Sulphur Springs city manager Marc Maxwell gave the manager’s report at the regular Dec. 7 council session. He reported that:
- He is no longer confident in COVID-19 active case trends reported by the state
- No liability claims were filed.
- There was one worker’s compensation claim filed, wherein a police officer suffered a minor injury trying to pin a bull in the 300 block of League St.
- The Senior citizen’s center will apply for grants to improve and expand through the Texas Community Resiliency Program.
- The Saputo sewer main project is finished and requires final inspection
- College Street is under construction and is closed between the square and the KCS rail line
- League Street is undergoing drainage repair, and later in the winter the city will receive bids for concrete
- Lee Street is not paved as Texana Land and Asphalt is running behind
- Woodbridge Crossing is undergoing construction
- The airport concrete paving project is complete
Council member Jay Julian discussed inflation projections.
“I acknowledge no one in this room has a crystal ball,” Julian said. “That being said, inflation has risen from 1.4% in January 2021 to 6.2% in October. The November inflation report will not be available until December 10.”
“Is there anything this council should be concerned with relating to the city’s budget landscape, and should inflation continue to rise unabated?” Julian asked.
“We are keeping a close eye right now, as it’s pretty tight,” city finance director Lesa Smith stated. Smith stated the city has noticed increases in payments of water and sewer. Julian asked if council members would have to pass budget amendments to deal with rising costs, and Smith answered in the affirmative.
“On the water and sewer side, there may need to be fee increases that happen to counter that [inflation],” Smith noted.
No action was taken on the manager’s report, as none is required.
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A previous version of this report did not include Julian’s full quote. It has been updated to reflect the full quote.