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Jan 29

Mayor's Blog | January 29, 2024

Posted on January 29, 2024 at 3:54 PM by Robert Taylor

I hope you have had an amazing week. I am so thankful for the much-needed rain and, honestly, the warmer temps. My family and I live in Texas for many reasons, and cold winter days are not high up on the list.

As always, I am in awe of our community. I have had several meetings with members of our community and am happy to say there are some wonderful ideas and plans in the works for community services and ways we can all connect.

The City of Boerne and Kendall County have been working for nearly two years on an updated interlocal agreement. There has been an agreement in place, approved by Boerne City Council and the Kendall County Commissioners, since 2007. As our community has evolved, some have asked for the document to be updated and that is where we are now.

We are in a state that is quickly growing, in an area growing even faster, and working towards an updated agreement makes sense because it will shape what our community looks like in the future.

I am hopeful that by working together, the future of our community will continue to look bright and beautiful. As work continues, please pray for cohesiveness, cooperation, compromise and that what is best for our community is at the forefront of those discussions.

I highlight this in my blog because I believe it is important that our community is of one mindset, and that got me thinking!

As I have had the pleasure to drive all around Texas taking my daughter to cheer camps, family trips to the coast, or day trips to our neighboring communities, my mind begins to wonder. “Why is this town so vibrant? How did this city get so big? Why did this town/city not survive? What makes this town so special? How has this town changed over the years?”

Just like Boerne, each community has its own story! But all these stories have one thing in common – change has occurred. It has been the one constant in all these communities.

I keep coming back to one of my favorite movies, "Shawshank Redemption." There is a line in that movie where the main character, Andy Dufresne, says to the character Red, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” I believe if we want our community to continue to be one that we love, one that we are proud of, and one that makes a difference in each other’s lives, then we must get busy living, or our community will get busy dying.

I am not saying that we need to grow and develop, but change is inevitable, and we have already experienced that. And like many of us, I want to live in a community that works together for the betterment of ALL, and each of us has a role to play.

Will we develop in the future? Yes, we probably will, but what that looks like is up to us as a community. Will some things change? Absolutely, but the good thing is how we change is also up to us.

Brothers and sisters, for me I am excited and grateful to be a part of this community and I hope you are, too. I believe the future is bright and wonderful, and I look forward with wonder and excitement in my heart and my eyes. I am hopeful for the community that my grandchildren will call home and I hope you are, too. I look forward to getting busy living with all you all. Together we are better, together we are Boerne.

Faithfull His,

Mayor Frank