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Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell’s Report To City Council

COVID–19 response: The number of active cases in Hopkins County increased 41% since our last meeting, with 38 active cases as of May 28. There are three patients in the COVID unit at the hospital.

Airport: Hosted a Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) event wherein participants purchased 11,000 gallons of JetA fuel, 76 room nights at local hotels, and hundreds of meals at local restaurants.

GRAYS BUILDING –They have nearly completed the building and, next, the installation of the generator along with various plumbing fixtures and appliances. The big remaining issue is the three large roll-up doors. The delivery date is a moving target. At this point, I have no reason to believe that they have manufactured the doors. The building will be available for Juneteenth, but the roll-up doors may not be here.

Senior citizens building: REES Associates are still preparing construction drawings. We have hired Tandem Consulting to oversee the construction, just like the Grays Building.

Saputo sewer main: Construction is about 50% complete. This $750,000 sewer project is funded entirely by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The new main will supplement an older undersized main. The path of the new main begins at Saputo and continues under the interstate. It then continues South for 3,500 feet before connecting to an existing trunk line. The new main has a 15-inch diameter. This grant is made possible because of a $50 million plant upgrade at Saputo and their cooperation with the Texas Department of Agriculture. Without their collaboration, this project would not have been possible.

Street improvement program: Staff has finalized the list of this year’s streets receiving pavement via the Street Improvement Program (SIP).

2021 SIP 

Street Segment Length

Austin Davis to Brinker 565

Beckham Oak to Elm 3,379

Duckworth Mockingbird to Broadway 1,250

Gena Cul de Sac to end 1,130

League Bellview to Pampa 3,131

Lee Davis to Broadway 1,901

N. Davis Houston to Bonner 675

Patton College to Weaver 950

Phyllis Ct. College to Cul de Sac 950

Texas Tate to Lee 2,772

Texas Lee to Industrial 1,188

Woodbridge Crossing Various 500

Total Linear Feet 19,391

Total Miles 3.67

Total Cost $1,152,098

Street Maintenance Fee Revenue $502,000

Funding from street maintenance budget.

College Street: This will be the next reconstruction project after the Saputo Sewer Line Project.

CLAIMS – We did not have any worker’s compensation claims or liability claims in May.

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Revenues and expenditures: Finance Director Lesa Smith will present a report on revenues and expenditures. Elsewhere around the city, employees:

• Made three extensive street repairs following utility repairs.

• Patched 397 potholes.

• Cleaned out storm drains six times.

• Installed no parking signs on Tomlinson Street.

• Removed seven trees from city streets following storms.

• Made various curb & gutter repairs in preparation for this year’s Street

Improvement Program (SIP).

• Washed 75,000 feet of sewer mains and unstopped 37 sewer mains.

• Repaired four ruptured water mains.

• Flushed 36 dead-end water mains.

• Opened Lake Sulphur Springs’ flood gates due to recent rain.

• Treated 140 million gallons of potable water.

• Performed preventative maintenance on various apparatuses at the water and wastewater treatment plants.

• Treated wastewater to a daily average total suspended solids reading of .32 mg/L.

• Sent 341 tons of sludge to the landfill and 198 tons of sludge to the composting facility.

• Checked out 2,338 items from the library and an additional 764 eBooks.

• Responded to 227 fire/rescue calls, including two structure fires and three vehicle fires.

• Performed preventative maintenance on 78 fire hydrants.

• Performed four fire inspections and reviewed 40 pre-fire plans.

• Sold 2,934 gallons of AvGas and 24,760 gallons of JetA fuel.

• Conducted 27 building inspections, 18 electrical inspections, five plumbing inspections, four mechanical inspections, and issued 22 building permits.

• Started operating the interactive fountains.

• Began the street sweeping cycle.

• Began replacing dead shrubbery because of the freeze.

• Responded to 167 animal control calls while achieving a 78% adoption rate.

• Responded to 2,480 police calls, made 46 arrests, wrote 580 citations, recorded 50 offenses, and worked 39 accidents in the patrol division.

• Made two felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.