City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Oct 29

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 8:39 AM by Crystal Babcock

Mayor Wilcox and I attended a Meet and Greet for new DCTA President, Raymond Suarez, on Thursday. Suarez was previously the Chief Operating Officer at DCTA responsible for developing, organizing, and directing the implementation and operation of the agency’s transportation and maintenance services for the A-train and bus system. With more than 30 years of experience, Suarez will continue DCTA’s mission to provide mobility solutions throughout North Texas.
 
Marketing & Communications
Last week, with the help and support of our community, we turned Highland Village blue to remember the police officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their families. We had several events, including an online auction, Highland Village Restaurant Week, and the TXFallenPD Tribute Event on Saturday with a run and bike race in the morning followed by vendors, music, police bike race and obstacle course, and music in the evening. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Fallen Officer Fund. Although the final numbers are not yet in, preliminary estimates show our community helped us raise over $50,000 which surpasses our goal of $30,000. We couldn’t do this event without the help and support of our businesses, residents, and all departments within the City. I would like to personally thank everyone who played a part in making this event happen - this is truly an example of the values we hold of community, service, and teamwork.
10.26.2018 MC - Run
10.26.2018 MC - DEA
 
Fire Department
Chief Nokes attended the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy in Garland this week. The academy is a comprehensive training opportunity for current Fire Chiefs and those who aspire to become Chief. 

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

Chief Collier and Willis Sanchez completed 20 inspections and one plan review.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
10.26.2018 FD - Calls
 
Police Department
Representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, Administrative Staff, and City Council were invited to Marcus High School to “Band Together” with students, teachers, and administration for Red Ribbon Week on Tuesday. Staff talked to students at lunch and expressed to them our support for a future that is free from addition to drugs and alcohol. We also handed out Red Ribbon Week bracelets and encouraged students to take a pledge to be drug free.
10.26.2018 PD - RRW1
10.26.2018 PD - RRW2
This year’s Red Ribbon Week Proclamation was presented to Chief Reim, Corporal Harney, and Dr. Kim Gronberg along with student representatives from Heritage Elementary School and Briarhill Middle School at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Chief Reim, Corporal Harney, and Dr. Gronberg spoke during the presentation urging the citizens of our community to make Red Ribbon Week a time to educate themselves and their children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and to break the lines of addition in our community.
10.26.2018 PD - RRW Proc
Corporal Harney and Corporal Sanchez spent Wednesday and Thursday participating in activities that demonstrate to students the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on your body. Students wore the “Drunk Goggles” while trying to complete everyday tasks. Corporal Harney and Corporal Sanchez also talked to students about what happens when you become an addict and when drugs and alcohol take over your life.
10.26.2018 PD - Briarhill2
10.26.2018 PD - Briarhill3
Sergeant Oliver, Officer McKelvey, and Officer Lazard helped judge the Red Ribbon Week poster contest at Briarhill Middle School on Thursday. They were tasked with choosing a winner from grades 6, 7, and 8 - and it was no easy task! The theme this year was “Heroes Around Me” and it had to incorporate people in their lives that inspire them to be drug free. It took our officers some time to make their final choices, but they picked some great posters and the students were very excited to have been chosen! The winners from each grade received a $100 gift card from Gronberg Orthodontics.
10.26.2018 PD - Poster Contest
 
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 an issue on Longfellow Drive.

Public Works Staff attended a Drinking Water Seminar in Fort Worth sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

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 thru traffic due to high water.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Shasta Court and Rosedale Street. 
10.26.2018 Streets - Shasta
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Knoll Court, Copperas Branch Court, and Thistle Court.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
10.26.2018 Streets - Pothole
  • Replaced signs 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 residents to discuss sidewalk trip hazards in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with laying sod on Rosedale Street. 
10.26.2018 Streets - Sod
Drainage Division
  • Cleared the creek crossing after recent rains.
  • Finished the drainage conversion installation in the 500 block of Rosedale Street.
10.26.2018 Drainage - Rosedale
  • Mowed the Quail Cove pond in the 2700 block of Quail Cove.
  • Installed erosion control in the drainage ditch at empty lot in the 3400 block of Deanna Court.
  • Trimmed the weeds from the drainage ditch in the 100 block of Brookdale Drive.
  • Backfilled a sink hole by the curb inlet in the 700 block of Shannon Lane. 

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a 16” ductile iron water main break at Highland Village Road and Justin Road.
10.26.2018 Utilities - Main Break
  • Texas Tank Services performed annual tank inspections and cleaning at all elevated and ground storage tanks.
10.26.2018 Utilities - Tanks
  • TV inspected three sanitary sewer services on Lamesa Drive, Big Elm Street, and Tharp Drive.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Flushed 3,600 linear feet of sewer lines performing 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Replaced missing sanitary sewer cleanout caps that were found during previous smoke testing.
  • Continued work at the Highland Shores Well Lot constructing a retaining wall and on erosion prevention.
  • 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
  • Preformed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced four ball joints and two shocks.
10.26.2018 Maint - Shocks
  • Replaced one window regulator.
10.26.2018 Maint - Window
  • Two batteries were replaced.
  • Three tail lights were replaced on City vehicles. 
  • Repaired two tires.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 3 and 4 were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued a total of ten notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 17 violations. 
10.26.2018 Code - Weekly
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 15
Permits Issued - 57
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 60
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Doubletree Ranch Park
Phil Schmidt painted the soccer fields in preparation for the games scheduled for this weekend. 
10.26.2018 Parks - DRP Soccer
Gabe Doria is coordinating the installation of GFCI outlets on select light poles to facilitate the inaugural Christmas at the Ranch taking place on Saturday, December 8.

Unity Park
Hector Calderon and Jesus Contreras scalped and seeded rye grass for the winter season. The Dog Park will be closed from October 24 until November 2 to allow the rye grass to germinate. 
10.26.2018 Parks - Dog Grass
To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, Scott Strasser painted pink ribbons and the bases on the baseball fields.
10.26.2018 Parks - Ribbon1
10.26.2018 Parks - Ribbon2
Staff has been installing outfield fence top rail protection caps on the baseball field fences.

All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system.

Copperas Branch Park
The road is closed from the middle of the parking lot to the boat ramp due to flooding. The rest of the park is open. 

Pilot Knoll Park
The campsites on the southern/outer perimeter in the overnight section of the park are closed due to flooding. Also, the most southern section of the road loop and the boat ramp in the day use section are close due to flooding as well. The rest of the park is open. 

Lakeside Community Park
A portion of the trail on the northern section of the park is closed due to flooding. 

Sunset Point Park
The park is closed due to flooding. There is no public access allowed through Edgewater Drive or anywhere else. 
10.26.2018 Parks - Sunset Point
Highland Village Road Boathouse Parking Lot
The parking lot located at 703 Highland Village Road is closed due to flooding. 

HVABSA
Staff met with representatives from the Highland Village Area Baseball and Softball Association (HVABSA) to discuss contract renewal, makeup schedules, and future plans. The meeting was positive and we look forward to working with the HVABSA in the future. 
10.26.2018 Parks - HVABSA
Salute our Veterans Banners
Joey Hardin removed the TXFallenPD Tribute Event banners and replaced them with the Salute our Veterans banners in preparation for Veterans Day and our annual Salute our Veterans luncheon with Congressman Burgess. 
10.26.2018 Parks - SOV Banner
TRAPS 
Departmental staff attended the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) 2018 North Region Conference last week where they accepted the Park Design Excellence Award for Doubletree Ranch Park. Phil Lozano also presented a session at the conference. 
10.26.2018 Parks - TRAPS Presentation
10.26.2018 Parks - Staff
Park Projects
Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to move forward with the parking lot addition. They have poured the turn lane and are currently working on installing the drainage inlet and reinforced concrete pipe. In preparation for the concrete pour next week (weather permitting), the contractor is forming the parking lot and installing rebar. 
10.26.2018 Parks - Brazos Turn Lane
10.26.2018 Parks - Brazos Drainage
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 Project. They have submitted the 90% complete design for the Softball Field Project, which staff is in the process of reviewing.  

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 will provide access from Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. Staff is in the process of reviewing submittals for both the large and small pedestrian bridges. The large pedestrian bridge will have 14 lighted, decorative stone columns and the small pedestrian bridge will have eight. Both bridges will have wall lights on the top rail every five feet. 

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 which will be installed at Unity Park (exercise equipment and Dog Park areas), Lions Club Park, Turpin Park, and Lower Sellmeyer Park. 

Pilot Knoll Park
Joey Hardin removed the day use restroom building and is currently working on removing the slab before replacing the building. 
10.26.2018 Parks - PK RR
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 Wednesday, eight Senior All-Stars took a trip to the Dallas Arboretum for “Autumn at the Arboretum.” While there, they saw 4,500 chrysanthemums (fall’s favorite flower), over 150,000 stunning fall blooming plants, an internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village with more than 90,000 pumpkins, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. Before making their way back to Highland Village they enjoyed lunch at the Arboretum. 
10.26.2018 Parks - Arboretum1
10.26.2018 Parks - Arboretum2
We had 32 Senior All-Stars attend a Halloween Party sponsored by the Arbor House in Lewisville on Thursday. They munched on a BBQ lunch featuring pulled pork, coleslaw, rolls, and cupcakes. Each Senior All-Star took home a goodie bag with coupons good for one free chicken salad donated by Chick-fil-A. A Halloween Party isn’t complete without a costume contest! Prizes were awarded to the top three costumes!
10.26.2018 Parks - SAS Halloween
Upcoming Special Events
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! 

The inaugural Tri-Town Amazing Race will take place on Saturday, November 10 beginning at Doubletree Ranch Park at 9:00 a.m. Teams of two to four people will be asked to complete ten challenges throughout Highland Village, Flower Mound, and Lewisville. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams with the first place team taking home the Tri-Town Amazing Race Cup to be displayed in their city’s Recreation Center or Municipal Complex until next year’s event. 

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 revonswan@me.com

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.
10.26.2018 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
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 November. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Krystin Henke PT Crossing Guard 4 Years of Service
Stephen Jones  PT Public Safety Officer 8 Years of Service
Michaela Mason Communications Officer 3 Years of Service
Margaret Patterson PT Crossing Guard 4 Years of Service
Brianna Robbins Communications Officer 2 Years of Service
Mel Harper Fire Driver/Operator 9 Years of Service
Billy Spencer Building Official 22 Years of Service
Phil Lozano Director of Parks & Recreation 1 Year of Service
Tim Bruedigam Construction Inspector 12 Years of Service
Richard Hutson Utility Supervisor 10 Years of Service
Richard Skipworth Utility Crew Leader 19 Years of Service
Ignacio Gomez Parks Tech I 1 Year of Service
Airrosti hosted a Learn at Lunch on neck and back pain treatments on Wednesday. 
10.26.2018 HR - Learn at Lunch
Walgreens was on hand to administer flu shots to employees and their families on Wednesday following the Learn at Lunch. 

Kimberly Lopez continued departmental training on the performance assessment software, Lattice, on Wednesday.

Jana Onstead attended the North Texas Society for Human Resource Management luncheon in Denton on Thursday where estate planning was discussed.