Tom Brown, a civil engineer with the Austin firm MRB Group, advised the Eldorado City Council Monday evening about a water system improvement project that is slated to begin in April as well as the next steps necessary to continue the construction of a new water tower.

Brown said that Roberts Construction of San Angelo will begin installing 8-inch diameter water mains on April 15th. The project, that will require boring underneath US 277 is slated to finish in July. When completed the new water mains will help connect or “loop” parts of the city’s water distribution system.

Brown explained that the city’s new water tower will be constructed on property that has been cleared adjacent to El Corral Restaurant on Southwest Main Street. The city saved $20,000 on the project by clearing and preparing the property.

Brown noted that Phoenix Construction of Avon, Indiana submitted the low bid on the water tower project. The council voted to accept the company’s $698,106 bid.

Chris Wilson, a representative with Kinder Morgan, was present to answer questions about the construction of a 42-inch natural gas pipeline that is slated to pass through property the city owns adjacent to the municipal solid waste landfill about five miles west of town.

The council tentatively accepted Wilson’s offer of $17,029 for a right-of-way fee. The next step will be for the city’s attorney to review and approve the deal.

It was noted that the new pipeline will follow the general path of other pipelines that pass through the property, but will built 50-feet away.

The council then heard from Crystal Dearman representing the Eldorado Events Committee who advised that the group had received permission to hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds adjacent to the Eldorado Service Center. She said she wanted to see if the council had concerns about the hunt being at the Service Center.

Dearman also asked if the Girl Scouts could plant a garden at the center like they did last year, but place it outside the fence at the Service Center. She also sought approval for the use of city water at the garden.

The council did not take formal action on Dearman’s requests, but Mayor George Arispe praised the work of Eldorado Events and for all the good things they have done for the children of Eldorado.

Jesse and Valerie Sanchez were also on hand in conjunction with the Eldorado Events Committee. Jesse Sanchez advised the council that the group is in the process of obtaining a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation. He said they had already put up an $820 fee and expects to have the designation in 90-120 days.

The council next approved a request from the Schleicher County Rodeo Association for a “gold sponsorship” in the amount of $1,000 for the 50th annual Schleicher Top of the Divide Rodeo.

Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay informed the council that the Texas Railroad Commission had inspected the city’s gas system and identified some bookkeeping infractions. According to Fay, the errors have been corrected. Fay also reported that baby wipes are causing problems in the city’s sewer system. He noted that the wipes are not biodegradable and are clogging up the system.

In other business, the council approved spending $3,080 for a 10-foot by 12-foot storage building for the purpose of storing certain city records. The records are currently being stored at the old hospital.

The council also approved the consent agenda including the minutes for meetings held on February 11, 15 and 19, as well as the city’s current bills and financial reports.

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

The next meeting of the Eldorado City Council is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019, in the council chamber at City Hall.