TR Council gives go-ahead for truck stop
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
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THREE RIVERS – A 24-hour truck stop/convenience store request for a special use permit to open on the Glass Factory property off state Highway 72 was approved Tuesday evening, Oct. 9.

The property is currently zoned industrial, which is why the business requested a special use permit, avoiding going through the process of a zoning change.

The Three Rivers City Council unanimously approved the request for the truck stop’s permit to construct its store on the 6.07 acres on the right just past the railroad tracks and before the Frio River Bridge.

The council stipulated that the Texas Convenience Store owner would have to construct a fence on the north side of the property to buffer the sound from idling trucks.

Mayor James Liska said the fence would protect residents from the noise the trucks would make.

Also stipulated was that the entrance just past the railroad tracks would have to be an entrance, not an exit for safety reasons.

Tim Kardosz, spokesman for the company, said the business is working with the city and the Texas Department of Transportation to determine the best way customers can enter and exit the convenience store in terms of safety.

The special use permit was also contingent on a hydraulic study that would determine if enough water is available for the store.

Kardisz said the convenience store would have a grill inside that could seat more than 40 people, a fueling station for vehicles in front and a fueling station for trucks in the rear of the store, as well as parking and places for overnight stays for trucks.

“I personally think it is a business that would be great for the city,” Liska said.

In other business, the council approved a bid from Chaparral Electric Company to install four emergency generators, including constructing the foundations, installing conduit, electricity and starting up.

The generators would be used in emergency situations that require backup electricity.

The bid, the best of three submitted was $41,285.

The council determined that bids would have to requested for natural gas lines to the new Live Oak Crossing development near Love’s Travel Stop.

Requested is a four-inch gas line for a Motel Six, as well as a couple of other motels and restaurants.

About 15,750 linear feet is needed, and some estimates for the project include $178,675 to $200,000.

The council determined that bid specifications would have to be drawn up to see what all needs to be done.

The council noted that the area is being annexed, so additional property taxes, utility fees and sales tax would be added to the city’s revenue from the new development.

Also, the council approved permission to move three Housing and Urban Development-type buildings to be located on the 800 block of School Road for use by the Atascosa Health Clinic.

Monty Small, Atascosa Health Clinic executive director, said the goal of the health clinic is to bring similar health care services to those who are in Karnes City and Pleasanton.

A request by Bar@3 Rivers to remain open to 2 a.m., serving non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages, kitchen offerings and live entertainment and pool, was denied by the council.

The business currently stays open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on Saturdays.

The council unanimously approved a motion that the business comply with the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission rules and regulations.

The council requested a survey of an unused portion of Mollie Street, located between block 2 and block 5 of the Molly Murray Addition.

Once the city has the street surveyed, it will make a determination to keep the street or officially close it and offer it for sale at the appraised value.
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