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Complaint says FEDC, city broke open meetings law
Wilson County NewsApril 18, 2012 | 1,566 views | 4 comments
FLORESVILLE -- A complaint filed April 10 with the state’s attorney general, 81st Judicial District attorney, and the Wilson County attorney alleges Open Meetings Act violations by Floresville’s mayor and city council and the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) board.
All three parties acknowledge receipt of the complaint. Both Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson and a spokesman from the attorney general’s office said the local district attorney normally handles the matters alleged in the complaint. Rene Peña, district attorney for the 81st Judicial District, would not comment officially on the issue.
The violations alleged by Floresville businessman Jim Miller center around the April 2 meeting of the FEDC board, in which councilmen Mario Morones, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and John W. Guerrero were present. This constituted a quorum of the council because three of its five members were present when city business was being discussed. Guerrero was the only one of the three who did not stay when the board met in closed session during the meeting.
Mayor Daniel Tejada said in an April 13 email message, “The Open Meetings Act does not prohibit any council member from attending a public meeting. As I have said over and over, the City will continue to march forward. Together -- city entities -- we will make Floresville a better place to live and do business.”
Miller also indicated in the complaint that FEDC Executive Director Jesse Perez told the board that the city council asked the corporation to allocate funds for the proposed sports complex project. The council, to date, has not taken any such action in an open meeting.
“There has been no action other [than] a partial needs evaluation by the City of Floresville,” Miller said in his cover letter.
But yet during the April 2 meeting, the FEDC’s board voted to hold a public hearing to gauge public input on its plan to proceed with allocating $125,000 per year toward the project for the next 20 years. According to the legal notice published in the April 11 edition of the San Antonio Express-News, the hearing is set for May 7 at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The same public notice is printed in this paper on page 8D.
Attempts to obtain comment from Perez prior to press time April 16 were unsuccessful.
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