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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Dec 10

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 8:56 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Heading out of town over the holidays and need to find a fun, loving place for your furry friend? No, not your spouse. The other furry friend…you know, the one with four legs. Dogtopia in Highland Village is the perfect place! They specialize in loving and caring for your dog as if they were their own. With their award winning daycare, boarding, and spa services you can certainly #wrapitupinhv here! 
Fire Department
Mr. and Mrs. Claus visited the Fire Department on Saturday for Santa Day! There were about 500 kiddos that came to see them and tell Santa their Christmas wishes. We know the elves back home in the North Pole will be very busy getting all of the presents ready for Christmas Eve!
12.7.2018 FD - Santa1
12.7.2018 FD - Santa2
Driver/Operator Robert Dukes along with Firefighter/Paramedics Cary Daniels and Clinton Duke had a special visitor at Santa Day. The family of the baby they delivered at the Fire Station a few months ago came up to take a picture with them (and Santa of course)!
12.7.2018 FD - Baby
The Fire Department conducted the monthly siren test on Wednesday with no malfunctions.

Interim Chief Nokes and Assistant Chief Collier attended the monthly Denton County Fire Chiefs meeting on Thursday. 

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

Chief Collier completed two fire inspections and three plan reviews this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
12.7.2018 FD - Calls
Police Department
Officer Ben McKelvey stopped by the Castlewood Community Center for Cookies with Santa this week.
12.7.2018 PD - McKelvey Santa
We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our residents and local community. The Police Department set up at Walgreens and Walmart to collect toys, food, and donations for the Toy and Food Drive this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and donated!
12.7.2018 PD - Toy1
12.7.2018 PD - Toy2
Corporal Anita Sanchez attended a four hour Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Training in White Settlement certifying her as an instructor. This training provides the officer with teaching strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event that will be presented to schools, businesses, and community members. 

The Police Department was overjoyed to provide toys to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County (CACDC). The CACDC received almost 200 items to provide to children in need in Denton County. They will be hosting a party on December 15 to hand out the presents to the children. 

The Police Department was also able to provide over 300 toys to Love for Kids. At their party this weekend, they will provide toys to over 1,100 children from Title One Schools including the Lewisville Independent School District. 
12.7.2018 PD - Love for Kids
Corporal Detective Cory Gullo attended Child Abuse Prevention Training at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office this week. This training will not only benefit the HVPD, but it also assists Corporal Gullo in earning his Intermediate Peace Officer Certification.
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 and visit project sites. 

The management staff continued one-on-one meetings with employees to set up Lattice.

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 now open to the public. 
12.7.2018 Streets - Clearwater
  • Completed concrete sidewalk repairs in the 700 block of Tartan Trail.
  • Completed concrete driveway repairs on Thistle Court. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Shasta Court. 
12.7.2018 Streets - Shasta
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
12.7.2018 Streets - Potholes
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Lakeland Drive.
12.7.2018 Streets - Lakeland
  • Assisted emergency services with a down communications line on Elmwood Drive.
12.7.2018 Streets - Frontier
Drainage Division
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow properly in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive.
12.7.2018 Drainage - Longfellow
  • Flushed the driveway culverts in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive to ensure proper flow of the barrow ditch following cleaning and grading.
  • Repaired the aeration pond pump in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
12.7.2018 Drainage - Pond Pump
  • Deployed line locates in the 300 block of Catlin Circle and the 500 block of Sheldon Court for drainage conversions.

Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak in the street on Lakeland Drive.
12.7.2018 Utilities - Service Leak
  • Made repairs to seal several sanitary sewer manholes that were found during a smoke testing project. 
12.7.2018 Utilities - MH Sealing
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Unstopped three sanitary sewer services on Karen Renee Court, Fernwood Drive, and Spring Creek Court.
  • TV inspected two sanitary sewer services on Fernwood Drive and Spring Creek Court.
  • Installed four meters for new houses in the Ladera development.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • Located three areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing excavations and directional boring.
  • 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.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 3 and 4 were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 15 notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 17 violations.
12.7.2018 Code - Code Graph
12.7.2018 Code - Violations
Maintenance Division
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Repaired the SkyWatch.
  • Replaced the air conditioning in a City vehicle. 
12.7.2018 Maint - AC
  • Performed nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 24
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 41
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 Wednesday, the Senior All-Stars took a trip to Fort Worth to drive through the Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway. They stopped at Babe’s Chicken in Roanoke for dinner before heading over to Texas Motor Speedway.
12.7.2018 Parks - SAS at Babes
On Thursday, 35 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a full lunch provided by Meals on Wheels complete with chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and dessert from Chicken Express. After lunch, several of the Senior All-Stars stayed to play Bingo.
12.7.2018 Parks - SAS Bingo
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.
12.7.2018 Parks - Fit4Mom
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.
12.7.2018 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
Kimberly Lopez on-boarded new hire’s Zachary Forschen and Manuel Flores Martinez. Zachary Forschen is a new Police Officer that started on December 3. He has previous experience with the Carrollton Police Department and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Dakota. Officer Forschen will complete a comprehensive Field Training Program before being released to perform patrol duties on his own.
12.7.2018 HR - Forschen
Manuel Flores Martinez is a new Park Technician who also started this week. We are thrilled to welcome both of our new employees and hope that you will take some time to welcome them!
12.7.2018 HR - Martinez
Jana Onstead worked with the Marketing and Communications Department to prepare for the Employee Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Lion’s Club. We are so grateful for the special lunch that the Lion’s Club provides during this time. This luncheon recognizes employees who meet specific year milestones in service working with the city. It also celebrates the winter holidays and brings all city employees together!