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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May 06

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 8:30 AM by Crystal Babcock

Phil Lozano, Director of Parks & Recreation, Mayor Wilcox, and myself met with a group of residents this week at Doubletree Ranch Park. We walked the pedestrian bridge that is under construction. The group of residents have identified a community project/event they would like to bring forward that would involve the bridge as well as the entire Highland Village community. We provided some guidance to them pertaining to the City’s process for special events as well as how to establish potential costs that could be associated with the event. Stay tuned as the group gathers additional information and details about their endeavor. We are very excited about this possibility and can’t wait to share it with our residents!
Marketing & Communications
We received the recap of the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan kick off meeting information from la terra studio and will be posting that information, along with the recap video, to Our goal is to continue the momentum and keep the conversations going as we move through the idea gathering process of the master plan. The next opportunity for live engagement with the public is set for Saturday, May 18 where la terra studio will host a Walk the Park from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas as we tour the park. Mark your calendars, plan to attend, and invite your neighbors!
5.3.2019 MC - Walk the Park
The use of 360 images and our personalized welcome video on the site received attention from Bang the Table with a shout out via LinkedIn from our account manager. With all the clients Bang the Table has we are honored they chose to recognize the work we are doing, especially since our site has only been live a little over a month! 
5.3.2019 MC - BTT Mention
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Nokes and Administrative Assistant Charlene Seidl attended a data analysis class in Garland this week taught by Paul Rottenberg. This three day class demonstrated how to efficiently collect and report fire service data.

Chief Thomson attended a Boy Scouts of American luncheon on Wednesday. The luncheon provided information on how the community can become involved in helping young people develop into responsible citizens and make good choices.

Renata Honc got a special ride to school on Wednesday in the Fire Engine! She recently won the certificate for a ride in a silent auction. It’s always fun to give students rides when they win.
5.3.2019 FD - Honc Ride
Chief Thomson and Assistant Chief Collier attended the Lewisville Fire Department’s Keeping Tradition Alive (KTA) opening ceremonies on Thursday. KTA is one of the premier training events for honor guard, bagpipe, and drum members across the country. It includes classes for public safety honor guards that are conducted by the National Honor Guard Academy.

The monthly Early Outdoor Warning Siren test was cancelled this week due to inclement weather. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed eight fire inspections this week. 
Police Department
The Police Department removes the drugs from our Prescription Drug Drop Off bin twice a year to be destroyed. We took 21 boxes, or a total of 703 pounds, last Saturday to be destroyed.
5.3.2019 PD - Prescription
The Police Department conducted spring firearms training. They completed lowlight firearms training with pistols and shotguns at the DCSA Range in Copper Canyon. 

The Highland Village and Lewisville Police Departments rode with the Wall that Heals procession this week. This mobile, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC was on display May 2 through May 5. The traveling exhibit honors more than three million Americans that served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, and bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. 
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.

The management staff continued one-on-one meetings with employees to set up Lattice.

Utility Supervisors attended a Smart Water Symposium sponsored by Mueller, Inc. at The Star in Frisco.

Public Works opened bids for the construction of the 2018 Bond Street Improvement Project Phase 1. This phase of construction includes Rosedale Street, Shasta Court, Ranier Court, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, Sugarloaf Court, and Catesby Drive. We anticipate construction to begin in June.

Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater Drive and North Clearwater Drive is closed to thru traffic due to high water.
  • Completed concrete repairs on Lake Highlands Drive and FM 407 at Cheers.
5.3.2019 Streets - Lake Highlands
  • Continued concrete street repairs at Copperas Branch Court and Woodside Court.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lanier Way, Longfellow Drive, and Whittier Street.
5.3.2019 Streets - DuVall
  • Delivered recycle carts to residences.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
5.3.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Conducting a sign and pavement marking inventory and replacement schedule throughout the City. 
  • Streets Supervisor Layne Cline attended TEEX Basic Code Enforcement class as a pre-requisite before testing for his state license. 

Drainage Division
  • Cleared the creek crossing after the rain we received. 
5.3.2019 Drainage - Creek Crossing
  • Graded the barrow ditches to flow properly in the 300 block of Post Oak Drive.
5.3.2019 Drainage - Post Oak
  • Met with residents in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive regarding running water that was coming from a neighbor watering new sod.
  • Met with a resident in the 5000 block of Manchester Road regarding standing water, which turned out to be an irrigation leak and a plugged French drain. 
  • Cleared tree limbs and debris from driveway culverts in the 300 block of Post Oak Drive.
  • Met with a resident in the 3000 block of Castlewood Boulevard regarding standing water in the drainage easement. 

Utilities Division
  • Dressed five areas of previous water and sanitary sewer excavations and laid new sod.
  • Flushed 3,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Located two 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, and endpoints installed correctly.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main and service line in the 3000 block of Lake Creek Drive.
5.3.2019 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Performed a pump and motor alignment after installing a new pump at the FM 407 Well Lot. 
5.3.2019 Utilities - 407 Pump
  • 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 27 new code compliance cases.
  • Closed 25 cases.
  • Continuing the vacant property inventory process.
5.3.2019 Code - Capture
5.3.2019 Code - Cases
Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Patched two tires and replaced one.
  • Performed five state safety inspections.
  • A contractor replaced the A/C unit in the IT server room at City Hall.
  • Completed five state vehicle inspections and ten vehicle registration renewals. 

Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 11
Permits Issued - 22
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 32
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. 

Staff worked diligently to prepare the splash pad for its opening this past weekend!  
5.3.2019 Parks - Splash1
5.3.2019 Parks - Splash2
Staff recently hosted the DFW Parks & Recreation Directors Association meeting at Doubletree Ranch Park. There were multiple cities represented from around the metroplex, and we received a tremendous amount of compliments on Doubletree Ranch Park and how it became a reality!
5.3.2019 Parks - DFW Dir
Staff attended a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) seminar hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). This seminar provided information on design criteria and future planning methodology to provide safe routes for children who walk or ride a bicycle to school. 
5.3.2019 Parks - SRTS
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 hosted a RFQ pre-submission meeting for Kids Kastle with firms that are interested in submitting a proposal. As part of the meeting, staff took those in attendance to the site and gave them a tour. 
5.3.2019 Parks - KK1
5.3.2019 Parks - KK2
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. They continue to work on rough grading the entire site. The softball field project is expected to take 180 calendar days (pending weather). Staff has been meeting with North Rock Construction and Halff Associates throughout the process to ensure that the project stays on schedule.
5.3.2019 Parks - Softball1
5.3.2019 Parks - Softball2
Copperas Branch Park
Staff, along with representatives from la terra studios, met with the City of Lewisville and TxDOT to discuss the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. Their input is valuable to the master plan. 
5.3.2019 Parks - Lewisville MP
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. We anticipate that it will be complete and open to the public by the end of this month. 

The NFL Flag Football games continue 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

Thirteen Senior All-Stars went to the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco on Wednesday to see the Frisco RoughRiders take on the Arkansas Travelers. They dodged raindrops while enjoying all you can eat hot dogs, brats, chips, peanuts, and Dr Pepper products. The group must have been good luck charms because the RoughRiders won 4 - 1!  
5.3.2019 Parks - RoughRiders1
5.3.2019 Parks - RoughRiders2
On Thursday, 35 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Meals on Wheels consisting of tacos, rice, and refried beans from Rosa’s Café. The delicious lunch was topped off with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Several Senior All-Stars stayed for Bingo after lunch.
5.3.2019 Parks - Bingo
Upcoming Special Events
It’s that time of year! Bring the family out to Movies in the Park at Doubletree Ranch Park May 10 and May 17. We will show Incredibles 2 on May 10 and the classic Honey, I Shrunk the Kids on May 17. Kona Ice will be on hand and the Splash Pad will have extended hours. There is no entry fee, so grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to Doubletree Ranch Park. Movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.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.
5.3.2019 Parks - CG1
5.3.2019 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
On Tuesday Ken Heerman, Jana Onstead, and Kimberly Lopez met with representatives from Cigna as well as Jim Hubbard from Higginbotham, the City’s insurance broker, to review claims and discuss expectations for next year’s insurance renewal proposal.