Armband prices to increase
The El Dorado Springs City Council at the Monday, April 15 meeting, approved a contract between the city and Pride Amusement of Galena, KS, for three more Picnics. Pride will provide the carnival for this year’s Picnic and years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Councilmen Randy Bland, Jerry Baldwin and Gene Floyd were present along with Mayor Brad True, City Manager Bruce Rogers and City Clerk Lisa Allison. Councilman Jerry Friar was absent.
Rogers said that Ed Burlingame, owner of Pride Amusements, has requested the armband prices for this year’s Picnic be increased from $18 in advance to $20 and to $22 from $20 at the Picnic. The council approved the price increase.
Rogers reported that the street department continues to clean out ditches and is updating the sign inventory. Federal regulations now require a certain reflective signage with a 2015 deadline for the new signs to be in place. The city is installing the new signs as the old ones need to be replaced.
He also mentioned that the electric department is replacing some bent and deformed poles around the intersection of Twyman and Main as a preventative measure.
Rogers also said that the spring leaf pick-up is April 22-26. There is an eight- bag limit. Bags should be set out on regular trash day.
True updated the council on the $30,000 grant for recycling services. He said that State Senator Schaffer from St. Louis has filed a bill to cut the solid waste funding, citing that all districts are unwilling to cooperate. True said the senator is attempting to do away with the 14 current districts and form six new ones. True said he has called a special meeting of Kaysinger on Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with contacting the senator to try to stop the measure. True said he is unsure how this will affect the grant.
Bland asked about the status of signage for the turn lane on the south side of the intersection of 54 and 82. Rogers said someone from the state highway department is coming to look at the issue this week.
Bland mentioned the problem of air conditioners being stolen around town and that neighbors should call if they see anything suspicious. Rogers indicated that the police were working on the situation.
Floyd commented that maybe the police chief could come to a meeting and give a report on the air conditioner issue.
Floyd also wanted to know what streets were scheduled for paving this year. Rogers said Jeff Koger has the list.
Floyd brought up the condition of the tennis courts. He said they that should be repaired or eliminated, as they are not usable as they are. Rogers said estimates received in the past were around$15,000 to $60,000.
Allison gave the results from the April 2 election: Jerry Baldwin-276 votes, Gene Floyd-239 votes and 15 write-in votes. Baldwin and Floyd were sworn in for three-year terms.