City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Oct 21

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 9:18 AM by Crystal Babcock

Last week Mayor Wilcox, Council members Fleming and Kixmiller, City Secretary Angela Miller, and I attended the Texas Municipal League (TML) Annual Conference in San Antonio. This conference provides an opportunity for cities to share best practices and receive updates related to municipal government. The hot topics this year were the legislative affects stemming from changes in state law, property tax reform, and zoning affecting city ordinances. 

I attended the Denton County Legislative Wrap Up on Wednesday. It was an opportunity for our Denton County legislators to provide an overview of the 86th Legislative Session. One of the highlights was that the Bi-Annual Budget approved during this session is the 10th largest budget in the world, larger than the Canadian and Russian Government budgets. Another interesting topic discussed related to an ongoing issue taking place in Austin where Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and former House GOP Chairman Dustin Burrows were recorded by political activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, who has since released the recording of their meeting. Based on the recording, the delegation has agreed that Speaker Bonnen should resign as Speaker of the House. Representative Parker issued the following statement in regards to the issue, “Honesty, accountability, and sound judgment have been lost and instead replaced with finger pointing to absolve responsibility. We need to restore the confidence in leadership, and I believe Speaker Bonnen should resign in order for the House to heal and move forward.”
10.18.2019 CM - Eads
 
Marketing & Communications
We held our first Coffee with the Chiefs on Wednesday, October 16 at Sip | Stir Coffee House. It was a good event. The owners at Sip | Stir Coffee House are eager to have us back more often. 
10.18.2019 MC - Coffee
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On Thursday Mayor Wilcox, Laurie Mullens, HVFD, and HVPD attended a luncheon at Heritage Elementary School honoring the students who participated in their Kindness initiative.
10.18.2019 MC - FD Kindness
10.18.2019 MC - Mayor Kindness
We have been working with BrandEra to create a “shop local” campaign with the goal of implementing to promote holiday shopping in Highland Village. We had two meetings with the staff at BrandEra this week to work on the messaging and graphic design. 

On Wednesday Andrew Boyd filmed the Fire Department conducting their extrication training. 
 
Fire Department
Michael’s Memories is a charitable organization that was founded by Coppell Firefighter Michael Williams, who lost his 10-year battle with cancer earlier this year. This organization provides firefighters who are facing a cancer diagnosis with an opportunity to escape the stress, trauma, and financial impact that undergoing treatment creates, while also raising awareness. The 9th Annual Golf Classic took place earlier this week and Michael’s Memories presented Driver/Operator Vince Jones, who is battling pancreatic cancer, an all-expenses paid vacation.
10.18.2019 FD - Michaels Memories
Assistant Chief Nokes attended the monthly EMS Committee meeting at Medical Center of Lewisville (MCL) on Tuesday. This committee is comprised of local EMS Chiefs along with the MCL Directors from the Cardiac, Stroke, Sepsis, and Trauma departments. They meet regularly to discuss continuity of care for patients transported via ambulance to MCL. 

Assistant Chief Nokes also attended the Zone 2 monthly meeting, which is an extension of the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) and includes EMS personnel from Denton and Wise counties. 

The Highland Village Area Baseball and Softball Association (HVABSA) presented the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association a check for $3,086.25 this week. The funds were proceeds from the 2nd Annual HV Coaches vs. HV Fire game which was held in September.
10.18.2019 FD - HVABSA
The Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association conducted CPR/AED training for the community on Wednesday. These courses are certified by the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Program and are held every even month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fire Station. 

Heritage Elementary invited the Fire Department and members of staff and Council to their Kindness Lunch on Thursday. The students are holding a fundraiser focused on paying it forward, with over 3,000 acts of kindness completed to date. The lunch was their way of showing their appreciation for our first responders and service members in the community. 

All three shifts completed extrication training at the Southwood storage facility using the new battery operated rescue/extrication tools. 
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Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Jones completed eight fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
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Police Department
Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove attended TAC Training in Fort Worth. 

Rockfish in The Shops at Highland Village donated 15% of sales on Wednesday to the Animal Shelter. 

Corporal Harney spoke at the Community Coffee at Heritage Elementary School this week. 

Communications Supervisor Brenda Grove and Senior Animal Care Officer Wes Fiddes attended the Fire Department’s CPR/AED training.
 
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 Public Works Department celebrated Boss’s Day with breakfast!
10.18.2019 PW - BossDay
The new traffic signal at Highland Village Road/Browning Drive and FM 407 was activated by the Town of Flower Mound this week.
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Streets Division
  • Completed concrete driveway repairs on Glenmere Drive and Stone Canyon Drive.
10.18.2019 Streets - Stone Canyon
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive.
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Started concrete street repairs on Havenwood Court. 
10.18.2019 Streets - Havenwood
  • Hauled off spoiled materials from the storage lot to the landfill.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
10.18.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with backfilling a project on Edgewater Drive. 

Drainage Division
  • Collected mosquito traps at various locations throughout the City for testing. 
  • Hauled materials to a job site in the 100 block of Edgewater Drive. 
  • Met with residents regarding tying into the drainage culvert located in the right-of-way on Horseshoe. 
10.18.2019 Drainage - Horseshoe
  • Started the erosion control project over a sanitary sewer line behind the houses in the 100 block of Hickory Ridge. 
10.18.2019 Drainage - Hickory Ridge
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  • Received materials for drainage improvements behind the houses in the 900 block of Shadow Ridge Drive. 

Utilities Division
  • Richard Melia and Nathan Hall attended a 20 hour Basic Water class in Carrollton.
  • Excavated to repair a water main break in the 200 block of Stone Canyon Drive. 
10.18.2019 Utilities - Main Break
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 500 block of Sheldon Court.
  • Jim Cox Sales Incorporated performed a demonstration on the installation of new sanitary sewer manhole risers which we will install on manholes around the lake.
10.18.2019 Utilities - Demo
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with an erosion control improvement project over a sanitary sewer main on Edgewater Drive. 
10.18.2019 Utilities - Sewer Project
  • Repaired a leak on a dead end water main blow-off on Sunny Point Drive.
  • Cleaned up four areas of previous water and sanitary sewer excavations and prepped for new sod.
  • 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
  • Replaced six tires.
  • Performed 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed one state safety inspection.
  • Replaced a truck bin door.
  • Completed a brake job on a police vehicle.
  • Repaired the line painter.
  • Repaired a mower deck.
10.18.2019 Maint - Mower
Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 20 cases and closed 27.
  • Continued to monitor undeveloped lots and vacant properties.
10.18.2019 Code - Cases
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 23
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
All field personnel continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system. 
10.18.2019 Parks - DRP Maint
Staff has contracted with Arbor Masters to trim the dead limbs out of the pine trees at Doubletree Ranch Park. This will be done in preparation for the Christmas lights to be installed for Christmas at the Ranch.
10.18.2019 Parks - DRP Tree
Joey Hardin installed both drinking fountains at Brazos Park, they are now operational. 
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We would like to thank Lions Jerry Baird and Patti Baird for their dedication to the community. They recently refinished the Little Free Library which is located at Bruce Lockhart Lions Park. The Lions Club recently adopted the park and are continuously working with the department to make improvements.
10.18.2019 Parks - Library
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
Kids Kastle Chairman, Dave Rush, and the Director of Parks & Recreation, Phil Lozano, received a sponsorship check from Jan Rugg with Atmos Energy for the Kids Kastle rebuild. Thank you Atmos Energy for your support! To find out more about this project and learn how you can get involved, visit SpeakUpHV.com.
10.18.2019 Parks - Atmos
Unity Park Pond Dredging Project
The Pond Dredging Project 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
Staff has reviewed the bids submitted and will make their recommendation to Council at the upcoming meeting. If approved, staff will coordinate with the awarded contractor to being at the same time as the Pond Dredging.  

Unity Park Softball Field Project
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. Staff anticipates sod to be installed throughout the rest of the bare area next weekend (weather permitting). 
10.18.2019 Parks - UP Softball
Unity Park Switchgear Project
Staff is coordinating with a contractor to receive a quote for this project. 

Parks Roof Replacement Project
The contractor is working on replacing the roof at Lakeside Community Park, we anticipate that they will be complete next week.
10.18.2019 Parks - Lakeside Roof
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
The fall kickball playoff and championship games took place on Wednesday at Unity Park. Congratulations to Cobra Kai for taking first place and to the Molar Bears for taking second place!  
10.18.2019 Parks - Cobra Kai
10.18.2019 Parks - Molar Bears
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

Last week, 23 Senior All-Stars went to the Fort Worth Christmas in Cowtown. They browsed through hundreds of merchants then enjoyed lunch from local food vendors at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. 
10.18.2019 Parks - SASCowtown
On Thursday, 40 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Meals on Wheels that consisted of meatloaf, carrots, mashed potatoes, rolls, and cake for dessert. After lunch, six All-Stars stayed to watch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, a 1947 romance starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.

Special Events
Fall Festival Honoring Veterans
Fall Festival Honoring Veterans will take place on Saturday, November 2 at Unity Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We have partnered once again with the Denton County Veterans Coalition in their efforts to raise funds in support of advocating for Denton County Veterans and their families. There will be a variety of free, fun, family activities including live music, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, petting zoo, and so much more! Vendor applications are now being accepted at hvparks.com

Tri-Town Amazing Race
There are a few spots remaining for the Tri-Town Amazing Race. This year offers 12 pit stop challenges throughout Flower Mound, Highland Village, and Lewisville. Each stop will provide physical or mental challenges to encourage team bonding. Recruit your family or friends to form a team of two to six people. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams, as well as winners of the Best Costume Contest and the Social Media Contest (sponsored by Highland Village Dental). It’s $40 per team of two and $5 for each additional person (up to six). The registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch and swag from all three cities. Registration closes Friday, November 8!

Wine Down with the Grinch
Tickets are on sale for the first ever Wine Down with the Grinch (ages 21 and up). This is a perfect opportunity to take your loved one for a date night during the holiday season and “wine down” from all of the hustle and bustle. There will be live music, adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and a special appearance from none other than the Grinch himself! Space is limited and registration is required. The cost to attend is $10 per person for Highland Village residents, and $12.50 per person for non-residents. Registration fees cover hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket (per person), and a special gift from Max, the Grinch’s four-legged sidekick! There will also be a cash bar available. Register online at hvparks.com or in person at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

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.

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.