The El Dorado City Commission reviewed several departments’ CIP requests during a special meeting Wednesday.
One of the CIPs was from the engineering department, which included several items.
In 2014, they were requesting part one of phase three of the bike path which would go around East Park by the compost site and back to the park for $410,000, as well as sidewalks on Sixth Avenue for $100,000. Other requests included a residential street program and KLINK (on the highway) which are major mill and overlay work using sales tax dollars totaling $57,000, and paving of Simpson, which was part of the improvements in the Village area, for $430,000.
Looking farther to the future, projects included NW quadrant mandatory sidewalk program for $200,000, part two of the bike path phase 3 from compost site along trafficway to Douglass Road with a parking lot for $1.9 million, the residential street program for $691,000, paving of Fourth Avenue from Boyer to School for $455,000 and Twelfth Avenue drainage program for the railroad overpasses for $66,000 in 2015; the NE quadrant sidewalk program for $300,000, the residential street program for $650,000 and the paving of Fifth from Boyer to Hunton for $655,000 in 2016; the third part of the bike path Phase 3 from Douglass Road along trafficway to connect to the sports complex for $618,000, residential street program for $543,000 and the paving of Second and Diagonal Road for $854,000 in 2017; paving of Norris from Third to Sixth for $934,000 and the residential street program for $500,000 in 2018; and the residential street program for $500,000 in 2019.
Regarding the sidewalk projects, Mayor Mike Fagg said his pet peeve was in the northeast part of the town they didn’t have sidewalks and he thought it should be an option to take out the sidewalks on side streets everywhere in town.
Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer, said they get so many calls from people in wheelchairs. They finally initiated the project and got more thank you’s on it than complaints.
City Manager Herb Llewellyn said there is not much pushback from the community because the city works with them.
Commissioner Bill Young was concerned about pushing people into the streets in older parts of town where there was little off-street parking and narrower streets.
Commissioner David Chapin pointed out how much they work with the citizens.
Rickard said he was shocked how many people he met with who said they didn’t want just one section replaced, they wanted it all replaced.
Rickard also said they won’t do the bicycle paths unless there is funding for them, with them having been pushed off in past years.
Fagg’s concern was as they get into all these projects, such as bike paths, there are some contingent liabilities in the future.
Page 2 of 2 - Fagg also said the sidewalk on Sixth Street, because it was a truck route, he wanted to be careful with encouraging more people walking on that street. He could see the sidewalk closer to Lincoln School, but didn’t see it needed to go so far out.
Rickard said they were doing from Metcalf to Orchard this summer on Sixth. He said it will tie Oil Hill and Township Village in to be able to walk into town.
Fagg said they had a route on Central.
Commissioner Nick Badwey said he sees a lot of people walking on Sixth during the day and Commissioner Chase Locke agreed.
Next, in parks and recreation, the requests for 2014 were for park improvements for Gordy Park for $10,000 and Rice Park which is lacking equipment for $45,000 and reconditioning of the tennis courts for $50,000 and Rio Park repurposing for $20,000 so men’s flag football could be moved there; improvements in Riverview in 2015 for $10,000; improvements in Graham Park in 2016 for $17,500 for a new shade structure and tables and grills; a restroom at Graham Park for $50,000 and Central Park field lighting was proposed for $140,000 in 2017; park improvements in North Main Park for $35,000 and an expansion of the activity center for $1.8 million in 2018, although it has continuously been moved back.
The final department they heard from was public works. In 2014, the proposed CIP projects included zebra mussel infrastructure protection for $300,000 but it is not needed right now and would be incorporated if they start to sell more water, regional water improvements for $148.8 million (to serve Wichita), water treatment plant expansion for $6.7 million, water distribution system to western parts for $22.2 million, a west water tower for $4 million, water treatment improvements for HollyFrontier for $3.5 million, a Sixth Street lift station for $30,000 predicated on need which there isn’t right now and city-wide sewer improvements for $851,000.
Fagg did ask about the possibility of a wholesale water district in the county as first brought up by John Bailey, but was told part of the problem with that was with the rural water districts. Fagg wanted to look into that again.
Fagg also thought the more public they make the water study the more it would benefit them.
Looking at maintenance, Llewellyn said, “We do lots of maintenance.”
Kurt Bookout, public utilities director, said they would see a request for water and sewer rate increases because they have been spending more on maintenance than they bring in.
In 2015, the request was for water distribution building expansion for $149,000, North Country Club lift station for $30,000 and a fixed base meter read system for $1.8 million. In 2016 there was a request for city wide sewer improvements for a cost of $1 million.