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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Aug 06

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 9:46 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The City contract with Community Waste Disposal for solid waste and recycling service begins on September 3. With the new contract residents have the option to exchange their existing recycling cart for a larger cart. Residents must fill out a form requesting the larger cart by August 17 to have their cart exchanged on their regular collection day the last week of August. Cart exchanges will continue to take place at a later date for those who submit forms after August 17. Also with the new contract, some collection routes are changing. Residents are receiving this information in their utility bill insert, the fall newsletter, Nextdoor, and the City Facebook account. All the information residents need to know is located on the City website. On the site, they can fill out the form if they want a larger recycling cart or view the interactive map to determine their new collection day. The general information is also included on the home page of the website with a link to the specific garbage and recycling page. If a resident does not have access to a computer or is having issues finding the information, they can call us at (972) 899-5131 and we will help them.
8.3.2018 MC - Trash Days
Fire Department
On Saturday, July 28, B Shift responded to a vehicle fire on Highland Village Road. When they arrived, all of the occupants were out of the vehicle and the Fire Department was able to quickly get the fire under control and clear the scene.

Chief Goudie attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTRAC) meetings on Wednesday. This Council was formed to promote and coordinate a system of quality trauma, acute, and emergency healthcare and preparedness in North Texas and meet on a monthly basis. Chief Goudie attended the cardiac, stroke, and EMS committee workshops.

The Fire Department completed the monthly Outdoor Warning Siren test on Wednesday and all five sirens are in working order.

A structure fire call came in on Wednesday afternoon from Little Elm. The Fire Department dispatched our Engine and Chief Collier to assist Little Elm with this incident. While on the call, Lewisville and Flower Mound covered the need for service in the City.

Chief Collier completed 20 inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
8.3.2018 FD - Calls for Service
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 Public Works projects.

Public Works held a Safety Training/Luncheon for all departmental staff on Tuesday.

Staff met with Doug Boyd of the Ladera project to discuss the final punch list.

Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs that need to take place prior to the streets being overlaid on Addison Drive, Cannon Lane, Kelda lane, Leslie Lane, Louise Lane, and Patricia Lane.
  • Conducting an inventory and preparing schools zone pavement markings to be restriped before the start of the school year. 
8.3.2018 Streets - School Zone
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut and completed asphalt street repairs on Highland Hills Lane.
8.3.2018 Streets - Highland Hills
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
8.3.2018 Streets - Pothole
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City.
8.3.2018 Streets - Signs
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City.
8.3.2018 Drainage - Mosquito
  • Dug out a drainage culvert and backfilled it with flex base in preparation for asphalt at Copperas Branch Park.
8.3.2018 Drainage - Copperas
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Met with a resident in the 800 block of Camelot Court regarding standing water in the backyard.
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 3400 block of Fairfield Lane. 
  • Treated a swimming pool for mosquito larva in the 700 block of Winding Bend Circle.
  • Repaired a drainage culvert in the 700 block of Highland Hills Lane.
8.3.2018 Drainage - Highland Hills
Utilities Division
  • Repaired one water main break at Canyon Creek Drive and Stone Canyon Drive.
8.3.2018 Utilities - Main Break
  • Layne Texas continued pulling the well pump at the FM 407 Well Lot, then proceeded to pull the well pump at the Lake Vista Well Lot. Both pumps will be sent off for repairs.
8.3.2018 Utilities - Layne
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Continued a new distribution pump installation at the FM 407 Well Lot.
    Flushed 4,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 day sewer line maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Installed Ventsorb carbon filters to alleviate sewer gases from a sanitary sewer manhole on Remington Drive and at Lift Station 1.
8.3.2018 Utilities - Filter
  • Raised a fire hydrant valve to grade in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane.
8.3.2018 Utilities - Raise Valve
Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced two tires.
  • Performed one state inspection.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Replaced the rear rotors and pads on a City vehicle.
  • Replaced the rear shocks on a City vehicle. 
  • Replaced a throttle body.
8.3.2018 Maint - Throttle
Community Services Division
Taco Cielo located at 3090 Justin Road (next to Pei Wei) is now open. 

A permit application for Lambeau’s America at 4131 Deer Creek (formerly Patrizio’s in The Shops at Highland Village) was received this week. 

Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 15 
Permits Issued - 34
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 35

We said farewell to Sasha Torres this week as she moves back to West Texas, and welcome to Kimberlie Huntley who has accepted a full time position replacing Sasha. Kimberlie has worked part time at the City in a number of roles for over five years. 
8.3.2018 CS - Sasha
8.3.2018 CS - Kimberlie

Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Doubletree Ranch Park
The contractor replanted hundreds of new plants around the pavilion and barn area to assist with the finish out of warranty work at the park. 
8.3.2018 Parks - DRP Plants
Unity Park
A new shade cover was installed replacing one that was damaged in a storm. The crews fertilized the baseball fields in preparation of the season set to begin on Monday.
8.3.2018 Parks - Unity Shade
8.3.2018 Parks - Unity Fertilizer
Copperas Branch Park
Both the Parks staff and contractors worked diligently this week to prepare Copperas Branch Park for the re-opening on Monday. 
  • All old asphalt was sealed and the parking lots were striped.
8.3.2018 Parks - Seal
  • The brush and weeds were removed along the rock embankment.
8.3.2018 Parks - Rocks
  • New buoys were installed to mark “No Wake” areas around the boat dock.
8.3.2018 Parks - Buoy
  • Staff brush hogged the grass areas around the park.
8.3.2018 Parks - Brush Hog
  • Installed solar lights and bumpers at the boat dock.
  • Debris was removed from the fields and old e-taps.
8.3.2018 Parks - Field Debris
  • Staff removed debris from the beach, then leveled it out.
8.3.2018 Parks - Beach
  • Removed debris along the highway.
8.3.2018 Parks - Trash
The playoff and championship games took place on Wednesday for the summer Adult Kickball League.
8.3.2018 Parks - Kickball
Playoffs took place Saturday, August 4, for the summer Youth Basketball League at Briarhill Middle School.

Fince Espinoza, Andra Foreman, and Adam Richter served as liaisons at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) Summer Games of Texas in College Station. The Summer Games of Texas were held July 26 - 29 with over 7,000 athletes.
8.3.2018 Parks - TAAF
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, 40 Senior All-Stars enjoyed taco salad and homemade pies from Meals on Wheels. After lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed for Bingo.

Also on Thursday, 26 Senior All-Stars took a trip to Grapevine for dinner at Bartley’s BBQ and a show at the Runway Theatre.
8.3.2018 Parks - SAS Dinner
8.3.2018 Parks - SAS Show
Special Events
The final week of Kids Kamp was held at McAuliffe Elementary School. This week’s theme was Aloha Summer! We had 65 Kampers experience trips to Interskate Roller Rink in Lewisville, Going Bonkers, and Hawaiian Falls. On Friday, Kampers enjoyed a pizza party for lunch followed by a movie and popcorn party in the afternoon.  
8.3.2018 Parks - KK1
8.3.2018 Parks - KK2
Upcoming Special Events
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
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.
8.3.2018 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 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.
8.3.2018 Parks - SUP