The El Dorado City Commission approved bids from Surface Protection Services Pavement Maintenance of El Dorado to add a sidewalk to 6th Street and a bike path to McCollum Road.

The 5-foot wide Sixth Avenue sidewalk will stretch from Orchard to Star Streets along the south side Sixth Street. The bid awarded to SPS was $97,912.50. Pearson Construction also submitted a bid of $226,955. The engineer’s estimate of the project was $149,655. The sidewalk is being paid for with excess sales tax dollars.

The 8-foot wide bike trail from North Main Street to Country Club Drive on McCollum Road will cost a total of $66,365 to complete through SPS. The engineer’s estimate was $106,225. Pearson Construction bid the job for $115,225. USD 490 and the City of El Dorado are co funding the project.

Of the estimated cost of $142,934, the city was responsible for 72,934 and El Dorado Schools was to repay $70,000 over a four year period. The city funds are from the Federal Fund Exchange.

Costs for the paving of Griffith Street is complete and the commission approved a public hearing to the spread of the coast to the various entities. The public hearing is June 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The total cost of the project was $773,377.53. The Improvement District’s share is $433,782.11. The city at large amount is $339,595.42.

The project costs will be bonded over 20 years for the improvement district to pay it off.

A no parking zone and bike lane were established on Country Club Road from 12th Avenue to McCollum Road.

The 8 foot bike lane would be along the east side of Country Club Road. From 12th Avenue to Skyview Drive there will be a marked white lane with no parking signs and bike signals. From Skyview to McCollum.

The no parking zone will be on the east side of Country Club Road up to McCollum Road, then on both sides north of McCollum Road.

The commission also approved the consideration of the sales tax recommendation. Those considerations will be put into the 2018 budget unless a commissioner want to pull a specific item out for discussion at a later meeting.

The 2017 audit was presented. There were some significant deficiencies with some of the journal entries for financial reporting but the problems were corrected.

-City Manager David Dillner announced that El Dorado is part of an Opportunity Zone that is eligible for some business incentives under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

-Voting for the three finalist in the El Dorado Flag begins Thursday. To vote, go to Coutts Museum of Art ay 110 N. Main Street, vote online at https://eldoks.com/191/Convention-Visitors-Bureau or call (316) 321-9100 or (316) 322-4427.