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Section A: General News


Joslin withdraws complaint against Councilman Miller


Joslin withdraws complaint against Councilman Miller
Monica Veliz, named the city of Floresville’s February employee of the month, is recognized by Mayor Diana Garza and the Floresville City Council March 14 during a city council meeting.


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March 20, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The complaint lodged against Councilman Jim Miller during the Feb. 25 special meeting of the Floresville City Council has been withdrawn. This followed an executive session during the March 14 regular council meeting in which Joslin decided the best course of action was to rescind the complaint.

Reconvening into open session, the council decided to accept the withdrawal of the complaint.

“We met and we decided that in the best interest of the city we are going to work together in our respective roles according to the charter,” Joslin said after the meeting. “With that being said, I think that we are heading in the right direction. We appreciate each other -- the council, and the office of the city manager -- because we are here to serve the citizens.”

The complaint, which was read into open record at a Feb. 25 special meeting of the Floresville City Council, had outlined several allegations against Miller.

However, it also created backlash from some of the parties named therein; three of them -- Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) members Jason Talley and David Strozier, and City Auditor Pat Wagner -- stated they had never levied any complaints against Miller.

Also at the March 14 meeting, the council approved the insolvency/turnaround plan for the city of Floresville presented by the audit committee. (See related article, page 1A.)

The plan, edited for presentation at the March 12 meeting of the audit committee, outlined several key actions necessary for the city to become solvent.

These include increasing water/sewer rates as outlined in a water rate study conducted on behalf of the city by Community Resource Group.

“These rate increases, along with everything the audit committee worked so hard to put together, should be the first step in getting Floresville back on the right track,” said Councilman Mario Morones after the meeting. “This isn’t something that is going to happen overnight. It is going to be a gradual process but the benefits, in the long run, are going to be there. We are going to work together and as long as we work for the people, everything will turn out as it should.”

“I think the city turned a new page [during the meeting],” Miller said after the meeting. “I believe that the citizens, the city staff, and the city council realize that it is no longer business as usual in Floresville.”

In another milestone reached at the meeting, the council voted to have the 4A board take over operation of the Floresville Event Center by fiscal year 2014-15.

4A board President Bill Gleeson informed the council that his board was ready to cooperate with the city to gradually take on this responsibility, provided that the city work to provide instruction and training to the board on operational procedure.

Also at the meeting, the city council:

•Named Monica Veliz as the employee of the month for February

•Took no action on an executive session item dealing with the distribution of attorney-client privileged documents to external entities and individuals without the consent of the council

•Approved the final plat for the McCoy’s subdivision

•Granted permission to hold an All American Forces parade in Floresville in the future

•Directed legal counsel to draft a resolution outlining procedures for council members to contact legal counsel.

In addition, the council tabled:

•An action item to approve the non-standard ETJ agreement regarding the proposed development at 1956 Sutherland Springs Road

•A manager’s report/update on permit/inspection complaint from a citizen

•A resolution for an agenda item request.

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

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Tyra  
FloTown  
March 22, 2013 11:06am
 
Yes, there should be an investigation, criminal, done. He lied and he falsified a report! He knows the law and he knows how to get around it. BUT it would have to be up to the city attorney's to pursue charges but that is not ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
March 22, 2013 8:45am
 
How can simply withdrawing the complaint stop a crimminal investigation? From what I have read several laws were broken not to mention the civil actions that would be expected.

 
LaLa Land  
Floresville, TX  
March 21, 2013 4:53pm
 
Taylor, I think you hit the nail right on the head!! It is very obvious that Mr. Miller is on target and the people still believe in him. The mayor is the one who seems to have lost respect.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
March 21, 2013 4:21pm
 
Funny I thought falsifying an official document was a violation of Section 8 of the Texas Penal Code. Course in Floresville they may give you a medal for it. And down at the bottom of a complaint do you not have to attest to ... More ›

 
Taylor  
floresville  
March 21, 2013 4:14pm
 
The city manager is blatantly caught lying to the cititzens and city council AGAIN! The mayor enabled him and encouraged him to do this in my opinion. 1. The mayor is threatened by millers intelligence and knowledge. 2. ... More ›

 
Delightful  
Downtown  
March 21, 2013 8:39am
 
What apology? I didn't hear an apology, I didn't read of an apology! Joslin continues to hold Floresville hostage. Noted in the 3/20 WCN: La Vernia - a new pool and spa business Stockdale - trailer diesel shop Floresville ... More ›

 
In the know  
Floresville  
March 20, 2013 7:32pm
 
Just like Joslin's complaint was read out loud and published in the WCN, Joslin's apology should be made public as well. Andy got away with slander. But you know what, Jim Miller is the better man in all of this. He has ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
March 20, 2013 7:14pm
 
So the city manager said and I quote "I think that we are heading in the right direction. We appreciate each other -- the council, and the office of the city manager -- because we are here to serve the citizens.” ... More ›

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
March 20, 2013 1:50pm
 
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Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
March 20, 2013 10:49am
 
Of course he had to withdraw the complaint. It was a pack of lies!!! I only wish the mayor made as big a deal of dismissing the complaint as she did of reading it on the record. Who came out looking like fools??? Whose reputation ... More ›

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