Property ownership dispute comes up at City Council meeting
There is disagreement about exactly who owns some of the property in the Sunrise addition, located in the eastern edge of Eldorado. Elizabeth Torres recently purchased the lot from John Taylor, but the city says it owns rights to part of the property, and has for more than 25 years.
The issue came up during Monday night’s meeting of the Eldorado City Council. Torres was there for the meeting, so was Taylor and his son, Michael.
Taylor produced a warranty deed for the property and noted that the document indicates that the piece of property he sold to Ms. Torres was his to sell.
The city contends, however, that it has control of portions of the property that are used for alleyways and has utility lines located on other portions that cannot be transferred or sold. City Secretary Carolyn Mayo explained that the portion of land in question has never been on the tax rolls.
Schleicher County Attorney Clint Griffin, a partner in Griff-Ko, the company that sold the land to Taylor, was unable to attend Monday night’s meeting, but he is supposed to be in attendance when the council next meets so he and the council can review the time line of the property’s ownership and discuss the various issues involved in the controversy.
In other business, the council approved a resolution authorizing an application for a Texas Department Housing and Community Affairs Home Funds Grant. If the application is approved, the city will receive $435,000 for housing rehab of up to five qualifying homes. The city will have to provide $12,000 worth of “in-kind services” and hold $80,000 in cash reserve. The funds may be used to build homes that would eventually turned over to an individual when they are paid off.
The council also proclaimed April Fair Housing Month.
Code Enforcement Officer Maggie Lloyd updated the council on the recent court hearing where two individuals where assessed fines by Judge James Stephens.
Angela Willis was fined $500.00, plus court costs and given 30 days to remove debris from property.
Rick Bradley was fined $25.00 plus court costs for having two many animals. Bradley received a 30-day continuance on other charges.
The next City Court will be April 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Utilities Superintendent Floyd Fay reported that a “Type 4” cell at the local landfill was nearly complete and will soon be accepting materials such as building and demolition and debris, as well as brush and other non-petrusible items.
Fay then reported that an employee left to take another job and a replacement worker was hired to work at the landfill.
City Secretary Carolyn Mayo then reported on the city’s finances, noting that the general fund was in the black by $75,000 but that the utility fund was short by some $30,000 in revenue.
Mayo informed the council the TASB contract for electricity was ready to be sent off and gave an update on the quarterly landfill report to be filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Mayo then advised that the YFZ Land LLC was behind on their sewer contract by more that $4,000. The city issued a letter advising the company and Texan Supply and Service, LLC, the firm that has been paying YFZ’s bills, of the past due status.
The Success obtained a copy of the letter after the meeting and noted that the YFZ is also in arrears on its payment to the local landfill by $2,492. The city is demanding payment within 10 days or services will be terminated.
Moving on to other business, the council opened sealed bids for surplus equipment, netting the city $851 for several pieces of equipment from two bidders.
Texas Water and Soil Co. of San Angelo was awarded the bid on the Eldorado 2011 Texas Community Development Block Grant water project. Roberts Construction Company and Housley Construction, both of San Angelo, where the other two bidders. Texas Water and Soil’s bid was $108,896.70 to install 8 inch water lines and four six-inch fire hydrants in the south part of Eldorado. The construction budget was $136,000.
It was noted that three council members including Stan Meador, Jon Cartwright, and Dorothy Dacy, are up for re-election. Carolyn Mayo advised them that the deadline to file for re-election is March 14th.
Before adjourning, the council reviewed and approved the city’s bills and as well as the minutes of the February meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Stan Meador presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor John Nikolauk with council members Stacy Haynes, Jon Cartwright, Richard Mendez, Dora Bosmans and Dorothy Dacy in attendance.
The next meeting of the Eldorado City Council is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011 in the council chambers at City Hall.