Karnes City Council members went into a 26-minute executive session at their regular monthly meeting last week and tabled a motion to approve an ordinance awarding a non-exclusive retail water utility agreement to El Oso Water Supply Corporation, a step that would put construction of the proposed apartments closer to reality.
El Oso did not have a representative at the meeting, and City and elected officials assured those community members in attendance that they remained dedicated to seeing the project through, but that they needed El Oso in the room for the agreement to move forward.
Brad Knolle, Director of Acquisitions and Development for The NRP Group, the developer, said his firm remains dedicated to the project as well.
However, he did express a growing sense of nervousness despite reassurances from council members and city staff.
The City called a special meeting for June 29 at 6 p.m. to again consider the ordinance. That meeting had not been completed at press time.
“Are we a little bit nervous? Absolutely,” Knolle said. “I’m incredibly concerned about the timing of this.”
“The apartments are not going to fail; I guarantee that,” city administrator Larry Pippen said.
“By next week Tuesday it’s going to be fine,” council member Lillian Lyssy added.