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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report – July 2021

Sulphur Springs City Council received from City Manager Marc Maxwell the following monthly manager’s report  during the July 7, 2021, council meeting:

COVID-19 Response

The number of active cases in Hopkins County decreased 58% since our last meeting with 16 active cases as of May 28th. There are 0 patients in the COVID unit at the hospital.

Grays Building

The building is sufficiently completed to rent out for events. Landscaping is in-process, and the 3 large roll-up doors are temporarily fitted with aluminum panels rather that the glass panels that will eventually be installed.

Claims

We received 1 minor workers compensation claim in June. A Police officer backed into a passenger car causing $3,653 of damages to the passenger car. A claim has been submitted to TML.

A local motorist submitted a claim for damages to their vehicle after they drove over an incomplete utility repair. TML denied the claim.

Senior Citizens Building

We received a single bid for the engineered metal frame for the building. We will discuss that in another agenda item.

Saputo Sewer Main

Construction is about 80% 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.

College Street

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

Revenues And Expenditures

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

The annual SIP kicked off this summer with work on Duckworth Street

Street Improvement Program

Texana Land and Asphalt began repaving the streets in this year’s Street Improvement Program (SIP) today. I expect them to finish by summer’s end. They began with Duckworth Street.

StreetSegmentLength
AustinDavis to Brinker565
BeckhamOak to Elm3,379
DuckworthMockingbird to Broadway1,250
GenaCul de Sac to end1,130
LeagueBellview to Pampa3,131
LeeDavis to Broadway1,901
N. DavisHouston to Bonner675
PattonCollege to Weaver950
Phyllis Ct.College to Cul de Sac950
TexasTate to Lee2,772
TexasLee to Industrial1,188
Woodbridge CrossingVarious500
Total Linear Feet19,391
Total Miles3.67
Total Cost$1,152,098
Street Maintenance Fee Revenue$502,000
2021 Street Improvement Plan (SIP)
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Funding from street maintenance budget.

Miscellaneous

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Repaired 238 potholes.
  • Removed fallen trees from city streets after storms.
  • Installed 932 feet of 15-inch sewer main.
  • Finished installing parking, sidewalks, and other concrete flat work at the Grays building.
  • Installed plumbing fixtures in the Grays Building.
  • Completed public safety training in the areas of driving, crime scene investigation, defensive tactics, and CPR.
  • Responded to 210 animal control calls while achieving a 79% adoption rate.
  • Made 4 felony arrests in the Special Crimes unit.
  • Seized 1.5 pounds of marijuana and $14,444 in the Special Crimes Unit.
  • Responded to 49 accidents, wrote 512 citations, made 49 arrests, and recorded 48 arrests in the Patrol Division.
  • Responded to 2,408 calls for police service.
  • Responded to 197 fire/rescue calls including 3 structure fires, 3 vehicle fires, and 2 grass fires.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 84 fire hydrants.
  • Conducted 48 fire inspections and reviewed 48 pre-fire plans.
  • Hosted a softball tournament and a baseball tournament.
  • Served 3,649 meals to seniors.
  • Checked out 3,735 items from the library plus 722 eBooks.
  • Installed a generator on the Grays Building.
  • Installed controls for irrigation system at Pacific Park.
  • Filed a claim with Federal Signal for non-working tornado sirens.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on many items at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Sent 275 tons of sludge to composting contractor and 400 tons to the landfill.
  • Repaired 3 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 14 water meters.
  • Unstopped 23 sewer mains.
  • Saw another employee receive a Class D water License.
  • Repaired 7 sewer mains.
  • Flushed 36 dead-end water mains.
  • Operated flood gates at lake Sulphur Springs.
  • Sold 147 million gallons of potable water.
  • Sold 3,189 gallons of AvGas and 13,026 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Accommodated 1,621 operations at the airport.

Author: Faith Huffman

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