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Judge quashes suit against FEDC


Judge quashes suit against FEDC
Attorneys Dominic Carvajal (from left) and Louis T. Rosenberg converse with Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Jesse Perez, Floresville City Secretary Sherry Pollok, and FEDC board member Fred Gonzales after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the FEDC’s board members.


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November 21, 2012
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A suit filed by Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson against the members of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. board has been dismissed. The decision came in an order granted Nov. 19 by Judge Fred Shannon in the Wilson County District Court.

Shannon -- the senior judge of the 131st Judicial District, who was assigned Oct. 16 to preside over the case -- ruled that Wilson lacked the authority under his official capacity to file the suit. The FEDC’s attorney, David West of the firm of Cox Smith Matthews, successfully argued that Wilson cannot act in his official capacity unless it was first approved by the Wilson County Commissioners Court. However, Wilson could have proceeded with the suit if he had filed it as a private citizen.

Wilson contended that he had authority to file the suit under Section 41.009 of the Texas Government Code. This statute allows a county attorney, under certain circumstances, to file suit against an officer entrusted with the collection or safekeeping of public funds. He alleged in his suit that FEDC board members Wilfredo Amaro, Gavino Cantu, Alfred Gonzales, David Longoria, Sarah J. Mendoza, Juan Ortiz, and Rebecca Silva Freudenberg violated the Texas Open Meetings Act July 23 when they voted to borrow $2.1 million to give to the city of Floresville to finance construction of an outdoor sports complex.

The county attorney said that he is unsure how he will proceed in the matter, since the outcome of Floresville’s recent municipal election has rendered discussion of the proposed sports complex a “moot” issue.
 

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LaLa Land  
Floresville, TX  
November 30, 2012 5:47am
 
Highly qualified, business people placed on the FEDC Board. How exciting!!! A step in the right direction. Now we will know exactly what is going on. Maybe they will be able to figure out how the 1.5 million dollars was spent!!!

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
November 29, 2012 11:53am
 
So someone has talked to an oil company and they are willing to donate to fix the Little League fields? Why was this NEVER brought up? We could have solved this problem a long time ago. And, there is a contract with Little League ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
November 28, 2012 6:17pm
 
Truth so what you are saying is fixing these parks should be a higher priority then the infastructure, waste water plant and fixing the roads in the town? Im sure these parks need lots of work due to the neglect of the folks ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
November 27, 2012 9:10pm
 
The actual problem is the ex mayor never had a "plan" he just wanted money to throw around out there. That was the big problem not to mention parks should not be a priority over essential needs like water and sewer ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
November 27, 2012 8:40pm
 
Unfortunately, taxpayers are going to have to pay for the years and years of neglect to the city park. Instead of maintaining it for the last 10 or 20 years, it was left to fall apart just like the little kiddie park by the swimming ... More ›

 
THE TRUTH  
Floresville  
November 27, 2012 8:31pm
 
TIGER LILY you are the one with the facts that are wrong,the park needs to be fixed now ,yes miss know it all now!The banks will give way in the next heavy rainy season,do you not understand that? There are holes that 100 pound ... More ›

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
November 27, 2012 6:38pm
 
Watchdog; that is what we want, more people to get involved. There is a council meeting scheduled for Thursday, hope to see lots of people there. The citizens will no longer be told to shut up and sit down and be called liars. ... More ›

 
Watchdog  
Floresville  
November 27, 2012 6:17pm
 
I love to read the blogs and see input on the issues but it is always the same folks that comment. I hope more people get involved and keep the citizens informed.

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
November 27, 2012 6:03pm
 
Natural Light, if you do not like what is being said then stay out of it. Everyone else seems to be ok with it. Or are you one of the sore losers? As for you, The Truth,once again you do not have your facts straight. Mr. Miller ... More ›

 
Pork Chop  
Pandora  
November 27, 2012 3:24pm
 
I've never craved yard work, a Natural Light and some tacos like I do right now.

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