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City Manager’s Report Reflects a Busy May for City Employees

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Marc Maxwell

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell presented his Manager’s Report Tuesday night during the June regular session of the council.

STREETS, WATER AND SEWER – The FM 2285 waterline replacement project is moving slowly.  The heavy rains have taken their toll on the project.  We’ve installed 6,500 feet of pipe, and three of four bores have been completed.   This project will replace 2.5 miles of undersized and dilapidated water main at a cost of $862,800.  The project begins at S.H. 19 and extends past the Lake Sulphur Springs dam.  The old water main generates more repairs that any other water main in the City.

The Rockdale Road reconstruction project is on deck.  You may recall that in the past five years we have replaced two out of four segments of Rockdale Road (on the north side of the interstate).  This project will reconstruct the remainder of Rockdale Road.

Expect the Davis Street waterline re-placement project to follow Rockdale Road.  This project will replace 1,500 feet of water main on North Davis from Park to Glover.  This will clear the way for this street segment to be paved this summer.

STORM CLEANUP – During the past week city crews manned the spring cleanup site to receive trees and tree limbs that were downed by the recent storms.  They also worked through the night after a recent storm to reopen streets where trees had fallen across them.  We are compiling the cost of the cleanup effort.  We might be able to obtain disaster relief from the state.

CLAIMS – We did not have any worker’s compensation claims in May.

We did receive 3 liability claims in May, one for damage to a Verizon line, one for a minor vehicle accident, and one for damage allegedly arising from a pothole incident.

The city also submitted a claim to TML for Wind and lightning damage to buildings, mobile equipment and real property at Airport, Service Center, Kids Kingdom and Downtown Plaza.

CITY BUSINESS OFFICE – Reconstruction is moving right along at the old City Hall.  The walls are painted, and tile flooring is being installed now.  We expect to move in sometime in July.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Total suspended solids (TSS) came in at 2.97 mg/L, not bad for such a rainy month.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Conducted 8 health inspections, opened 4 code enforcement complaints and pursued 59 ongoing code enforcement investigations.
  • Conducted 23 building inspections, 21 electrical inspections, 11 plumbing inspections, 1 mechanical inspection and issued 22 building permits.
  • Responded to 140 fire/rescue calls, including 4 structure fires.
  • Tested and performed preventative maintenance on 80 fire hydrants.
  • Conducted 53 fire safety inspections.
  • Made a temporary repair to the airport terminal roof.
  • Relocated the radio tower at old city hall.
  • Retrofit L.E.D. lights on the flag poles at the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial.
  • Repaired the airport fountain.
  • Repaired the fountain at Celebration Plaza.
  • Repaired the car wash at the service center.
  • Performed preventative maintenance and repairs on numerous apparatuses at the wastewater treatment plant and the water treatment plant.
  • Repaired 7 water mains and 2 sewer mains.
  • Replaced 11 water meters.
  • Unstopped 24 sewer mains.
  • Washed 78,000 feet of sewer mains.
  • Rebuilt gates at College Street water tower.
  • Repaired or replaced caps on 47 sewer cleanouts discovered while smoke testing.
  • Flushed 36 dead end water mains.
  • Opened flood gates at Lake Sulphur Springs for a total of 12 days in May.
  • Treated 120 million gallons of Cooper Lake water.
  • Made 76 arrests, responded to 43 accidents, recorded 61 offences, and wrote 689 traffic citations.
  • Responded to 199 animal control calls and achieved a 24% adoption rate.
  • Made 8 felony arrests in the special crimes unit.
  • Checked out 3,876 items from the library.

Author: Staff Reporter

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