Wilson County News December 19, 2012 2,780 views 5 comments
FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville 4A Corp. board is working to get focused once again, following its Dec. 10 board meeting -- the first meeting in almost 11 months.
A plan introduced by Floresville city Councilman Jim Miller could bring some order to the corporation’s oversight of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center. During the citizen comment portion of the meeting, Miller told the board that one of the discussions at a recent council workshop involved the 4A corporation hiring a private company to manage the center.
“A majority of the council, as well as 4A board members, believe we need to take a new direction,” he said. “Mr. [Bill] Gleeson and I are not promoters. We hire a city manager to manage our city, not promote events.”
Miller acknowledged that turning over the reins of the event center’s day-to-day operation would not be an easy process. An earlier solicitation for a contractor to take over its concessions yielded no responses. The councilman said the 4A corporation would have to make a management proposal that would be attractive to a potential vendor, such as a profit-sharing incentive.
In addition to relieving the city of its current obligations, such as maintenance of the event center’s building and grounds, setup and teardown for events, and bookings, Miller said hiring a private company to manage the facility would give the corporation “100-percent visibility on the finances.” Since 2011, City Manager Andy Joslin has managed the corporation’s books.
Gleeson, the board’s president, said, “The city took over management because we didn’t have the money to hire an accountant. That’s one reason the board didn’t meet, because we didn’t have anything to do. A plan such as this will get the board moving and it will get the board meeting.”
Also during the meeting, Melissa and Rob Killen, attorneys from the board’s law firm, San Antonio-based Kaufman & Killen, reviewed the board’s role and responsibilities with Gleeson, Melissa Popham, and new board members Paige Pullin and Deb Conoly.
Joslin gave the board an update on its finances, which consisted mainly of a recap of sales-tax collections. In the 2012 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, the corporation received a total of $296,949 in sales-tax payments from the state comptroller’s office. This is an increase of $69,657 over the previous fiscal year.
In the first two months of the 2013 fiscal year, the corporation has received $54,887 in sales-tax allocations. Joslin said this represents a 23-percent increase over the same period last year, when the 4A corporation received $44,621.91.
A quarter-cent city sales tax, which was approved by voters in 2004, is the Floresville 4A Corp.’s primary source of revenue. The funds are used to repay debt-service from the purchase of the event center property and the building’s construction.
***In attendance: Floresville 4A Corp. board members Bill Gleeson, Melissa Popham, Paige Pullin, and Deb Conoly; Floresville city Councilman Jim Miller, Mayor Diana Garza, City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, and Gloria Estrada Martinez of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center.
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LaJuana Newnam-Leus Floresville, TX December 25, 2012 2:08pm
I just met Melissa - but, when I was at my first board meeting - she had a pile of papers in front of her - of her ideas about the cook off. That took time and effort on her part. .. Even though there had been no meetings ... More ›
I just met Melissa - but, when I was at my first board meeting - she had a pile of papers in front of her - of her ideas about the cook off. That took time and effort on her part. .. Even though there had been no meetings - she was still actively working for the board. She is a nice and co-operative person.
Let's give everyone a chance - and show encouragement and constructive ideas to the city as a whole.
Lindsay Strunk Floresville, TX December 23, 2012 6:14pm
Why is Melissa Popham on there again? Hmmm maybe because she donates time and money to try and make Floresville a better place. I know a waste of time. I tell her that all the time because its people like you something to say ... More ›
Why is Melissa Popham on there again? Hmmm maybe because she donates time and money to try and make Floresville a better place. I know a waste of time. I tell her that all the time because its people like you something to say 2 or ill just call you COWARD. oh and as far as the cook out, what you meant to say is COOK OFF. Without her it would be nothing, just ask a few of the teams that entered this year. One more thing. She has never resigned the 4A board