City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

Communication is very important to the City of Highland Village. Each week, I will provide you departmental updates on projects, events and accomplishments. Please stop by and take a minute to become informed on what is happening in your city.

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Oct 07

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:13 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
The Highland Village Business Association Community Coffee took place on Thursday at Doubletree Ranch Park. We had about 40 in attendance to hear a presentation from United Way President and CEO, Gary Henderson. CoServ cooked up delicious breakfast tacos from their Snackin’ Wagon.
10.4.2019 MC - Mayor
10.4.2019 MC - United Way
Our first National Night Out at Doubletree Ranch Park was a success! It was hard to tell how many people attended as the park is so big, but CoServ helped us out by telling us they served over 200 people! We are appreciative of CoServ for providing their Snackin’ Wagon and serving up BBQ sandwiches for all attendees. We also had a bike obstacle course, Corn Hole Tournament, hula hoops, and the splash pad was open.
10.4.2019 MC - Splash Pad
10.4.2019 MC - Corn Hole
We finished out the evening with a check presentation from Anna Borland with Local Pint followed by the Fallen Officer Memorial Video. Anna and her team at Local Pint have a heart for police officers. Anna’s brother, who died nearly two years ago, served for the Grand Prairie Police Department for nine years before entering the corporate world. Her brother was passionate about the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Foundation/Fallen Officer Fund supporting the families of fallen officers. For the second year now, Anna and the folks at Local Pint chose to celebrate her brother’s life through a fundraiser and an auction in support of the Fallen Officer Fund. We are so very grateful to receive a donation of $20,023.36 from Anna’s event at Local Pint.
10.4.2019 MC - Local Pint
Highland Village Restaurant Week in support of the Fallen Officer Fund is scheduled to take place October 13 - 20. We have been working on the promotional material for the nine Highland Village restaurants participating this year. We are creating two videos for each restaurant and a “Show Us Your Food” social media contest along with special graphics. Make your plans to dine out the week of October 13 in support of these restaurants who have chosen to support the Fallen Officer Fund. Restaurants participating are Brass Tap, Freddy’s, Fresco’s, Hillside, Popdod, Salerno’s, Shoal Creek, Sip Stir Coffee House, and Snuffer’s. Please share our social media posts when you see them and encourage your friends and family to participate. You can view the calendar on the HVBA website at thehvba.com/restaurantweek.

Our Wednesday Waste Tip for this week included information about the upcoming closure of the Waste Management Landfill and how residents can dispose of large, bulky items or items they would normally take to a landfill. We also explained the future of solid waste disposal is not to be taken lightly as it is foreseen to become costly to manage as permitted landfills fill up and close and alternatives are becoming scarce.
 
Fire Department
C Shift was invited to Ryan McLuckie’s 6th birthday party on Saturday. The kids checked out the Fire Engine and the crew had a great time!
10.4.2019 FD - Birthday1
10.4.2019 FD - Birthday2
October is National Fire Prevention Month. This year’s theme is Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape. The Fire Department will be posting safety tips on Facebook throughout the month as well as contracting with the Flower Mound SAFE team during Fire Prevention Week, which is October 6 through 12. The SAFE team presents a fun program on fire safety to the kids at our local schools while the Fire Department visits local daycares to educate children on what to do in the event of a fire. 
10.4.2019 FD - FirePrev
The monthly Early Outdoor Warning Siren test was conducted on Wednesday with all sirens in working order. Additionally, we are working on installing a new siren on FM 2499 at the City’s Southwood Well Lot. This siren will provide enhanced warning for residents in the Castlewood, Chapel Hills, Chapel Springs, Rolling Hills, western Highland Shores, and Ladera subdivisions. Notifications will be posted on social media as to when the new siren will be tested.
10.4.2019 FD - Siren
Assistant Chief Nokes attended the monthly North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) meeting on Wednesday, as well as the cardiac and stroke committee meetings. Assistant Chief Nokes also attended the monthly Fire Instructors Association of North Texas (FIANT) meeting. The discussion this month covered a new electronic training platform. 

Chief Thomson along with Assistant Chiefs Collier and Nokes attended the Denton County Fire Chiefs Association meeting on Thursday. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed 11 fire inspections this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
10.4.2019 FD - Calls
 
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and street issues.

Public Works staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineering, Inc. to discuss Public Works projects.

Staff met with residents and Highland Shores HOA staff concerning a retaining wall issue on one of the creeks in the greenbelt.

Public Works staff met with representatives from Frontier Communications to facilitate a better and faster procedure to repair fiber optic damages that occur in city rights-of-way.

The City’s paving contractor, Pavecon, is finishing up the punch list work on Rosedale Street, Snowdon Court, Sheldon Court, and Ranier Court. They have also completed paving on Catesby Place. 

Streets Division
  • The Street Division welcomed new Street Technician, Colton Reynolds.
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Moran Drive.
10.4.2019 Streets - Moran
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Hauled off spoiled materials from the storage lot to the landfill. 
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Glenmere Drive.
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
10.4.2019 Streets - Village Tree
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
10.4.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Replaced brick pavers at the intersection of Briarhill Boulevard and Highland Shores Boulevard. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing.
  • Removed silt and debris from the creek crossing in the 300 block of Whittier Street.
10.4.2019 Drainage - Whittier
10.4.2019 Drainage - Whittier Creek
  • City contractors mowed and trimmed weeds at the retention ponds behind Walmart and in the 2700 block of Quail Cove Drive. 
  • Deployed line locates in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive for barrow ditch cleaning and driveway culverts installation.
  • Graded the barrow ditch in the 200 block of Lake Vista West.
10.4.2019 Drainage - Lake Vista
10.4.2019 Drainage - Lake Vista Sod
Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair two water main breaks on Addiston Drive and Glenmere Drive. 
10.4.2019 Utilities - Main Break 1
10.4.2019 Utilities - Main Break 2
  • Potholed three areas to expose the water line on Willow Creek Estates, and exposed a sanitary sewer main in a rear easement on Highland Village Road for a future housing development.
10.4.2019 Utilities - Potholing
  • Repaired several sanitary sewer property line clean outs that were found during previous smoke testing in Lift Station Basin 10. 
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • TV inspected three sanitary sewer services on Lake Creek Drive, Fairland Drive, and Marchwood Drive.
  • Replaced several water meters that have reached their life expectancy of 2 million gallons.
  • Located two areas of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure for contractors performing directional bores and excavations.
  • 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 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services. 
  • Replaced three tires and repaired one.
  • Replaced the blades on two mowers.
  • Two batteries were replaced.
  • Three motor mounts have been replaced.
  • Made several small engine repairs. 
  • Completed seven vehicle registration renewals.
10.4.2019 Maint - Tire
10.4.2019 Maint - Saw Repair
Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 25 cases and closed 55.
  • Continued to monitor undeveloped lots and vacant properties.
10.4.2019 Code - Cases-001
10.4.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 8
Permits Issued - 23
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 12
 
Parks & Recreation
Recreation
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, 40 Senior All-Stars enjoyed tacos from Rosa’s and ice cream sandwiches for dessert provided by Meals on Wheels. After lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed to play Bingo. 
10.4.2019 Parks - SASLunch
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.
10.4.2019 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.
10.4.2019 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.