City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Oct 01

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 8:40 AM by Crystal Babcock

Fire Department
On Friday, September 21, C Shift responded to a transformer that was arcing after being struck by lightning. They found two blown fuses but no other hazards. The power company was contacted to service the transformer. 

Last Sunday, B Shift was dispatched to a carbon monoxide call at a commercial building. They found the source of the carbon monoxide, corrected the problem, and opened the doors/set fans to blow out any residual carbon monoxide.  

A Shift responded to The Shops at Highland Village for a commercial fire alarm on Tuesday where Flower Mound responded as mutual aid. There were no hazards found. 

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, Interim Chief Travis Nokes accepted the National Fire Prevention Week Proclamation. October is Fire Prevention Month with Fire Prevention Week falling October 7 through 13. Everyone is urged to identify basic, but essential, ways to reduce their risk to fire and to be prepared in the event that one occurs.
9.28.2018 FD - Fire Prev
The Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association took first place in the Flower Mound Clay Shoot First Responders category! Thank you Atmos Energy for sponsoring the Highland Village team!
9.28.2018 FD - Clay Shoot
SERVPRO of Flower Mound provided lunch for the Firefighters on Wednesday. Thank you SERVPRO for all that you do for the Fire Department!
9.28.2018 FD - SERVPRO
C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

The Fire Marshal, along with Willis Sanchez, completed 16 fire inspections and one plan review this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
9.28.2018 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.

Public Works supervisors had one-on-one meetings with Human Resources to setup the new employee review program, Lattice. 

Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater and North Clearwater is closed to thru traffic due to high water. 
9.28.2018 Streets - Clearwater Closed
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court and Thistle Court.
9.28.2018 Streets - Copperas Branch Court
9.28.2018 Streets - Thistle Court
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut on Rosedale Street.
9.28.2018 Streets - Rosedale Saw Cut
  • 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 and fogged for adult mosquitoes at various locations throughout the City. 
  • Continued the drainage conversion installation in the 500 block of Rosedale Street. 
9.28.2018 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Removed the motor on the aeration pump in the Quail Cove pond for repairs.
9.28.2018 Drainage - Quail Cove
  • Responded to flooding calls during the flash flood event over the weekend of September 22.
9.28.2018 Drainage - Sellmeyer
  • Met with several residents regarding flooding issues throughout the City.
  • Assisted the Street Division with a concrete pour on Copperas Branch Court.
9.28.2018 Drainage - Copperas Branch
Utilities Division
  • Ricky Garza and Jorge Hernandez attended a Valve and Fire Hydrant training class in Southlake.
  • Replaced a SCADA antennae on top of the Unity Elevated Storage Tank and replaced a repeater after lightening had taken out all system communications.
9.28.2018 Utilities - Comms
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water main break in the 300 block of Lake Vista Drive East.
9.28.2018 Utilities - LV
  • Poured valve pads around three main line water valves.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer main in the 3400 block of Buckingham Lane.
  • Performed 30 day sewer lateral maintenance in the 400 block of Louise Lane.
  • Located one area 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 12 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
9.28.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced four tires and repaired one.
  • Replaced five batteries.
9.28.2018 Maint - Battery
  • One tail light and two license plate lights were replaced.
  • Made A/C repairs on Medic 2.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 3 and 4 were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 24 notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed six cases.
9.28.2018 Code - Code
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 10 
Permits Issued - 25
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 33
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
This week, Phil Lozano, Adam Richter, and Fince Espinoza attended the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. This conference is attended by parks and recreation professionals throughout the nation with more than 8,000 attendees, 400 exhibitors, and hundreds of educational sessions offered to keep attendees abreast of the latest trends, gather valuable information, and offer a tremendous opportunity to network with fellow attendees. 
9.28.2018 Parks - NRPA
Doubletree Ranch Park
This is the final weekend that the splash pad will be open for the season. Staff will close the splash pad on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. and will reopen the first weekend in May of 2019.

All Parks
Staff continues to install reservation signage throughout the park system. These signs provide information on how and where to reserve athletic fields.
9.28.2018 Parks - Reservations
Crews are in the process of changing out the flower beds throughout the city in preparation for winter color. 
9.28.2018 Parks - Annuals
Due to the weather this week, staff capitalized on the opportunity to clean up various yard areas and storage buildings.
9.28.2018 Parks - Cleaning
Work Orders
Park staff rolled out the new online work order system this week! This system will assist in tracking information needed for maintenance and event planning as well as for budget purposes.
9.28.2018 Parks - Work Orders
Copperas Branch Park
Staff installed picnic tables and continue to coordinate with TxDOT and AGL for the installation of stormwater infrastructure to prevent silt from leaving the site as well as finalizing the plumbing at the gatehouse.
9.28.2018 Parks - Picnic
Park Projects
Brazos Park
While the weather did push back the construction timeline slightly, the contractor continues to move forward in a timely fashion. 

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.

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.  

Pilot Knoll Park
Staff is proceeding with installing the infrastructure necessary to accommodate Wi-Fi at the entrance and entire campground area. 

Andra Foreman attended the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) Annual Meeting in Lake Jackson. The City of Highland Village was awarded the Gold Member City Award. This award is for the outstanding registration support from teams, individuals, and TAAF training programs.
9.28.2018 Parks - TAAF Gold
We are also excited to announce that Fince Espinoza was awarded the President’s Excellence Award at the TAAF Annual Meeting. This award was in recognition of his dedication and outstanding service to TAAF. Fince’s dedication and outstanding service is not limited to TAAF, he is certainly dedicated to the City and provides excellent service so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer.

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

The Senior All-Stars took a trip to Canton First Monday Trade Days on Friday. Canton First Monday Trade days started more than a century ago as a flea market and has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting edge home furnishings, antiques, and collectibles found anywhere.

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.
9.28.2018 Parks - CG1
9.28.2018 Parks - CG2
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.