City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Oct 15

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 8:28 AM by Crystal Babcock

This week was the Texas Municipal League (TML) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth. It was an opportunity for all Highland Village attendees to attend classes ranging from Small Cell Node Technology “5G,” Your Social Media Detractors, Harassment and Discrimination, 2019 Legislative Outlook, Brick and Mortar Retail Not Dead Just Evolving, and Flood Mitigation. The TML Conference is excellent opportunity to network with our peer cities throughout the State of Texas to see and hear their experiences dealing with today’s issues.
Marketing & Communications
The TXFallenPD Tribute Event activities began on Saturday with Blue Line Saturday at The Village Church. Bidding in the online auction is open until October 22. Restaurant Week began Sunday. Here are the details:

Restaurant Week - October 14 through October 20
Here’s your excuse to skip cooking this week! Multiple Highland Village restaurants are 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. All of the participating restaurants can be found here

Online Auction - Bidding Closes on October 22
Thanks to so many donations by area businesses and residents we have some pretty cool items up for auction. Like a Hall of Fame football signed by Dallas Cowboys Rayfield Wright, Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Jesse Penn, Mel Renfro, and Robert Newhouse; Texas Motor Speedway tickets; gift certificates to local restaurants, spas, and stores; a ride to school with the HVPD or the HVFD and a lot more! Check it out here.

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, we’ve got you covered. 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. Escape will close us out and play until 9:00. For all of you Ticketheads, be sure to come out between 5:00 - 7:00 to check out their booth and chat with their promotions team! All the details can be found at

Fire Department
The Fire Department conducted Pump Simulator training this week with the Lewisville Fire Department.
10.12.2018 FD - Pump Sim1
10.12.2018 FD - Pump Sim2
A Shift visited Primrose Daycare on Wednesday to teach the children about fire safety. October is Fire Safety Month and a great time for the Fire Department to spotlight its public education program.
10.12.2018 FD - Primrose
B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

Chief Collier and Willis Sanchez completed 18 fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
10.12.2018 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 continued one-on-one meetings with Supervisors to setup the Lattice program and being setting goals for all employees. 

Congratulations to Layne “Dusty” Cline for receiving his B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix. 
10.12.2018 PW - Dusty
The Public Works Department participated in Careers on Wheels Day at McAuliffe Elementary.

Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater and North Clearwater is closed to thru traffic due to high water.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Shasta Court and Rosedale Street.
10.12.2018 Streets - Shasta1
10.12.2018 Streets - Rosedale
  • Patched various sidewalks throughout the City.
10.12.2018 Streets - Patch Sidewalk
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Knoll Court, Copperas Branch Court, and Thistle Court.
  • 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.
  • Met with a concrete cutting vendor to discuss sidewalk trip hazards and solutions. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquitoes for testing at various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced the grate behind a house on Southwood Drive.
10.12.2018 Drainage - Grate
  • Continued the drainage conversion installation and sidewalk replacement in the 500 block of Rosedale Street.
10.12.2018 Drainage - Sidewalk
  • Flushed blocked driveway culverts after the recent rains in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
10.12.2018 Drainage - Catlin
  • Met with residents regarding a flooding issue due to the lack of a driveway culvert.
  • Met with residents on silt build up behind the houses in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane.
  • Met with residents in the 300 block of Doubletree Drive on the concrete flume with silt build up.

Utilities Division
  • Ricky Garza and Jorge Hernandez attended a Wastewater Collection class in Carrollton.
  • Installed a new 2” tap and water service for an irrigation system at Highland Village Elementary School.
10.12.2018 Utilities - Tap
  • Performed meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Made pump and check valve repairs at Lift Stations 3.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 900 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Flushed 3,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced domestic water meters for two commercial businesses on Justin Road. 
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
10.12.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced one tire and repaired one tire.
10.12.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Made several small engine repairs.
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Replaced the ignition switch on a Toro Workman.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 3 and 4 swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 16 notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 31 violations.
10.12.2018 Code - Graph
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 11 
Permits Issued - 24
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 32

Hillside Grill is now open to the public.
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Inland Trail System
Hector Calderon performed trail maintenance throughout the City due to rain washing silt onto the concrete. 
10.12.2018 Parks - Trail Maint
Doubletree Ranch Park
Brent Hill and Abraham Yakes painted the soccer fields in preparation for the games taking place this weekend. 
10.12.2018 Parks - Soccer Fields
Hector Calderon, Jesus Contreras, and Nacho Escamilla performed plant bed maintenance in the park this week. 
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All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system.

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 (pending weather) and installed additional erosion control measures to prevent any silt from leaving the site.

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
Andra Foreman is working with the manufacturer as they make the shade structures.   

Pilot Knoll Park
Gabe Doria and Joey Hardin are proceeding with installation of the infrastructure necessary to accommodate Wi-Fi at the entrance and entire campground area. 

Additionally, Joey Hardin is preparing the day use restroom for replacement.
10.12.2018 Parks - PK RR
NFL Youth Flag Football games will take place on Saturday, October 13 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

Last Friday, nine Senior All-Stars took a trip to Winstar Casino for a day of gambling and socializing. Before hitting the slots and tables, the All-Stars enjoyed breakfast at the Gran Via Buffet.

Upcoming Special Events
The next Date Night at Doubletree Ranch Park event will be Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit for more information.

Fall Festival Honoring Veterans will take place on Saturday, November 3 at Unity Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free festival will have fun, family activities and Warehouse, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band will hit the stage at 11:00 a.m. There will also be inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, petting zoo, crafts, food, and more!
10.12.2018 Parks - Fall Festival
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.
10.12.2018 Parks - CG
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
The City of Highland Village is dedicated to helping our employees make informed health and lifestyle choices. As part of our commitment, we reward employees and spouses for participating in our Employee Wellness Program. Activities include Learn at Lunches, challenges, university courses on the website, and annual screenings. Rewards include a $300 annual premium discount for medical insurance and gift cards. This week we rewarded 72 employees, and ten spouses for their participation during Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018!

Kimberly Lopez continued training employees this week on the new performance assessment software, Lattice.