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 31

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 8:08 AM by Crystal Babcock

Mayor Wilcox and I attended a DCTA luncheon round table discussion on Thursday along with the Mayors and City Managers from both the City of Denton and the City of Lewisville as well as each board representative from the member cities. It has been several years since the member cities have had the opportunity to meet and discuss issues concerning the operations of DCTA. The luncheon was an educational opportunity to understand revenue allocations for service, a discussion on the policy governing potential new member cities entering the agency, and discussion on potentially bringing back the ELAP program. All parties agreed to have another meeting with the member cities in the near future. 
Marketing & Communications
On Tuesday, the Highland Village Business Association along with the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce hosted the annual Unity in Communities luncheon. This yearly event showcases our local nonprofits and provides attendees an opportunity to learn ways they can volunteer/donate to these organizations. As part of the event, one nonprofit is named Nonprofit of the Year - the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year is Denton County Friends of the Family! From their humble beginnings with two paid staff members in 1980 to over 70 employees today - their core belief remains the same. They are dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by abuse and violence while partnering with the community to promote safety, healing, and prevention.
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7.27.2018 MC - UIC Winner
Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to attend the Unity in Communities luncheon. Our community is truly a better place because of the nonprofits that serve here!
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Crystal Babcock attended an Education Committee meeting at the Flower Mound Chamber on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming LISD school year.

Laurie Mullens attended Certified Public Communicator training at Texas Christian University this week. This is a two year program that meets twice at TCU, with coursework to be completed throughout the entire two years. 
Fire Department
On Saturday, July 21, A Shift responded to a mutual aid structure fire in Lewisville. While on scene, the Argyle Fire Department filled in at Highland Village.

Chief Goudie attended a Mass Casualty Training Exercise in Grapevine on Tuesday. 

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

Chief Nokes attended Live Drill Training for an Active Shooter Scenario on Thursday. 

Chief Collier was in College Station this week teaching at the Annual Fire School.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
7.27.2018 FD - Calls
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 met with CWD to discuss logistics for the commercial dumpster swap to take place in August.   

Staff attended a Capital Advisory Committee meeting at the UTRWD to discuss regional water projects.

Streets Division
  • Completed concrete sidewalk repairs on Rembert Court.
7.27.2018 Streets - Rembert
  • Continued asphalt street repairs that need to take place prior to the streets being overlayed on Addison Drive, Cannon Lane, Kelda Lane, Leslie Lane, Louise Lane, and Patricia Lane.
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with an emergency saw cut and completed asphalt street repairs at Sellmeyer Lane and Doubletree Drive.
7.27.2018 Streets - Doubletree
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City. 
  • Met with Consolidated Traffic Control to discuss updates and repairs for school zone sign beacons. 
  • Technicians Odilon Benitez, Ben McEnroe, and David Gonzalez completed enforcement training to become Certified Stormwater Inspectors. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
7.27.2018 Drainage - Mosquito
  • Cleaned the drainage easement in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard.
7.27.2018 Drainage - Castlewood
  • Cleaned the concrete flume in the 500 block of Sage Court. 
  • Cleaned the WYE inlet at the end of Ayrshire Drive. 
7.27.2018 Drainage - Ayrshire
  • Hauled spoils from the material bins at 5001 FM 2499.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired five water main breaks on Sellmeyer Lane, Oak Forest Drive, Willow Way, Highland Hills Lane, and Meadowlark Lane.
7.27.2018 Utilities - Main Break
  • Representatives from Vermeer Equipment demonstrated a new vacuum truck and hydro-excavated a main break in the 500 block of Willow Way.
7.27.2018 Utilities - Vermeer
  • Layne Texas removed the well pump at the FM 407 Well Lot and delivered it to their shop for repairs.
7.27.2018 Utilities - Layne Texas
  • Continued a new distribution pump installation at the FM 407 Well Lot.
  • Installed a new well pump oiler at the Southwood Well Lot.
7.27.2018 Utilities - Pump Oiler
  • Performed lateral root maintenance in the 100 block of Villa Park and in the 400 block of Louise Lane. 
  • Poured new concrete water valve pads at various locations.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced four tires.
  • Completed one state inspection.
  • Replaced three batteries.
  • Replaced a window switch.
  • Recharged the A/C on three service trucks.
7.27.2018 Maint - AC
  • Replaced the pigtail on a trailer.
7.27.2018 Maint - Trailer
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff completed a path to the pump house that will provide easy access.
7.27.2018 Parks - DRP Landscape Path
The Denton County Master Naturalists will be installing new plant identification signs in the Butterfly Garden.
7.27.2018 Parks - DRP Plant ID
Fince Espinoza took the Parks and Recreation Director from The Colony on a tour of the Splash Pad at Doubletree Ranch Park. The Colony is in the beginning stages of designing and constructing a Splash Pad of their own.
7.27.2018 Parks - SP Tour
Lions Club Park
Parks staff repaired the irrigation around a circular plant bed. 
7.27.2018 Parks - Lions Club Irrig
Brazos Park
Staff removed a tree that was hanging over the trail creating a safety concern.
7.27.2018 Parks - Brazos Tree
Pilot Knoll Park
Electrical repairs were made by the contractor. 

Unity Park
Parks staff worked to identify irrigation problems on the softball and baseball fields.
7.27.2018 Parks - Unity Irrig
Park Projects
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 landscape contractor began clearing and mowing the area in preparation of the park opening back up. We hope to have Copperas Branch Park open by the end of July pending any delays. 
7.27.2018 Parks - Copperas Clean Up
Unity Park
Halff Associates continue to work on the designs for the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects. Staff hosted a meeting with Halff Associates and the Highland Village Area Baseball and Softball Association (HVABSA) to review the final rendition and placement of the new softball field. 
7.27.2018 Parks - Unity Softball
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, 24 Senior All-Stars took a trip to see “Love Never Dies” at Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas. Before the show, the All-Stars enjoyed dinner at Crystal Terrace inside Fair Park Music Hall. 
7.27.2018 Parks - SAS Musical
Special Events
This was the seventh week of Kids Kamp at Briarhill Middle School. This week’s theme was Aquamania Week! We had 65 Kampers experience trips to Sea Life Aquarium, Frisco Water Park, Doubletree Ranch Park Splash Pad, and swimming at Sun Valley in Lewisville. 
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7.27.2018 Parks - KK2
The final week of Kids Kamp will be next week at McAuliffe Elementary.

Upcoming Special Events
The first Concert in the Park of the season was held last Saturday, July 21, at Doubletree Ranch Park. The Bamboo Boat Band performed Caribbean and Jimmy Buffet music. 
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Our next Concert in the Park will take place on Saturday, August 25 at Doubletree Ranch Park. Infinite Journey will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. 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!

Community Education Classes
The Junior Chef’s Camp took place this week at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center with eight participants cooking up smoothies, crepes, quiche cupcakes, and one pan pasta dishes. Yum! The next camp will take place from August 6 - August 9.
7.27.2018 Parks - Chef
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.
7.27.2018 Parks - CG1
7.27.2018 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.
7.27.2018 Parks - SUP
Human Resources
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in August. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Darren Dodd Utility Crew Leader 11 Years of Service
Sheri Duderstadt Payroll Specialist 3 Years of Service
Joshua Elliott Police Officer 1 Year of Service
Carla Frederick PT Crossing Guard 1 Year of Service
Ricardo Garza Utility Tech 2 Years of Service
Terry Golden Parks Admin Asst. 10 Years of Service
Terra Hair Communications Officer II 5 Years of Service
J McCally Police Corporal 8 Years of Service
Donna McClung PT Crossing Guard 3 Years of Service
Robert Miller PT Public Safety Officer 4 Years of Service
Allen Parra PT Crossing Guard 1 Year of Service
Joann Rogers PT Crossing Guard 10 Years of Service
Phillip Schmidt Parks Crew Leader 6 Years of Service
Jeff Sun Staff Accountant 2 Years of Service
James Walden PT Crossing Guard 11 Years of Service
James Young PT Crossing Guard 4 Years of Service
On Monday Kimberly Lopez, Jana Onstead, and staff from the Information Services Department met with a representative from Lattice to discuss the implementation of the performance assessment software.

Jana Onstead attended the Unity in Communities luncheon on Tuesday.

On Wednesday Kimberly Lopez met with representatives from DATCU to discuss services they provide.