City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Mar 25

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 9:40 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. 
  • Workout Anytime - 1952 Justin Road (next to Goody Goody).
Marketing & Communications
Andrew Boyd produced an introduction video explaining the Speak Up HV community engagement website. Thanks to nearly identical looking sisters, Andra and Darrah, for starring in the video. Andra Foreman and Laurie Mullens are continuing to work on the site with a go live date set for early April.
3.22.2019 MC - SUHV Video
Council member Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber luncheon on Tuesday. Chris Wallace, with the North Texas Commission, was the featured speaker. 

Laurie Mullens attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting on Thursday. 

Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting on Friday. 
Fire Department
We would like to welcome Fire Chief Michael Thomson to the Highland Village Fire Department. Chief Thomson came to us from Addison, where he was a Deputy Fire Chief instrumental in the creation of a regional training facility shared by Farmers Branch, Addison, Carrollton, and Coppell. Prior to Addison, Chief Thomson served in Farmers Branch where he was the Division Chief of Training and EMS.
3.22.2019 FD - B Shift
Assistant Chief Travis Nokes and Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy visited the Professional Ambulance Services’ site in Ohio. They were there to complete the final inspection of our new Medic. We are scheduled to have the new 2019 Ford F550 Type I Horton Ambulance in service by the end of April.
3.22.2019 FD - Medic1
3.22.2019 FD - Medic2
Assistant Chief Jason Collier, along with crews from Flower Mound and Lewisville, responded to a gas leak on Village Estates Drive in Highland Village on March 18. Engine 481 was initially out of district, but responded to the scene upon returning to the district. Once Engine 481 arrived on scene, Lewisville’s Engine 164 moved to the Fire Station to provide fill in services as needed. Atmos responded to the scene and approximately eight residences in the area were evacuated while they worked on the line. Atmos was successful in controlling the leak and shutting off the flow of gas while the line was repaired. 

All three shifts attended EMS Continuing Education classes this week taught by Lead II Excellence. These monthly classes keep our crews current on the latest techniques, developments, skills, and new technology in emergency medicine.
3.22.2019 FD - EMS CE
Assistant Chief Nokes attended Leadership Lewisville on the class trip to Austin to learn about state government and leadership. While there, they toured the Capitol Building and attended briefings given by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Economic Development and Tourism Department. They also attended a luncheon at the Austin Club that featured Commissioner Morath from the Texas Education Agency as the speaker. 

Assistant Chief Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. The TCFP meets quarterly and are in the process of updating references for state curriculums and revamping the State Fire Department Commission laws. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed two fire inspections and three plan reviews this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
3.22.2019 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 was able to resolve a drainage issue at Doubletree Ranch Park.

Streets Division
  • Congratulations to Don Strange for completing the APWA Public Works Professional Management Certificate!
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Dickinson Drive and Lakeland Drive.
3.22.2019 Streets - Lakeland
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court, Karen Renee Court, and Woodside Court.
3.22.2019 Streets - Karen Renee
  • Delivered recycling carts to residents.  
  • Cracksealed several asphalt streets including Foggy Glen, Meadowlark Lane, Mockingbird Drive, Tharp Drive, Trail End, and Post Oak Drive. 
3.22.2019 Streets - Crackseal
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City. 
3.22.2019 Streets - Sign Replacement
  • Nortex Concrete Lifting and Stabilization, Inc. lifted several concrete panels on Woodside Court and in the City Hall parking lot. 

Drainage Division
  • Re-poured a driveway after completing a driveway culvert installation in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive.
3.22.2019 Drainage - Dickinson
  • Opened the WYE inlet box behind the houses in the 200 block of Edgewood for better flow.
  • Flushed drainage culverts in the 100 block of Lake Vista West. The recent rain in the area had caused them to be blocked with leaves and debris.
3.22.2019 Drainage - Lake Vista
  • Graded a barrow ditch to flow properly in the 300 block of Craig Circle.
  • Attended a mosquito seminar in Grapevine put on by Municipal Mosquito. 
  • Repaired the fence around the drainage discharge in the 60 block of Remington Drive West. 
3.22.2019 Drainage - Remington
Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair two sanitary sewer services on Village Estates Drive and Catlin Circle.
3.22.2019 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Dressed nine areas of previous water and sanitary sewer repairs and laid new sod.
3.22.2019 Utilities - Clean-ups
  • TV inspected two sanitary sewer services and one storm drain pipe for the Drainage Division.
3.22.2019 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Replaced several water meters that have exceeded their accuracy potential.
  • Began annual meter route inspections to ensure meter boxes are fully exposed, marked with a blue hash mark on the curb, and endpoints installed correctly.
  • 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 two and three were swept proactively.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Issued 17 new notices.
  • Re-inspected and closed two cases.
  • Continuing the implementation of the Undeveloped Lot Program.
3.22.2019 Code - Weekly
Maintenance Division
  • Performed 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Repaired one tail light.
  • Replaced four tires and repaired one.
3.22.2019 Maint - Tire
  • Performed four state vehicle inspections.
  • Repaired the pull tarp on a dump truck.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 14
Permits Issued - 31
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 39
Parks & Recreation
The adult kickball league kicked off the spring season this week. Games take place on Wednesday nights at Unity Park
3.22.2019 Parks - Kickball
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

The Senior All-Stars enjoyed a lively St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 14 at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center sponsored by Avanti Senior Living. There were 42 All-Stars in attendance who enjoyed deli sandwiches and St. Patrick’s Day trivia. 
3.22.2019 Parks - StPattys1
3.22.2019 Parks - StPattys2
Friday after the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 20 Senior All-Stars went to Pilot Point to see the Texas Tulip fields. It was a cold morning, but they stopped in Ponder at Ranchman’s Steakhouse to warm up (and fill their bellies) on their way back.
3.22.2019 Parks - Tulip
3.22.2019 Parks - Ranchman
In honor of March Madness, ten Senior All-Stars entered their NCAA Tournament brackets in the March Madness Challenge. The winner will take home a $50 Visa gift card donated by Avanti Senior Living in Flower Mound. 

It’s been a busy season for the Senior All-Stars as they took another trip this week! This time, 14 All-Stars went to the Dallas Arboretum where they took in the sights of Dallas Blooms. This year’s theme is Life’s a Picnic and features an extraordinary, larger-than-life, picnic scene topiary comprised of a picnic blanket, flowers, picnic basket, pie, and a giant ant. 

On Thursday, 37 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lasagna, rolls, salad, and cookies catered by Peter’s from Meals on Wheels. Afterward, five Senior All-Stars stayed for How to Steal a Million, the 1966 romantic comedy featuring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. 
3.22.2019 Parks - Meals
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. 

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.

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.