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City Manager’s Report – June 2021

Sulphur Springs City Council received from City Manager Marc Maxwell the following monthly manager’s report  during the June 1, 2021, council meeting:


The number of active cases in Hopkins County increased 41% since our last meeting with 38 active cases as of May 28th. There are 3 patients in the OVID unit at the hospital.


Hosted a Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) event wherein participants purchased 11,000 gallons of JetA fuel, 76 room nights at local hotels and hundreds of meals at local restaurants.


The building is nearly completed. The generator will be installed next along with various plumbing fixtures and appliances. The big remaining issue is the 3 large roll-up doors. The delivery date is a moving target. At this point I have no reason to believe that the doors have even been manufactured. The building will be available for Juneteenth, but the roll-up doors may not be in.


Construction drawings are still being prepared by REES Associates. We have hired Tandem Consulting to oversee the construction just like the Grays Building.


Construction is about 50% complete. 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 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.


Staff has finalized the list of this year’s streets to be paved via the Street Improvement Program (SIP).


This will be the next reconstruction project after the Saputo Sewer Line Project.


We did not have any workers compensation claims or liability claims in May.


Finance Director Lesa Smith will present a report of revenues and expenditures.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Made 3 extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
  • Patched 397 potholes.
  • Cleaned out storm drains 6 times.
  • Installed no parking signs on Tomlinson Street.
  • Removed 7 trees from city streets following storms.
  • Made various curb & gutter repairs in preparation of this year’s Street Improvement Program (SIP).
  • Washed 75,000 feet of sewer mains and unstopped 37 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 4 ruptured water mains.
  • Flushed 36 dead-end water mains.
  • Opened Lake Sulphur Springs’ flood gates due to recent rain.
  • Treated 140 million gallons of potable water.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on various apparatuses at the water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of .32 mg/L.
  • Sent 341 tons of sludge to the landfill and 198 tons of sludge to the composting facility.
  • Checked out 2,338 items from the library and an additional 764 eBooks.
  • Responded to 227 fire/rescue calls including 2 structure fires and 3 vehicle fires.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 78 fire hydrants.
  • Performed 4 fire inspections and reviewed 40 pre-fire plans.
  • Sold 2,934 gallons of AvGas and 24,760 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Conducted 27 building inspections, 18 electrical inspections, 5 plumbing inspections, 4 mechanical inspections and issued 22 building permits.
  • Started operating the interactive fountains.
  • Began the street sweeping cycle.
  • Began replacing dead shrubbery because of the freeze.
  • Responded to 167 animal control calls while achieving a 78% adoption rate.
  • Responded to 2,480 police calls, made 46 arrests, wrote 580 citations, recorded 50 offences, and worked 39 accidents in the patrol division.
  • Made 2 felony arrests in the special crimes unit

Author: Faith Huffman

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