Sports park lights decision delayed
Dawson says Commissioners Court will look at next year's budget first
By Richard Zowie
Times Guardian Staff Writer
The Jumbo Evans Sports Park will have to wait a little longer to turn on new lights.
At the July 8 Comal County Commissioners' Court, the court voted to temporarily table a funding proposal until the Fiscal Year 2005 budget could be examined.
The budget from Fiscal Year 2004 had allotted $18,000 for the project, but the total cost was $54,975; the sports park was requesting the $36,975 that would still be needed to complete the project.
"Most of the budgeted Park Funds for this year (2004) have been used," Dawson explained. "The amount requested today now exceeds the remaining 2004 budget amount, thus by tabling this request for a month, the 2005 budget will be recommended and we can the see how much will be appropriated. If the funds are in the 2005 budget, we can authorize this request and fund prior to 2005 in order for this project to get started this fall."
The new lights include six 70-foot mounting height steel poles, 40 1,500-watt metal halide axial luminaries and 40 1,500-watt metal halide lamps. Specifically, the new lights would maximize the use of the park, allowing the senior-level players to practice later into evenings and junior level players more room. It would also allow for larger tournaments.
Jumbo Evans Sports Park is leased by the Bulverde Youth Soccer Association and is located on the west side of Highway 281 North in Spring Branch.
In other business, the court did the following:
· Accepted Ron McTee's resignation from the Emergency Services District $4 Board and nominated in his place Neil Lageman for a term to expire December 2005.
· Approval for the county judge to sign the Texas Engineering and Extension Service sub-recipient agreement for the 2004 State Homeland Security Program for $70,002.00.
* Approval for the county judge to sign the Texas Engineering and Extension Service sub-recipient agreement for the 2004 State Homeland Security Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program for $21,000.43.
* Recognition of employees who've spent years in service to the county. Fifteen-year employees recognized were: Ricardo Cardenas Sr., Sheriff's Office and Manuela Bier, Jail. Ten-year employees recognized were: Shelly G. Heilmann, DPS; Nasario Herrea Jr., Road; Stephen M. Thomas, CH Security; Ninfa G. Gonzales, Auditor; Erik S. Clark, Sheriff's Office.