City Manager Michael Leavitt

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Jan 27

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 11:30 AM by Crystal Babcock

I attended the 7th Annual SGR Servant Leadership Conference last week. The conference focuses on community engagement, organizational culture, civility, and resiliency. DCTA Board Chair, and former Mayor of Highland Village, Dianne Costa, and the CEO of DCTA, Raymond Suarez, were speakers at the conference. Together they presented how to “Lead Dramatic Culture Shift without the Wheels Coming Off.”
Marketing & Communications
We are actively seeking sponsors, food donors, and volunteers for the Kids Kastle Community Build project. The site has all of the details, and residents who wish to volunteer can now sign up for specific days and times at the “Come Build With Us” link on the main page. The community build is no small task; we need 80-100 volunteers each day. Anyone 14 years and older can help, no special skills are required, tools and safety equipment will be provided, as well as training. We encourage everyone to consider taking part in this once in a generation opportunity.
1.24.2020 MC - Come Build With Us
The Kids Kastle tile, picket, and paver stone pick up event begins this Saturday at Unity Park. We have been informing residents of the event through the City website, HVTV Update video, utility bill insert, Nextdoor, and our Facebook pages.
1.24.2020 MC - PickUp
So many memories have been made at Kids Kastle so we set up a “Tell Us Your Story” section on for residents to share their experiences enjoying the play area and what it meant to be part of the original build. We hope you’ll add your comments and photos and share the opportunity with your friends!
1.24.2020 MC - Story
The TXFallenPD Tribute Event committee met this week to begin planning the October 17 event. Since 2008 this community has raised over $280,000 for the families of Texas police officers killed in the line of duty. The committee set this year’s fundraising goal at $40,000. Stay tuned for opportunities to help us reach that goal!
Fire Department
All three shifts attended EMS continuing education class. This month’s training focused on various scenarios and which protocols to apply in certain situations. 

Assistant Chief Nokes attended the monthly Zone 2 meeting at Medical City Lewisville where they discussed patient care continuity. 

Chief Thomson, Assistant City Manager Ken Heerman, and myself met with representatives from the City of Lewisville, Town of Flower Mound, and The Colony Fire Departments to discuss the development of a joint training facility. 

Assistant Chief Nokes presented the Fire Department’s Heart Safe Community renewal application to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). This accreditation is valid for three years and will be presented to the general membership committee in February. If approved, the renewal will take effect in March. The Heart Safe Community program is designed to recognize the efforts a community makes to its citizens in protecting them from the effects of heart disease and sudden cardiac death by evaluating different aspects of the system as a whole.

Assistant Chief Collier attended the Texas Commission on Fire Protection meeting in Austin on Thursday.

Due to the passing of Lewisville Fire Department’s Chief Tim Tittle, the Highland Village Fire Department has rescheduled Driver/Operator Vince Jones’ retirement ceremony until Friday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. During Chief Tittle’s visitation and funeral service, the Highland Village Fire Department, along with other area Fire Departments, will be sending apparatus and staff to fill in for the Lewisville Fire Department so that all members of the Lewisville Fire Department have the opportunity to honor Chief Tittle. 

The retirement ceremony for Driver/Operator Vince Jones will be held on Friday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fire Station. All community members are invited to attend. Additional parking is available at the Municipal Complex directly across the street at 1000 Highland Village Road. 

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

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
1.24.2020 FD - Calls
Police Department
We recently welcomed two new Communications Officers, Summer Wright and Keela Johnson, and a new Police Officer, Brian Murphy.
1.24.2020 PD - PD Emp
Corporal Anita Beaudreault attended Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) Certification training at Denco 9-1-1.

Officer Jay Sullivan attended Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in Arlington.

Officer Eric Luster attended De-escalation training at Collin College Law Enforcement Academy.
Public Works
Staff met with our engineering consultant to discuss current and future projects.

Public Works conducted interviews for several vacant positions within the Utilities and Drainage Divisions.

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

Congratulations to Ben McEnroe on his promotion to Streets Supervisor. Fun fact about Ben, he has the distinction of having the best beard in the City.

Streets Division
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Replaced signs as needed throughout the City.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City, including in front of Briarhill Middle School.
  • Began full-depth asphalt repairs on Whittier Street. 
1.24.2020 Streets - Asphalt
1.24.2020 Streets - Saw Cutting
  • The Streets Division is creating task orders for concrete panel replacement.
  • Continued curb and gutter repairs on Village Tree Drive. 

Drainage Division
  • In the process of replacing an old 30” CMP drainage culvert with a 30” ADS drainage culvert in the 100 block of Winding Creek Drive.
1.24.2020 Drainage - Winding Creek
  • Treated an abandoned swimming pool for mosquitos in the 500 block of Medina Drive.
  • Performed annual inlet box inspections in grids B2 and B3.
  • Removed leaves and debris from the drainage culverts in the 200 block of Hickory Ridge Drive and the 100 block of North Clearwater Drive.

Utilities Division
  • Richard Melia obtained his Grade D Water Operator license issued by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
  • Took possession of our new Vac Con sewer cleaning/hydro-excavator truck this week.
1.24.2020 Utilities - Vac Con
  • Removed a water pump and motor from the Southwood II vault to send off for service.
1.24.2020 Utilities - Pump and Motor
  • Repaired a broken valve box in the road in the 400 block of Moran Drive.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 1800 block of Highland Village Road.
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main on Desiree Lane to verify pipe integrity.
  • 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 ten preventive maintenance and equipment services.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Repaired one tire and replaced two.
  • Completed two state vehicle inspections.
  • Performed a brake service job on one service truck.
  • Performed a tune up. 

Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley opened 12 cases and closed 28.
  • Code Enforcement is reviewing the current AOR map.
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
1.24.2020 Code - Cases-001
1.24.2020 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 16
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 11
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
Staff is ready for the Kids Kastle Pick Up events 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:
  • 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.
1.24.2020 Parks - Tiles1
1.24.2020 Parks - Tiles2
Joey Hardin coordinated with a contractor to troubleshoot the upper septic system located at Pilot Knoll Park. The system is not currently working at full capacity, however it remains in service.
1.24.2020 Parks - PK Septic
Park staff continued routine maintenance throughout the park system. They also installed flammable material storage cabinets at various parks. 
1.24.2020 Parks - Flammable Cabinet
Staff is monitoring the water level of Lewisville Lake following the recent rains. Once the elevation of the water reaches the top of the concrete curbs that border each boat ramp edge, City staff must close the ramps. Fortunately, the water has not reached that point as of yet and the boat ramps at Pilot Knoll Park and Copperas Branch Park remain open. 

Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement 
Staff continues to work with Play by Design on the rebuild of Kids Kastle. This week staff, along with the committee chairs, met with Play by Design to coordinate what is needed for the upcoming community build. The meetings were productive and our team of volunteers are excited to be part of this process! To find out more about this project and learn how you can get involved, visit
1.24.2020 Parks - KK Meeting1
1.24.2020 Parks - KK Meeting2
Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
The contractor continues demolition of the existing site. They are currently grading the site and working to relocate one of the trees. Please be aware that the construction site is dangerous and only authorized personnel area allowed to enter. For more information, visit
1.24.2020 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. Weather has been a factor, however Phil Schmidt and his crew were able to being installation of site furnishings this week. 
1.24.2020 Parks - Bleachers
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. 
1.24.2020 Parks - Switchgear1
1.24.2020 Parks - Switchgear2
Unity Park Pond Dredging
The pond dredging at Unity Park is underway. They continue to work on the lower pond. The contractor has also removed the first and second sediment bags from the site. 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. 

Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
Staff continues to coordinate with la terra studio on the creation of the Copperas Branch Park Master Plan. 

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 and the area is open to the public. The checker pieces have been installed, however staff is still awaiting the chess pieces (which will be installed once they arrive). 
1.24.2020 Parks - Chess1
1.24.2020 Parks - Chess2
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 permitting). 
1.24.2020 Parks - DRP Roof
Sunset Point Park
The contractor continues work on the park. Staff performed a preliminary walk-through on Friday to begin the closeout process. 

Victoria Park Sidewalk Improvements
This project is scheduled to be awarded in the summer of 2020 in conjunction with the Highland Village Road and FM 2499 sidewalk projects. Staff is coordinating with BW2 Engineers, Inc. on the design of all three projects. 

The Youth Winter Basketball League games continue this Saturday at Briarhill Middle School. 

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 up to WinStar on Wednesday for breakfast, gambling, and fellowship. While they all had a great time, several of the All-Stars admitted to making very generous donations to the casino. 

Diana Corona, RSVP Denton County Executive Director, presented a lunch and learn to 25 Senior All-Stars on Thursday. RSVP connects volunteers, age 55 and over, with meaningful community service projects in Denton County. 

Special Events
Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance
Fathers and daughters come 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.
1.24.2020 Parks - CG1
1.24.2020 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 conducted New Employee Orientation for four new employees, Firefighter/Paramedic Dalton King, Police Officer Brian Murphy, as well as Communications Officers Keela Johnson and Summer Wright.

The Human Resources Department organized a Learn at Lunch with Airrosti, which focused on how to relieve lower extremity pain.