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City Manager’s Report Presented in May Council Meeting

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City Manager Marc Maxwell’s Report presented in the May City Council meeting included:

CROSSTOWN TRAIL – The Capital Construction Division constructed a retaining wall at Coleman Park. Otherwise, the project is on hold until Connally is done or nearly done.

Retaining wall constructed at Coleman Park, part of the Crosstown Trail project

SPRING CLEANUP The annual spring cleanup was a successful event. In total, Sanitation Solutions hauled off 1,970 cubic yards of debris. We also accumulated a significant pile of brush and tree limbs to be burned later. We counted 643 vehicles bringing debris to the cleanup.

COLEMAN PIERThe Pier at Coleman Park has finally been rebuilt. JH3 Construction built the pier at a cost of $26,342. We purchased the Cypress lumber at a cost of $9,494.60. Insurance paid $7,500 as a result of our claim for fire damage. Our net cost was $28,336.60.

The newly rebuilt pier at Coleman Park

SUNSET STREET – Cement stabilization did not occur in April as planned. I am hopeful it will happen this month, and then the concrete work will begin.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Rainy weather is beginning to take its toll on the wastewater plant reconstruction project. We had planned to have the new aeration basins operational in June. It will likely be July before they are completed. Once all of this is completed our aeration capacity will be greatly enhanced. This is the heart of our wastewater treatment process.

CONNALLY STREET – Water main installation is under way. Atmos is also replacing their gas main at this time.

CLAIMS – We had one workers compensation claim in April. A police officer twisted his knee during a traffic stop. He has not returned to work, and no estimated return to work date has been determined.
We had one small liability claim for a plumbing bill. TML denied the claim.
We submitted a claim for hail damage. TML has identified several roofs at Coleman Park that need to be replaced.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will give a year-to-date report of revenues and expenditures.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Sold 3,212 gallons of AvGas and 11,095 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Cleaned storm drains and catch basins 3 times.
  • Repaired 921 potholes.
  • Replaced 6 stop signs and 2 street signs.
  • Hauled street sweeper material to the landfill.
  • Cleaned out a drainage area at the end of Lakeview Drive.
  • Demolished a burned house at 114 S. League.
  • Demolished entry signs at the entrance to Stonebriar subdivision due to safety concern.
  • Repaired one aerator, one bar screen and one sludge pump at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Repaired the airport fountain.
  • Treated wastewater effluent to a daily average total suspended solids reading of 1.34 mg/L.
  • Repaired 5 water mains and replaced 15 water meters.
  • Unstopped 32 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 10 sewer mains.
  • Washed 70,000 feet of sewer main.
  • Operated Lake Sulphur Spring’s flood gates 8 times due to rain.
  • Treated 124 million gallons of potable water.
  • Responded to 210 calls for fire/rescue including 1 structure fire and 3 vehicle fires.
  • Conducted 39 fire inspections and reviewed 39 pre-fire plans.
  • Responded to 184 calls for animal control and achieved a 44% adoption rate.
  • Responded to 2,241 calls for police, responded to 44 accidents, made 72 arrests, recorded 70 offences and wrote 460 citations.
  • Conducted 47 building inspections, 22 electrical inspections, 20 plumbing inspections, 2 mechanical inspections, and issued 45 building permits.
  • Checked out 2,738 items from the library, and an additional 700 eBooks.
  • Prepared all softball/baseball fields for league play.
Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell
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Author: Faith Huffman

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