The El Dorado City Commission discussed several stop light issues during the meeting Monday evening, including the new lights at Sixth and Main.
Commissioner Bill Young voiced concerns he had heard and experienced himself about that intersection.
“We’ve received a lot of those,” said Herb Llewellyn, city manager, of concerns on that intersection.
Two of the concerns were not having a protected left turn for drivers heading south on Main Street and not enough room for trucks to turn onto Sixth Avenue from Main.
As for the single lane for drivers headed west on Sixth, Llewellyn said it was designed above the minimum design standards, which was 45 feet, and they built it at 60 feet.
“We have filmed trucks that made it and trucks that didn’t,” he said of that turn.
The city is looking at a series of steps, some of which were put into place this week.
“The least invasive is moving the stopbar to the west on Sixth,” Llewellyn said, “and giving trucks a bigger area to turn in.”
That was completed Monday evening.
While the most drastic step would be eliminating one of the eastbound lanes.
“We hope that we don’t have to but it is what it is,” he said. “We don’t have any desire to have a big, pretty intersection that’s not functional.”
He asked the public and truck drivers to bear with the city as they get the problems worked out.
As for the left turn signal for cars southbound on Main, Llewellyn said they have the ability to add that signal, but the fastest way to keep traffic moving was not to have it.
“If we have a protected left we have added another stop,” he said.
Young said he had to sit there through three lights because of a semi trying to turn left.
Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer, said they are still working to get the timing of the lights and the duration of green and yellow to be where it needs to be.
“It’s all about moving traffic as quickly as possible,” he said.
Another intersection of concern was brought up by Mayor Mike Fagg with Arthur and Central.
He said he had received a call about people having trouble turning left onto Central in the afternoon. They had asked if the timing of the lights at Oil Hill and Summit could be coordinated to stop both sides at the same time to open that up a bit.
Page 2 of 3 - Llewellyn said the concern with that would be they would stop traffic on Central at times there was no one coming on Oil Hill or Summit.
Rickard added that they may need to look at putting a signal at the Arthur or Orchard area in the future.
The third intersection of concern was Summit and Towanda.
Fagg said he had a call from a citizen concerned about all of the traffic going to the new Skelly School now that Washington is closed.
He said her concern was the hill there with no stops, and she suggested a four-way stop there.
“I thought it may be something the police ought to monitor to see how fast cars are traveling and how many people are there,” Fagg said.
City staff will look at the number of accidents on Towanda and monitor that street.
In other business the commission:
• issued a proclamation for Public Service Week, offering thanks to people in the United States who work to enhance people’s lives at the federal, state, county and city levels.
• heard from Marlene Avery with the El Dorado Municipal Band, requesting the contract between the city and the band be renewed. The city provides them with $7,000, something already in the budget. The band, which has been in existence since 1923, will begin rehearsals on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the El Dorado High School band room.
They play at 8 p.m. on Thursdays during the summer, with special concerts on Flag Day, for the Relay For Life, an ice cream social and on June 25 they will bring in the 35th Infantry Division Band for a concert at 7 p.m. The item will be on the next city agenda for approval.
• Fagg voiced questions about the appropriation ordinance in the consent agenda, asking about some of the transfers listed in it. It was then approved 5-0.
• approved several board appointments, including Lance Lechtenberg and Gene White for the Airport; Eddie Dean, Red Acklin and Robbie Pollard for the Board of Appeals/Building Code Review; Jim Phillips for the Board of Zoning Appeals; Brian Clites and Kelsey Sundgren for El Dorado Inc.; Scott Leason and Van Pooler for the Planning Commission; Dan Young and Jeff Stewart for Prairie Trails; Loren Anthony, Anthony Heilman, Jason Holmes, Kevin Jacobs, Reginald Wiebe and Russ McCaig for the Recreation Board; and Steve Fellers for the Tree Board. They still need three more for the Planning Commission, including one person who lives outside the city limits but within the three-mile area.
• approved, 4-1 with Fagg opposed, the sale of the general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $8,815,000. The target is for the bonds to close on June 27. Fagg asked about the possibility of including $2.2 million of the lake debt into this bond sale because of the lower interest rate, which was projected to be 1.9 percent versus the 4 percent interest for the lake debt currently. He believed the two should be combined to save the city money. The financial advisor said the bonds were not for as long of term as the lake debt is.
Page 3 of 3 - • Fagg asked about some of the transfers from and to the lake debt reserve in the 2013 budget, to which he was told $600,000 was taken out for the construction of the stadium, with other payments being made into it.
• Fagg mentioned the El Dorado Broncos are looking for host families.