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  • City approves bids for street, curb, gutter projects

  • The El Dorado City Commission approved bids for several projects during their meeting Monday evening.
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  • The El Dorado City Commission approved bids for several projects during their meeting Monday evening.
    The first was for a project for curb and gutter requested by the citizens on Atchison Street from Second to Third avenues. The city received one bid from Cornejo & Sons for $25,376, which was under the engineer’s estimate of $27,528.75.
    The commission approved the bid 4-0. Commissioner Bill Young was absent.
    They also approved the low bids for two residential street resurfacing projects, which are part of the annual sales tax projects.
    The first project included Taylor Street from Tenth to Fourteenth, Fourteenth from Taylor to Topeka, Thirteenth from Taylor to Topeka, Twelfth from Taylor to Joyce, Joyce from Twelfth to Thirteenth and Linda Lane.
    They received two bids, with the lowest being from APAC-Kansas for $205,150.36, which was below the engineer’s estimate of $241,051.30.
    The second project was for the resurfacing of Lawndale from Warren to Meadow, Meadow from Terrace to Ridge, Skyview from Country Club to Hazlett, Delmar from Country Club to Hazlett, Belmont, Jamaica, and Arlington from Skyview to Delmar. They also received two bids for this project with the lowest being from APAC-Kansas for $237,864.65, which was below the engineer’s estimate was $286,960.
    Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer, said they were happy with the price.
    In addition, if any water work needs done in these areas it is being done before the mill and overlay work.
    “A lot of these roads we don’t know what we are going to find until we tear off that first little area,” Rickard said.
    In other business, the commission:
    • heard from resident James Powell regarding a couple of concerns.
    The first was a retaining wall on Carr Street by the library, which he said was in dire need of repair with one corner falling out.
    His other concern was of the traffic speeding through that neighborhood.
    “The police department has done a good job trying to keep after speeders, but at any time of day people are speeding through,” he said.
    He said he had talked to other residents in the area and they felt it would be best to look at putting some speed bumps in at least half a block any direction from the library.
    “Finding a way to slow people down would be greatly appreciated,” Powell said.
    It was asked if a person could file a complaint if they got a license plate of a speeder and Interim Chief Curt Zieman said they could, but that person would have to sign the complaint and testify in court like an officer would have to.
    Page 2 of 2 - • appointed Eric Bird to the Recycle Board; Gerald Watson and Brad Long to the Planning Commission; and Nancy Wagner, Angie Deaver and Susan Holthaus to the Library Board. They still have one Planning Commission seat open for someone outside the city limits but within three miles and one El Dorado Inc. spot available that is appointed by the mayor. There is also one recycle committee and Prairie Trails committee seat open.
    • heard an update on the dead fish at the East Park pond. Kurt Bookout, public utilities director, said they thought even though the levels of dissolved oxygen in the water seemed to be normal, that level will cycle and it may be dropping at night. They are flushing the pond with water, which he said seems to be helping.

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