City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Jun 25

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 8:28 AM by Crystal Babcock

This week has been a busy week of budget meetings for all departments in preparation for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Each department is charged with the task of creating their budget and presenting it to the leadership team. I would like to say a huge thank you to Mayor Wilcox for her willingness to attend every meeting! 
Marketing & Communications
Wednesday evening’s storm moved through the city around 9:30 p.m. The storm produced approximately 50mph winds. This caused substantial damage to many trees. City crews responded by cutting up approximately 35 trees which three of them fell on vehicles and caused minor damage. Public Works, Police, and Fire worked extremely well together and had all public rights-of-way cleared in approximately three hours. We had 15 roadways impacted by downed trees. City crews have removed the trees and limbs that were blocking roadways. The individual homeowner is responsible for removal of trees and limbs on their property. We have coordinated with Waste Management for three roll-off dumpsters to be placed at the Southwood Well Lot located at 5001 Village Parkway. The dumpsters will be delivered on Friday and removed on Tuesday. We have also informed our residents of the guidelines set by Waste Management if they choose to wait for Monday’s yard waste pickup. Those guidelines are per the residential service agreement and can be found on the city website. 

A new video segment highlighting the shopping opportunities in Highland Village will debut next week. Shopping Saturday will feature Timi Grogan sharing special finds at retail locations throughout our City. Laurie Mullens, Andrew Boyd, and Timi Grogan were at the Painted Tree Marketplace on Wednesday for this first video. 
6.22.2018 MC - Shopping1
6.22.2018 MC - Shopping2
Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday. Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Thursday.
Fire Department
On Saturday, June 16, B Shift responded to a two-story residential fire. Mutual aid was provided by Flower Mound, Lewisville, Lake Cities, and Little Elm Fire Departments. Also there to assist were the Highland Village Police and Public Works Departments. The Lewisville Fire Department Rehab team took care of all departments on scene. Thankfully, there were no injuries or loss of life to the citizens or responders.
6.22.2018 Fire - House Fire
The Brush Truck and Engine responded to a mutual aid grass fire with Flower Mound on Sunday, June 17. All hotspots were extinguished and the Fire Department cleared the scene.

Highland Village experienced some severe wind damage from a passing storm on Wednesday. The Fire Department worked with Police, Dispatcher, and the Streets Division to get the roadways cleared and assess the damage.

The monthly CPR/AED class was held on Wednesday with nine participants. The next class will be on July 18.

The Fire Marshall completed 26 business inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
6.22.2018 Fire - Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and storm damage issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 to discuss various projects.

Public Works staff met with CoServ to discuss installing a street light on Highland Village Road at the IH 35 Frontage Road intersection. 

Staff met with the Information Services Department to discuss adding Code Enforcement to CityWorks.

Public Works staff performed a storm damage assessment after the storm Wednesday night.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Woodhollow Drive and Hillside Drive. 
6.22.2018 Streets - Hillside1
6.22.2018 Streets - Hillside2
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Inverness Circle. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
6.22.2018 Streets - Potholes
  • Removed several trees out of the rights-of-way in various locations throughout the City.
6.22.2018 Streets - Potholes
  • The Streets Division is conducting signs/pavement markings inventory and replacement schedule throughout the entire City. 
  • Crew Leader, Robert Lively, attended the Supervisory Series Course in Keller.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Fogged for adult mosquitoes and deployed larvacide in the 3400 block of Mayfair Lane.
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive.
  • Installed a 6” drainage pipe and replaced the sidewalk in the 400 block of Rembert Court.
6.22.2018 Drainage - Rembert1
6.22.2018 Drainage - Rembert2
  • Deployed locates flags for a new drainage culvert to be installed in the 100 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Cleaned the creek crossings after the recent rains.
  • Deployed wattle to stop runoff from a house fire in the 3000 block of Lake Creek Drive.
  • Deployed locate flags in the 400 block of Rembert Court for a sidewalk repair.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a leak on a water service in the 900 block of Inverness Circle.
6.22.2018 Utilities - Service Leak
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 2700 block of Creekside Way.
  • Repaired a fire hydrant at Lakewood Court and Lakeside Drive.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as part of a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Completed testing all City owned backflow assemblies per TCEQ mandate.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA system.
  • Located two areas of water and sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes.
6.22.2018 Utilities - Meter Box Replacing
  • 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.
6.22.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced one tire and repaired one.  
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Performed four state inspections.
  • Repaired a hydraulic leak.
6.22.2018 Maint - Hydraulic
  • Made repairs to a mower deck.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance at all parks including irrigation repair. 
6.22.2018 Parks - Irrigation Repair
Staff has been performing athletic field maintenance and preparing for the American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance (AAYBA) tournament taking place June 23 to 28 and July 7 to 12 at Unity Park.
6.22.2018 Parks - Unity Baseball
Staff continues to maintain and monitor the splash pad.

Staff has been working to clean up debris from the storm on Wednesday.

The Master Gardeners of Denton County performed maintenance and plantings at Doubletree Ranch Park.
6.22.2018 Parks - Master Gardeners
Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contract has been executed for the Day Use Restroom Project and staff is currently reviewing the preliminary set of plans. 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. 

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. 

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 contract has been sent to the vendor to be executed.

The summer Adult Kickball League took place on Wednesday at Unity Park.

Summer youth basketball games took place Saturday, June 23 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 Thursday, 36 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Meals on Wheels. The menu included Asian chicken wraps, potato salad, along with cake and cookies for dessert! Following lunch, eight Senior All-Stars stayed to watch Rebecca, a 1940 mystery-thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Special Events
On Friday, June 15, the first Date Night at Doubletree event was held at the Doubletree Ranch Park Barn. Instructor Sarah Walker hosted three couples who participated in Craft Night. Each couple left with “His” and “Her” towel holders for the bathroom. The next Date Night at Doubletree will be Trivia Night on Friday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.

This was the second week of Kids Kamp at Briarhill Middle School. This week’s theme was Mad Scientist Week. We had 64 Kampers experience trips to the UNT Planetarium Sky Theatre, Perot Museum, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and Swimming at Old Town in Lewisville. 
6.22.2018 Parks - KK1
6.22.2018 Parks - KK2
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.
6.22.2018 Parks - KK3
Community Education Classes
On Monday, SpeakSmart for Young Minds was held at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. This is a six-week course that helps children develop public speaking and leadership skills. Week one curriculum included introduction to leadership, introduction to a proper professional handshake, aspects of conducting a good speech, as well as introduction to body language and vocal variety. The eight participants also gave a 30 second impromptu speech to close out the class. 
6.22.2018 Parks - SpeakSmart
The American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR Class will be offered throughout the summer the weeks of June 25, July 9, July 23, and August 6 at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

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. 
6.22.2018 Parks - CG
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.
6.22.2018 Parks - SUP
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez attended the Society of Human Resources annual conference and exposition this week. While there she met Jerry the Minion!  
6.22.2018 HR - Kim SHRM
Friday was “Take Your Dog to Work Day!” City offices really went to the dogs!
6.22.2018 HR - TYDTW Anstead
6.22.2018 HR - TYDTW Onyx Reed
6.22.2018 HR - TYDTW Skye Cline
6.22.2018 HR - TYDTW Lola
6.22.2018 HR - Daisy and Biscuit Onstead