Eldorado City Council met Monday evening, July 8, 2019 and heard requests to allow chickens to be raised in the city limits and for the parking of RVs in a residential neighborhood. The two items were only a small part of the evening’s full agenda.

Gabriela and Rick Blye appeared before the council for the second time a little over a year to request a variance so they could keep chickens at their residence. The couple first approached the city council about the issue in July of last year with a petition including nearly 100 signatures in support of their request, but the council took no action to change the ordinance.

At Monday night’s meeting, Gabriela Blye suggested allowing six to 10 chickens on a property with a minimum of 10 square feet per chicken. Blye said she would donate leg bands so the chickens could be identified and banded and said the city could charge a fee for each chicken. Blye said that chickens would also help control insects like ticks, mosquitoes and fleas.

The Blyes left the meeting but the council continued to discuss the matter for few moments with Vicki Farmer saying she remembered declining the request last year.

No formal action was taken on the matter, allowing the city’s prohibition of chickens inside the city limits to remain in place.

Jim Miles was also on hand to ask for a zoning variance regarding his property at 709 Old Sonora Road. Miles wanted to temporarily rent spots for two RVs on his property while the Kinder Morgan pipeline is being constructed through the county.

Mark Graves, who lives adjacent to the property, was on hand to object to the change. He said he felt the neighborhood would not be the same after the RVs moved in.

The council ultimately told Miles that its zoning ordinance will stand as is, without change. The ordinance does allows RVs hook-ups to city sewer and water services for a period of no more than 72 hours, with permission from City Hall.

Council member Danny Halbert told Miles that the council had denied such a request earlier this year. That was in February of this year and was reported in The Eldorado Success when Bill Hodges asked to allow two RVs to be located near the stoplight at the former Exxon station on South Divide Street.

Tom Brown, a civil engineer with MRB Group, was present to ask for the last installment payment to Roberts Construction for the water system upgrade project the company recently completed.

In a related matter, Phoenix Construction asked for its first installment payment for the new water tower project in the amount of $143,402.50. It was noted that sections of the water tower are being prefabricated and will be delivered sometime in August.

The city will call for bids to paint the north water tower at the next council meeting in August.

Chris Wilson with Permian Highway Pipeline was present to discuss the contract with the City of Eldorado for an easement across the city’s landfill access road. It was noted that attorneys have repaired papers with the city’s requirements for allowing the pipeline to cross the landfill property. The documents will be submitted to Kinder Morgan and Permian Pipeline. No action was taken by council.

Claudia Sandate with the First United Methodist Church was present to ask the council to close streets for a Rainbow Color Run that the church is sponsoring on August 17th. Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay advised those present that the run would not require closing streets. The run will begin at the elementary school drop off area. The council took no action on the matter.

Fay further advised that summer workers have been busy chipping limbs and debris as well as patching pot holes. He noted that the water level in the city’s monitor well is 280.3 feet and explained that water usage is down some 56 percent from the same period one year ago.

Fay then reminded the council that the city would be entering into Drought Stage 2 if the water in the city’s monitor well drops to 323 feet.

City Secretary Melissa Truelove ended the meeting with the council approving a resolution supporting the designation of a extension of Interstate 27 as a future interstate in Texas. It is proposed that Interstate 27, already completed from Interstate 40 in Amarillo southward to Lubbock, will connect with Interstate 20 and Interstate 10. The proposed road would connect Laredo, Eagle Pass and Del Rio with San Angelo and other points north. A group in the Midland-Odessa area is proposing a segment overlap the Ports-to-Plains Corridor which would include and east/west connection with the proposed Interstate 14.

Mayor George Arispe presided over Monday night’s meeting with city council members Danny Halbert, Paul Rebuck, Mack Redish, Vicki Farmer and Oscar Martinez. Council member Wayne McGinnes was absent.

The next meeting of the Eldorado City Council is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019, in the council chamber at City Hall.