City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Dec 20

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on December 20, 2019 at 3:45 PM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
At our holiday luncheon earlier this month, we all gathered together for what is fondly being called my “family photo.” We are thankful to Guy T Phillips with What’s That Guys’ Name? Photography by Guy T for taking our family picture. On behalf of all the Highland Village employees, we hope your holidays are joyful and spent with family and friends!
12.20.2019 MC - Employee Photo
Andrew Boyd joined Timi Grogan at Briarhill Middle School for career day several weeks ago. During their time showing the students how we produce and record the HVTV Updates Timi asked if any of the students were interested in participating as a guest co-host, director, or producer. On Friday we recorded some of the 2020 HVTV Updates with Avery Moellenkamp, Briarhill Middle School student. Avery did a great job - she could have a TV career one day!
12.20.2019 MC - HVTV Host
Laurie Mullens attended the Denton County Census 2020 Complete Count meeting on Monday.

The Kids Kastle Public Relations Committee met on Monday evening to discuss and brainstorm promoting the Kids Kastle rebuild, the need for volunteers, and sponsorship requests. 

Mayor Wilcox, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Flower Mound and Lewisville Area Chambers of Commerce holiday luncheon on Tuesday. 
 
Fire Department
The Fire Department has been taking Santa around to Highland Village neighborhoods to visit all of the families this week. Tonight is the last night before Santa makes his way back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas Eve. We have certainly enjoyed hosting him again this year!
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Driver/Operator Vince Jones retired this week after 17 years with the City. An official retirement ceremony will be held in January to honor him and celebrate the next chapter! 

All three shifts attended EMS continuing education class taught by Lead II Excellence this week. This month’s topic was pediatric assessment. 

Assistant Chief Collier attended the monthly Arson Task Force meeting in Denton on Tuesday. He also attended the Whelen product demo on Thursday to see what new innovations are coming in the future.

Assistant Chief Nokes attended the EMS committee meeting at Medical Center of Lewisville on Tuesday. 

C Shift, along with Engine 504 from Flower Mound, responded to a gas leak at The Shops at Highland Village on Wednesday. The source of the leak could not immediately be determined, so the gas to center was turned off and the gas company was contacted to resolve the issue. 

The Highland Village Professional Firefighters Association conducted CPR/AED class on Wednesday. The Association offers the course every other month (even months) with the next course scheduled for February 19, 2020. If you are interested in attending the class, you can sign up online or by calling the Fire Department at 972.317.0890.

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed two fire inspections and one plan review this week. 

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
12.20.2019 FD - Calls
 
Police Department
Last weekend was the final weekend for the Public Safety Toy and Food Drive collections. Thank you to our community for your generosity! We have been, and continue to be, able to help many of our local families in need this holiday season.
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Officer Eric Luster stopped by a live Nativity scene in one of our neighborhoods.
12.20.2019 PD - Nativity
 
Public Works
The Public Works Department celebrated Christmas with our Annual Service Center Christmas Buffet put on by all of the supervisors.
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Public Works staff met with residents in Highland Shores and on Clearwater to discuss drainage and easement issues.

Staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineering, Inc. to discuss both current and future Public Works projects.

Public Works reviewed several sets of plans for new development including the Reserve at Chapel Hill.

The Public Works Department also had an employee appreciation luncheon at Texas Roadhouse.
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Streets Division
  • Continued asphalt street repairs on Lakeland Drive.
  • Continued concrete curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
  • Continued crack sealing operations on Camden Drive, Ferndale Drive, Glenmere Drive, and Merriman Drive.
12.20.2019 Streets - Crack Sealing
  • Continued installing the dome post and cable fencing on Highland Lake Drive. 
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Replaced various signs in several locations throughout the City. 
12.20.2019 Streets - Sign
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
12.20.2019 Streets - Pothole
  • Assisted the Drainage Division with several concrete driveway saw cuts on South Clearwater Drive.

Drainage Division
  • Completed the drainage conversion project on Ranier Court.
  • Cleaned up and inventoried the Southwood storage yard. 
  • Began a drainage conversion in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive.
  • Repaired the fence at the Walmart detention pond.

Utilities Division
  • Replaced a sanitary sewer manhole ring and lid at Edgewater Drive and North Clearwater Drive.
  • Read water meters not acquisitioned by the automated metering system.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 600 block of Park Lane.
12.20.2019 Utilities - Sewer
  • Performed grease trap inspections as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Replaced four, 2” water meters that had reached their life expectancy of two million gallons.
  • Cleaned 2,400 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains on Duvall Blvd to prepare for a TV inspection on the mains.
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City. 
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  • 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 five vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced three batteries. 
  • Replaced six tires.
  • Completed one state inspection.
  • Made repairs to trailer lights.
  • Performed one front end alignment.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley opened two cases and closed 45.
  • 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 - 6
Permits Issued - 27
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 18

Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Issued
  • Miracles Joy Salon, a salon offering a range of services from Brazilian Blowouts to hair color and cuts, has been issued their Certificate of Occupancy. They are located at 3120 Justin Road, Suite C, where Vincent’s Salon was previously.
  • Cost Accounting Recruiters, a professional search agency placing accountants with manufacturing cost accounting jobs, has been issued their Certificate of Occupancy for their location at 2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 800. 
  • Phoenix Associates, a medical group located at 2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 700, has been issued their Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Teez Hair Studio, offering a range of salon services for both men and women, was issued their Certificate of Occupance for their location at 1401 Shoal Creek, Suite 130.

Permits
  • Issued an interior remodel permit for Walmart in The Marketplace. 
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Park staff continued routine offseason maintenance throughout the park system. 

Staff organized the storage yard at Pilot Knoll Park, protected the drinking fountains along the Inland Trail System from the freezing temperatures, trimmed trees, and installed more holiday decoration at Doubletree Ranch Park.
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12.20.2019 Parks - Water Fountain
Marcos Mejorado is performing irrigation inspections at various parks throughout the City.

The lights at both City entry monuments located on FM 2499 have been repaired. 

The Parks and Recreation Department had their annual holiday lunch this week. 
12.20.2019 Parks - Christmas
Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement 
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 SpeakUpHV.com.

Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
The contractor has installed a chain link fence around the entire worksite to prevent unauthorized personnel from entering the active worksite. Removal of the wrought iron fencing around the perimeter of Kids Kastle and the exercise equipment has begun. The contractor has also demolished the small playground that was adjacent to the pavilion. They have started the removal process of the tiles, pickets, plaques, and stone pavers from Kids Kastle. The tiles, pickets, plaques, and stone pavers will be available for pick up from January 25, 2020 through February 1, 2020 in the Kids Kastle parking lot. For more information, visit SpeakUpHV.com.
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Unity Park Softball Field 
Staff continues to work with the contractor to finalize this project. The contractor is currently working on the punch list. 

Unity Park Switchgear 
The contractor will begin this project in January, and is expected to take approximately two weeks. This project entails the replacement of the original 480 volt main panels, which were originally installed in 1994, with new panels bringing the electrical room up to current code. 

Unity Park Pond Dredging
The pond dredging at Unity Park is underway. They have completed 95% of the dredging on the upper pond. The parking lot between the ponds and Briarhill Boulevard has been closed for staging for the duration of the project. 
12.20.2019 Parks - Dredging
Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
Staff continues to coordinate with la terra studio.

Doubletree Ranch Park Hyper Sail Surfacing 
The contractor has been working on the installation of the synthetic turf surfacing beneath the 40’ x 40’ hyper sail, as well as the 24’ x 24’ chess and checkers board. They anticipate all surfacing to be installed by next week. Following installation, staff will coordinate repairs on the irrigation system and sod the following week. 
12.20.2019 Parks - Chess
Sunset Point Park
The contractor will begin installing bollards between the park area and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) land to prevent people from driving onto the USACE land. They have also started the process of installing and establishing turf. The striping and signage is scheduled to be installed in January. 

Victoria Park Sidewalk Improvements
Staff is reviewing the plans provided by BW2 Engineers, Inc. This project is scheduled to be awarded in the summer of 2020 in conjunction with the Highland Village Road and FM 2499 sidewalk projects. 

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, 64 Senior All-Stars enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch provided by Meals on Wheels consisting of ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, salad, rolls, and apple pie.
12.20.2019 Parks - SAS Christmas
The festivities continued Thursday evening as 11 Senior All-Stars watched the Fort Worth Symphony perform at White’s Chapel in Southlake. The symphony played an array of holiday favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride,” Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and a holiday sing along.
12.20.2019 Parks - SAS Symphony
Special Events
Christmas at the Ranch
The Annual Christmas at the Ranch took place last Saturday at Doubletree Ranch Park. Families walked through the park and enjoyed Christmas carolers, Santa’s workshop, an ice skating rink, toboggan tunnel, and a special visit from Santa and his reindeer! 
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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).

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

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 karensyoga@ymail.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.
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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.
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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.