City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jan 13

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 8:10 AM by Crystal Babcock

I attended the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Red River States Conference on Thursday. The conference is an opportunity to connect, learn, and grow. This year’s keynote speaker was Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, who explained how the SEAL’s approach strategic planning when mission failure is not an option and how that can relate to business and retail.
Marketing & Communications
Thursday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) and our Police Department was invited by Snuffer’s to appear on Good Morning Texas. Snuffer’s has been supporters of law enforcement and particularly the last several years as they have partnered with us on the TXFallenPD Tribute Event, and all year long with their 5% donation from the Back the Blue Burger. On L.E.A.D. all Snuffer’s locations gave a portion of their sales to local law enforcement agencies and foundations. Our Police Department uses the funds that the Highland Village Snuffer’s donates to support the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Fallen Officer Fund/Foundation, which honors the lives of fallen Texas Police Officers and supports their families. Officer Dave and Corporal Flowers were on Good Morning Texas. Laurie Mullens and Crystal Babcock joined them for marketing support.
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Upgrades to the Council Chambers production equipment have been underway all week. We contracted with Digital Resources, Inc. for new cameras, production, switching, automation system, audio mixing, and microphone for the training room. The new equipment will provide a much higher quality image and audio mix for online and television viewers. The programmer with Digital Resources, Inc. will attend the Tuesday, January 14 Council meeting to ensure all systems are working and assist with audio mixing. Andrew Boyd has been the project manager and Keith Pennock has provided network support.

We filmed a virtual ribbon cutting video for Room 5280 this week. The Escape Room is located on FM 407 and offers three escape rooms, space for private parties, and the ability to bring in food and beverages. Owners J.D. and LaTarsha Davis invite the community to check out Room 5280.
Fire Department
On Sunday, January 5 C Shift was dispatched to a structure fire on Greensprings Street. Lewisville and Flower Mound were called in to assist with the one alarm fire, and Lake Cities filled in at the Highland Village Fire Station. The smoke/CO detectors alerted the homeowners and they were able to evacuate the home safely. Crews stayed on scene for overhaul and clean up once the fire was extinguished. The fire rekindled and crews returned to the scene a few hours later. 

Assistant Chief Collier attended the monthly Fire Prevention Association of North Texas (FPANT) meeting in Grapevine on Wednesday. David Kerr, with Firefighter Air Coalition, discussed firefighter air replenishment systems.

Assistant Chief Nokes participated in an Active Shooter Workshop in Duncanville on Monday and Tuesday. He also attended the monthly Fire Instructors Association of North Texas (FIANT) on Wednesday.

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) performed its biannual compliance/performance audit of the Fire Department. This audit ensures that employee certifications are accurate for the current job descriptions and that protective clothing and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) are maintained and stored properly, inspected, and replaced in compliance with NFPA standards. The TCFP also audits the department’s policies and procedures, incident management system, live fire training, continuing education records, along with various other documents to ensure we are in compliance with state mandates and standards. We are happy to report that the Fire Department passed the biannual audit.

Assistant Chief Collier completed six fire inspections this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
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Public Works
Public Works staff met with residents on Hillside Drive, Rainier Court, Duvall Boulevard, and other locations to discuss issues with drainage, street lights, and water.

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

Public Works held a preconstruction meeting for Phase 2 of the Street Bond Project. This phase includes new paving on Oak Forest Drive, Winding Creek Drive, Canyon Creek Drive, Dickinson Drive, Whittier Street, Baird Circle, and Donna Circle. Work should begin within the next few weeks. The contractor, Reynolds Asphalt and Construction Co., indicated that they will probably start in the Donna Circle/Baird Circle area.

Streets Division
  • Continued curb repairs on Village Tree Drive. 
1.10.2020 Streets - Curb Repair
  • Removed debris from the street and gutter on Greensprings Street.
  • Removed debris that was in the street on Highland Shores Boulevard. 
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  • Began full-depth asphalt repairs on Sunday Haus Lane. 
  • Completed the guardrail repair on a damaged guardrail.
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  • Began broken curb repairs on Castlewood Boulevard.
  • Attended a safety meeting. 
  • Reviewed quotes and began the scheduling process for the Panel Replacement Program.

Drainage Division
  • Investigated areas of erosion behind the houses in the 100 block of Sandberg Place, near the railroad tracks.
  • Deployed line locates in the 100 block of Donna Circle for drainage improvements, as well as in the 100 block of Winding Creek Drive for a drainage culvert replacement.
  • Installed driveway culverts and graded the barrow ditch to flow in the 100 block of South Clearwater Drive. 
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Utilities Division
  • Excavated in a backyard easement to repair a sanitary sewer service in the 500 block of Sellmeyer Lane. 
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  • Re-installed a metal fence that was taken down to gain access for a sanitary sewer repair.
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  • Performed meter cut-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Cleaned 3,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains performing 30 and 60 day sewer line maintenance.
  • 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 13 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced six batteries.
  • Performed brake service on two service trucks.
  • Replaced two tires.
  • Made trailer light repairs.
  • Replaced one headlight and repaired one tail light.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley has registered to take the Advanced Code Officer Training.
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
  • Continuing the dumpster inventory and inspection program.
  • Opened 25 cases and closed nine.
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Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 28
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 38

Business Updates
Certificates of Occupancy Issued
  • Eggspress Café, located at 1844 Justin Road, has been issued their Certificate of Occupancy. They will serve breakfast and lunch items as well as handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks. 
  • Received a finish out permit application for Mattison Avenue Salon Suites & Spa.
  • Currently reviewing a permit for Level Up Remodeling Insurance Co. (1940 Justin Road, Suite 108).
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Park staff is removing the holiday decorations and placing them in storage in preparation for next year. 

Staff also worked on organizing the maintenance yard at Pilot Knoll Park. 
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Park staff continued routine offseason maintenance throughout the park system. 

Staff prepared for Friday’s storms by ensuring that all equipment is ready and all personal protection equipment (PPE) is in stock. We are ready to assist if necessary. 

Gabe Doria met with a representative from Adventure Playground to discuss the sealing for the polysoft rubber surfacing on the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park. Staff has scheduled the surfacing to be repaired and re-sealed in preparation for the upcoming aquatic season. 
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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

Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
The contractor has demolished 99% of both playgrounds and are working on the removal of the pea gravel surfacing. They have removed all 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. Please be aware that the construction site is dangerous and only authorized personnel are allowed to enter. For more information, visit
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Unity Park Softball Field 
Staff continues to work with the contractor to finalize this project. The contractor will install the roofs on the dugouts and complete the remaining items on the punch list. 

Unity Park Switchgear 
The contractor began replacing the original 480 volt main panels, which were originally installed in 1994, with new panels bringing the electrical room up to current code. Adam Richter, Fince Espinoza, and the contractor met with CoServ to ensure that the service to the ballfield portion of the park is disconnected. This project is expected to take approximately two weeks. 
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Unity Park Pond Dredging
The pond dredging at Unity Park is underway. They have completed 100% of the dredging on the upper pond, which filled two and a half sediment bags. The contractor is now working on the lower pond, which has filled the rest of the third bag and started the fourth. Staff anticipates a total of six sediment bags to be filled before the project is complete. The parking lot between the ponds and Briarhill Boulevard is closed for staging for the duration of the project.
1.10.2020 Parks - Dredging
Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
Staff continues to coordinate with la terra studio and are in the process of reviewing the master plan for accuracy.

Doubletree Ranch Park Hyper Sail Surfacing 
The contractor has completed 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. Staff will complete the sod work and let it establish for two more weeks before the area will be open to the public. 
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Doubletree Ranch Park Roof Replacements
The contractor has started replacing the roof on the pavilion at Doubletree Ranch Park. They will also replace the roofs on the barn and pump house due to the damage they sustained during the hailstorm. We anticipate that all of the roofs will be complete by the end of the month (weather pending).
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Sunset Point Park
The contractor has installed the 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 completed the installation of the turf, parking lot paint, and signs. Staff is currently working with the contractor to approve a solar security light for the site. 

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

Special Events
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 are on sale now, and space is limited. The price to attend is $30 per person for Highland Village residents, and $35 per person for non-Highland Village residents. 
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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.
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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.