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City budget amendment passes 2-1
FLORESVILLE -- Because of increased water and sewer fees and continued efforts to keep spending low, the city could have some funds left over in the current budget cycle to perform some infrastructure-related maintenance. At its July 11 meeting, the Floresville City Council voted 2-1 in favor of amending the fiscal year 2013 budget to accomplish some of these tasks. The full text of the budget amendment is available for download at wilsoncountynews.com.
According to City Secretary Sherry Pollok following the meeting, Councilmen Mario Morones and John W. Guerrero voted in favor of redirecting the usage of approximately $45,000 left over from leaving a position vacant within the city’s wastewater department. Of that amount, $28,000 would be added to sewer-plant maintenance and the remaining $17,000 would be used to reconstruct a lift station.
In addition, approximately $13,000 related to a vacancy within the water department would be used for water-system maintenance. Of this, $8,000 will be used to add a third motor to the B Street Pumping Station near the Floresville Middle School and $5,000 to rebuild a pump motor at the Plaza Water Tower on U.S. 181 behind Ancira Ford.
However, Councilman Eric Rodriguez cast the dissenting vote, Pollok said, because he believed that conclusive price quotes needed to be obtained before approving such expenditures. City Manager Andy Joslin stated that the council will have final approval of any projects before money is spent.
Also during the meeting, the council:
•Received an update from Joslin related to Council Directive No. 6, a set of three goals given to him by the council May 30. The directive charges the city manager with providing adequate oversight of subordinates and departments, conducting employee reviews for all current workers, and significantly improving communication with the council on various issues.
•Named Robert Barrera of the city’s water department as the June employee of the month.
•Approved a variance and the final plat for the Duran subdivision (see related article, above).
In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Eric Rodriguez, Mario Morones, and John W. Guerrero; City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, and Comptroller Lara Feagins.
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