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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY June 28 2003 14 pages in 2 sections ITUNG Vol 153 No 194 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Supreme Court knocks holes in Boerne Wall Bulverde could have backup plan BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE In the wake of a Texas Supreme Court decision that could break apart the Boerne Wall Bulverde officials Friday were not saying much Behind the scenes they County working to rebuild reserves BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County will issue tax bonds to rebuild its cash reserves to million The county will issue million in lowinterest bonds to bring the reserves back to what they were before the 2002 flood During the last year the county made several bigticket purchases for parking the Commissioners Court build ing and the property on which the new home of the county Extension office and the junior livestock association is being built Bonds have been issued for the courthouse and the park ing areas The county also took a million hit for its share of cleaning up after the 2002 flood and buying flooddam aged properties County Judge Danny Scheel said Thursday the county must now rebuild its reserves as quickly as possible We dont know when well have our next situation like the Scheel said We were fortunate we had million to draw from for state and federal benefits that had local match requirements A lot of counties were unable to participate To wait until an event happens and then try real quickly to pass a bond issue is not feasible Its wise to take advantage of the low interest rates to be Scheel said He said the county could build back its reserves with out feeling an extra tax bite Now the countys total debt is for every county resident Scheel said All of the debt is in shortterm bonds that will be paid back within the next See could be dusting off a three yearold backup plan they hope will keep San Antonio from annexing any more land deep in western Comal Coun Bulverde Wall built largely through the work of former city officials Stan Blay lock and Bob Hieronymus At the moment I cannot comment on Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole said Friday night Weve got about 90 days to put all of our ducks in a row and find out exact ly going on Undoubt edly there will be some The Boerne Wall is a strip of properties along Ammann and Blanco roads in western Comal County The owners of that land late in 1987 voluntarily joined Boernes extraterri torial jurisdiction ETJ days and in some cases hours before San Antonios annexation of a strip of land on the west side of Camp Bullis was to take effect San Antonios ETJ extends five miles beyond its city limits so the annex ation would have enabled the city to extend its ETJ deep into Kendall and Comal counties north of Texas 46 Boernes annexations that created the Boerne Wall blocked San Antonios move The cities have been fight ing over the issue ever since Until Thursday Boerne prevailed over its giant neighbor to the south in every court that heard the issue San Antonio appealed all the way to the Texas Supreme Court which heard arguments on the matter last September See BOERNE Field dreams J V Photos by DAVID Bombers coaches Scott Smith left and David Crockett along with the girls Softball team have many hours of labor ahead of them to bring the Camp Comal field up to playing condition Fencing will need to be replaced as will the bleachers and dugouts Left Jade Smith 9 practices on the rundown softball field her team calls home After years of neglect the team will work to restore the Camp Comal field Above Abigail Kester and Jade Smith look out the only remaining dugout at the Camp Comal softball field their team will fix up Girls Softball team to restore dilapidated field to former glory BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The baseball field at Camp Comal park is often referred to as the old field an overgrown plot sit uated among six nicer fields The box structure that stands behind home plate is condemned The bullpens and parts of the diamond are overgrown with grass and wire fencing sur rounding the field is warped Wood on the dugouts and bleachers is warped cracked and has only flakes of paint The field is now the first official field of the New Braunfels Bombers a base ball league of more than 100 girls ages 7 to 18 They get to call something Bombers President Scott Smith said They signed a threeyear lease agreement with the city earlier this week for priority use of the field In exchange the Bombers hope to turn the field into the best in New Braunfels Smith said Some adults already have started to tear down some fencing and next week work will start on the field itself Over the next three years the Bombers will reconstruct the infield resod the outfield rebuild the dugouts bullpens and bleachers install a state oftheart Scoreboard sound system and sprinkler sys tems and renovate the press box to include locker rooms The Softball field will be mod eled after the Texas State UniversitySan Marcos com plex The league has used fields leased by the New Braunfels Girls Softball Association and New Braunfels High School But demand for space has grown dramatically in the See Two killed in Bulverde accident BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Two boys remained in serious con dition Friday at University Hospital where they are being treated for major injuries suf fered in a Comal County acci dent that killed two men The boys ages 13 and 8 were passengers in a pickup truck driven by their father Tracy L Taylor 40 of Damon Their brother 10 was listed in good condition Friday Two Edinburg men involved in the accident Juan G Arguelles 34 and Alejan dro Ramirez 30 were killed Taylor and his wife Kim 36 were treated at Universi ty Hospital and released Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Russell Nesbitt reported that Arguelles and Ramirez were eastbound in a 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pickup at Thursday when it hydroplaned and drifted into the westbound lane in front of Taylors 1997 Ford F250 pickup about one mile west of Bulverde on Texas 46 Nesbitt reported that Tay lor an offduty Sugar Land police officer swerved to avoid the other vehicle but struck it anyway Both trucks came to a stop on the westbound shoulder of the road Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak pro nounced Arguelles and Ramirez dead at the scene at Friday an official with the Sugar Land Police Depart ment confirmed Taylors employment but offered little other information He and his wife have both been released from the hos pital but are there now with their boys who are still being the official said INSIDE Former CHS student leads Education Agency BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer A Canyon High School graduate has been appointed by Gov Rick Perry to tem porarily lead the Texas Edu cation Agency Perry selected Robert Scott to replace former TEA Com missioner Felipe Alanis Scott who served as Perrys senior adviser for public edu cation graduated from CHS in 1987 His parents Larry and Cheryl Scott live in New Braunfels He start ed work at the TEA Monday as chief deputy commis sioner Scott has a bache SCOTT lors and a law degree from the University of Texas He also served as the TEAs director of federal relations See
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