City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

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Feb 03

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 3, 2020 at 8:14 AM by Crystal Babcock

We had a fun Super Bowl themed potluck lunch on Thursday to gear up for the big game. It’s always great to spend time together having fun, and in this case, enjoying delicious food. A special thank you to our Community Services Administrative Assistant, Kimberlie Huntley, and our Building Inspector, Gary Cowley, for planning, decorating, and coordinating such a fabulous event! 
 
Marketing & Communications
On Tuesday Mayor Wilcox, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Fleming, Council member Tom Heslep, Laurie Mullens, and Crystal Babcock attended the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. At the luncheon Highland Village public safety was recognized during the First Responder of the Month presentation. Firefighter Michael Ford was recognized as the January First Responder of the Month. Michael has been instrumental in the creation of the HVFD Honor Guard, always has a positive attitude, and is a mentor to other members of the department. Officer Brandon Watson was recognized as the December First Responder of the Month. Officer Watson was recently awarded the Police Officer of the Year for 2019, and received a Certificate of Merit for excellence in public service from September 2019 to January 2020. During this time his expertise and cross-trained skills greatly assisted the department during a time of need and personnel shortages. His service reflects greatly on his character, flexibility, and dedication to duty. Chief Reim and Chief Thomson were also in attendance.
1.31.2020 MC - Fire First Responder
1.31.2020 MC - PD First Responder
We continue to seek sponsors, food donors, and volunteers for the Kids Kastle Community Build project. The SpeakUpHV.com 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 SpeakUpHV.com 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.

The Experience Highland Village social media campaign is doing well. In January BrandEra boosted a post encouraging users to share, comment, and tag three people to enter into a contest to win four tickets to the AMC Highland Village 12 Theater. The post reached (was seen by) 9,241 people, and 846 engaged (liked, commented, or shared) the post. We have seen a steady increase in the likes, reach, page views, and followers of the Experience Highland Village Facebook page since we began the campaign.
 
Fire Department
Colin Robb and Eli Will were recognized at Tuesday’s Council meeting for helping a resident. The two young men witnessed an elderly man fall and hit his head while he was taking out the trash. They helped him back to his apartment, cleaned his wound, then noticed that his pupils were dilated, which is an indicator of a head injury or stroke. Upon noticing his pupils, they sought help from a pediatrician’s office downstairs from the man’s apartment. When the paramedics arrived on scene, they identified a serious head injury and transported the man to the hospital. The intervention and aid that these two young men provided was instrumental in a positive outcome.
1.31.2020 FD - Robb and Will
Groups from Castle Creek Christian Academy came by for tours of the Fire Station on Tuesday and Thursday. The kids learned about fire safety and were able to get a look at the Fire Engine and Ambulance. They also learned what it is like to be a Firefighter.
1.31.2020 FD - CCCA1
1.31.2020 FD - CCCA2
The Fire Department held a ceremony in honor of Driver/Operator Vince Jones, who recently retired after 17 years with the Highland Village Fire Department. Vince began his career with the Highland Village Fire Department on December 16, 2002, as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Before that, he was a volunteer with the College Mound Volunteer Fire Department and worked at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in the ER. Vince was deployed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and during the Bastrop wildfires in 2015. He promoted to the rank of Equipment Operator in November 2011, he was recognized with a Life Saving Award in 2018, and he was the First Responder of the Month for June 2019. Vince has served as a mentor, leader, and an inspiration to the members of the Highland Village Fire Department for the past 17 years, he will be greatly missed! Congratulations on your much deserved retirement!
1.31.2020 FD - Vince
1.31.2020 FD - Helmet
A Shift conducted blood pressure checks at the Robert & Lee DuVall Center. 

Assistant Chief Collier completed two fire inspections and two fire plan reviews.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
1.31.2020 FD - Calls
 
Police Department
The Police Department had their annual banquet last week. Congratulations to the following recipients! 

Officer of the Year - Brandon Watson
Civilian of the Year - Briana Sanchez
Supervisor of the Year - David Pittinger
Auxiliary of the Year - Guy Skinner

Certificates of Merit were awarded to J McCally, Marcy Leggett, and Brandon Watson. The Community Service Award was awarded to members of the Public Safety Toy Drive (Sheri Morrison, Anita Beaudreault, David Harney, Bob Miller, and Steve Jones), and the TXFallenPD Tribute Event (Karl Schlichter, Bobby Doyle, David Pittinger, David Harney, Mike MacLean, and Eric Luster). 
 
Public Works
Staff met with our engineering consultant to discuss current and future projects. 

Public Works conducted interviews for vacant positions within the Utilities Division.
 
Staff met with residents regarding drainage issues, easements, and street repairs.

Public Works staff attended a Water Conservation Work Group meeting at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD). They discussed UTRWD Outreach Programs and their new online reporting system called the Goldwater Program. 

Streets Division
  • Delivered recycle carts to residents.
  • Continued concrete curb replacement on Village Tree Drive.
1.31.2020 Streets - Village Tree
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
1.31.2020 Streets - Pothole
  • Replaced various signs in several locations throughout the City.
1.31.2020 Streets - Sign
  • Continued full-depth asphalt repairs on Whittier Street. 
1.31.2020 Streets - Whittier
Drainage Division
  • Finished replacing the old 30” CMP drainage culvert with a 30” ADS drainage culvert in the 100 block of Winding Creek Drive.
1.31.2020 Drainage - Winding Creek
  • Cleaned the ditch and replaced the culvert and drive approach on Sugarloaf Court.
  • Worked on a standing water issue on Copperas Branch Court.
  • Began working on a drainage issue on Kimberlee Lane.

Utilities Division
  • CLS Sewer Equipment came out to demo our new Vac Con vacuum/flusher truck.
  • TV inspected nine sanitary sewer services on Lamesa Drive to verify route and depths for a future sanitary sewer main replacement.
1.31.2020 Utilities - TV Inspections
  • Dressed six areas of previous water and sanitary sewer excavations and laid new sod.
1.31.2020 Utilities - Cleanups
  • Installed a meter for a new water service account on Ladera Boulevard.
  • Unstopped a sanitary sewer service in the 2800 block of Woodlake Drive and TV inspected the lateral to find the issue.
  • Installed three AC/Heating units that were sent off for repairs at the Oak Street Well Lot and the Unity Elevated Storage Tower.
  • 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.
  • Completed eight vehicle registration renewals.
  • Replaced two batteries.
  • Replaced two tires.
  • Performed two state vehicle inspections.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley opened 12 cases and closed 28.
  • Code Enforcement continued their review of the current AOR map.
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
1.31.2020 Code - Cases-001
1.31.2020 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 7
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 17
 
Parks & Recreation
Park Staff
All Parks
Staff has been busy with the Kids Kastle Pick Up events that are ongoing. If you were unable to make it to the Pick Up event, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at hvparks@highlandvillage.org to make arrangements to pick up your items at another time. 

Marcos Mejorado continues to monitor and make repairs to the irrigation systems throughout the City. 
1.31.2020 Parks - Irrigation
Phil Schmidt and his crew have been working on the Unity Park Gray Softball Field in preparation for practice that began this weekend. They have installed tables, the score keepers table, bleachers, dugout benches, helmet trees, bat racks, new soft toss netting, trash cans, backstop padding, and the top rail fencing protection. 
1.31.2020 Parks - Softball1
1.31.2020 Parks - Softball2
Park staff continues to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system. They are preparing for the upcoming baseball, softball, soccer, and kickball seasons. 

Staff is monitoring the water level of Lewisville Lake following the recent rains. If 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. 

Congratulations to Alex Contreras for becoming a United States citizen this week! 
1.31.2020 Parks - Alex
Park Capital Improvement Projects
Kids Kastle Replacement 
Staff continues to work with Play by Design on the rebuild of Kids Kastle. All parties are working to ensure the project stays on track for the scheduled build dates (Phase I: March 23 - 26 and Phase II March 31 - April 5). 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 continues demolition of the existing site. Staff coordinated a grading meeting onsite to discuss the future Kids Kastle rebuild. Please be aware that the construction site is dangerous and only authorized personnel are allowed to enter. For more information, visit SpeakUpHV.com.
1.31.2020 Parks - KK Plaza1
1.31.2020 Parks - KK Plaza2
Unity Park Softball Field 
Staff continues to work with the contractor to finalize this project. The contractor has completed installation of the dugout roofs and are awaiting drier conditions to top-dress the seams of the sod in the outfield. This project is nearing completion! 

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. 
1.31.2020 Parks - Switchgear
Unity Park Pond Dredging
The pond dredging at Unity Park is underway. They continue to work on the lower pond and are filling the fifth bag. 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, all chess and checkers pieces have arrived, and the area is open to the public! 
1.31.2020 Parks - Chess
Doubletree Ranch Park Roof Replacements
The contractor continues replacing the roof on the barn at Doubletree Ranch Park. We anticipate that the roof replacement project will be complete by the end of the month (weather permitting). 

Sunset Point Park
The contractor continues work on the park. Staff performed a preliminary walk-through last week to begin the closeout process. Since then, the contractor has completed the punch list and are waiting for the delivery of the solar powered security light, which will be installed once it arrives. 

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. They met this week to discuss the projects and provide comments. 
1.31.2020 Parks - Sidewalk Meeting
Recreation
The Youth Winter Basketball League games continue this Saturday at Briarhill Middle School. 

This spring, the Parks and Recreation Department will be offering adult co-ed kickball at Unity Park. Registration will be open from Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 28. Games will start Wednesday, March 11 at Unity Park. To register your team, or to register as a free agent, visit teamsideline.com/highlandvillage. 

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
The Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance was Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville! Fathers and daughters enjoyed a spectacular night of dinner, dancing, and door prizes. Thank you to all of our door prize sponsors! 
Seven Mile Cafe Mosquito Joe
Blue Goose Cantina Painted Tree Marketplace
Boardroom Salon for Men Palio's Pizza Cafe
Camp Gladiator Raising Cane's
Chick-fil-A (Justin Road) Salerno's Italian Restaurant
Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt, Jr., DDS Sip | Stir Coffee House
Lambeau's America Snooty Pig Cafe
Lonestar Popcorn Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar
Market Street What's On Tap
Massage Green Spa What's That Guy's Name? Photography by Guy T
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.

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.
1.31.2020 Parks - CG1
1.31.2020 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 and Bree Shamsy conducted interviews this week for the open Parks and Recreation intern position.