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Posted on: November 28, 2018

City Council briefings

2019 Economic Development Work Plan – Dan Blankenship, assistant city manager, provided an overview of the ED Plan which focuses on strategies to improve the quality of life in the Boerne community.  Council feedback will be incorporated into the draft plan with the final plan being presented for adoption at the December 11 City Council meeting.  City Council comments were related to workforce development issues, development control limitations in the ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction), preservation of Boerne’s character, meeting expectations with our economic development partners (Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation, Boerne Chamber of Commerce, Boerne Independent School District, Kendall County)   

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Water and Utilities Services – Mike Mann, public works director, briefed the City Council on current water resources which can accommodate a future population of about 35,000.  The newest effort has been to offset the use of drinking water by requiring all properties in Esperanza and the Ranches of Creekside on the eastern side of Boerne, to use recycled water for irrigation systems.  Future projects, each with pros and cons, will be evaluated and considered along with input from our partners – Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, Kendall West Utilities, San Antonio Water System.  Water conservation will always be the very cheapest strategy to implement.  City Council comments were related to opportunities to incentivize conservation and questions about service territory limitations.


Annexation – Laura Talley, planning and community development director, explained the fundamental reasons why annexation authority is important to a city’s prosperity.  Annexation is a strategy to increase revenues so that a local government can fund public safety, infrastructure, and quality of life expectations.  Residents of Kendall County use Boerne’s streets and many of the amenities that the city offers – trails, sidewalks, library, etc.  However, only the city taxpayers are paying for these.  Strategic annexations will be considered when possible and only with City Council approval.  City Council comments focused on getting updated cost estimates to provide utility services to certain county areas and some infill areas.  

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Mobility – Jeff Thompson, deputy city manager, provided an update on roadway projects that have been completed recently and others that are underway or scheduled to begin.  Approximately $100 million worth of improvements have been funded through a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, Kendall County and the City of Boerne.  The SH 46 expansion project from Herff Road to Ammann Road is starting next Monday.  We have current mobility challenges and delays in addressing these are going to get more and more difficult and more and more expensive.  City Council comments emphasized that ongoing coordination with Kendall County and TXDOT is extremely important and we need to keep the dialogue open.  We should also think creatively about how to resolve some of the most complex mobility issues. 

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