The City of Eldorado’s new water tower project will begin on April 22nd according to Tom Brown, a civil engineer with MRB Group of Austin. Brown told the City Council Monday night that Phoenix Erectors, the company hired to build the elevated tank, should complete the project in December.

It was noted that Roberts Construction has already begun installing 1,900 feet of 6-inch water main on Cottonwood and will move over to West Avenue, Carlisle and McWhorter Streets. The project will complete a loop of the city’s water system and will connect to the new water tower when it is completed on Southwest Main Street. The contractor will bore under U.S. 277 at West Avenue in order to complete the loop.

The city council approved two payments to Roberts Construction totaling $65,081.

Sam Vaughan, a deposit underwriter with Financial Northeastern Corporation, spoke to the council about brokered certificates of deposit. Vaughan currently handles investments for Schleicher County and Schleicher County ISD. Mayor George Arispe asked him to return for a future meeting to discuss investment options with the city council.

Among other business, Maria Esparaz was granted a variance to move a mobile home, that is currently located on a lot without city utilities, to another site that does have utilities.

Hospital Administrator Paul Burke asked for a variance so that a travel trailer could be located near the hospital’s daycare center on South West Street to house medical personnel for several months. City Secretary Melissa Truelove will place the request on the agenda for next month’s meeting.

The council approved the consolidation of precincts for the May 4th city election. Early voting will be held at the Schleicher County Courthouse. Election day voting will be at the Memorial Building.

Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay said the water level at the city’s monitor well has gained 46 feet since the fall rains. The level is currently at 277.5 feet.

Fay advised the council that one of the city’s old garbage trucks is getting a new engine and the other truck is behind a day of garbage collection. The new truck is expected to arrive in June.

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

The next meeting of the Eldorado City Council is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 13th in the council chamber at City Hall.