City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Aug 19

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:22 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The HVBA quarterly luncheon was held on Tuesday. Parks Director Phil Lozano was our guest speaker. Phil shared information about the Kids Kastle community build project. We kicked off his presentation with a video invitation to attend Design Day which is scheduled for Saturday, September 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Briarhill Middle School. Approximately 65 people attended the luncheon and were excited about the project and eager to help.
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This month’s Foodie Friday segment features our very own Sunny Lindsey’s son, Christopher, as “Little Jay.” Jay Marks and “Little Jay” stop in A La Sweet Coffee and Dessert Shop to taste some of the sweet treats. Taylar Lee, owner of A La Sweet, is an internationally trained pastry chef that has brought delicious sweetness to Highland Village. Check out this fun video and then stop by A La Sweet in The Marketplace at Highland Village - you will not be disappointed!
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Fire Department
On August 9 A Shift was called for mutual aid to Little Elm to fill in at their station during a structure fire. While en route, they were requested on scene of the fire to assist with extinguishing the fire and to help with general cleanup. 

B Shift was requested as fill in at Flower Mound Station 1 on August 10 while Flower Mound was on scene of a structure fire. 

The Fire Department welcomed a new member, Joshua Mabry, on Monday. Mabry has 11 years of experience as a firefighter/paramedic with the Aubrey Fire Department. He currently holds Advanced Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Fire Instructor I, and Fire Officer II certifications through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP).
8.16.2019 FD - Mabry
Assistant Chief Nokes attended a virtual general membership meeting on Tuesday for the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Council (NCTTRAC). 

The Highland Village Lions Club and various City departments met this week to review the Emergency Action Plan for the Balloon Festival. This plan will help facilitate and organize participant’s actions and resources in the event of an emergency. 

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones conducted 12 fire inspections. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
8.16.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Congratulations to Communications Officer Matt Cautero and Officer Michael Lazard for being awarded Police employee of the quarter for last quarter. Thank you both for your hard work and dedication to our community. 

Officer Alvin Varughese noticed some open garage doors in his Area of Responsibility (AOR) while on patrol last week. A simple stop turned into an impromptu block party starring his patrol vehicle! While there, Officer Varughese discussed some of our community policing programs with the adults such as E-Watch, Vacation Watch, and checking for open garage doors. 

Corporals David Harney and Anita Beaudreault completed Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training with LISD personnel prior to the first day of school. The CRASE course is designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, and Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004. It provides guidance and proven plans for surviving an active shooter event. During the training, they go over civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducing drills.
8.16.2019 PD - CRASE
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, continued reconstruction work on Rosedale Street, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, and Ranier Court.
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Streets Division
  • Completed asphalt street repairs in the 300 block of Catlin Circle. 
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  • Continued concrete sidewalk repairs at Copperas Branch Court.
  • Began installing a concrete footer to support a handrail in the 2200 block of Briarhill Boulevard. 
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Removed residue and debris from the Highland Village monument sign on Highland Village Road.
8.16.2019 Streets - Monument
  • Assisted Consolidated Traffic Controls with the installation of new posts and bringing all school zone flashers into MUTCD compliance.
8.16.2019 Streets - CTC
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
8.16.2019 Drainage - Mosquito
  • Filled in a sinkhole in a backyard drainage easement in the 2800 block of Butterfield Stage Road.
  • Continued the erosion control project in the 100 block of Edgewater Drive.
8.16.2019 Drainage - Erosion
  • Received materials for the drainage improvements in the 100 block of Post Oak Drive.
  • Met with a resident in the 100 block of Ranney Drive regarding barrow ditch cleaning.

Utilities Division
  • The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) performed a triennial inspection of our water and wastewater system. No violations were found! 
8.16.2019 Utilities - TCEQ
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a leak on a water service line in the 3200 block of Fairfield Drive.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 400 block of Medina Drive to find the location of the tap per request of the resident.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division performing erosion control over the sanitary sewer main along the lake in the 100 block of Scenic Drive.
8.16.2019 Utilities - Drainage
Code Enforcement Division
  • Reviewing the current Area of Responsibility map.
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 15 new cases.
  • Closed five cases.
  • Lance Beasley has completed his Basic Code Officer training.
8.16.2019 Code - Cases
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 8
Permits Issued - 20
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 25
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine landscaping maintenance at all City parks.
8.16.2019 Parks - DRP Landscape
8.16.2019 Parks - Unity Landscape
Staff also performed routine maintenance at the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park as well as routine air conditioner maintenance.
8.16.2019 Parks - SPMaint
8.16.2019 Parks - DRPAC
Park staff prepared Unity Park for the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival and assisted with delivery and set up of some of the equipment.
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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. Staff is reviewing the necessary easement documents.

Unity Park
All bids for the Kids Kastle Plaza Project were rejected at the Council meeting. Staff is reviewing the re-bid paperwork and the project will go out for re-bid later this month. 

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. The contractor laser graded the infield and outfield and is preparing for the installation of the irrigation system next week. All of the electrical work has been inspected and has passed. The lights and outlets work as designed. 
8.16.2019 Parks - Unity
A contractor is replacing all standing seam metal roofs at Unity Park over the next few weeks. They have replaced four out of five dugout roofs and are currently working on the roof on the main restroom building located by the tennis courts. Replacement of the roofs on the Kids Kastle pavilion, Kids Kastle restroom building, and yellow dugouts is scheduled for next week.
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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
The playground is now open to the public! Staff graded the site, installed irrigation, and laid sod around the playground in preparation of it opening. Once the new sod takes root, staff will remove the fencing and “keep off grass” signage. 
8.16.2019 Parks - DRP Playground
A contractor began work on the young adult/teen swings in the oak grove. The site was graded, a border was formed, and the swing posts have been installed. The contractor has scheduled concrete to be poured on Monday for the border, which will contain the engineered wood fiber. Following that, the contractor will pour the concrete sidewalk and ADA access ramp into the area. 
8.16.2019 Parks - Swing
Registration is now open for the Fall Adult Kickball League. Games take place on Wednesday evenings at Unity Park starting September.

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

Five Senior All-Stars went on a tour of Top O’ Hill Terrace in Arlington on Saturday. After the tour, they enjoyed pizza at Gino’s East. 
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On Thursday, 42 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch provided by Meals on Wheels. They had ham, green beans, potato salad, and rolls from Snooty Pig Café with cake for dessert. After lunch, some All-Stars watched Sabrina (1954), a romantic comedy starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden.

Upcoming Senior All-Star Events
Casino Night is Thursday, August 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Come enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, and a night filled with Las Vegas style casino games! 

Upcoming Special Events
Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park kicks off Saturday, August 24 at Doubletree Ranch Park featuring Infinite Journey, a Journey tribute band. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the splash pad will remain open until 9:00 p.m. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, and family and head over to Doubletree Ranch Park for a great (free) concert! Kona Ice and Munchies Food Truck will be on site selling yummy food. 

There will be two more opportunities this season to catch one of our Concerts in the Park. The next concert will take place on September 21 with Blaze of Glory (the Bon Jovi Experience), and the final concert will take place on October 5 with King George (a George Strait tribute). 

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.
8.16.2019 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.
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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
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Human Resources
Kerry Conrad on-boarded the new Firefighter/Paramedic, Joshua Mabry, this week.