect to the park.  The connection is anticipated to be completed by September of this year.  The pedestrian bridge will provide a connection from the south end of Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. 

Andra Foreman is continues to work 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.  She is in the contract review process. 

The contract has been executed for the Day Use Restroom Replacement Project.  Staff is in the process of reviewing the preliminary set of plans.  The Day Use Restroom will be identical to the restroom that is currently at Lakeside Community Park.
Human Resources
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and live by the values and mission that has been set forth.  Please join in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with  anniversaries in June.  Thank you for your dedication to our community!

Matthew Ansted - Parks & Trails Superintendent - 1 year
Lance Beasley - Utility Tech II - 4 years
Jered Cameron - Police Sergeant - 14 years
Robert Doyle Jr - Police Lieutenant - 18 years
Wesley Fiddes - Sr Animal Control Officer - 4 years
Dayne Flock - PT Gate Attendant - 5 years
Joseph Hardin - Parks Crew Leader - 17 years
David Huntley - PT Campground Host - 6 years
Sunny Lindsey - Director of Information Services - 6 years
Angela McClure - PW Administrative Assistant - 8 years
Heather Miller - Assistant Finance Director - 11 years
Jorge Ponce - Parks Tech I - 3 years
Jane Ponder - Accounting Specialist - 30 years
Lisa Rutherford - Communications Officer - 1 year
Manuel Sullivan - Police Officer - 6 years
Brandon Watson - Police Officer - 1 year                                                                                                   
New Fire Administrative Assistant, Charlene Seidl, started on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  Please join in welcoming her to the City.

An employee meeting was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.  Mayor Wilcox attended to thank everyone for their hard work at Celebrate Highland Village this past weekend.  Updates were provided by the departments.  
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Kimberly Lopez held a conference call on Wednesday morning with a representative from Lattice regarding performance assessment software.

Kimberly Lopez made preparations for the Benefit Fair next week.

On Monday Vanesa Childers met with the 2018 Kids Kamp Counselors to complete hiring paperwork.