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 25

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 8:05 AM by Crystal Babcock

Business Updates
Now Open
Salerno’s Italian Restaurant located at 2250 Justin Road, Suite 130 is now open! After announcing they would be moving to Highland Village, co-owners (and cousins) Morris and Mike Salerno remodeled the old Village Grill space to fit their needs and open it up more for their clientele. They will begin construction on Phase II soon that will include a patio. The family owned Italian restaurant serves pasta, pizza, bread, and dessert. 

Under Construction
  • Lambeau’s America - they are leasing a portion of the old Patrizio’s space in The Shops at Highland Village. 
  • Academy Mortgage - in The Shops at Highland Village. 
  • Premier Pigments - the old Tutor Time Building on Justin Road.
  • Brass Tap - in The Shops at Highland Village.
  • Painted Tree Tea Room - located in the Painted Tree Marketplace.

Permits Under Review
  • Tiffs Treats - will be located in The Shops at Highland Village. 
  • Workout Anytime - 1952 Justin Road next to Goody Goody.
Marketing & Communications
This week Council, Angie Miller, Laurie Mullens, and I attended Denton County Days in Austin. We had the opportunity to meet with Representative Tan Parker, Senator Jane Nelson’s legislative director, and Representative Buckley’s chief of staff to share the City’s legislative platform. We also provided a white paper explaining the impacts of property tax reform currently found in SB2/HB2, along with a suggested compromise to address needed property tax reform while allowing Highland Village to provide the service our residents expect. Mayor Wilcox and the other DCTA member city mayors met with Senator Jane Nelson and Representative Tan Parker regarding the proposed DCTA legislation to re-define the voting members of the DCTA board to ensure fair representation for the paying entities. The Denton County Days delegation also distributed a memento to all of the legislators. 
2.22.2019 MC - DCD1
2.22.2019 MC - DCD2
Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Area of Chamber of Commerce board meeting on Thursday. 

Last Friday Laurie Mullens attended the New and Emerging City Manager Program facilitated by Lewis McClain through the North Central Texas Council of Governments Training and Development Institute. The nine-month program focuses on insights, trends, and technology of the public finance sector. The February session consisted of presentations and discussions around fiscal impacts in existing master plans and economic development as well as growth impact studies.
Fire Department
B Shift, along with units from Flower Mound, were dispatched to a commercial fire alarm on February 17. After evacuating all occupants, Firefighter/Paramedics found the source of the alarm - a load of towels had caught fire in the dryer. They cut the power to the unit and extinguished the flames and hot spots. 

Shifts and units were shuffled around on Tuesday as A Shift provided coverage for Lewisville’s Central Fire Station and Denton’s Engine 3 provided coverage for our Engine 481. We are grateful for the working relationship we have with our local stations and the ability to have each other’s back when needed. 

Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy conducted a CPR refresher course for the Police Department on Tuesday.

Driver/Operator Robert Dukes conducted a CPR/AED course for the community on Wednesday with 18 people in attendance.

All three shifts attended EMS Continuing Education classes taught by Lead II Excellence this week. These monthly continuing education classes keep our crews current on the latest techniques, developments, skills, and new technology in emergency medicine.

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed six fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
2.22.2019 FD - Calls
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.

Public Works staff met with the City of Lewisville to discuss renewing our contract for the traffic signal located at the intersection of Brazos Boulevard/Highland Shores Boulevard and Highland Village Road.

Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive and Village Tree Drive. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court and Woodhaven Drive.
  • Delivered recycling carts to residents.
  • Continued cracksealing segments on Highland Village Road.
2.22.2019 Streets - Crackseal
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
2.22.2019 Streets - Pothole
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut on Dickinson Drive.
2.22.2019 Streets - Saw Cut
  • Conducting a sign and pavement condition index rating and replacement schedule throughout the City.
2.22.2019 Streets - Sign
Drainage Division
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations throughout the City.
  • Flushed the driveway culvert in the 100 block of North Clearwater Drive for proper flow.
  • Located storm water and water infrastructure at various locations in the City.
  • Monitored the creek crossings.
  • Attended concrete saw live training in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive.
2.22.2019 Drainage - Saw
  • Installed a driveway culvert and cleaned the barrow ditch in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive.
2.22.2019 Drainage - Dickinson Culvert
2.22.2019 Drainage - Dickinson Ditch
  • Inspected blockages at the concrete flume in the 100 block of Villa Park Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Greg Warren took his TCEQ Wastewater Collection II license.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Dressed four areas of previous water and sanitary sewer repairs and laid new sod.
2.22.2019 Utilities - Sod
  • Performed three water meter installs for new homes in the Ladera development.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 2800 block of Timbercrest Drive.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance and flow tested several fire hydrants. 
2.22.2019 Utilities - FH Maintenance
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses.
  • Flushed 500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing quarterly sewer line maintenance on Highland Lake Drive.
  • Located three areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for a contractor performing directional boring and excavations.
  • 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 three and four were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 12 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed two cases.
2.22.2019 Code - Cases
Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
2.22.2019 Maint - Service
  • Replaced one battery.
  • One head light was replaced.
  • Made repairs to the trailer lights.
  • Replaced a mower deck belt.
  • Replaced a multi-function switch.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 15
Permits Issued - 27
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 25
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park and trail system in preparation for spring. 
2.22.2019 Parks - Silverthorne
Maintenance Initiatives
Fince Espinoza attended the North Central Texas Council of Governments Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) on Wednesday. At the meeting, they discussed the ongoing regional plan for cooperatively constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities to allow connectivity throughout the North Texas region. 
2.22.2019 Parks - BPAC
Parks Capital Improvement Projects
Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the project. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and BW2 Engineers met to discuss the alignment of the project. 

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 will be presenting their recommendation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

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
Matthew Ansted hosted a pre-bid meeting for the FM 2499 Landscape and Maintenance Service contract with eight contractors in attendance. 

Sunset Point Park
Staff has received bids for the Sunset Point Park project and will be presenting their recommendation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
2.22.2019 Parks - FM 2499 Meeting