The Eldorado City Council met Tuesday evening, October 9th and voted to hire Tom Brown with MBR Group of Austin to handle civil engineering for an upcoming water system and/or wastewater system project. Also on hand for the meeting was Mary Alice Smith with Grantworks who will handle grant services on the project.

Brown also updated the council on the pending water project as well as the construction of a new water tower. He noted that a public notice will be published soon and bids will be called on the water project. Brown noted that the water tower project, which will be carried out on Southwest Main Street is progressing.

The council heard from Ty Williams who returned for a second meeting in hopes of getting a variance so that he might drill a water well within the city limits. Williams said he would only use the well to irrigate trees and a garden and would not use it for residential purposes.

The city currently prohibits private water wells within the city and the council did not take any action to grant the waiver. There was, however, discussion about adopting a separate water rate for irrigation purposes.

Mayor George Arispe advised Williams that the city is willing to work with him to find a solution but expressed his opinion that there should be no variance granted because of the precedent it would set. The council tabled the matter but indicated a willingness to explore the establishment of an irrigation rate.

The council also voted to hold a hearing on a zoning ordinance request by Maria C. Esparza who asked that a residence located at 100 W. Big Lake Street be zoned for commercial use.

In other business, the council voted to authorize Karla Reyes to take minutes and handle clerk duties during the meeting in the absence of City Secretary Melissa Truelove. They also approved the minutes of their previous meeting as well as the city’s financial reports.

Mayor Arispe explained that city dumpsters had been taken to Sonora to assist with the flood recovery efforts there.

Before adjourning, the council heard from Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay to advised that recent rains have raised the water level in the city’s monitor well to 308 feet. That’s up from 323 feet just a month ago.