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 17

City Manager's Weekly Update

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 10:52 AM by Laurie Mullens

Marketing & Communications
Craving breakfast? Check out the new breakfast spot in Highland Village. In this Foodie Friday episode we stopped at Eggspress Cafe for their delicious breakfast items and mouth-watering lunch entrees. You’ll want to try their fresh squeezed orange juice while you’re there!
Police Department
Police personnel completed Low Light Training this week.

Communications Officer Terra Hair attended Leadership Lewisville training.

Michael McLaughlin has accepted a Police Officer position with Highland Village and is scheduled to start on Monday, February 10, 2020. He will be assigned Badge # 532. Michael has prior experience with Garland PD and an Associate Degree with a Major in Law Enforcement. We welcome him to our team and look forward to working with him in the future.
 2.14.2020 PD- McLaughlin
Corporal David Harney was nominated for Lewisville ISD’s School Resource Officer of the Year Award. The award winner will be recognized at the LISD Banquet on Friday, April 17th.
Fire Department
This week, all three shifts attended EMS Continuing Education classes in the Fire Department’s Training Room. The training was conducted by Kenny Navarro with UT Southwestern and covered trauma protocols.

Fire Chief Thomson and Assistant Chiefs Collier and Nokes attended the Quad County Fire Chiefs meeting on Thursday at DFW Airport.

Assistant Chief Collier completed three fire inspections and one fire plan review this week.

The Fire Department had the following Calls for Service for the week:
2.14.2020 FD - Calls for Service
Public Works
Public Works had their weekly meeting with our engineering consultant, BW2, regarding current and future projects.

Public Works staff met with several residents regarding drainage issues, easements and street repairs.

Work continues on the Street Improvement Project Phase 2. The contractor paved Donna Circle and Baird Circle last Saturday. They are currently working on Dickinson Dr. and Winding Creek. Public Works staff met with the contractor on Winding Hollow to discuss some of the issue with that work.

Work is continuing on the Tequesta project. Weather this week has slowed the progress but they are still working at it. Most of the work currently is on the off-site storm drainage.

Streets Division
  • The street department would like to introduce a new member of our team Tanner (Lane) Rogers.
  • Poured concrete curb at 3394 Castlewood Blvd.
 2.14.2020 PW - Castlewood 
  • Cut, pulled and formed sidewalk in front Briarhill Middle School.
2.14.2020 PW - Briarhill
  • Pothole patching in various locations .
2.14.2020 PW - Sellmeyer

Drainage Division
  • Finished the back yard drainage easement cleaning in the 3100 block of Kimberlee Ln.
2.14.2020 PW - Kimberlee Sod
  • Performed inlet inspections.
  • Inspected the broken concrete in front of the curb inlet in the 700 block of Country Glen, due to pipe separation.
 2.14.2020 PW - Country Glen
Utilities Division
  • Welcomed a new employee, Jeremiah Howard, who started this week as a Utility Technician I.
  • Jorge Hernandez attended a test prep training for his upcoming TCEQ licensing exam.
  • Completed modifying the ramp gate on our street saw trailer to make for safer and easier loading.
2.14.2020 PW - Ramp Gate
  • TV inspected a sanitary sewer main in the 700 block of Country Glen Court to inspect pipe integrity.
2.14.2020 PW - TV Inspection
  • Hauled off scrap metal meter boxes and scrap manhole ring/lids to the metal recycler.
  • Installed two meters for new water service accounts in the Ladera housing development.
  • Performed annual maintenance and flow testing on several fire hydrants in the City. 
  • 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 nine preventative maintenance / equipment services.
  • Two new vehicle registrations, one trailer registration
  • Three batteries replaced
  • One tire replaced, one repaired
  • One state inspection

Code Enforcement
  • Officer Beasley closed 13 cases.
  • Attended Code Enforcement Officer II training in Mesquite.
  • Continue to monitor rights of way for bandit signage.
Code Graph2
Code Graph1
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

Andra Foreman attended the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation regional meeting in Coppell on Wednesday.

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

Over the weekend, 10 seniors took a trip to the Whiskey Hollow Distillery located in Valley View, Texas. The distillery was designed, built and welded by Master Distiller, Les Beasley. During the tour, Les shared the history and stories behind the creation of the distillery. After the tour, Les gave the seniors a taste of their top shelf bourbon.
PIC: Whiskey Hollow

On Thursday, 29 Senior All-Stars attended the Valentine’s Day Party sponsored by Veritas Home Health. Eric Crump, Veritas’ Community Outreach Director, delivered an insightful presentation on cold and flu prevention. During the presentation, the seniors enjoyed eating pizza, salad, and chocolate cake for dessert.
2.14.2020 PR - Whiskey Hollow
Community Education Classes
Yoga classes are available at The Robert & Lee DuVall Center. Private Yoga Classes are offered by certified Yoga Instructor, Rachel Swan. 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 at Doubletree Ranch Park from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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.
2.14.2020 PR - CG1
2.14.2020 PR - 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. These classes are 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.

This week, Adam Richter, Gabe Doria and Marcos Mejorado hosted work order training with the entire field staff.
Work Order Meeting 1   Work Order Meeting 2
Marcos Mejorado continues to monitor and repair irrigation throughout the city and continues to concentrate on FM 2499.

Phil Schmidt and his crew continue to work on all athletic fields this week. They have also installation of the soft toss area on the gray field. Opening day of baseball/softball is Saturday, March 21, 2020.
Unity Park Gray Field Soft Toss Station 
All staff continue to perform routine maintenance throughout the park system in preparation for the upcoming baseball, soccer, kickball and mowing seasons.  
 Maintenance 2  Maintenance 3
Staff continues to monitor the level of Lewisville Lake due to its rising from the recent rains. Both Copperas Branch Park and Pilot Knoll Park remain open.

Gabe Doria coordinated the move of three shipping containers this week. Two of them were moved from Pilot Knoll Park to Unity Park so that they may be used for the Kids Kastle playground build and one of them was moved from Doubletree Ranch Park to Copperas Branch Park so that staff may use it for storage. Gabe is coordinating the move of one last container from Doubletree Ranch Park to Copperas Branch Park so that there will be more open space at the southern section of Doubletree Ranch Park.
 Conex at Copperas Branch  Conex at Unity
Phil Lozano, Fince Espinoza, Adam Richter and Marcos Mejorado attended and hosted a work order management systems presentation at Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute in Oklahoma. There were several large agencies in attendance (IE: City of Dallas, City of Richardson, Texas Parks and Wildlife) and they all had a lot of great questions. The Q and A session could have gone on for hours. Phil Lozano also hosted a sustainable Turfgrass management class at the institute.
Work Order Presentation 1  Work Order Presentation 3  Work Order Presentation 4
Pfc Aaron M. Hudson Memorial Bridge Dedication Project
On Thursday, staff received shipment of the stones that are going to be installed for the PFC Aaron M. Hudson Memorial Bridge that is located at Doubletree Ranch Park. Staff is in the process of ordering the remaining items needed in preparation of their installation.
 PFC Aaron Hudson 1
Kids Kastle Replacement Project
This week, Play by Design submitted the roof plans for the playground pavilion and swings. Staff will be reviewing those plans this week and next.

On Tuesday, staff met with some of the Kids Kastle rebuild committee chairs and received a status updates from the food, tools and fundraising committees chairs and co-chairs. Tools, food and fundraising are all still needed so if you’d love to participate, please feel free to contact them at

On Friday, parks and recreation director Phil Lozano met with the Cross Timbers Rotary Club to discuss the rebuild of Kids Kastle Playground and how this is a “once in a generation” type of community build. The Cross Timbers Rotary Club is excited to be a part of this magical build!
Rotary Presentation 1 
The build date as follows: Phase 1 March 23-26 & Phase 2 March 31-April 5. You can find more information at about this project at Staff is currently seeking corporate sponsorship and volunteers for this project. If you’re interested in sponsoring or volunteering, please do not hesitate to contact us at We do not need expert carpenters to build, we are seeking passion and we’d love for you to be involved for current and future generation to enjoy. Together, we will make this magical playground happen!

Unity Park Plaza Project (Kids Kastle Area)
This week, staff hosted a grading meeting to discuss the future Kids Kastle playground build site. Staff met with representatives from BW2 Engineers, Cole Construction, Forever Lawn and La Terra Studio. The grading plan will be finalized as soon as possible by La Terra Studio. Cole Construction will finalize the grading on site using the new plan next week. BW2 Engineers plans to stake all 205 post and all 25 equipment footings the following week so that staff may begin digging the post holes and installing some of the footings in preparation for the build.

Unity Softball Field Project
Staff and the contractor continue to await drier conditions so that they are able to top-dress the seams of the sod in the outfield and regrade the infield one last time.

Unity Park Switchgear Project
This project is complete and all electrical equipment is working and up to code!

Unity Park Pond Dredging Project
American Underwater Services continues to dredge the ponds at Unity Park. AUS is wrapping up on bag #5 and #6. Once #5 & #6 are filled, they will begin to fill bags #3 & #4 again. They are currently to the dock on the lower pond. They expect to be done dredging the lower pond by the end of next week. The parking lot that is between the ponds and Briarhill Blvd. will be closed for the duration of the project in order to stage their equipment.

Copperas Branch Park Master Plan
This week, staff met with La Terra Studio to review the master plan. La Terra Studio is going to send a revised copy of the master plan for staff to review next week.  
 Copperas Branch Park Master Plan Meeting
Doubletree Ranch Roof Replacement Project
The contractor continues to work on the roof replacement at the Doubletree Ranch Park barn. This project has been extended due to the weather with rain events happening for the past four weeks.

Sunset Point Park Project
The contactor continues to work on completing this project. The contractor is awaiting the delivery of the solar powered security light and as soon as it arrives, they will have it installed.

Victoria Park Sidewalk Improvements Project
This project is not scheduled to be awarded until late summer of 2020 in combination with the Highland Village Rd. Sidewalk and FM 2499 sidewalk projects. Staff has been in coordination with BW2 Engineers regarding the design of all three projects. BW2 Engineers is in the process of revising the plans and will resubmit them to staff when they’re ready.