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Section A: General News


Floresville Parks Foundation back to square one


Floresville Parks Foundation back to square one
Douglas Jones, president of the Floresville Parks Foundation, addresses audience members during the June 27 Floresville City Council meeting.


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Wilson County News
July 3, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Parks Foundation is in the beginning stages of a “start-over plan” after learning that the organization has operated without corporate privileges since 2011.

The committee’s president, Douglas Jones, addressed the Floresville City Council at its June 27 meeting under an agenda item related to providing an update about the foundation. Jones said that on June 3, the committee learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had revoked the organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Nine days later, Jones said attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg received correspondence from the state comptroller’s office indicating that the foundation forfeited its corporate privileges Oct. 7, 2011, for failure to satisfy franchise tax requirements and that its business registration with the Secretary of State’s office was forfeited Feb. 10, 2012.

Jones also said that on Nov. 7, 2012, a collection agency notified city Comptroller Lara Feagins that the foundation had delinquent taxes totaling $1,431.08. It also has been revealed that the foundation never has filed a Form 990 -- a return for tax-exempt organizations -- with the IRS.

Part of the mix-up came because documents filed at the foundation’s founding listed its address as 600 S.H. 97 West -- the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center, which does not have a mailbox. Therefore, Jones said, notices that would have alerted the foundation of these deficiencies could not be delivered to its registered agent, Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin.

As part of the start-over plan, Jones said he has volunteered to become the parks foundation’s registered agent, offering his personal address for delivery of any official documents. Work also continues to validate financial records, as the location of the foundation’s checkbook is unknown.

Additional information about the challenges facing the Floresville Parks Foundation will follow in another issue of the Wilson County News.

Also during the June 27 meeting, the council:

•Voted to approve the Wilson County Appraisal District’s fiscal year 2014 budget. See related article, page 4A.

•Approved an interlocal agreement between the city and the Floresville Economic Development Corp., in which Feagins would provide accounting services for the corporation.

•Approved the preliminary plat for the proposed Richardson Bros. Chevrolet Polaris dealership, which will be constructed north of the city on U.S. 181.

In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, John W. Guerrero, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, City Attorney Louis Rosenberg, Comptroller Lara Feagins, Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes, Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office, President Douglas Jones of the Floresville Parks Foundation; and Treasurer Jason Talley and Executive Director Raymond “Ram” Ramirez of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.

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Proletariat  
Utopia,Tx.  
July 15, 2013 2:17pm
 
Folks, this is an example of good people finding bad things. Mr Jones inherited a mess and he is trying to get to the bottom of it. We as citizens need to help him and the foundation in any way possible. I think many will agree ... More ›

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
July 9, 2013 2:18pm
 
This is what happens when there are no checks and balances. A lesson on the local scale. Hope that in addition to making sure the local things are done correctly we are all aware that on the national scene our great president ... More ›

 
Something else to say 2  
July 9, 2013 1:20pm
 
So why hasn't Mrs. Palacios been questioned? It is either her or Mr. Joslin that has the checkbook and other items. Yet these two still enjoy the fruits of their taking. Hmmm, hope the county attorney has her books ready and ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
July 8, 2013 2:38pm
 
Mr. Jones, I will not pile on as it appears you were given a skunk (Joslin and City of Floresville). I have no doubt you are trying to do the right thing. I think the focus should be on Joslin whom supposedly started the organization ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
July 6, 2013 8:31pm
 
All good questions Eric, you would think the Mayor would be pushing him to provide the answers. Why has she kept so quiet as well. She ran saying she would not be like her cousin Danny, but the longer she keeps quiet and doesn't ... More ›

 
Douglas Jones  
Adkins, TX  
July 5, 2013 5:32pm
 
Untrue and Be Careful - Thanks for your inputs. Like I briefed the City Council, I have asked for records of the board members, etc., and have received none. What I have that established my comments concerning the Chair and/or ... More ›

 
brite eyes  
flotown  
July 5, 2013 2:40pm
 
Parks Foundation equal waste of money.

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
July 5, 2013 1:40pm
 
Mr Jones since you did not do your homework. You get an “F.” I went back through the WCN articles. While there is no mention of a Chairman which Mr. Joslin lists on his resume on the City website, there is ample evidence of ... More ›

 
Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
July 5, 2013 9:56am
 
Mr Jones I am using the information posted on the City Website of Mr. Joslin's information. http://www.cityoffloresville.org/city-departments/administrative.php According to him and the city, it states: Chairman of the ... More ›

 
Running late  
Floresville  
July 4, 2013 9:28pm
 
Same old story in this pathetic town. Unqualified individuals are put into positions to waste (or steal) taxpayer money, and it happens over and over. It's time they investigated and prosecuted, and run out of town. Start with ... More ›

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