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  • El Dorado working to update parks, rec master plan

  • Moving forward with master plan
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  • The City of El Dorado is working to update its parks and recreation master plan.
    "We have a bid back on professional services for a park master plan," said Herb Llewellyn, city manager. "This was tasked to staff two years ago."
    Staff has been working with the Recreation Advisory Committee to see how best to update the master plan.
    Llewellyn said they are at the point they are ready to go forward.
    Kevin Wishart, director of parks and recreation, reviewed the process with the El Dorado City Commission during their last meeting.
    "We sent requests for qualifications out to 15 to 20 firms in the state that provide this work," he said. "Two made formal presentations to the selection committee."
    Wishart said their first choice has submitted their bid for the work.
    "The initial response from our chosen vendor was $89,680 to do this work."
    Concern was voiced about how much the plan is used.
    "When I came to work to the city, the comp plan set on a shelf and when I asked about it none of your staff were involved in the discussion; same with your park master plan," Llewellyn said. "It was a wish list."
    When the city redid the comprehensive master plan they engaged the community.
    "That's what this is," Llewellyn said. "This park master plan will tell us what the community wants, when it wants it and how it will pay for it. It will be our budgeting document. It will be a guiding document for the community."
    Commissioner Bill Young said he had asked them to revisit the plan because they wanted a better process.
    "My understanding is the existing plan did not have any community feedback," Wishart said. "It was all performed by the vendor and quite honestly was poorly done. It had a lot of errors."
    Llewellyn said, "I think the master plan is a reflection of the community. If a community is not involved it is worthless."
    In other business:
    • the commission heard from Marlene Reitman who said she had earlier complained to them about the city owned lot at South Arthur and Finney.
    "Just as we come to complain, I think we should also say thank you if the problem is rectified," she said. "The next day a large crew showed up. If you drive by this lot today it is clean and well maintained."
    She also had a recommendation for the city about that property. She thought she should donate or sell it at a reasonable cost to Numana to use for their mission such as for planting fruit trees.
    • Commissioner David Chapin asked about school zones in town, saying he was under the impression they were putting flashing lights on the zones on their major streets and Sixth Avenue still did not have lights. Llewellyn said he would look into it.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Mayor Mike Fagg asked how much the city paid for the country club. He was told it was $2.3 million, then they got $400,000 back.
    Fagg asked for a copy of the closing statement and Chapin asked what it mattered because it was history.
    Fagg said he wanted to know what was on it.

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