Streets and stoplights raised some questions during the El Dorado City Commission meeting Monday evening.
Commissioner Nick Badwey brought up one topic of the intersection and Sixth Avenue and Main Street, expressing concern over the trucks that have trouble navigating the turn west onto Sixth.
“We’ve definitely been looking at ideas and kind of watching it as well,” said Scott Rickard, assistant city engineer. “I seem to be puzzled because we’ll see two trucks make it with two cars parked clear across the crosswalk and we will see another truck the same length with a car stopped clear back at the stop bar and he nearly jackknives his rig.”
After completing the intersection and seeing the difficulty trucks were having, the city did move the stop bar on Sixth Street back to allow for more room to turn, but not everyone is stopping at that stop bar.
Rickard said he is apprehensive of changing the lanes.
“I think somewhere in the future we will need two left turn lanes onto northbound Main and need to utilize the right turn lane as a straight through,” he said. “Sixth is at near capacity as far as vehicle volumes it can handle.”
They expect that to increase with the new middle school.
“I think the answer may be doing some type of enhancement to that radius to address the oversized load,” Rickard said. “We are still watching it and taking pictures and videos.”
Mayor Mike Fagg agreed he had concerns on the corner. He thought it was just too narrow for a big truck trying to turn.
Commissioner David Chapin said if they leave the lanes he thought they would have to move the curb back.
“It’s just difficult to accommodate trucks inside a city limits when there is there is not the right-of-way like on a state highway,” Rickard said.
City staff will continue to look at that intersection.
Another topic was traffic lights, including those at Walmart and Oil Hill Road, with concerns about them not changing.
A final street issue was brought up by Chapin, who thanked the city for the new stripes on the streets.
In other business, the commission:
• discussed what the police department does with guns they confiscate. Interim Chief Curt Zieman said they are not allowed to auction them. They can either use them within their department or sell to a dealer. Normally they trade them in at the Trading Station or somewhere local.
• Fagg asked about water problems in El Dorado regarding breaks or other issues.
Page 2 of 2 - “Last year we set an all-time record for the number of leaks,” said Kurt Bookout, public utilities director.
That was because the soil was so dry and was shifting.
“There were probably twice as many as a normal year,” he said. “I think it’s actually getting better than worse. We’re starting to catch up with a lot of our maintenance. We’re replacing a lot of our old deteriorated two-inch lines. We have replaced 75 percent and are working to get rid of all of it.”
With that work, the city has been spending down the water and sewer fund faster than they have been putting money into it.
• approved a resolution for an omnibus continuing disclosure undertaking relating to obligations issued. This was in response to a ruling passed by the Securities and Exchange Commission last year that all cities that have government bonds have to fill out a report each year for each bond that says the city is still using whatever project was funded by that money for the same purpose as when it was funded. The resolution allows those bonds to be combined into one report to make it less work on city staff. The city currently has four bonds right now.