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Section A: General News


Council accepts petition opposing certificates of obligation


Council accepts petition opposing certificates of obligation
Floresville Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok presents recognition to Andres Ibarra, the city’s employee of the month, June 14 during the regular city council meeting.


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FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville City Council has accepted a petition from citizens who opposed the council’s proposed issuance of certificates of obligation which could be used to fund a sports complex.

The council met June 14 in a regular session to discuss several issues, among them the petition submitted by several residents of Floresville.

The council voted unanimously to accept the petition, which held more than the required number of signatures to prompt the council to accept it.

“What that petition has accomplished is that the electorate is waking up in Floresville,” said local businessman Jim Miller. “The real question is what are they going to do in response to this petition? Are they going to withdraw the plan to go ahead with the certificates of obligation? Are they going to reissue the certificates or order the election? These are things we need to know. The people of Floresville are now going to be putting people into office based on qualifications and competency. With regard to the petition, the citizens spoke and it was across the board. In most cases, the number of people who signed that petition is more than the amount that shows up for a city election.”

Prior to the petition being accepted by council, a heated debate rang out between the council and citizens in attendance over an action item on the agenda calling for the city manager to be able to negotiate a trash and refuse contract and to allow the mayor to sign the contract upon completion.

Councilman Mario Morones made clear his disdain for the action item, saying he was not going to vote for it if he had no say in to whom the city awarded a contract.

“I at least want the council to have a say,” Morones said. “How can we award a contract if the council and the people have no say in the matter?”

Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez attempted to explain the idea behind awarding a five-year contract to one of the trash and refuse providers.

“The idea is for Floresville to eventually provide its own service,” Gomez said. “With the money we are saving by awarding a new contract, we may be able to purchase a truck within a year. This way, in the event of an emergency, we have our own vehicle to fall back on.”

Questions from the residents in attendance over details eventually led to the item being tabled to be brought up at a special meeting later.

“If we bring the issue up again at a special meeting, it allows us the chance for the agenda item to read as it needs to,” said City Manager Andy Joslin. “We want to work closely with the citizens of Floresville to get them the best possible service.”

In other matters:

•Andres Ibarra, water department foreman with the city, was recognized as the employee of the month.

•Martha Eschenburg Russell will assume leadership of the Floresville Cemeteries Restoration Association, following the resignation of Virgil Russell.

•A special-use permit was granted for 2220 10th St. for the construction of up to 50 recreational-vehicle (RV) spaces for a proposed RV park.

 

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Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
June 20, 2012 1:37pm
 
Anyone who knows anything will realize that back in the 80s and 90s, towns were in a hurry to get out of the waste-hauling business. Cities across the nation hired companies to do it for them, because trash is too much of a headache. ... More ›

 
Chris Johnson  
Floresville  
June 20, 2012 1:28pm
 
why on earth would the city want to get into the trash collection business? that is just stupid. im with Ben. stop trying to turn everything into a government job. it just costs us more money in the long run. besides, what will ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
June 20, 2012 9:19am
 
Congrats - Martha!!!

 
Ben Franklin  
Floresville  
June 20, 2012 9:12am
 
What possible emergency could there be that the City needs a trash truck unless it is take out the City Hall trash? Councilman is trying to find more jobs for relatives. They say the city employees are under paid, need ... More ›

 
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