City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Dec 16

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 8:21 AM by Crystal Babcock

The Mayor, Director of Public Works Scott Kriston, Deputy Director of Public Works Glenn Hollowell, and I attended the Annual Precinct 3 Christmas Luncheon on Monday, which was hosted by Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell. On Wednesday, I attended the retirement celebration for Thomas E. Taylor, former Executive Director for Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD). Mr. Taylor initiated the formation of the UTRWD in the late 1980s, when Highland Village (and other cities) were facing water shortages. Since then, Mr. Taylor has helped the UTRWD grow to six regional plants serving communities throughout North Texas. 
Marketing & Communications
On Tuesday we were honored to present a donation check in the amount of $66,795.76 to a representative from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. The donation is a culmination of the 2019 TXFallenPD Tribute Event which was held on October 19, 2019. The fundraising goal was $30,000. For the last 12 years the Highland Village Police Department and the City of Highland Village have held an event to raise funds for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty in Texas. The event has grown each year, with this year the biggest yet. Events included TXFallenPD at National Night Out, Highland Village Restaurant Week, a silent auction, and the community wrapping the City in blue ribbons. On October 19 at The Shops at Highland Village a 5K run/walk, a bike race, a police bike obstacle course, a police bike race, touch a truck, kids zone, and live music drew approximately 1,000 attendees. We are appreciative of the sponsors and the community for supporting this event. It has grown to involve all departments within the City. A video recap was prepared for the meeting.
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The Kids Kastle personalized item pickup event has been scheduled and shared with residents on the City website, social media, Nextdoor, and in the January utility bill insert. We will continue to remind residents of the pickup events which will take place at Unity Park in front of K-9 Kastle on Saturday, January 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday for Planet Fitness in Highland Village Town Center. This was a joint ribbon cutting with the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Wilcox, Council member Dan Jaworski, Laurie Mullens, Crystal Babcock, and I attended. 
12.13.2019 MC - Planet Fitness
Fire Department
The Fire Department’s Annual Santa Day took place on Saturday, December 7. Kids of all ages lined up to tell Santa and Mrs. Claus what they want for Christmas this year. In addition to Santa and Mrs. Claus, we also had bounce houses, goodies to eat, and four Marcus High School art students volunteered to do face painting.
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Before Santa Day started, the Marcus High School Baseball Booster Club held a pancake breakfast at the Fire Station!
12.13.2019 FD - Pancake
All three shifts participated in live fire training this week in Denton. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) reviews this training when evaluating the fire prevention and suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas.
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Chief Thomson attended the Texas Fire Chiefs Workshop in Austin this week. The workshop is comprehensive and counts toward continuing education hours required by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP). 

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed one fire inspection and two plan reviews. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
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Police Department
Our officers completed rifle training and qualification this week. 

Junior Defreitas received a Citizen Certificate of Merit Award for Life Saving for his intervention during an incident at LA Fitness. Mr. Defreitas and his family came by the Police Department to receive his award this week. 
12.13.2019 PD - Defreitas
The Public Safety Toy and Food Drive has collected over $2,300 in donations and has distributed over 1,000 toys and 50 boxes of food to date. As part of the Toy and Food Drive, we have donated to the LISD Angel Tree, LISD Grub Hub, Single Parent Advocate, Highland Village Elementary, and Christmas 2019 Blessing. We are so grateful for the generous community for their donations!
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Fred Whitfield from Huffines helped pick up and distribute toys for Single Parent Advocate. 
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Representatives from the LISD Angel Tree and Grub Hub also stocked up on toys and food. 
12.13.2019 PD - LISD
Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents to discuss sidewalk, drainage, and street issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 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
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive.
  • Completed a curb repair on Highland Village Road.
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  • Continued installing the dome post and cable fencing in the 300 block of Highland Lake Drive. 
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  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Replaced various signs in several locations throughout the City.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
  • Responded to a hydraulic oil spill from CWD on Highland Village Road near Penjay Lane. 
12.13.2019 Streets - CWD Leak
  • Began preparing a damaged area on Highland Shores Boulevard for installation of road side markers. 
12.13.2019 Streets - Highland Shores
Drainage Division
  • Formed and poured the driveway on Rainer Court as part of the drainage conversion project.
  • Cleaned creek crossings in various creeks. 
  • Cleaned up and inventoried the Southwood material storage yard. 
  • Began preliminary work in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive in preparation of installing driveway culverts and barrow ditch cleaning.

Utilities Division
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water main break in the 200 block of Dickinson Drive. 
12.13.2019 Utilities - Water Main Break
  • Excavated in the rear easement by the lake to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 3000 block of Lake Creek Drive. 
12.13.2019 Utilities - Sewer Service Repair
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main and service line on Lamesa Drive for design purposes for the future sewer main replacement.
  • Performed water meter turn-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Completed flushing dead end water mains as a monthly TCEQ mandated program. 
  • 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.
  • Replaced four tires.
  • Performed two state safety inspections.
  • Replaced two hydraulic lines.
  • Installed an air compressor on the new Drainage Division truck.
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Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley opened 19 cases and closed 14.
  • Implemented changes to the work flow for abatements.
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
  • Began a commercial dumpster inventory and inspection program.
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 12
Permits Issued - 27
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 21

Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Issued
  • Sandi Hammons Studio, a salon and permanent cosmetic studio located at 2910 Justin Road, has been issued their Certificate of Occupancy. 

  • Issued an interior finish-out permit for Pharmacy Specialists (where Cheers was located previously).
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

Ten Senior All-Stars went to Gaylord Texan’s ICE! A Charlie Brown Christmas on Thursday. ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring two million pounds of colorful, hand-carved scenes from the beloved holiday movie classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. The All-Stars ended the exhibit by sliding down a two-story ice slide! 
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Special Events
Holiday Lights Contest - Parade of Lights
The winners of the 2019 Parade of Lights Holiday Lighting Contest were selected by an impartial judging panel this week. Award winners in each category received a yard sign indicating which category they won. Congratulations to this year’s winners:
  • Spirit of the Holiday’s Award: 110 Glasgow Court
  • Most Creative Display: 105 Donna Circle
  • Best Theme: 812 Lake Haven Court
  • Most Outstanding Lights: 193 Desiree Lane
  • Best Decorated Street: Bluff Circle

Thank you to everyone that submitted applications/entries!

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).
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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

Drop in Yoga classes are available at the Doubletree Ranch Park Barn in Room 102. Come relax at New Beginnings Yoga before the hustle and bustle of the day. For more information, please contact Karen Fenton at (214) 695-3702 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.
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Tai Chi Gung is held Mondays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.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
The Human Resources Department and the Finance Department worked with Tyler Technologies to perform maintenance on our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) this week. 

Jana Onstead attended the Municipal Human Resources Association meeting on Thursday.