New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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hshmhhmrhhiCounty bans outdoor burning for 90 days
By Bon Maloney
Comal County Commissioners Thursday banned outdoor burning because of hot, dry weather conditions.
Hie ban. the first in the county in about 18 months, took effect immediately. It remains in place for 90 days unless lifted by Com
missioners Court or determination of the Texas Forest Service.
Under the burn ban order, all outdoor fires except those within an enclosure that contains all flames and sparks, and campfires no larger than three feet in diameter are prohibited.
Violation would be a class C misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine.
Also, the county fire marshal’s office will issue burn permits on a case-by-case basis in cases of emergency or financial hardship.
County Fire Marshal Un Milford sought the ban because weather projections forecast scant chance of rain in coming weeks leading to heightened probability of fire danger by july 4.
“I know its not popular. We’ve
dodged this issue for a long time,” Matiford told commissioners. “Right now, I know San Antonio is about five and a half inches below their average annual rainfall. It’s my recommendation we enact a burn ban for the protection of the lives and property of the citizens of Comal County.” As ofThursday, Comal County just tipped 533 on the Keetch-
Byram Drought Index, a mathematical system for predicting the likelihood of fire based on drought conditions.
The KBDI runs from 0 to 800 with 0 meaning no moisture deficiency exists and 800 denoting the maximum drought possible.
On the KBDI, a score of 500 comes right in the middle of the “high fire danger" scale.
Weston Fields could house sports complex
By Leigh Jones
Weston Fields might look like grassy pasture land today, but the New Braunfels Youth Sports organization is determined to turn it into a premiere sports complex.
With the help of a recent $80,000 Kronkosky matching grant, the group plans to add lights, a bathroom and concession facilities to the four full-sized soccer fields already spread out on a corner of the property’s IOO acres.
The current setup only accommodates soccer, but NBYS President Jonathan I lull said the facility could be a place to unite all of the city’s youth sports groups.
A recently drawn master plan calls for two additional soccer fields, seven small soccer fields, 12 softball and baseball fields, a gym and enough parking for at least 1,500 cars.
Recent renewed interest in
the benefits a universal sports complex could bring to New Braunfels has Hull once again thinking Weston Fields could become the cen ter of all local youth sport s NBYS was formed in the mid 1990s as a nonprofit organization, specifically to receive the land lease offered by Grainger Weston to pro mote youth sports and benefit the community.
I lull said the organization contained representatives
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A LIFETIME OF SERVICE
By Melissa Johnson
When Monsignor Eugene □’Callaghan of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish of New Braunfels first entered the priesthood, President Dwight Eisenhower was serving his first term and the minimum wage had just been raised to $1 an hour.
Fifty years later, O’C Callaghan is celebrating half a century’s worth of service to God and parish. The church will celebrate a special commemorative Mass in the monsignori honor at 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by a barbecue dinner.
O’Callagahan’s life’s work has taken him around the world, from the plush green hills of his native Ireland to remote missions in Africa. I Ie
made stops in Bethlehem and Calvary and visited devotional shrines in France and St. Peter’s in Rome. But perhaps the monsignori strangest adventure was moving to the Lone Star State.
Following theology studies at St. Patrick’s College in Ireland, a San Antonio bishop asked (^’Callaghan to move to Texas. The 22-year-old □’Callaghan complied and began his service at St. Mary Magdalene in San Antonio, more than 4,500 miles from home.
A few things surprised him when he moved to Texas in August 1955.
“No one could describe to me the intense heat,”
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Supreme Court: Cities can seize homes for developers
By Hope Yen
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)—Cities may bulldoze people’s homes to make way for shopping malls or other private development, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday, giving local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue.
In a scathing dissent, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middle-class Americans.
The 5-4 decision means that homeowners will have more limited rights. Still, legal experts said they didn’t expect a rush to claim homes.
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“The message of the case to cities is yes, you can use eminent domain, but you better be careful and conduct hear
ings,” said Thomas Merrill, a Columbia law professor specializing in property rights.
The closely watched case involving New London, Conn., homeowners was one of six decisions issued Thursday as the court neared the end of its term. The justices
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Even as local governments continue to debate the issue, citizens fight to improve drainage in their neighborhoods.
County reaches agreement with CL water company
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — To some, a cup of water is halffull; to others it s half-empty.
Thursday, Comal County commissioners and the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. reached a compromise in which the county agreed that most of its system has adequate quality water to serve its customers.
Broken out from that was a single subdivision, Crystal Heights, that is served by wells mid is not yet connected to die rest of the CLWSC system. Residents of that subdivision have water that has tex) much fluoride in it — a problem that will be rectified when CLWSC runs a pipeline to the subdivision.
The change, made with a commitment from CLWSC to mn the pipeline this year, is important because with
out (he certification, plat approvals would stop in the north and western portion of the county served by CLWSC.
One year ago, commissioners granted the company a one-year extension of its certification with a stern warning that the problem at Crystal I frights, just north of Canyon Dam, be rectified.
Earlier this month commissioners refused to extend it again when CLWSC General Manager Dale Yates went before the court to report delays in permitting the project.
The move meant plat approvals — and development — would stop in the utility’s service area.
Over the past two weeks, developers have expressed concerns to commissioners about the costs of such a
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(^’Callaghan celebrates 50 years as a priest Sunday
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Monsignor Eugene O'Callaahan plays with his three grandnephews David, left, Sean arid Ciaran O'Connell, on the playground of Sts. Peter and Paul School Thursday morning. A large number of O'Callaghan's relatives from Ireland are arriving this week to help him celebrate 50 years as a priest. Below, O'Callaghan celebrates mass recently at the church.
■ This the final part of a four part series looking at what is being done and needs to be done to create sports complexes in New Braunfels.