City Manager Michael Leavitt

City Manager's Report

Communication is very important to the City of Highland Village. Each week, I will provide you departmental updates on projects, events and accomplishments. Please stop by and take a minute to become informed on what is happening in your city.

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Feb 10

City Manager's Weekly Update

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

Marketing & Communications
The January analytics are in for the Experience Highland Village social media campaign. We are seeing improvement over December analytics. Our combined reach on Instagram and Facebook is almost 18,000. In January the Experience Highland Village Facebook pages gained 36 new likes, reached 16,664 people, and 1,279 people engaged with the page. The boosted post, a contest to win four tickets to the AMC Highland Village 12, reached 10,313 people and had 724 engagements. The post featuring volunteer opportunities for the Kids Kastle community build project was the top performing organic post (non-paid) reaching 2,090 people and 290 engagements. On Instagram the top performing organic post featured Walmart and the restaurants in The Marketplace at Highland Village including Taco Cielo, Pei Wei, Palio’s, and A La Sweet.
2.7.2020 MC - Kids Kastle
TEEZ Hair Studio in The Shops at Highland Village opened in November 2019. We produced a New and Now Open ribbon cutting video for them this week. James Hoff, owner and stylist, is excited to be in Highland Village.

This week we had the opportunity for a check presentation from Hillside Fine Grill for their Restaurant Week donation to the 2019 Fallen Officer Fund. Rick Valley and his team at Hillside Fine Grill have certainly made their mark in the community. We are appreciative of their support and look forward to working with them again this year.
2.7.2020 MC - Hillside
Fire Department
Assistant Chief Collier attended the North Texas Fire Chiefs Conference in Grapevine this week. The conference is a regional hub for training and education focusing on risk reduction, emergency response, and fire investigations. 

On Tuesday, Assistant Chief Nokes attended the Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC) and Emergency Medical Task Force 2 (EMTF-2) meetings at North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) in Arlington. 

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

Assistant Chief Collier completed one fire inspection and two fire plan reviews.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
2.7.2020 FD - Calls
Public Works
Staff met with our engineering consultant, BW2 Engineering, Inc., to discuss current and future projects. 

Public Works reviewed the second submittal of plans for the Reserve at Chapel Hill subdivision.

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

Public Works staff met with Weisinger Inc. regarding our water well system and future upgrades.

Work continues on the Street Improvement Project Phase 2. The contractor should be paving Donna Circle and Baird Circle next week. They have also begun working on Dickinson Drive.

Streets Division
  • Loaded sanders and plows in preparation for the winter storm.
2.7.2020 Streets - Plow
  • Completed full-depth repairs on Whittier Street. 
2.7.2020 Streets - Whittier
  • Finished concrete curb replacement on Village Tree Drive.
  • Patched potholes in various locations throughout the City. 
2.7.2020 Streets - Pothole
  • Cleaned debris off of Clearwater Drive.
2.7.2020 Streets - Clearwater
Drainage Division
  • Replaced a sidewalk drainage culvert and graded the barrow ditch to flow. 
2.7.2020 Drainage - Sugarloaf
  • Started back yard drainage easement cleaning in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Lane.
  • Performing February inlet inspections for grids B-1 and G-1.
  • Cleaned the drainage flume at 948 Highland Village Road.
  • Met with a resident in 100 block of Lakeland Drive regarding a drainage conversion.

Utilities Division
  • Repaired a grease trap lid in the 2900 block of Justin Road. 
2.7.2020 Utilities - Grease Trap
  • Flushed 5,100 linear feet performing 30, 60, and 90-day sewer line maintenance.
  • Flushed dead end water main blow-offs as a monthly mandated program by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.
  • Performed 17 meter cut-offs for delinquent water service accounts.
  • Replaced a shut off valve for a dead end water main blow-off in the 600 block of Timber Bend.
  • Modified the ramp gate on our concrete saw trailer to accommodate easier and safer loading/unloading of the concrete saw.
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City.
2.7.2020 Utilities - FH Maintenance
  • Performed customer service inspections on several commercial businesses.
  • Performed nitrification and bacteriological sampling as mandated by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.
  • 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 three tires and repaired one.
  • Replaced one battery.
  • Replaced a trailer light pigtail.
  • Replaced one head light and tail light.

Code Enforcement Division
  • Officer Beasley opened 22 cases and closed 35.
  • Continuing the review of the current AOR map.
  • Continued to monitor rights-of-way for bandit signage.
2.7.2020 Code - Cases-001
2.7.2020 Code - Violations
Community Services Division
Building Permits (All)
Plans Reviewed - 10
Permits Issued - 7
Permit Applications Accepted/Submitted - 10
Parks & 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 

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, 28 Senior All-Stars enjoyed lunch provided by Meals on Wheels consisting of lasagna from Peter’s Pizzeria with Caesar salad, rolls, and cookies for dessert. After lunch, some of the All-Stars stayed to play Bingo!

Special Events
Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance
The Father & Daughter Valentine’s Dance was last Friday. Fathers and daughters enjoyed a spectacular night of dinner, dancing, door prizes, and a special performance from Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen! 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 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.
2.7.2020 Parks - Dance1
2.7.2020 Parks - Dance2
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.
2.7.2020 Parks - CG1
2.7.2020 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
Jana Onstead attended an Employee Activity Fund (EAF) meeting. 

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 February. Thank you for your dedication to our community!
Hector Calderon Gonzalez Park Technician I 4 Years of Service
Larry Chambers Bus Driver 7 Years of Service
Kerry Conrad HR Generalist 1 Year of Service
Derek Doyle Firefighter/Paramedic 9 Years of Service
Brent Hill Park Technician I 2 Years of Service
Jonathan Hughes Firefighter/Paramedic 4 Years of Service
Michael Nelson Police Officer 2 Years of Service
Dennis Oliver Police Sergeant 17 Years of Service
Keith Pennock Network Manager 6 Years of Service
David Pittinger Police Sergeant 16 Years of Service
Taylor Proefrock Firefighter/Paramedic 4 Years of Service