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Council to hear audit report at meeting tonight

Two meetings a month likely to be reinstated by Tia Lyons | September 14, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.
El Dorado City Hall is seen in this News-Times file photo.

The El Dorado City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

The opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance will precede the meeting at 4:55 p.m.

Mayor Paul Choate is expected to present and respond to findings in the city's 2021 state legislative audit.

Of particular concern are audit findings that show a total of $52,705 in cash and receipts were not deposited and remain missing without explanation for Lions Club Municipal Golf Course ($22,467) between Jan. 1, 2021, and March 23, 2023, and the city's Recycling Drop-off Center ($20,274), 401 Liberty, between Jan. 1, 2021, and Feb. 7, 2023.

Choate previously said the matter could result in a criminal investigation, noting that the findings have been turned over to the 13th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney and Arkansas Attorney General's offices for an evaluation.

Also on the council's agenda is a proposal to scrap monthly El Dorado Water and Public Works Board meetings and convert them into city council meetings each month.

The decision came during an EWPWB meeting last month and months after City Attorney Robert Rushing advised city council members they could not conduct city business during EWPWB meetings and they would have to call a special meeting for a specific purpose.

Council members formed the EWPWB in early 2021, a few weeks after they placed the Department of Public Works and the El Dorado Water Utilities under the council's authority and oversight.

At the time, council members also said the EWPWB meetings would help keep them updated on various projects that are encompassed within the DPW, which includes streets, sanitation, parks, animal control, etc.

With the decision, city officials will return to their former schedule of holding two council meetings per month, with Choate presiding over the meetings.

In other business, the council will hear the second reading of a proposed ordinance to abandon a driveway in the area of North West Avenue and Parkway Drive.

The El Dorado Police Department is also on the agenda with a request to place several out-of-service police cars, Ford Crown Victorias, up for auction.

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