Eldorado City Council is preparing for the spring season. Roadside fundraisers, mowing issues, building demolition and the town's spring clean up occupied discussions during Tuesday's meeting.
Prior to the meeting Mayor Rocky D. James signed a proclamation declaring May 9 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2013. Project Connect of the Egyptian Health Department was cited as a pivotal organization in meeting the mental health needs of area children.
First item of business was the Eldorado Town & Country Fall Festival Committee's request to have a Penny Pitch fundraiser in town on May 18. The request passed unanimously.
Next was a request from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3479 for a roadblock on May 4 for Poppy Day. It was approved unanimously.
The mayor announced that the American Legion has agreed to put on an Easter egg hunt in Eldorado in 2014. There was no Eldorado hunt this season.
Jeff Minor, Public Property and Fire Commissioner, announced that a list of condemned properties had been drawn up and that the city would be demolishing them in order of severity of their condition. The list of properties follows:
- 507 Davidson St.
- 1110 Beulah St.
- 1116 West St.
- 608 Madison St.
- 2109 First St.
- 1305 Taylor St.
- 1115 Mulberry St.
Bob Briddick, public safety commissioner, warned that with warm weather children would be out roaming the streets at night and citizens should take care to secure their property.
Robby Price, street and sewer commissioner, reminded the council and the public that Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27 would be Spring Clean-Up Days at the Eldorado Street Barn. Hours for citizens to drop their trash would be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Batteries and tires will not be accepted. Citizens must present a water bill as proof of residency. Starting May 1 the city will be issuing fines up to $750 for property owners who do not clean up or mow.
Price also presented a tall grass weed notice. The notice states that property owners allowing tall grass or weeds to grow above a height of 6 inches would be subject to fines of up to $750. Each day the growth is allowed to stand after notice has been given will be treated as a separate offense.
Jim Morris, finance and water commissioner, reported that during the month of March the city took in less revenue than it spent and should look to ways of cutting cost.