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  • The current City Charter was adopted by the people at a special election held on July 9, 1956.
  • Each member of the City Commission is allowed, by Charter, to receive only $180.00 per year as compensation for services rendered.
  • The City Commission meets in regular session on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • The City Commission is the governing body of the city and passes or adopts all needed ordinances and regulations.
  • The budget of the City of Sweetwater has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communications medium.
  • The Municipal Court disposes of misdemeanor criminal matters arising within the city limits where the fine does not exceed $1,000.00.
  • The Police Department has 27 employees and patrols the city around the clock.
  • The Fire  and EMS Department have 25 employees to provide both fire suppression and emergency medical service.
  • There are 84.76 miles of paved streets and -0- miles of unpaved streets in the city.
  • There are 17 bridges in the city.
  • There are 815 street lights in the city.  The average cost of operating a street light is $220.91 per year.
  • The City's park system consists of 5 parks - Newman, Fraley, Jones, Booker T. Washington and Lake Sweetwater recreation area.
  • The Senior Nutrition Activities Program (SNAP) serves approximately 70 lunches each day at the facility and delivers approximately 200 daily meals to homebound senior citizens.
  • The Robert Lee Standpipe was built in 1919.  It was demolished and replaced in FY 2007.
  • There are 4,544 water meters in use.
  • The average water customer in Sweetwater uses approximately 100 gallons of water per day for normal household activities.
  • Approximately 36% of all ambulance calls are for service out¬≠side the city limits.
  • Approximately 46% of all fire calls are for out-of-city calls.
  • Three employees have bachelor's degrees and many other employees have had some college.  We have employees with associate degrees and a good number have attended a technical school.
  • All capital improvements, i.e., the purchase of vehicles, improvements and equipment for FY 2012 will cost $2,317,700.  These purchases will be paid with a combination of cash and grant revenues.
  • The total area of the city is approximately 9.91 square miles.
  • The City contracts with Nolan County to provide fire protection and emergency medical services in the county.  The County pro¬≠vides detention facilities and seal coats city streets.
  • According to the U.S. Census of Population, the City's population in 1970 was 12,020; in 1980 it was 12,242; in 1990 it was 11,967; in 2000 it was 11,415; and in 2010 the City's population was 10,906.

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