The council approved adding a 1,275 foot extension of 15 inch pipe to the wastewater treatment plant so that treated effluent water can properly discharge into the nearby dry creek bed, which is its old discharge point and where the treated water is supposed to go, according to city officials.
“It comes into the plant as sewage from homes and businesses,” said City Manager Don Tymrak after the meeting. “We have to treat it basically so that it can be water-safe for animals to drink and to be ultimately discharged into the San Antonio River.”
Previously, some of the treated water had been spreading out into certain nearby private property and the city leadership has been looking into remedying the situation. The city will now need to apply for an amendment to the city’s current discharge permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
City officials will be meeting with engineers to come to an agreement on the correct way the treated effluent will drain and flow properly to its designated spot, then the pipes will be ordered. City officials say that it will be about two to three weeks to get started.
The council also approved installing a pump on the city’s water well number seven, which is located about nine miles toward Falls City. Well number seven is an artesian well/aquifer, meaning that the water in the well is naturally free-flowing with natural pressure according to the volume of water. The well is currently in good working order, city officials state, but want to install a pump in the well in order to bring water up if the well ever stops free-flowing, due to circumstances such as drought.
The installed pump will serve as a pre-emptive measure to “ensure the city’s water supply,” according to Tymrak. City officials are now examining costs and various installation details with engineers.
In other business, the council:
-Discussed the possibility of changing out or adding to the Karnes City Park a swing for handicapped children. The issue will be forwarded to the park board
-Approved certain tax abatements and sales tax relief for businesses that come in and either occupy and refurbish a current building in the city, or build a new building in downtown. The tax abatement and relief is meant to be incentive to bring development to the city and for people to open more businesses downtown, as well as for businesses to occupy buildings that are currently vacant.