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 14

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:14 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We are kicking off an awesome week in Highland Village to support the families of Texas officers killed in the line of duty. The TXFallenPD Online Auction went live yesterday. The auction is sponsored by Mr. Restore and Susan Allen has done a fantastic job getting some really great items for the auction. You’ll want to check it out and place your bid on items such as concert tickets, coolers, a guided duck hunt, and tickets to the Rangers game at the new Globe Life Field to name a few.
10.11.2019 MC - Auction
Yesterday also marked the beginning of Highland Village Restaurant Week! You won’t have to worry about cooking at all because there are nine restaurants participating this year and providing a portion of their sales to the Fallen Officer Fund. Check out the Foodie Friday Highland Village Restaurant Week tour video and make your meal plans for the week!

We are excited about hosting our first Coffee with the Chiefs on Wednesday, October 16 at Sip | Stir Coffee House at 8:00 a.m. Stop in and chat with Chief Reim and Chief Thomson and enjoy some of the delicious drinks and food Sip | Stir offers. Plus they are giving a percentage of your sale to the Fallen Officer Fund!
10.11.2019 MC - Coffee
We cap off the week next Saturday with the TXFallenPD Tribute Event at The Shops at Highland Village. There will be live entertainment, vendors, a kids zone, a giant Touch-a-Truck area (with TWO helicopters), races (or walks...no judging we’re totally down for walking), and of course a chance to remember the lives of the Texas Officers who were killed in the line of duty over the last year. It’s a great day for the whole family and a chance to honor those we have lost and support their families. If you want to participate in the race(s), register today. It’s not too late!

Our Wednesday Waste Tip for this week included information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. We have the prescription drop off box inside the rotunda at the Municipal Complex, or residents can call the police non-emergency number and an officer will come pick up the unwanted prescription drugs.

Fire Department
The Fire Department contracts with the Flower Mound SAFE (Safety and Fire Education) Team to present a fun program on fire safety to the kids at our local schools during Fire Prevention Week. The SAFE Team is made up of members of the Flower Mound Fire Department who present these programs throughout the year.
10.11.2019 FD - Heritage SAFE
Mayor Wilcox presented the National Fire Prevention Week proclamation to the Fire Department during the council meeting. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors Fire Preveition Week annually to educate people on small, but important, steps they can take to help keep themselves and those around them safe. You can learn more at fpw.org.
10.11.2019 FD - Proclamation
C Shift conducted blood pressure checks at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

McAuliffe Elementary held its annual Careers on Wheels with several City departments attending, including the Fire Department. Careers on Wheels gives students the opportunity to ask questions about what it’s like to be in certain professions, such as a Firefighter, and it lets them see the apparatus.
10.11.2019 FD - Careers
Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed 11 fire inspections this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
10.11.2019 FD - Calls
 
Police Department
The Police Department attended Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks and met lots of people that took the time to stop in. Starbucks didn’t let our officers sit down on the job, and promptly put them to work!
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The third Animal Care Board Meeting was held this week. Potential renovations to the current shelter as well as the contract with Animal Medical Center were discussed. 

Records Technician Bri Robbins attended the Texas Law Enforcement Records Association (TLERA) conference in Burkburnett. 

Sergeants David Pittinger and Paul Kimberlin attended TASER recertification training in Rockwall. 

We welcomed two new Communications Officers, Megan Baca and Jennifer Henderson, to the Police Department. They began their Denco 9-1-1 Basic Telecommunicator training this week and will return to the Police Department for the field training program once they have completed their training at Denco 9-1-1. 

Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove attended a Responder Safety: There is NO Such Thing as Routine webinar put on by Equature Interactive Response. The webinar covered common call types leading to complacency, the telecommunicator’s responsibility in responder safety, defining routine and complacency, as well as what to do in the event of a line of duty death. 

Corporal David Harney and Senior Animal Care Officer Wes Fiddes attended Careers on Wheels at McAuliffe Elementary. They were joined by some of the officers on duty who gladly showed the students their equipment. 
 
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.

Public Works met with the developer of the Tequesta subdivision to help clarify some of the City requirements. 

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 completed paving on Catesby Place. 

Utilities, Streets, and Drainage Divisions participated in McAuliffe Elementary’s Careers on Wheels. There, they showed the students some of the equipment used by the City.
10.11.2019 PW - Careers
Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Moran Drive.
  • Assisted the Utilities Division with a saw cut on Glenmere Drive.
10.11.2019 Streets - Glenmere
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Hauled off spoiled materials from the storage lot to the landfill. 
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
10.11.2019 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.
  • Performed water quality testing following the recent rain the area received.
  • Hauled materials to a job site in the 100 block of N Edgewater Drive.
10.11.2019 Drainage - Erosion
  • Repaired a curb inlet in the 400 block of Willow Way.
10.11.2019 Drainage - Willow Way
  • Met with a resident in the 400 block of Abigail Drive regarding a broken concrete pad around the grate inlet.
10.11.2019 Drainage - Abigail
Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a water service leak in the street on Havenwood Court.
10.11.2019 Utilities - Leak
  • Installed two carbon vent filters at Lift Station 3 and on a sanitary sewer main in the 2300 block of Briarhill Boulevard.
10.11.2019 Utilities - Ventsorb
  • Repaired several sanitary sewer property line clean outs and manholes that were found during previous smoke testing in Lift Station Basin 10. 
  • 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.
  • Pulled Pump 2 at Lift Station 8 and removed a clog.
  • Replaced one curb stop in the 200 block of Bexar Drive.
  • Located one area 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced four tires. 
  • Replaced belts on mower decks.
  • Made repairs to pull tarps.
  • Completed six state vehicle inspections.
  • Repaired an air leak on a dump truck.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 31 cases and closed 30.
  • Continued to monitor undeveloped lots and vacant properties.
10.11.2019 Code - Cases-001
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 20
Permits Issued - 41
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 18
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system.
10.11.2019 Parks - Landscape
Staff has redesigned and installed the irrigation on the upper portion of K-9 Kastle in order to achieve head to head coverage. This was done in anticipation of rye grass to be installed throughout the entire dog park.
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10.11.2019 Parks - K92
Staff met with Mary Morris and representatives from the Denton County Master Gardeners to discuss the addition of landscape material to the butterfly gardens around the barn and pavilion at Doubletree Ranch Park. The Denton County Master Gardeners are a wonderful volunteer organization that assists the Parks Department to ensure that the landscape around the barn and pavilion at Doubletree Ranch Park are always looking their best. The City appreciates their efforts and look forward to continuing this great working relationship.
10.11.2019 Parks - DCMG
Phil Schmidt and his crew painted pink ribbons on the Unity Park and Doubletree Ranch Park game fields to promote breast cancer awareness month, and to encourage the fight against the disease.
10.11.2019 Parks - Pink Ribbon
Parks and Recreation Director Phil Lozano met with the Denton County Fit4Mom organization to discuss the renovations and rebuilding of Kids Kastle. Fit4Mom can’t wait to get started and shared their enthusiasm on their Facebook page, “We can’t wait to get our village involved in the community build project! Come join us!” Visit SpeakUpHV for more information about the community build project and to sign up to serve on a volunteer committee!
10.11.2019 Parks - KKFit4Mom
All of Denton County is currently under a burn ban, which prevents the use of campfires and open top grills at all parks. To use a grill at any park in Denton County, the grill must have a lid attached. Visit the Denton County website to find out more.

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 SpeakUpHV.com.

Unity Park Pond Dredging Project
Staff has executed a contract for the pond dredging project, which is anticipated to begin on November 4. The parking lot adjacent to the upper pond will be closed throughout the entirety of the project. It will be used by the contractor to place sediment bags so they stay dry. 

Unity Park Plaza Project
Five bids for the Unity Park Plaza were received and read aloud on October 9. Staff is currently evaluating the bids submitted and will make a recommendation to upper management next week. 

Unity Park Softball Field Project
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field with the installation of trees and other landscaping around the site. Staff performed an irrigation walkthrough. The irrigation system works as designed. A short punch list was created for the contractor to address.  

Unity Park Switchgear Project
Fince Espinoza and Gabe Doria met with a contractor to discuss the replacement of the Unity Park switchgear. The contractor is working on a quote to complete this project. 
10.11.2019 Parks - UPSwitch
Parks Roof Replacement Project
The contractor has replaced the roof at Lions Club Park, we anticipate that they will begin replacing the roof at Lakeside Community Park next week.

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.

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. 

Recreation
Andra Foreman attended the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) regional meeting on Wednesday. The City of Highland Village received the Silver Member City Award for outstanding registration support for teams, individuals, and TAAF training programs. 

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, 23 Senior All-Stars attended a Lunch and Learn sponsored by Calvert Hearing Care where Dr. Joe Brent discussed the latest trends in audiology and how he can help with hearing impairments. While listening, the All-Stars enjoyed sandwiches, wraps, chips, pickles, and cookies from McAlister’s Deli.
10.11.2019 Parks - SASLunch
Also on Thursday, 25 Senior All-Stars headed out to Fair Park to take in the sights and sounds of the State Fair of Texas! It was a special day, as people over the age of 60 were able to enter the fair free of charge. After making the rounds and eating several delicious treats, the All-Stars made sure to snap a picture with Big Tex before heading back to Highland Village.
10.11.2019 Parks - SASBigTex
Special Events
Concerts in the Park
The final Concert in the Park was held on October 5 at Doubletree Ranch Park. King George came out and played all of George Strait’s classics! Kona Ice and Munchies Food Truck were also on site serving up delicious food and desserts. New Song School of the Arts came by to hand out bottled water for attendees! 
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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.
10.11.2019 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.
10.11.2019 Parks - CG1
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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.
 
Human Resources
Human Resources hosted the Municipal Human Resources Alliance (MHRA) quarterly luncheon on Thursday. This quarterly luncheon provides an opportunity for human resources departments across the metroplex to discuss trends, laws, and processes.