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Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell Reports To City Council

CROSSTOWN TRAIL  –  Construction continues on the Hopkins County Civic Center grounds.  The Capital Construction division installed 317 linear feet of the pathway on the Civic Center grounds.

SUNSET STREET – We opened bids for materials for this project on October 24.  Of the five-bid packets, we only had successful bids on two of them. We will have to rebid the remaining three.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Phase 2 is well underway. The concrete structure of the first aeration basin is complete. Construction of the second aeration basin has begun. Once these basins are operational, the existing basins will be taken offline and they will be refitted with diffused aeration just like basins 1 & 2. Once all of this is completed our aeration capacity will be greatly enhanced. This is the heart of our wastewater treatment process.

CONNALLY STREET – Work on Connally Street will begin soon. The first phase will be the new sewer mains.

CLAIMS – We had two minor workers compensation claims in November. Neither resulted in lost time. We received three liability claims: one for injuries sustained at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, one for a broken window as a result of a S.W.A.T team entry, and one for damage to the undercarriage of a vehicle.

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will give a year-to-date report of revenues and expenditures.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

  • Sold 1,957 gallons of AvGas and 8,443 gallons of JetA fuel.
  • Treated athletic fields with pre-emergent.
  • Trimmed trees at Buford Park.
  • Mowed athletic fields, Coleman Dam, airport, library, senior center.
  • Began repairing picnic tables at Coleman Park.
  • Ordered sealant for the Kids Kingdom.
  • Checked out 2,881 items from the library and 520 eBooks.
  • Responded to 152 fire/rescue calls including six structure fires, one vehicle fire, and three grass fires.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 60 fire hydrants.
  • Reviewed 61 pre-fire plans and performed 61 fire inspections.
  • Responded to Hopkins County mutual aid requests twice.
  • Set up the Christmas light show downtown.
  • Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of 3.59 mg/L, well within our limits.
  • Replaced filter media at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Installed a hydraulic fluid cooling system on the City Hall elevator to keep it operational during heavy use, like during an election.
  • Repaired seven water main ruptures.
  • Made a 6” water tap on College street to prepare for the coming Oak Grove addition.
  • Unstopped 34 sewer mains.
  • Repaired four sewer mains.
  • Flushed 33 dead-end water mains.
  • Installed a chlorine dioxide analyzer at the water treatment plant.
  • Treated 131 million gallons of potable water.
  • Conducted 44 building inspections, 24 electrical inspections, 22 plumbing inspections, two mechanical inspections, and issued 15 building permits.
  • Made street repairs following four utility repairs.
  • Patched 187 potholes.
  • Installed a new 18” sewer main under Highway 11 east.
  • Made 55 arrests, wrote 533 citations, recorded 44 offenses, and responded to 34 accidents.
  • Made 12 felony arrests in the special crimes unit.
  • Responded to 194 animal control calls, achieved a 47% adoption rate.