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 27

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 9:41 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We are gearing up for the switch to Community Waste Disposal on September 3. We provided our residents information about the switch, the change in collection routes, and the opportunity to upgrade to a larger recycling cart. We’ve had nearly 800 residents request a larger recycling cart. CWD plans to follow behind the Waste Management vehicle and swap out the old cart with the larger blue recycling cart during the week of August 27. If they are unable to complete all who have requested a larger cart, they will continue into the following week. We asked residents to complete the form by August 22 so Darla in GIS would have time to create the map and spreadsheet for CWD drivers. City crews are prepared to exchange carts for those residents who complete the form after August 22. A big thank you to Darla for preparing the maps and data in an easy to read and use format for the CWD drivers. 

On Wednesday Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens filmed the second episode of Shopping Saturday with Timi Grogan. This episode will focus on Buckle in The Shops at Highland Village. Watch for it to air next week!

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber monthly luncheon on Tuesday at Bridlewood Golf Club. 
Fire Department
The Fire Department was on hand during the Lion’s Club Balloon Festival to provide medical attention should the need arise. While there, they also provided fire safety information to attendees.
8.24.2018 Fire - Balloon Festival
Kimberly Lopez met with the administrative staff on Monday to give an overview of the new employee evaluation software.

All three shifts attended continuing education courses with Paul Newby from Lead II Excellence. This is a monthly course that keeps our paramedics current on all of the latest innovations in the treatment and care of patients.

Chief Collier and Willis Sanchez completed nine fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
8.24.2018 Fire - Calls
Public Works
Public Works staff met with several 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 CWD to discuss the new solid waste program. 

Public Works held a bid opening for the Oak Forest Waterline project on Tuesday.

Streets Division
  • 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.
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  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
8.24.2018 Streets - Pothole
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Continued the sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement scheduled throughout the City. 
  • Street Supervisor, Layne Cline, completed his Bachelors of Science in Business degree, along with a Certificate in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Phoenix. After a lot of dedication to long study nights and time management, he is happy to have completed this educational milestone. Congratulations to Dusty!

Drainage Division
  • Began a drainage conversion installation in the 600 block of Ranier Court. 
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  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City. 
  • Trimmed around the guardrails on Chinn Chapel Road. 
  • Met with a resident in the 6000 block of Highland Hills Lane about tall weeds.
  • Met with resident in the 900 block of Kingwood Circle regarding a pipe sticking out of the ground.
  • Cleared the creek crossing behind the houses in the 300 block of Whittier Street.

Utilities Division
  • Jorge Hernandez attended a 20 hour Water Utilities Safety class in Richardson.
  • Excavated to repair a fire hydrant valve leak in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive. 
  • Repaired a packing seal on a booster pump at the FM 407 Well Lot.
  • Performed TCEQ mandated grease trap inspections using a new measuring tool to better gauge the thickness of grease.
8.24.2018 Utilities - GT Inspections
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak in the 2400 block of Glen Ridge Drive.
  • Unstopped and TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 2700 block of Elm Tree Lane.
  • Repaired a section of sunken pavement at the Southwood Well Lot.
  • 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 ten tires and four batteries. 
  • Changed the blades on three mowers.
8.24.2018 Maint - Blades
  • Replaced one head light and two tail lights on City vehicles.
8.24.2018 Maint - Light
  • Performed one alignment.

Code Enforcement
  • Areas of Responsibility 1, 2, 3, and 4 swept proactively
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 26 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 15 cases.
  • Attended a meeting to discuss ordinances.
  • Andrew Perez has earned his Texas Code Officer license through TDLR.
8.24.2018 Code - Report
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 6 
Permits Issued - 32
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 34

Certificates of Occupancy Issued
Rift to Reef
Amber Glow
Sip Stir Coffee House
The Knot Hair & Nail Studio
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff has prepared the site for soccer season to begin. They have also prepared the pavilion area for this weekend’s Concert in the Park with Infinite Journey. The splash pad is closed every Tuesday in August so that staff may perform routine maintenance. 

Copperas Branch Park
Staff continues to perform maintenance tasks including painting the handicap spaces in the boat ramp parking lot. They are also working with TxDOT and AGL on punch list items.
8.24.2018 Parks - Copperas Handicap
All Parks
The county wide burn ban has been lifted allowing the use of all approved grills and fire pits throughout the park system. 

City Hall
Parks staff assisted the Public Works Department at City Hall with moving irrigation and trimming trees in preparation for the vehicle canopy footings to be installed. 
8.24.2018 Parks - Tree Maint
Staff participated in safety and awareness training this week. 
8.24.2018 Parks - Staff Training
Park Projects
Brazos Park
The project is scheduled to commence 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 has reviewed and replied with their comments.  

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. Currently, staff is in the process of performing a 30% plan review of the Softball Field Expansion plans. 

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.

Doubletree Ranch Park Shade Structure and Playground 
Staff is gathering quotes and information for the installation of shade structures as well as a playground around the splash pad area. 

Park Shade Structures
The contract has been executed. Currently, the construction documents are being compiled by an engineering firm for staff’s approval.  

Copperas Branch Park, Lakeside Community Park, and Pilot Knoll Park
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has requested that city staff provide a plumbing and electrical inspection report for parks located on Corp land. Staff has contracted with contractors to perform these tasks. 

Highland Shores Enhanced Crosswalk
Parks staff is in the process of purchasing equipment for an enhanced crosswalk located on Highland Shores Boulevard at Community Center Drive. 

Pilot Knoll Park
Staff is working with a design/build firm to finalize the design of the day use restroom. 

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, 19 Senior All-Stars attended the Lunch and Learn sponsored by AmeriLife. During the presentation, the All-Stars enjoyed lunch from McAlister’s Deli consisting of deli sandwiches, wraps, chips, and cookies for dessert.
8.24.2018 Parks - SAS Lunch1
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Special Events
Last Friday, three couples attended Date Night at Doubletree Ranch Park for Game Night! The couples played Taboo, Pictionary, and Minute to Win It. The next Date Night at Doubletree Ranch Park will be on Friday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. and couples will learn how to Fly Fish!
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The second Concert in the Park was held on Saturday, August 25 at Doubletree Ranch Park. Infinite Journey took the stage at 7:00 p.m. 
8.24.2018 Parks - Concert
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.
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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.
8.24.2018 Parks - SUP