City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Dec 21

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 3:18 PM by Crystal Babcock

Fire Department
This week was the magical week that Santa made his way to Highland Village to see the kids and their families while being escorted by the Fire Department. He arrived on Sunday and quickly began his rounds, making sure to visit an area of the City each night. Friday is his last night here in Highland Village as he has a pretty big night coming up in a few days.
12.21.2018 FD - Santa Route
Lead II Excellence conducted monthly EMS Continuing Education classes with all three shifts this week. These courses keep the Firefighters current on the latest developments, skills, and new technologies.

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
12.21.2018 FD - Calls
Police Department
Javier Noriega started with the Police Department on Monday. He will attend the Tarrant County College Police Academy starting in January. 

Auxiliaries Bert and Nick were invited to Circle R Ranch for an event on Monday where the event organizer, and those in attendance, donated a table full of canned goods to the Stuff a Cruiser Toy and Food Drive.
12.21.2018 PD - Aux with Santa
12.21.2018 PD - Food
Corporal David Harney, Corporal Mike MacLean, and Officer Eric Luster participated in Shop with a Cop with Journey to Dream/Kyle’s Place. They went to Target, had a scavenger hunt, and shopped. Officer Luster and his shopping partner won the scavenger hunt, granting her an additional $100 gift card!
12.21.2018 PD - SC Group
12.21.2018 PD - SC Winner
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and storm damage issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineering, Ind. 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 attended their Annual Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday!
12.21.2018 PW - PW Luncheon
Streets Division
  • Continued concrete driveway repairs on Catlin Circle. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive and Shasta Court.
12.21.2018 Streets - Shasta
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
12.21.2018 Streets - Pothole
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court.
  • Hauled construction spoil from the material storage lot to the dump. 
  • Replaced several signs in various locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Continued the drainage conversion project in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
12.21.2018 Drainage - Catlin
  • Cleared creek crossings after the recent rains. 
  • TV inspected the 18” storm sewer RCP pipe for separations behind the houses in the 900 block of Misty Oak Drive.
  • Cleaned the grate on the storm sewer infrastructure located behind the houses in the 3100 block of Southwood Drive.
12.21.2018 Drainage - Southwood
  • Hauled spoils to the landfill.

Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 300 block of Spring Creek Court.
12.21.2018 Utilities - Spring Creek
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 700 block of Scottish Mist Trail.
  • Repaired a water main that a contractor damaged on Canyon Creek Drive.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • 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.
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 2600 block of Hillside Drive.
  • Rotated a valve to align a new pump at the FM 407 Well Lot.
12.21.2018 Utilities - 407 WL
  • Repaired a water service leak near the meter at Pilot Knoll Park.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Areas of Responsibility 1, 2, 3, and 4 were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued five notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed eight violations.
12.21.2018 Code - Weekly
Maintenance Division
  • Performed nine preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
12.21.2018 Maint - Service
  • Replaced an intake manifold and valve cover gaskets.
  • Repaired one tire and replaced two.
  • Completed five state vehicle inspections.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 24
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 21
Parks and Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system. They have also been concentrating on winter landscaping tasks. 

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. 

Lightguard Crosswalks
Staff has received the enhanced crosswalk hardware for the crosswalk at Highland Shores Boulevard and Community Center Drive. The contractor to install the hardware has been selected and staff is coordinating the timeline with them. 

Park Projects
Brazos Park 
The contractor continues to move forward with the parking lot addition. They continue to work on preparing the site for painting (pressure washing the site), signage, and sod. Laying of the sod has begun and the painting will begin after the first of the year. 

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 has submitted 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 footings for the structure continuing to cure. 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. 

Pilot Knoll Park
Staff continues to perform site work, but we expect the facility to be complete in January. 

Copperas Branch Park
Staff has contracted with La Terra Studio for the creation of the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. 

Chapel Hill Estates Trail Connection 
Staff is working with BW2 for the design of this project which will connect Castlewood Trail (on the west side of FM 2499 pedestrian tunnel) to Chapel Hill Estates along the southbound side of FM 2499.
FM 2499 Landscape and Maintenance Services Contract
Matthew Ansted is in the process of updating bid documents in preparation of the RFP advertisement.

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 Saturday, 16 Senior All-Stars took a trip to Fort Worth to see The Nutcracker Ballet at Bass Performance Hall. Prior to the show, they enjoyed lunch at various restaurants within Sundance Square.
12.21.2018 Parks - SAS Bass1
12.21.2018 Parks - SAS Bass2
Special Events
Christmas Tree Recycling will be held at Unity Park from December 26 to January 3. Residents are permitted to drop off their trees in the Kids Kastle parking lot after all of the decorations have been removed. 

The Give Us Your Best Shot! Photo Contest is currently underway! Submit your best photos from 2018 in these categories:
  • Best Overall
  • City Parks
  • City Events
  • Nature/Wildlife/Pets
  • Family Fun

Cash prizes will be awarded for each category. The deadline to enter is January 11, 2019. Visit for details and entry forms.

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. 
12.21.2018 Parks - Fit4Mom Santa
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.
12.21.2018 Parks - CG1
12.21.2018 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.

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
Nicole Hinckley, Certified Nutritionist, provided information on protein during individual nutrition meetings for the 17 participating employees. This is a wellness initiative that allows participants to meet with a nutritionist individually over a 12 week period. 

Jana Onstead and Kimberly Lopez met with Concentra to discuss our continued partnership with them.