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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report — October 2022

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Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell Tuesday evening, Oct. 4, 2022, presented to to the City Council in a Memorandum as well as aloud the following monthly manager’s report:

CLAIMS

We had 2 minor workers compensation claims in September. We did not have any liability claims. We did file one small property claim for theft and vandalism at our warehouse on Middle Street.

SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

We have been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). This does not mean that we can get started on the project yet. We must first sign a contract with the TDHCA. Before TDHCA provides a contract for our signature they must finish their environmental clearance process which involves 2 different comment periods.

Last month, I reported that the second comment period would conclude September 28. It was delayed 9 days. The second comment period is ongoing, and it will conclude this Friday, October 7.

We should have a contract to sign by October 14, and we expect to go out to bid by October 21.

It is important to note that if we spend any money on the senior citizen center before the contract is signed, that money will NOT be reimbursed by the grant.

PACIFIC PARK

XLNT Construction has ordered the steel frame for the pavilion. The lead time is 4 months. I don’t expect to see any more activity at Pacific Park until February. At that time XLNT will construct the building in about 90 days.

When the pavilion is complete, we will demolish the old basketball courts and grade the interior of the park. Then we will install irrigation and sod.

COLLEGE STREET

This project is slowly progressing eastward. This contractor is very slow.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES

Finance Director Lesa Smith will not present a report on revenues and expenditures this month. At the November meeting Lesa will present the year-end report of revenues and expenditures.

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Texana Land and Asphalt has resumed paving the streets on our SIP list. The following streets remain to be repaved: Como, Drexel, Fisher, Ardis and Bonner. The various repairs to Commercial Services Drive will
be performed in-house.

MISCELLANEOUS

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Conducted 41 building inspections, 28 electrical inspections, 12 plumbing inspections, 1 mechanical inspection and issued 29 building permits.
  • Performed survey work and utility locates on Holiday Drive and Alabama streets ahead of Capital Improvement Plan projects.
  • Repaired 28 potholes.
  • Repaired a sink hole in Como Street.
  • Cleaned storm drain inlets.
  • Removed a fallen tree from the street.
  • Hauled Street Sweeper spoils to the landfill.
  • Replaced 220 feet of curb and gutter on Carter Street.
  • Replaced sewer and water lines on College at Ramsay.
  • Began installing storm drainage between College and Jefferson. (Alas, the drainage problem on College will be fixed!)
  • Responded to 239 animal control calls while achieving an 89% adoption rate.
  • Made 7 felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.
  • Responded to 37 accidents, issued 601 citations, recorded 33 offenses, and made 46 arrests in the patrol division.
  • Completed 5,100 linear feet of sidewalk crack sealing downtown.
  • Power washed the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial waterfall.
  • Cleaned the water’s edge around Upper Coleman Lake.
  • Checked out 3,375 items from the library plus 717 eBooks.
  • Sold 3,139 gallons of AvGas and 11,146 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Accommodated 821 takeoffs or landings.
  • Added lights to Hopkins County Veterans Memorial.
  • Repaired the a/c at the animal shelter.
  • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids (tss) reading of .21 mg/L. Our limit this time of year is 12 mg/L.
  • Repaired 19 water main ruptures.
  • Replaced 19 water meters.
  • Unstopped 25 sewer mains.
  • Treated 165 million gallons of potable water.
  • Responded to 225 fire/rescue calls including 1 structure fire, 1 vehicle fire, and 2 grass fires.
  • Performed 25 fire inspections.
  • Performed preventative maintenance and testing on 78 fire hydrants.
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Author: Faith Huffman

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