Karnes City okays land use for health facility
by Joe Baker
Jan 19, 2014 | 162 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – The Karnes City Council voted in favor of modifying a lease agreement to to provide sufficient space for a new health facility in Karnes City during their meeting on Jan. 9.

Monty Small, representing the Atascosa Health Center spoke to the council concerning the facility reminding them that the current facility has been in operation since 2006 but there is now enough need and grant funding to provide for a much larger facility.

“It’s been a great relationship,” Small said regarding the partnership between the Atascosa Health Center and the City of Karnes City. “We want to build a new facility.”

“It has been wonderful for us,” he said, describing the current facility. “It has met our needs but we are outgrowing it.”

The center was recently awarded a $400,000 grant from the Texas Department of Health Services, he said. Other grants have been received to move the project forward and additional grant funding is being sought that would help the center achieve its goal of building a new 9,387 square-foot, $1.64 million facility. A total of 3,634 square-feet in the building is planned to be used for dental care and the remaining 5,753 square-feet is planned for medical care.

The center is also considering a smaller, 5,967 square-foot facility, if insufficient grant funding is available for the larger center.

The “in kind” lease of the land contributed by the city is valued at $100,000 toward the cost of the project.

The plan is to keep the current facility open and in operation until the construction of a new facility is complete.

The current facility is located on a city block that at one time had been used as a park just northeast of the intersection of W. Schleicher and N. Butler Streets.

Council member Jimmy Loya made a motion to increased the acreage listed in the lease and continue the lease at a rate of one dollar per year. Council Member Mary Kruciak seconded the motion.

The motion carried with all the council voting in favor except Lillian Lyssy and Sherry Sommer who abstained.
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