City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Nov 18

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on November 18, 2019 at 8:38 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
On Friday, November 8 we had the privilege of honoring our local Veterans at the HVBA Salute our Veterans luncheon. This annual luncheon is a time of fellowship and camaraderie with other Veterans as well as the forum for awarding Congressional Commendations to five local Veterans by Congressman Michael Burgess. The highlight of the luncheon each year is the “Salute” where we pass the microphone around to all of the Veterans in attendance allowing them to introduce themselves and tell the attendees about their time in service. We are truly humbled and honored to host so many amazing Veterans at the luncheon.
11.15.2019 MC - Recipients
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We honored Highland Village’s son, PFC Aaron M. Hudson, with a presentation by the Friends of PFC Aaron Hudson committee. They shared information on the naming of the pedestrian bridge at Doubletree Ranch Park as well as how people can donate. 

Our Veterans Day celebrations would not be complete without the bi-annual Honor our Veterans Ceremony. At the November 12 ceremony, the City recognized eight truly remarkable Veterans:
Gerald Bartz, Army, 1963 - 1966 Landon M. Carl, Army, 2009 - 2014
Darwin C. Frevert, Air Force, 1982 - 1989 David Lige Kay, Navy, 1957 - 1961
Hans Russell Larsen, Army, 1970 - 1977 Jason Mayfield, USMC, 2004 - 2009
Matthew Steven Miltz, Air Force, 1992 - 2012 Mark Paul Seefried, Air Force, 1977 - 1983
All eight of the recipients are now enshrined on the Veterans Monument adjacent to the Inland Trail outside of the Municipal Complex. 

The Highland Village Business Association has launched an initiative designed to encourage visiting Highland Village to experience all that the City has to offer. The “Experience Highland Village” campaign will support local businesses and engage with the community showing Highland Village as a one-stop shop for all customer with destinations for everyone. The campaign will focus on using social media to generate engagement with residents and those living nearby to build a better understanding of the many opportunities within the City. There will be many experience opportunities through special notices, contests, and photo sharing. Check out Experience Highland Village on Facebook and Instagram because this holiday season we’re bringing the merry!
11.15.2019 MC - Experience HV
This month’s Foodie Friday segment features Teaholic Teahouse and Restaurant. The pan-asian restaurant features food from Vietnam, China, Korea, and even American along with coffee, tea, and smoothies.

A ribbon cutting was held for Skinny Performance Weight Loss on Tuesday with the HVBA and the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. Skinny Performance Weight Loss is located in The District.
11.15.2019 MC - RC Skinny
 
Fire Department
C Shift was called to a house fire on Glen Ridge Drive on November 1. The homeowners were alerted by the smoke detector and awoke to find that a candle had ignited some decorations. They were able to use an extinguisher to put the flames out and contacted the Fire Department to remove the smoke and haze from the home. This is a real live example of the importance of maintaining your smoke detectors, having extinguishers on hand, and knowing how to use them. 

Assistant Chief Nokes attended the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) monthly meetings on November 5 and 6 in Arlington. Additionally, Chief Nokes attended the monthly Fire Instructors Association of North Texas (FIANT) meeting on November 6.

The monthly sire test, which was scheduled for November 6, was cancelled due to inclement weather. These tests are conducted on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m., weather permitting. The next test is scheduled for December 4.

Assistant Chief Collier attended the North Texas Motorola Users Group meeting in Frisco on November 7. It was an opportunity for users of the P25 Motorola system to share their knowledge and discuss issues they may have had with the system. 

Five members of the Fire Department attended the National Honor Guard Academy. This academy strives to elevate the professionalism and presentation of emergency service Honor Guards by building networks of local and national resources and focusing on attention to detail. Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Ford has been spearheading this new project and Driver/Operator Derek Doyle along with Firefighter/Paramedics Jack Lacy, Taylor Proefrock, and Ryan Snider joined him in his effort to bring this time-honored tradition to Highland Village. Fire Chief Thomson and Assistant Chief Nokes attended their graduation ceremony on November 8. 
11.15.2019 FD - Honor Guard Academy
A practice physical agility test was conducted on Saturday, November 9 for any candidates wanting to run through the course and get a feel for what they will be asked to do during the actual test tomorrow morning. The practice physical agility test was open to all candidates. It was a productive morning for both the candidates and Fire Department.
11.15.2019 FD - Practice PAT
The Fire Department held its Annual Awards Banquet at the Lantana Golf Club last Saturday with the newly formed Honor Guard making their debut presenting the colors to start the evening. Germaine Gaspard was the keynote speaker. Mr. Gaspard is a former college football MVP, a two-time National Junior Olympic Champion youth coach, a criminal investigator, and a member of the Texas Ranger Special Op’s team. He spoke about being a consistent and trustworthy member of a team. The Annual Awards Banquet is also the time for the Fire Department to recognize its distinguished members for the year. We were proud to present the following awards to these outstanding members:
Rookie of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Ford
Paramedic of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedic Clayton Grubbs
11.15.2019 FD - Rookie of the Year
11.15.2019 FD - Paramedic of the Year
Firefighter of the Year
Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Lacy
Officer of the Year
Captain Tony Sorsby
11.15.2019 FD - FF of the Year
11.15.2019 FD - Officer of the Year
Distinguished Member of the Year
Administrative Coordinator Charlene Seidl
11.15.2019 FD - Dist Member of the Year
Pack 163 visited the Fire Station for a tour and fire safety review with the C Shift on Tuesday.
11.15.2019 FD - Pack163
After being forced to cancel a field trip last month due to bad weather, Highland Village Elementary invited several departments to the school to help students understand how city government works and what the different departments do for the citizens of Highland Village. The Fire Department gave them an idea of what a career in the fire service is all about.
11.15.2019 FD - HVElem
B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Jones completed 16 fire inspections and two fire plan reviews over the last two weeks.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service in the last two weeks:
11.15.2019 FD - Calls
 
Police Department
Communications Officer Megan Baca has completed her Telecommunicator Training at Denco 9-1-1 and is working in our Dispatch Center.

Officer Andrews took a moment to visit with some kids following their visit to the Flower Mound Fire Station for a tour.
11.15.2019 PD - Andrews
The Police Auxiliary members are approaching 1,300 volunteer hours as a team. There are several Auxiliary members that are close to, or above, 100 hours each as well as a few that are closing in on the 500 hour mark. Guy Skinner has just joined the Police Auxiliary.

Officer Varughese met Isaac and Julia while on patrol. He stopped to let them check out the police unit.
11.15.2019 PD - Varughese
For the next two months, you will notice that some of our officers are sporting a little more facial hair than usual as they raise money and awareness for The Cure Starts Now for the second year. The North Texas Chapter of The Cure Starts Now was started by Steve and Michelle Bjornberg, who lost their daughter to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) brain cancer seven years ago. The Cure Starts Now is the largest fundraiser of DIPG research in the world, and is dedicated to finding a cure for all cancers. They focus on innovative research, efficient funding, and effective results. The Police Department is participating in their fundraising campaign, Beard It Up, to raise money and awareness. To learn more or to donate visit The Cure Starts Now
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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 a new development as well as 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
  • Continued cracksealing street maintenance on Addison Drive, Cannon Lane, Kelda Lane, Leslie Lane, Louise Lane, Patricia Lane, and Willow Creek Estates.
11.15.2019 Streets - Crackseal
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive.
11.15.2019 Streets - Lakeland
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Removed graffiti from under the Poindexter Bridge on FM 2499. 
11.15.2019 Streets - Graffiti Removal
  • Delivered several recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
11.15.2019 Streets - Pothole
  • Replaced various signs in several locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Hauled materials to a job site in the 100 block of N Edgewater Drive.
  • Continued an erosion control project over a sanitary sewer line behind the houses in the 100 block of Hickory Ridge Drive.
11.15.2019 Drainage - Erosion Control
  • Repaired a drainage pipe under the sidewalk by Lift Station #2.
  • Removed dirt and debris from the drainage around 948 Highland Village Road.
  • To achieve proper flow, cleaned the wye inlet boxes behind the houses in the 900 block of Lake Breeze Street.
  • Inspected the barrow ditch for erosion and cleaning under the sidewalk in the 600 block of Sugarloaf Court. 
11.15.2019 Drainage - Sugarloaf
  • Installed a headwall on the drainage culvert discharge behind the houses in the 200 block of Scenic Drive. 
11.15.2019 Drainage - Scenic
Utilities Division
  • Excavated to repair a water main break in the 2900 block of Lakeside Drive.
11.15.2019 Utilities - Water Main Repair
  • Texas Tank Services performed annual ground and elevated storage tank inspections.
11.15.2019 Utilities - Tank Inspections
  • Excavated to repair a sanitary sewer manhole in the backyard easement on Lake Breeze Street.
11.15.2019 Utilities - MH Repair
  • Cut off 26 water services for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Flushed 4,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30, 60, and 90 day sewer line maintenance.
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 400 block of Remington Drive.
  • 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. 
  • Completed two vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Completed nine state vehicle inspections.
  • Repaired one tire.
  • Removed the decals from city equipment in preparation for auction.
  • Received two new trucks for the Parks and Maintenance Departments. 
  • Completed several small engine repairs.
  • Replaced tie rod ends on a Police unit.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Opened 21 new cases and closed 22.
  • Following up on the abatement process.
  • Met with a contractor to discuss abatements.
11.15.2019 Code - Cases-001
11.15.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 6
Permits Issued - 14
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 24

Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Applications Received
  • Eggspress Café - 1800 Justin Road, Suite 1844
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
All parks staff has been performing routine maintenance throughout the park system.

Staff repaired a water supply leak that feeds the overnight restroom building at Pilot Knoll Park.

Bill Aycock and his crew installed seasonal flowers at various landscape beds throughout the City.
11.15.2019 Parks - Landscape
Joey Hardin installed the Our Village Glows light pole banners throughout the City. Our Village Glows will be Saturday, November 23 at The Shops at Highland Village.

Joey Hardin installed the steel plates at the Veterans Monument in preparation for the Honor our Veterans ceremony that took place on Tuesday. 
11.15.2019 Parks - Monument1
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Parks staff also built a temporary sidewalk for honorees and attendees to get to the Veterans Monument safely.
11.15.2019 Parks - Temp Sidewalk
Staff continues to install Christmas lights at Doubletree Ranch Park, the Municipal Complex, Fire Station, and both buildings at the Municipal Service Center.
11.15.2019 Parks - Lights
Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement 
Staff continues to work with Play by Design on the rebuild of Kids Kastle. Dave Rush and Fince Espinoza met with McAuliffe Elementary Principal Jennifer Mattingly to discuss the possibility of incorporating STEM initiatives into the playground design. Additionally, staff has received schematics of the proposed playground and are currently working to verify equipment and surfacing options. To find out more about this project and learn how you can get involved, visit SpeakUpHV.com.

Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
Staff is coordinating the construction agreement with the contractor. A pre-construction meeting will be held next week to discuss the order and timeline. Currently, the plan is to have the pickets, stone pavers, plaques, and tiles removed first and be made available to their original owners/families. 

Unity Park Softball Field 
North Rock Construction continues work on the softball field. All of the sod and landscaping has been installed, and the security fencing is expected to be removed in the coming week.  

Unity Park Switchgear 
Staff is currently working reviewing quotes. This project is scheduled to begin in December.  

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

Doubletree Ranch Park Hyper Sail Surfacing 
Staff has received bids for the installation of synthetic turf surfacing beneath the 40’ x 40’ hyper sail located adjacent to the playground. The synthetic turf will match the playground surfacing and will include a 24’ x 24’ chess and checkers board with 37” chess pieces.
11.15.2019 Parks - DRP Plan
Sunset Point Park
North Rock Construction began construction on Sunset Point Park this week. They have saw-cut and removed the concrete and are currently working on grading the site. 
11.15.2019 Parks - Sunset Point
Recreation
Staff held end of season meetings with the youth organizations of Neighborhood Sports, HVABSA, and GLASA. 
11.15.2019 Parks - HVABSA
11.15.2019 Parks - GLASA
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

Meals on Wheels provided a delicious lunch from Peter’s Pizzeria to 34 Senior All-Stars. The meal consisted of peppers and sausage, Caesar salad, rolls, and cheesecake for dessert. Following lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed to play Bingo!

Special Events
Fall Festival Honoring Veterans
The annual Fall Festival Honoring Veterans took place the first Saturday in November. Jason Gibson and Memory Trip rocked the park while families enjoyed browsing through the village of 34 vendor tents. Activities for children included face painting, bounce houses, train rides, carnival games, a petting zoo, and a magic show!
11.15.2019 Parks - FF1
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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.

Christmas at the Ranch
Join us at Doubletree Ranch Park on Saturday, December 14 for our 2nd Annual Christmas at the Ranch! We will have activities for the whole family to enjoy including Christmas Carolers, Santa’s Workshop, an ice skating rink, toboggan tunnel, plus a special visit from Santa and his reindeer!

Throughout the Christmas season, Doubletree Ranch Park will be turned into a winter wonderland featuring Christmas lights and festive lawn ornaments. Be sure to come by to enjoy all of the magic of the season!

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.
11.15.2019 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.
11.15.2019 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
Our staff is committed to providing excellent service to our citizens and living by the values and mission that has been set forth. Please join us in congratulating these City of Highland Village employees with anniversaries in November. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Tim Bruedigam Construction Inspector 13 Years of Service
Manual Flores Martinez Parks Technician 1 Year of Service
Ignacio Gomez Parks Technician 2 Years of Service
Mel Harper Fire Driver/Operator 10 Years of Service
Todd Hutson Utilities Supervisor 11 Years of Service
Phil Lozano Director of Parks & Recreation 2 Years of Service
Brianna Robbins Police Records Technician 3 Years of Service
Richard Skipworth Utilities Crew Leader 20 Years of Service
Billy Spencer Building Official 23 Years of Service
The Safety Committee inspected all City facilities to ensure employees are working in the safest conditions.

Jana Onstead and Kerry Conrad met with Police Commander Schlichter to discuss recruitment. Kerry Conrad also participated in a police candidate interview.  

Jana Onstead met with a representative from Paycom.

Jana Onstead, Kimberly Lopez, and Kerry Conrad attended a webinar regarding what employers need to know about drug testing that was presented by Concentra. 

Kimberly Lopez met with representatives from Baylor Health to discuss wellness screening options. 

Jana Onstead and Kerry Conrad attended the Ethics Board meeting on Thursday.