Karnes City resident Cory Ebrom presented to the council his ongoing problem regarding the flow and drainage of water that floods and pools onto his property on S. Apperson Street during times of rain.
Ebrom stated that due to lack of street-level drainage structure, as well as ground landscape, rain water easily flows and floods onto his property and under his house during times of even moderate rain, causing damage to his home as well as damage to other residences and property in the area.
“Basically I just want to get your idea of what could possibly be done to keep the water from under the house, because it is tearing stuff up constantly,” said Ebrom as he addressed the council. “I just want to see what you could possibly do for me as well as numerous other neighbors that I know of who are affected by this. My wish is to have a curb put in to divert the water and to keep it going and to keep it out from under the house.”
City officials, including Mayor Don Tymrak, have been to Apperson personally to hands-on assess the problem and walk the property in the area. City officials say that they have to discern between what is private property and what is not, in order begin implementing a solution.
“We walked the property and looked at everything and for ways to resolve the problem,” said Mayor Tymrak during the meeting. “There were a lot of questions and concerns that had to be answered - such as who has what, who owns what, and what resources are available.”
According to Tymrak, the city is looking for a way to solve the issue thoroughly and continues to examine the complex street and ground logistics. The city does not want to fix one area only to have another like it flood nearby.
A temporary solution the city is looking into is to dig a shallow ditch with possible piping along Apperson that would create a natural drain way to channel the water effectively away from residences.
Within one to two years the city plans to begin its scheduled street improvement plans, and all drainage issues will be looked at by engineering experts. The building of a street curb along Apperson to control and direct the volumes of rain water into proper flood planes will be among the street improvement plans. That is the long-term goal, according to the council.
In other matters, the council:
•Discussed standards and structures involving ordinances, and variances to such ordinances, regarding recreational vehicles in the city. The council discussed the growing number of recreational vehicles coming to the city and the need to enforce safety and utility standards
•Heard from Karnes County Economic Development Director Ray Kroll regarding six new traffic lights that will be established in the county, three of which will be in Karnes City
•Appointed Brenda Janysek as tax assessor-collector for the city of Karnes City, effective July 1
•Approved Brenda Janysek as tax assessor-collector to the effective and rollback tax rates for the 2012 tax year, effective July 1.