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Section A: General News


City refines communications with legal counsel


City refines communications with legal counsel
Delilah Garza with NOW Ministries requests a street closure for a May 12 event during the March 28 Floresville council meeting.


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FLORESVILLE -- Members of the Floresville City Council will no longer have to pose questions for legal counsel through the office of the city manager. The communication pathway, established during a February council meeting, was amended during the council’s March 28 regular meeting.

Attorney contact has been a subject of sensitivity since the Feb. 25 special council meeting, when Mayor Diana Garza suggested that contact between elected officials and legal counsel should be directed through her office or the offices of the city manager or city secretary.

City Attorney Lou Rosenberg addressed the council March 28 to say his office is willing to comply with the amendment.

Under the amended resolution, questions directed to legal counsel by city staff must go through City Manager Andy Joslin, but councilmen may consult with the city attorneys when they wish.

In turn, legal counsel will ensure responses to questions presented by councilmen are disseminated to the entire council.

The council also approved amendments to the city’s 2013-14 budget. Comptroller Lara Feagins had placed the funds from the hotel/motel tax into the 4A, or Floresville Event Center, fund. This will not be the case, following the budget amendment.

“Councilman [Jim] Miller objected to this practice stating in the meeting that doing this would make it appear as if the city was giving the hotel/motel tax to the event center,” said City Secretary Sherry Pollok. “The funds will remain in the general fund for the time being.”

In other business, the council approved joining a purchasing co-op to increase the city’s buying power.

“It is primarily for the purpose of purchasing office supplies,” Feagins said. “We are not obligated to purchase anything, but have the ability at our disposal.”

Also during the meeting, the council:

•Appointed councilmen Miller and Sherry Castillo to attend a settlement conference regarding litigation between Paul Sisley and the city. Sisley sued the city after his application for a special-use permit for the construction of a mobile-home park was denied.

•Approved a street closure for an Easter drama March 29.

•Tabled an agenda item requesting a street closure on May 12 for a health fair to be conducted by NOW Ministries.

•Heard a presentation from Joslin on city ordinances.

In attendance: City Manager Andy Joslin; City Secretary Sherry Pollok; Councilmen Jim Miller, Sherry Castillo, Mario Morones, and John Guerrero; Mayor Diana Garza; and Comptroller Lara Feagins.

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