The Eldorado City Council met Monday, February 8th and discussed problems at the sewer lift station near the Eldorado Place Apartments. Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay reported that the lift station’s pump is repeatedly being clogged with baby wipes and mop heads.

Baby wipes do not break down in the sewer system, Fay explained. He said he advised the manager at the apartments in hopes of educating the renters there about the importance of not flushing those types of items, but to dispose of them in the garbage instead.

The council also heard from Domingo Torres who asked for a variance to replace an existing single-wide mobile home on East Warner Ave. with a newer double-wide model. The council approved the variance request.

City Secretary Karla Reyes asked for and received approval to apply for a grant to purchase a large roll-off dumpster and five trailers for use during clean-up days. Reyes said the grant would save the city at about $25,000.

Engineer Tom Brown, representing MRB Group of Austin, told the council about a TxDOT grant that pays 100% for new sidewalks. He said a route for new sidewalks would have to be established.

Grant funding was used in recent years to construct sidewalks from the school to the swimming pool and park. The city received 80% funding for that project. The council authorized Brown to proceed with a grant application once a route has been established.

Mayor George Arispe spoke to the council about painting the north water tower as well as the ground storage tank on East Hill Avenue as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He estimated the cost at $350,000 and said that the city is seeking funding for the projects.

It was noted that Council Members Wayne McGinnes, Danny Halbert, Vicki Farmer and Mayor George Arispe have all filed for re-election to their positions. The deadline to file for any of the seats is Friday, February 12th. Mayor Arispe presided over the meeting with Council Members McGinnes, Halbert, Farmer, Felipe Pina, Oscar Martinez and Mack Redish in attendance.