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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Apr 01

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 8:27 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).
  • Salerno’s, located in the Highland Village Town Center, is adding an outdoor seating area. 
Marketing & Communications
The Speak Up HV community engagement site is live today - check it out at! There is an introduction video in the “About Speak Up HV” section that explains the purpose of the site and answers many common questions. First-time users of the site will need to create an account at the “Register” link. Users choose their screen name providing them the opportunity to remain anonymous if they choose.

Copperas Branch Park Master Plan is the first project on the site. There are interactive photos of different areas of the park for residents to tell us what they currently like and share their ideas for the development of the park. Promotion of Speak Up HV will begin next week and we will continually add new content and opportunities for engagement as we move through the master planning process. Speak Up HV is intended to be the destination for anything and everything related to the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. We are working with la terra studio on the community engagement and master plan for the park. We will host a community engagement kick off meeting on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park. CoServ has generously agreed to have their Snack Wagon on site providing brisket sandwiches at no charge for attendees. A big thank you to Andra Foreman, Laurie Mullens, Andrew Boyd, and Crystal Babcock for their work on the Speak Up HV site layout, content, graphic design, and images.
3.29.2019 MC - SUHV
3.29.2019 MC - Invite
Council member Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday.
Fire Department
Chief Michael Thomson was sworn in at Tuesday’s Council meeting in front of family, friends, and colleagues. His wife, Tiffany, and daughters, Libby and Ayla, did the honors. 
3.29.2019 FD - Chief
All three shifts were at the Denton Training Facility Wednesday for live fire exercises. This training is done on a semi-annual basis as part of the Insurance Service Office (ISO) requirements and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) guidelines.
3.29.2019 FD - Train1
3.29.2019 FD - Train2
The Highland Village Fire Department showed their respect as the procession for Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Williams traveled from Fellowship Church in Grapevine to Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Michael Williams served with the Coppell Fire Department from 2004 until 2018. He lost a ten year, hard fought battle with Multiple Myeloma.
3.29.2019 FD - Procession
B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

Assistant Chief Collier completed 11 fire inspections and two plan reviews this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
3.29.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
At the March 26 Council meeting, four citizens were presented with the Citizen Certificate of Merit for their immediate and selfless actions that resulted in saving the life of another citizen. In February, Zachary Harris, Lorenzo Rios, Dylan Martin, and Mary Smith stopped to intervene when a person was in desperate need of help.
3.29.2019 PD - Merit
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.

TxDOT has installed a street light at the intersection of Highland Village Road and the IH 35E frontage road.
3.29.2019 PW - Light
Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on the City Hall parking lot, Copperas Branch Court, and Woodside Court.
3.29.2019 Streets - City Hall
3.29.2019 Streets - Woodside
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Karen Renee Court.
3.29.2019 Streets - KR1
3.29.2019 Streets - KR2
  • Delivered recycling carts to residents.  
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
3.29.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Met with masonry contractors to discuss repairing several retaining walls throughout the City.
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Following barrow ditch grading and cleaning, repaired the irrigation system in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive.
3.29.2019 Drainage - Dickinson
  • Repaired the irrigation wires in the 300 block of Craig Circle.
  • To alleviate water gathering in high and low spots, graded the barrow ditch to flow properly in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive.
  • Deployed line locates in the 200 block of Pecan Street for a driveway culvert installation and barrow cleaning.
  • Also deployed line locates in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive prior to barrow ditch cleaning and to eliminate water coming off of Highland Village Road. 
  • Met with a resident regarding barrow ditch cleaning to eliminate standing water in the 100 block of Lakeland Drive.
  • Removed blockages and flushed the driveway culvert on Remington Drive East.
3.29.2019 Drainage - Remington
  • Investigated the drainage easement behind the houses in the 2500 block of Woodside Drive for cleaning.
  • Cleaned and mowed at the material storage bins location.
3.29.2019 Drainage - Southwood
  • Investigated the pond berm leaching water in the 100 block of Wichita Estates.
3.29.2019 Drainage - Wichita Estates
  • Videoed the drainage culvert for inflow in the 2300 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
3.29.2019 Drainage - Briarhill
Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak in the 700 block of Windsor Court.
3.29.2019 Utilities - Windsor
  • Installed a new gate on the backside fence at Idlewild Elevated Storage Tank to gain access behind the fence to mow and weed eat.
3.29.2019 Utilities - Gate Install
  • Repaired a meter leak in the 2600 block of Bierstadt Drive.
3.29.2019 Utilities - Leak Repair
  • Completed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Replaced and tested a residential water meter in the 700 block of Windsor Court.
  • Performed annual meter route inspections to ensure meter boxes are fully exposed, marked with a blue hash mark on the curb, and endpoints are 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 four cases.
  • Continued the implementation of the Undeveloped Lot Program.
3.29.2019 Code - Weekly
Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery. 
  • Replaced the mower blades on two mowers.
  • Repaired one tire and replaced seven.
  • Completed one state vehicle inspection. 
  • Repaired the pull tarp on a dump truck.
  • Replaced the rotors and brake pads in a vehicle.
3.29.2019 Maint - Tire
3.29.2019 Maint - Brakes
Community Services Division
Building Permits (Commercial & Residential)
Plans Reviewed - 16
Permits Issued - 39
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 40
Parks & Recreation
The Spring NFL Flag Football season started Saturday at Brazos Park. Games of five-on-five focus on the fundamentals in passing, receiving, running, and defense for boys and girls from first through twelfth grade. 

The adult kickball league continued at Unity Park on Wednesday evening.
3.29.2019 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

Upcoming Special Events
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 13 at the Unity Park baseball/softball fields located behind Briarhill Middle School. This event is free to the public and includes pictures with the Easter Bunny himself (be sure to bring your camera), face painting sponsored by Point Bank, a Fire Engine, and a bounce house! The Hunt will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. In the event that the Easter Egg Hunt is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be held the following Saturday, April 20, at Unity Park at 10:00 a.m. 

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.
3.29.2019 Parks - CG1
3.29.2019 Parks - CG2
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
New Communications Officer, Briana Sanchez, started this week. Human Resources completed her new hire and on-boarding. 
3.29.2019 HR - B_Sanchez
Kerry Conrad and Kimberly Lopez met with the Texas Workforce Commission and Veteran Affairs to discuss how they could assist the city with recruiting. 

Jana Onstead attended a webinar, Compensation Update: Current Compensation Conditions in the Public Sector. She gained a better understanding of the impact of current economic trends, best practices, and how to develop a total rewards strategy. 

Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in March. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Matthew Cautero Communications Officer 3 Years of Service
Ken Heerman Assistant City Manager 28 Years of Service
Jorge Hernandez Utility Technician I 1 Year of Service
Jasmine Hipp Police Administrative Manager 3 Years of Service
William Jones Gate Attendant 4 Years of Service
Audrey Junkin Accounts Payable Specialist 19 Years of Service
Robert Lively  Streets Crew Leader 6 Years of Service
Benjamin McEnroe Streets Technician III 7 Years of Service
William Moore Utility Technician III 6 Years of Service