During the public comments section of the meeting, the Commission welcomed Morgan Barnes from Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs. Ms. Barnes presented City of El Dorado Human Resource Manager, Haley Remsberg with her MiniMPA. The mini Master of Public Administration (MPA) course is a professional development series geared toward public and nonprofit managers.
Haley attended 16 weeks of classes to successfully complete the Executive Development in Public Administration course. Haley encourages others who are interested in continuing their education in Public Administration to take the program.
The City received $28,042.39 in Liquor Tax Revenue during 2018. Each year, the funds generated by the Liquor tax are redistributed to non-profit organizations. The money can only be distributed to organizations that assist children who are victims of domestic violence. Three organizations submitted requests to receive funds for a total of $20,000. Family Life Center requested $12,000, which is a decrease of $1,000 from last year. SCARF requested $3,000, a decrease of $1,500 from last year. And a new organization to submit a request, Thrive Butler, requested $5,000.
Commissioner Badwey questioned whether any organization could request the funds, and what would be done with the remaining approximately $8,000. City Manager David Dillner reminded him that anyone could make a request but would be subject to the statutory requirements. City Clerk Tabitha Sharp added that the remaining funds would be available for future requests from either one of the current awardees or other organizations who make a request during the current year. The requests were approved.
The Commission approved the awarding of Marmaton Road Project No. 520 to Pearson Construction as they submitted the lowest and best bid of $603,738.00.
Also presented to the Commission was a recommendation from the Planning Commission to approve a Special Use Permit with conditions for the property located at 409 N. Taylor Street. Those conditions are: privacy and wrought iron fencing, trees, landscaping, and siding on the front wall of his building. The recommendation was approved by the Commission by a vote of 4-1, Commissioner Wilkinson was opposed
The replat of Patten Addition was presented with a unanimous recommendation from the Planning Commission. The Patten Addition was platted in 2016. Property owners in the area have worked together to purchase larger lots from the original owner, Bryan Patten. The replat of the Patten Addition primarily rearranges a number of lot lines by enlarging many of the lots created in the 2016 plat. One new oil well easement is proposed and no new right-of-way dedications were proposed. The replat was approved.
Commissioner Guthrie reported that he was inspired by the recent survey comments to visit the local cemeteries. Citing potholes and poor road conditions at Belle Vista Cemetery, he made a request to have City staff look into what needs to be done to fix the roads. Commissioner Guthrie stated that [City of El Dorado] owes it to the original residents to keep up the location they selected as their final resting place. Mr. Guthrie also referenced recent traffic accidents along K-254 and his own experiences of potentially hazardous situations, and requested City staff investigate the possibility of banning phone use while driving or requiring Bluetooth technology.
City Manager David Dillner reported on the newly completed playground at Gordy Park and the upcoming projects at the Library Park, East Park Shelter, and the Tennis Courts at North Main Park.
He also informed the Commission on the need for a new roof at the Activity Center and that costs for those repairs will be shared with USD 490. Finally, he noted that the restrooms at the city parks have been opened except for those at Rice Park as they are being repaired and will be reopened once the repair work is complete.
The City Commission then recessed into executive session to discuss ongoing litigation related to the Wind Turbine. Upon returning from recess, the Commission accepted the settlement agreement with George Butler Associates Inc and GBA Builders.
The Commission recessed a second time into executive session to discuss ongoing litigation related to the Hasting lawsuit. They returned from recess and no action was taken.
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