City Manager Michael Leavitt

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May 24

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 2:44 PM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
City offices will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. Join us on Tuesday, May 28 as we honor five local veterans at the Honor Our Veterans ceremony at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. 

The Walk the Park event for the master planning of Copperas Branch Park took place on Thursday, May 23. We had a good group of people, approximately 35 attended. Brad Moulton with la terra studios walked attendees through the park asking for ideas for specific sections of the park as well as soliciting feedback on amenities he has seen in other parks. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 18 but had to be rescheduled due to rain.
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Attendees were encouraged to continue the conversation at Speak Up HV. The website features the ability for visitors to add their ideas for the development of the park and to comment and like the ideas of others. We are continuing to see activity with 79 visitors to the ideas section and 72 contributions.

The 2019 Flower Mound Leadership class graduated this week. The City of Highland Village’s Public Safety Systems Administrator, Andrew Chong, took part in the class this year. The graduation took place at the May monthly luncheon. Council members Barbara Fleming and Tom Heslep along with Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock attended. 
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Fire Department
Fire Chief Michael Thomson graduated from Leadership Metrocrest on May 22. Members of this program meet once a month and participate in various leadership development and community education programs. This was the 30th class to graduate.

Assistant Chief Travis Nokes attended the EMS Committee meeting at Medical Center Lewisville (MCL) on Tuesday. This gave area EMS providers a chance to meet with hospital staff to review policies and procedures to ensure that excellent patient care is being provided. 

Assistant Chief Nokes also attended the Zone 2 meeting on Tuesday. EMS providers from Denton and Wise Counties meet to disseminate information from the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). 

Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy conducted CPR training for our Kids Kamp counselors. 

All three shifts attended EMS continuing education class taught by Lead II Excellence this week. This month’s topic was heart failure. 

McAuliffe Elementary held its annual Rock & Run at Unity Park on Wednesday. C Shift was on hand to help cool the kids off by spraying them with water after a fun day of play! 

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

Assistant Chief Jason Collier completed five fire inspections.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
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Police Department
Members of the Police Department and Auxiliary braved the weather to sell TXFallenPD Honor Shirts at the 30th Annual Lone Star Corvette Classic last weekend.
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Officers Javier Noriega and Kristen Andrews were sworn in this week after completing Police Academy. They will begin their field training program next week.
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Commander Sheri Morrison and Senior Animal Care Officer Wes Fiddes held an Animal Care Advisory Committee meeting this week. 

Evan, Issac, and Danny donated pet beds they made to the Animal Shelter. 
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Camp Gladiator stopped by the Police Department to deliver some treats!
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Corporal David Harney and Corporal Anita Beaudreault enjoyed lunch at Highland Village Elementary to celebrate the end of the school year. 

Corporal Harney and Corporal Beaudreault toured the Denton County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). The JJAEP serves students grades 6 - 12 in Denton County. 
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Now that the school year has ended, we treated our Crossing Guard Team to lunch and treats from Dairy Queen for all of their hard work keeping students safe throughout the school year. 

Officer Fabiola Ramirez stopped by an end of school party on Spring Lake, where the kids (and parents) were celebrating the end of another great year! 
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The Command staff met this week to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020 budget. 

Corporal Harney was on hand for the McAuliffe Rock & Run at Unity Park. The Kindergarten class wanted to get one last hug in!
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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 completed the sewer line bore under the railroad this week. 
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This week (May 19 through May 25) is Public Works Week. In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services are honored throughout the week. The objective of Public Works Week is to increase public awareness of the contribution of Public Works employees, as well as to inform the public of the duties, practices, and goals of Public Works professionals. Public Works employees are those individuals who maintain and improve the systems and services that are vital to a community’s health, safety, and comfort such as our streets, water and wastewater systems, and drainage among many other responsibilities that help to make cities and states function smoothly. This year’s theme is It Starts Here. What starts here? Infrastructure, growth, innovation, mobility, security, and healthy communities all start with Public Works.
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Public Works responded to several downed trees caused by high winds form the storm last Saturday. Staff cut debris and removed it from the public rights-of-way allowing safe passage for those traveling through and in Highland Village.
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Streets Division
  • The intersection at South Clearwater Drive and North Clearwater Drive as well as the boat slip parking lot, located at 700 Highland Village Road, are closed to thru traffic due to high water.
  • Continued concrete street repairs at Copperas Branch Court and Woodside Court.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lanier Way, Longfellow Drive, Sandberg Place, and Whittier Street. 
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  • Delivered recycle carts to residents. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • The Streets Division competed in the Mid-Cities Backhoe Road-eo testing their equipment skills and composure. Congratulations to our 2019 Road-eo MVP’s Armando Duran, David Gonzalez, and Odilon Benitez. 
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Drainage Division
  • Cleared the creek crossings after the rain in the area. 
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations in the City for testing.
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow properly in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane.
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  • Flushed a driveway culvert in the 100 block of North Clearwater Drive to remove blockages. 
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  • Deployed line locates for a barrow ditch cleaning project in the 300 block of Red River Circle, as well as in the 400 block of Cannon Lane.
  • Removed a tree that had fallen in the barrow ditch in the 100 block of Gayle Lane. 
  • Backfilled a sinkhole by the common drainage pipe in the 300 block of Mulholland Street.
  • Met with a resident in the 100 block of Cedar Drive regarding a barrow ditch to be cleaned.
  • Met with a resident in the 3300 block of Castlewood Boulevard regarding standing water in the drainage easement in a backyard.

Utilities Division
  • Will Moore attended a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester class in Keller for continuing education.
  • Repaired a fire hydrant at Copperas Branch Park.
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  • Hydro-excavated a sanitary sewer service and temporarily capped the pipe while a home is under reconstruction on Lake Creek Drive.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Read meters not transmitted by the automated metering system.
  • Installed two meters for newly constructed homes in Wichita Estates.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes that were found during meter route inspections.
  • Performed annual meter route inspections to ensure meter boxes and equipment are installed per City specifications.
  • Performed fire hydrant maintenance and flow tested several fire hydrants.
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  • Located one area 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.

Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced two tires and repaired one. 
  • Replaced the O2 sensors on a police vehicle. 
  • Replaced one tail light. 
  • Made repairs to mower decks.
  • Two employees from the Maintenance Division attended a training class on 6.7L diesel engines.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Attended a legislative update class at BPI. 
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Continuing to monitor undeveloped lots.
  • Treated pools and inspected known vacant properties for violations.
  • The Street Superintendent/Code Enforcement Supervisor has been conducting interviews for the open Code Enforcement Officer position. 

Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 26
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 20
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff is performing end of season maintenance on all soccer, football, and baseball fields in addition to routine maintenance at all City owned parks. 

The boat ramps at Pilot Knoll Park and Copperas Branch Park, as well as the Day Use Restroom at Pilot Knoll Park, are closed due to flooding.
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All Parks staff has been preparing for Celebrate Highland Village. Set up at Unity Park will begin on Tuesday. 
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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 is reviewing their 90% plan submittal and will provide comments/feedback to both firms. 

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

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. They have poured one of the concrete retaining wall footings and will continue work on it next week with the pouring of the stem wall. The contractor also plans to pour the footings for the walls that are adjacent to the stairs leading to the restroom building next week. Staff has advised North Rock to cease construction Thursday afternoon as staff prepares for Celebrate Highland Village. 

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.

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. In the next few weeks, the contractor will be removing the construction road located at the southern section of the park.

Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff continues to coordinate the installation of the shade structure that will cover the grand lawn immediately south of the splash pad. 

They are also coordinating the installation of 13 shade umbrellas on the splash pad. The contractor drilled and poured seven footings this week, with the remaining six to be complete in the coming week. 
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The adult kickball league continued Wednesday evening at Unity 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

Movies in the Park
The last Movies in the Park of this season was held on May 17 at Doubletree Ranch Park where attendees watched the classic Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Kona Ice was on site serving shaved ice. Staff from the Flower Mound Trietsch Enrichment Center, along with volunteers from Camp Gladiator, were also on hand for crafts and games. 
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Celebrate Highland Village
Celebrate Highland Village will be Saturday, June 1 at Unity Park. Come out for a 1K/5K walk/run, family fish out, and Arbor Day Proclamation in the morning. Then be sure to head back in the evening for a family friendly celebration with live music from Jon Christopher Davis & the Lone Star Attitude Band. There will be food vendors, drinks (from What’s on Tap in Highland Village), plenty of kids activities, and a fireworks display to finish off the evening! Check out for the complete schedule of events.
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As part of Celebrate Highland Village, we will be having a Social Media Contest sponsored by What’s on Tap. To participate, attendees are encouraged to post their pictures from Celebrate Highland Village to their Facebook or Instagram using #hvparks for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card, swag from What’s on Tap, and a gift card to What’s on Tap. Pictures must be posted by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 3 to be entered. Please be sure to make your account public during this time so that city staff can view the pictures.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.
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Human Resources
Kerry Conrad and Jana Onstead attended the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association (TMHRA) Annual Conference last week. Some of the topics covered at the conference included Retirement Best Practices, Legal Updates, Recruiting and Hiring Pitfalls, as well as Building a Workforce of the Future. 

The Human Resources Department has started preparing their departmental budget for Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020.