Karnes City approves 300-foot-tall sheriff’s office communications tower
by Bain Serna
May 03, 2014 | 225 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – Law enforcement officials were present at the April 22 regular monthly meeting of the Karnes City Council to brief the council regarding an extension to a new telecommunications tower that is part the Karnes County Jail Project, that is now being constructed at 500 East Wall Street in Karnes City.

Kenedy Police Chief Duane DuBose, Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva and Chief Deputy Robert Ebrom gave information and answered questions about the issue. They explained the technicalities of having a new extended communications tower for improved law enforcement and emergency services communications for all Karnes County emergency workers.

A County ordinance had previously limited the height of telecommunications towers to 200 feet, and law enforcement officials proposed an amendment to that ordinance that would allow that height to be extended to 300 feet.

The tower had been planned to go adjacent to the new jail building and only be 200 feet, but it was realized by law enforcement officials that full telecommunications coverage would not be possible at that height.

According to Police Chief DuBose, extending the tower to 300 feet would eliminate any “dead spots” of radio communications pertaining to the law enforcement channel for emergency services throughout the county.

The City Council approved and granted the variance to the telecommunications ordinance that will allow the tower to be extended of up to 300 feet. The tower has yet to be erected and will be used strictly for law enforcement communication purposes.

“It benefits everyone in the county by allowing it to go up to 300 feet,” said City Manager Don Tymrak after the meeting. “We felt is was best for the county to have that height increase.”

The council also approved for City Manager Tymrak to obtain preliminary designs for the building of a skate park at the Park B area of the Karnes City Park. The Park B area currently has a pond and open land area. Preliminary cost figures and plans for the skate park will be reviewed with SPA Skateparks, an Austin-based skate park design and construction company.

SPA Skateparks has constructed skate parks for Floresville and Beeville, at an cost of approximately $100,000 and $200,000, respectively.

After cost figures and logistics have been obtained and analyzed, the council will decide how to fund it and go forward with it, if at all.

In other business, the council:

-Approved to renew an inter-local agreement with the Karnes City ISD to allow the Little League baseball to use the district facilities to both practice and play on. The agreement comes up for renewal every three years

-Approved to allow the City to dispose of old vehicles in the maintenance yard that are junked and out of service and no longer usable. The vehicles will be advertised for sale for salvaged parts and minimum bids will be established and advertised soon

-Approved a special meeting to canvass election returns on the May 12 and moved the May 27 regular monthly meeting to May 20 due to the Karnes County primary run-off election.
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