The ordinance was updated to reflect creation of permits in the Karnes City City Park for the sale and consumption of alcohol, overnight stay in the park, and the redoing of permit application forms for the renting of the pavilions, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pens.
Regarding the sale of alcohol in the park, City Manager Don Tymrak states that “the subsequent change in the ordinance was to permit the sale and the consumption of alcohol that had been banned before.”
According to Tymrak, alcohol will be restricted to and allowed only in specific areas of the park such as the pavilions and sports facilities. Alcohol consumption and sale will not be allowed in the areas where children are more likely to congregate, such as the playground area and the splash pad area, according to Tymrak.
The ordinance also allows for permits to be obtained for overnight stay in the park if certain criteria is met. This is meant to help in instances where big events are held in the park and overnight stay is necessary for people such as event organizers and the like.
Also at the meeting, the council approved a revision to an ordinance regarding both the night and day curfews for minors in the city up to the age of 17.
Taking into consideration situations such as out-of-town school sporting events, the night curfew is now changed from 11 pm to midnight. This is to allow more time for licensed teenage drivers to get home after certain late sporting activities and similar situations.
The daytime curfew for minors had previously been from 9 am to 3:30 pm on school days. The change now begins the curfew at 8 am, since that is the time the school day starts.
“If they are school age, then they should not be out on the streets unless they are in the accompaniment of an adult or guardian,” said Tymrak.