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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Sep 10

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 8:08 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Community Waste Disposal began service in Highland Village on Monday with yard waste collection for the entire City. The new collection routes began on Tuesday. We used Nextdoor and Facebook multiple times last week and over the weekend to notify the entire City of the start date of the new service and to check the map to determine their collection day. This week we also posted reminders to Facebook and sent messages to the specific collection routes the day before their pickup day. We began informing residents of the new service in June in the utility bill inserts, The Villager, Nextdoor, Facebook, and the City website. In July we started informing residents of the ability to have a larger recycling cart and since that time we have received a little over 1,000 requests for a larger recycling cart. Quite a few requests came in this week and Public Works crews have exchanged the carts for residents. We will continue to remind residents of the new collection routes and the ability to request a larger recycling cart. Public Works Director Scott Kriston has monitored the service provided by CWD every day this week and has communicated with CWD management as needed. 

It is official, Salerno’s Italian restaurant is moving from Flower Mound to Highland Village. Morris and Mike Salerno own Salerno’s Pizza Company and have chosen the old Village Grill location in the Highland Village Town Center as the location from Salerno’s Italian. The restaurant will undergo a re-branding and the facility will be renovated to include a wood burning pizza oven and a Tuscan-like outdoor patio. We anticipate Salerno’s Italian opening in January 2019. Rift to Reef has also moved from Flower Mound to the Highland Village Town Center and will open to the public in October. Woodhouse Day Spa is open in The Shops at Highland Village and will have their grand opening event on Friday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m. There will also be a ribbon cutting for Tax Fix Now on September 11 at 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. 

Andrew Boyd, Crystal Babcock, Nick Fopiano, and Laurie Mullens have been working on a video explaining the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget. The video will be shown at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock met with Chief Goudie, Deputy Chief Travis Nokes, and Charlene Seidl on Thursday to discuss the Fire Departments communication and marketing goals.
Fire Department
September is National Preparedness Month. The Fire Department will be posting public service announcements on social media throughout the month to assist the community in preparing for events of disaster should the need arise. 

Deputy Chief Nokes attended Leadership Lewisville’s team building day on Tuesday. Members participated in a series of outdoor activities involving team building, problem solving, trust, and risk taking. 

The outdoor sirens were not tested this week due to the forecast of inclement weather.

The Fire Marshall and Willis Sanchez completed 15 fire inspections and two plan reviews this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
9.7.2018 Fire - Calls
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 an electrical contractor to discuss getting power to the new Police Department vehicle shade structures.

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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  • Started concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court.
9.7.2018 Streets - Copperas
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Assisted in delivering recycle carts in the midst of the transition from Waste Management to Community Waste Disposal.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a drainage conversion in the 500 block of Rosedale Street. 
  • Continued the sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Installed a drainage conversion in the 500 block of Rosedale Street.
9.7.2018 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City. 
  • Installed a retaining wall at the Highland Shores Well Lot.
  • Pulled the aeration pump out of the Quail Cove pond for repairs.
9.7.2018 Drainage - Quail Cove
Utilities Division
  • Poured concrete for a 131’ long retaining wall along the north fence line at the Highland Shores Well Lot to prevent erosion along the creek.
9.7.2018 Utilities - HS Wall
  • Layne Texas installed a new replacement well pump motor for the Highland Shores Well Lot.
9.7.2018 Utilities - HS Motor
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 100 block of Redwood Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 900 block of Southwood Drive.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Replaced several water meters that had registered over two million gallons.
  • Flushed 5,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 2600 block of Creekside Way.
  • 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.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
9.7.2018 Utilities - FH
Maintenance Division
  • Performed nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
9.7.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced three tires.
  • Replaced four batteries.
  • Replaced the PTO belts on a mower.
9.7.2018 Maint - PTO
  • Completed nine vehicle registration renewals.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 1 and 2 swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 16 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 18 cases.
9.7.2018 Code - Capture
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 13 
Permits Issued - 25
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 53
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff continues to prepare the site for soccer games and perform routine maintenance. 

Now that school is back in session, the splash pad will only be open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) during the month of September from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

The crew was trained on a new backwash valve on the sand filter that was installed this week.
9.7.2018 Parks - DRP Pump
Copperas Branch Park
Staff continues to work with TxDOT and AGL on punch list items. Landscapers continue to remove the old/broken dome posts in order to replace them as they move throughout the park, they expect to be complete by the end of next week (weather permitting).

Wichita Forest
Staff installed an interpretive sign describing the different types of wildlife found in the area at the southeast corner of Highland Village Road at Sellmeyer Lane.
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Brazos Park
City staff met with a vendor that will be providing drinks and snow cones during flag football games at Brazos Park. The games are scheduled to start next weekend, but maintenance staff wanted to ensure that everything was setup and operational prior to the opening games.
9.7.2018 Parks - Brazos Vendor
Crews replaced the field designation signage.
9.7.2018 Parks - Brazos Sign
Trail Maintenance
Crews worked with a contractor to remove tree limbs that were posing a safety concern along Market Trail.
9.7.2018 Parks - Market Trail
Park Projects
Brazos Park
The contractor has installed the SWPPP and is grading the site, which will continue for one to two weeks depending on the weather. 
9.7.2018 Parks - Brazos Const
Victoria Park
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the track replacement.

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 January 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 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 received the requested plumbing and electrical inspection reports. 

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, 40 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a baked potato bar and pie for lunch from Meals on Wheels. Following the lunch, several Senior All-Stars stayed to play Bingo.
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9.7.2018 Parks - SAS2
Upcoming Special Events
Our next Concert in the Park will take place on Saturday, September 22 at Doubletree Ranch Park. King George will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. Concert in the Park is a free event 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!
9.7.2018 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 open on weekends! Bluet SUP offers 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
Vanesa Childers held orientation for two employees and attended the monthly administrative assistants meeting on Wednesday.

All full time employees participated in open enrollment for benefits this week.