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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report – August 2021

Marc Maxwell presented the following monthly city manager’s report to Sulphur Springs City Council during their regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021:

COVID-19 RESPONSE

The number of active cases in Hopkins County increased dramatically since our last meeting with 117 active cases as of August 2nd. There are 17 patients in the covid unit at the hospital, up from 0 last month.

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 did not have any workers compensation claims or liability claims in July.

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

This project is nearing completion. The Capital Construction Division has completed its work on the project. All that remains is for the contractor to bore under Interstate 30 and to connect to the existing system. 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 reconstruction project after the Saputo Sewer Line Project.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES

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

RUNWAY/TAXIWAY REHAB

This $1.9 milproject will begin August 09. 90% of the project cost is covered by a TxDOT grant. All the concrete and asphalt surfaces on the operations side will be completely rehabilitated and the ramp will be significantly enlarged. We expect the runway to be closed for a total of 9 days over three different times.

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Progress stalled in July. To date, the only street on the program to be paved is Duckworth Street. The contractor, Texana Land and Asphalt, plans to be completed by September 30.

2021 Street Improvement Program

MISCKELLANEOUS

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Repaired 199 potholes.
  • Installed 469 feet of 15-inch sewer main.
  • Replaced “No Truck” signs on 7th street.
  • Demolished and removed houses on Beckham Street and Texas Street.
  • Repaired a storm drain on College Street.
  • Made 22 extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
  • Coordinate warning siren warranty repairs throughout the city.
  • Treated wastewater effluent to a daily average suspended solids reading of .29 mg/L.
  • Repaired 14 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 9 water meters.
  • Unstopped 22 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 11 sewer mains.
  • Flushed 36 dead-end water mains.
  • Produced 164 million gallons of potable water.
  • Processed 585 tickets through municipal court.
  • Trimmed trees and cleaned shoreline at Coleman Lake.
  • Fertilized sports fields and Celebration Plaza.
  • Conducted 27 building inspections, 10 electrical inspections, 9 plumbing inspections, 1 mechanical inspection and issued 19 building permits.
  • Responded to 190 animal control calls while achieving a 72% adoption rate.
  • Made 3 felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.
  • Responded to 37 accidents, wrote 585 citations, recorded 54 offenses, and made 60 arrests in the Patrol division.
  • Responded to 202 calls for fire/rescue including 2 structure fires and 2 vehicle fires.
  • Conducted 50 fire inspections.
  • Performed preventative maintenance and testing on 82 fire hydrants.
  • Checked out 3,610 materials from the library.
  • Accommodated 1,621 operations at the airport.
  • Sold 1,967 gallons of AvGas and 12,151 gallons of JetA fuel.

Author: Faith Huffman

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