City Manager Update - Feb 8

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It has been a bizarre week with weather conditions and City closures. Here are the highlights for the week.


City Management:

The City of Midland completely shut down for business on Wednesday, February 5, due to inclement weather. There was up to eight inches of snow that fell in Midland on Wednesday. The City of Midland reopened for business on Thursday at 10 a.m. and all services continued.

City Management has received the preliminary ‘Nine-Year Capital Plans’ that Mayor Payton has requested. We will be reviewing and finalizing the comprehensive ‘Nine-Year’ plans for City Council review. We anticipate having a final plan by April.

District 2 City Councilman-Elect John Norman was oriented by the City Manager’s and City Secretary’s offices.


Airport:

The Airport received 7.9 inches of snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Airport personnel worked up to 36 hours straight clearing wet and heavy snow. All Air Carrier flights were canceled on Wednesday, and the airport opened late Wednesday afternoon. Maintenance applied approximately 4,000 gallons of deicing fluid during this event.


On Thursday the contractor working on the new parking lots hit an unmarked water line causing the airport water tower to empty. The terminal building was without water for approximately six hours. There is currently a boil order for the Airport area, and hand sanitizer has been placed in all the restrooms. A plan is in place to flush all the lines in the terminal once the lab results clear the boil order.


Utilities:

Midland County Fresh water Supply District 1 had a quarterly meeting on 2/6/2020. The generator project that was approved by the City is on schedule to be complete mid-spring, the board elected all current officers back into their current seats, and the yearly audit was approved.


Development Services: 

We issued 103 Single Family permits in January. This number represents more than we issued in the banner year of 2018 in January.

We completed final inspection of 40 new homes in January. This represents about the same level finished in January 2018.


Public Information: 

The major events for media this week were the MPD officer that was shot early Thursday morning during a disturbance call and on Friday for the fatal hit and run accident that occurred.

Solid Waste was chosen as the “Department of the Month” for February. We are working with Jeffery Ahrlett, Director of Solid Waste, to plan a video schedule.


Engineering:

Road & Utility Bond Project

· Year 2- Louisiana Ave Paving- Construction of concrete is complete. Paving should begin next week.

· Year 2-Michigan Ave Paving – Construction of concrete and ADA is ongoing. Paving to begin after Louisiana Ave Paving.

· Year 2 - Wood Dr. & Oriole Dr. Paving- utilities work nearing completion. Concrete is being placed now. Paving will start in a few weeks.

· Year 2- Bluebird Ln-Contractor is installing storm drain. Relocation of waterline is complete. Paving work is delayed by Franchise Utilities.

· Year 2- Carter Ave Water and Paving- Waterline work is complete. Base and paving is being held up by Franchise Utilities.

Pilot Avenue – Construction began this week.

Grafa Park Storm Drain Replacement- Construction started. Expect lane closures.

The Signage and Striping crew completed scheduled sign maintenance, fabrication, and installation. The crew placed public notices and removed expired notices. The crew coordinated with Road Bond Improvement contractors.

The Signals crew worked on various trouble calls, as well as radio and luminaire issues. They worked with TxDOT and Willis on Big Spring HSIP Project.

The East Side Street and Alley crew filled 250 potholes and prepped for concrete construction underneath parking awning.

The Drainage and Vegetation completed two sweeping requests. The crew removed vegetation and treated areas with herbicide as needed. They removed six yards of debris from the Mulberry Channel and mowed along Avalon Dr. from Briarwood Ave. to Mockingbird Ln.

FY 2019 Hot-In-Place Recycling (HIPR) Project/Mill and Inlay – The contractor is currently completing Mill and Inlay at an area near Hill Park, but has experienced some recent delays due to rain and temperatures not suitable for asphalt paving. The project is approximately 90% complete.

Road Bond Work