City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Nov 25

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 8:11 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Council member Jon Kixmiller, Sunny Lindsey, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday. This month’s luncheon honored Flower Mound and Highland Village Public Safety.
11.22.2019 MC - CoServ Public Safety
Fire Department
The Fire Department conducted physical agility testing on Saturday. Twelve candidates completed the course and have moved on to the interview portion of the hiring process.
11.22.2019 FD - PAT1
11.22.2019 FD - PAT2
Assistant Chief Collier attended the Denton County Arson Task Force meeting on Tuesday.

Assistant Chief Nokes attended the EMS and Zone 2 monthly committee meetings on Tuesday. 

The Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a car that collided with a tree on Highland Shores Boulevard on Wednesday. The airbags deployed due to impact, but all occupants of the vehicle were out and ambulatory when the crew arrived on scene. The roadway was cleared of debris and the Public Works Department assisted with the removal of the tree from the roadway. 
11.22.2019 FD - Tree
All three shifts attended EMS continuing education class taught by Lead II Excellence this week. This month’s topic was advanced 12-Lead Skills. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier and Driver/Operator Vince Jones completed five fire inspections.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
11.22.2019 FD - Calls
Police Department
SHIELD616, in partnership with Angel Armor, donated 25 brand new replacement bulletproof vests for the Police Department. SHIELD616 was founded to provide all-day protection for peace officers and first responders who sacrificially serve our communities.
11.22.2019 PD - Vests
Chief Reim and Commander Morrison met with representatives from The Shops at Highland Village at the Police Storefront.

Officers stopped by Rambling Oaks for a holiday luncheon this week. 
11.22.2019 PD - RO1
11.22.2019 PD - RO2
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.

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 curb replacements in the 2200 block of Highland Village Road. 
11.22.2019 Streets - Curbs
  • Removed trash and debris on Highland Shores Boulevard. 
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive.
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
11.22.2019 Streets - Potholes
  • Replaced various signs in several locations throughout the City.

Drainage Division
  • Cleaned the drainage flume in the 900 block of Highland Village Road to ensure proper flow.
  • Cleared the creek crossings after the recent rain in the area.
  • Started the drainage conversion in the 600 block of Ranier Court.
11.22.2019 Drainage - Ranier
  • Performed water quality testing at various locations in the City.

Utilities Division
  • Utilities Supervisor, Todd Hutson, participated in Career Day with a presentation to eighth graders at Harpool Middle School.
11.22.2019 Utilities - Career Day
  • Jorge Hernandez tested for his Class II Wastewater Collection Operator license in Fort Worth.
  • Repaired a sanitary sewer service in the 2200 block of Strathmore Drive.
  • Replaced a curb stop in the 2700 block of Elm Tree Lane.
11.22.2019 Utilities - Curb Stop
  • Flushed approximately 5,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30, 60, and 90-day sewer line maintenance.
  • Read approximately 300 water meters not acquisitioned by the automated metering system.
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • 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 nine preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed eight vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced three batteries.
  • Replaced two tires.
  • Removed City decals from City equipment in preparation of taking them to auction.
  • Completed several small engine repairs.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Code Officer Beasley opened nine new cases and closed 53.
  • Worked with CityWorks to make changes to the workflow for abatements. 
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
11.22.2019 Code - Cases
11.22.2019 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 9
Permits Issued - 20
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 28
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff completed the installation of Christmas lights and decorations at Doubletree Ranch Park, the Municipal Complex, the Fire Station, the Robert & Lee DuVall Center, and the Public Works Building. We officially turned them on over the weekend in conjunction with the tree lighting at Our Village Glows!

Marcos Mejorado is performing irrigation inspections at Unity Park. 

Staff is performing routine seasonal maintenance throughout the park system. 

Parks staff has been working with an electrician to install security lighting in the southern section of Doubletree Ranch Park, which will begin next week. Staff has also been removing unnecessary debris and equipment from that area as well. 

Staff is also coordinating with an electrician to replace the non-operational Musco light bulbs at Unity Park. We anticipate these to be replaced within the next two weeks. 

Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement 
Staff continues to work with Play by Design on the rebuild of Kids Kastle. The City is currently accepting bids for the playground equipment. Bidding will close on Monday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. and all bids received will be read aloud. To find out more about this project and learn how you can get involved, visit

Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
The Parks and Public Works Departments held a pre-construction meeting 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.
11.22.2019 Parks - UP1
11.22.2019 Parks - UP2
Unity Park Softball Field 
North Rock Construction continues work on the punch list for the softball field. The security fencing has been removed, and locks have been added to the gates to secure the site until the official opening in the spring. 

Unity Park Switchgear 
Staff has selected a contractor for the Switchgear project, and are working to finalize the agreement. 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 selected a contractor and finalized the agreement. The synthetic turf surfacing that will go beneath the 40’ x 40’ hyper sail, as well as the 24’ x 24’ chess and checkers board will be installed in December. 

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. 
11.22.2019 Parks - Sunset Point
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, 63 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal provided by Meals on Wheels complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Happy Thanksgiving from the PARD staff! 
11.22.2019 Parks - SAS Thanksgiving
11.22.2019 Parks - PARD Thanksgiving
Special Events
Tri-Town Amazing Race
Last Saturday, 31 teams faced 12 pit stop challenges throughout Flower Mound, Highland Village, and Lewisville. Each stop provided a physical or mental challenges that encouraged team building. Team Manuel from Lewisville took home the gold and Team Willenborg from Highland Village brought home the silver! Thank you to all of the teams that came out for the 2nd Annual Tri-Town Amazing Race! 
11.22.2019 Parks - Race Winners
11.22.2019 Parks - Willenborg
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.

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!

Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance
Mark your calendars now for the annual Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Enjoy a spectacular night complete with dinner, dancing, and door prizes! Tickets go on sale Friday, December 27, 2019, for Highland Village residents ($30 per person). They will go on sale Friday, January 3, 2020, for non-Highland Village residents ($35 per person).
11.22.2019 Parks - Dance1
11.22.2019 Parks - Dance2
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.
11.22.2019 Parks - CG1
11.22.2019 Parks - CG2
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
Jana Onstead, Kerry Conrad, and Kimberly Lopez held a supervisory luncheon to share information about leave and different types of human resources related forms. 

Human Resources is also preparing for the annual employee holiday luncheon, which will be on December 4. Employees who have reached service milestones receive service awards at the luncheon. We are thankful to the Highland Village Lions Club for their sponsorship of this luncheon.