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Sulphur Springs City Manager’s Report




CLAIMS – We had four workers’ compensation claims in June. Two were severe enough to result in lost time, and one resulted in hospitalization. Both of the more severe injuries were in the Capital Construction Division. The other two were in the Parks Department and the Police Department. 

We had one minor liability claim in May.

SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING – The contract with the 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 – Children have a lot of fun now that we have completed the splash pad. The Capital Construction Division is installing a concrete walking path around the park. 

The city let the basketball pavilion contract to XLNT Contracting. They expect to finish by October.

COLLEGE STREET – I reported previously that the contractorHighway 19 Construction was off to a rough start. However, we have ironed out the issues, and things seem to be going more smoothly now.

ONCOR RATE INCREASE – Oncor has filed its rate case. The Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor is now evaluating the rate case.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith is absent tonight, so we will not have the usual report from her.

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM – Texana Land and asphalt has paved Lee and League on an extension of last year’s contract. Recently the price of asphalt emulsion has increased, and the contractor seeks a price increase. This item is on the agenda for consideration. To be paved are the following streets:

2022 SIP
Street  Between  Length 
Jackson  Middle to College  2480
Kasie  Tate to Camp  681
Lee  Davis to League  3099
Fore  Main to Connally  1070
Forrest Ln  Bell to Barbara  1119
Garrison  Main to Connally  940
Glover  Davis to Church  348
Houston  Hillcrest to League  4800
Commercial Serv.  various repair  442
Como  College to RR  3317
Dabbs  Gilmer to Davis  401
Drexel  Broadway to Mockingbird  1441
Fisher  Spence to Lee  1500
Ardis  Spence to Beckham  1880
Azalea  Hillcrest to Main  3648
Bonner  Church to Davis  539
Brinker  Beasley to dead-end  2629
California  Church to Seventh  1520
Charles  College to Lakeshore  998
Lee (2021)  Davis to Broadway  1901
League (2021)  Bellview to Pampa  3131
Total Linear Feet 37,884 
Total Miles  7.18
Total Cost  $ 2,012,318.00 
Street Maintenance Fee Cost Estimate  $ 1,072,668.00 
Estimated Street Maintenance Fee Funds Available (Fund Balance Plus  Budgeted Revenue)  $ 1,049,101.81 
Red Text indicates streets paid for by the Street Maintenance Fee. All other streets are paid for by a  transfer from General Fund to Capital Fund.

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 four vehicles and 12 grass fires
  • Performed 30 fire inspections. 
  • They performed preventative maintenance on 82 fire hydrants. 
  • Responded to 229 animal control calls while achieving an 82% adoption rate.
  • The Special Crimes Unit made three felony arrests. 
  • 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 four new driveways
  • Shredded the Lake Sulphur Springs dam and emergency spillway. •
  • We conducted 40 building inspections, 16 electrical inspections, seven plumbing inspections, four mechanical inspections, and 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. 
  • The city treated 171 million gallons of potable water. 
  • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of .09 mg/L.
  • We performed preventative maintenance on several items at the water and wastewater treatment plants. 
  • Repaired 12 water-main ruptures
  • Replaced ten water meters
  • Unstopped 16 sewer mains. 
  • Repaired five 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