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City Manager’s Report Presented In July 2019 Council Meeting

By Marc Maxwell, Sulphur Springs city manager


On Sept. 4, 2018, the City Council approved an expenditure of $85,000 to solve a drainage issue at Carter Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Since that time engineering has designed an alternative that is simpler and less expensive. It will be easier to maintain also. We have retained 5W Construction to perform the work. They plan to start next week.


A crew continues work on Sunset Street

Cement stabilization is completed, and capital construction crews have begun pouring concrete. This is the first street reconstruction project we have constructed with lay-down curbs. This style of curb does not require curb-cuts for driveway approaches. We are trying this method on a trial basis. Builders tell us that they prefer this method of construction for new subdivisions because it allows for more flexibility for driveway placement and hence, lower costs. If we like the way this works out we will change our design spec and let builders construct this style of curb & gutters from now on.


Construction continues on the new aeration basins.We plan to bring the new basins online on August 05, 2019. After that the contractor will begin retrofitting the old basins with the new aeration machinery.


The water main installation is complete, and we have begun connecting residences to the new water main. Next the Capital Construction Division will construct the drainage improvements.
CLAIMS – We had 2 workers’ compensation claims in June. One claim was for a minor back injury, and the other was for a minor wrist injury. Both employees were treated and have returned to work.
We also received 2 claims related to sewer overflows. We have submitted both claims to the TML Risk Pool.


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

Elsewhere Around The City


  • Checked out 4,783 items from the library, and an additional 762 eBooks.
  • Responded to 195 fire/rescue calls including 5 grass fires.
  • Performed 26 fire inspections and reviewed 26 pre-fire plans.
  • Sent 33 weed violation notices and issued 1 citation.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 65 fire hydrants.
  • Treated 127 million gallons of potable water.
  • Conducted 32 building inspections, 28 electrical inspections, 6 plumbing inspections, 5 mechanical inspections and issued 20 building permits.
  • Hosted 3 baseball tournaments.
  • Aerated athletic fields.
  • Replaced the slide at Pacific Park.
  • Repaired the runway lights at the airport.
  • Assisted with storm cleanup.
  • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of .94 mg/L.
  • Repaired 13 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 27 water meters.
  • Unstopped 15 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 14 sewer mains.
  • Washed out 75,000 feet of sewer mains.
  • Flushed 35 dead-end water mains.
  • Opened the flood gates at Lake Sulphur Springs 7 times.
  • Repaired Raw Water Pump #1 at Cooper Lake Pump Station.
  • Sold 2,305 gallons of AvGas and 10,692 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Responded to 221 animal control calls and achieved a 21% adoption rate.
  • Made 3 felony arrests in Special Crimes Unit.
  • Made 65 arrests, wrote 480 citations, responded to 46 offences and 30 accidents.

Author: Faith Huffman

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