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City council appoints Guerrero to audit committee
Floresville Assistant City Secretary Monica Cordova (from left), Douglass Jones, Debra Conoly, City Comptroller Lara Feagins, and Councilman Jim Miller wait for others for a March 4 meeting of the city council’s audit committee. Miller, the chairman, canceled the meeting for lack of a quorum.
Wilson County NewsMarch 13, 2013 3,048 views 7 comments
FLORESVILLE -- Floresville city Councilman John Guerrero will fill the audit committee position left vacant following the resignation by letter of Sherry M. Castillo, submitted to Mayor Diana Garza recently.
During a March 8 special meeting of the Floresville City Council, Guerrero was appointed and quickly began his duties, as an audit committee meeting followed immediately after.
The committee sought to continue business planned for a March 4 meeting, which was canceled due to a belief that a quorum of voting members needed to be present for a meeting to take place. See “Quorum issues.”
City Secretary Sherry Pollok advised the committee of a memorandum from city attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, which stated that a meeting could, in fact, take place without a quorum of voting members present.
Although City Manager Andy Joslin was not present, a copy of his revised turnaround plan was discussed.
Councilman and audit committee chairman Jim Miller had questions about the proposed plan and offered some recommendations for the future.
“The goals of the plan are not outlined in the way we discussed,” Miller said. “Not in a way that addresses specific goals, how are we going to achieve those goals, how are we going to measure success of those goals, and how are we going to improve that process.
“Any plan that says we are going to do X, Y, and Z should say this is how we are going to achieve X, Y, and Z and here are the benchmarks of how we measure that progress so we know whether we are falling short of the mark or whether we are achieving them,” Miller continued. “I don’t see those measurements in here.”
Another topic which seemed to show progress was the assignment of utility rates.
A water rate study was presented to the city council on Feb. 28. The study revealed an immediate need for increased water and sewer rates in Floresville.
“With utility rates ... we got hit in the face with a frozen flounder [by the water rate study],” Miller said. “[It stated that] you will have to raise your utility rates by this much, now, to meet your [current] obligations in the water and sewer fund this year. And if we’re going to do these improvements then we have to do these things. Well, the implementation of these rates needs to be a part of this plan. What is the date for the implementation?”
Pollok responded on behalf of city staff.
“We are just waiting for council approval,” Pollok said. “We need that to go to council and have council approval. ... It’s just a matter of let’s put it on the agenda as a recommendation of the audit committee, we’ll put it on as a council item, the council takes action on it, and let’s change the rates. ”
Audit committee member Doug Jones added clarification, stating that it had been decided that water rates were going to be evaluated after the water rate study. Now that the study has been completed, the rates should be adjusted accordingly.
The absence of three of the six voting members of the Floresville City Council’s audit committee from a March 4 scheduled meeting resulted in a delay of the business of the committee.
Approximately five minutes after the meeting’s scheduled start of 6 p.m., Councilman Jim Miller, the committee’s chairman, declared the meeting canceled for lack of a quorum.
Miller said that City Manager Andy Joslin was unable to attend the meeting because of a family emergency and that Councilman Eric Rodriguez was unable to make the meeting in time. Rodriguez arrived at City Hall minutes after the meeting was canceled.
According to the agenda, the committee was set to continue work on a turnaround plan to address the issue of insolvency highlighted by City Auditor Pat Wagner on Jan. 18.
Mayor Diana Garza confirmed that Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo had submitted her letter of resignation from the committee. This resulted in the March 8 special meeting of the Floresville City Council to fill the position.
During the March 8 council meeting, City Secretary Sherry Pollok advised the committee of a memorandum from the office of Louis T. Rosenberg, which stated that a meeting could, in fact, take place without a quorum of voting members present.
In attendance: Councilmen Mario Morones, Jim Miller, and Eric Rodriguez; Mayor Pro Tem John Guerrero; and City Secretary Sherry Pollok.
Floresville Audit Committee special meeting March 8. In attendance: City Secretary Sherry Pollok, and committee members Doug Jones, Deb Conoly, Jim Miller, Eric Rodriguez, and John Guerrero.
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