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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Oct 08

City Manager's Weekly Update

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

Marketing & Communications
We are excited to host our 11th Annual TXFallenPD Tribute Event on October 20 at The Shops at Highland Village. Since the beginning, the TXFallenPD Tribute Event has been a community event raising funds for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund, which provides monetary assistance to the families of Texas Police Officers killed in the line of duty. 

There are multiple ways that you can get involved. 

Blue Line Saturday - October 13
The Village Church is hosting an inter-denominational time of worship on Saturday, October 13 from 3:00 - 5:00.  Help us remember and honor those that have been killed in the line of duty and pray for those who continue to serve and protect. 

Restaurant Week - October 14 through October 20
You don’t have to cook the week of October 14 through October 20! There are multiple Highland Village restaurants participating in Restaurant Week by donating a percentage of their sales to the Fallen Officer Fund. You can thank them for their commitment to our community by choosing to dine at these locations during Restaurant Week. Check out the calendar and make your plans now to visit these great restaurants in Highland Village and one bonus bakery in Flower Mound.

TXFallenPD Tribute Event - October 20
Join us on Saturday, October 20 for a full day of live music, entertainment, racing, vendors, and fun! We’ll kick off the day with a 20 mile bike road race at 7:50 followed by the 5K at 8:00. If you’re not an early riser, I don’t blame you. The afternoon starts with live entertainment from local music and dance studios at noon. Vendors and the kids zone will open at 3:00. We have not one, but two helicopters (including the DEA) landing at our Touch a Truck area at 3:45 to start the opening ceremonies at 4:00. The police bike race and obstacle course (new this year - you’ll definitely want to come see it) will run from 4:00 until they wrap up. Our headliner (Escape Band - The Essential Journey Experience) takes the stage at 7:00 and we will play our Memorial Video at 7:45 to remember those we have lost since our last race. Not to worry, we won’t end on a sad note, Escape will close us out and play until 9:00. 

For all of you Ticketheads, be sure to come out on October 20 between 5:00 - 7:00 to check out their booth and chat with their promotions team! 

We continue to inform the community of the TXFallenPD Tribute Event as well as the events leading up to it including Blue Line Saturday and Restaurant Week. Look for a half page ad in the Cross Timbers Gazette, information in your utility bill insert, posts on the HVPD and City Facebook accounts, and the new HVBA Instagram account. If you’re travelling north on I-35E, check out the digital billboard right in Lake Dallas for the TXFallenPD Tribute Event message. You can help us spread the word of all the events by sharing our social media posts and inviting your friends and neighbors! 
10.5.2018 MC - TXFallenPD Digital Billboard
The Highland Village Business Association Community Coffee was held on Thursday at Painted Tree Marketplace. The owners of Painted Tree graciously opened the doors early for our event and allowed attendees to look around and shop the booths before the store opened. We had about 45 people in attendance. City Manager Michael Leavitt shared information about the Fiscal Year 2018 - 2019 Budget and initiatives. Corporal David Harney and Laurie Mullens provided attendees information about the upcoming TXFallendPD Tribute Events. We heard from many how much they appreciated the opportunity to see Painted Tree Marketplace.
10.5.2018 MC - HVBA Coffee
10.5.2018 MC - HVBA Coffee Attendees
Responses are coming in for the Highland Village Communication Survey. If you haven’t taken the survey yet or wish to encourage residents to help us plan our communication, please direct them to the City website for the survey link. The survey will be available through the end of this month.
Fire Department
The Flower Mound S.A.F.E Team visited McAuliffe, Heritage, and Highland Village Elementary Schools this week. Highland Village contracts with the Flower Mound S.A.F.E. Team each October to provide public education to students for Fire Safety Month. The Fire Department will be visiting daycares in the City during October to raise awareness of what to do in the event of a fire.

B Shift attended a block party with the Police Department in Rolling Hills Estates for National Night Out on Tuesday. 

The monthly Outdoor Warning Siren test was conducted on Wednesday.

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

Assistant Chief Jason Collier and Willis Sanchez completed 14 fire inspections and one plan review this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
10.5.2018 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 Management had one-one-one meetings with Supervisors to set up the Lattice program and begin setting goals for all employees.

Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater and North Clearwater is closed to thru traffic due to high water.
  • Started asphalt street repairs on Shasta Court and Rosedale Street.
10.5.2018 Streets - Shasta
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Knoll Court, Copperas Branch Court, and Thistle Court.
10.5.2018 Streets - Knoll Ct
  • Patched various sidewalks throughout the City.
10.5.2018 Streets - Sidewalk
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • 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. 
  • Continued the drainage conversion installation in the 500 block of Rosedale Street. 
10.5.2018 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Removed the motor on the aeration pump in the Quail Cove pond for repairs.
10.5.2018 Drainage - Quail Cove
  • Met with several residents on flooding issues throughout the City.
  • Met with residents regarding silt build up in the concrete flume in the 300 block of Doubletree Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Ricky Garza and Jorge Hernandez attended a Utilities Calculations class in Richardson.
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer force main from Lift Station 2 on Highland Shores Boulevard.
10.5.2018 Utilities - Force Main
  • Excavated to repair a water service leak under the street in the 2700 block of Knoll Court.
10.5.2018 Utilities - Knoll Ct
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Poured a three yard concrete sidewalk on the backside of the pump building and began erecting a retaining wall at Highland Shores Well Lot.
10.5.2018 Utilities - HS
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
10.5.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replace two tires and repaired one.
  • One battery was replaced.
  • Made several small engine repairs.
  • Replaced the radiator hose on Fire Engine E-481.
10.5.2018 Maint - Fire
Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 1 and 2 swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 16 notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 35 violations. 
10.5.2018 Code - Code
10.5.2018 Code - Map
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 12 
Permits Issued - 30
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 30
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
National Conference
Parks staff attended the Texas Recreation & Parks Society (TRAPS) maintenance rodeo this week competing against over 20 cities from around the metroplex. The competition is an opportunity to highlight their knowledge and equipment operation skills. Here’s two employees, Jesus Contreras and Nacho Gomez, as they prepare for their turn in the zero turn mower obstacle course. 
10.5.2018 Parks - Rodeo1
10.5.2018 Parks - Rodeo2 
Doubletree Ranch Park
The splash pad is officially closed for the season. Marcos Mejorado and his team winterized the pump house by draining all of the valves, pumps, and filters. They also removed the cal-hypo briquettes from the chlorine hopper. The splash pad will reopen the first weekend in May of 2019.
10.5.2018 Parks - Pump House
Copperas Branch Park
Staff continues to coordinate with TxDOT and AGL on the installation of stormwater infrastructure that will prevent silt from leaving the site. The infrastructure is scheduled to be installed next week. AGL has also completed the plumbing and air conditioning work at the Gatehouse that is now operational. 

All Parks
Marcos Mejorado and Brent Hill hosted the Paper Shredding event at Pilot Knoll Park last weekend. They had a busy day with 3,700 pounds of paper that was shredded!
10.5.2018 Parks - Shredding1
10.5.2018 Parks - Shredding2
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system such as baseball field maintenance and edging the parks.
10.5.2018 Parks - Baseball
10.5.2018 Parks - Edging
Park Projects
Brazos Park
The contractor continues to move forward with the parking lot addition. They have prepared the median for concrete to be poured next week, as well as completed the grading of the parking lot subgrade and will be forming that area next week as well.
10.5.2018 Parks - Brazos Median
10.5.2018 Parks - Brazos Grade
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 evaluating the proposals received 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 the manufacturer 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. 

NFL Youth Flag Football games will take place on Saturday, October 6 at Brazos Park.

Adult kickball league games took place on Wednesday at Unity Park. 

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
10.5.2018 Parks - SAS Bingo
Special Events
Come join us for our inaugural Tri-Town Amazing Race on November 10. Be prepared to get a little dirty and wet as you complete challenges at ten pit-stops throughout Flower Mound, Highland Village, and Lewisville. Each pit-stop will provide physical or mental challenges to encourage team bonding. Recruit your family or friends to form a team of two to four people. The event starts at Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland Village. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. We hope to see you there!
10.5.2018 Parks - Amazing Race
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.
10.5.2018 Parks - CG1
10.5.2018 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.
Human Resources
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in October. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Priscilla Ibarra Municipal Court Administrator 3 Years of Service
Brenda Grove Police Communications Supervisor 26 Years of Service
Cory Gullo Police Corporal 6 Years of Service
Paul Kimberlin Police Sergeant 20 Years of Service
Michael Lazard Police Officer 1 Year of Service
Michael MacLean Police Corporal 6 Years of Service
Sheri Morrison Police Commander 26 Years of Service
Amie Smith Communications Officer II 4 Years of Service
Ronda Wells Communications Officer 4 Years of Service
Jared Middleton Fire Captain 12 Years of Service
Travis Nokes Deputy Fire Chief 15 Years of Service
Autumn Aman Community Development Coordinator 21 Years of Service
Andrew Perez Code Enforcement Officer 5 Years of Service
Jannie Baughman Public Works Admin Assistant 18 Years of Service
Armando Duran Street Tech III 1 Year of Service
Richard Smith Mech/Building Maintenance Tech 22 Years of Service
Sam Smith Maintenance Superintendent 30 Years of Service
Bill Aycock Parks Crew Leader 19 Years of Service
Gabe Doria Parks Supervisor 11 Years of Service
Carolyn Britton Utility Billing Coordinator 21 Years of Service
Nathan Hardwick Utility Tech III 5 Years of Service
Justin Praesel Manager of Utilities 16 Years of Service
Anthony Adams Parks Crew Leader 3 Years of Service
Human Resources staff processed benefit open enrollment and salary changes for Fiscal Year 2018 - 2019.

Kimberly Lopez continued one-on-one training for the new performance management program, Lattice, with supervisors and department heads.