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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Jul 16

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 9:01 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Andrew Boyd and Crystal Babcock have been filming interviews for the three Nonprofit of the Year finalists. The Highland Village Business Association produces a short video for each finalist that will ultimately be shared with them for marketing purposes. The Nonprofit of the Year will be announced at the Unity in Communities joint luncheon on July 24. More information, including how to register for the luncheon, can be found here

We couldn’t put together the TXFallenPD Tribute Event without the support of sponsors like Walmart Highland Village. Because of sponsors like Walmart, we are able to sell the Memorial Shirts with 100% of the money raised ($20 each) going directly to the Fallen Officer Fund. We are so thankful for your support Walmart Highland Village!
7.6.2018 MC - Walmart
Fire Department
Following weeks of dry, humid weather the Fire Danger in the City was raised to “High.” The Fire Department continues to monitor this situation and thankfully there were not any incidents over the 4th of July holiday.

On Monday, C Shift was dispatched to a possible house fire. They assessed the situation, placed a fan at the front door to clear the odor and haze, and cleared the scene when no further hazards were found.   

Also on Monday, Medic 481 provided mutual aid on a structure fire in Little Elm.

B Shift was dispatched to Walmart for a small fire on Wednesday. The situation was quickly brought under control and they cleared the scene without further incident.

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

This week, the Fire Marshal completed 23 inspections.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
7.6.2018 FD - Calls
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and storm water issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineering, Inc. to discuss the Capital Improvement Projects.

Public Works staff met with BW2 and CoServ to discuss electrical power needs at Lift Station #2. 

The Community Development Division met with a potential developer for 2444 Justin Road, in the Celebrations Village development.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Woodhollow Drive and Hillside Drive.
7.6.2018 Streets - Woodhollow
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced several signs throughout the City. 
7.6.2018 Streets - Sign
  • Removed several down trees throughout the City.
7.6.2018 Streets - Tree
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for West Nile Virus testing as part of our Mosquito Surveillance Program.
  • Deployed larvacide to control mosquito larva at various location throughout the City.

Utilities Division
  • Installed a new 1,500 gpm distribution pump at the FM 407 Well Lot. 
  • Excavated for a valve repair on South Clearwater Drive. 
7.6.2018 Utilities - Clearwater
  • Continued valve inspections per TCEQ mandate and the City’s Valve Maintenance Program.
  • Installed a new level transmitter at Lift Station #5.
  • Excavated and repaired a water main break on Hickory Ridge Drive.
  • 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
  • Repaired a punctured tire.
  • Performed eight preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Replaced the two front tires and a marker light on the fire engine.
  • Repaired the entrance gate at the Service Center.
  • Removed decals and special equipment from Police Department VIP car so that it can be removed from the City’s fleet and sent to auction. 
7.6.2018 Maint - Maintenance
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Staff at Unity Park prepared the fields for the second week of American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance (AAYBA) tournament play which will begin on July 8. The AAYBA is a national youth baseball World Series tournament that is hosted by Lewisville, LISD, Flower Mound, and Highland Village.
7.6.2018 Parks - Unity Fields
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance at all parks.

Park Projects
Pilot Knoll Park
The contract has been executed for the Day Use Restroom Project. Staff continues to coordinate with the vendor to finalize the construction documents. 

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. Work on the restroom building is currently underway as well as patching the asphalt road and parking lot. We hope to have Copperas Branch Park open in July pending any delays.
7.6.2018 Parks - Copperas
Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the track replacement.  

Brazos Park 
Bids for the Parking Lot Extension Project were submitted on Tuesday. Staff has reviewed the submissions and will be making a recommendation to City Council.  

Sunset Point Park
G&A Consultants has submitted the preliminary construction documents for staff to review. 
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. 

Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection
The southern section (south of the pond) is 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. She is in the process of executing the construction agreement.

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, 44 Senior All-Stars enjoyed chicken parmigiana, Asian salad, bread, and apple pie from Meals on Wheels. Bingo was held after lunch.
7.6.2018 Parks - Bingo
Special Events
This was the fourth week of Kids Kamp at Briarhill Middle School. This week’s theme was Wacky Random Week! We had 38 Kampers experience trips to Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, and swimming at the CORE in Coppell.
7.6.2018 Parks - Nature1
7.6.2018 Parks - Nature2
On Tuesday, staff cooked hot dogs and Kona Ice served up snow cones for Kampers at Unity Park! After lunch, the counselors took on the Kampers in a game of kickball! 
7.6.2018 Parks - Grill
7.6.2018 Parks - Snow
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. 
7.6.2018 Parks - KK
Upcoming Special Events
On Saturday, July 21, the first Concert in the Park of the season will be held at Doubletree Ranch Park. The Bamboo Boat Band will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. The band specializes in Caribbean and Jimmy Buffet music. Concert in the Park is a free event, concessions will be available for purchase from The Flour Shop, and the splash pad will remain on until 9:00 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for the entire family to enjoy an evening outdoors! 
7.6.2018 Parks - Concerts
Community Education Classes
On Monday, SpeakSmart for Young Minds was held at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. This six-week course helps children develop public speaking and leadership skills. Week three curriculum included effective body language and leadership skills training through role playing as an “Emcee.” Each participant also gave a speech to close out the class. 
7.6.2018 Parks - SpeakSmart
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

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.; at Doubletree Ranch Park on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:45 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.
7.6.2018 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.
7.6.2018 Parks - SUP