City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Aug 26

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 8:18 AM by Crystal Babcock

Former Highland Village Mayor Dianne Costa was appointed to the DCTA Board in 2017. We are ecstatic to announce that Ms. Costa has been elected President of the DCTA Board along with being named the DCTA Representative to the Regional Transportation Council. Ms. Costa has represented Highland Village well with her passion, fortitude, and sophistication. We are confident that she will continue to represent Highland Village, and our residents, to the highest degree.
 
Business Updates
Now Open
Olive Branch Tea Room, inside Painted Tree Marketplace, has officially opened. The Olive Branch Tea Room offers a selection of salads, sandwiches, desserts, tea, and much more. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Certificates of Occupancy Issued
House Sprucing, previously Décor to your Door, is under new ownership in the same location. A new Certificate of Occupancy has been issued reflecting the change in ownership and name.

Permits Being Reviewed
Delhi 6 will be moving in to the space occupied by Potbelly in The Shops at Highland Village. Once Potbelly closes on Sunday, Delhi 6 will begin remodeling the location to fit their needs. We are sad to see Potbelly go, but we are happy that the store front will not sit empty for long.
 
Marketing & Communications
We continue to use Speak Up HV to engage with residents. The Kids Kastle project has been added to the site with information about Design Day, the call to pick up stone pavers, and opportunities to volunteer. A newsletter was sent to all registrants informing them of Design Day and the start of the Kids Kastle project. We are encouraging residents to register on the site so they can stay up to date on everything happening with Kids Kastle and other opportunities for them to provide feedback. The Summer Fun in HV photo contest and the Restaurant Week survey continues through Labor Day.
8.23.2019 MC - Kids Kastle
The TXFallenPD Tribute Event committee met this week to continue the planning of the October 19 event and Restaurant Week. New sponsors to the event include the Texas Rangers Foundation and the North Texas Corvette Club. We are still in need of more sponsors and vendors for the event. Local restaurants are continuing to sign on for Restaurant Week. To date Hillside Fine Grill, Salerno, Snuffer’s, Shoal Creek Tavern, and Freddy’s have agreed to participate.
 
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Nokes attended the EMS Committee meeting at Medical City Lewisville on Tuesday. This committee reviews ways to improve patient care from incident scene through hospital admittance. 

All three shifts attended the monthly Lead II Excellence EMS continuing education training. This month, they covered Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI), which is a special process for intubation used when there is a risk that the patient’s airway could be compromised. 

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

The Fire Department held their quarterly Officer staff meeting to discuss upcoming events, training, and procedures in addition to any other departmental concerns or issues. 

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
8.23.2019 FD - Calls

Police Department
Back to school requires a lot of coordination. Corporals David Harney and Anita Beaudreault appreciate all of the assistance with traffic control, crosswalks, school zone patrols, and many other tasks that help ensure that our students arrive safely to school each day.
8.23.2019 PD - Auxiliary
The Lions Club Balloon Festival requires a lot of public safety planning. This year came and went without any major issues. Everyone had lots of fun!
8.23.2019 PD - Balloon
Our Animal Shelter participated in Clear the Shelters last weekend. While we did not find homes for all of our animals in the shelter, we are thrilled at the success of the event throughout the area. Please keep your local shelter in mind when you are considering adding a (furry) family member to your household.

Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove conducted preliminary interviews and oral boards for Communications Officer applicants. We have made a conditional offer to one applicant and are continuing the search for a second Communications Officer to join the HVPD team. 

Denco 9-1-1 installed a new satellite on the roof of the Police Department this week. This new satellite will help to ensure that our 9-1-1 system is even more reliable than it already was. 
 
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 and paving on Rosedale Street, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, and Ranier Court.
8.23.2019 PW - Sheldon1
8.23.2019 PW - Sheldon2
Reynolds Asphalt has started work on the 2019 Overlay Project which includes Longfellow Drive, Whittier Street, Whittier Court, Lanier Way, Sandberg Place, and North Oak Forest Drive.
8.23.2019 PW - Longfellow
Streets Division
  • Continued concrete sidewalk repairs on Briarhill Boulevard, Copperas Branch Court, Misty Oak Drive, and Overlook Circle.
  • Repaired a latch on the pedestrian crossing gate located between FM 2499 and Shadow Wood Circle.
8.23.2019 Streets - Ped Gate
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Nortex Concrete Slab-lifting is completing work in various locations. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
  • Completed the erosion control project in the 100 block of Edgewater Drive.
8.23.2019 Drainage - Edgewater
  • Measured the barrow ditch in the 600 block of Rainier Court in preparation of a drainage conversion.
  • Began drainage improvements in the 900 block of Highland Village Road. 
8.23.2019 Drainage - HVRd
  • Treated standing water with mosquito larvicide in the 700 block of Oak Hollow Lane.
8.23.2019 Drainage - Oak Hollow
Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a water service leak in the 100 block of Main Street in The District.
8.23.2019 Utilities - Leak Repair
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 2700 block of Fernwood Drive and TV inspected the lateral to find the issue. 
  • Dressed four areas of previous water and sanitary sewer repairs and laid new sod.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Delivered approximately 200 door hangers to residents informing them of the upcoming sanitary sewer line smoke testing next week.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the AMA metering system.
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with the erosion control project. 
  • Installed two new water meters for lots in the Ladera development. 
8.23.2019 Utilities - Meter Install
  • Replaced three dilapidated water meter boxes and set to grade.
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced one tire and repaired two.
  • Completed three vehicle registrations.
  • Recharged a battery.
  • Replaced one A/C compressor.
  • Outfitted and put three new trucks in service.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded citizen complaints
  • Lance Beasley is taking the NPDES Storm Water Inspector class.
  • Opened 20 new cases and closed 29. 
8.23.2019 Code - Cases
8.23.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 34
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 28
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system. They also prepared the baseball, soccer, and football athletic fields for upcoming games. 
8.23.2019 Parks - Pav Maint
8.23.2019 Parks - Trail Maint
Matt Ansted, who is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), completed playground safety inspections at various playgrounds this week. 
8.23.2019 Parks - Playground Insp
Staff prepared Doubletree Ranch Park for the Concerts in the Park series. The first concert was on Saturday and featured Infinite Journey.

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. Staff is reviewing the re-bid paperwork and the project will go out for re-bid later this month. Phil Lozano and Fince Espinoza met with a pond dredging contractor to coordinate the project. 
8.23.2019 Parks - Pond Dredging
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. The contractor began installing the irrigation system and pouring concrete piers for the shade structure to be installed in the backstop area. 

Replacement of the standing seam metal roofs continued this week. 

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 new sod has taken root and staff has removed the fending and “keep off grass” signage. 

The contractor continued work on the young adult/teen swings in the oak grove. The site has been graded, the border and sidewalk have been poured, and they are installing the engineered wood fibar (safety surfacing).
8.23.2019 Parks - Swing1
8.23.2019 Parks - Swing2
Recreation
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

On Thursday, 40 Senior All-Stars attended Casino Night at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Attendees had a great time playing blackjack, roulette, bingo, craps, poker, and slots. Thank you to our area businesses that donated raffle prizes - Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar, Palio’s Pizza, Hillside Fine Grill, Seven Mile Café, Snooty Pig, Sip Stir Coffee House, My Highland Village Dentist, and Dr. William E. Wyatt, Jr. Dentistry of Flower Mound.
8.23.2019 Parks - Casino1
8.23.2019 Parks - Casino2
Thank you to one of our Highland Village residents, Trish Cooper, for volunteering to help out at Casino Night. We would also like to thank Mayor Wilcox along with Council members Michael Lombardo, Barbara Fleming, Robert Fiester, and Daniel Jaworski for their time volunteering at the event as well. We could not put on fun events like Casino Night without the help and support of our community!
8.23.2019 Parks - Casino Volunteers
Special Events
Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park kicked off Saturday with Infinite Journey, a Journey tribute band. Not to fret, there are 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). 

Other Events
The Highland Village Elementary PTA hosted a Back to School expo at Doubletree Ranch Park on Thursday. Parks & Recreation made a special appearance to pass out swag items and talk to attendees about the upcoming Kids Kastle Community Build Project.
8.23.2019 Parks - PTA1
8.23.2019 Parks - PTA2
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 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.
8.23.2019 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.
8.23.2019 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.
8.23.2019 Parks - SUP
 
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez is working with Airrosti about future wellness programming. She has been hard at work planning the Wellness Program for Fiscal Year 2020 which kicks off October 1.