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City Manager’s Report For Aug. 6, 2019


This project is progressing well. This project is finished. The barricades will remain in place until Friday so that the concrete will cure a bit more before we subject it to traffic. Allowing traffic on the concrete before it has had sufficient time to cure would lead to cracking and premature failure. The estimated final cost of the project is $43,000, well under the $85,000 budget.


This project is on hold until we can construct the Connally/League intersection. We are trying to get that intersection open before the school year begins.


The Capital Construction Division is constructing the Connally/League intersection at one end of the street and the drainage system at the other
end of the street.


Today was a milestone day at the wastewater treatment plant. We began testing the new aerators today. Tonight we will fill the aeration basin with treated effluent, and we will begin a 5-day aeration test tomorrow. After that we will begin treating wastewater with the new aerators. This marks
a turning point in the project. Almost all of the work remaining is street construction, sidewalks and grass. This has been an $18 million project. We expect to come in a little under budget. We expect to be finished in January.


We did not have any workers’ compensation claims in July.
We had one liability claim from a driver who claimed damages to their vehicle after driving around city equipment in a work zone. TML denied the claim.


Staff has prioritized the list of streets to be paved in the 2020 S.I.P. These are all of the streets we will be able to pave with the $5 Street Maintenance fee:


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


Elsewhere around the city, employees:
• Made 13 street repairs following utility repairs.
• Patched 45 potholes.
• Replaced 6 street signs, 2 Wrong Way signs and installed 2 Slow Children Playing signs.

• Burned the brush pile at Hilltop.
• Repaired the belt press at the wastewater treatment plant.
• Repaired the generator at Coleman water tower.
• Repaired Cantex lift station.
• Treated wastewater effluent to a daily average total suspended solids (TSS)
reading of .68 mg/L, less than one-tenth of the maximum level.
• Repaired 14 water main ruptures.
• Replaced 18 water meters.
• Unstopped 14 sewer mains.
• Repaired 6 sewer mains.
• Flushed 35 dead-end water mains.
• Drained and washed the Carter Street water tower.
• Treated 161 million gallons of potable water.
• Responded to 178 fire/rescue calls including 1 vehicle fire and 4 grass fires.
• Performed 25 fire inspections and reviewed 25 pre-fire plans.
• Performed preventative maintenance on 72 fire hydrants.
• Conducted 34 building inspections, 26 electrical inspections, 16 plumbing
inspections, 6 mechanical inspections, and issued 32 building permits.
• Checked out 4,629 items from the library.
• Sold 2,196 gallons of AvGas and 11,598 gallons of JetA fuel.
• Responded to 2,911 calls for police, worked 22 accidents, wrote 605 citations, made 87 arrests and recorded 71 offences.

• Responded to 203 animal control calls and achieved an adoption rate of 34%.
• Made 13 felony arrests in the special crimes unit.
• Seized 8.9 pounds of Methamphetamine.

Author: Faith Huffman

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