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Sulphur Springs City Manager Report To Council

Covid–19 response: The Omicron variant of the Covid virus seems to be spreading like wildfire across the nation. Unfortunately, I cannot give you any accurate numbers regarding local cases. The State of Texas is having difficulty updating the numbers. It has been a recurring theme with the Department of State Health Services

for almost two years. At six, the number of people hospitalized at Christus Trinity Mother Frances remains low.

Claims: We did not have any worker’s compensation claims in December. We did receive two liability claims in December, one for a slip & fall incident and the other for a sewer backup inside a residence. We submitted both incidents to the TML risk pool. They denied the slip & fall incident, and the wastewater incident is pending.

Senior citizens building: We are in the process of applying for a grant to enlarge the building. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs recently announced a grant program called the Texas Community Resiliency Program to award grants between $500 thousand and $5 million for qualifying projects. The program is explicitly calling out senior citizen centers as a qualifying project.

Pacific Park: Progress continues at the park. The fitness court is under construction now. Next up will be the playground and the new bathrooms. On the agenda is the award of a bid for concrete for all of the paths throughout the park.

MLK DRAINAGE – Kudos to the Capital Construction Division for solving the long-standing problem on Martin Luther King Junior Drive between Davis Street and Oak Avenue. It was a complicated problem that required close cooperation with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS) and a delicate touch installing new drainage pipe around existing utilities and KCS control conduits.

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College Street: Work has begun on the project. The Capital Construction Division has installed a new sewer main and water main between Oak and Jackson. Next, they will construct a small drainage component, and then the project will progress to the east.

We had hoped to progress the drainage last month, but we are waiting on Atmos to relocate a gas main. Therefore, we will advertise for bids for the construction of the concrete street in the next 60 days.

RUNWAY/TAXIWAY REHAB – This $1.9 million project is 95% complete. However, we lack minor striping, test results on the concrete, and cleanup.

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM – Two Street segments remain: More delays from Texana land and Asphalt. We still lack League and Lee Streets. Woodbridge crossing is in progress.

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

REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will present a

report of year-to-date revenues and expenditures.

Elsewhere around the city, employees:

• Made eight extensive street repairs following utility repairs.

• Installed a sidewalk to the kayak dock at Coleman Lake that was provided by the

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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• Sold 2,095 gallons of AvGas and 8.863 gallons of JetA fuel.

• Accommodate 675 take-offs/landings at the airport.

• Responded to 230 fire/rescue calls, including two structure fires and two vehicle fires.

• Performed preventative maintenance on 78 fire hydrants.

• Performed 15 fire inspections and reviewed 15 pre-fire plans.

• Top-dressed baseball fields and winterized irrigation systems in the parks.

• Power washed sidewalks in the baseball/soccer complex.

• Removed 17 dead trees at Coleman Park.

• Responded to 150 animal control calls while achieving a 98% adoption rate.

• Made three felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.

• Responded to 26 accidents, including one fatality, wrote 421 citations, recorded 34 offenses, and made 53 arrests in the Patrol Division.

• Made necessary repairs for downtown Christmas Lights.

• Installed security lighting at Coleman Park.

• Began designing lighting for Pacific Park.

• Began investigating the potential for automatic locks on restroom doors at Imagination Mountain.

• Installed a new pump for Coleman Lake waterfalls.

• Performed preventative maintenance at the wastewater treatment plant and the water treatment plant.

• Treated wastewater to a daily average of total suspended solids count of .22 mg/L. our limit is 15 mg/L.

• Sent 77 tons of wastewater sludge to composting and 65 tons to the landfill.

• Washed 72,000 feet of sewer mains.

• Unstopped 29 sewer mains and repaired eight water-main ruptures.

• Replaced eight water meters.

• Treated 147 million gallons of potable water.

• Conducted 45 building inspections, 17 electrical inspections, 19 plumbing inspections, nine mechanical inspections, and issued 21 building permits.

• Checked out 1,756 items from the library and 588 eBooks