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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report June 6, 2017

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Sulphur Springs City Manager presented his report for May activity to the Sulphur Springs City Council during Tuesday night’s June regular session.

LOCUST STREET – The utility work (water, sewer, gas) is complete.  Cement stabilization is complete and concrete work continues to progress from north to south. The concrete work is approximately 40% complete.

MOORE STREET – Utility work continues on Moore Street.  The Capital Construction Division has completed the sewer improvements, and water improvements are now underway. Atmos is replacing the gas main.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Work continues at the wastewater treatment plant.  The contractor is laying the foundation for three large clarifiers and the aeration blowers.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – We had a very successful start to our comprehensive planning effort.  Ian Lockwood and his team from Toole Design group led the 4-day planning charrette.  They left with a ton of public input and some good starter ideas.  The one big takeaway so far:  We have got to stop sprawling; we simply cannot afford it.

CLAIMS – We did not receive any liability claims in May.  We did have one fairly serious workers compensation claims.  A Water and Sewer Division employee was injured while using a concrete saw.  The saw kicked back and struck him in the face and neck.  Thankfully the blade did not do any lasting damage.  He will return to work after about 10 days.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Total suspended solids (TSS) came in at 2.49 mg/L, well within the limit of 10 mg/L.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director, Peter Karstens presented a year-to-date summary of revenues and expenditures. He stated that water sales are up and if the rain stops will increase. Adjustments have been made for the past two months lower sales tax receipts.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Repaired 130 potholes.
  • Made 5 more extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
  • Cleaned storm drains.
  • Replaced 160’ of collapsed storm drain at Jackson & Putman.
  • Repaired all lighting at Pacific Park.
  • Installed 2 new surveillance cameras.
  • Assisted the County with installation of exterior lighting on the courthouse.
  • Welcomed our new Community Development Director, Tory Niewiadomski.
  • Repaired 5 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 10 water meters.
  • Unstopped 35 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 21 sewer mains.
  • Washed 75,000 feet of sewer main.
  • Flushed 35 dead end water mains.
  • Opened the Lake Sulphur Springs flood gates for 3 days.
  • Operated the raw water pumps at Cooper Lake on emergency power while repairs were made to the main breakers.
  • Treated 135 million gallons of potable water.
  • Changed out the flowers downtown.
  • Sold 3,683 gallons of AvGas and 4,686 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Conducted 23 building inspections, 18 electrical inspections, 15 plumbing inspections, 5 mechanical inspections and issued 37 building permits.
  • Responded to 108 fire/rescue calls including 2 structure fires.
  • Mowed, mowed, and mowed some more.
  • Made 9 arrests in the special crimes unit.
  • Made 64 arrests, wrote 534 citations, recorded 60 offenses and responded to 35 accidents.
  • Checked out 2,718 items from the library, and checked out 404 eBooks.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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