City Manager Michael Leavitt

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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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Mar 04

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 8:15 AM by Crystal Babcock

We hosted Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell and the Precinct 3 Transportation meeting on Monday. Attendees included mayors, council members, city staff, and franchise utility companies from the cities located in Precinct 3. Topics covered at these quarterly meetings range from coordinated county and municipal street reconstruction projects to TxDOT Farm to Market projects that fall within Precinct 3. We received updates on projects concerning Highland Village from Denton County Transportation Consultant ITS, Mr. Polster. Denton County is assisting Highland Village staff with the installation of a safety light by TxDOT at the intersection of Highland Village Road and IH 35E Service Road. It was also reported that the IH 35E managed lanes are exceeding all revenue projects. Revenue from these managed lanes must stay within the IH 35E corridor to facilitate future projects. TxDOT and Denton County have begun the process of eliminating all truck traffic from the far left lane on the IH 35E corridor through Denton County. 

Thank you to Mayor Wilcox, Council member Jaworski, and Public Works staff for attending on behalf of the City. 
Business Updates
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.
  • Tiffs Treats - will be located in The Shops at Highland Village. 

Permits Under Review
  • Workout Anytime - 1952 Justin Road next to Goody Goody.
Marketing & Communications
The annual State of the Cities luncheon was held on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn of Lewisville. Each year we have the opportunity to share the state of Highland Village along with the City of Lewisville and the Town of Flower Mound. Highland Village’s video presentation this year was titled “Pathway to Leadership” and was told through LISD elementary and middle school students as they took on the roles of Council members and City staff. A big thank you to Andrew Boyd for his video production skills and Crystal Babcock for her design work. We are especially appreciative of the kids who participated, they all enjoyed it and learned a lot about City government.
3.1.2019 MC - SOTC
3.1.2019 MC - Kids
The March Foodie Friday segment features our newest restaurant, Salerno Italian Restaurant. Mike and Morris Salerno opened Salerno’s Italian about a week ago in the Highland Village Town Center. The restaurant features the traditional favorites along with some new items like a chicken rotisserie, wood-burning pizza oven, and delicious pies for dessert. Stop in and see the new Salerno Italian Restaurant in Highland Village!
3.1.2019 MC - Salerno
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Collier attended the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1851 class on Wednesday. These classes are held to update members on changes with NFPA standards on cleaning, inspection, and repair of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

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

Deputy Chief Nokes participated in the McAuliffe Elementary School’s Chili Cook-Off on Thursday. This annual fundraiser helps pay for various field trips, books for the library, and technology in the classrooms. 

Assistant Chief Collier completed six fire inspections and one plan review this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
3.1.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Representatives from Girl Scout Troop 7877, Ainsley and Jordan, delivered some delicious Girl Scout cookies to the officers. Cookie season is our favorite time of the year!
3.1.2019 PD - Cookies
Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove has been interviewing candidates to fill the open Communications Officer position.  

Corporal David Harney was on hand at the McAuliffe Annual Chili Cook-Off Thursday night. Leading up to the event, Corporal Harney was in charge of scheduling officers and staff to help ensure that this event took place without incident. 

Lieutenant Bobby Doyle and Assistant Chief Mark Stewart attended an Active Shooter meeting in Lewisville on Tuesday. 

Assistant Chief Steward also attended the State of the Cities Luncheon on Tuesday. 

Corporal David Harney and Corporal Anita Sanchez attended Best Practices for Crisis Interventions training at Collin County Community College this week.
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.

Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive and Village Tree Drive. 
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court and Woodhaven Drive.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
3.1.2019 Streets - Pothole
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a saw cut on Lake Highlands Drive.
3.1.2019 Streets - Saw Cut
  • Maintained gravel roads throughout the City.
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  • Delivered recycling carts to residents.
  • Conducting a sign and pavement inventory, condition index rating, and replacement schedule throughout the City. 
  • The Streets Division attended the TXAPA Managing Asphalt Pavements Conference where they learned about new pavement technologies and procedure advancements.
3.1.2019 Streets - TXAPA
Drainage Division
  • Performed barrow ditch cleaning in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive. 
3.1.2019 Drainage - Dickinson
  • Cleared the concrete drainage flume in the 3200 block of Newhaven Drive.
  • Performed pond maintenance on the Quail Cove pond located in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive.
3.1.2019 Drainage - Quail Cove
  • Saw cut the street in the 3200 block of Newhaven Drive to perform drainage culvert repairs. 
3.1.2019 Drainage - Newhaven
  • Met with a resident in the 300 block of Mockingbird Drive to discuss installing a driveway culvert to help alleviate flooding.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water service line in the 2800 block of Timber Crest Lane. 
  • Performed four water meter installs for new homes in the Ladera development.
  • Flushed 5,200 linear feet performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance. 
  • Repaired two fire hydrants and put back into service on Nelson Parkway and Excalibur Drive. 
  • Replaced two curb stops on Justin Road and Horseshoe Drive.
  • Turned off the water main at Longfellow Drive and Oak Forest Drive for a new water main tie-in done by a contractor.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance and flow tested several fire hydrants. 
  • 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, two, and five were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 15 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed 12 cases.
  • Initiated an Undeveloped Lot Program.
3.1.2019 Code - Week
Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Repaired a tail light.
  • Replaced five tires and repaired one. 
3.1.2019 Maint - Tire
  • Completed four state inspections and two Department of Transportation inspections.
  • Performed six vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced a multi-function switch.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 29
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 30
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park and trail system in preparation for spring. Mulching and stump grinding were on the docket this week.
3.1.2019 Parks - Mulch
3.1.2019 Parks - Stump
Marcos Mejorado also performed routine maintenance inspections on the irrigation systems throughout the Parks system. 
3.1.2019 Parks - Irrig
Fince Espinoza attended Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) training on Wednesday, which covered the newly released ADA standards.
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Phil Lozano attended the 2019 Parks Day - Walk the Halls along with other area Parks & Recreation Departments including DeSoto Director, Renee Johnson. This day at the capital provides Parks & Recreation Departments from around the state the opportunity to speak with area representatives and thank them for their support while reminding them of the essential role that Parks & Recreation Departments play in our communities and on the economy. While there, Phil met with Representative Tan Parker and Jennifer Strobel from Representative Michelle Beckley’s office.
3.1.2019 Parks - Park Day
Parks & Recreation staff visited the City of Cedar Hill community built playground construction site this week. Staff is in constant contact with the City of Cedar Hill, among others, to gain knowledge and familiarity with the logistics of accomplishing a community built playground. 
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3.1.2019 Parks - CH Playground2
Parks Capital Improvement Projects
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.

Staff received approval at the Council meeting Tuesday to move forward with this portion of the project. They are now coordinating with the design firm and contractor to set a date for a pre-construction meeting. Following the pre-construction meeting happens, staff will issue a notice to proceed with the project. 

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
Bids are now being accepted for the FM 2499 Landscape and Maintenance Service contract. Bidding will close on March 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. 

Sunset Point Park
Staff also received approval at the Council meeting Tuesday for the Sunset Point Park project. They are now coordinating with the design firm and contractor to set a date for a pre-construction meeting. Following the pre-construction meeting happens, staff will issue a notice to proceed with the project. 

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

Upcoming Senior All-Star Special Events
Mark your calendars for the Senior All-Star St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Thursday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. The celebration will take place at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center and is sponsored by Avanti Senior Living in Flower Mound.

Upcoming Senior All-Star Trips
March 13: Texas Tulips in Pilot Point
March 20: Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

TRAPS Conference
Phil Lozano, Andra Foreman, and Adam Richter attended the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) Annual Conference in El Paso last week. Throughout the week, our staff members attended educational sessions on the latest trends in Parks and Recreation and earned CEU’s for their CPRP certifications. Between sessions, they did some sightseeing in El Paso which lead them to the Franklin Mountains State Park. We’re thrilled to report that they survived the treacherous winds and chilly weather during their hike, even stopping to take a quick selfie! They have returned to Highland Village energized and ready to jump back in!
3.1.2019 Parks - Hike
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.

Thank you to Camp Gladiator for participating in Adopt-a-Spot and adopting Doubletree Ranch Park as their area!
3.1.2019 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
The Human Resources Department welcomed our new HR Generalist, Kerry Conrad, this week. She will be a wonderful addition to the Human Resources Department. 
3.1.2019 HR  - Conrad