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Choate to deliver 'State of the City' address tonight

Warner Brown deed, trash removal rates also on agenda by Tia Lyons | March 9, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.

Mayor Paul Choate is expected to deliver his State of the City address when the El Dorado City Council meets at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

The opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance will begin at 4:55 p.m.

Per state law, the mayor is required each year to report "the municipal affairs of the city and recommend such measures as may seem advisable" within 90 days of the new year.

Choate is just over two months into his first term as mayor.

The council will also consider a resolution regarding the deed and terms of usage for the Warner Brown property on West Oak Street.

Union County has agreed to purchase the property from Warner Brown Building, LLC, for a new 911 dispatch center to be used for El Dorado and Union County emergency services.

El Dorado city officials have said terms within the deed must be clarified before the sale is finalized.

The property was deeded to the city by the Medical Center of South Arkansas and years ago, the city deeded the property to Warner Brown Building, LLC, for a nominal fee.

Plans for the development of a Veterans Clinic on the site did not pan out after the bid was awarded to another outfit who built the clinic on North West Avenue.

The terms of the historical deed called for the Warner Brown campus to be used as a medical facility and with the proposed resolution, the city is seeking to clarify that the deed restriction has been satisfied and the city does not retain ownership or any reversionary interest in the property.

Also on the council's agenda is a proposed ordinance to raise the city's rates for bulk trash removal.

On Feb. 15, the El Dorado Water and Public Works Board approved a request from the Department of Public Works to increase the fees from $50 to $100 for small piles; $100 to $200 for medium-sized piles; and $200 to $300 for large piles.

The rates apply to bulk waste that is left curbside from construction projects, "cleanouts," piles of household trash that is removed from rental properties when tenants move out, and other such circumstances.

The new rates will go into effect on March 15.

The rates were last raised in 1996.

Council members will consider a resolution to waive competitive bidding to purchase a used bucket truck for the DPW.

Robert Edmonds, director of public works, said the 1995 Ford will be used by crews to switch out traffic lights and other such work.

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