City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Jan 21

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 21, 2020 at 8:09 AM by Crystal Babcock

Marketing & Communications
Our first HVBA Quarterly Luncheon was held on Tuesday with over 70 people in attendance. Highland Village resident and former All-American quarterback for Baylor University and San Diego Charger quarterback Neal Jeffrey was our guest speaker. Mr. Jeffrey gave a motivating and inspirational talk that everyone enjoyed, sharing how he overcame the belief his stuttering impediment could keep him from being a public speaker. Mr. Jeffrey is currently an Associate Pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church. He encouraged us all to have a positive attitude, dream a great dream, and show love and respect in all situations.
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1.17.2020 MC - Lunch2
We went live with the new Council Chambers production equipment at the Council meeting on Tuesday. The improvements to the live production, recording, televising, and streaming are amazing. The audio levels in Council chambers are much improved and the quality of the image is significantly better, as you can see from the pictures below. Additionally, Digital Resources, Inc. consolidated and automated some of the production actions making it a smoother flow for us during the meetings. Andrew Boyd did a great job managing this project and we appreciate Keith Pennock for his help with the network portion of the install. We will continue to work through the system and iron out any bugs.
1.17.2020 MC - Old HVTV
1.17.2020 MC - New HVTV
Sip|Stir Coffee House is featured in the January Foodie Friday. Dipen Soni and his wife own two locations, one in Uptown and our location in The District. They offer coffee, tea, smoothies, hot chocolate, breakfast, and lunch items. The Soni’s look to create community and forge friendships at their location. Stop in and see them for a drink and a bite to eat!
1.17.2020 MC - Sip Stir
On Thursday Laurie Mullens attended the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) meeting to plan the 2020 annual conference, which will take place in June in Arlington.
Fire Department
C Shift was dispatched to a structure fire on Kingwood Circle on Saturday, January 11. Upon arrival, they discovered a fire inside the kitchen walls. The occupants of the home were evacuated and the Firefighters were able to open the wall and extinguish the fire, removing all hazards. Both the Flower Mound and Lewisville Fire Departments assisted the Highland Village Fire Department through mutual aid. 

This week, the Fire Department’s command staff, led by Chief Thomson, has been in training to standardize local incident operations across the organization using a program called Blue Card. They were able to simulate live fire situations on the five major occupancy types (for example commercial, residential, etc.) and practice command scenarios until it became muscle memory. Doing this ensures the highest level of safety for our Firefighters when they are operating at emergency incidents. All Assistant Chiefs, Captains, and Driver/Operators are now certified Incident Commanders. 
1.17.2020 FD - Training1
1.17.2020 FD - Training2
B Shift conducted blood pressure checks at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service this week:
1.17.2020 FD - Calls
Public Works
Public Works met with our engineering consultant to discuss current and future projects.

Staff conducted five interviews for the vacant Street Supervisor position, including three in-house candidates.

Public Works met with Cage Civil Engineering to discuss the plan review for the Reserve at Chapel Hill.

Staff met with residents regarding drainage issues, easements, and street repairs.

Streets Division
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Replaced signs as needed throughout the City.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City.
1.17.2020 Streets - Pothole
  • Completed full-depth asphalt repair on Tuesday Haus Lane.
1.17.2020 Streets - Tuesday Haus
  • Continued discussions with the contractor, SAZ, regarding the Panel Replacement Program.
  • Continued curb and gutter repairs on Village Tree Drive.
1.17.2020 Streets - Village Tree
  • Prepared the dumpster at Brazos Park for pick up. 
1.17.2020 Streets - Dumpster
Drainage Division
  • Installed a new drainage culvert in the 100 block of Donna Circle.
1.17.2020 Drainage - Donna1
1.17.2020 Drainage - Donna2
  • Deployed locates for residential barrow ditch cleaning in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane.
  • Deployed locate flags in the 100 block of Winding Creek Drive for a 30” drainage culvert replacement.
  • Cleared leaves and debris from the drainage culverts on Hickory Ridge Drive, North Clearwater Drive, Brookdale Drive, Scenic Drive, Tharp Drive, and Oaktree Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Richard Melia and Jorge Hernandez tested for TCEQ water and wastewater licensing in Fort Worth.
  • Completed flushing dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly TCEQ mandated program.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 400 block of Rembert Court, TV inspected the lateral, and cut out roots to clear the blockage.
  • Installed two meters for new water service accounts on Lago Vista Lane and Ladera Boulevard.
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City.
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses.
  • Hydro-excavated to repair a water main break under a driveway approach in the 200 block of Camden Drive.
1.17.2020 Utilities - Leak Repair
  • Repaired a broken guide rail bracket for Pump 1 at Lift Station 9, and pulled the pump to make repairs. 
1.17.2020 Utilities - LS Repair
  • 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 11 preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Completed two state inspections.
  • Serviced the brakes on a service truck.
  • Received two new trucks, one for Utilities and the other for Parks and Recreation.  
  • Completed two vehicle registrations. 
  • Replaced one wheel and tire. 

Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley opened 19 cases and closed 32.
  • Began a review of the AOR map.
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
  • Continued to work with CWD on a commercial dumpster inventory and inspection program.
1.17.2020 Code - Cases-001
1.17.2020 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 9
Permits Issued - 11
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 19

Under Construction
A new subdivision, Tequesta, has started clearing land. It’s located in the 1400 block of Highland Village Road next to the Fire Station. The subdivision will have 11 lots once complete. 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff is preparing for the Kids Kastle Pick Up event that will take place over the coming weeks. The tiles, pickets, plaques, and stone pavers from the former Kids Kastle will be available for pick up in the Kids Kastle parking lot on the following dates:
  • 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.
  • Saturday, February 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1.17.2020 Parks - Tiles1
1.17.2020 Parks - Tiles2
Joey Hardin anchored the Copperas Branch Park exit gate to the concrete due to it being loose. 
1.17.2020 Parks - Copperas Gate
Staff poured a concrete slab for the firewood vending machine that will be at Pilot Knoll Park. 
1.17.2020 Parks - Concrete
Adam Richter coordinated the felling of dead trees on St. James Court. 
1.17.2020 Parks - Trees
Staff attended an irrigation refresher course provided by Calsense Irrigation to prepare for the upcoming spring season. 
1.17.2020 Parks - Calsense
Fince Espinoza and Sunny Lindsey, Director of Information Services and the Floodplain Administrator for the City, met to review the Pilot Knoll Boat Dock Lights Replacement Project. Based on the direction Sunny provided, staff will proceed with the design of the project. 

Staff met with representatives from the Highland Village Area Baseball and Softball Association (HVABSA) to discuss opening the new softball field (the Gray Field) at Unity Park in time for the spring season. The HVABSA is excited about the addition of the softball field. 
1.17.2020 Parks - HVABSA
Adam Richter met with representatives to acquire quotes to resurface the tennis courts at the HV Tennis Center and the Sellmeyer Tennis Courts.

Park staff continued routine maintenance throughout the park system.

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

Thank you to DATCU for their $3,000 sponsorship of the Kids Kastle Community Build Project!
1.17.2020 Parks - DATCU
Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
The contractor continues demolition of the existing site. All of the pea gravel has now been removed from the site and the existing flatwork is currently being removed. Please be aware that the construction site is dangerous and only authorized personnel area allowed to enter. For more information, visit
1.17.2020 Parks - KK Plaza
Unity Park Softball Field 
Staff continues to work with the contractor to finalize this project. The contractor is installing the roofs on the dugouts and working to complete the remaining items on the punch list. 

Unity Park Switchgear 
The contractor is replacing the original 480 volt main panels, which were originally installed in 1994, with new panels bringing the electrical room up to current code. This project is expected to be complete by the end of January. 

Unity Park Pond Dredging
The pond dredging at Unity Park is underway. They have completed 100% of the dredging on the upper pond, and are working on the lower pond. The contractor has also started the removal process of the silt from the first sediment bag that was filled. 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.
1.17.2020 Parks - Dredging
Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
Staff continues to coordinate with la terra studio. The master plan has been reviewed for accuracy and returned to la terra studio.

Doubletree Ranch Park Hyper Sail Surfacing 
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 is complete. Staff has made repairs to the irrigation system and have installed the sod around the worksite. We anticipate the area to be open to the public within two weeks (weather pending). 
1.17.2020 Parks - Chess
Doubletree Ranch Park Roof Replacements
The contractor continues 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).

Sunset Point Park
The contractor continues work on the park, and staff is 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. 

Youth Winter Basketball League games started on Saturday, January 18 at Briarhhill Middle School. The program is a recreational league for boys and girls ages 6 to 13. It provides a fun and exciting opportunity to wear NBA/WNBA team uniforms, engage in recreation competition, and experience continuous action, all while learning lessons in teamwork.

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 Wednesday, 10 Senior All-Stars went to the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The museum’s permanent exhibition covers events that changed our world, in a voice that is intimate and personal. It highlights the role of world leaders, and also the men and women who found the strength to endure the unimaginable and accomplish the extraordinary. Each item on display tells the story of the Holocaust, the emergence of international human rights following the war, and the development of human and civil rights in America.
1.17.2020 Parks - SAS Holocaust
On Thursday, 30 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch provided by Meals on Wheels consisting of meat loaf, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cookies for dessert. After lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed to watch Lion in the Winter.

Special Events
Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance
Fathers and daughters enjoy a spectacular night of dinner, dancing, and door prizes on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Dress is semi-formal. 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. 

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.
1.17.2020 Parks - CG1
1.17.2020 Parks - CG2
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
Kerry Conrad participated in interviews with candidates for an open Police Officer position on Wednesday. She also on-boarded a new Firefighter/Paramedic, Police Officer, and two Communications Officers. We look forward to the great work and exceptional service our new employees will provide.
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 January. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Anita Beaudreault Police Corporal 6 Years of Service
Odilon Benitez Street Technician III 24 Years of Service
Jason Collier Assistant Fire Chief 12 Years of Service
William Dimsdle Street Technician III 8 Years of Service
Robert Fever Police Corporal 1 Year of Service
Travis Flowers Police Corporal 4 Years of Service
Frank Furche Mechanic & Building Maint. 18 Years of Service
Kimberly Lopez Human Resources Specialist 6 Years of Service
Eric Luster Police Officer 3 Years of Service
Mark Rudder Streets Crew Leader 16 Years of Service
Bobby Salmon Drainage Supervisor 16 Years of Service
Tony Sorsby Fire Captain 12 Years of Service
Van Tinch Sr. Applications Developer 9 Years of Service
Alvin Varughese Police Officer 3 Years of Service