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Section A: General News


Gonzales bashes city council


Gonzales bashes city council
Former Floresville Economic Development Corp. board member Fred Gonzales addresses the Floresville City Council Dec. 17 during a special called council meeting to discuss the termination of contracts for the city’s Holiday Extravaganza.


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December 19, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville City Council is actively seeking advice from legal counsel to determine what legal rights the city has relating to the termination of artist contracts from the canceled Holiday Extravaganza.

The event was canceled by the newly elected council during a recent meeting, when the members approved freezing all city expenses not directly related to the running of the city. The terminated contracts could cost the city approximately $30,000, the council was told.

The agenda for the Dec. 17 meeting included two items for discussion in executive session. One was to take the appropriate action regarding the termination of contracts on the Holiday Extravaganza; the second was to deliberate the appointment, interim employment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of City Manager Andy Joslin.

Fred Gonzales, former member of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) board, addressed the council during the citizens’ input portion of the meeting prior to the executive session, stating his opinion that the council was not following the Texas Open Meetings Act.

“The council has been placing vague agenda items on the agenda and then amending them when they get to the actual meeting,” Gonzales said during a break in the meeting. “This was done with the canceling of the extravaganza and I believe that if they would have put that on the agenda, more people would have come to say they wanted it to go on.”

Gonzales also told the council he was upset when members of the community laughed at Councilman Sherry M. Castillo for recommending former Mayor Daniel Tejada for a seat on the parks foundation during the Dec. 13 city council meeting.

“I thought it was a good recommendation,” Gonzales said. “The council said it was going to fight divisiveness, but I do not see how, when citizens are booing and laughing at a councilwoman for making a recommendation.”

Councilman Mario Morones fired back at Gonzales, asking if he was upset when some of the performers verbally bashed members of the city council during the Christmas gala that replaced the extravaganza.

Gonzales replied that he was there to enjoy the show, but that he is offended when anyone speaks negatively of Floresville.

As of press time Dec. 17, the council remained behind closed doors, discussing options with attorney Lou Rosenberg.

***In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza; City Secretary Sherry Pollok; City Manager Andy Joslin; councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, Sherry M. Castillo, John Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez.

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Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
December 26, 2012 8:01am
 
Don't respond to Alvin.. he just stakes out a position he knows will stir garbage and then trolls everyone. He isn't really interested in a constructive discussion.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
December 25, 2012 8:06pm
 
The one thats not loyal and obedient.

 
Spec Ops  
Wilson  
December 25, 2012 7:19pm
 
What restaurant Alvin

 
Alvin Charmaine  
December 25, 2012 7:44am
 
And now the city can issue their own tow truck contract. This one goes to our friends. So the first 6 month agenda: Close down that restaurant Build a music complex Extend terms in office Get friends tow contract.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
December 25, 2012 7:40am
 
Merry christmas Senior. Thanks.

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
December 24, 2012 5:34pm
 
And a very Merry Christmas to you, Alvin.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
December 24, 2012 2:00pm
 
They should close down that retaurant that wouldnt hold a meeting for them. Shut down all the businesses that supported the old mayor. Mwaaaahaahaa mwaaaahaa. Now that the old mayor is out we can pass laws that lettue new ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
December 23, 2012 2:20pm
 
Busy, I disagree with you the majority of the council is doing what the people want, the are representing the voters. Yes they are voting as a block for the people's benefit not personal and special interests like Tejada, ... More ›

 
Busy  
Flsvl  
December 23, 2012 1:31pm
 
A different perspective... The "bashing" was directed at those on the council who voted to cancel the long-planned event regardless of the repercussions. While a case may be made that this type of egocentric, ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
December 23, 2012 12:32am
 
He is a comedian and a talk host on the 9am show on Kens. He supposedly lives here in Floresville. When they were here doing their live feeds (kept calling us Frederiksburg)he mentioned to the ex-mayor he lived here (out in the ... More ›

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