The Eldorado City Council met Monday and voted to allow members of the EHS senior class of 2023 to paint and personalize their parking spaces at the school.

The council also approved the release of $1,000 budgeted for the Schleicher County Rodeo Association.

Diana Guerra was on hand to request a variance to the city ordinance prohibiting the placing of a mobile home older than a 1996 model inside the city limits. Guerra said she had purchased a 1980 model mobile home and was in the process of remodeling it. Her old mobile home sat on a lot in the Sunrise Addition. It has been dismantled and hauled away.

The council could not act on the request since it was not on the agenda. Instead they encouraged her to return for a future meeting when it can be placed on the agenda.

City Secretary Karla Reyes reported that Mark Garcia had paid a $555 animal control fine for his dog Molly. The dog was released to Garcia who wanted to be on the agenda for the meeting, but he did not appear.

Reyes also requested that a City Hall employee’s name be updated on the city’s banking information since the employee’s name has recently changed.

Tom Brown, representing with MRB Group Engineering, was on hand to report the status of sewer improvement project. He said that due to high prices and the shortage of plastic pipe, the project will have to go out for bids again in September. Brown said that even then, the project may not receive any bids.

If that happens, the city can change from a sewer project to one that allows for the repainting of the north water tower.

Brown also noted that the TxDOT $2.6 million sidewalk project will begin this fall.

A community income survey is in progress with city residents being asked several brief questions. The surveyors will have identification and will ask questions for grant purposes, Karla Reyes said. Over 300 homes have been surveyed so far.

It was reported that the city has received an insurance check in the amount of $76,208 for the shop building that was destroyed by explosion and fire on April 9, 2022. The settlement does not include the content that was lost in the fire.

It was also explained that water usage has increased by 23% since May 2021. If good rains don’t come soon, the city will be forced to enact stage one voluntary water restrictions.

Mayor George Arispe presided over Monday’s meeting with council members Vicki Farmer, Danny Halbert, Mack Redish, Felipe Pina and Oscar Martinez in attendance. Council member Wayne McGinnes was absent.

The next meeting of the Eldorado City Council is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022, in the council chambers at City Hall.