The El Dorado City Commission distributed liquor tax and court fee funding to non-profit organizations during their meeting Monday.
In 2012, the city received $72,009.25 in liquor tax revenue. From that, staff allocated half to the general fund and have to the Special Parks and Recreation Fund. Of the Parks and Recreation Fund, one-third was for the Liquor Tax Program, a total of $12,001.54.
Two non-profit organizations put in requests for funds from this source. The commission approved a request of $2,500 to SCARF and $4,000 to the Family Life Center.
In addition, the city collected $7,087.50 in court fees. From this, they gave the Elks Lodge $2,000, SCARF $1,500 and the Family Life Center $1,000.
In other business, the commission:
• heard from a concerned citizen, Teresa Fioretto, owner of a bed and breakfast on Denver Street. She was upset because her neighbor, who runs a landscaping business, has his trucks and trailers parked on the street a lot of the time. She said they take up the full length of the lot in front of her house. She has been dealing with this issue for two years now and asked if it was legal for him to park there. City staff is going to continue keeping an eye on the issue. She said if something could not be done, she would like to request no parking on her street.
• held a public hearing for the spreading of special assessments for a project to extend Walnut Valley Drive. After no one spoke, the commission approved, 4-0, an ordinance levying the assessments. Commissioner Bill Young was absent.
• held a public hearing for the spreading of the special assessments for the boring of a sewer line in the 100 block of North Summit. After no one spoke, they approved an ordinance levying the assessments.
• approved a resolution for the issuance of temporary note No. 1884 in the amount of $3,307,250 to fund several projects, including infrastructure improvements to the Industrial Park and road improvements.
• heard an update on the wind turbine. The tip is finished being built and will be on a truck Monday to be brought back to El Dorado next week. They hope to schedule the installers for March 3.
• heard an update on Senate Bill 209, which proposes prohibiting governments from giving money or spending money with agencies that have lobbyists. The Commission gave its consent for city staff to talk to their representatives about it.
• heard that a senator has proposed moving municipal elections to the same calendar as presidential and national elections and making them partisan. Herb Llewellyn, city manager, said this would cause 30-page ballots, rather than the five to six pages there are now. Also, the total savings for the state would be $34,000. The commissioners agreed they did not like this idea.