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FEDC calls for hearing on sports complex funds


FEDC calls for hearing on sports complex funds
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./wilsoncountynews.com Floresville resident Diana Garza addresses the Floresville Economic Development Corp. board at its April 2 meeting.


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Wilson County News
April 11, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- While still a concept, with no formal approvals by the Floresville City Council, an upcoming public hearing called by the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) will gauge public input on a proposal for the corporation to allocate $125,000 per year for 20 years toward construction of an outdoor sports complex on the grounds of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center.

The FEDC’s board approved a resolution ordering the hearing at its April 2 meeting. The hearing date was not finalized as of press time April 9, as the corporation’s Executive Director Jesse Perez said amendments to the resolution’s verbiage had not been made by the city’s bond counsel, Bill Avila. The hearing was initially scheduled for May 7, which was why Perez and Avila intended to publish its notice in the April 4 edition of the San Antonio Express-News. This did not occur, however.

A draft copy of the resolution -- which is absent of Avila’s amendments -- indicates that the city desires to issue certificates of obligation to finance the first phase of a “multi-year, multi-phased plan related to the financing, development and construction [of] a certain entertainment, parks, recreation and sports complex.” The city would own the project and the debt.

Perez reminded the board that it voted at its Sept. 12 meeting to commit the funds, after the Floresville City Council requested the corporation’s assistance with building the proposed complex. Two days later, the city council approved the payment of $9,500 to consultant John Longoria for services related to facilitating the complex’s design.

When the city and Longoria first began the process, he estimated that a sports complex could cost as much as $15 million. The city’s financial advisor, Victor Quiroga, later informed the city that it only would be able to sell $2.5 million worth of bonds because of its current financial obligations.

Perez said at the meeting that the FEDC would report back to the city council about the hearing’s outcome. Then the council would decide whether to proceed with the project. It would then take 60 days before the first funds are released, which he said would occur in the 2013 fiscal year.

In other business, Diana Garza addressed the board during the citizens input portion of the meeting, asking if the board members were aware of affidavits filed by Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson and the FEDC’s attorney, Dominic Carvajal, which relate to the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park. Both Perez and board President Sarah Mendoza claimed to be unaware of this development. See related article, page 2A.

Also during the meeting, the board and city councilmen Mario Morones and Sherry Martinez Castillo met in closed session with J.B. Watkins of Diamond W Arena Complex, LLC. When they reconvened, the board voted to sell Watkins 25 acres in the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park for a total price of $100,850. The board also voted to allow Watkins use of a storage building and house located on the property while his facility is under construction.

Watkins said after the meeting he plans to build a production facility where steel storage tanks for use in the oil industry are built. He said the tanks each have an estimated capacity of 21,000 gallons.

In attendance: Floresville Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Jesse Perez and board members Sarah Mendoza, Fred Gonzales, Monica Flores, Juan Ortiz, and Gloria Estrada Martinez, Floresville city councilmen Mario Morones, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and John W. Guerrero, and Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin.

Editor's Note
Click below for a PDF of an ad for the FEDC public hearing published in the April 11 print edition of the
San Antonio Express-News.

The
Wilson County News received an email message at 4:12 p.m. April 10 -- one day after the April 11 edition was printed -- containing an attachment for the ad. Floresville City Secretary Margaret DeHoyos asked that the Wilson County News publish the ad during the “week of April 16.” The advertisement will appear in the April 18 print edition.

 

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Tyra  
FloTown  
April 11, 2012 4:37pm
 
Yeah, what about the FEDC's committment to FISD and ACCD? That was $300,000 that they committed to them and NONE of it has been paid. Therefore, ACCD is not offering classes here to the community because that has not been paid. ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
April 11, 2012 3:19pm
 
Sometimes it's the little things.. But how can the attorney for the FEDC file something on their behalf and not notify them or contact the guy in charge and notify him that something needs to be filed so as to make the county ... More ›

 
Boots&HighWaters needed  
Floresville  
April 11, 2012 3:15pm
 
Jim, Over a year and a half ago a complaint was heard by the district attorney abouy the FEDC's closed meeting violations and complaintant was told that Mr. Perez and the edc board would be required to watch a video on Robert's ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
April 11, 2012 3:04pm
 
Jim it seems you are carrying the water for the community, thanks for your civic duty and efforts. If the local d.a. doesn't act can you go to the state...ONE VOICE it seems you know a little about the federal side of things, ... More ›

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
April 11, 2012 3:01pm
 
Video added.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
April 11, 2012 1:29pm
 
There just has to be some kickback stuff going on - why would this crew be so insistant to build this?? It can not just be pure spite. What is the big illegal rush? We need the Feds - now. This council needs to be put ... More ›

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
April 11, 2012 12:55pm
 
Editor's Note and PDF added. For more about the complaint filed yesterday, click: http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=42403&n=top-stories-complaint-seeks-probe-of-city-fedc.

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
April 11, 2012 12:27pm
 
NewGuy... Simply put NO! As a result of this article and the legal notice in today's San Antonio Express News complaints have been filed with the Texas Attorney General, the 81st District Attorney, and the Wilson County ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
April 11, 2012 11:53am
 
Was there a resolution to pay FISD 100k a year for 3 years for some continuing education? How can you commit to a complex with no formal or final plans ? Closed session ? was it on the agenda,, $4000 an acre ? Is any of this legal ?

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