“These seniors were in kindergarten when we began talking about a park,” Sommer said while speaking at the April 25 city council meeting. “And the same students planted grass for us when they were in 8th grade.”
Sommer thanked the council members and city employees for all their help during the park clean up and for making needed repairs.
She also reported that the walking trail was in place.
More trees for the park are being donated and will be planted in the near future, Sommer said.
Mayor Don Tymrak said that while he was at the park he noticed that someone had spraypainted on the sidewalk.
Tymrak suggested that possibly a volunteer group could be formed by citizens of Karnes City working in shifts to have someone on site to assist park users and help deter misuse of park equipment.
Wayne Beyers, a certified public accountant, gave the council the yearly independent auditor’s report for 2010-11.
Eddy Haynes and Claro Ybarra approached the city council about the possibility of buying lots from the city.
Council members agreed to consult the city’s attorney to find out the procedure and whether the city owned the property or were trustees of the property and revisit the issue in the next meeting.
Mary Casas asked the council about creating an access point to lots she purchased as there are no roads on either side of the property.
City Administrator Larry Pippin said he could contact an engineering firm the city has used in the past to see if they have records of an easement.
Council members also discussed the possibility of having the area surveyed.
Elisa Morales approached the council about having a street light installed at Milam Street and Apperson Street. Morales said the area is very dark at night and could be a safety risk.
Council members told Morales that because Milam Street comes to a dead end and there is no intersection that a light could not be placed in that area. Street lights are only installed to help with the flow of traffic.
Also during the meeting, council members agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the San Antonio River Authority in regard to the Digital Flood Insurance Rate.
The agreement will allow SARA to review flood plain policy instead of having an outside contractor from Washington.
The agreement will also allow SARA to continue to update the digital maps that have been made at the expense of $12 million.
The city council also discussed the possibility of controlling dust on the dirt roads in town.
Mayor Tymrak gave the council members an update on the animal control situation. Tymrak told the council about the possibility of the county opting to pull out of animal control. The city council will discuss the issue at the next council meeting.