The El Dorado City Commission took the first step in beginning the southwest quadrant mandatory sidewalk project during their meeting Monday evening.
This project would include everything west of High Street and south of Central Avenue.
“We have identified those neighborhoods that have sidewalks that are in disrepair,” said Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer.
He said they have completed the southeast quadrant of town and he thought it was a success.
“We got a lot of problem areas taken care of,” Rickard said.
The El Dorado City Commission approved a resolution setting a public hearing for Dec. 17 to initiate the project. With the approval of the resolution, city staff will now send out letters to property owners in the area notifying them of the project and giving them the opportunity to contact the city if they wish to complete the work on their own.
If the work is done by the city, property owners will pay for it through a 10-year special assessment that is interest free. The city will pay for all of the concrete removal costs.
In other business, the commission:
• heard an update on the installation of turf at McDonald Stadium. City crews have cut all of the sod off of the area and relocated that to the fields behind the stadium. The turf is expected to be installed the first part of December.
• heard an update on the wind turbine from Kurt Bookout, public utilities director.
“Philosophically, it’s a full-time job running a water and wastewater facility with infrastructure as old as it is without pursuing non-traditional projects,” Bookout said, adding that the city staff did take on those additional projects in hopes of saving the city money.
As for the wind turbine at the water reclamation facility, Bookout said they were looking at ways to fix the damage caused by the wind recently quickly and still be cost effective. He also assured the commission they were not going to spend any more on the repairs than what was in the initial budget. The money will come from the retainage still in the budget.
“Really we’re talking a few months delay on a 20-year project,” Bookout said. “Over the 20-year life of the turbine, it’s going to save us $5 to $8 million in electrical costs to run that facility.”
He estimated it would take three months to get it repaired, although it could be sooner.
Herb Llewellyn, city manager, said he thought these repairs were still part of the construction process and George Butler and Associates Engineers, who was in charge of the project, was bonded.
Page 2 of 2 - “We are exploring ways to get this paid for by the company that erected it,” he said.
In addition, George, Butler and Associates are pursuing a lawsuit for the delay and loss of five months of production after the cell was dropped by the company constructing it.
• heard that the recreation department will be taking enrollments at City Hall now rather than the gym during the days. They will still take enrollments at the gym during the evenings.