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 22

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 8:28 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Record rainfall amounts in our area have caused the closing of several of our parks due to flooding. Edgewater Drive is closed due to rising Lake levels, which has caused us to close all access to Sunset Point Park and the Lewisville Lake vicinity. Highland Village Police will be monitoring the area for safety. Pilot Knoll Park boat ramp, day use area, and several campsites are closed. Copperas Branch Park boat ramp is also closed. We have placed signage at these locations and have informed residents via the city website, Nextdoor, and Facebook.
Fire Department
C Shift responded to a structure fire on Sandy Hook on Friday, October 12. Also responding to the fire was mutual aid from Flower Mound and Lake Cities Fire Departments. The crew searched the home for occupants, there were none, prior to extinguishing the fire. The Little Elm Fire Department filled in at the Highland Village Fire Station during the incident. 

All three shifts attended monthly EMS Continuing Education training, which keeps them current on EMS protocols and procedures. 

Interim Chief Travis Nokes attended Leadership Lewisville class on Tuesday. This intensive program focuses on providing opportunities to develop, strengthen, and polish future, as well as current, community leaders’ skills.

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

The Fire Department responded to an investigation of smoke at Briarhill Middle School on Thursday. Evacuation of the school was underway when C Shift arrived on scene. Crews from Flower Mound and Argyle Fire Departments responded as mutual aid. After completing the investigation and speaking with a crew working on the roof, it was determined that there was no danger of a fire.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
10.19.2018 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 employees to set up the Lattice program and begin setting goals for all employees. 

Staff met with representatives from CoServ to discuss upcoming projects.

Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater Drive and North Clearwater Drive as well as the boat slip parking lot located at 700 Highland Village Road is closed to traffic due to high water.
10.19.2018 Streets - Clearwater1
10.19.2018 Streets - Clearwater2
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Shasta Court, Rosedale Street, Knoll Court, Copperas Branch Court, and Thistle Court.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
10.19.2018 Streets - Potholes
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City.
10.19.2018 Streets - Signs
  • Assisted with the delivery of recycle carts due to the transition from Waste Management to Community Waste Disposal.

Drainage Division
  • Cleared the creek crossings after recent rains.
  • Continued the drainage conversion and erosion control installation in the 500 block of Rosedale Street.
10.19.2018 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Met with residents on Pebble Knoll and Nowlin Drive regarding ditch maintenance.
  • Met with residents regarding maintenance of the Quail Cove pond.
  • Inspected the drainage ditch on Lot 6 of Wichita Estates to figure out why there is standing water.
10.19.2018 Drainage - Lot 6
Utilities Division
  • Ricky Garza and Jorge Hernandez attended a Pumps and Motors class in Frisco.
  • Searched Lift Station Basin 1 for rain water infiltration into sanitary sewer manholes after the heavy rains.
10.19.2018 Utilities - MH
  • Replaced internal parts on a check valve at Lift Station 3.
10.19.2018 Utilities - LS 3
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA system.
  • A TCEQ contractor performed disinfection byproducts sampling at five locations as a TCEQ mandated program.
  • Performed directional flushing on a water main in the 2800 block of Lakeside Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 200 block of Turpin Drive to verify location.
  • Unstopped three sanitary sewer services on Tharp Drive, Gayle Lane, and Big Elm Street.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Mounted and balanced two tires.
10.19.2018 Maint - Tire
  • Replaced the shore line battery charger on E482.
  • Replaced six batteries.
  • Replaced one head light pigtail.
10.19.2018 Maint - Light
  • Made repairs to the trailer light.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 1 and 2 were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of 13 notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 19 violations.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 32
Parks & Recreation
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, 36 Senior All-Stars enjoyed chili from Wendy’s, a salad, and cake provided by Meals on Wheels. After lunch, six Senior All-Stars watched the original Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner. 
10.19.2018 Parks - SAS Lunch
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! 
10.19.2018 Parks - Fall Festival
The inaugural Tri-Town Amazing Race event will be held on Saturday, November 10. The race will begin at Doubletree Ranch Park at 9:00 a.m. Teams will consist of two to four people completing ten challenges throughout Highland Village, Flower Mound, and Lewisville. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams who complete the challenges the fastest. The first place team will also be awarded the Tri-Town Amazing Race cup which will then be displayed in their city’s recreation center or municipal building until next year’s event.

Community Education Classes
On Saturday, four participants attended the American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR Class at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center with instructor, Sharond Grimes. Each participant walked away with the skills necessary to be a responsible babysitter. The next Babysitting and CPR Class will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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.
Human Resources
Jana Onstead attended a webinar on fair pay practices in the public sector on Wednesday.

Kimberly Lopez attended the Human Resources Southwest Conference in Fort Worth this week.