City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jun 18

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 8:27 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
School is officially out for summer and Doubletree Ranch Park is quite the popular place. This month’s Foodie Friday segment features the Flour Shop Snack Bar at Doubletree Ranch Park. What better way to entertain the kids and cool off from the summer heat than the splash pad and a snow cone, soft serve ice cream, or a delicious Flour Shop Bakery treat!
6.15.2018 MC - Foodie Friday
Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock hosted a planning meeting for the Unity in Communities luncheon to be held on Tuesday, July 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn. This is a joint event between the Highland Village Business Association, the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce to showcase the non-profit organizations in our community and select a Non-Profit of the Year. Highland Village produces the marketing and print material for the event as well as the videos for the three finalists. This year’s theme is “Building Communities in the Hearts of Texans.”

Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Friday. 
Fire Department
On Tuesday the Fire Department gave our two new Council Members, Jon Kixmiller and Robert Fiester, a tour of the Fire Station.  

The Early Outdoor Warning Sirens were tested on Tuesday to ensure that all repairs had been completed and that the sirens were in working order. 

C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center on Thursday. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
6.15.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Public Works
Streets Division
  • Completed concrete sidewalk repairs on Eringlen Lane.
6.15.2018 Streets - Eringlen
  • Began concrete street repairs on Woodhollow Drive.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Hillside Drive.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with laying new sod on Dickinson Drive. 
6.15.2018 Streets - Assist Drainage
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Removed several trees out of the rights-of-way on Brazos Boulevard and Craig Circle.
6.15.2018 Streets - Brazos Tree
  • Conducting signs and pavement markings inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Removed weeds and debris from the drainage culvert in the 500 block of Lake Vista Drive.
  • Repaired the drainage culvert in the 2800 block of Woodhollow Drive.
  • Performed barrow ditch maintenance behind the houses in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
  • Watered the new sod that was laid in the 300 block of Whittier Street after cleaning the barrow ditch. 
6.15.2018 Drainage - Whittier
  • Graded the drainage easement to flow in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive.
6.15.2018 Drainage - Dickinson1
6.15.2018 Drainage - Dickinson2
  • Removed dirt and debris from the concrete flume in the 2800 block of Butterfield Stage Road.
6.15.2018 Drainage - Butterfield
  • Mowed the creek behind the houses in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
6.15.2018 Drainage - Duvall
Utilities Division
  • Flushed 3,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 Day Sewer Line Maintenance at Park Lane and Sellmeyer Lane.
  • Unstopped one sanitary sewer lateral in the 2400 block of Shadow Vale Court.
  • Replaced two curb stops on Winding Creek Drive and Lake Heights Court.
  • Tested several City owned backflow assemblies per TCEQ mandate.
  • Poured a second concrete pad for water and sewer parts storage at the Lake Vista Well Lot.
6.15.2018 Utilities - LV Pad
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
6.15.2018 Utilities - FH Painting
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with laying new sod on Dickinson Drive.
  • 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.
6.15.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced six tires and repaired two.
  • Replaced one battery. 
6.15.2018 Maint - Battery
  • Performed five state inspections.
  • Replaced three headlights.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance at all parks as well as maintaining and monitoring the splash pad.  

Staff has been performing athletic field maintenance while the leagues are in their off season.  

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contract has been executed for the Day Use Restroom Project. The Day Use Restroom will be identical to the Lakeside Community Park restroom.

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 finalize the punch list. The dome post replacement, mowing, and asphalt sealing portions of the project are scheduled to proceed this month. We hope to have Copperas Branch Park open in July pending any delays.

Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the track replacement, they are in the process of surveying the current park and trail. 

Sunset Point Park
G&A Consultants continue to update the contract documents for Sunset Point Park. 
Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the preliminary layout of the sidewalk.

Unity Park
Halff Associates continue to work on the designs for the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects. Staff is coordinating with the design firm. The soil boring has been completed. 

Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection
The southern section (south of the pond) has been closed to the public due to the construction of the pedestrian bridge. The connection is anticipated to be complete in September and will provide access from 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 summer Adult Kickball League began on Wednesday at Unity Park.

Summer youth basketball games begin Saturday, June 16 at Briarhill Middle School.

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 Wednesday, 16 Senior All-Stars took a trip to Winstar Casino.
6.15.2018 Parks - SAS Winstar
On Thursday, 22 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a Lunch and Learn presented by Trinity Wellness Center. Dr. Michelle D. Martz discussed Spine Health and Good Nutrition as we age. The Senior All-Stars enjoyed a healthy lunch of fruit, deviled eggs, chicken salad, and an asparagus dish.
6.15.2018 Parks - Lunch and Learn
Special Events
Kids Kamp officially kicked off on Monday, June 11 at Briarhill Middle School! The theme this week was Nature Week. Kamp participants took field trips to Eureka 2 Park in Denton, Doubletree Ranch Park, Grapevine Botanical Gardens, and The CORE in Coppell.
6.15.2018 Parks - Kids Kamp1
6.15.2018 Parks - Kids Kamp3
Kids Kamp is offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. until Friday, August 3. Each week features organized games, activities, arts and crafts, and field trips. 
6.15.2018 Parks - Kids Kamp2
Community Education Classes
Sew Fun Camp took place this week at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Participants learned about safety and operation of sewing machines, sewing techniques, and how to make fun crafts. The next Sew Fun class will be held the week of July 9.
6.15.2018 Parks - Sew Fun
The American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR Class also took place this week at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Participants in this class learned skills on how to be a responsible babysitter and how to properly care for children and infants. This class will be offered throughout the summer the weeks of June 25, July 9, July 23, and August 6.

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. 

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 now open on 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.
Human Resources
Human Resources hosted the annual Benefit Fair for employees and their families on Wednesday. The theme this year was “Fit Fab Lab” and 88 employees attended! This event provides an opportunity for employees to talk to our various benefit providers as well as gather information regarding health and wellness. A health screening was also held before the Benefit Fair where 81 employees participated. Members of the benefit committee and staff help plan, set up, and clean up for this event - we could not do it without their help! Special thanks go to Charles Ciampi, Jason Collier, Karen Bradley, Carolyn Britton, Autumn Aman, Scott Strasser, Cory Gullo, Dusty Cline, Todd Hutson, Frank Furche, Richard Smith, and Sam Smith.
6.15.2018 HR - Benefit Fair1
6.15.2018 HR - Benefit Fair2
Jana Onstead attended a budget meeting on Tuesday to review the department’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) representative, Colin Davidson, met with employees on Tuesday afternoon to answer questions regarding retirement. Colin also attended the Benefit Fair on Wednesday. 

ICMA representative, Eunice Brogdon, met with employees on Monday to go over 457 and Roth IRA accounts. Eunice also attended the Benefit Fair on Wednesday. 

Nationwide representative, Michelle Diaz, met with employees on Thursday to go over 457 and Roth IRA accounts. Michelle also attended the Benefit Fair on Wednesday.

Jana Onstead attended the Municipal Human Resources Alliance meeting on Thursday in Watauga. Topics covered this month included compensation adjustments for the upcoming year, random drug screens, and overtime for seasonal employees.