April 06, 2021
TO: CITY COUNCIL
FROM: CITY MANAGER, MARC MAXWELL
SUBJ: MANAGER’S REPORT
The number of active cases in Hopkins County decreased since our last meeting with 141 active cases as of April 5th. There are zero patients in the COVID unit at the hospital as of Monday.
GRAYS BUILDING –The framing and the plumbing top-out is finished. Electrical rough-in is complete. HVAC is installed. Insulation and sheetrock are installed. Brick is going up now. The roof is completed on the building, but not the covered area on the north side. Stainless steel furnishings for the kitchen are beginning to arrive. The walls will be painted soon. The Grays building will be open by Juneteenth.
SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING – Construction drawings are still being prepared by REES Associates. We have hired Tandem Consulting to oversee the construction just like the Grays Building.
WOODLAWN STREET – Completed.
SAPUTO SEWER MAIN – Construction has finally begun. This $750,000 sewer project is funded entirely by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The new main will supplement an older undersized main. The path of the new main begins at Saputo and continues under the interstate. It then continues South for 3,500 feet before connecting to an existing trunk line. The new main has a 15-inch inch diameter.
This grant is made possible because of a $50 million plant upgrade at Saputo and their cooperation with the Texas Department of Agriculture. Without their cooperation this project would not have been possible.
COLLEGE STREET – This will be the next project after the Saputo Sewer Line Project. The concrete crushing operation that will provide much of the road base for College Street is completed. They crushed 15,098 tons of concrete.
CLAIMS – We did not have any liability claims or workers compensation claims in March. We did file a claim on a towing company’s insurer. They were towing our new tow truck when it decoupled causing damage to the truck frame, bed and body.
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will present a report of revenues and expenditures.
OTHER REPORTS – Elsewhere around the city, employees:
• Responded to 222 fire/rescue calls including 2 structure fires, 5 grass fires and 1 vehicle fire.
• Performed preventative maintenance on 82 fire hydrants.
• Pressure washed sidewalks downtown.
• Cleaned Hopkins County Veterans Memorial waterfall wall.
• Repaired multiple leaks in parks facilities due to the freeze.
• Served 3,658 meals at the Senior Citizens Center.
• Hosted a 53-team baseball tournament.
• Conducted 42 building inspections, 17 electrical inspections, 11 plumbing inspections 2 mechanical inspections and issued 37 building permits.
• Repaired 27 streets following utility repairs.
• Repaired 684 potholes.
• Replaced 1 stop sign and 3 street signs.
• Swept the streets (contractor).
• Repaired a drainage problem on Carter Street.
• Dug out the ditch between Carter and Lamar.
• Installed 840’ of drainage pipe in Pacific Park.
• Replaced curb & gutter at WA & Beckham, Weaver & Patton, 211 Beckham, and Beckham & Beckworth in preparation for the Street Improvement Program (Summer Paving Program).
• Cement-stabilized and replaced part of Reservoir Street after the freeze (contractor).
• Ordered a new generator for P.D. (grant funded)
• Designed installation for generator at City Hall.
• Repaired raw water pump at Cooper Lake pump station.
• Repaired scoreboard on field #2 at Coleman Park.
• Installed a fuel pump at the airport.
• Repaired water leak at the Police Department and the animal shelter.
• Performed preventative maintenance on various items at the wastewater treatment plant.
• Treater wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of .51 mg/L.
• Repaired 8 water main ruptures.
• Replaced 21 water meters.
• Unstopped 37 sewer mains.
• Repaired 8 sewer mains.
• Treated 137 million gallons of potable water.
• Flushed 36 dead end water mains.
• Made repairs to 1-million-gallon clearwell.
• Installed a variable frequency drive on the air compressor at the water treatment plant.
• Sold 3,752 gallons of AvGas and 14,436 gallons of JetA fuel.
• Accommodated 1,811 airport operations (landings or takeoffs).
• Responded to 215 animal control calls and achieved an 86% adoption rate.
• Made 4 felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.
• Responded to 54 accidents, recorded 51 offences, made 51 arrests and wrote 576 citations in the patrol division.
• Checked out 2,729 items from the library