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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report — July 5, 2022

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Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell presented the following report to the City Council during the regular monthly council meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Claims

We had four workers compensation claims in June. Two were serious enough to result in lost time. One resulted in hospitalization. Both of the more serious injuries were in the Capital Construction Division. (The more serious injury a worker fell off the back of the truck onto a hitch that was behind it, broke several ribs and punctured a lung. He’s home recuperating now.) The other two were in the Parks Department and the Police Department had one minor liability claim in May.

Senior Citizens Building

The contract with Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is not ready for signature yet. I had expected to sign the contract in June, but we have gotten word that it may still be a few months.

Pacific Park

The splash pad is complete, and the children are having lots of fun.

The Capital Construction Division in installing the remainder of the concrete walking path around the park.

The basketball pavilion contract was let to XLNT Contracting. They expect to be finished by October.

College Street

I reported previously that the contractor, Highway 19 Construction was off to a rough start. We have ironed out the issues and things seen to be going a bit more smoothly now.

Oncor Rate Increase

Oncor has filed their rate case. The Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor is performing an evaluation of the rate case now.

Revenues and Expenses

Finance Director Lesa Smith is absent tonight so we will not have the usual report from her. We will catch up next month

Street Improvement Program

Texana Land and Asphalt has paved Lee and League streets on an extension of last year’s contract. Recently, the price of asphalt emulsion has significantly increased, and the contractor seeks a price increase. This item is on the agenda for consideration. The following streets will be paved:

Streets designated for repairs as part of the City of Sulphur Springs’ 2022 Street Improvement Program

Other Reports

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Checked out 4,791 items from the library plus an additional 718 eBooks.
  • Responded to 217 fire/rescue calls including 4 vehicle fires and 12 grass fires.
  • Performed 30 fire inspections.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 82 fire hydrants.
  • Responded to 229 animal control calls while achieving an 82% adoption rate.
  • Made 3 felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.
  • Responded to 38 accidents, recorded 27 offenses, wrote 500 traffic citations, and made 58 arrests in the Patrol Division.
  • Cleaned storm drain inlets.
  • Repaired 182 potholes.
  • Made 18 extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
  • Installed asphalt tie-ins for 4 new driveways.
  • Shredded the Lake Sulphur Springs dam and emergency spillway.
  • Conducted 40 building inspections, 16 electrical inspections, 7 plumbing inspections, 4 mechanical inspections and issued 11 building permits.
  • Sold 2,755 gallons of AvGas and 8,990 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Accommodated 1,621 operations (take-offs and landings) at the airport.
  • Made repairs to Clearwell at the water treatment plant.
  • Treated 171 million gallons of potable water.
  • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of .09 mg/L.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on several items at the water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant.
  • Repaired 12 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 10 water meters.
  • Unstopped 16 sewer mains.
  • Repaired 5 sewer mains.
  • Washed 85,000 feet of sewer mains.
  • Flushed 39 dead-end water mains.
  • Filled 3,000 feet of sidewalk seams downtown.
  • Hosted one baseball tournament and one softball tournament.
Click link for the report Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell presented  to the City Council during the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
Work in progress at wastewater treatment plant
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Author: Faith Huffman

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