Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report

TO:                  CITY COUNCIL



STREETS, WATER AND SEWER –   The water line is installed on Bill Bradford Road all the way to Como Street.  Construction will continue to the southeast until we tie into an existing line just beyond the Saputo employee parking driveway.  That’s about 300 more feet.  The sewer main lacks 700 feet to be completed; 500 feet between Carter and Elm, and 200 feet at the far southeast end.  We have completed the underground drainage system which extends from Carter to Tennessee and then southward toward South Town Branch.  Atmos is also replacing its gas main in the street.

DAVIS/TOMLINSON PARKING LOT – The Tesla charging station portion of the project is complete.  Work will continue from south to north.

JEFFERSON STREET PARKING LOT – The weather has held this project up.  This is a County project at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Rosemont.  The new lot will have 77 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.

AIRPORT FUEL FARM – We are in the process of removing the underground AvGas and JetA fuel tanks and replacing them with above ground tanks and associated pumps and controls.  The total project cost is about $630,000.  You may recall that the original engineering estimate was $1.2 million.  By breaking the bid up into its component parts and acting as prime contractor, we were able to cut the cost in half.  The AvGas tank has been removed and the concrete foundation for the new tank has been poured. There does not appear to have been any leakage from the tank.  We are waiting for soil samples to confirm.

CLAIMS – We received one liability claim for a sewer back-up in June.  There were no workers’ compensation claims in June.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Total suspended solids (TSS) came in at 1.59 mg/L, well within the limit of 10 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:

  • Repaired aerator at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Made electrical repairs to the Celebration Plaza fountain and landscape lighting.
  • Repaired 2 air conditioners at city buildings and performed preventative maintenance on multiple units.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on multiple items at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Checked out 4,909 items at the Library, up 19% from last year.
  • Repaired 3 water line ruptures and replaced 11 water meters.
  • Repaired 2 sewer mains and unstopped 19.
  • Installed 3 water taps and one sewer tap.
  • Flushed 36 dead end water mains.
  • Made repairs on Cooper Lake raw water pumps.
  • Opened flood gates at Lake Sulphur Springs once.
  • Treated 117 million gallons of potable water.
  • Responded to 209 animal control calls, and achieved a 51% adoption rate.
  • Made 96 arrests including 10 in the Special Crimes Unit, recorded 76 offences, wrote 494 traffic citations, and responded to 37 accidents.
  • Conducted 36 building inspections, 12 electrical inspections, 11 plumbing inspections, 3 mechanical inspections and issued 22 building permits.
  • Responded to 127 fire/rescue calls including 4 structure fires.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 92 fire hydrants.
  • Wrote 70 pre-fire plans.
  • Conducted 70 fire safety inspections.
  • Patched 494 potholes.
  • Made 10 street repairs following utility work (including Atmos).
  • Cleaned storm drains and catch basins.
  • Cleaned the veterans’ memorial fountain.
  • Fertilized athletic fields.
  • Cleaned T-Bone Alley.
  • Mowed, mowed and mowed some more.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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