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August 29, 2012 | 1,502 views | 2 comments

FLORESVILLE -- After the city council failed to muster a quorum Aug. 23 for the second time in one week, Floresville councilmen John Guerrero and Mario Morones have decided to reach out to the citizens of Floresville.

“I am upset,” Guerrero said. “It seems as if the votes are already pre-determined before we ever even get to chambers. The other council members and the mayor already know what is going on before we even get to the meeting. People, the very citizens who put us in office, get up to talk and speak their minds and then are treated like their voice doesn’t matter.”

Guerrero and Morones were not in attendance for the scheduled Aug. 23 council meeting. Guerrero had an ill relative to visit and Morones said he believes he is representing the will of the people of Floresville by putting a halt to the apparent voting block of councilmen Sherry M. Castillo and Jesse C. Flores, with Mayor Daniel Tejada voting in their favor to break tied votes. Former Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez has resigned to run for the office of mayor, in accordance with the city charter.

“I will do what I need to do to protect the people of Floresville,” Morones said. “It is not that we are trying to stop the city from conducting business, but there needs to be some explaining done about the current budget and the people are owed transparency.”

Guerrero, who had never missed a regular council meeting until Aug. 23, said he believes the citizens of Floresville have had their voice taken from them.

“This week, I asked for an item to be placed on the agenda,” Guerrero said. “The point was to discuss some discrepancies with the current budget. I assumed it would make it to the agenda, but when I picked it [the agenda] up the day of the meeting, it was not there. They could have called me and I could have fought to get it on there and the discussion started, but they didn’t. It was just not put on the agenda. If they do this to me and I am a councilman, what are they doing to the taxpayers?”

The Floresville City Charter states that a council member may be removed from office by an action of the council if they miss three consecutive meetings.

“I am prepared to not show until November if they keep putting controversial items, such as the sports complex, on the agenda,” Morones said. “I am not trying to put a stop to city business. If they want to call a special meeting to approve new businesses coming into town, like McCoy’s, or to vote just for the tax exemption for seniors over 65, then sure, I’ll show up. But for John and me to be there and not have a voice and get voted over every time is ridiculous. Why should we be there to give them a quorum just to overrule what the people actually want?”

If Morones and Guerrero miss the next two regularly scheduled meetings, which would be in September, the soonest any action could be taken against them would be Oct. 1. According to the city charter, in order for Morones and Guerrero to be removed, it would take an action of the council. Castillo and Flores alone would not have the authority to administer any negative action against Morones and Guerrero.

“If the new budget is not going to pass, then we will just revert to the previous year’s budget,” Guerrero said. “So, although we are not going to meet the budget deadline set forth by the charter, the city will still operate. The people of Floresville elected me to be their voice. This is me doing my job.”

 

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In the know  
Floresville  
August 29, 2012 7:28pm
 
I would like to see Castillo and Flores try to remove Morones and Guerrero from the council. So the city charter states that they can be removed after missing 3 consecutive meetings? Let's go back a little ways. How many ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
August 29, 2012 3:23pm
 
Glad the Mr Morones and Mr Guerrero didnt show up in support of the citizens that voted them into office. Castillo and Gomez you need to take notes as to how a council memeber is suppose to stand up for the people of Floresville.

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