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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY June 28, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections I <4 pages in L secHerald-Zeitung WBB I Vol. 152, No. 194 mourn r,»rTg , -> - *■ raMiaaihfciaiig... Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsSupreme 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 could be dusting off a three-y«ar-old backup plan they hope will keep San Antonio from annexing any more land deep in western Comal County — a “Bulverde Wall” built largely through the work of former city officials Stan Blaylock and Bob Hieronymus. “At the moment, I cannot comment on that,” Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole said Friday night. “We’ve got about 90 days to put all of our ducks in a row and find out exactly what’s going on. Undoubtedly, there will be some response.” 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 Boerne’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) days and, in some cases, hours before San Antonio’s annexation of a 1,000-foot strip of land on the west side of Camp Bulbs was to take effect. San Antonio’s ETJ extends five miles beyond its city limits, so the annexation would have enabled the city to extend its ETJ deep into Kendall and Comal counties north of Texas 46. Boerne’s annexations that created the “Boerne Wall” blocked San Antonio’s move. The cities have been fighting 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 WALL/8A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County will issue tax bonds to rebuild its cash reserves to $4 million. The county will issue $1.7 million in low-interest bonds to bring the reserves back to what they were before the 2002 flood. During the last year, the county made several big-ticket purchases for parking, the Commissioners’ Court building 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 parking areas. The county also took a $1.3 million hit for its share of cleaning up after the 2002 flood and buying flood-damaged properties. County Judge Danny Scheel said Thursday the county must now rebuild its reserves as quickly as possible. “We don’t know when we’ll have our next situation like the flood,” Scheel said. “We were fortunate we had $4 million to draw from for state and federal benefits that had local match requirements. A lot of counties were unable to participate. Th wait until an event happens, and then try real quickly to pass a bond issue is not feasible. It’s wise to take advantage of the low-interest rates to be proactive,” Scheel said. He said the county could build back its reserves without feeling an extra tax bite. Now, the county’s total debt is $8,832,000 — $98.05 for every county resident, Scheel said. All of the debt is in short-term bonds that will be paid back within the next See RESERVES/8A Two killed in Bulverde accident By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — Two boys remained in serious condition Friday at University Hospital, when* they are being treated for major injuries suffered in a (Gonial County accident 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, IO, 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 University Hospital and released. Department of Public Safety Trooper Russell Nesbitt reported that Arguelles and Ramirez were eastbound in a 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pickup at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when it hydroplaned and drifted into the westbound lane in front of Taylor’s 1997 Ford F250 pickup, about one mile west of Bulverde on Tbxas 46. Nesbitt reported that Taylor, an off-duty Sugar Ijand 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 pronounced Arguelles and Ramirez dead at the scene at 7:45 p.m. Friday, an official with the Sugar I^and Police Department confirmed Taylor’s employment, but offered little other information. “He and his wife have both been released from the hospital but are there now with their boys, who are still being treated," the official said.Inside Classifieds............. 3-6B Comics  .........    6A Crossword.............6A Dear Abby.............3A Forum................4A Sports...............1,3B Today .............    2A TV...................2B 56825 00001 'I Former CHS student leads Education Agency By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer A Canyon High School graduate has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to tem-{xirarily lead the Texas Education Agency. Perry selected Robert Scott to replace former ’FEA (Commissioner Felipe Alanis. Scott, who served as Perry’s senior adviser for public education, graduated from (JHS in 1987. His parents, I^arry and Cheryl Scott, live in New Braunfels. He started work at the TEA Monday as chief deputy commissioner. Scott lias a bache-SCOTT    lor’s and a law degree* from the University ofTbxas. He also served as the TEA’s director of federal relationsSee SCOTT/8A Field of dreams Girls softball team to restore dilapidated field to former glory By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer The junior/senior baseball field at Camp Comal park is often referred to as the “old" field — an overgrown plot situated among six nicer fields. The concession/press box structure that stands behind home plate is condemned. The bullpens and parts of the diamond are overgrown with grass, and wire fencing surrounding 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 baseball league of more than IOO girls, ages 7 to 18. “They get to call something home,” Bombers President Scott Smith said. They signed a three-year least* 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-of-the-art scoreboard, sound system and sprinkler systems; and renovate the press box to include locker rooms. Tile softball field will be modeled after the Texas State University-San Marcos complex. The league has used fields leased by the New Braunfels Girls Softball Associat ion and New Braunfels High School. But demand for space has grown dramatically in the See BOMBERS/8A Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herakj-Zettung 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 run-down 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. ;