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Sulphur Springs City Manager Report



COVID-19 RESPONSE – The number of active cases in Hopkins County increased by 17% in November, with a total of 169 active as of November 30. The state has tested 2,476 people at the Hopkins County testing site since the November council meeting, and we have had 1,577 cumulative recoveries and 52 fatalities in Hopkins County. The hospital has 23 patients in the COVID-19 unit as of today.

As a part of the city’s response to COVID-19, the city suspended the practice of cutting off water service for non-payment. Some of the balances are growing relatively high. The total arrearage is $137,000, with 576 accounts (8.6% of all reports) in arrears. I do not plan on
reinstituting cut-offs until after a vaccine is available. At that point, we will have to decide how to bring the delinquent accounts up to a current status. I will likely propose requiring residents to pay their current bill along with 1/6th or 1/12th of their arrearage to avoid cut off. In this way, they could bring their accounts current in either six months or 12.

GRAYS BUILDING –Hawk Construction began erecting
the steel yesterday.
SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING – REES Associates are still preparing construction drawings. We have hired Tandem Consulting to oversee the construction just like the Grays Building.
BELLVIEW STREET – We just paved the street, and this project is now complete.
MCCANN STREET –Texana Land and Asphalt plan to pave McCann Street late next week.
WOODLAWN STREET –The Capital Construction Division has replaced 75% of the sewer main. When the sewer main is completed, they will replace the water main. After that, they will replace portions of the curb and gutter. Texana Land and Asphalt will then cement-stabilize the road base and pave the street with asphalt.
CLAIMS – We did not have any worker’s compensation claims or liability claims in November.
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will present a report of revenues and expenditures.
Elsewhere around the city, employees:
• Installed Christmas decorations downtown.
• Swept the streets around town (contractor).
• Cut vegetation around Coleman Lake.
• Repaired sidewalks and parking lot lights at Coleman Park.
• Trimmed trees and undergrowth at Buford Park.
• Made eight extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
• Repaired 802 potholes.
• Conducted 22 building inspections, 24 electrical inspections, 23 plumbing
inspections, four mechanical inspections, and issued 17 building permits.
• Sold 4,644 gallons of Jet A fuel and 3,066 gallons of AvGas.
• Responded to 221 fire/rescue calls, including one structure fire, two vehicle fires, and five grass fires.
• Performed preventative maintenance on 72 fire hydrants.
• Performed five fire inspections.
• Checked out 2,592 library materials and an additional 625 e-books.
• Responded to 186 calls for animal control while achieving a 67% adoption rate.
• Made four felony arrests on the Special Crimes Unit.
• Responded to 28 accidents, wrote 618 citations, recorded 51 offenses, and made 30 arrests in the patrol division.
• Ordered a generator for the new Grays Building.
• Treated wastewater effluent to a daily average total suspended solids reading of 0.47mg/L.
• Repaired seven water-main ruptures.
• Replaced 11 water meters.
• Unstopped 26 sewer mains.
• Repaired six sewer mains.
• Washed 78,000 feet of sewer mains.
• Flushed 36 dead-end water mains.
• Treated 140 million gallons of potable water.