City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jul 22

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 8:46 AM by Crystal Babcock

Mayor Wilcox, Mayor Pro Tem Lombardo, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Fleming, Council member Kixmiller, and I attended the Upper Trinity Regional Water District annual membership meeting this week. Highland Village resident, and board President, Rich Lubke facilitated the meeting and went over the opportunities for growth and development in the UTRWD.
Marketing & Communications
In an effort to strengthen our business community and the services offered by the Highland Village Business Association, we contracted with a marketing research firm to conduct a resident survey and a focus group for the business and restaurant community. We sent the resident survey on Tuesday and have over 600 responses so far. The survey will remain open until the end of next week. 

We welcomed Workout Anytime to Highland Village this week. They have state of the art equipment and a great atmosphere! Workout Anytime is located at 1952 Justin Road, next to Goody Goody.
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Fire Department
Chief Thomson attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) quarterly Commissioner’s meeting in Austin. 

Firefighter/Paramedics Michael Ford and Ryan Snider have officially completed their “rookie” year with the Fire Department. Rookies spend their first year of employment learning the districts they respond to, the department’s Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG), and other aspects of their jobs.
7.19.2019 FD - Ford
7.19.2019 FD - Snider
All three shifts attended Lead II Excellence EMS continuing education class. These classes keep our crews current on the latest techniques, developments, skills, and new technology in emergency medicine.

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed 12 fire inspections and one plan review.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
7.19.2019 FD - Calls
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.

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete sidewalk repairs at Copperas Branch Court.
7.19.2019 Streets - Copperas
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Longfellow Drive.
7.19.2019 Streets - Longfellow
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Removed fallen trees and debris from the rights-of-way on Briarhill Boulevard.  
  • Hauled spoiled materials from the storage lot to the dump.
  • Responded to a power outage at the traffic signal at the intersection of FM 407 and
  • Highland Village Road. Temporarily placed traffic control devices to assist the Police Department with directing traffic. 
  • Started concrete street repairs on Barnett Boulevard. 
7.19.2019 Streets - Barnett
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
  • Watered sod that was laid after grading the barrow ditch in the 100 block of Lakeland Drive; as well as the sod that was laid after barrow ditch cleaning in the 2300 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
  • Met with a resident in the 300 block of Whittier Street regarding weeds growing on a fence line.
  • Repaired irrigation in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive after barrow ditch cleaning.
  • Met with a resident in the 400 block of Leigh Court regarding lot to lot drainage.
  • Installed a drainage pipe to an existing drainage area to eliminate standing water.
7.19.2019 Drainage - CH
Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to install a water service to perform dead end testing of Foggy Glen per state mandate.
7.19.2019 Utilities - Service
  • Received a replacement crane truck.
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  • Assisted Layne Well Services with maintenance work at FM 407.
7.19.2019 Utilities - Well
  • Replaced tubing kits at all CL17 chlorine analyzers and verified operation.
  • Sandblasted and painted several fire hydrants according to AWWA color code.
  • 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 cans throughout the city.
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses.
  • Performed grease trap inspections.
  • 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced five tires.
  • Performed five state safety inspections.
  • Cleaned out a condensation drain.
  • Repaired two mowers and one weed eater.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 13 new cases.
  • Closed 23 cases.
  • Pulled over 40 bandit signs. 
7.19.2019 Code - Violations
7.19.2019 Code - Active
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 9
Permits Issued - 26
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 30
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Phil Schmidt and his crew are performing off-season maintenance on the athletic fields. They have also installed new soccer practice field signs at Unity Park which will allow staff to eliminate the stationary soccer goals and reduce the amount of wear spots on the field. Residents still need to reserve practice time through the Parks and Recreation office and the signs will let them know which area they have reserved. 
7.19.2019 Parks - UPSigns
All field staff is performing routine maintenance at all City owned parks and facilities.
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Marcos Mejorado is performing irrigation audits and repairs at Unity Park.  

Joey Hardin and Marcos Mejorado cleaned the splash pad surface, filters, and drains at Doubeltree Ranch Park. 
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The boat ramps at both Pilot Knoll Park and Copperas Branch Park are open to the public. To find the status of the boat ramps, visit

Park 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 received, and opened, bids for the Kids Kastle Plaza Project. Staff is currently in the process of reviewing the bids that were submitted. 

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. They have poured the patio area behind the backstop, the large steps leading to the restroom/concession building, both dugouts, two batting cages, both soft toss areas, and one of the two warm up areas. Installation of the small batting cage area lights along with pouring the last warm up area will take place next week.
7.19.2019 Parks - Softball
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 contractor has completed the construction of this project and all bridges are now open to the public. You can now access the DCTA Train Station using the trail located at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
7.19.2019 Parks - PedBridge
Doubletree Ranch Park
Staff continues to coordinate the installation of the playground along with the shade structure in the Grand Lawn. The contractor began work on the sidewalk connection to the playground area. We anticipate this project to be completed by the end of the month (weather pending). 
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The youth basketball league games will take place at Briarhill Middle School on Saturday.

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 Thursday, 42 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Meals on Wheels which consisted of Caesar salad, chicken salad, and cake for dessert! Following lunch, some of the All-Stars watched Casablanca, the romantic adventure from 1942 starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. 
7.19.2019 Parks - SASMovie
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! This week was the final week that Kids Kamp will be held at Briarhill Middle School. The final two weeks will be held at McAuliffe Elementary School. 

The sixth week of Kids Kamp was Arts Week! We had 65 Kampers participate in field trips to Studio B, AMC 12 Highland Village to watch Toy Story 4, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and finally swimming at Old Town in Lewisville.  
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7.19.2019 Parks - KK2
Community Education Classes
Cursive Handwriting class took place this week where participants learned penmanship of letters and formation of cursive words. 
7.19.2019 Parks - Cursive
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.
7.19.2019 Parks - CG1
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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.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is located at Pilot Knoll Park. You can rent paddle boards, do SUP Yoga, Full Moon Paddles, and much more! Follow Bluet SUP on social media for the most up-to-date information or contact
7.19.2019 Parks - SUP
Human Resources
Jana Onstead, Kerry Conrad, and Fire Chief Michael Thomson participated in a webinar by Riley Harbeck, M.D. discussing selection tools that will assist in recruiting first responders. 

Kerry Conrad held new hire orientation for Utility Technicians Nathan Hall and Richard Melia along with Park Technician Chris Powell. We’re happy to have them at the City!