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Section A: General News


Opposition mounts; divided council goes ahead with sports complex


Opposition mounts; divided council goes ahead with sports complex
Former Floresville Mayor Raymond “Ram” Ramirez is among citizens who voiced opposition to a proposed sports complex May 10 during the Floresville City Council meeting.


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May 16, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- The overriding sentiment among citizens who attended the May 10 Floresville City Council meeting is one of opposition toward a proposed sports complex to be constructed on the grounds of the Lauro G. De Leon Floresville Event Center on S.H. 97. Despite the opinions voiced by many in attendance, the council voted 3-2 in favor of publishing its intent to issue certificates of obligation aimed at funding the project.

The verbiage of the agenda item, however, makes no mention of the amount of the funds or their planned utilization. Rather, it states that the council authorized and approved “publication of notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation; complying with the requirements contained in the Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 15C2-12; and providing an effective date.”

An effective date was not mentioned in the motion made by Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez and seconded by Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo. The two, along with Councilman Jesse Christopher Flores, voted in favor, while councilmen John W. Guerrero and Mario Morones voted in opposition.

The vote came immediately after the failure of Morones’ motion not to proceed with publishing the notice. Morones and Guerrero voted in favor of this motion; the other councilmen opposed it.

Prior to both votes, the council and the audience had an opportunity to weigh in. Guerrero urged the council to delay a vote, since it was only two weeks since citizens spoke at the last council meeting. During the April 26 meeting, some citizens offered to meet with city officials to devise a plan for the project. Guerrero said not enough time passed to allow for those meetings.

“This makes it look like we’ll do what we want whether [the citizens] want it or not,” he said.

Guerrero also reminded the council that they had yet to see a report from a public hearing held May 7, in which citizens addressed the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) about its decision to allocate $125,000 per year for 20 years toward the proposed sports complex’s construction. (See page 2A).

Floresville resident Monica Flores urged the council not to proceed with the sports complex before addressing other priorities outlined in the master plan adopted April 26.

Tejada’s predecessor, former Mayor Raymond “Ram” Ramirez, reiterated that no one who opposes the sports complex proposal is against providing better parks and recreation facilities for the area’s children.

“But there’s a time for it and the time is when we have the money to build it,” he said.

In other action, the council:

•Passed a resolution adopting an ordinance prohibiting engine braking for heavy trucks being operated within the city limits, which takes effect July 1. Until then, those activating the devices commonly known as “Jake brakes” will be issued warnings.

•Appointed Dino Cantu to replace Gloria Estrada Martinez on the Floresville Economic Development Corp. board.

•Approved a request to rezone 940 F St. from single-family residential to commercial.

 

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