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Floresville could have bond election


Floresville could have bond election
ROBERT C. McDONALD/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin (right) looks on May 24 as Floresville-area citizens and business owners, including Jim Miller (center, left), present City Secretary Margaret Aranda (center, right) with a signed petition that seeks to have voters decide whether the city will issue $1.8 million in certificates of obligation.


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Wilson County News
May 30, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- Voters here could be left to decide whether the city issues $1.8 million in certificates of obligation aimed at funding athletic fields. Organizers of a petition circulated in accordance with Section 271.049 of the Texas Local Government Code hand-delivered the 46-page document -- which contained 383 signatures -- May 24 to Floresville City Secretary Margaret Aranda.

Under state law, if officials are able to verify the signatures of at least 5 percent of Floresville’s registered voters, then the proposal will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

One of the petition’s organizers, Floresville businessman Jim Miller, also attempted to present Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada with a copy of the petition during the May 24 Floresville City Council meeting. Instead of receiving the document, the mayor directed Miller to hand it to bailiff Albert Littero. The bailiff then gave the petition to Aranda.

The council had indicated earlier that the funds derived from the certificates of obligation would pay for construction of an outdoor sports complex on the grounds of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center. This was the topic of a presentation at the beginning of the nearly three-hour-long meeting by Michael Spencer of White Oak-based Heartland Park & Recreation.

Prior to the presentation, however, Councilman John W. Guerrero moved to table the presentation. Councilman Mario Morones seconded the motion. The two voted in favor, while councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo and Johnnie R. Gomez voted in opposition, forcing Tejada to break the tie, due to the absence of Councilman Jesse Christopher Flores. Tejada voted to continue with the presentation.

Spencer said his company has built parks in cities such as Longview, White Oak, and Whitehouse. He told the council that Heartland was willing to donate design, engineering, and grant-writing services to help Floresville build its park. In addition to the concept he presented, which included two football/soccer fields and five baseball/softball fields centered around a stone courtyard, Spencer also suggested the city renovate the current ball fields in the Floresville River Park and open them to adult and church leagues.

Morones asked Spencer what it would take to maintain the new facility, in terms of costs for equipment, supplies, and manpower. Spencer said he would research the answer to Morones’ question and respond at a later date, acknowledging that the city should consider all variables before committing to a project.

“Let’s try to see what we can do,” Spencer said. “Let’s be responsible stewards of the money and get something together that benefits this community.”

Also during the meeting, the council:

•Heard a report from Virgil Russell, who is resigning from the Floresville Cemeteries Restoration Association at the end of the month. He urged the council to continue working toward addressing issues in all of the city’s cemeteries, such as mowing, irrigation, and pest control.

•Heard a presentation about the Floresville Police Officers Association collective bargaining agreement from the association’s president, Chad Clark, and Perry Hyden of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas. The association is waiting for the city to ratify the three-year agreement, which calls for an overall salary increase of 42 percent.

•Approved a five-year contract with Bryan-based Alpha Reclaim Technology for the sale of treated wastewater at an initial price of $1.67 per 1,000 gallons.

•Voted to begin the process of applying for grant and loan funding for water, wastewater, and other infrastructure improvements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

•Voted 2-2, with Tejada breaking the tie, in favor of removing Monica Flores from the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) board and replacing her with Floresville businessman Wilfredo “Freddy” Amaro.

•Approved preliminary plats for construction of hotels at 927 10th St. and 1500 10th St.

•Voted to direct the Floresville 4A Corp. and FEDC to petition the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee for annexation of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center and El Rancho Grande Industrial Park properties, respectively.

Floresville City Council, May 24
In attendance: Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada and councilmen Mario Morones, Johnnie R. Gomez, John W. Guerrero, and Sherry Martinez Castillo, Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin, Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok, City Attorney Louis Rosenberg, City Secretary Margaret Aranda, and Cyndi Nichols of the city permits office.

 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
June 6, 2012 2:05pm
 
It's great to see that some things never change. Puzzled is still puzzled and still un-informed. What part of we don't have the money do you not understand? Please tell me your post is a joke and that you are really not that ... More ›

 
Puzzled  
Wilson Co.  
June 6, 2012 7:05am
 
I support the sports complex; I think it would bring outside money to our town. I also wish we had a rodeo facility like Gonzales has. I was there last week during rodeo and there must have been 1000 pick-up and horse trailer ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
June 4, 2012 9:57pm
 
Jim, why wasn't the notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation published in the WCN? It seems that copies of this notice should be placed all over town and the portion that the Mayor has lied about be highlighted. ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
June 4, 2012 9:57pm
 
Jim, why wasn't the notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation published in the WCN? It seems that copies of this notice should be placed all over town and the portion that the Mayor has lied about be highlighted. ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
June 4, 2012 9:57pm
 
Jim, why wasn't the notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation published in the WCN? It seems that copies of this notice should be placed all over town and the portion that the Mayor has lied about be highlighted. ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
June 4, 2012 9:57pm
 
Jim, why wasn't the notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation published in the WCN? It seems that copies of this notice should be placed all over town and the portion that the Mayor has lied about be highlighted. ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
June 4, 2012 9:57pm
 
Jim, why wasn't the notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation published in the WCN? It seems that copies of this notice should be placed all over town and the portion that the Mayor has lied about be highlighted. ... More ›

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
June 4, 2012 3:57pm
 
Given the unashamedly incompetence of the Mayor, City Manager, Mayor ProTem, Councilman Gomez and Councilwoman Castillo I have done a little research. The next Municipal Election is November 6, 2012. Little d is not eligible ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
June 4, 2012 12:07pm
 
Lol and the sports complex will be paid for, in part, by residebts' water bills- according to the notice published by the city in the not-so-local paper. Meanwhile, they pilfer unmetered water to the oil companies. That's ... More ›

 
Fed Up With Arrogance  
Sin City  
June 4, 2012 5:34am
 
Once again, there is a witness to an oil company taking water from another hydrant. This one is at the catholic cemetery. How can an oil company "own" a hydrant? How are they measuring the water used? Does this show ... More ›

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