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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Aug 05

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:57 AM by Crystal Babcock

I attended the DCTA Budget Workshop on Thursday morning. The DCTA budget is developed within the context of their Long Range Financial Plan, which outlines the long-term service and infrastructure needs of the agency. 
Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Under Review
  • Double Five Academy, a Martial Arts Academy, applied for their Certificate of Occupancy. They will be located at 1800 Justin Road, Suite 1800A.

Under Construction
  • Cathy E. Bennett & Associates is working on the finish out at 2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 470.
  • 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
We are excited to partner with My Neighborhood Credit Union for the TXFallenPD Tribute Event. At My Neighborhood Credit Union, they strive to help people achieve their financial goals in order to improve their financial health and well-being. It’s no wonder they wanted to help the families of Texas officers killed in the line of duty. It’s because of sponsors like My Neighborhood Credit Union that we are able to raise money for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund/Foundation.
8.2.2019 MC - MyNCU
We contracted with BrandEra Marketing to help us determine how the HVBA can help promote our local businesses and promote them to our area residents. A resident survey was active from July 16 through July 30 and we had 1,360 people take the survey. BrandEra tells us that is a record number of respondents for them! We held two focus groups on Tuesday, one for service and retail businesses and the other for restaurants. We are told the focus groups generated some really good, actionable ideas. We anticipate receiving the results in the next couple weeks and will determine how to put the information to use then. A follow up survey has been created on SpeakUpHV focusing on Restaurant Week. Check it out if you haven’t already and please share with your family, friends, and social media pages. 

We have begun contacting our local restaurants to participate in Restaurant Week which takes place October 13-20 in support of the Fallen Officer Fund. We have already heard back from Hillside Fine Grill and Snuffer’s! Hillside Fine Grill will be providing 10% of sales of selected menu items for the entire week. Snuffer’s is once again providing 100% of sales from the Back the Blue Burger for the entire week. Big thank you to both Hillside and Snuffer’s for their support and involvement!

The Summer Fun in HV photo contest is still underway. Even though school is starting soon, summer is not over! If you’re out and about in Highland Village, snap some photos and share to the page on SpeakUpHV. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 Snuffer’s Gift Card. Thank you to Snuffer’s for their sponsorship of this contest!
Fire Department
A Shift responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Monday. Sellmeyer Lane was closed in both directions, along with the westbound lane of FM 407, while fluid and debris were removed from the roadway. 

Assistant Chiefs Collier and Nokes attended the Denton County Fire Chiefs Association meeting on Thursday. The association meets every other month (on even months) to exchange ideas, information, knowledge, and experience relating to the safety of life and property from fires. They promote public education in fire prevention and safety, and work together to coordinate training programs in Denton County. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed 14 fire inspections. Assistant Chief Collier also completed two plan review. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
8.2.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Communications Officer Terra Hair will be attending the Leadership Lewisville program beginning August 12. This program is a nine-month program that educates, inspires, and provides opportunities for attendees to develop and polish their leadership skills. 

Corporals David Harney and Anita Beaudreault attended the new school orientation at Briarhill Middle School this week. Teachers and students are getting geared up to start on August 13.
8.2.2019 PD - School
Corporal David Harney participated in Lewisville Independent School District’s Ask an Expert series.
8.2.2019 PD - AskanExpert
Share Blue Smiles recently shared a story about Corporal David Harney and his interactions with a child and her grandmother. Share Blue Smiles is a Central Square project working to deepen the trust between law enforcement and citizens by sharing positive stories.
8.2.2019 PD - Share
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 City’s paving contractor, Pavecon, began reconstruction work on Rosedale Street this week.
8.2.2019 PW - Rosedale1
8.2.2019 PW - Rosedale2
Streets Division
  • Continued concrete sidewalk repairs at Copperas Branch Court.
  • Continued concrete street repairs on Barnett Boulevard.
8.2.2019 Streets - Barnett
  • Completed asphalt street repairs on Longfellow Drive and Rosedale Street.
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut in the 3100 block of Misty Oak Drive.
8.2.2019 Streets - Misty Oak
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Replaced the concrete curb in the 2000 block of Tartan Trail. 
8.2.2019 Streets - Tartan
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing.
  • Continued barrow ditch cleaning in the 100 block of Lakeland Drive. 
8.2.2019 Drainage - Lakeland
  • Met with a resident in the 700 block of Windsor Court in regards to a sinkhole in the front yard caused by a pipe separating.
  • Met with a resident in the 100 block of Lakeland Drive to discuss replacing the driveway culvert. 

Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water service leak under the street on Misty Oak Drive. 
8.2.2019 Utilities - Service Repair
  • Repaired a water service leak in the 100 block of Cedar Drive.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service and TV inspected the lateral in the 800 block of Kingwood Court.
  • Began flushing dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Moved tools over to a new service truck that was recently acquired.
8.2.2019 Utilities - New Truck
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses. 
  • Located three areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing underground boring and excavations.
  • 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.
8.2.2019 Maint - Service
  • Replaced two tires.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Completed seven vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced seven A/C units at the Municipal Complex. 

Code Enforcement Division
  • Reviewing the current Area of Responsibility map. 
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Met with the City Attorney and Prosecutor to discuss the court process within the Highland Village Municipal Court.
  • Opened 10 new cases.
  • Closed 74 cases.
  • Lance Beasley is attending Basic Code Officer training the week of August 5.
8.2.2019 Code - Violations
8.2.2019 Code - Active
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 36
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 15
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine landscaping maintenance at all City owned parks. 
8.2.2019 Parks - DRPMaint1
8.2.2019 Parks - DRPMaint2
Staff also performed routine maintenance at the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
8.2.2019 Parks - SPMaint
Fince Espinoza and Matt Anstead held a work order meeting with all field personnel. The work order system assists with the recording of work performed as well as with scheduling staff. By using this system, we can track how many hours are necessary to complete various tasks.
8.2.2019 Parks - WO1
8.2.2019 Parks - WO2
Nathan Rothe created signage that provides information about the wildlife at Doubletree Ranch Park for his Eagle Scout project. The City will continue to add to the wildlife sections embedded in the QR Code.

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
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 all of the concrete throughout the entire site and are currently working on installing soil in the outfield. Once that is complete, the irrigation will be installed. 
8.2.2019 Parks - SoftballMtg
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
With the playground complete, staff is working to grade, irrigate, and landscape the area. This week, staff removed debris, graded the area, and prepared the area for the irrigation to be installed. Once the irrigation has been installed, sod will be laid and the playground will officially be open. 
8.2.2019 Parks - Playground1
8.2.2019 Parks - Playground2
Once the playground is open, staff will complete the shade structure in the Grand Lawn, adjacent to the playground.

A synthetic turf surfacing contractor repaired all of the areas that were disrupted during the installation of the 13 shade structures around the splash pad. The stones have also been removed from the splash pad synthetic turf surfacing. 
8.2.2019 Parks - SPTurf1
8.2.2019 Parks - SPTurf2
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, 45 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch provided by Meals on Wheels. Following lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed to play Bingo. 

Kids Kamp
The eighth and final week of Kids Kamp was Aloha Summer Week! We had 65 Kampers participate in field trips to InterSkate, Kid Mania, and Hawaiian Falls. Kampers and staff had a pizza and popcorn party on Friday!   
8.2.2019 Parks - KK1
8.2.2019 Parks - KK2
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

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

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.
8.2.2019 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
8.2.2019 Parks - SUP
Human Resources
Employee’s met with ICMA Retirement Specialist Eunice Brogdon this week to discuss retirement accounts.

Kerry Conrad audited our HRIS system and benefits sites to ensure accuracy prior to open enrollment. 

Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in August. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Darren Dodd Utility Crew Leader 12 Years of Service
Sheri Duderstadt Payroll Specialist 4 Years of Service
Joshuah Elliott Police Officer 2 Years of Service
Terry Golden Parks & Recreation Admin Assistant 11 Years of Service
Terra Hair Communications Officer 6 Years of Service
J McCally Police Corporal 9 Years of Service
Beth Meller Utility Billing Coordinator 1 Year of Service
Jeff Sun Staff Accountant 3 Years of Service