City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Sep 30

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:24 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Our National Night Out event is Tuesday, October 1 at Doubletree Ranch Park beginning at 5:00 p.m. We have a fun night planned with CoServ’s Snackin’ Wagon providing free BBQ sandwiches, the Corn Hole Tournament benefiting the Fallen Officer Fund, a bike obstacle course, games, face painting, and we will show the Fallen Officer Memorial Video. We have been informing the community of the event through Facebook posts, Nextdoor, and videos. The latest video was “spooktacularly” fun to create and promotes the Corn Hole Tournament.

Highland Village Restaurant Week in support of the Fallen Officer Fund is scheduled to take place October 13 - 20. We have nine Highland Village restaurants participating this year - Brass Tap, Freddy’s, Fresco’s, Hillside, Popdod, Salerno’s, Shoal Creek, Sip Stir Coffee House, and Snuffer’s. Be ready to enjoy dining out the week of October 13 because there is something for everyone! This week Laurie Mullens and Andrew Boyd began filming promotional videos for the event and Crystal Babcock created the calendar and graphics. Please share our social media posts when you see them and encourage your friends and family to participate in support of our local restaurants and the Fallen Officer Fund.
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We have a winner! We held a Summer Fun in HV photo contest on Speak Up HV. Staff voted on the photos submitted and selected the photo submitted by the Sablar family. The Sablar’s live close to Unity Park and told us they enjoy walking to the park for the different festivals, events, and amenities at the park. The picture they submitted was their family at the Lions Club Balloon Festival. The Sablar’s won a $100 gift card from Snuffer’s, the sponsor of the photo contest.
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Through the month of September we have created Wednesday Waste Tips to inform our residents of the services provided by Community Waste Disposal and the specific guidelines. We shared these on Nextdoor and the City Facebook page. Many residents have told us they appreciate the information and that it made them aware of services and guidelines they didn’t know about. As we move into October we will focus on another topic for our Wednesday Tips. 

Laurie Mullens and Jon Kixmiller attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday. 
Fire Department
Captain Daniel Ortmeier along with Firefighter/Paramedics Taylor Proefrock and Ryan Snider attended the Wichita HOTS training in Wichita, Kansas over the weekend. The goal of this training is to teach excellent, aggressive fire tactics. HOTS began in 2007 and has doubled in size bringing in numerous outside instructors to teach neighboring departments as well as rural volunteers. 

Chief Thomson and Firefighter/Paramedics Clayton Grubbs, Michael Ford, Ryan Snider, and Joshua Mabry attended Wildland training in Coppell this week. This course is required in order to obtain Wildland certification, which is a requirement for all Fire personnel. 

A Shift responded to a vehicle fire at Lakeside Community Park on Thursday. The Police Department and a bystander were using a fire extinguisher on the fire when the Engine arrived on scene. Fire crews were able to gain access to the vehicles engine compartment and fully extinguish the fire. There were no injuries reported. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed nine fire inspections this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
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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 continue reconstruction work on Catesby Place. 

Public Works opened bids for the Street Improvements Project Phase 2. An award recommendation will be presented to Council at the next meeting.

Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Moran Drive.
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  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Replaced signs in various locations throughout the City. 
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  • Delivered recycle carts to residents. 
  • Hauled off spoiled materials from the storage lot to the land fill. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing.
  • Met with a resident in the 100 block of Canyon Creek Drive regarding a drainage conversion. 
  • Graded the barrow ditch to flow properly in the 100 block of Stone Canyon Drive.
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  • Met with a resident in the 100 block of Brookdale Drive regarding flooding concerns.
  • Met with a resident to discuss possible barrow ditch cleaning needs in the 300 block of Hickory Ridge Drive.
  • Hauled construction spoils to the land fill.
  • Removed trash from the retention pond behind Walmart.
  • Removed weeds and debris from the drainage flume in the 3000 block of Hillside Drive.
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  • Cleaned the drainage flume around the service center at 948 Highland Village Road.
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Utilities Division
  • Repaired a water main leak in the 200 block of Meadowlark Lane.
  • Repaired several sanitary sewer property line clean outs that were found during
  • previous smoke testing in Lift Station Basin 10.
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  • Completed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Dressed four areas of previous water and sanitary sewer repairs and laid new sod.
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  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer service and cut roots out of the line in the 300 block of Scenic Drive.
  • Replaced several water meters that have reached their life expectancy of two million gallons.
  • Replaced three water meter curb stops on Bierstadt Drive, Fairfield Lane, and Remington Terrace.
  • 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 12 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced five tires and repaired one. 
  • Replaced mower deck belts.
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  • Made repairs to trailer lights.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Changed the A/C at the Municipal Complex, Public Works, and Parks buildings.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded citizen complaints.
  • Opened 30 cases and closed 63.
  • Removed bandit signs.
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 5
Permits Issued - 18
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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Parks staff has repaired the bollards that automatically sense when pedestrians walk through the Lightguard Crosswalk located on Briarhill Boulevard at City Trail.
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Parks staff installed two soccer goals at the practice field located at Unity Park. For more information, or to rent the field visit the reservations web page.
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Staff removed bushes on FM 2499 at Northwood Drive to achieve a better sight radius triangle. We have been working with our maintenance contractor in an effort to improve visibility at each intersection.
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Phil Lozano and Andra Foreman attended the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland last week. Approximately 8,000 attendees who are passionate about making their communities a great place to live spent time in educational sessions, networking, and getting inspiration to take back to their communities. 
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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. To find out more about this project and learn how you can get involved, visit

Unity Park Pond Dredging Project
Staff is coordinating efforts with the contractor for the Unity Park Pond project, which is anticipated to begin in October.

Unity Park Plaza Project
City staff is currently accepting sealed bids for this project. All bids are due by 2:00 p.m. on October 9, 2019, in the City Secretary’s Office.

Unity Park Softball Field Project
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field with the installation of the shade structure around the backstop, trees, and tree bubblers.
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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. 

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 Wednesday, seven Senior All-Stars took a trip to the Dallas Art Museum, which is one of the top ten museums in the country! The All-Stars viewed more than 23,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods, spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Before returning to Highland Village, they enjoyed lunch at the museum café. 
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Special Events
Concerts in the Park
The second Concert in the Pak took place last Saturday at Doubletree Ranch Park. Blaze of Glory rocked the park while showcasing all of the Bon Jovi classics! Kona Ice and Munchies Food Truck were on site serving up delicious food and desserts!
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The final Concert in the Park will take place on Saturday, October 5 with King George (a George Strait tribute) making an appearance. 

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.

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.