The following report was given to the Sulphur Springs City Council by City Manager Marc Maxwell at the council’s January 2021 meeting:
As a part of the City’s response to Covid-19 the City suspended the practice of cutting off water service for non-payment. Some of the balances are growing quite high. The total arrearage is $152,037.68 with 584 accounts (8.71% of all accounts) in arrears. We now have a vaccine available on a limited basis. As it begins to become more widely available, we will have to decide how to bring the delinquent accounts up to a current status. I will likely propose requiring residents to pay their current bill along with 1/6th or 1/12th of their arrearage to avoid being cut off. In this way their accounts would be brought current in either 6 months or 12 months.
GRAYS BUILDING –The steel work is completed, and wooden framing has begun. You can now walk through the building and get a real sense of what it is going to look like.
SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING – Construction drawings are still being prepared by REES Associates. We have hired Tandem Consulting to oversee the construction just like the Grays Building.
MCCANN STREET –Texana Land and Asphalt paved McCann Street in December. This project is now complete.
WOODLAWN STREET –The Capital Construction Division has completed the sewer main and the water main. They are now replacing portions of curb and gutter. Texana Land and Asphalt will then cement-stabilize the road base and pave the street with asphalt.
SAPUTO SEWER MAIN – This is the next capital improvement project. 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 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 cooperation this project would not have been possible.
COLLEGE STREET – This will be the next project after the Saputo Sewer Line Project.
CLAIMS – We did not have any workers compensation claims in December. We did have one liability claim for a sewer back up. We have submitted the claim to the TML risk pool. We recently began paying an extra premium for supplemental sewage backup coverage, so I expect this claim to be paid.
Elsewhere around the city, employees:
• Made 12 extensive street repairs following utility repairs.
• Repaired 726 Potholes at various locations.
• Replaced 3 stop signs and 3 street signs.
• Hauled off concrete from buildings that were removed at the Airport.
• Put out barricades for a power pole that had been knocked down on Texas St.
• Put out barricades in flood areas for storms.
• Finished hauling street sweeper material to the Republic/Malloy Landfill.
• Installed curbs on Davis Street, in place of the approach for the old Ashcroft St, as
well as a driveway next to it.
• Cleaned out storm drains 4 times.
• Repaired and replaced sidewalks at various locations around Coleman Park.
• Began installing new sidewalks at 2 locations at the Airport.