City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Oct 28

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 8:34 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
We had a great time last Saturday and last week with the different events supporting the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund. The TXFallenPD Tribute Event was a great time with many people coming out to participate in the 5K, the bike race, the Touch-a-Truck, vendors, the live entertainment, and to honor the 15 officers who died in the line of duty since the event last year. Our online auction and Highland Village Restaurant Week all concluded on Sunday. Money is still coming in so we don’t have the total amount raised yet, but preliminary numbers are looking slightly better than last year. We would not be able to put on this event without the support of Council and staff and of course all our sponsors.
Chief Level
The Shops at Highland Village
Local Pint
Lone Star Corvette Club

Assistant Chief Level
Mr. Restore
Anderson Roofing

Lieutenant Level
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
Ben E. Keith
Sergeant Level
Embroidery King
What’s That Guy’s Name
Neighborhood Credit Union
ER Near Me
Sigma Signs & Printing
Pro-Tow Wrecker Service
Fellers Insurance
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Corporal Level
NTXChild Magazine
Cross Timbers Gazette
Point Bank
Senator Jane Nelson
Team Nelson
Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers
Sip | Stir Coffee House
Highland Village Lions Club
This year we were honored to present a special tribute to the Grand Prairie Police Department in memory of Officer Albert Castaneda who was struck and killed by a vehicle on the President George Bush Turnpike on June 7.
10.25.2019 MC - Castaneda
We look forward to next year, mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 17, 2020. 
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10.25.2019 MC - Civilian Bike
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. 
Fire Department
All three shifts attended EMS continuing education classes taught by Lead II Excellence. This month they reviewed cardiac protocols. 

C Shift attended the Fall Carnival at DKH Academy on Saturday. This annual carnival provides an opportunity for the Fire Department to teach kids about fire safety in a fun manner.

Mayor for the Day Collin McKenzie stopped by the Fire Station for a tour on Tuesday after Council’s Early Work Session.
10.25.2019 FD - Mayor McKenzie
Assistant Chief Collier attended the Texas Fire Marshal’s Conference in Austin. There, he attended classes taught by instructors from multiple disciplines covering topics related to inspections, investigations, and public education while receiving required continuing education credits. 

Assistant Chief Nokes went to the EMS Chief Update Conference sponsored by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association. The conference is designed to update area EMS Chiefs on state regulatory changes as well as other content such as tactical emergency combat care and succession planning. It also provides insight from regional medical directors on the newest treatment modalities that specifically address continuity of care. 

B Shift was dispatched to a gas leak on Lakeland Drive early Friday morning where a large tree had fallen onto a gas meter during the storms. Atmos was able to stop the leak and assist the Fire Department with removing the tree so the roadway could be reopened. The Public Works Department also assisted in the cleanup of the remaining debris. 

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

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
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Public Works
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 9
Permits Issued - 20
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 10
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff hosted this month’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meeting at Doubletree Ranch Park where Bree Shamsy and Phil Lozano presented the proposed fee restructure to the current fee schedule. Staff also took the board on a tour through Copperas Branch Park, the Highland Village Road Sidewalk Project right-of-way, Unity Park Softball Field Project, the Unity Park Plaza and Kids Kastle Demo Project, as well as a tour of the PFC Aaron M. Hudson Memorial Bridge located at Doubletree Ranch Park. 
10.25.2019 Parks - PRB1
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Adam Richter coordinated with Arbor Masters to assist with storm debris cleanup. 
10.25.2019 Parks - Arbor
All field personnel continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system. Marcos Mejorado inspected the irrigation system at various sites throughout the City. Joey Hardin repaired an outlet at Unity Park that had been damaged. He also reinstalled the monument sign at Village Trail.
10.25.2019 Parks - Maint1
10.25.2019 Parks - Maint2
Joey Hardin installed the Salute our Veterans pole banners throughout the City. 
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10.25.2019 Parks - Banner2
Staff began installing Christmas lights at Doubletree Ranch Park in preparation for Wine Down with the Grinch and Christmas at the Ranch. 
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The burn ban has been lifted in Denton County. Park patrons are now able to use the fire pits and grills throughout the park again.

Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement Project
Staff continues to work with Play by Design on the rebuild of Kids Kastle. To find out more about this project and learn how you can get involved, visit

Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
Staff made their recommendation to award the contract to Cole Construction at this week’s Council meeting, which Council approved. Staff will coordinate with the contract to begin the week of November 4 in conjunction with 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 week (weather permitting). 

Unity Park Switchgear Project
Staff is accepting quotes from electrical contractors. 

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

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, 22 Senior All-Stars went to the Dallas Arboretum to see the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins. The Arboretum is known for their show stopping fall pumpkin displays and this  year was no exception. The fall festival is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 Chrysanthemums arranged alongside 150,000 stunning, fall blooming plants.
10.25.2019 Parks - Arboretum1
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On Thursday, 27 Senior All-Stars attended a Lunch and Learn sponsored by the Seniors Standing Tall Coalition. Captain Bill of the Love Boat, along with his staff taught the All-Stars how to do at home exercises to help increase their range of motion. After the presentation, the Senior All-Stars participated in a friendly game of corn hole and Left, Right, Center as they enjoyed lunch from Jet’s Pizza. 
10.25.2019 Parks - LRC
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

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 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

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.
10.25.2019 Parks - Fit4Mom1
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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.
10.25.2019 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.