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 29

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 8:16 AM by Crystal Babcock

Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Under Review
  • Skinny is a new wellness/weight loss business that will be located in The District at 2570 Justin Road, Suite 135.
  • Plus Nails Bar will be located in The Shops at Highland Village where Great Nails was previously (1601 Village Parkway, Suite 140).

Under Construction
  • Pop Dod is working on the old Jack in the Box building at 2200 Justin Road. 
  • Planet Fitness is under construction at their new location next to Painted Tree Marketplace. 
  • Olive Branch Tea Room is under construction inside Painted Tree Marketplace.
  • Premier Pigments will be located in the old Tutor Time Building on Justin Road.
 
Marketing & Communications
Laurie Mullens graduated from the TCU Certified Public Communicator program this week. She began the program last summer and has completed a three-year comprehensive communication plan for the City. The program involves two weeks of instruction on campus at TCU and a winter two-day session with homework throughout the year. Laurie met with all departments as she gathered information and audited our current communication methods and metrics. A communication survey was conducted with residents to determine how they best want to hear from the City and how we can communicate and engage with them. The three-year plan is a living document with three overarching goals - internal communication, external communication, and crisis communication along with objectives, strategies, and tactics within each goal.
7.26.2019 MC - CPC1
7.26.2019 MC - CPC2
Andrew Boyd passed the FAA Airman Knowledge test to renew his certification as a drone pilot for the City. Andrew is licensed to fly under the rules for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Andrew’s certification expired this year and the test was required in order to renew his license.

The annual Unity Luncheon was held this week. Unity is a joint event put on by the Flower Mound Chamber, Lewisville Area Chamber, and the HVBA recognizing our area nonprofits. At the event, a Nonprofit of the Year is selected from three finalists. Congratulations to Ally’s Wish for being named the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year! Ally’s Wish grants wishes for terminal moms with young children. In doing so, they help the family create memories that will last a lifetime. 
7.26.2019 MC - Allys Wish
7.26.2019 MC - Unity
Thank you to all of our area nonprofits for the amazing work that they do each and every day. They truly are making Denton County a better place for not only the individuals that they serve, but for all of us! Please take a few minutes to watch the three finalist’s videos.
Ally’s Wish      Denton County MHMR      Journey to Dream 
We love it when sponsors continue their support of the TXFallenPD Tribute Event! We’re fortunate to have two of our previous sponsors help kick off our fundraising efforts for the Fallen Officer Fund/Foundation. It’s because of awesome sponsors like Pro-Tow that we’re able to put on this great event to honor the lives of those we have lost in the line of duty.
7.26.2019 MC - ProTow
The Highland Village Walmart is helping people save money and live better every day. They are also partnering with us for another year as a sponsor of the TXFallenPD Tribute Event. We’re so thankful for the staff at Walmart and their commitment to the community.
7.26.2019 MC - Walmart
 
Fire Department
On July 23, the Highland Village Fire Department was presented with the National Weather Service StormReady recognition. The StormReady Program recognizes communities with communication and safety skills necessary to save lives and property before, during, and after a weather event. To be certified StormReady a community must establish a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center; have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; create a system that monitors weather conditions locally; promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and develop a formal hazardous weather plan to include training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
7.26.2019 FD - StormReady
Assistant Chief Jason Collier taught at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension (TEEX) Fire Training School held in College Station. The weeklong training offers a range of courses from basic to advanced. Fire personnel from municipalities and industries participate in this intensive program annually.

All three shifts worked out with a personal trainer to build strength and endurance. One of the Fire Departments goals is to develop a safe and effective fitness plan for its members.

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

Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed 11 annual fire inspections and one fire inspection required for a Certificate of Occupancy. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
7.26.2019 FD - Calls
 
Police Department
Officer Brandon Watson stopped by to talk to new residents about the programs that the HVPD offers such as ECA, Vacation Watch, and E-Watch. While there, he also showed the family his patrol vehicle. Officer Watson is a great example of our Community Policing Model at work.
7.26.2019 PD - Watson
Corporal Anita Beaudreault attended School Resource Officer Advanced Training in Lewisville.
 
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 on Copperas Branch Court. 
7.26.2019 Streets - Copperas
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Longfellow Drive and Rosedale Street.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Barnett Boulevard. 
7.26.2019 Streets - Barnett
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Removed fallen trees and debris from the rights-of-way on Briarhill Boulevard.  
  • Removed concrete debris that had spilled across the intersection of FM 2499 and Harlington Drive. 
7.26.2019 Streets - 2499Intersection
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Restriped the school zone pavement markings on Brazos Boulevard and Harlington Drive. 
  • William Dimsdle and Armando Duran completed the course to become Certified Strom Water Inspectors. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
  • Continued to water the sod in the 100 block of Lakeland Drive and the 2300 block of Briarhill Boulevard following the completion of work performed in the barrow ditches at both locations. 
  • Began barrow ditch cleaning in the 100 block of Lakeland Drive.
7.26.2019 Drainage - Lakeland
  • Hauled construction spoils to the landfill.
  • Mowed and trimmed the weeds at the Southwood Material Storage Bins.

Utilities Division
  • Verified calibration at all CL17 chlorine analyzers and verified operation.
  • TV inspected one sewer lateral on Park View that had a blockage.
  • 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.
  • Finished grease trap inspections.
  • Removed old valve stack risers from streets where overlays are about to take place. 
7.26.2019 Utilities - Valve
  • 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.
  • Organized the sewer equipment bay at Public Works.
7.26.2019 Utilities - Sewer
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses. 

Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced seven tires.
  • Performed five state safety inspections.
  • Replaced the capacitor on the Fire Department’s A/C unit.
  • Replaced two tires on a Gator.
  • Diagnosed and repaired a bad switch on a mower.
  • Responded to two flat tires in the field.
  • Charged a truck A/C unit.
  • Performed annual fire extinguisher and hood inspections.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Continued training Lance Beasley. 
  • Opened 41 new cases.
  • Closed 47 cases.
7.26.2019 Code - Active
7.26.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 33
 
Parks & Recreation
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

Ten Senior All-Stars went up to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma on Wednesday for a day of gambling.

Kids Kamp
Kids Kamp is offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through August 2 at McAuliffe Elementary School. Each week features organized games, activities, arts and crafts, and field trips! 

The seventh week of Kids Kamp was Aquamania Week! We had 65 Kampers participate in field trips to Epic Waters in Grand Prairie, Frisco Water Park, Doubletree Ranch Park Splash Pad, and the Flower Mound Community Activity Center for some more swimming. 
7.26.2019 Parks - KK1
7.26.2019 Parks - KK2
Community Education Classes
The American Red Cross Babysitting & CPR class was held this week at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Participants learned skills to be a responsible babysitter and to properly care for children and infants. This class will be offered again the week of August 5. 
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The Junior Chef’s Camp was also in full swing this week with nine 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! 
7.26.2019 Parks - Chef
Certified Yoga Instructor, Rachel Swan, will be teaching a Kids Yoga Camp on August 5 through August 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Doubletree Ranch Park (inside the Barn) for kids ages 6 through 12. Participants will learn the benefits and basics of yoga while they play fun yoga games. Following class, participants will have the opportunity to take part in journaling and arts & crafts projects. The cost to attend is $150, and registration is currently open at hvparks.com

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 revonswan@me.com

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.
7.26.2019 Parks - Fit4Mom
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.
7.26.2019 Parks - CG
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 bluetsup@gmail.com.
7.26.2019 Parks - SUP