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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Jul 01

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We all need some relaxation and rejuvenation. Timi Grogan found the perfect spot for that at The Woodhouse Day Spa in The Shops at Highland Village. In this month’s edition of Shopping Saturday Timi learns about the skin care products, makeup, special jewelry, and of course the rejuvenation and relaxation services offered at The Woodhouse Day Spa. Andrew Boyd and Laurie Mullens filmed the segment on Wednesday. We shared the video on Thursday in an HVBA newsletter, the HVBA Facebook, and HVBA Instagram accounts. The Shopping Saturday series features Timi Grogan showcasing our Highland Village businesses in an effort to promote and bring awareness of the many businesses in Highland Village.
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Along with the Shopping Saturday segments, we are featuring local businesses in photos on the HVBA Instagram and Facebook accounts. Intern Aaron Guerra visited Realms of Arcadia and captured some of the unique aspects of the retro-style arcade.
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At the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Driver/Operator Vince Jones was recognized as the First Responder of the Month. Assistant Chief Travis Nokes received the award for Vince.
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Fire Department
A Shift was dispatched to a residential fire with mutual aid from Lewisville, Flower Mound, and Lake Cities on Tuesday. The Argyle Fire Department filled in at the station before being relieved by a Flower Mound Engine. When they arrived on scene, the crews did a check throughout the house to make sure it had been completely evacuated. Once complete, they began their investigation and found a small fire in an upstairs bedroom, which was quickly extinguished before spreading to the walls or into the attic. There were no injuries reported. The Fire Department returned to service after the cleanup and overhaul were completed at the scene. 
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A Shift was also dispatched to a gas leak at a residence on Merriman Drive. The leak was caused by a contractor hitting the gas line while digging in the back yard. Brazos Boulevard was shut down while crews waited for Atmos to arrive on scene. Engine 481 was on standby until Atmos was able to clamp off the leak. 

All three shifts along with members of the Police Department attended PHI helicopter landing zone training this week. The crews go through a refresher course on landing zone safety every year.
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Assistant Chief Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Advisory Committee monthly meeting. While there, the committee discussed changes to some of their curriculum as well as the possibility of developing recommendations based on a 2018 study of firefighter injuries. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed four fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
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Police Department
Chief Reim, Assistant Chief Stewart, and Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove took a tour of the North Texas Emergency Communications Center in Carrollton. This center provides dispatch services for the cities of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, and Farmers Branch.

Officers Kristen Andrews and Javier Noriega were sworn at Tuesday’s Council meeting. In keeping with state requirements, both officers were in fact sworn in the first day that they worked, the ceremony at the Council meeting allows their family to be part of their new position as well as introduces them to the Council and residents. 
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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. 

Public Works staff attended a meeting of the Water Customer Advisory Council at the UTRWD office in Lewisville.

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.
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  • Removed debris and resealed several expansion joints on Silverthorne Trail. 
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  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Longfellow Drive. 
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Removed fallen trees and debris from the rights-of-way in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced several signs throughout the City. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations in the City for testing. 
  • Watered new sod after grading the drainage conversion installation in the 300 block of Tanglewood Lane.
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  • Laid sod after completing the barrow ditch cleaning in the 2300 block of Briarhill Boulevard. 
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  • Repaired the head wall in the 2300 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
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  • Hauled construction spoils to the land fill.

Utilities Division
  • Layne Water Well Company installed the newly rebuilt pump at the Highland Shores Well Lot.
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  • Greg Warren passed the TCEQ licensing exam to obtain his Class C Groundwater Treatment Operator license.
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 800 block of Lochmoor Lane. 
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 3100 block of Overlook Circle to verify the integrity of the piping.
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  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 200 block of Lamesa Drive.
  • Installed three water meters for new homes in the Ladera development.
  • Performed annual meter route inspections to ensure meter boxes were fully exposed, marked with a blue hash mark on the curb, and endpoints were installed correctly.
  • Replaced several dilapidated meter boxes that were found during meter route inspections.
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
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  • Replaced six tires. 
  • Completed two state vehicle inspections.
  • Repaired two truck seats.
  • Installed a 24V charger on a track hoe.

Code Enforcement
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Continued the field training process for Lance Beasley. 
  • Opened eight new cases, and closed 35.
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 30
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 25
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff is performing routine maintenance on the athletic fields and parks.  

Staff continues to closely monitor the parks adjacent to the lake. The normal elevation of the lake is 522’ above sea level, it is currently at 525.5’ above sea level. The US Army Corps of Engineers are currently releasing 5,068 cubic feet per second from Lake Lewisville. At this rate, if there is no more rain, we will be able to open the boat ramps as well as Copperas Branch Park and Pilot Knoll Park in the near future. 

The boat ramps at Pilot Knoll and Copperas Branch Park remain closed due to flooding. The day use restroom at Pilot Knoll Park has been opened for public use. 

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. They are working with city staff to identify any easements that might need to be acquired. 

Unity Park
The City is accepting bids for the Unity Pond and Kids Kastle Plaza Project. Bids must be received by the City Secretary’s Office in a sealed envelope by July 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. All bids received by the deadline will then be opened and read aloud. Bid information is available on the City’s website.  

Staff has received approval from Council to enter into negotiations with Play By Design for the design and construction administration of Kids Kastle. 

Chapel Hill Estates Trail Connection 
BW2 Engineers continue to work on 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. The contractor has removed the construction road located at the southern section of the park and have seeded it, watering it multiple times a day in order for the turf to be reestablished. Staff is working with TxDOT to coordinate the opening of this project. 

Doubletree Ranch Park
The shade structure covering the grand lawn immediately south of the splash pad has been installed. Staff is now coordinating the installation of the surfacing. The 13 shade umbrellas have been installed on the splash pad. Staff is currently in the process of coordinating the repair of the synthetic grass area where the umbrella footings were installed. 
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Staff is coordinating the installation of the playground at Doubletree Ranch Park. The equipment and the concrete border have been installed. The contractor plans to begin installing the synthetic grass surfacing next week, weather permitting.

The youth basketball league games will take place at Briarhill Middle School on Saturday.
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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

On Wednesday, seven Senior All-Stars took a trip to the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth. They stopped for lunch at Fred’s Texas Café on their way home. 
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On Thursday, 20 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a Lunch and Learn sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield consisting of hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and cookies for dessert. Representative June Kim talked to the All-Stars about Medicare.
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Kids Kamp
Kids Kamp is offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through August 2. Each week features organized games, activities, arts and crafts, and field trips! 

The third week of Kids Kamp was Sportsmania Week! We had 65 Kampers participate in field trips to AMF Bowling, The Star in Frisco, Obstacle Warriors, and swimming at the Community Activity Center in Flower Mound. 
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The Run Club at Kids Kamp had 18 participants this week. Collectively, participants ran a total of 51.75 miles, which is roughly the distance to the Texas/Oklahoma border! Here are our winners from last week. 
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Community Education Classes
The American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR class took place this week. Four participants learned skills to be a responsible babysitter and to properly care for children and infants. This class will be offered again through the summer during the following weeks; July 8, July 22, and August 5.
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The Junior Chef’s Camp was also in full swing this week with five participants. In the class, participants learned how to make unicorn smoothies, breakfast sundaes, crepes (with Nutella and bananas), pizza monkey bread, spaghetti nests, and carrot cakes. Yum!
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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.
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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
Human Resources Director, Jana Onstead, attended the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) annual conference this week. The theme for this year was Creating Better Workplaces.
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