City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jul 16

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 9:34 AM by Crystal Babcock

Fire Department
On Tuesday, B-Shift conducted a station tour for Primrose Daycare.  Approximately 15-20 children were able to learn about fire safety and see the “inner” workings of a Fire Station.

On the following day, Primrose invited C-Shift to join them for a Fire Department Appreciation Breakfast.

At Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, the two newest members of the Fire Department, Michael Ford and Ryan Snider were sworn in by Mayor Wilcox.
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Thursday, A-Shift conducted weekly blood pressure checks at the Senior Center.

This week, the Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
7.13.2018 FD-Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with several residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, retaining wall and storm damage issues.

Public Works staff met with representatives from BW2 to discuss various projects.

Public Works staff and Parks staff met to review the preliminary plans for Unity Park.

Drainage Division
  • Trapped and collected Mosquito for testing at various locations in the City.
  • Installed new drainage culverts at the Copperas Branch Park. Installed precast headwalls and poured footers for the other culvert.  
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  • Cleaned creek crossings after recent rains.
  • Met with a resident in the 3400 block of Bentley Court on mosquito issues.

Streets Division
  • Completed concrete repairs on Hillside Drive and Woodhollow Drive.
  • Completed concrete sidewalk repairs on Inverness Circle and High Chapel Court.
7.13.2018 Street-Inverness
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  • Started locating and saw cutting asphalt failures to prepare for the 2018 overlays throughout the Willow Creek Estates subdivision. 
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  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced several signs in various locations throughout the City.
  • Supervisor Layne Cline attended Supervisory Series Course in Keller.
  • Responded to emergency hydraulic oil spill along Highland Village Road. 
  • Nortex Concrete Lift and Stabilization came to stabilize several locations throughout the City. 
7.13.2018 Street-Nortex
  • Met with Centerline Supply to discuss and display new modifications and procedures made for the paint sprayer.   
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Utilities Division
  • Continued new distribution pump installation at FM 407 Well Lot. 
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  • Relocated water line parts at Lake Vista to better organize for inventory counting.
7.13.2018 UT-Organizing
  • Valve maintenance is underway.  Crews are out verifying valves are up to grade and able to be operated. 
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  • Crews continued fire hydrant painting. 
7.13.2018 UT-Hydrant
  • Assisted with oil spill cleanup on Highland Village Road. 
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  • Located four areas of water and sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Responded to three Eye On Highland Village resident concerns.
  • Replaced a backflow preventer and courtesy valve that were removed by plumbers on Marchwood.
  • Disconnected water service to 11 delinquent water accounts.
  • Finished flushing and sampling dead-end mains as part of TCEQ mandated program.
  • Replaced deteriorated meter boxes as part of our annual meter route inspections.
  • 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.
  • One tire replaced one tire repaired.
  • One front end alignment.
  • Three vehicle registration renewals.
  • Two state inspections.
  • One head light replaced.
  • One battery replaced.
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Community Development
Issued a Certificate of Occupancy for Wood House Day Spa located at 4081 Waller Creek, Suite 120.

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 18
Permits Issued - 25    
Permit Applications Received - 32
Permit Inspections - 35

Code Enforcement 
On-Site Door Hangers/Letters - 7
Follow-Up Re-Inspections - 5
Complaints - 4
Contact made with five property owners for various code violations/issues.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Staff at Unity Park has prepared the baseball fields at Unity Park for the AAYBA’s (American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance) second week of tournament play.  This week is the final week of tournament play.  Staff will perform routine off season maintenance beginning next week.
Joey Hardin and Scott Strasser performed maintenance at Pilot Knoll Park. Staff performed trail maintenance on Copperas Trail.  
7.13.2018 Parks-Pilot Knoll Maintenance
7.13.2018 Parks-Copperas Trail Maintenance
Staff repaired the pond fountain at Village Park and also coordinated a transfer pump repair at Doubletree Ranch Park.  The transfer pump transfers water from Copperas Lake to the pond at Doubletree Ranch Park for the reclaimed water irrigation system. 
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7.13.2018 Parks-DRP Pond Pump
Park Projects
Staff continues to proceed of with the Copperas Park Remediation Project and are currently working on the restroom building.  A contractor continues to patch the asphalt roads and parking lots.  The goal is to have Copperas Branch Park open by the end of July pending any delays. 
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Park staff continue to coordinate with the Texas Department of Transportation, US Army Corps of Engineers and AGL Constructors to finalize a punch list.
BW2 Engineers continues to work on the design of the track replacement.  
Staff has sent the contract to the contractor for execution.  Staff will issue a notice to proceed when the contract is completely executed by all parties.    
G & A Consultants continue to work on the preliminary design of the park.
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 hosted a meeting regarding the softball field and pond project.  

The southern section of the park (south of the pond) continues to be closed to the public due to the construction of the pedestrian bridge trail connection.  The connection is anticipated to be completed by September of this year.  The pedestrian bridge will provide a connection from the southern section of Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station.  
7.13.2018 Parks-Copperas Lake Ped Bridge
 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.  The contract has been signed by the contractor and is now submitted for city staff execution. 
The contract has been executed for the Day Use Restroom Replacement Project.  Staff continues to coordinate with the restroom vendor to finalize construction documents.  

The summer youth basketball games will take place on Saturday, July 13 at Briarhill Middle School.
Adult Kickball games took place on Wednesday evening at Unity Park.

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, 20 Senior All-Stars attended the Lunch and Learn sponsored by OLLI at UNT. OLLI stands for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Representatives from OLLI and Councilmember Fred Busche were in to discuss the various programs that are offered through the organization. The seniors enjoyed Olive Garden as they listened to the presentation. 

Special Events
The fifth week of Kids Kamp was held at Briarhill Middle School. The theme this week was “Adventure Week”. Sixty-five Kamp participants experienced trips to the following places: Nickel Mania, Jump Street Plano, Eureka 2 Park in Denton, and Swimming at Old Town in Lewisville. 
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7.13.2018 Rec-KK Jump Street Pic
Kids Kamp is offered Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. until Friday, August 3. Each week will feature organized games, activities, arts and crafts, and field trips. 
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Upcoming Special Events
On Saturday, July 21, the first Concert in the Park event 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. There is no charge for the concert. Concessions will be available for purchase from the Flour shop. The Splash Pad will be available until 9:00 p.m.

Community Education Classes
On Monday, SpeakSmart for Young Minds was held at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. SpeakSmart for Young Minds is a six-week course that helps children develop public speaking and leadership skills. The final class of the session will take next week where all of the students will provide a speech and receive feedback from those in attendance. 

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 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 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Doubletree Ranch Park. Evening classes are held on Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
7.13.2018 Rec-Camp Gladiator July 13
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.
7.13.2018 Rec-Pickelball pic
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.
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez and Vanesa Childers attended a Fisher Phillips luncheon in Dallas on Wednesday.

On Thursday Jana Onstead and Kimberly Lopez met with the City’s loss control representative from Texas Political Subdivision, Katherine Culver.  They discussed work comp claims experience.