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Managers Report for the City of Sulphur Springs

Aug 02, 2016

TO:                  CITY COUNCIL

FROM:            CITY MANAGER, MARC MAXWELL

SUBJ:              MANAGER’S REPORT

STREETS, WATER AND SEWER –  We are almost done with water and sewer improvements on Bill Bradford Road.  Atmos should be done replacing the gas main by August 30.  The curb & gutter and street will be replaced after that by a contractor.

DAVIS/TOMLINSON PARKING LOT – Capital Construction employees are demolishing the footings for the old water tower.  This will clear the way for the remainder of the parking lot to be constructed.

JEFFERSON STREET PARKING LOT – This project is making visible progress.  It is currently being formed-up for concrete.  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 – The concrete has been poured for both the AvGas and Jet-A tanks.   We expect the tanks to be installed later this week.  We expect the new tanks to be operational by August 15th.

You may recall that this project is 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.

CLAIMS – We filed one minor workers’ compensation claim in July.

We received two liability claims in July.  First a driver struck a curb causing damage to the vehicle and then submitted a claim.  TML Risk Pool denied that claim.  Another driver struck a low limb causing damage to the windshield.  This claim is pending with TML.

We have submitted a claim for water damage resulting from a plumbing leak at the library.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Total suspended solids (TSS) came in at 1.06 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:

  • Patched 351 potholes.
  • Made 4 street repairs following utility repairs.
  • Replaced various street signs.
  • Installed “no parking” signs on Enterprise Lane.
  • Cut and cleared trees from creeks and drainage ditches.
  • Conducted 19 building inspections, 14 electrical inspections, 9 plumbing inspections, 3 mechanical inspections and issued 9 building permits.
  • Repaired Bowie school zone lights.
  • Repaired airport beacon light.
  • Repaired the car wash.
  • Repaired and performed preventative on multiple mechanism at the wastewater treatment plant and water treatment plant.
  • Repaired 16 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 6 water meters.
  • Unstopped 10 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 8 sewer mains.
  • Washed 80,000 feet of sewer main.
  • Flushed 36 dead end water mains.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on the Coleman water tower and the Lake Sulphur Springs pump house.
  • Treated 176 million gallons of potable water.
  • Made 78 arrests, recorded 70 offences, wrote 524 citations and responded to 32 vehicle accidents.
  • Made 11 arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.
  • Responded to 187 animal control calls, and achieved an adoption rate of 20%.
  • Concluded a fabulous summer reading program with an estimated total of 1,233 reading hours from 95 children.
  • Sold 1,557 gallons of AvGas and 5,205 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Responded to 121 calls for fire/rescue service including 5 structure fires.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 84 fire hydrants.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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