City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Dec 17

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The holiday shopping campaign is in full swing with the Wrap in up in HV video series. This week videos were produced and shared for Nasr Jewelers and Sip | Stir Coffee House. A big thank you to our Marketing and Communication intern Nikhila Bulusu and Corporal MacLean for participating in the videos! You can help us encourage patronage of our local businesses by sharing the posts on your Facebook accounts. Be sure to like the Highland Village Business Association Facebook page and our Instagram account. We do have it all in Highland Village so you can wrap up your holiday shopping right here!
12.14.2018 MC - Nasr
12.14.2018 MC - Sip Stir
We presented a donation check in the amount of $58,573.76 to a representative from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation at Tuesday’s Council meeting. The donation is the culmination of the 2018 TXFallenPD Tribute Event which was held on October 20. The fundraising goal for 2018 was $30,000. For the last 11 years the Highland Village Police Department and the City of Highland Village have held an event to raise funds for the families of Texas police officers killed in the line of duty. The event has grown each year, with this year the biggest yet. We would not be able to put on this event without the support of Council, our community, and City staff.
12.14.2018 MC - Check Presentation
Finance Department
Congratulations to Priscilla Ibarra, Municipal Court Administrator, for completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas. The curriculum included theoretical, practical, and empirical aspects of criminal justice. 
12.14.2018 Fin - Priscilla
Fire Department
Captain Tony Sorsby graduated from the National Fire Academy (NFA) Managing Officer Program on December 7. Congratulations to Captain Sorsby on his dedication and hard work! 
12.14.2018 FD - Sorsby Grad
Assistant Chief Collier, Captain Sorsby, Driver/Operator Mel Harper, and Firefighter/Paramedic Derek Doyle went to Appleton, Wisconsin to provide the build specifications for the new fire engine. 

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

Chief Collier completed one fire inspection this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
12.14.2018 FD - Calls
Police Department
The Roberts family stopped by the Police Department this week to donate toys to the Toy and Food Drive.
12.14.2018 PD - Toy Drive
Commander Morrison and Senior Animal Care Officer Wes Fiddes held the third and final Animal Care Advisory Board meeting for the year this week.

Sergeant Jered Cameron drove Crosby, Carson, and Louviere to school after they won a ride to school through the TXFallenPD Tribute Event online auction.
12.14.2018 PD - Ride
The Field Operations Division conducted Intermediate Weapons Training this week. This training is held once a year, and includes all of the Police Department’s intermediate weapons as well as a review of the Use of Force Policy.

In an effort to narrow the candidate pool, Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove coordinated a testing process through DENCO for the Communication Officer and Records Technician applicants. 

The Police Department raised $1,498.17 for The Cure Starts Now – Beard it Up Campaign. The Cure Starts Now has been one of the leaders in non-government funding of pediatric brain cancer research and a pioneer to the efforts to find the cure to all cancers, starting with DIPG. 
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.

Public Works staff met with a representative from Shrickel, Rollins, and Associates to discuss future projects. 

Streets Division
  • Completed concrete driveway repairs on Rosedale Street. 
12.14.2018 Streets - Rosedale
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Shasta Court.
12.14.2018 Streets - Shasta
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced several signs in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut on Catlin Circle.
12.14.2018 Streets - Catlin
  • A Husqvarna representative delivered the new concrete saw and gave a walk around course to all of the Street Division operators.
12.14.2018 Streets - Husqvarna
Drainage Division
  • Continued the drainage conversion project in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
  • Deployed line locates in the 500 block of Sheldon Court for a drainage conversion project.
  • Cleared creek crossings after recent rains. 
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations in the City.
  • Flushed a blocked driveway culvert in the 300 block of Oak Street for proper flow.
12.14.2018 Drainage - Oak
Utilities Division
  • TV inspected an 18” sanitary sewer main in the backyard easement of Turpin Drive to locate and GPS taps as well as the location of the main for an upcoming replacement project.
12.14.2018 Utilities - Turpin Main
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 3000 block of Spring Creek Court.
  • Installed two meters for new houses in the Ladera development.
  • Repaired a fire hydrant in the 600 block of Duvall Boulevard.
12.14.2018 Utilities - FH Repair
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service on Louise Lane.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • Vacuumed out several water valves and lowered one valve stack to grade as part of our valve maintenance program.
  • Located one area 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 1 and 2 were swept proactively
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 14 notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 12 violations.
12.14.2018 Code - Cases
12.14.2018 Code - Violations
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced motor mounts.
  • Replaced one alternator.
  • Repaired two tires and replaced four batteries.
  • Replaced the cutting edge on a backhoe bucket.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 13
Permits Issued - 19
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 23
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system. They have also been repairing irrigation breaks in various locations.
12.14.2018 Parks - Irrig1
12.14.2018 Parks - Irrig2
Doubletree Ranch Park
The Denton County Master Gardeners assisted staff with planning 270 one gallon plants – and they did it in 1.5 hours! The Denton County Master Gardeners are an amazing group of people, we are fortunate that they chose to adopt Doubletree Ranch Park. 
12.14.2018 Parks - DRP Master Gardener
Lightguard Crosswalks
Staff hosted a training session over the maintenance and troubleshooting process for the illuminated crosswalks you see throughout the City. 
12.14.2018 Parks - Traning
Park Projects
Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to move forward with the parking lot addition. They continue to work on installing the electrical systems and irrigation system. The site has been graded in preparation for the sod delivery scheduled for next week. We anticipate this project to be completed by the end of the month, pending any weather delays. 

Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers has submitted the preliminary design of the track replacement for staff to review.

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the sidewalk. 

Unity Park
Halff Associates has submitted the 90% complete design for the Pond Expansion project. Staff has reviewed the submittal and returned it to Hallf Associates. Additionally, Halff Associates has submitted the 100% complete design for the Softball Field Expansion for staff to review.

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 that will provide access from Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. Construction is expected to be complete at the end of February 2019.

Doubletree Ranch Park Shade Structure and Playground 
Staff has received approval from Council to move forward with the shade structure, playground, and teen swing area. All of these items are proposed to be installed over the winter months. Staff is currently preparing the contracts for construction services. 

Park Shade Structures
The installation of shade structures at Lions Club Park, Turpin Park, and Lower Sellmeyer Park have begun with the pouring of footings for the structure. Shade structures at Unity Park (exercise equipment and Dog Park areas) will be installed when the company returns to install all of the top structures. 
12.14.2018 Parks - Shade
Pilot Knoll Park
The restroom building has been delivered and placed on site. There is some work to be performed on site, but we expect the facility to be complete in January. 
12.14.2018 Parks - PK RR 1
12.14.2018 Parks - PK RR 2
Copperas Branch Park
Staff has contracted with La Terra Studio for the creation of the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. 

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, 70 Senior All-Stars attended the annual Christmas Dinner Party. Meals on Wheels provided a delicious meal of ham, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, bread, and dessert. The Briarhill 8th Grade Choir performed for the Senior All-Stars. Many of our local business generously donated raffle prizes including items from Rambling Oaks Courtyard, Dental Depot, Snooty Pig, Blue Goose Cantina, Jason’s Deli of Flower Mound, Hillside Fine Grill, Premier Designs (Sharond Grimes), and Arbor House Assisted Living of Lewisville. Also, Dental Depot graciously volunteered their time to serve the Senior All-Stars! Thank you to everyone for their time and donations to make the Christmas Dinner Party truly special for the Senior All-Stars!
12.14.2018 Parks - SAS Christmas
12.14.2018 Parks - SAS Dental
Following the Christmas Dinner Party, six Senior All-Stars watched White Christmas (1954). 

Special Events
The inaugural Christmas at the Ranch was held on December 8 and featured ornament decorating and crafts inside Santa’s workshop, writing letters to Santa, and a special visit from Santa and his reindeer. Hot cocoa and cookies were donated and served by Elevation Church. The Voices of Flower Mound and Viking Voices of Highland Village Elementary sang Christmas Carols throughout the day. Additionally, the Marcus High School AFJROTC volunteered to assist kids with crafts in Santa’s workshop. Despite the weather, we were thrilled so many of our community members not only came out to the event, but volunteered their time to make sure it took place! 
12.14.2018 Parks - CATR1
12.14.2018 Parks - CATR3
We held a Social Media Contest sponsored by Blue Goose Cantina at Christmas at the Ranch. Attendees were encouraged to post pictures to Facebook or Instagram while at the event using the hashtag #hvparks. On Monday, five pictures were chosen for staff to vote on. Jill Reed’s classic picture with Santa was the winner!
12.14.2018 Parks - SMC Santa
Throughout the Christmas season, Doubletree Ranch Park will feature Christmas lights, lawn ornaments, and carriage rides! Carriage Rides are offered Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The winners of the 2018 Parade of Lights Holiday Lighting Contest were selected by a non-biased judging panel this week. Award winners in each category received a yard sign placed at their residence indicating their winning status and the category in which they received the award. The results are as follows:

  • Most Creative Display: 110 Glasgow Court; Stephen and Nanci Thompson
  • Most Outstanding Lights: 3119 Vista Heights Lane; Tony and Rosey Ross
  • Spirit of the Holiday’s: 193 Desiree Lane; Andy Dimsdle
  • Best Theme: 109 Nowlin Drive; Denny Carter 
  • Best Decorated Street: Bluff Circle 

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted applications!

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.
12.14.2018 Parks - CG1
12.14.2018 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.