Eldorado City Council has applied for a variance in the floodplain to permit an expansion of the Harrisburg Medical Center Eldorado Primary Care clinic, during Tuesday's meeting.
The proposed project is an 8,000 square foot addition to the existing single story, wood frame, slab on grade building contracted within the last 10 years. The entire property is located within the floodplain as determined in recent years while Saline County and municipalities pursued the federal Flood Insurance Program.
Mayor Rocky James is adamant the city has never flooded, but Eldorado had to enter the program if it was to attract new business.
James said if a variance is not granted the proposed addition would have to be raised 4 inches to 9 inches over an 8,000 square foot area, an exceptional hardship to the expansion project.
The only other major piece of action in the less than 10 minute meeting was accepting Rick Deadmond's resignation as wastewater operator hiring Bobby Brown of the Harrisburg Sewer Department in that capacity. James said the wastewater operator — charged with regular inspection of the sewer system — must have a special license and Deadmond lacked the time to devote to it.
Police Commissioner Bob Briddick noted a police trainee who had recently broken his leg is back to work on light duty.