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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Feb 04

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Laurie Mullens

On Thursday I attended a symposium on Policies to Promote Inclusive Urban Growth, the event was hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. The theme of the symposium was, what can American cities do to better promote upward mobility among people who feel left behind by economic growth in their city and nationwide? How can American cities successfully stabilize neighborhoods, revive the urban middle class, and address the growing attainable housing crisis? The five key principles that I took away; Poor, under served communities should serve as focal points for urban growth. Economic development needs to be aimed at creating middle skill, good paying jobs, including those provided by local entrepreneurs. Urban redevelopment should be guided from the grassroots level. Step up infrastructure investments, citywide. Focus on education, particularly job training in practical skills. A very good conference!   
Business Updates
C/O application received for:
Eco Technologies International – (formally Blueline), located at 1800 Highland Shores Blvd
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Collier attended the 5th Annual North Texas Fire Marshals Conference in Richardson on January 29-31, 2019.  He obtained continuing education in fire investigations, fire inspections and community risk reduction.

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Interim Fire Chief Nokes attended a meeting of the Denton County Training Chiefs Association. This association presents Denton County firefighters with quality professional development and training, resource sharing, and cooperative mutual responses with a commitment to community safety. Currently, they are working on a multi-company/multi-agency training in March that will cover predefined operational tactics.

C-Shift conducted weekly Blood Pressure Checks at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center on Thursday.

Assistant Chief Collier completed two Fire Plan Reviews this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week: 

2.1.19 FD - Calls for Service
Police Department
Corporal David Harney attended the monthly School Resource Officer Supervisors meeting on Monday.

Chief Doug Reim and Commander Karl Schlichter attended the monthly North Texas Police Chief’s meeting which was held in Richardson this month.

Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove attended an update training for our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system at ICS.

Congratulations to Corporal Anita Sanchez who was honored by the Cross Timbers Rotary Club this morning with the Rotary Vocational Service Excellence Award. We are proud of her service to the community and to the students in our community. 
2.1.19 PD - Sanchez Rotary
Sometimes being in charge of the animal shelter provides some extra entertainment for us – especially when puppies are involved! 
2.1.19 PD - Puppy
2.1.19 PD - Puppy_Chief 

Public Works
Public Works staff met with several residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and storm damage issues.

Public Works staff met with representatives from BW2 to discuss Public Works projects and visit project sites.

Public Works Management staff continued 1 on 1 meetings with employees for the Lattice program.

Public Works staff met with CoServ Electric to discuss locations of stand-by generators in the City as part of their safety program.

Drainage Division:
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow in the on Whittier. 
  • Performed pond maintenance on the pond located behind Wal-Mart
  • Deployed line locates at various locations as requested by Franchise utilities.
Streets Division:
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive, Rosedale Street and Village Tree.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court.
  • Continued concrete driveway repairs on Snowden Court and Whittier Lane. 
2.1.19 Streets - Whittier
2.1.19 Streets - Snowden
  • Assisted Utilities Division with a saw cut on Wood Haven Drive. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City.  
2.1.19 Streets - Street signs
Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water main break in the 900 block of Excalibur Drive.
2.1.19 UT - Excalibur
  • Repaired a water main break in the 200 block of Oak Street.
    Repaired a water service leak in the 2800 block of Timbercrest Lane.
2.1.19 UT - Timbercrest
  • Completed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Flushed 3,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30, 60, and 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Restored six areas of previous water and sanitary sewer repairs by smoothing out the ground and laying new sod.
  • Located one area of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for a contractor performing directional boring and excavations.
  • 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.
Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventative maintenance / equipment services.
2.1.19 Maint - service
  • Four batteries replaced
  • Two head lights replaced
  • Replaced lower control arms.
2.1.19 Maint - control arm
  • Replaced rotors and brake pads
  • Six tires replaced
  • One alignment
Code Enforcement Division
  • AOR’s 2, and 3 swept proactively
  • Responded to citizen complaints
  • Issued a total of 21 new notices
  • Re-inspected and Closed 7 cases.
2.1.19 Code - Statistics
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

Special Events
Congratulations to the “Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest” winners!  The categories included City Parks, City Events, Nature/Wildlife/Pets, and Family Fun.  You can check out the winning photos on the Highland Village Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
Best Overall: Jeff Stephens. 
2.1.19 Parks - Stephens NWP 2 BEST OVERALL winner
City Parks: 
-Cory Wrenn: 1st Place 
-Jeff Stephens: 2nd Place
-Amanda Rogan: 3rd Place
City Events: 
-Angela Blackstone: 1st Place
-Dan Steiber: 2nd Place
Family Fun: 
-Heather Akins: 1st Place 
-Angela Fleming: 2nd Place 
-Sarah McQuilkin: 3rd Place  
-Dan Steiber: 1st Place 
-Linda Armstrong: 2nd Place

Upcoming Special Events
The annual Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance will be held this evening from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn - Lewisville. The event will feature dinner, dancing, and door prizes. 

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 Mondays and Wednesdays at Doubletree Ranch Park from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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.
2.1.19 Parks - Camp Gladiator
2.1.19 Parks - Camp Glad 2
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. These classes are 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.