City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Nov 04

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 8:13 AM by Crystal Babcock

Business Updates
Certificate of Occupancy Issued
  • Planet Fitness, located at 2240 Justin Road, Ste. 1B in the Highland Village Town Center, has been issued their Certificate of Occupancy. The “Judgement Free Zone” will open in November. 

Certificates of Occupancy Applications Received
  • Phipps Family Medicine - 2014 Justin Road, Ste. 104
  • Sandi Hammons (Premier Pigments) - 2910 Justin Road
  • Public Pension Planning, LLC - 2012 Justin Road, Ste. 200D

Finish Out Permit Application Received
  • Edward Jones - 2630 Justin Road (in The District)
Marketing & Communications
The Salute Our Veterans luncheon is scheduled for Friday, November 8. The community sponsors the attendance of local Veterans and one guest. The luncheon is also the forum for Congressman Burgess’s presentation of the Congressional Veteran Commendation to five local veterans. If you would like to sponsor a veteran’s attendance at the luncheon, sponsorship begins at $40 and increases in increments of $20. Checks should be made out to the City of Highland Village, Salute Our Veterans luncheon, and can be dropped off to Crystal or Laurie. 

The Denton County Transportation Authority held a ceremony announcing the renaming of the Lewisville Old Town Station to honor longtime board chairman Charles Emery. The event took place at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville to recognize and honor Charles Emery for his years of service and dedication to the Denton County Transportation Authority. Mayor Wilcox, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Council member Dan Jaworski, Laurie Mullens, and I attended the event. 

An HVBA Spotlight video was published this week for Altitude Fitness in Highland Village. Owner Allison Roussel shared the vision behind Altitude Fitness and the opportunity for people to experience a new and fun way for a full-body workout. 
Fire Department
Boy Scout Pack 163 stopped by the Fire Station on Monday to donate $200 to the Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association for each shift to “fill their pantry.” While they were there, the crew gave them a tour of the fire station.
11.1.2019 FD - Pack163
Both A and C Shifts were invited to DKH Academy to give presentations for Fire Safety Month. They instructed the students on what to do in case of a fire or any other emergency situation. Fire Safety Month at DKH Academy is an annual event that the Fire Department always enjoys working with Becky, Nancy, and all of the teachers at the academy to help teach the kids about fire safety.
11.1.2019 FD - DKH Academy
One little guy at DKH Academy was sad to see the Fire Department leave, but Driver/Operator Mel Harper helped console him.
11.1.2019 FD - Harper
Assistant Chief Collier attended the Denton County Arson Task Force meeting in Denton this week. 

All three shirts attended training conducted by Zoll. During the training, they were taught what steps to take if they need to provide care to a patient wearing a Zoll Life Vest. The Zoll Life Vest is worn by patients awaiting medical cardiac procedures and tracks their cardiac function. It can automatically defibrillate if the patient goes into cardiac arrest. 
Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed nine fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service:
11.1.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
Corporal David Harney attended the monthly School Resource Officer meeting in Lewisville.

Schools in our area participated in Red Ribbon Week last week. Several members from the Fire Department, Police Department, City staff, and Council visited Marcus High School to promote drug prevention. 

As a response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. In 1988, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsored the first National Red Ribbon celebration. Today, the red ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The NFP and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver Agent Camarena’s message of hope through the Red Ribbon Campaign. 

The Police Department dropped off 22 boxes, a total of 633 pounds, of drugs that have been dropped off in the last six months through the Drug Drop Off box located in the lobby to the DEA. These drugs will be destroyed by the DEA. 
11.1.2019 PD - Destroyed
Chief Reim was recognized for his work with the North Texas Police Chiefs Association at this month’s meeting.
11.1.2019 PD - Reim
Chief Reim, Assistant Chief Stewart, and Lieutenant Doyle attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Chicago. 

Mayhill Hospital brought the Police Department some Halloween goodies!
11.1.2019 PD - Mayhill
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 reviewed several sets of plans for new development and an addition to Briarhill Middle School.

The Town of Flower Mound activated the new traffic signal located at the intersection of Highland Village Road/Browning Drive and FM 407. The contractor continues to work on the site.

Streets Division
  • Completed concrete driveway repairs on Stone Canyon Drive.
  • Completed concrete street repairs on Havenwood Court.
11.1.2019 Streets - Havenwood
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Maintained and inventoried guardrails in various locations throughout the City. 
11.1.2019 Streets - Guardrails
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Replaced various signs in several locations throughout the City.
11.1.2019 Streets - Signs
  • Hauled off spoiled materials from the storage lot to the landfill.

Drainage Division
  • Hauled materials to a job site in the 100 block of N Edgewater Drive. 
  • Located the storm water infrastructure in the 2800 block of Timber Crest Lane.
  • Shot grades in the 100 block of Donna Circle for drainage improvements.
  • Continued an erosion control project over a sanitary sewer line behind the houses in the 100 block of Hickory Ridge Drive.
11.1.2019 Drainage - Hickory Ridge
  • Filled in an eroded area on the side of the road at Clearwater South and Clearwater North.
11.1.2019 Drainage - Clearwater
Utilities Division
  • TV Inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 100 block of Village Estates to locate a tap and verify depth. 
11.1.2019 Utilities - TV Inspection
  • Repaired a leak on a water sample station on Addison Drive.
11.1.2019 Utilities - Leak Repair
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • Completed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Replaced two curb stops in the 700 block of Oak Hollow Court and 900 block of Kingwood Drive.
11.1.2019 Utilities - Curb Stop
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 800 block of Shady Meadow Drive.
  • Laid new sod at three previous water and sewer repair excavations.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the automated metering system.
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed seven vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Repaired a trailer jack.
  • Replaced 12 tires.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Responded to citizen complaints.
  • Opened 22 cases and closed 6.
  • Removed bandit signs.
11.1.2019 Code - Cases-001
11.1.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 5
Permits Issued - 13
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 25
Parks & Recreation
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, 37 Senior All-Stars attended a Halloween Party sponsored by Fyzical North Texas, North Texas Home Care, and BrightStar Care. Sherry and Scott McGough from Fyzical North Texas delivered an informative presentation on fall prevention and how to reduce the likelihood of falling at home. During the presentation the All-Stars enjoyed lunch from Salerno’s and Halloween goodie bags stuffed with sweet treats! Thank you to Sharond and Trish for serving lunch for the All-Stars!
11.1.2019 Parks - Halloween1
11.1.2019 Parks - Halloween2
Special Events
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.

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.
Human Resources
Kimberly Lopez attended the HR Southwest Conference this week. This year’s theme was Trust in HR.

Kerry Conrad attended a course for Texas Municipal Retirement System City Correspondents.