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Letters: Voices seen but not heard
I never imagined I would exit a Floresville City Council meeting with the amount of heightened adrenalin that would equal warding off a person or persons who meant to do me harm. I never imagined it, but nevertheless that is exactly how I felt when the May 10 city council meeting adjourned.
My feelings and voice were reinforced by other concerned citizens who were trying to make sense of the proceedings that had just been played out in our City Hall.
The agenda that evening included, but not exclusively, considering a resolution by the Floresville City Council to authorize and approve a publication of notice of intention to issue Certificates of Obligation. The specific focus of these Certificates of Obligation is to build a sports complex.
Citizen input repeatedly stated that this needed to be prioritized based on the numerous other, more pressing needs of the community (street maintenance, water/waste management, and high speed Internet). Everyone expressed their support of the children and providing a safe environment for them, but the realization that taking on another debt at this time when the city has not financially met other obligations was not fiscally or morally responsible.
A gentleman from the FEDC also expressed some concerns regarding the Certificates of Obligation. Councilmen John Guerrero and Mario Morones voiced their opposition to the Certificates of Obligation at this time. Their voices, along with all the citizens that spoke, had absolutely no impact on the mayor or the other council members.
They proceeded to take a vote. Fortunately for the mayor, Mayor Pro Tem Jesse Chris Flores was able to attend this meeting, although at the last meeting they granted him a leave of absence. This vote allowed the city council the majority vote to move forward on a publication of notice of intention to issue the Certificates of Obligation.
Yes, they defiantly moved forward when still the Floresville citizens have not been given a plan on what this complex is supposed to contain. How many ball fields, soccer fields, the dimensions, maintenance, etc.
Oh yes, lest I forget to mention, a Midget Car race track!! The only reason why that was brought to our attention is some families from San Antonio were there to discuss utilizing the sports complex for Midget Car racing. When did that get thrown into the mix? I guess when the plan is not made known to the citizens, these “little” surprises can pop up.
Repeatedly throughout the meeting, proper protocol was either forgotten, or intentionally ignored. Jim Miller voiced more than once “point of order,” and not until other voices also spoke up did the mayor acknowledge and allow for citizen input. With the exception of councilmen John Guerrero and Mario Morones, these elected officials “by the people and for the people” did not properly represent or listen to the will of the people.
“Big Brother” has come to Floresville! Perhaps at each meeting, after they say the opening prayer, they should also say the pledge of allegiance as a reminder of who they represent and why!
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