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City Council To Consider Selecting Architect For New Senior Citizens Center

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Real Property Deliberations To Be Conducted During Executive Session

Selection of an architect for the new senior citizens building, purchase of a new sewer truck, COVID-19 funding and a real property matter are among the items on the agenda for Tuesday night’s regular meeting of Sulphur Springs City Council.

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic caused business closures and enforced social distancing, the City Council meeting will be conducted in-person at the Municipal Building, 201 North Davis St., instead of by Zoom videoconferencing.

The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. However, the city council is slated to meet in executive session starting at 6:30 p.m. June 2, to “deliberate regarding real property.” The council is slated to discuss and consider taking action if any is needed regarding that deliberation during the regular session.

Sulphur Springs City Council will also be asked to consider taking another big step forward in the process of constructing a new senior citizens center. The City Council will be asked to consider selecting an architectural firm and authorizing the city manager to execute contract documents to get that process rolling.

What’s left of the foundation for an old nursing home on Oak Avenue in readiness for construction of a new senior citizens center.

The Council will also be asked to approve a resolution authorizing the city’s participation in the Office of Governor, Public Safety Office Criminal Justice Division Coronovirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program.

This would allow City of Sulphur Springs to apply for a small portion of the $38 million in the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act funding Governor Greg Abbott on April 15 announced were available to local governments in Texas.

Governments can apply for funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases, according to the Governor’s Office, “include but are not limited to, overtime, equipment, supplies, training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in local and tribal jails and detention centers.”

The agenda for City Council to consider also include the purchase of a new sewer truck and a fee schedule for use of the City Council Chambers.

The city manger is scheduled to give a report on capital improvements, wastewater treatment plant operations, accidents and claims for the month, and a review of expenditures and revenues.

Tuesday’s City Council meeting will be held at Sulphur Springs Municipal Building

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Author: Faith Huffman

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