Citizens address El Dorado City Commission
The El Dorado City Commission heard concerns from two residents during their last City Commission meeting.
The first to address the commission was Ladislado Hernandez, who lives on South Summit.
Hernandez was concerned about a letter he had received which he said looked like an eminent domain issue.
“This is the first time I had an opportunity to come up here,” he said.
He said he was told he would have until that day to make his decision.
“I feel over the weekend I can’t make a decision on pictures presented to me that were going to take some of my property on West Second,” Hernandez said.
Assistant City Engineer Scott Rickard explained what Hernandez was talking about was an easement the city needed for the paving of Fourth Avenue.
Hernandez questioned why the easement wasn’t taken off of the properties on both sides.
Rickard said he assumed they were requesting an equal easement on the other side.
Hernandez also was concerned he didn’t think it would help the drainage on his property.
City Manager Herb Llewellyn further explained he thought it sounded like currently there is a drainage ditch and they were promoting putting a drain pipe on Hernandez’s property.
Rickard said there was not a deadline on the decision right now, rather it was something they would eventually have to talk to Hernandez about and he told Hernandez he would be happy to meet with him.
Hernandez also brought up the petition for the curb and gutter of West Fourth.
“That person informed you only one person in that area was not contacted because he didn’t know if I lived in El Dorado,” he said. “To me, I know know if you vet what you get or not, but I never received a call. I’ve been retired for 20 years, so I’m home a lot of the time, so I wonder if all the other signatures he had were legal signatures.”
Rickard said they have the petition signature sheet on file in their office.
Hernandez said he did not oppose it.
“I hope you come to a just decision,” he said.
The second resident to address the commission was Ryan Mitchell, who appeared after posing a question to the city about a month ago on the storm water retention pond on his property in the Mitchell Manor mobile home park.
He explained the pond was built with the mobile home park about 30 years ago and in the hot summer months it is completely covered with moss and algae and is an eyesore. He asked what type of responsibility the city had to help them get it back to their original state.
Llewellyn said they had done some work a few years ago for Mitchell’s father.
“To my knowledge, I know we consider this part of our storm water,” he said. “There is no reason we couldn’t dredge it out.”
In other business:
• Commissioner Chase Locke brought up a petition that had been turned in to limit the days and hours for fireworks. The commission agreed they did not want to look at it this close to the Fourth of July.
• Mayor Mike Fagg asked where they were with the American Legion issues brought up at the previous meeting. Llewellyn said they do not typically seal parking lots and there is no money for it this year, but they could probably do it next year if the commission wanted them to.
Fagg said the city needed to talk to them one-one about the issues.
• Fagg asked about what was found out about the corner at Community National Bank going into Walmart where the trucks keep driving over the curb.
Llewellyn said he had talked to them and based on their comments, did not talk to Walmart.
“I think we need to do something out there,” Fagg said. “If you want to put up that thing that you’ve been wanting to put up at Sixth and Main, let’s put it up. If it is Community National’s cost, go back and talk to them and ask where we go from here.”
It was re-marked as no right turns there for trucks, rather they should use Village Road.