City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Sep 09

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 9, 2019 at 8:21 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We posted our second “Wednesday’s Waste Tip” article to Nextdoor and the City Facebook page. This message focused on yard waste pickup. We are receiving positive feedback from residents for providing these tips.  

Laurie Mullens and I met with BrandEra to discuss the findings from the HVBA resident survey and the restaurant and business focus groups. Beth Owens with BrandEra will be presenting the findings and recommendations at the Council meeting on Tuesday.  

The TXFallenPD Tribute Event Committee met this week to continue working on the October 19 event. New this year is TXFallenPD at National Night Out. Our National Night Out event will take place on October 1 at Doubletree Ranch Park. CoServ’s Snack Wagon will be there providing BBQ sandwiches to the first 100 guests. We will have a bike obstacle course, games, a corn hole tournament ($5/person), the opportunity to meet the bike team, and of course the splash pad will remain open for the evening. 
9.6.2019 MC - NNO

Fire Department
C Shift responded to a request for mutual aid and back-filled the Argyle Fire Station on Sunday, September 1 while Argyle battled a structure fire. They were called for mutual aid by the Argyle Fire Department again later that afternoon to assist with a grass fire on Orchid Hill Road. No injuries were reported at either scene.
9.6.2019 FD - ArgyleFire
Assistant Chief Nokes attended the monthly North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. He also attended the monthly Fire Instructors Association of North Texas (FIANT) meeting on Wednesday. 

The monthly Early Outdoor Warning Siren test was conducted by the Fire Department on Wednesday. All sirens were found to be in working order. 

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

The Fire Department has the following Calls for Service:
9.6.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
We would like to welcome our newest Communications Officer Jennifer Henderson. Jennifer has started her Communications Officer Training. 

Communications Supervisor is conducting preliminary interviews and oral boards for two more Communications Officers.

Administrative Manager Jasmine Hipp and Records Technician Brianna Robbins attended the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) training in Denton. NIBRS was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, capturing details on each single crime incident (as well as on separate offenses within the same incident) including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in crimes. 
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 paving and reconstruction work on Rosedale Street, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, Ranier Court, and Catesby Place. 
9.6.2019 PW - Rosedale
Reynolds Asphalt is finishing up the 2019 Overlay Project which included Longfellow Drive, Whittier Street, Whittier Court, Lanier Way, Sandberg Place, and North Oak Forest Drive. 

Streets Division
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Continued concrete sidewalk repairs on Briarhill Boulevard and Copperas Branch Court.
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
  • Began street repairs on Moran Drive following the completion of water leak repairs made.
9.6.2019 Streets - Moran Repair
  • Reynolds Asphalt completed the overlay in the Longfellow Drive/Whittier area.
9.6.2019 Streets - Reynolds
  • The City of Lewisville repaired the signals and push buttons for the crosswalks on Highland Village Road. 
9.6.2019 Streets - Signal Repairs
Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
  • Began work on drainage improvements in the 400 block of Post Oak Drive. 
9.6.2019 Drainage - Post Oak
  • Assisted the Street Division with an asphalt repair in the 400 block of Longfellow Drive. 
9.6.2019 Drainage - Longfellow
  • Repaired the storm water infrastructure in the 400 block of Moran Drive following the completion of water leak repairs made by the Utility Division. 
9.6.2019 Drainage - Moran
  • Shot grade on the barrow ditch in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive for improvements.
  • Received quotes for two possible drainage conversions in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired ten property line clean outs which were found during smoke testing. 
  • Began flushing dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 400 block of Post Oak Drive to verify main location. 
  • Replaced several 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 and wastewater systems.
  • Excavated to repair two emergency water main breaks after regular working hours on Remington Drive and Moran Drive.
9.6.2019 Utilities - Main Break
  • Performed smoke testing on sanitary sewer mains to reveal issues on mains and lateral lines in Lift Station Basin 10.
9.6.2019 Utilities - Smoke Testing
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with a storm drainage pipe installation in the 400 block of Post Oak Drive. 
9.6.2019 Utilities - Drainage
Maintenance Division
  • Performed ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced seven tires and repaired four.
  • Replaced a trailer jack.
  • The front rotors and pads were replaced on a vehicle. 
  • Replaced a spot light.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 13 new cases and closed 24. 
9.6.2019 Code - Cases
9.6.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 5
Permits Issued - 20
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 22
Parks & Recreation Department
Park Staff
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system as well as preparing the athletic fields for upcoming games. 
9.6.2019 Parks - Maint1
9.6.2019 Parks - Maint2
The splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park has started fall hours and is only open during the weekends through the month of September. Be sure to check the splash pad schedule for updates. 

Staff is coordinating with the Highland Village Lions Club to review the landscaping needs for the circular flowerbed and provide a litter control plan. The City is grateful to work with this wonderful organization that envisions the same goals as the Parks Department and provides service to all of our residents. 

Parks staff met with the City of Dallas to show them the restroom buildings at Lakeside Community Park and Pilot Knoll Park day use area. Due to their durability, upscale materials, and pleasing aesthetics, the City of Dallas is hoping to replace some of their existing restroom buildings with similar buildings that Highland Village has installed. 
9.6.2019 Parks - Dallas
Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement Project
Phil Lozano, Andra Foreman, Terry Golden, Fince Espinoza, and Park Board Chair Dave Rush met with staff from the City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday to discuss fundraising strategies. The City of Grand Prairie is currently working on raising funds for a $10M park. Highland Village staff will incorporate some of the strategies learned to help raise funds for the new Kids Kastle playground. 
9.6.2019 Parks - Grand Prairie
Park staff, along with a representative from Play by Design (the City’s design consultant for Kids Kastle) met with our local elementary schools to gather idea from the kids as to what they would like to see at the new Kids Kastle. There were so many great ideas and so much excitement! The design team will refine the list as the process continues.
9.6.2019 Parks - School DD1
9.6.2019 Parks - School DD2
Unity Park
Staff is in the process of reviewing the re-bid documents related to the project. We expect advertisements to be published/posted next week. 

North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field with the installation of the irrigation system and the batting cage netting. The irrigation system will be complete next week and the sod will be planted the following week. 
9.6.2019 Parks - UnitySF
Parks Roof Replacement Project
Replacement of the standing seam metal roofs at Unity Park continued this week. They will begin work on the Kids Kastle pavilion and the yellow baseball field dugouts next week, weather permitting. 

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.

Victoria Park Track Replacement
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the project. 

Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
Phil Lozano, Andra Foreman, and Fince Espinoza met with representatives from la terra studio on Wednesday to discuss the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. The plan is being refined and will be presented to both the Park Board and City Council later this year.
9.6.2019 Parks - CopperasPlan1
9.6.2019 Parks - CopperasPlan2
Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the sidewalk. Staff is reviewing the necessary easement documents. 

The fall kickball league kicked off on Wednesday, September 4 at Unity Park. Games take place weekly (weather permitting) on Wednesday evenings at Unity Park. 

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 consisting of fried chicken from Chicken Express with green beans, cole slaw, mashed potatoes, and cake for dessert. Some of the All-Stars stayed to play Bingo after lunch.
9.6.2019 Parks - SAS Bingo
Special Events
Concerts in the Park
The next Concert in the Park will be on Saturday, September 21 with Blaze of Glory (the Bon Jovi Experience) at Doubletree Ranch Park. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the splash pad will stay on until 9:00 p.m. We will have Kona Ice, Pokey O’s Cookies & Ice Cream, and Munchies Food Truck on site serving up delicious food and desserts! Mark your calendars now and be sure to head over to Doubletree Ranch Park on September 21!

The final Concert in the Park 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.

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.

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.
9.6.2019 Parks - CG1
9.6.2019 Parks - CG2
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
9.6.2019 Parks - SUP1
9.6.2019 Parks - SUP2
Human Resources
The Human Resources Department hosted benefit meetings for all City employees on September 5.