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 24

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:19 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We have initiated a communication survey to hear from our residents how they would like us to communicate with them and to determine how we are doing with our current communication tools. The ten question survey has been posted to the City website, Facebook, Nextdoor, and will be in the October utility bill insert. You can help us get responses by forwarding the post on your social media accounts. The survey will be open through October with the results used in the development of the City’s three-year communication plan.

The Foodie Friday video this month features FroYo Joe’s in the District of Highland Village. Tiffany and Joe Ondrey are Highland Village residents who, after leaving a ball game at Unity Park, thought the area needed a treat spot where families could gather. Check out the video and if you haven’t yet, make time to stop by, tell Joe and Tiffany hi, and try some of their delicious frozen yogurt, gelato, Italian ice, or custard.

The TXFallenPD Tribute event will take place in about one month. The event committee met on Thursday to continue the planning. There are several new aspects to this event, including the police officer bike obstacle course, a 20-mile bike race in the morning along with the signature events like the vendors, music, memorial tribute to the Fallen Officers, and the silent auction. You can participate by donating an item for the silent auction - all proceeds from the highest bid go directly to the Fallen Officer Fund, purchasing a Memorial Shirt, participating in the 5K or the bike race, or coming out to the event as we honor the lives of our fallen police heroes. Make your plans to attend the event on Saturday, October 20 at The Shops at Highland Village.
9.21.2018 MC - Tribute Event
Fire Department
All three shifts attended their monthly EMS Continuing Education courses this week. These monthly courses help to keep them current on EMS protocols and procedures. 

Administrative Assistant Charlene Seidl attended a Front Desk Safety Course hosted by DENCO 9-1-1. The course was led by former Police Captain Joe Puckett and taught attendees tips on being proactive in an emergency situation. 

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

We bid farewell to Chief Goudie on Friday as he sets off for his new adventure in Seabrook. We will miss him, but Chief Goudie is very happy to be going back home to his family. We wish him the best of luck!
9.21.2018 FD - Chief Goudie
Chief Collier completed four inspections and one plan review before leaving to attend a Firefighter Advisory Committee meeting in Austin.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
9.21.2018 FD - 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.

The Public Works Department hosted a mandated eight hour training course through Sigma Consulting for OSHA Level 2 Chemical Spill Response Training with 35 Public Works staff in attendance.
Public Works supervisors had one-on-one meetings with Human Resources to setup the new employee review program, Lattice. 

Streets Division
  • Reynolds Asphalt Company completed the Overlay Asphalt Project in the Willow Creek Estates subdivision. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court. 
9.21.2018 Streets - Copperas Branch1
9.21.2018 Streets - Copperas Branch2
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
9.21.2018 Streets - Catesby
  • Assisted with the delivery of recycle carts due to the transition from Waste Management to Community Waste Disposal.
  • 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. 
  • Installing a drainage conversion in the 500 block of Rosedale Street.
9.21.2018 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Checked the motor on the aeration pump at the Quail Cove pond for repairs.
9.21.2018 Drainage - Quail Cove
  • Responded to an illicit discharge complaint in the 2900 block of Lakeside Drive.
9.21.2018 Drainage - Lakeside
  • Met with a resident regarding high water in the curb and gutter when it rains in the 400 block of Merriman Drive.
  • Spoke to residents in the 3400 block of St. James Court regarding drainage easement erosion.

Utilities Division
  • Ricky Garza and Jorge Hernandez attended a 20 hour Water Distribution class in North Richland Hills.
  • Xylem Flygt completed annual pump maintenance at Lift Station 4.
9.21.2018 Utilities - LS PM
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 700 block of Tartan Trail.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA system.
  • Flushed 600 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Set the forms for a concrete pad behind the pump building at the Highland Shores Well Lot.
9.21.2018 Utilities - HS
  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
9.21.2018 Maint - Service
  • Repaired one tire and replaced three. 
9.21.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced three batteries.
  • Made several small engine repairs.
  • Repaired one tail light.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 1 and 2 were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 20 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 12 cases.
9.21.2018 Code - Week
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 12 
Permits Issued - 31
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 40
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
The City of Highland Village Parks Department won the Texas Recreation and Park Society North Region Park Design Excellence Award for Doubletree Ranch Park! They will be presented with their award at the regional conference luncheon on October 19 in Rockwall. We are incredibly fortunate to have the outstanding Parks and Recreation crew that we have! They truly do amazing things to make Highland Village such a wonderful place to live and visit.

All Parks
Staff continue to perform routine maintenance in addition to building and installing signage detailing the reservation process. 
9.21.2018 Parks - 2499 Maint
9.21.2018 Parks - Reservations
Marketing in Parks
Fince Espinoza attended a PTA event at Highland Village Elementary where he provided information about recreation leagues, upcoming events, park projects, volunteer opportunities, and maps of our parks and trails.
9.21.2018 Parks - HVE
Copperas Branch Park
Gabriel Doria and Marcos Mejorado installed a new swim line at the beach which is now open for public use.
9.21.2018 Parks - Copperas Swim1
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Park Projects
Brazos Park
The contractor continues to work on the grading of the site with plans to lime stabilize next week. 

Victoria Park Track Replacement
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. Staff met with BW2 Engineers to discuss a more defined alignment for the sidewalk and recommended that they proceed with the design. 

Unity Park
Halff Associates continue to work on the designs for the Pond Expansion and Softball Field Expansion Projects. Staff met with Halff Associates to determine a final design on the Pond Expansion. 
9.21.2018 Parks - Unity Pond
Staff is currently reviewing the 60% set plans for the Softball Field Expansion portion of this project.

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.  

Highland Shores Enhanced Crosswalk
Parks staff is awaiting delivery of the equipment that was purchased for the 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 Saturday, ten Senior All-Stars took a trip to Fort Worth where they toured the Trinity River Distillery. Following the tour, the All-Stars enjoyed whiskey samples and ate a late lunch in the Stockyards.
9.21.2018 Parks - SAS FW
We had 33 Senior All-Stars enjoy lunch from Meals on Wheels consisting of chicken salad, Caesar salad, and cheesecake on Thursday. After lunch, five Senior All-Stars stayed to watch Hacksaw Ridge.
9.21.2018 Parks - SAS Movie
Special Events
Last Friday, three couples attended Date Night at Doubletree Ranch Park! The couples enjoyed snacks as they learned techniques and tips for Fly Fishing. The next Date Night at Doubletree Ranch Park will be on Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
9.21.2018 Parks - Date1
9.21.2018 Parks - Date2
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.

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.