City Manager Report Notes Destruction of K-9 Vehicle in Local Fire

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city hallIn his report to the February meeting of the Sulphur Springs City Council, City Manager Marc Maxwell noted street projects completed and those begun. He also noted that work on the Davis/Tomlinson downtown parking lot will begin Friday, February 5th. The city will also be installing lights and landscaping for a county 90-space parking lot to be built at the northeast corner at Jefferson and Rosemont Streets. He also noted the K-9 police unit was destroyed in the Toliver Ford Lincoln fire.

Here is the Manager’s Report:

STREETS, WATER AND SEWER –   The Rockdale Road reconstruction project is nearly complete.  Westbrook Concrete Contractors is finished pouring the concrete.  We only lack three driveway approaches.  We plan to open the street to through traffic next week.  This project finishes Rockdale Road on the north side of Interstate 30.

Plano Street is also nearly complete.  It will be paved on Friday. This $268,000 project is a complete reconstruction of Plano Street from Texas Street westward to the cul-de-sac.  It includes new water main, new sewer main and a new street.  The sewer main and water main have been replaced.

Bill Bradford Road has begun.  Utilities work has started on Tennessee Street, which is a part of the project. Demolition on Bill Bradford road will begin on Monday, February 15.  This $1.4 million project will include water and sewer utilities, underground drainage on the western end of the street and complete reconstruction of the street.  Most of the street will be paved with asphalt, but both ends of the project will be rebuilt with concrete for 500’ on each end.

DAVIS/TOMLINSON PARKING LOT – Demolition will begin on Friday.  Work will begin on the south side of the project and progress to the north.  Doing it this way will preserve some of the parking throughout the project for nearby businesses.

JEFFERSON STREET PARKING LOT – This is a County project at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Rosemont.  The new lot will have 90 spaces.  The County is constructing the lot in concrete and the City is installing lights and landscaping per our earlier agreement at the time the tax increment reinvestment zone was created.  When the County opted into the zone, the City committed to beautification of the lot when it was built.

CLAIMS – We did not have any workers’ compensation claims in January.

We did not have any liability claims in January.

We did submit one claim to the TML Risk Pool for the K-9 vehicle that was destroyed in the fire at Toliver Ford.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REMODEL – The project is nearing completion.  Tile setters are placing the tile now.  Expect the project to be completed before the March City Council meeting.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Total suspended solids (TSS) came in at .81 mg/L, well within the limit of 15 mg/L.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director, Peter Karstens will present a year-to-date summary of revenues and expenditures.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Installed wiring for new early warning siren at the Police Department. You may have heard it.
  • Replaced the solar batteries on the “No Thru Truck” sign at the city limits on all state highways.
  • Repaired the flashing lights on the Douglas “School Zone” lights.
  • Replaced some of the lamps around Celebration Plaza.
  • Began electrical work on new Buford Pavilion.
  • Repaired motor on an airport hangar door.
  • Repaired the heater at the animal shelter.
  • Repaired A/C unit at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).
  • Cleaned the filters at the WWTP.
  • Repaired/rebuilt 2 pumps at the WWTP.
  • Replaced a magnolia tree that had been broken during a storm.
  • Conducted 25 building inspections, 13 electrical inspections, 12 plumbing inspections, 4 mechanical inspections, and issued 20 building permits.
  • Responded to 112 fire/rescue calls including 5 structure fires.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 89 fire hydrants.
  • Processed 574 citations through municipal court.
  • Checked out 3,761 items to library patrons.
  • Sold 1,271 gallons of AvGas and 7,540 gallons of Jet-A fuel.
  • Recovered nearly $.25 million in stolen UTVs.
  • Made 66 arrests, recorded 65 offences, wrote 610 traffic citations and responded to 33 accidents.
  • Repaired 7 water main ruptures.
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Author: Staff Reporter

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