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January 16, 2013 | 2,057 views | 15 comments

FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) members are continuing to meticulously review the FEDC’s dealings and establish its personnel.

During its Jan. 7 meeting, the FEDC board reviewed its bylaws and the 2013 budget, to examine all current and impending projects on the horizon.

Questions came when, while reviewing the budget, a discussion opened on El Rancho Grande business park.

In the 2013 budget, FEDC Executive Director Jesse Perez listed $350,000 in expenditures for the park. When questioned, Perez advised the board that the engineers he has consulted said that the cost for building the road in El Rancho Grande would be $300,000, but this would not cover asphalt for the road. Contractually, the FEDC is obligated to provide a road to businesses operating in the business park.

“Based on what the engineers have been telling us, we probably can get by with seal coating, and it’ll buy us three or four years,” Perez said. “In the discussion with the companies, initially, we just wanted to access the property. There are six companies already operating out there and the road is sufficient to provide support to them.”

Perez said that if the contracts currently forecasted for the Rancho Grande park come to fruition, then the road would have to be reinforced.

“If we are going to undertake a project, we need to do it right,” said board member Jason Talley. “I’m for spending what it takes to do it right. I’m getting tired of things being done in this town and aren’t necessarily being done the way it should be. You can look at some of the city facilities in the community and there’s a bunch of them that aren’t even up to their own standards, as far as code compliance.

“So I’m for prioritizing in seeing what we need to do and doing it right,” Talley continued. “If we can afford to do it right on this one that is going to bring us the most economic development, then that’s what we need to do. We can’t cut corners.”

A meeting to discuss the Rancho Grande business park in detail was scheduled for Jan. 14.

Also discussed was the city’s proposed sports complex.

Perez informed the board that he had effectively halted the project, due to new members joining the city council.

“We do have new leadership and I haven’t gotten any guidance as to how we should proceed, so everything’s stopped right now,” Perez said during the meeting. “Of course, the new council has not given us any direction on that and I doubt that they will, other than to stop the project.”

FEDC Board Secretary Mary Helen Tieken offered her perception of the direction from the city council.

“I think our direction is to live within our means,” Tieken said.

“Oh, of course; I agree with you,” Perez said.

***In attendence: board members Mary Helen Tieken, Andy Eubanks, Jason Talley, Ray Lamberth, Raymond Ramirez, and Mike Herry; and Executive Director Jesse Perez.

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Webmaster  
Floresville  
January 17, 2013 4:01pm
 
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Webmaster  
Floresville  
January 17, 2013 11:32am
 
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Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
January 17, 2013 6:02am
 
Sam Eagle, I think these people think that WE are stupid. How did Rodriguez know this position had become available? HE just wants to come help our city.... We need someone who lives here, spends their tax dollars here, and cares ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
January 17, 2013 4:34am
 
Mr Rodriguez, what momentum did the FEDC ever have under Mr Perez? I believe the FEDC will be fine without your extensive background and experience. It cant do any worse then the last 12 years worth of nothing Perez and the ... More ›

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
January 16, 2013 8:36pm
 
Keep up the good work, board members. Don't let outside forces get in the way of your work. Sounds like the ex-mayor still wants to keep his hands in the FEDC business.

 
Taylor  
floresville  
January 16, 2013 8:16pm
 
Sam Eagle thats very interesting it seems Tejada was recently president of the Hispanic league of municipal officials that Rodriguez works for. Rodriguez has in fact recently worked under Tejada's supervision. Lala land does ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
January 16, 2013 7:38pm
 

 
Taylor  
floresville  
January 16, 2013 7:12pm
 
Based on your comment it sounds like you are very adept at taking the position needed to make people happy so you get the votes or the job. So you can get either your agenda or someone else's through instead of having a spine ... More ›

 
Taylor  
floresville  
January 16, 2013 6:18pm
 
Mr. Rodriguez many people in town must also be wrong when they say you were the one following a city council member around for awhile, for Tejada during the election.

 
LaLa Land  
Floresville, TX  
January 16, 2013 4:10pm
 
Mr. Rodriguez, do you know Perez or Tejada? Can you understand why we are so untrusting? Perez has worked for 12 years without a job description or contract. I guess he did not like that the new board was going to tell him what to do.

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