Flag Day Observation

On Sunday, June 14th, in a joint venture between the American Legion, Elks and VFW, El Dorado residents gathered at the Bandshell in Forest Park to enjoy a patriotic program performed by the El Dorado Municipal Band.

A free hot dog dinner was provided as a part of the Flag Day Celebration.

Speaking to the audience, American Legion Post Commander Steve Seymour shared a few facts concerning the United States Flag.
More than 250 hot dogs were served at the Flag Day Ceremony.

Flag Day is celebrated each year on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  The United States Army also celebrates 

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, however, it is at the President’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance.  In a proclamation released by the White House, President Trump authorized the observance of Flag Day, this year and urged all Americans to pay tribute to our National symbol.

An Honor Guard presents the colors, prior to the performance.

“On Flag Day and throughout National Flag Week, we pay tribute to the American flag, the most recognizable symbol of the principles for which our Republic stands.  For more than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes has represented liberty, justice, and the rule of law.  Recently, as our Nation has come together to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, our flag has been a reminder of the courage, tenacity, and loyalty that define the indomitable American spirit,” read the proclamation. 

“Our great flag causes us to reflect humbly on the immeasurable price that has been paid to keep it “so gallantly streaming.”  Throughout our Nation’s history, proud patriots have nobly answered the call of duty when our country needed them most.  The Star Spangled Banner serves as an everlasting remembrance of the sacrifices heroes of every generation have made in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our flag ensures that we never forget the incredible sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made to defend our liberty and way of life.

“This year, Old Glory has waved over millions of brave Americans fighting the invisible enemy, often at risk to their personal health and wellbeing.  Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare professionals have treated and cared for those sickened by the virus, and countless American patriots have provided critical goods and services to their fellow citizens in these uncertain times.  These dedicated individuals have risen to the challenge, meeting the virus on the frontlines with the same conviction and unwavering determination that has empowered our Nation to overcome previous trials.  Just as we prevailed in those struggles, we will emerge victorious against this new enemy and again raise our flag in triumph. 

“The American flag represents the unity of our country and its people. No matter what may divide us, Old Glory should be revered and cherished, as a symbol of all that makes America the greatest country in the world. As we honor our beautiful flag on this day and throughout this week, let us vow never to forget the tremendous sacrifices made by patriots from generation to generation to ensure that the red, white, and blue continues to fly high and free. Today, and every day, I am proud to join my fellow Americans in standing tall and saluting our great American flag.”

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site 

At a time when COVID-19 testing is critical to the pandemic response, the State of Kansas is implementing drive-through testing sites to be available in communities across Kansas, to test first responders, healthcare providers whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms as well as anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms of the virus. 

Walmart has partnered with the State of Kansas in this initiative to set up several mobile COVID-19 testing sites. One of the five sites will be located in Butler County.  

The local site will be conducted at the El Dorado State Park, 1714 NE Shady Creek Access Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042.  Testing will be available, through appointment, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week from 10am – 3pm, weather permitting. 

The official testing schedule launches Monday, May 4, 2020.  

Information on how to schedule an appointment:


  • All first responders and healthcare providers and anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • For more information on testing eligibility, please see CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/priority-testing-patients.pdf. 
  • Those who wish to be tested will be screened to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing. If individuals have difficulty scheduling an appointment, they can call 800-635-8611, or they can schedule an appointment on-site. The testing site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials. 


  • A mobile drive-through COVID-19 testing site open to all healthcare providers and first responders and anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, at no cost to the individual. 
  • All appointments will be drive-through observed with self-collection. 
  • To be tested, individuals must be in a car and have a scheduled appointment through eTrueNorth at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com
  • On-site scheduling will also be available. 


El Dorado State Park, 1714 NE Shady Creek Access Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042 


  • The official testing schedule launches Monday, May 4, 2020. 
  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week from 10am – 3pm, weather permitting. 
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time. 

What to bring/things to note: 

  • The testing site will require an appointment through eTrueNorth’s online site (www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com). You will receive an appointment confirmation that you will need to have on hand when you arrive on-site. 
  • In addition, please make sure to bring your insurance card and valid photo ID for proof of identity. 
  • Those being tested will need to stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to walk-ups; those being tested must be in a car. 
  • Individuals being tested will perform a self-administered nasal swab in their car with a healthcare provider observing them. Directions will be provided in the confirmation email after scheduling the appointment and on-site. 
  • It’s important to take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms closely. If your symptoms do not improve or you develop new or worsening symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Do not wait to receive your results. 


  • Individuals will be able to access their results on http://www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. They will receive a text and/or email notification when their COVID-19 test results are available. 
  • Average turnaround time is approximately 24 to 48 hours from the day of collection. 
  • While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. 

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled appointment, please call 800-635-8611. 



Splash Parks May Close Due Vandalism

Commissioners discussed the vandalism at the spray parks during the City Commission meeting on Monday night.  According to City of El Dorado staff, “The North Main and Graham Splash Parks have been vandalized, damaging the drainage and pump areas. More than 90% of the vandalism at the splash parks is being done during the daylight hours while the splash parks are running. Reports we have received involve children stuffing leaves, bags, towels, etc.in the filters, which stops the water and causes damage to the filters. Police have increased patrols in these areas, but our hope is that adults or other children who are made aware of the issue will report any of this activity by calling 322-4398, which will allow staff to respond more quickly. We thank those people who have come forward with information on the vandalism and hope that everyone continues to keep an eye out.”   The announcement was made, “If the vandalism continues, service interruptions at both parks will take place.”

It was also noted that illegal dumping has occurred at the compost site.  Illegal dumping is prohibited and citizens are reminded that the site is for leaves, grass and brush only.  It will be shut down for 5 days if other items found. Citizens are asked police themselves and report any illegal dumping to help keep compost site active for the community.



City Commission

At the El Dorado City Commission meeting Monday night, the consent agenda was approved (4-0) with Commissioner Badwey absent. On the consent agenda was the following items:

  1. Approval of City Commission Minutes from June 3, 2019 and City Commission Special
  2. Minutes from May, 15, 28 and 29, 2019.
  3. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance No. 06-19 in the amount of $4,260,102.71.
  4. Temporary Beer License for BCC at Drums Across Kansas.

Items of business brought before the commission began with Brian Minnis, Chief Development Officer of GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness.  He appeared before the Commission to answer questions regarding the lease and transaction process with the golf course. There is a delay with finalizing the transaction due to one of the five partners retiring and divesting his investment in the company.  The Commission approved the execution of the Prairie Trails Lease Agreement 4-0

Jay Shivers from the Engineering Department presented the Special Use Permit (SUP) application for the expansion of Deer Grove RV Park onto 2.3 acres at 2953 SE Highway 54.  A SUP allows specific uses to take place on a property. The zoning ordinance allows campgrounds with a SUP on this property, which is zoned Manufactured Home Park Residential District. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 30th, 2019, to review the application and they voted to unanimously recommend approval of the application.  Conditions may be placed on the SUP .

The current zoning district allows single-family residential and manufactured home parks. The SUP was  approved with condition of a 6 foot privacy fence to limit the impact of the special use. It was approved 4-0.

The City of El Dorado requested bids for the rehabilitation and sealing of runway 4/22 at the Captain Jack Thomas Memorial Airport.  The lowest and best bid was determined to be from Pearson Construction at $236,311.38. The City has requested assistance from the FAA and has been granted funding in the amount of 90% of the project. The cost to the City will be $36,100 which has been budgeted in the airport fund.

The Commission authorized the City Manager to execute the contract with the FAA and upon concurrence from them, award the contract to Pearson Construction for the Runway 4/22 project, 4-0.

In an effort to address dangerous and unfit structures, staff has determined from our unsafe-unfit structures list, 5 homes that an ultimate resolution needs to be addressed. Those homes are:

1107 W Carr; 1108 W Carr; 426 W 7th; 802 S Taylor; and 205 N Washington.

Chapter 15.16 of El Dorado Municipal Code sets forth the avenue to rectify the ongoing issues with these structures.  If the owner of the property is unable to cause a structure to be razed the City Commission is the ultimate entity responsible for demolition cost. A special assessment would be placed on the property in hopes of recovering the cost.  The Commission authorized (4-0) the scheduling of a public hearing on August 19, 2019 at 6:30 for the purpose of abating or removing the dangerous structures at 1107 W Carr, 1108 W Carr, 426 W 7th, 802 S Taylor and 205 N Washington.

A public hearing was held for the purpose of considering an application to be submitted to the Kansas Department of Commerce for Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds under the Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation category.

The project considered for the grant is for the rehabilitation of the building located 142 North Main Street El Dorado, Kansas at the corner of North Main Street and West 1st Street. The proposed rehabilitation project will consist of installing a perimeter drain system inside the building, demolition of roof down to concrete roof slab, install new roof drains with overflow drains, R-30 insulation, TPO roof membrane and fire suppression system. The estimated project cost is $330,600.00, with the grant request for $247,950.00 of the project cost and a local match of $82,650.00.

Under previous ownership, maintenance of the property was neglected resulting in a failed roof and extensive water damage throughout the building. In April of this year, the building was purchased by Nathan and Nicole Ensminger with the intent to bring the building up to code and rehabilitate the interior for occupancy of multiple tenants on the first and second floors. As an anchor building in the core of downtown El Dorado, the property is eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding under the current 2019 Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation program.  Costs for the administration of the grant will be paid from grant proceeds.

The Commissioning approved the declaration of the building as blighted, with respect to the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program. The Resolution certifying legal authority to apply for the 2019 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program from the Kansas Department of Commerce was approved, 4-0.  Additionally, the Commission directed City Manager, David Dillner to execute a contract with South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD) for administrative services for the Community Development Block Grant, 4-0.

Kurt Bookout, Director of Public Utilities, appeared to present bids for the Prairie Trails Pump Station.  No bids were received for the project. City staff contacted Electrical Systems, Inc. (ESI) of Wichita, and requested a bid which they submitted a bid in June for the project.  The purpose of the project is to increase the operational flexibility and efficiency of the Booster Pump Station by adding a jockey pump, by-pass piping and valves, pump VFD and controls.  The addition of these items to the station will decrease electrical costs significantly. The bid received was for $55,000 with a discount provided of $5,500, so the actual project cost will be $49,500. The project was budgeted and the water fund is anticipated to fall within their targeted cash range this year.

The Commission voted (4-0) to direct the City Manager to execute the contract with ESI for the Prairie Trails Pump Station.