By Marc Maxwell
SUNSET STREET – We have designed the Sunset Street improvements. The project will include new water mains, new sewer mains and a new concrete street from Connally to Houston. The $275,000 CDBG grant is matched with $132,000 of city funding. We have submitted construction drawings for approval. Work will begin in the fall.
CANTEX FORCE MAIN – The bid for materials on this project is later on the agenda. This will be the final capital improvement project in the 2013-2017 C.I.P. It will replace 2,400 linear feet of aging sewer force main and 2,900 feet of gravity main. Currently the main passes through the middle of the hospital complex. This would be a nightmare if the main ever ruptures. The proposed route would go around the hospital complex rather than through it. One-third of the city’s sewage passes through this line.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – The work at the wastewater treatment plant is on schedule. The three primary clarifier basins have been constructed, and the effluent troughs are now finished as well. Other concrete structures adjacent to the clarifiers are finished. Now all of the pumps and associated pipe works and wiring are being constructed. I expect to bring the clarifiers online in early July, weather permitting.
CROSSTOWN TRAIL –The Capital Construction Division is constructing the approaches to the railroad crossing on the south end of Buford Park. KCS will construct the actual crossing later this month. This grant-funded project will connect Buford Park to Coleman Park as well as the high school/civic center complex with a concrete path. It will also replace the sidewalk on the north side of Connally Street.
CLAIMS – We did not have any workers compensation claims in May; however, one liability claim was submitted. An Atmos contractor struck and ruptured a water line in the 1300 block of Mockingbird Lane. As a result, debris entered the water service of a local restaurant causing $9,750 in damages. TML denied the claim since the damage was not caused by the city.
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director Lesa Smith will give a year-to-date report of revenues and expenditures.
Elsewhere around the city, employees:
- Began top dressing the soccer fields (140 yards of dirt so far).
- Installed a drain on Soccer field #5.
- Began Adult softball league (Monday nights).
- Made repairs at Pacific Park restrooms.
- Turned off school zone lighting.
- Replaced library lighting with L.E.D. lighting.
- Passed a TCEQ inspection of the wastewater treatment plant with zero violations.
- Produced treated wastewater effluent to a daily average total suspended solids rating of 2.1 mg/L, our limit this time of year is 10 mg/L.
- Repaired air conditioners at city hall.
- Cleaned filters and final clarifiers at wastewater treatment plant.
- Repaired three water main breaks.
- Replaced 21 water meters.
- Unstopped 7 sewer mains.
- Repaired 15 sewer mains.
- Washed 80,000 feet of sewer mains.
- Made sewer taps for Saputo, Loves, and Back Story Brewery.
- Flushed 35 dead-end water mains.
- Repaired pump controls at Lake Sulphur Springs.
- Treated 150 million gallons of potable water.
- Conducted 43 building inspections, 22 electrical inspections, 31 plumbing inspections, 8 mechanical inspections and issued 20 building permits.
- Responded to 41 accidents, recorded 62 offenses, made 69 arrests and wrote 462 citations.
- Made 7 felony arrests in the patrol division.
- Checked out 3,169 items from the library, plus 466 eBooks.
- Sold 2,275 gallons of AvGas and 11,630 gallons of JetA fuel.
- Responded to 178 fire/rescue calls including 1 structure fire.
- Performed preventative maintenance on 83 fire hydrants and reviewed/updated 54 pre-fire plans.
- Sent 41 weed notices (not tickets).
- Made 4 fire safety lectures to a combined audience of 1,900 people.
- Made 15 extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
- Repaired 3 drainage issues.
- Patched 374 potholes.
- Replaced 8 stop signs.
- Graded Pipeline Road and Wisenbaker Lane twice.
- Repaired the plaza fountain.