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 18

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 18, 2019 at 8:18 AM by Crystal Babcock

Business Updates
Now Open
One Stop Nutrition is now open in The Marketplace at 3196 Justin Road, Suite 203. One Stop Nutrition offers low cost health food products and nutritional supplements. They have all natural fruit nutritional shakes and gourmet coffee in a fun and relaxed environment.

Certificates of Occupancy Issued
Eco Technologies International, a generator sales and service company, will be located at 1800 Highland Shores Boulevard. 

Under Construction
  • Lambeau’s America - they are leasing a portion of the old Patrizio’s space in The Shops at Highland Village. 
  • Salerno’s - located where Village Grill was.
  • Academy Mortgage - in The Shops at Highland Village. 

Permits Under Review
  • Tiffs Treats - will be located in The Shops at Highland Village. 
  • Premier Pigments - the old Tutor Time Building on Justin Road.
  • Workout Anytime - 1952 Justin Road next to Goody Goody.

Permits Issued - Construction to Start Soon
  • Brass Tap - in The Shops at Highland Village.
  • Painted Tree Tea Room - located in the Painted Tree Marketplace.
Marketing & Communications
Laurie Mullens, Andrew Boyd, and Marketing Intern Nikhila Bulusu have been busy filming this year’s State of the City to be presented on February 26 at the joint State of the Cities Luncheon. This annual event is a partnership between the Flower Mound Chamber, the Lewisville Area Chamber, and the Highland Village Business Association. It features the mayors of the three cities as they discuss the events that took place in the past year, as well as plans for the future. 

Between filming for the State of the City, we joined up with Timi Grogan to go shopping! In this Shopping Saturday segment you’ll see that decorating doesn’t have to be a difficult task. You can craft your dream interior with Decor to Your Door in The Shops at Highland Village. With design experts ready to help you figure out the best way to decorate your space, and hundreds of fabric and decor options, you are bound to make your vision come to life! Contact them at (972) 441-4355 to schedule your in-home consultation.
Fire Department
Interim Fire Chief Nokes attended Leadership Lewisville on Monday. This nine month program was created to identify, educate, develop, and motivate future leaders by exposing them to the realities, successes, and opportunities of our civic and business community. 

C Shift responded to a possible gas leak near Tartan Trail on Tuesday. They did find a leak, but there were no immediate hazards. Firefighter/Paramedics remained on scene checking the atmospheric conditions every 15 minutes until Atmos Energy arrived to shut off the leak. 

Assistant Chief Collier attended the monthly Fire Prevention Association of North Texas (FPANT) meeting on Wednesday in Farmers Branch. The association meets monthly to further educate members on a variety of fire prevention codes, standards, and latest developments. 

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
2.15.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove met with Information Services and Richard Gaston from MCP to discuss Denco’s integration with our system in their new facility.   

Mortgage Financial Services of Flower Mound cooked up the best pulled pork sandwiches and hamburgers for the Police Department this week. Thank you for the delicious food! 
2.15.2019 PD - BBQ
Communications Officer Brianna Robbins has accepted the Records Technician position in the Police Department. With Brianna moving to her new role, Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove has been interviewing candidates to fill the open Communications Officer position.  

Field Agent Lynn Beard from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) visited the Police Department to conduct an audit of our TCOLE required personnel files. 

Senior Animal Care Officer Wes Fiddes presented an update on the Animal Shelter and our Animal Care Program to Council. 
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and street 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.

Community Waste Disposal (CWD) showcased one of their new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste trucks at Tuesday’s council meeting where Mayor Wilcox and Council member Fleming posed for a picture with the new vehicle. CWD recently purchased three new CNG powered trucks that will service Highland Village. During the council meeting, CWD provided a service update. After collecting formal bids, CWD was awarded a five-year contract with City in 2018. There are many enhancements to the solid waste and recycling contract that CWD provides, details and services can be found on the City’s website.
2.15.2019 PW - CWD
Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive and Village Tree Drive. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court and Woodhaven Drive.
2.15.2019 Streets - Copperas
  • Completed concrete driveway repairs on Whittier Street.
2.15.2019 Streets - Whittier
  • Cracksealed a segment of Highland Village Road. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
2.15.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Delivered recycling carts to residents. 
  • Conducted sign and pavement condition index rating and replacement schedule throughout the City. 
2.15.2019 Streets - Signs
Drainage Division
  • Finished driveway culverts and graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
  • Installed a French drain to alleviate standing ground water near a WYE inlet box in the 700 block of Windsor Court.
2.15.2019 Drainage - Windsor
  • Staff attended a webinar over storm water for an erosion inspector.
  • Laid out saw marks for the driveway culvert installation in the200 block of Dickinson Drive.
2.15.2019 Drainage - Dickinson
  • Located storm water wastewater and water at various locations in the City.

Utilities Division
  • Todd Hutson attended a 20 hour Effective Utility Management training in Mansfield.
  • Excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 100 block of Baird Lane.
2.15.2019 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • A vendor performed a demonstration for a chimney sealant on sanitary sewer manholes to help with our inflow and infiltration issues. 
2.15.2019 Utilities - Demo
  • Completed flushing dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Potholed and located our 16” water main at Unity Park for an upcoming Parks Department pond expansion project.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service in the 3300 block of Windcrest Court.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance and flow tested several fire hydrants.
  • Flushed 500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for a contractor performing directional boring and excavations.
  • 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 one and two were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 11 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed six cases.
2.15.2019 Code - Case
Maintenance Division
  • Performed eleven preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced two batteries. 
  • Six tires were replaced.
  • Repaired the seat in a vehicle.
  • Replaced a throttle body.
  • Replaced a multi-function switch.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 11
Permits Issued - 23
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 31
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park and trail system in preparation for spring including trimming landscape grasses. 
2.15.2019 Parks - Village Trail
2.15.2019 Parks - 948
Staff installed soccer goals in preparation for the beginning of the spring season. 
2.15.2019 Parks - Soccer Goal
Abraham Yakes began performing his new duties as the Herbicide/Pesticide Technician. He will begin concentrating his efforts at Doubletree Ranch Park, Unity Park, and all City facilities.
2.15.2019 Parks - Pre-Emergent
Doubletree Ranch Park
The Denton County Master Gardeners helped fill in roses that were lost due to Rose Rosette Disease. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Denton County Master Gardeners and their partnership with the City. 
2.15.2019 Parks - DCMG
Parks and Trails Superintendent Matthew Ansted hosted work order training for departmental staff.
2.15.2019 Parks - Training
Maintenance Initiatives
Matthew Ansted has contracted out the maintenance of the Sellmeyer Lane iron fence painting as well as the Tennis Center court patching. By contracting this work out, our staff is able to concentrate on performing specialized tasks within our parks and trail system. 
2.15.2019 Parks - Sellmeyer
2.15.2019 Parks - Tennis Patch
Parks Capital Improvement Projects
Brazos Park 
The construction has been completed and the project is now in the closeout phase. 

Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the project. 

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

Unity Park
Halff Associates is in the design process for the Pond Expansion project.

Bids for the Softball Field Expansion portion of the project were read aloud on February 7, with three bids being received. Staff is in the final stages of evaluating the bids. 

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. The contractor has submitted applications for the installation of the electrical rack that will feed the lights on the bridge. Construction is expected to be complete at the end of March 2019.

Doubletree Ranch Park Shade Structure and Playground
Staff has sent the approved contracts for the shade structure, playground, and teen swing area to the respective contractors for execution. All of these items are proposed to be installed over the winter months.

Pilot Knoll Park
Contractors are installing power to the day use restroom building. Staff has received quotes to install sidewalks around the restroom building.  

Copperas Branch Park
Staff is working 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
Bid documents and information for the FM 2499 Landscape and Maintenance Service contract can be found on the City’s website.

Sunset Point Park
Staff has received bids for the Sunset Point Park project and are currently reviewing those submitted.
2.15.2019 Parks - Bid Open
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

Last Friday, 12 Senior All-Stars took a trip to the CR Smith Museum in Fort Worth. Those in attendance walked away with a better understanding of the history of American Airlines and what it takes to run an airline. Prior to the museum tour, the Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch at Saviano’s Italian Kitchen in Euless.
2.15.2019 Parks - Saviano
On Thursday, 47 Senior All-Stars attended the Valentine’s Day Party at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Attiva Active Living in Lewisville helped sponsor the lunch from Palio’s Pizza Café, which consisted of chicken parmigiana, salad, cheese bread, and an array of desserts, many of which were homemade by our Senior All-Stars. Palio’s Pizza Café donated five $10.00 gift certificates which were raffled off at the party.
2.15.2019 Parks - Valentine
Community Education Classes
Private Yoga Classes are offered by certified Yoga Instructor, Rachel Swan, at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 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.
2.15.2019 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.

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
Human Resources on-boarded new Park Technician Joe La Mothe. We welcome Joe and are happy to have him working for the City.
2.15.2019 HR - Mothe
Kimberly Lopez met with Cigna representatives Melissa Meadows, Health Engagement Partner, and Katelynne Callender, Senior Wellness Consultant, to discuss the annual benefit fair and biometric screening.