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 23

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 8:10 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The Highland Village Police Department lip sync video is complete and has received a lot of great comments and likes! Accepting the challenge by the Flower Mound Police Department, our police officers worked with Andrew Boyd, Laurie Mullens, and volunteer Timi Grogan to put a fun video together. This was a multi-department project, with Fire, Parks, Utilities, and even Mayor Wilcox getting in on the action! If you haven’t watched the video yet, I encourage you to do so. Just go to the Police Department Facebook Page or our YouTube page, watch the video, and like it! We can all use a break and a little laughter. Thank you to all who were part of this video project! 
7.20.2018 MC - LSPD
7.20.2018 MC - LSFD
On Thursday afternoon a TXFallenPD Tribute Event planning meeting was held. The event has received many sponsorships but is still in need of a sponsor for the Chip Timer and Event Signage. Memorial Shirt sales have increased this year with the new shirt design. You can purchase a Memorial Shirt and Supporter sticker for $25 at the Police Department, all proceeds go directly to the Fallen Officer Fund. You can also help sponsor the event, make a donation, or contribute a special item to the online auction. Just visit for the details.

Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting on Thursday.
Public Works 
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, retaining walls, and storm damage issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineering, Inc. to discuss various projects.

Public Works staff assisted with getting the water back on at City Hall.

Streets Division
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Completed concrete sidewalk repairs on Rembert Court.
7.20.2018 Streets - Sidewalk
  • Began asphalt street repairs on Addison Drive, Clearwater Drive, Rockland Drive, and Scenic Drive.
7.20.2018 Streets - Addison
7.20.2018 Streets - Clearwater
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City. 
  • Inventorying school zone sign beacons and hardware before school begins in August. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
7.20.2018 Drainage - Mosquito
  • Poured the headwalls on a new drainage culvert at Copperas Branch Park.
7.20.2018 Drainage - Copperas
Utilities Division
  • Investigated a service line leak at City Hall and devised a way to keep the building with water while repairs were made.
  • Continued installing a new distribution pump at the FM 407 Well Lot.
  • Repaired a fire hydrant at the Idlewild Elevated Storage Tank.
  • Continued valve maintenance to ensure valves are up to grade and able to be operated.
  • Repaired a water main break in the 600 block of Highland Hill Lane.
7.20.2018 Utilities - Main Break
  • Flushed 1,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines performing sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced a ring and lid on a sanitary sewer manhole in the 2900 block of Hillside Drive.
7.20.2018 Utilities - MH Repair
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA system.
  • Located one area of water and sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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 seven preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced the spare tire on Skywatch.
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Replaced the chain on the entrance gate at the Service Center.
  • Replaced hallway lights at City Hall and the Police Department with energy efficient LED lights.
  • With a great deal of help from the Utilities Division, we were able to supply the Municipal Complex with water in a timely manner after uncovering a leak in the main water supply pipe leading into the building. We would like to send a big thank you to everyone that helped with this!
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Staff at Unity Park are in maintenance mode following the conclusion of the American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance (AAYBA) tournament. They are preparing the fields for games that begin in August.
7.20.2018 Parks - Unity Park Maint
Joey Hardin and Scott Strasser have been performing maintenance at Pilot Knoll Park. 
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7.20.2018 Parks - PK Maint2
Staff at Marauder Park began trimming the trees to provide a better line of site to the pond and to provide easier access.
7.20.2018 Parks - Marauder Trees
The Denton County Master Naturalists performed landscape maintenance at the butterfly garden at Doubletree Ranch Park.
7.20.2018 Parks - Master
Some of the Parks Department staff participated in filming for the Police Department’s Lip Sync challenge video on Monday. It was great to see several departments contributing and helping out with this community outreach program! 
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7.20.2018 Parks - Lip Sync2
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 and boat dock is currently underway. The asphalt contractor has patched the roads and parking lot areas. Next, they will prepare the areas to be sealed then the parking lots will be painted. We hope to have Copperas Branch Park open by the end of July pending any delays.
7.20.2018 Parks - Copperas
Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the track replacement.  

Brazos Park 
Staff has sent the contract to the contractor for execution. Once it is executed, staff will issue a notice to proceed. 

Sunset Point Park
G&A Consultants continue to work on the design of the project. Parks staff held a plan review meeting to provide comments to the design firm. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the preliminary layout of the sidewalk. They are currently surveying Highland Village Road. 

Unity Park
Halff Associates continue to work on the designs for the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects. Staff hosted a meeting with them to review the project. 
7.20.2018 Parks - Unity Mtg
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. The contract has been signed by the contractor and returned for City staff to execute. 

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

Summer youth basketball games took place Saturday, July 21 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

Last Saturday, 11 Senior All-Stars went on a trip to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie to experience horse racing, which they enjoyed from the comfort of their climate controlled grandstand seats. They munched on a box lunch with a deli wrap, pasta, chips, house baked cookies, and unlimited soft drinks. 
7.20.2018 Parks - SAS Lone Star Park
On Thursday, 40 Senior All-Stars enjoyed chicken salad, Caesar salad, and cookies and ice cream sandwiches for dessert provided by Meals on Wheels. After lunch, several All-Stars stayed to watch Clue in the boardroom.

Special Events
This was the sixth week of Kids Kamp at Briarhill Middle School. This week’s theme was Arts Week! We had 65 Kampers experience trips to Back to Rock, Cinemark 8 Movies, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and The CORE in Coppell. 
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7.20.2018 Parks - KK3
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.
7.20.2018 Parks - KK2
Last Friday, six couples attended Date Night at Doubletree in the Barn for Trivia! The couples enjoyed tacos and the winning couple took home a trophy! The next Date Night at Doubletree event will be on Friday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. for Game Night.
7.20.2018 Parks - DateNite1
7.20.2018 Parks - DateNite2
Saturday, July 21, was the first Concert in the Park of the season at Doubletree Ranch Park. The Bamboo Boat Band took the stage at 7:00 p.m.

The Concert in the Park series 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! 

Community Education Classes
On Monday, the final SpeakSmart for Young Minds class was held at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. This six-week course culminated with each participant providing a speech in front of the other students and family members. 
7.20.2018 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.
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7.20.2018 Parks - CG2
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 40 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.
7.20.2018 Parks - SUP