City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Mar 11

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 8:18 AM by Crystal Babcock

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
Our first Community Coffee for 2019 took place on Thursday. We had a packed house with over 60 leaders in area businesses and nonprofits in attendance. We also introduced our newest member to the Highland Village family, Chief Michael Thomson. He was glad to be in attendance and appreciated the opportunity to meet our local HVBA businesses. After we did the introductions of all in attendance, Ken Heerman explained and provided the City’s proposed compromise to SB2/HB2. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Council member Mike Lombardo, and Council member Dan Jaworski were in attendance. 
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The TXFallenPD Tribute Event Committee met on Thursday to continue planning for the October event. Several committee members will be attending the Texas Police Chiefs Association Conference this April to sell shirts and encourage police departments to send a bike team.
Fire Department
Deputy Chief Nokes met with representatives from First Choice Emergency Room on Tuesday. They were gathering data for a research project on the successes and failures of free standing emergency rooms in the community. 

The Early Outdoor Warning Sirens monthly test was conducted Wednesday. All units are in working order. 

Deputy Chief Nokes attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) cardiac and stroke committee meetings on Wednesday. 

Deputy Chief Nokes also attended the Fire Instructors Association of North Texas (FIANT) monthly meeting in Grapevine. FIANT is made up of fire instructors and fire safety officers contributing to the growth and education of the fire service in North Texas. 

The Lion’s Club donated $250 to the Children’s Advocacy Center in the name of the Highland Village Fire Department. Thank you to the Lion’s Club for being a constant supporter of the City of Highland Village and its residents. 
3.8.2019 FD - Lions Club
B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

Assistant Chief Collier completed four fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
3.8.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Corporal David Harney participated in Lockdown Drills at our Highland Village schools. 

Commander Sheri Morrison, Corporal Anita Sanchez, Officer Marcela Leggett, and Officer Fabiola Ramirez attended the Highland Village Women’s Club dinner meeting as guests. This month is Women’s History Month and our police officers were recognized for their service to the community. 
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It was Open House for our Highland Village schools this week! Parents had the opportunity to see inside the school and meet the teachers. Corporal Harney and Corporal Sanchez were on hand during each Open House meeting a number of parents.

We would like to welcome David Huang as our newest Auxiliary member.

Officer Marcela Leggett has been selected as our newest Detective.

Officer Sullivan has completed training to become a Field Training Officer (FTO). He will be assisting new officers as they complete their required FTO period. 

Immosis came out this week to demo their virtual reality training program for police officers. Many of the officers tested it out and went through different scenarios.
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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 attended a Copperas Branch Park Master Plan meeting to discuss the future of Copperas Branch Park and identify issues at the park.

Streets Division
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Village Tree Drive.
3.8.2019 Streets - Village Tree
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court, Lake Highlands Drive, and Woodhaven Drive.
3.8.2019 Streets - Woodhaven
3.8.2019 Streets - Lake Highlands
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive.
  • Delivered recycling carts to residents. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
3.8.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Conducting a sign and pavement inventory, condition index rating, and replacement schedule throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Performed barrow ditch cleaning and laid new sod in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive.
3.8.2019 Drainage - Dickinson
  • Repaired a pipe separation that caused a street failure to occur in the 3100 block of Lake Haven Court.
3.8.2019 Drainge - Lake Haven
  • Attended another concrete saw cut training session in the 3100 block of Lake Haven Court.
  • Spoke with a resident in the 200 block of Pecan Street regarding a driveway culvert failure.

Utilities Division
  • Greg Warren obtained his Class II Wastewater Collection Operator license issued by the TCEQ.
  • Excavated and repaired three sanitary sewer services on Glen Ridge Drive, Scenic Drive, and Desiree Lane.
3.8.2019 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Turned off a water main for a new water main tie-in performed by a City contractor at Canyon Creek Drive and Winding Creek Drive.
3.8.2019 Utilities - Tie-in
  • Performed water meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Installed one water meter for a new home in the Ladera development.
  • Replaced several water meters that have reached their life expectancy.
  • Located water and sanitary sewer lines for CoServ performing an emergency pole replacement on Hickory Ridge Drive.
  • Began flushing dead end water mains as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance and flow tested several fire hydrants. 
  • 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 three and four were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 20 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed two cases.
  • Continuing the implementation of the Undeveloped Lot Program.
3.8.2019 Code - Week
Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Repaired one tire and replaced seven.
  • Replaced the oil level sensor on Fire Engine 482.
  • Replaced the belts on a concrete saw.
3.8.2019 Maint - Saw
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 14
Permits Issued - 33
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 36
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park and trail system in preparation for spring. They are preparing the soccer, football, and baseball fields for games and installed a wayfinding kiosk at the Doubletree Ranch Park soccer fields.
3.8.2019 Parks - DRP Sign
All divisional field staff attended a two day traffic control training session this week. The course covered traffic control standards that will continue to keep both the public and themselves safe while performing their duties. 
3.8.2019 Parks - Traffic
In addition, staff also attended a mower safety training hosted by Professional Turf Products (Toro). This training helps to ensure that staff is capable of safely operating the mowers and utility vehicles in our maintenance fleet.
3.8.2019 Parks - Mower
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.

After evaluating bids and receiving approval from Council, North Rock Construction has been selected to complete the Unity Park Softball Field Expansion Project. A pre-construction meeting has been scheduled for next week. Following that meeting, staff will issue a notice to proceed with the project. Construction is expected to take 180 calendar days from that point (pending weather).

Copperas Branch Park
Le Terra Studio held a Copperas Branch Park Master Plan kick off meeting with City staff on Wednesday. All of the ideas discussed will be presented at upcoming public forums (dates are to be determined). 

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
Staff received two bids for the FM 2499 Landscape and Maintenance Services Contract. They are currently reviewing both bids.

Sunset Point Park
After evaluating bids and receiving approval from Council, North Rock Construction has also been selected to complete the Sunset Point Park Project. A pre-construction meeting has been scheduled for next week. Following that meeting, staff will issue a notice to proceed with the project. Construction is expected to take 90 calendar days from that point (pending weather). 

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 Thursday, 45 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a baked potato lunch with salad and pies from Meals on Wheels. Afterward, several Senior All-Stars stayed to play Bingo.
3.8.2019 Parks - SAS Bingo
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

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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
3.8.2019 Parks - Fit4Mom
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.
3.8.2019 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.