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Section A: General News


New council axes Holiday Extravaganza


New council axes Holiday Extravaganza
Griselda Cantu is recognized as the Floresville Employee of the Month during the Nov. 29 special meeting of the Floresville City Council.


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Wilson County News
December 5, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- After much controversy during its Nov. 29 meeting, the Floresville City Council voted 3-2 to cancel the city’s Holiday Extravaganza.

The event, which was to feature such performers as Paul Rodriguez, Little Joe, Ramon Ayala, and Roberto Pulido, was scheduled for Dec. 15, but now will not transpire. It would have been the third annual such event.

The idea of canceling the extravaganza was discussed during one of several workshops hosted in the days prior to the meeting. The newly elected council opened up to the community during the workshops, in search of ideas and support for new and pending action.

City Manager Andy Joslin pleaded with the council to give him direction during the meeting, as canceling the program had been discussed several times earlier in the week.

“I need to have direction,” Joslin said. “If we are going to still have this, then I need to know. If not, then I need to know that too.”

Canceling the extravaganza, although not originally on the agenda, was brought up by Councilman Jim Miller as a specific to his agenda item calling for the freezing of city expenditures unless they are essential to city functions.

“The extravaganza cost the city more than $16,000 last year because it did not recoup what was put into it,” Miller said. “This year, the city could have possibly been upside down more than $50,000, due to slow ticket and table sales.”

Constituent Liaison Margaret Aranda said the city had sold 45 of the 75 tables needed for Floresville to break even on its cost. Aranda also stated during the meeting that, according to the contracts signed by both the city and the performers, all artists were guaranteed their fees.

“The contracts state that Little Joe and Paul Rodriguez are guaranteed a $15,000 nonrefundable deposit, Ruben Ramos is guaranteed $8,000, and Roberto Pulido is guaranteed $5,000,” Aranda said.

“That is not the case,” Miller said after the meeting. “The contract said that Little Joe and Paul Rodriguez were guaranteed $15,000 as a deposit and $15,000 when they performed. The only other performer guaranteed money was Roberto Pulido, who is guaranteed his fee of $5,000. After that, the artists were payable on performance.”

City Attorney Lou Rosenberg said during the meeting that if the city did not fulfill its contractual obligation, it would have to settle some claims brought by the artists.

“With this event, the city was slated to lose a lot of money,” Miller said. “It’s better to cut our losses now that we know roughly how much we are going to lose, than to put on the event and lose possibly much more.”

Joslin said after the meeting that if the artists were indeed going to be paid, the money would most likely have to come from the city’s general fund.

In the same action item, all city spending that does not meet the discretion of the city manager as being essential to running the city has been frozen indefinitely.

Other action items also brought both jeers and cheers from the audience, including the appointment of new members to three boards which report to the city council -- the 4A corporation; the 4B corporation, or Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC); and the Planning and Zoning Committee.

See “New board members,” above, for the appointments.

“These are individuals the council feels have an idea of the direction needed for the future of Floresville,” Councilman John Guerrero said. “It is our hope that together we can work to build a stronger community.”

During the meeting, the city council also:

•Named Griselda Cantu as the city’s employee of the month.

•Approved the final plats for the McCoy’s development, River Bend subdivision Unit 3, and Hughes Family Farms Unit 1.

•Directed the city manager to develop a 10-year master plan, complete with projected costs, priorities, and timetable, as well as potential funding sources.

•Directed the city manager to develop a detailed street maintenance plan.

•Set the sole December meeting of the Floresville City Council to Dec. 13.

•Tabled an action item ordering a special election for the position of Council Member Place 5.

New board members
4A Corp.: Melissa Popham, Paige Pullin, Mark Hoffman, Bill Gleeson, and Debra R. Conoly.
Planning & Zoning: Ray Lamberth, Teddi Harllee, Jim Lawhon, Chris Talamantez, and Philip Vipond.
FEDC board,: Mary Helen Tieken, David Strozier, Andy M. Eubanks, Jason B. Talley, Ray Lamberth, Raymond “Ram” Ramirez, and Mike Herry.
Floresville Parks Foundation: George Ramsdell.

***In attendance: councilmen Mario Morones, Johnnie R. Gomez, John Guerrero, Sherry M. Castillo, and Jim Miller; Mayor Diana Garza; City Manager Andy Joslin; City Secretary Sherry Pollok; Constituent Liaison Margaret Aranda; City Attorney Lou Rosenberg; Comptroller Lara Feagins; FEDC Executive Director Jesse Perez; and Cyndi Nichols with the city’s permits office.

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One Voice  
Floresville  
December 12, 2012 4:48pm
 
lulu - you can answers to that question - which is an excellent question from our city manager. He is there most of the time - and is more than willing to give you answers. Let us know what you find out.

 
lulu  
SAT  
December 12, 2012 11:26am
 
Other contracts - besides the contract for the party at the Civic Center, who is monitoring the contract on the water being used by unmarked tanker trucks. Daily there are tanker trucks using the hydrant in front of HEB, no ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
December 11, 2012 8:59pm
 
How much money is tejada going to stick in his pocket at the event. Will he be taking a limousine again this year or did the city pay for that last year?

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
December 11, 2012 8:07pm
 
What I would like to know is did Mr. Tejada receive any of the money that the city lost in order for him to put on this event. The city manager will have lots of questions to answer at the meeting on Thursday. I would like ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
December 11, 2012 7:41pm
 
Tejada your not the mayor take it off your facebook page.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
December 10, 2012 1:43pm
 
I have a feeling it is going to take awhile to untangle all of this. The Extravaganza should be a no-brainer this year. It has been canceled. The city (taxpayers) will just have the lesser of the two evils (taking the ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
December 10, 2012 1:21pm
 
Hope it all gets explained at next council meeting

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
December 9, 2012 4:06pm
 
Even in their hey day, Little Joe's fee was only around $18, 000. Why almost 100% higher now that the Tejano music industry has seen an overall decline in popularity and profitability? Makesno sense.

 
Eric  
Floresville  
December 9, 2012 2:28pm
 
One voice, According to what I heard on the video The cheapest band was 5,000 of which they had already received 1,500 with a guarantee of full payment irregardless of performance. I think the cheapest after that was 8,000, ... More ›

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
December 9, 2012 1:54pm
 
Perhaps some of these questions/concerns can be answered and addressed at the next city council meeting that will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13th.

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