Butler County Times Gazette
  • City OKs changes to some school zones

  • Some of the school zones in the city will be altered to remove the noon zones following action by the El Dorado City Commission Monday evening.
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  • Some of the school zones in the city will be altered to remove the noon zones following action by the El Dorado City Commission Monday evening.
    “For several years staff has been questioned about the need for all of the school time crossing signals that exist in town,” said Herb Llewellyn, city manager.
    Now only two programs in El Dorado still have part-day classes and USDs 490 and 375 agreed with some changes.
    The commission approved abandoning the lunch time school zone at Lincoln, Oil Hill and Grandview elementaries.
    The ordinance amending the municipal code also cleaned up the code by removing the school zone around the old Washington building. It also removed a zone that was in front of the middle school but was never posted or enforced.
    In other business, the commission:
    • heard about negotiations within the U.S. Congress to remove the tax exempt status of the local bonding authority.
    “If we do this it is going to shift additional costs to local bond issues and raise the local taxes it takes to fund them,” Llewellyn said.
    The commission approved a resolution calling upon the Kansas delegates to oppose the legislation.
    • approved a resolution for a petition from the developer of the Greens at Prairie Trails Phase II to extend sanitary sewer to open more lots for development. The estimated cost is $164,083 to be paid by the benefit district.
    • approved a resolution for a lift station and force main to serve the Greens at Prairie Trails Phase II. The total cost will be $123,826 with the city at large portion being $111,443.
    • set a hearing date on Feb. 18 for a project to spread the cost for the extension of Walnut Valley Drive in front of Flinthills Services for a cost of $80,626, with the improvement district paying $64,503 and $16,123 for the city at large.
    • set a hearing date on Feb. 18 to spread the costs for the installation of a sewer line to serve the 100 block of North Summit. This will serve two houses currently, with them being assessed $9,415 and the city paying the remaining $25,539, which will be held until the other residents need to tie into the line and will be assessed at that time.
    • approved a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of a sales tax rebate agreement with John K. Fisher for work that has been going on for the better part of a year.
    • announced an open house for the new fire sub-station will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 19.
    • received word that the city’s ISO review for fire protection was completed and El Dorado’s score has gone from a 5 to a 3, which will lower people’s insurance rates beginning May 1. They also lowered the rating for El Dorado Township and Prospect Township from a 9 to an 8.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is going to save a lot of people in El Dorado,” Llewellyn said.
    • heard that the city received a letter from the Butler County Commission on legislation pending in Topeka that would make changes in what is equipment and what is machinery to be taxed. In Butler County that could shift $400 million in appraised value.
    • voted 3-2 to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Mayor Tom McKibban and Commissioner David Chapin voted against the motion. After a 30 minute executive session, they came back out and voted 5-0 to go back into executive session, after which there was no action.
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