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City council 3 seat up for grabs in Boerne

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The Scott vs. Weis battle is back after the municipal election for Boerne City Council District 3 was delayed from its scheduled May date.

But this November won’t be the first time the two men have campaigned for the same seat. In 2019, incumbent Councilman Quinten Scott ran against Daniel Weis in a special election to fill an unexpired term for the seat. Scott won with 106 votes to Weis’ 68.

Weis filed to run against Scott again earlier this year, but the election was postponed because of COVID-19.

Scott said he and his wife have lived, worked and raised their family in Boerne for more than 12 years. He said he views the past year and a half as a learning experience and looks forward to building on his council experience by serving the district for years to come.

Weis and his wife have called Boerne home for nine years, and he said they chose it for the “friendly neighbors and small-town feel.” The couple moved from El Paso after Weis retired from the military, and he currently works for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command.

Weis said during his military career, he designed layouts for field hospitals, including roads, infrastructure and other necessities that cities require.

“I understand how infrastructure is important to a city,” Weis said.

District 3 covers parts of downtown with Johns Road, North School Street and Blanco Road between Interstate 10 and just east of Main Street.

Q: What are the key issues facing Boerne today?

Scott: The key issues that Boerne is facing include managing sustainable growth, transportation and implementation of the masterplan. I’m proud of the work the staff, council and I have done in modifying our ordinances in updating the Unified Development Code. I look forward to completing that and opening it up to the public. I also supported the mayor’s creation of the transportation committee and look forward to their insights to keep Boerne moving.

Weis: The council’s moving in a good direction now, but losing touch with the residents is always my concern. We need to keep in touch with all the stakeholders at all levels, even if there is no crisis. We currently do not question the plan because it is written. But the plan says to do ‘X’ and it’s not the right time, then we don’t need to do it. The council and committees and commissioners need to ask themselves, ‘Is this what we need to do for our residents right now?’ When was the last time someone talked to their councilman?

Q: How do you plan to address growth in the county?

Scott: Growth is coming, the city council needs to encourage responsible development within the city. Beyond that, the city has limited authority outside the city limits. Quality of life and innovative transportation solutions need to be a priority when considering additional developments.

Weis: Boerne will continue to grow with or without development, but this growth should neither be drastically changing our way of life nor our landscape of our Hill Country town. There are ways to balance opportunities with growth without adverse impacts to our city’s infrastructure or the environment. We need to get with our state representatives to look out for Boerne’s interests. We have to work with our reps as well as other counties and cities who have the same or even different representatives. There is strength in numbers.

Q: What are you hoping to bring to the council seat?

Scott: I want to work with my council colleagues to combine the multiple masterplans into a single document so we can develop a priority to the long-awaited projects and improvements for the city. My priorities are a downtown splash pad, a partnership with the YMCA community pool and smart transportation improvements like a roundabout at Main Street, Adler Road and North School Street.

Weis: First, I know the city council, city manager and city staff work for the residents of Boerne, and not because of the residents. I’m hoping to bring the 35 years of leadership and complex decision making that will allow me to work the challenges that Boerne faces today and in the future. Boerne’s a great place to live and raise your family. We need to make it better. But it’s still a great place.

Q: What is Boerne’s identity, and what do you see for Boerne in the future?

Scott: Boerne is defined by its people. We live here because it’s a beautiful place to live, and we enjoy our small town just outside San Antonio. Boerne has a bright future with our historic downtown and sustainable infill growth; it will be a Hill County gem for another century.

Weis: Boerne’s identity is a small Hill Country town. Boerne needs to stay in that direction. How we do that is the question. We can’t grow bigger than our infrastructure can handle without growing our infrastructure. But it can’t be at the cost of the Hill Country charm. Your quality of life is paramount.

Q: What is the role of a city council member?

Scott: My role on the council is to consider necessary city priorities, approve budgets and tax rates and oversee the city manager. I want to keep our taxes low while encouraging responsible transportation solutions and prioritize masterplan projects.

Weis: The role of a city councilman is a representative of the citizens of the district. We’re put in place to be a conduit to the city council for the residents. We need to keep the citizens in every decision that we make. Councilmen should keep citizens in the back of their mind when they make decisions on their behalf.