City Managers Report – September

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September 11, 2018

 

City Manager’s Report

 

 

Admin:                We have ended another fiscal period with a small budget surplus.  Our City Clerk, Trina, has been continuing to work with our CPA to make adjustments that insure the books accurately depict our financial position.

 

Projects:             Online bill pay for water bills is complete and available to all residents.  Residents are able to receive their invoices electronically via email and pay for city services online.  As always, paper bills will still be available for residents who do not want electronic statements.

The Preventative Maintenance project is well underway.  There is a new form that allows PWA workers to complete information about their jobs, to as to record the knowledge into an online repository that will allow new employees to learn more effectively.  The online resource will also house manuals, diagrams and other supporting materials.

REAP grant application has been submitted to OWRB for the water meter project.  ACOG REAP grants are still pending for the remaining 4 grant applications.

Surplus property website is online, surplus property will continue to be added as time permits.  www.cityofcrescent.com/auction

The School project is preparing to start.  They have asked the City to perform necessary building inspections.  Our contract building inspection service, IBTS, will perform the necessary inspections for the project.  Cost will be covered by the permit inspection fees.

 

Mowing:             The city is continuing an aggressive mowing program on the city image properties.  Mowing and weed eating the city infrastructure properties including, lift station, lagoons, fresh water wells.  Response from the public continues to be positive.

 

Roads:                 Continuing to use inmate labor to improve the roads.  Due to rain, we have seen delays on our weekly maintenance goals.  We will continue to prioritize the roads and make progress on repairs.

 

Wastewater:      The lift station grinder remains out of service.  Haynes is waiting on parts from the manufacturer before they can repair and reinstall it.  We returned the Ultrasonic sewer survey equipment to ACOG.  We completed the survey on the West side of town, but did not have the time/personnel to complete the rest of the town.  ACOG is allowing other towns to use the equipment, but will allow us a second loan when we are ready for it.  The pivot continues to need constant maintenance to keep it operational.  The city will need to have an irrigation contractor evaluate it for repair or replacement.

 

Fresh Water:      Inspections passed.  Waiting for the final inspection and signoff of the water standpipe.  Several minor defects have been identified but the contractor believes they have been corrected at this time.  Four residential services and a fire hydrant on Broadway are currently being moved to the new service main.  Well 1 remains offline.  ACOG can provide a subterranean survey to help the City determine if re-drilling the current well or drilling and moving the pump is the best option.

Active leaks (2):               718 W. Van Buren

313 E. Maple

 

Repaired Leaks (13):       415 W. Van Buren

North east corner of Adams 323 S. Walnut

309 W. Jackson

307 W. Adams

211 W. Adams

121 W. Adams

112 W. Adams on Washington across the street from CE&L

218 E. Washington

324 N. Oak

319 S. Locust

Sanderson @ nursing home

Grand in front of liquor store

708 E. Washington

 

Library:               Operating smoothly.  Last “Movie in the Park” event of the season was moved to the community center because of weather.  Might need to re-evaluate the license next year.

Online Utility Bill Payments

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From your computer…

From your mobile device…

Folks have been asking for a way to pay their utility bills using credit and debit cards.  We are excited to announce online utility bill payments are now available.  Simply select the bill pay logo from the top navigation menu on the website from your computer or phone and select the link to continue on to the secure payment portal.  You will be asked for your account number (available on your utility bill, or call the water clerk at (405) 969-2538 X2) and your name and email address.  After you register, payments can be made online in just a few simple steps.  You are also encouraged to signup for eBills so you will receive your utility bill online, and be able to view past statements and print them, if necessary.  You are also able to download a free mobile app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to make your bill pay even easier.  You can pay your current bill or schedule automatic future payments.  All electronic payments are subject to a $2.99 convenience fee, charged by our payment processor, Payment Service Network.

As always, you are still welcome to pay your bill at the city hall counter or drive thru window.

Give it a try….let me know what you think.

How did we get here, from there…? (Part 2; The 1890’s)

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Did you know that the downtown of Crescent wasn’t actually IN the city? The original plat of the city from November 17th, 1893 shows that the incorporated city limits of Crescent was actually the eastern portion of town. The original plat was 18 blocks of land bordered by Mulberry St on the West and Oak St on the East, Grand Ave on the North and Forest Ave on the South. The street names have been changed since then, Grand was changed to Sanderson and Oak changed to its current name, Ash St.

The first image is where it all starts, the original boundaries of the City of Crescent. So we add this to the map and… VIOLA! We have a map of the city from 1893 (please ignore the surrounding streets… while things change over time, the streets that are mapped here are the current streets)

Next week we skip ahead to the turn of the century with the first official annexation!

 

Power Outage

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UPDATE:  Power restored at 3:23PM.

 

UPDATE:  OG&E is now expecting power to be restored by  3:40PM.

 

For the latest information, click HERE.

 

Power has been out to approximately 850 residents of Crescent since 12:26PM today.  OG&E is expecting the power to be restored by 1:40PM.   No explanation about the cause of the outage has been given at this time.  I will update when more information becomes available.

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