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Section A: General News


Council seeks answers to city’s financial woes


Council seeks answers to city’s financial woes
Rose Marie Carvajal (center), the city of Floresville Employee of the Month for January, receives a certificate during the Feb. 14 meeting of the Floresville City Council.


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February 20, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The fight for the financial future of Floresville continues as city officials work to solve the ongoing insolvency crisis.

During the Feb. 14 Floresville City Council meeting, Councilman Jim Miller presented updates from the city’s audit committee meetings.

Addressing the concerns of city employees, Miller elaborated on some potential money-saving actions considered, and made it clear that any salary freezes that may come would not take effect until the next budgeting cycle.

Tied to the financial discussion was a request from Lt. Jesse Evins of the Floresville Police Department for the council to release funds from the Municipal Court Technology Fund to assist the department in purchasing a “Ticket Writer” from Brazos Communications. On behalf of the department, Evins requested $7,000 to go toward the purchase of the machine, which would cost no less than $27,000.

“$7,000 would be from the Municipal Court Technology Fund,” Evins said. “We have $3,000 from the ‘Click-it-or-Ticket’ campaign, and will be using the other $17,000 or $18,000 from our drug seizure fund.”

Pressed by the council regarding the amount in the seizure fund, Evins said it was around $25,000. It would be more than $100,000 if Floresville had a narcotics task force, he said.

A revenue sheet provided by City Comptroller Lara Feagins stated the Municipal Court Technology Fund only took in about $3,000; after reviewing this, the council voted to table the item until more information is available about the balance of the fund.

Also on the agenda was an update of current projects by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Mayor Diana Garza questioned TxDOT representative Ben Engelhardt on the future of a traffic signal at the intersection of S.H. 97 West and U.S. 181. Engelhardt said such projects usually take about 24 months; that particular project was submitted more than a year ago and was approved.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a proclamation for the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

•Approved submission for the voluntary annexation of the McCoy’s Development on U.S. 181 N.

•Approved the professional planning services agreement by Stewart Planning Consulting LLC for the city’s future land use plan.

•Recognized Rose Marie Carvajal as the city’s employee of the month.

•Presented Floresville Independent School District Social Worker Ben Reed with the city’s Citizen Award.

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

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Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
February 27, 2013 6:13am
 
Truth I think Eric covered it all in his response to you. I just don't see why you don't get it. How do you want Miller to concentrate on streets and infastructure when there is no money to do that with. You should really ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
February 27, 2013 6:11am
 
Truth I think Eric covered it all in his response to you. I just don't see why you don't get it. How do you want Miller to concentrate on streets and infastructure when there is no money to do that with. You should really ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
February 27, 2013 5:59am
 
The key to sound financial management is to pay as you go. If you can't pay cash, you can't afford it. Think how wonderful government (local, state, and national) would be if these simple rules were followed. Imagine the ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
February 26, 2013 9:55pm
 
Truth exists, If you want to fix streets you have to buy gravel and tar. If you want to upgrade water capacity you have drill new wells build storage tanks and run new water lines. If you want to upgrade the sewer you have ... More ›

 
truth exists  
February 26, 2013 9:02pm
 
What's wrong with the questions Mr Miller is asking? you ask mr airbourne trooper. What the council which mr miller in apart of should be addressing are the issues at hand such as infrastructure, water lines , sewer lines, ... More ›

 
truth exists  
February 26, 2013 8:49pm
 
Delightful did some research for you on our mayor and your right she has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. and the last job done by one of them brothers was done prior to her election wouldnt hurt to do research before commenting ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
February 26, 2013 3:03pm
 
What's wrong with the questions Mr Miller is asking? As a council member and a citizen of this town, we should know and have the right to the truth. Right now the truth doesn't exisist and in order to come up with solutions ... More ›

 
Debra  
Floresville  
February 26, 2013 1:46pm
 
Truth - I have to say each member of the counsil really has a mind of their own. I have watched them in action - and Mr. Miller is not waggling any of their tails. It is my opinion that Mr. Miller was wise to strike while the ... More ›

 
truth exists  
February 26, 2013 12:20pm
 
But again Miller isnt the only seat warmer on the council where are the other 4 council members dont let miller dictate what yall others 4 council memebers do or he is telling you council memebers to be quiet and you are scared of him.

 
Debra  
Floresville  
February 26, 2013 9:25am
 
That is the sort of short sighted decision making that has been made in the past that has got us in this predicament. Get it??

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