City Manager's Report
From City Manager Marc Maxwell
City Manager Marc Maxwell presented the following report to the Sulphur Springs City Council, on activities for April:
THE SQUARE –The Capital Construction Division is now working on the plaza in the center of the square. Expect the statue to show up in the next month. Also expect progress on the fountain, sidewalks, lights, trees and brick path.
Meanwhile, the Hopkins County Veteran’s Memorial Committee is moving swiftly along on their memorial project. The concrete footing for the wall and monuments have all been poured, and the granite and limestone stones should begin showing up this month. They are getting close to their financial goal, but they are not quite there. Now is the time for those who have considered giving to do it. The memorial is on the home stretch.
NEW CITY HALL – Demolition is underway. The mezzanine is being removed now. Expect lead-based paint removal on the exterior or the building and asbestos removal from the roof to begin in 4 to 6 weeks.
HOME GRANT PROGRAM - We had five successful applicants on the previous round of HOME grant funding. Two are awaiting final inspection. The remaining three are 90% completed. The contractor has until July to complete the homes.
We have five more applicants for funding for additional homes in the works. Approval is imminent on three of the applicants. The HOME grant program is funded by HUD. It pays for the replacement of old, dilapidated homes for qualifying low and moderate income applicants.
CLAIMS – We had one Workers’ Compensation claim submitted for an employee who stepped on a nail. We did not have any liability claims.
MISCELLANEOUS – Elsewhere around the City, employees: