City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Sep 23

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 7:44 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We were thrilled to find out that Lone Star Corvette Club selected the TXFallenPD Tribute Event as their nonprofit of the year. The fundraising they did for the year benefits the TXFallenPD Tribute Event. On Wednesday John Raiden with the Club presented a $5,800 check to the Fund. We are very appreciative of Lone Star Corvette Club’s support of the TXFallenPD Tribute Event and the Fallen Officer Fund!
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The Foodie Friday segment this month features Popdod, which is now open on Justin Road in front of Painted Tree Marketplace. They call it Popology – customizing sodas with fruit, syrups, candy, creams, anything you can imagine. They also sell treats from The Flour Shop Bakery.

You’ll want to be sure to attend this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, October 1. TXFallenPD will help host the event at Doubletree Ranch Park. CoServ will be on site providing BBQ sandwiches to the first 100 attendees, we’ll have a corn hole tournament benefiting the Fallen Officer Fund, a bike obstacle course for the young and old, and much more. We had fun this week recording the promo video for National Night Out. Can you tell what excited Sgt. Oliver the most about National Night Out?
Fire Department
C Shift responded to a structure fire on Thursday with mutual aid from Flower Mound. Upon arrival, the residents were already evacuating the home and informed Firefighters that there was smoke between the first and second floor balcony in the back of the home. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The Lewisville Fire Department filled in at our Fire Station while crews were on scene. 

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is “Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.” Throughout the month of September, the Fire Department will be posting information on the Fire Department’s Facebook account outlining important steps you can take to keep your family and community safe in the event of a natural disaster. For more information on how you can create your plan check out Ready.Gov.
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Another way to stay prepared is to sign up for the City’s mass notification system. This system sends out severe weather alerts, public safety information, evacuations, and other City information of importance and interest. We want you to be prepared…not scared.

Assistant Chief Collier attended the monthly Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) advisory committee meeting in Austin this week. This committee works to aid the protection of life and property through the development and enforcement of recognized professional standards for individuals in the fire service. 

Assistant Chief Nokes attended the monthly North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) meeting, as well as the EMS Committee meeting. 

All three shifts attended EMS continuing education classes taught by Lead II Excellence. This month’s topic was anaphylaxis and allergic reactions. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed 14 fire inspections. Additionally, Assistant Chief Collier completed one plan review. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
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Police Department
Three of our bike officers participated in the Race to End Child Abuse in Keller over the weekend. The event is a fundraiser for Alliance for Children, which is the only nonprofit agency in Tarrant County that provides protection from child abuse through coordinated investigations.
9.20.2019 PD - Bike
The third grade class from Highland Village Elementary invited members from the Police and Fire Departments to their school to show their appreciation. They presented the Police Officers and Firefighters with cards and posters. While the crews were there, they answered some questions from the kids.
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Corporal Anita Beaudreault attended TCOLE De-Escalation Training this week. The course is designed to improve an officer’s response to incidents involving individuals in crisis or those that are behaving erratically. Emphasizing the importance of safety for everyone involved. 

Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove attended a Generational Differences in the Public Safety Workplace webinar. 

Officers Brandon Watson and Eric Luster attended TCOLE Basic Instructor training, and Officers Ben McKelvey and Jimmy Sims attended Police Bicycle School. 
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 City’s paving contractor, Pavecon, is finishing the paving work on Rosedale Street, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, and Ranier Court. They continued reconstruction work on Catesby Place. 

Both the Public Works Department and the Parks & Recreation Department attended an eight-hour spill training on Tuesday. 

Streets Division
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City
  • Continued street repairs on Moran Drive after water leak repairs were made.
9.20.2019 Streets - Moran
  • Saw cut a section of Stone Canyon Drive for the Drainage Division. 
  • Monitored the school zone flashers.
  • Added center lines and replaced the reflective markers on Chisholm Trail.  
9.20.2019 Streets - Chisholm
Drainage Division
  • Trimmed weeds in the creek crossings in the 500 block of Lake Vista East and the 100 block of Sellmeyer Lane.
9.20.2019 Drainage - Lake Vista East
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  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing.
  • Installed a driveway culvert in the 100 block of Stone Canyon Drive.
9.20.2019 Drainage - Stone Canyon
  • Met with a resident in the 200 block of Merriman Drive regarding lot-to-lot drainage concerns. 
  • Removed blockages from a drainage easement in the 700 block of Ashley Court.
9.20.2019 Drainage - Ashley Ct
  • Rebuilt the retaining wall at the Southwood material storage bins due to excessive leaning.
9.20.2019 Drainage - Southwood
Utilities Division
  • Installed a new tap and 2” water service for Planet Fitness, which is currently under construction. 
9.20.2019 Utilities - Tap
  • Installed a new dead end water main blow-off at the end of Gayle Lane. 
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  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the automated metering system.
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • TV inspected two sanitary sewer mains to verify location and depth for a future subdivision in the 1400 block of Highland Village Road.
  • Repaired several property line clean outs and sanitary sewer manholes that were found during smoke testing. 
  • 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 distribution and wastewater collection system.

Maintenance Division
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced two tires and repaired one.
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  • Completed three state vehicle inspections.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Two head lights were replaced.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded citizen complaints.
  • Opened 18 cases and closed 43.
  • Removed bandit signs.
9.20.2019 Code - Cases
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 7
Permits Issued - 23
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 16
Parks & Recreation
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. 
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The splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park has moved to fall hours and is only open during the weekends through the month of September. Be sure to check the splash pad schedule for updates. 

Joey Hardin and Marcos Mejorado connected the backup irrigation to the system at Doubletree Ranch Park due to the reclaimed water pumps being damaged. Once the reclaimed water pumps are repaired, the potable water system will be physically disconnected from the irrigation system per TCEQ requirements.
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Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement Project
Staff continues to work with Play by Design to create a comprehensive design that will be presented to the Parks Board and City Council. This design will include elements gathered at Design Day. 

Unity Park Pond Dredging Project
Staff is finalizing the paperwork necessary to move forward with this project. They will issue a notice to proceed when the contract is returned from the contractor. Once the project begins, it will take approximately four months to complete (weather permitting). During that time, the parking lot between the upper pond and Briarhill Boulevard will be closed to allow the contractor use of that area to store sediment bags. 

Unity Park Plaza Project
Parks staff, along with la terra studio, hosted a pre-bid meeting for interested companies on Wednesday. All bids for this project are due by 2:00 p.m. on October 9, 2019, in the City Secretary’s Office.
9.20.2019 Parks - Prebid
Unity Park Softball Field Project
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field with the installation of sod in the outfield and fencing around the field and batting cages. Installation of the backstop shade structure and dugout roofs are anticipated to begin next week. 
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Parks Roof Replacement Project
The contractor is awaiting materials for the yellow field dugout roofs at Unity Park. Once complete, they will move to Lakeside Community Park and Lions Club Park. 

Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
Staff continues to coordinate with la terra studio.

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. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk
BW2 Engineers continue to work on the design of the sidewalk. 

The fall kickball league continued on Wednesday evening at Unity Park. 

The NFL Flag Football games continue Saturday at Brazos 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, 37 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a potato bar (complete with all the fixings) and pumpkin pie provided by Meals on Wheels. During lunch, Ken Heerman and myself presented Fiscal Year 2020 highlights and answered questions about recent legislation. 
9.20.2019 Parks - SASBudget
Following lunch, six Senior All-Stars watched Daddy Long Legs starring Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire in the boardroom.
9.20.2019 Parks - SASMovie
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.

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
Texas Health Resources offered free skin cancer screenings and mammograms to City employees (and spouses covered under the City’s health insurance plan) on Wednesday. There were over 20 employees that took part in the free, private screenings offered.  

Kimberly Lopez met with BBVA Compass Bank this week to discuss upcoming Learn at Lunch topics related to financial health.