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 20

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:11 AM by Crystal Babcock

Walk the Park at Copperas Branch Park has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Walk the Park gives interested parties a chance to walk the site with staff to provide ideas that they would like to see in the master plan.
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Marketing & Communications
On Wednesday Corporals Harney and Beaudreault, along with staff from Snuffer’s Restaurant, were on Good Morning Texas for National Police Week. Snuffer’s provides 5% of the sale of their Back the Blue Burger to the Highland Village Police Department for the TXFallenPD Tribute Event on an on-going basis. In honor of National Police Week, Snuffer’s will provide the HVPD a percentage of their total sales from Wednesday, May 15.  
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Fire Department
Fire Chief Michael Thomson graduated with his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Executive Fire Leadership, from Waldorf University on Saturday. His wife, Tiffany, and daughters, Libby and Ayla, attended the ceremony.
5.17.2019 FD - Graduate
Medical City Lewisville held their annual Teddy Bear Clinic on May 11. Attendees received important safety information and toured emergency response vehicles. ER and surgical care teams performed common pediatric procedures on Teddy Bears to help children feel more comfortable in an emergency room setting (should the need ever arise). Driver/Operator Derek Doyle attended the Teddy Bear Clinic and brought Engine 482 for tours.
5.17.2019 FD - TBClinic
Assistant Chief Travis Nokes attended his last Leadership Lewisville class on Tuesday. This month, they covered Public Safety. The objective of Leadership Lewisville is to provide a unique educational experience, develop leadership skills, and motivate emerging leaders in the community. In addition, they give participants working knowledge of the community and awareness of leadership opportunities within their community. 

National EMS Week is designated to bring together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services as medicine’s front line. This year marks the 45th annual EMS Week, which is May 19 through May 25. Assistant Chief Collier was on hand at the Council meeting Tuesday to receive the EMS Week Proclamation presented by Mayor Wilcox. 
5.17.2019 FD - EMSWeek
Chad Gruver from Fire Craft Training conducted hose training with all three shifts this week. He instructed them on techniques to deploy, flow, and move a 2.5” attack line using only one person. A fully charged 2.5” attack line flows at approximately 300 gallons per minute, and weights approximately 500 pounds, making it difficult to move and advance into and around a building. With the techniques taught by Chad Gruver, our Firefighters will use the weight of the hose and their own body positioning to their advantage.
5.17.2019 FD - Hose
Assistant Chief Collier completed two fire inspections.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
5.17.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
National Peace Officers Memorial Day was created October 1, 1961, when Congress authorized the President to designate May 15 as a day to honor peace officers annually. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Throughout the years, Presidents have made amendments to the law which include an annual Memorial Service gathering in Senate Park, later known as Police Week (signed into law in 1982), and flags to be flown at half-staff on May 15 (signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994). In Highland Village, Mayor Wilcox read a Proclamation recognizing Police Week at the Council meeting on Tuesday night.
5.17.2019 PD - PoliceWeek
The Police Department conducted the second half of our annual In-service Training for the Field Operations Division. Topics this year included Emergency Care Attendant (ECA) protocols, Records and Property, Dispatch update and procedures, Use of Force updates, AOR Contacts, Rapid Response Training, Peel Principles, and Civilian Interaction Training. This annual training changes as our needs change and includes training topics required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
5.17.2019 PD - Training
Corporals Harney and Beaudreault spoke at Highland Village Rotary on Thursday night. They talked to the Rotarians about the work they do as School Resource Officers (SRO) as well as with the Community Services Unit. Some of their responsibilities as SRO’s include teaching LETS, Red Ribbon Week, Career Days, presentations, and most importantly, building positive relationships with students, parents, and staff. As part of the Community Services Unit they will spend their summer at The Shops at Highland Village where they will continue to build relationships with students, the community, and business owners/employees. 

Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove attended a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Manager’s meeting in Lewisville at DENCO. There, they discussed the upcoming changes to the Basic Telecommunicator Course. 

Officers were called to a section of FM 2499 to remove several cases of paper from the area that had fallen off a truck. Several citizens stopped to assist the officers including John Casey, Kyle McDaniel, Martin Montz, and John Torres. Thank you for all of your help keeping our City beautiful.
5.17.2019 PD - Paper
Senior Animal Care Officer Wes Fiddes relocated a couple of opossums this week, one of which was not happy.
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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.

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

The contractor working on the water and wastewater lines in the Oak Forest area began boring under the railroad this week. The work is scheduled to take nine days.
5.17.2019 PW - Bore
Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater Drive and North Clearwater Drive is closed to thru traffic due to high water.
  • Continued concrete street repairs at Copperas Branch Court and Woodside Court.
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.  
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced pavement marking lines on FM 2499 near the railroad crossing.
5.17.2019 Streets - Pavement
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lanier Way, Longfellow Drive, Sandberg Place, and Whittier Street.
5.17.2019 Streets - Longfellow
  • Removed debris from the rights-of-way on FM 2499 and in the 2000 block of Highland Village Road.
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  • Trimmed trees from the rights-of-way in various locations.

Drainage Division
  • Cleared the creek crossings after the rain we had. 
  • Assisted the Code Enforcement Division with treating seven pools for mosquitos.
  • Repaired the drainage infrastructure in the drainage easement of the 3200 block of Northwood Drive.
5.17.2019 Drainage - Northwood
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations in the City for testing.
  • Repaired a sinkhole next to a curb inlet which was caused by a French drain in the 3200 block of Northwood Drive.
5.17.2019 Drainage - Sinkhole
  • Met with the resident regarding a drainage conversion in the 100 block of Canyon Creek Drive.
  • Repaired the drainage flume coming from the church parking lot to the street in the 1700 block of Highland Village Road. 
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  • Removed trees and debris from the drainage easement behind the houses in the 700 block of Ashley Court.

Utilities Division
  • Justin Praesel, Cody Cline, and Lance Beasley attended a Customer Service Inspections class in Gainesville. Todd Hutson attended a Customer Service Inspections class at the Texas Water Utilities Association Annual School in Arlington.
  • Completed flushing dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Springway Drive.
  • 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.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes that were found during meter route inspections.
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  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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. 
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance and flow tested several fire hydrants.
5.17.2019 Utilities - FHMaint
Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
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  • Replaced four tires and repaired one.
  • Replaced the front brake pads on a service truck.
  • Replaced one battery in a vehicle. 

Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 21
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 40
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff has prepared the soccer, football, and baseball fields for games this season. They have also been performing routine maintenance at all of the City owned parks. 
5.17.2019 Parks - Maint
LISD visited Doubletree Ranch Park for their end of year celebration.
5.17.2019 Parks - LISD
A section of concrete trail has been removed and replaced on Village Trail at Butterfield Stage Road. It is now open to the public.
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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 and la terra studio, inc. are in the design process for the Pond Expansion project.

Staff continues to coordinate the RFQ interview process with potential design firms.

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. They have been rough grading the entire site as well as installing the rough conduit, pouring concrete, and installing the outfield fence posts. 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. 

Copperas Branch Park
Staff, along with representatives from la terra studios, continue to gather information for the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. 

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. 

Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff coordinated the installation of the large shade structure at Doubletree Ranch Park. They also repaired the surface on the splash pad. 
5.17.2019 Parks - DRPShade
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

Four Senior All-Stars took a trip back in time as they visited the Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth on Wednesday. After discovering what it was like to live in the 1800s, they enjoyed lunch at Woodshed Firehouse. 
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On Thursday, 50 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a delicious Means on Wheels lunch complete with sausage and peppers, salad, and a roll from Peter’s Pizzeria. After filling up, ten All-Stars watched Murder on the Orient Express, a 2017 murder mystery starring Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, and Willem Dafoe. 

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.