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 22

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on April 22, 2019 at 8:22 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We held our Copperas Branch Park Master Plan Kick Off meeting on Thursday evening. Brad Moulton with La Terra Studios facilitate the presentation and group brainstorming. We had nearly 50 people attended to provide their big ideas on how the park should be developed. A big thank you to CoServ for bringing out their Snackin’ Wagon and providing BBQ sandwiches, beans, coleslaw, and cookies for all of those in attendance. If you weren’t able to make it, we recorded the meeting with our new mobile video production system and will post the video, presentation, and summary on in the next week. Remember, is the location for all ideas and information related to the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. To date, we have received 36 ideas posted to the new site! We will continue informing residents of the opportunity to submit their ideas for the park. 
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TXFallenPD committee members, Sergeant Pittinger, Corporal Harney, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock, attended the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s (TPCA) Annual Conference in Galveston this week to raise awareness of the event in October and raise funds selling the new Honor shirts. While there, they met Neal McCoy who was there to sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies. The committee met with Chiefs from across the state, challenging them to send a bike unit or to simply come out to honor the lives of the fallen with us in October. During the Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday morning, Chief Reim presented a check to TPCA with the funds raised from last October’s event. He also spoke to those in attendance about why we put this event on each year, and how they can get involved to help us raise funds for the Foundation. We have some big things in the works - we can’t wait to bring some of them to fruition! The new Honor shirts are available for purchase at the Police Department. We have both short sleeve shirts ($20) and long sleeve shirts ($30) available.
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Fire Department
Assistant Chief Nokes attended Leadership Lewisville on Tuesday where the focus was on Economic Development. A few of the stops for the day were in Highland Village including a tour of the Inland Trail System, Doubletree Ranch Park, and lunch at Shoal Creek Tavern.

Assistant Chief Collier attended continuing education class for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 

Due to the threat of severe weather on Wednesday, Chief Thomson and Assistant Chief Collier were monitoring the weather until late Wednesday evening. Additional staff were called in for staging in the event there was any storm damage. 

All three shifts attended EMS continuing education classes lead by Lead II Excellence. This month, all shifts were recertified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). 

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
4.19.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Wyatt came to the Police Department this week celebrating his third birthday! He wants to be a Police Officer when he grows up and was dressed ready for the occasion/duty in his uniform.
4.19.2019 PD - Wyatt
Corporal David Harney did a great job at the Heritage Hawkfest Lip Sync Battle. His rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” which he lovingly sang to his coffee and donuts, took home first place!
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Forget about the Bluebonnet Challenge, we prefer the Blue Bell Challenge! While teaching a LETS class at McAuliffe Elementary, we challenged the fifth grade class to collect canned fruit for the Salvation Army in Lewisville. Mrs. Burton’s class was the grand prize winner with over 50 cans of fruit collected! As the winners, they had a Blue Bell Ice Cream party with Corporal Harney. In total McAuliffe Elementary collected over 200 cans of fruit to donate.
4.19.2019 PD - BlueBell
Officer Henderson, Corporal Beaudreault (Sanchez), Corporal Harney, and Auxiliary Nick attended the Marcus High School softball game for First Responders Night.
4.19.2019 PD - Softball
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.

Public Works staff met with a resident on Kimberlee Lane to discuss a drainage issue.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Copperas Branch Court, Lake Highlands Drive, and Woodside Court.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lanier Way, Longfellow Drive, and Whittier Street.
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut in front of 2140 Justin Road.  
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
4.19.2019 Streets - Pothole
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City.
4.19.2019 Streets - Signs
Drainage Division
  • Cleared the creek crossings after the rain.
  • TV inspected a failing driveway culvert in the 300 block of Catlin Circle.
  • Performed pond maintenance in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive. 
4.19.2019 Drainage - Quail Cove Pond
  • Performed barrow ditch cleaning on Chinn Chapel Road.
  • Met with a resident in the 900 block of Southwood Drive to discuss standing water in their backyard.
  • Met with a resident in the 3000 block of Mullholland Street to inspect and discuss a sinkhole that was caused by a common drainage pipe in their backyard. 
  • Mowed and trimmed the weeds at the material storage facility in the 5000 block of FM 2499.

Utilities Division
  • Lance Beasley attended a 20 hour Utilities Management class in Carrollton.
  • Excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 600 block of Highland Meadows Drive.
4.19.2019 Utilities - Sewer Repair
  • Cleared an 8’ wide path along the back fence at the Idlewild Elevated Storage Tower to keep brush and vines from touching the fence and to comply with the vulnerability assessment program. 
4.19.2019 Utilities - Idlewild
  • Repaired an irrigation pipe and zone wires that were damaged due to a contractor error during the new fence installation at Lift Station 8.
4.19.2019 Utilities - LS 8
  • TV inspected two sanitary sewer mains on Darlington Drive and Timber Crest Lane.
  • Located three areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • Performed annual meter route inspections to ensure meter boxes are fully exposed, marked with a blue hash mark on the curb per City specifications, and verified radio telemetry 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
  • The current compliance rate is approximately 90%.
  • Areas of Responsibility one and two were swept proactively. 
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 15 new code compliance cases.
4.19.2019 Code - Weekly
Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.

Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 25
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park and trail system. They are also preparing the soccer, football, and baseball fields for games. 

On Tuesday, staff hosted the Leadership Lewisville class touring through Highland Village. We discussed how our Economic Development philosophy and policies work as well as how our 4B sales tax is able to fund the construction, maintenance, and operations of Doubletree Ranch Park and the Inland Trail System. 
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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.

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. This week, they worked on rough grading the entire site. The softball field project is expected to take 180 calendar days (pending weather).

On Monday, staff hosted a joint meeting between the Parks Board and City Council to review the progress and plans for the Unity Park Improvement Projects. One of the topics discussed was Kids Kastle. Staff took them on a tour of the current Kids Kastle site, and showed them why it needs to be replaced.
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Copperas Branch Park
Staff met with representatives from La Terra Studios and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Wednesday to discuss the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. USACE provided information and direction.
4.19.2019 Parks - USACE
Staff continues to seek online community engagement for the Master Plan via Speak Up HV. We know better decision are made when our community provides input, and the City wants to make that as easy as possible. You can contribute your ideas and ask questions at times that work best for you.

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.
Sunset Point Park
Staff has submitted a permit application to USACE for this project.

Doubletree Ranch Park to DCTA Train Station Pedestrian Connection
The southern section (south of the pond) is closed to the public due to the construction of the pedestrian bridge that will provide access from Doubletree Ranch Park to the DCTA Train Station. 

The NFL Flag Football games continued Saturday at Brazos Park. 

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

Last Friday, 26 Senior All-Stars (two full buses!) took a trip to the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth. They enjoyed lunch from food trucks and viewed art pieces on display from artists around the country.
4.19.2019 Parks - FTW Art
On Wednesday, 22 Senior All-Stars went to Crossfire Defense Academy and Range in Flower Mound. Before taking to the range, they were given a safety demonstration over how to shoot and handle a gun properly.
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We had 40 Senior All-Stars at the DuVall Center for lunch on Thursday from Meals on Wheels. They enjoyed sandwiches from McAlister’s Deli, potato salad, chips, and apple pie for dessert. After lunch, five All-Stars stayed to watch Vertigo, the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.

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. 
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez attended a Benefits and Compliance seminar in Fort Worth presented by Hays Companies. There she attended sessions covering A Strategic Approach to Health Plan Funding & Catastrophic Claims Management as well as Saving Money by Not Wasting Money on Penalties and Administrative Mistakes.