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FEDC’s purchasing policy to favor local businesses




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FLORESVILLE -- Demonstrating a desire to bolster local businesses, the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) amended its purchasing policy during a May 13 meeting.

The purchasing policy outlines procedures for the FEDC to make purchases and accept bids.

One amendment to the policy states that efforts should be made by the corporation to shop locally first, if feasible, for items under $250.

“We want to shop locally when we can,” said FEDC Secretary Mary Helen Tieken during the meeting.

The amended policy also gives consideration to location of a bidder’s principal place of business.

“This is something that has not been done with the FEDC before, but is common practice in other cities,” said Treasurer Jason Talley.

The incentive to businesses within the boundaries of the Floresville Independent School District offers a 3-percent consideration for bids between $250 and $14,999.99. If the bid of a local business is within 3 percent of the lowest bid, the FEDC will approve the local bid.

The consideration increases to 5 percent for purchases of more than $15,000.

“I think we are trying to do what our title says and work on Floresville economic development,” said FEDC President Andy Eubanks. “I think one of our primary interests is supporting our merchants. The FEDC gets its percentage from the sales tax in the community to boost the economy, so we like to try and reciprocate that growth if possible.”

The board also continued discussion regarding directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. The insurance will cover members of the FEDC in the event of a lawsuit against the board.

During the April 25 FEDC meeting, the board voted to authorize Talley and interim Executive Director Ram Ramirez to source an insurance carrier and to purchase a policy in the best interest of the corporation.

Talley presented some findings to the board May 13.

“The average cost will be about $1,500 to $2,500 per year,” he said.

The board tabled the item; no action was necessary, due to approval at a previous meeting. Talley informed the board that he is still reviewing offers from three insurance carriers.

Also at the meeting, the FEDC:

•Approved project bid documents/construction contracts with Bury+Partners for driveway construction at Rancho Grande Industrial Park

•Tabled an action item regarding the FEDC investment policy

•Took no action on sourcing an appraisal for the house at the Rancho Grande Industrial Park and declined to authorize a real estate agent to promote the sale of The Beer Warehouse

•Offered to sell Lot 3 of the Veterans Business Park to Henry Wittmeyer Co. for $30,000.

In attendance: Board members Andy Eubanks, Jason Talley, Mary Helen Tieken, Mike Herry, and Ray Lamberth; FEDC Interim Executive Director Ram Ramirez; and Mayor Diana Garza.

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