The Eldorado City Council on Monday evening, heard from Gabriela and Rick Blye concerning the city’s animal control ordinance which prohibits chickens within the city limits.

The couple advised that they had looked into animal control ordinances in small towns and found that only Eldorado and Menard had an ordinance banning chickens.

The Blyes said they own several chickens and are will versed in proper way to care for the birds. They suggested the city could earn income from allowing chickens under a license that would require banding.

Mayor Pro Tem George Arispe thanked the Blyes for the information, but advised that the city’s ordinance still stands and chickens are not allowed in the city limits.

Valerie Sanchez, representing the Eldorado Events Committee, requested street closure along with water/wastewater connections for Main Street Days on July 28th. The council granted the request.

Brenda Breece, representing the Eldorado Service Center then requested use of the City’s Blackboard Connect software for contacting people interested in receiving fresh produce when it is available at the center.

The council approved the request and City Secretary Melissa Truelove asked for contact information of those interested in using the program.

Girl Scout Troop #5262 and #11300 presented a slide program showing the results of their garden project at the Eldorado Service Center. It was noted that the city provided water for the project.

The girls prepared a supper for the city council using some of the produce from the garden as a way of saying, thank you for the city’s help.

In other business, the council approved a $1,000 donation to the Schleicher County Historical Society.

The council then approved hiring Grantworks, a management service provider, for the 2019 and 2020 Community Development Block Grant project.

Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay explained that the water level in the city’s monitor well behind City Hall is at 323.4 feet and is nearing the level that would trigger Drought Stage 2 which calls for mandatory water restrictions.

On a good note, Fay explained that water usage is already down 39 percent from last year’s level.

The council then entered into a closed-door executive session for the discussion of real property and personnel matters. When the council returned to open session, they took no action on the subject of real property, but they did authorize pay raises for City Secretary Melissa Truelove and Administrative Assistant Karla Reyes.

Mayor Pro Tem George Arispe presided over Monday’s meeting in the absence of Mayor John Nikolauk. Council members present included Wayne McGinnes, Paul Rebuck, Danny Halbert, Mack Redish and Vicki Farmer.

The next meeting of the Eldorado City Council is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018, in the council chambers at City Hall.