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Citizens: No sports complex!


Citizens: No sports complex!
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./wilsoncountynews.com Floresville resident Gilbert Anaya presses the Floresville City Council April 26 to worry more about maintaining the city’s drinking water supply than building a sports complex.


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Wilson County News
May 2, 2012
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FLORESVILLE (PDF posted below) -- A proposal for the city of Floresville to borrow up to $1.8 million for construction of an outdoor sports complex has raised the ire of both city and county residents. Residents who packed the council chambers at the April 26 meeting of the Floresville City Council expressed an overwhelmingly negative sentiment toward the idea.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the council was set to consider and act upon a resolution to authorize and approve publishing a notice that the city would issue certificates of obligation. The agenda, however, did not indicate a purpose for the debt. An anticipated amount also was absent from the verbiage.

But after remarks by the city’s bond counsel, Bill Avila, the purpose became clear. He said the certificates would be repaid by the city, funded through an interlocal agreement with the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC). The corporation has pledged an annual contribution of $125,000 per year for 20 years to cover the cost of building the complex on the grounds of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center.

“If we’re going to assume a debt of $1.8 million based on the 4B’s [FEDC] promise to pay, we’re assuming the debt,” said Floresville businessman Jim Miller. “There is no plan. We’re not getting told about the details. Let’s see the plan before we support it, before we see the debt.”

Deci Murphy reminded the council that the FEDC also promised $100,000 per year for three years to the Alamo Colleges to help fund the Floresville Early College. The corporation has missed two consecutive years of payments and has expressed no definite plans of when a payment will be made.

Councilman John W. Guerrero said he spoke with FEDC Executive Director Jesse Perez about its promise to pay the Alamo Colleges, and that Perez allegedly said the debt would be paid “when they had the funds” and that the corporation has other projects that have been delayed.

“If they can’t pay their bills, how are they going to help us for 20 years?” Guerrero asked.

Cindy Cranston suggested that the city should first address its water and wastewater needs, establish reliable high-speed Internet, and improve its existing parks before building more.

Also addressing the council was George Rodriguez, president of the San Antonio Tea Party, who said that while a sports complex might be a great idea, it should not take precedence over infrastructure and public safety. He reminded the council that the city’s 4A corporation is paying $100,000 per year toward repayment of the certificate of obligation that built the event center and that the annual payment jumps to more than $1.3 million in 2016.

“What is the plan to pay for further obligations?” Rodriguez asked.

Approximately every 60 seconds, Mayor Daniel Tejada interrupted Rodriguez’s remarks, stating that his one minute of public comment had expired. But others who signed up for citizens’ input, who wanted Rodriguez to continue speaking, yielded their time to him.

Rodriguez recalled a recent article in the Wilson County News which reported that FEDC Executive Director Jesse Perez said the council asked the FEDC to assist them with funding the sports complex. Rodriguez said that if this indeed occurred, it constituted a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act. He also said that the state’s Development Corporation Act of 1979 states that projects funded by Section 4B corporations like the FEDC must be geared toward creating and retaining primary jobs. Sports venues are allowed, but only if approved by the voters, after a public hearing takes place.

Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez said the idea to build a sports complex has been years in the making and that the new facilities are needed to replace ones that are in dire need of repair.

Guerrero, however, expressed misgivings over the proposal, saying that it caused him to lose sleep the night before. He wondered why the matter was placed on the council agenda because the FEDC’s public hearing on its role in the project is set for Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

“This is putting the cart before the horse,” he said.

Based upon the outcry expressed by those in attendance, the council voted unanimously to table the discussion. Sarita Jimenez praised the mayor and council for their decision.

“I am very proud of the council for listening to the people that put you here,” she said while pointing to the crowd. “Remember, they put you here.”

In other action, the council:

•Tabled action on regulations on engine braking for tractor-trailers.

•Voted to replat and approve special-use zoning of 703-1/2 Fourth St., for establishment of a recreational-vehicle park.

•Accepted a master plan as presented by M&S Engineering. To view a PowerPoint of the presentation, visit wilsoncountynews.com.

•Voted to solicit proposals for the city’s municipal solid waste contract.

 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
April 27, 2015 1:30pm
 
So those arguing that the other parks are in disrepair, instead of pouring money into a new one, how about fixing the old ones. How about going out and do some fund raising for it if your that worried about it. Or why don't ... More ›

 
Black Ghost  
Doseido Colony  
April 27, 2015 12:48pm
 
That anyone would prefer life in Round Rock over living in Wilson county really puzzles me. That puzzlement also applies to anyone who prefers the hustle and bustle of city life over rural living. Apartment dwellers are not ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
April 27, 2015 12:35pm
 
How about we try and set a good example for the children with good financial stewardship? That means not spending money we don't have and putting NEEDS ahead of WANTS. For instance: •Being able to drive down the street without ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 27, 2015 11:53am
 
Yip Floresville takes care of its kids by indebting them with a community center that is used for extravagant parties for city officials. Then it allows tattoo parlors and a foot massage place at the entrance to downtown. Across ... More ›

 
4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
April 27, 2015 11:42am
 
Hey, I don't care whether or not Floresville ever does anything for it's kids. The reason Floresville has 6500 people and can't afford a sports complex and Round Rock has 109000 and can affort one is because they make sure ... More ›

 
Black Ghost  
Doseido Colony  
April 27, 2015 6:02am
 
Some folks are so kind and considerate of our children. Nothing warms the heart like giving a child something accompanied with a 30 year bond obligation that they will have to pay off. Sorta like enclosing a credit card statement ... More ›

 
Catfish  
Kicaster Creek  
April 27, 2015 5:47am
 
Yep, Round Rock is such a PROGRESSIVE place. :-)

 
Duke  
Lodi, Texas  
April 27, 2015 5:34am
 
4th Generation Texan .... A true conservative would never show pride in things built by governmental confiscation of other's wealth. Are you a CINO or a HYPOCON? The city of Round Rock receives sales and use tax from people who ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 26, 2015 8:10pm
 
4th: You said do something for the kids????? You could't know this because you are in Round Rock, but the very expensive "Event Center" was sold to taxpayers as a "COMMUNITY CENTER" for the kids, not ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 26, 2015 8:02pm
 
LaLa is right. Floresville just had to borrow over $7 MILLION to fix infrastructure. That's money that we don't have. And the streets between the schools and the parks are so bumpy that most folks won't bother driving down ... More ›

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