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 20

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 8:31 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The Highland Village Business Association luncheon was held on Tuesday at Fresco’s in Highland Village. This was our Back to School luncheon with attendees receiving an update from Dr. Rogers, LISD Superintendent, and Lindsay Ayers, LISD Director of Strategic Partnerships. The presentation focused on school safety, progress made on the bond projects, and LISD’s two new programs the Be Kind initiative and their Incubator program. Chief Reim and Corporal Harney introduced HVPD’s newest School Resource Officer, Anita Sanchez, who will be at Briarhill Middle School with Corporal Harney focusing his time at the elementary schools. We had a packed house at Fresco’s with 75 in attendance.
8.17.2018 MC - HVBA Lunch
The Foodie Friday segment this month features Taco Cielo in The Marketplace at Highland Village. We have partnered with Jay Marks to produce the Foodie Friday video for our Highland Village eateries. Owner Rob Nabors shared with us the secret behind his great tasting street tacos. If you haven’t tried Taco Cielo yet, stop by and say hi to Rob - he is very grateful for the support and loves Highland Village!
8.17.2018 MC - FF Taco Cielo
The following information was shared on Nextdoor and Facebook to inform residents of the need to conserve water. 

The City supplements the higher water usage during the summer months with our five water wells. We currently have two of the five off-line for repairs and we are currently working on issues with a third well. 

Fortunately this last rain event dropped 6.14” of rain on Highland Village which means the ground absorbed enough moisture that local weather experts recommend holding off landscape watering for up to three weeks. We realize you may want or need to water a little sooner than three weeks, but we ask that you practice good water conservation efforts and limit the use of your landscape sprinkler systems. Of course your potted plants will need to be hand watered. 

We are currently in Phase 1 of our Conservation Plan (no landscape watering between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.) and if we all practice good water conservation we will not need to move to the more restrictive phases of our Conservation Plan.
Fire Department
On Saturday, August 11, A Shift was called to a residence for an outdoor gas leak. When they arrived, they found that a tree had fallen on a gas meter and hit the pressure regulator causing a leak. They turned the valve to the off position and stopped the leak. The surrounding area and houses were checked for residual gas and no hazards were found. A Shift cleared the branches away from the meter and driveway while waiting for Atmos to arrive to rebuild the meter. 

Also on Saturday, A Shift went to a public education event at Adventure Kids where they instructed kids on fire safety and gave them a tour of the apparatus.

It was back-to-school for LISD this week and Chief Nokes was on hand when a few of the schools had their Evacuation/Fire Drills on Thursday. The Fire Department observes the drills so that they are familiar with the school’s procedures should they have to respond to a live call.

C Shift was dispatched to a gas leak on Medina Drive on Thursday. Crews working in the area accidentally cut the line and Atmos repaired it with no injuries reported. 
8.17.2018 FD - Gas Leak
Chief Collier conducted 14 inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
8.17.2018 FD - Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and storm damage issues.

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

Public Works staff met with Human Resources to discuss Lattice setup for the department. 

Streets Division
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs that need to take place prior to the 2018 Overlay Program on Addison Drive, Cannon Lane, Kelda lane, Leslie Lane, Louise Lane, and Patricia Lane.
8.17.2018 Streets - Overlay Repairs
  • Installed a sidewalk meeting ADA compliance standards on Copperas Branch Court.
8.17.2018 Streets - Copperas ADA
  • Monitored school zone flashers.
  • Removed tree limbs from Highland Village Road and Tharp Drive.
8.17.2018 Streets - Tree Limbs Before
8.17.2018 Streets - Tree Limbs After
  • Completed asphalt repairs on Raintree Drive.
8.17.2018 Streets - Raintree
  • Continued the sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City. 
  • Located utilities in the 600 block of Ranier Court for a drainage conversion install. 
8.17.2018 Drainage - Ranier
  • Removed blockages from the inlet boxes located in the 100 block of Brazos Boulevard, the 200 block of Ferndale Drive, and the 100 block of Hickory Ridge Drive.
8.17.2018 Drainage - Hickory Ridge
  • Started the drainage conversion in the 600 block of Ranier Court. 
  • Met with the contractor in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
  • Deployed mosquito larvicide in the 2700 block of Crestwood Lane.

Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a water valve leak in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
8.17.2018 Utilities - Valve Repair
  • Layne Texas removed the pump motor at the Highland Shores Well Lot and delivered it to their shop for repairs. A temporary motor was placed while repairs were made.
8.17.2018 Utilities - HS Well
  • Flushed 4,100 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Performed an irrigation evaluation on Tartan Trail to determine water use efficiency.
8.17.2018 Utilities - Irrigation Eval
  • Performed two field water meter accuracy tests on Castlewood Boulevard and Woodside Drive.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 200 block of Turpin Drive.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA system. 
  • 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 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced three tires and repaired two.
  • Replaced the rear rotors and brake pads on a police vehicle.
  • Recharged the battery on Sky Watch.
  • Recharged the A/C on a Parks truck.
  • Replaced the mud flap on the dump truck. 
8.17.2018 Maint - Mud Flap
  • Replaced the steering wheel and air bag on a city truck.
8.17.2018 Maint - Steering Wheel
Code Enforcement Division
  • Area of Responsibility 1, 2, and 3 swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 17 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 18 cases.
  • Developed a public information reminder for tree trimming.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 16 
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 41
Temporary Food Permits Issued - 12
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff cleaned various washed out areas of the trail as well as washed the drains and balance tank. The splash pad will be closed every Tuesday in August so that staff may perform routine maintenance. 
8.17.2018 Parks - DRP Splash Pad
8.17.2018 Parks - DRP Trail
Copperas Branch Park
Staff has replaced all of the dock bumpers that surround the boat dock, they have installed solar button lights on the gangway, and continue to work with TxDOT and AGL on the punch list items.
8.17.2018 Parks - Copperas Dock
All Parks
Park staff uncovered all of the grills throughout the park system allowing charcoal, wood, and propane to be utilized again. A county wide burn ban is still in effect so all grills used within the park system must have a lid.

Lions Club Balloon Festival
Staff prepared Unity Park for the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival that took place last weekend! The rain at the beginning of the week has made the site look amazing!
8.17.2018 Parks - HVLCBF1
8.17.2018 Parks - HVLCBF2 
Village Park and Pilot Knoll Park
Staff addressed downed tree limbs at Village Park and Pilot Knoll Park this week due to the storms from the beginning of the week.
8.17.2018 Parks - Trees
Park Projects
Brazos Park 
Staff hosted a pre-construction meeting to discuss the project which will begin on September 4 and has a 90 day construction schedule (weather permitting).

Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the track replacement. They have sent an updated alignment which staff is currently reviewing.  

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design 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.
8.17.2018 Parks - Bridge
Park Shade Structures
The contract has been executed. Currently, the construction documents are being compiled by an engineering firm for staff’s approval. 

Upcoming Special Events
Our next Concert in the Park will take place on Saturday, August 25 at Doubletree Ranch Park. Infinite Journey will perform 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. 
8.17.2018 Parks - Concert
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, 32 Senior All-Stars attended the Meals on Wheels lunch where they enjoyed a meal from Snooty Pig consisting of ham, potato salad, green beans, rolls, and cake for dessert. After lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed to watch Steel Magnolias, the 1989 drama featuring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, and Shirley MacLaine.
8.17.2018 Parks - SAS Meals
The Senior All-Stars are partnering with Avanti Senior Living in Flower Mound to collect teddy bears for first responders to use in times of crisis. The teddy bears will be given to children to help relieve anxiety.
8.17.2018 Parks - SAS Bears
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.
8.17.2018 Parks - Fit4Mom
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.

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.
8.17.2018 Parks CG
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.
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez and Van Tinch held departmental meetings this week to discuss the new performance management software implementation.

Kimberly Lopez met with a representative from WellRight on Wednesday. They discussed participation statistics as well as the Fiscal Year 2018 - 2019 calendar and wellness challenges.