Eldorado Mayor George Arispe was in attendance for Monday night’s meeting of the Eldorado City Council, but was still recovering from surgery, so Mayor Pro Tem Danny Halbert presided over the meeting.

Tom Brown, a civil engineer with MBR Group, asked the council to pay Roberts Construction $44,525 from the Community Development Block Grant and $116,652.60 from Texas Water Development Board funds. The two payments reflect 80 percent completion of the water projects currently being done on West Avenue, Carlisle Street and McWhorter Avenue. Brown stated that project will be completed within the month.

Brown advised the council that a pre-bid meeting for the demolition of the old water tower will be held on May 20th. He said 24 companies are interested in the project and that he expects several of those companies to actually submit bids.

Brown also explained that the north water tower and ground water storage tank are due for sand blasting and painting as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The council directed Brown to look for ways to finance project that is expected to cost the $250,000.

Eldorado Pride Committee members Becky Lux and Darlene Edmiston requested the City Council name May 23rd Clean Up Eldorado Day. The council voted to waive the landfill fees for May 23rd. Roll off dumpsters will be available around town as they were last year. A tire trailer will be available starting May 23rd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the city yard on Cottonwood. Regular passenger, pickup and trailer tires will be accepted. No tractor or heavy equipment tires. Call City Hall at 853-2691 for more information.

Lux explained that Schleicher County ISD students will also be helping to collect trash around Eldorado on May 23rd.

Fernando Montes, Jr. requested a zoning variance on property that he owns on Brooks Street so that he may relocate a business there. Letters will be sent to residents near the property and a public hearing will be held the first meeting in June.

The council then canvassed the ballots of the city’s May 4th election and approved the results.

Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay informed the council the 2007 trash truck was up and running with a new engine. The new trash truck is scheduled to arrive sometime in June.

Fay informed the council the water usage was down 30 percent a year ago and said that the water level has risen in the city’s monitor well 48.5 feet to a depth of 274.5 feet.