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Section A: General News


County votes to stay with Houston insurance agent


County votes to stay with Houston insurance agent
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August 28, 2013
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(Revised/corrected version) Despite two other companies asking the Wilson County Commissioners Court to reconsider its Aug. 12 decision to hire a Houston-based company as the county’s insurance agent, the commissioners have chosen to stay the course. Following a closed session during its Aug. 26 meeting, a motion by Pct. 4 Commissioner Larry Wiley for the county to rescind the previous vote to enter into a contract with Houston-based IPS Advisors Inc. died for lack of a second.

Don Wallace of Seguin-based Hartman Insurance earlier had refuted some of the claims made by IPS representative Brian Wilson. He, along with his company’s owner, Diane Hartman, suggested that the commissioners solicit for requests for proposals.

This sentiment was echoed by Jason Talley of Floresville-based Talley Benefits, who said, “I’m here because I am a local professional and I didn’t even have the opportunity to compete for your business.”

Talley also cautioned the commissioners that they might be breaking state law by entering into the contract with IPS, alleging that the agenda item from Aug. 12 was vague because it did not indicate that the county would enter into a contract. That item, placed on the agenda by Pct. 2 Commissioner Paul Pfeil, specified that the commissioners would “discuss and take action on new insurance agency IPS Advisor.”

Furthermore, he said that Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney’s signature was absent from the approved contract, which the commissioners and Wilson County Attorney Daynah Fallwell said they did not read prior to the vote.

Wiley moved that the commissioners solicit requests for proposals for fee-based consulting and a service agreement with regard to employee benefits. This motion also died for lack of a second.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners:

•Held a public hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget, which the commissioners voted unanimously to adopt. That budget will be supported by a proposed ad valorem tax rate of 43.63 cents per $100 of taxable property value. See related article, page 7A.

•Set public hearings on the tax rate for Monday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 16.

•Adopted an ordinance prohibiting the disposal of domestic septage. While the ordinance is in response to Gordon Swenson’s plan to use treated human waste to fertilize a hayfield on the Wilson-Gonzales county line, Swenson would not be subject to its provisions since the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s approval of his permit came before the ordinance was adopted.

•Voted to rescind its July 8 vote to consolidate polling sites for the Nov. 5 election, following an order to hold a proposed bond election.

•Voted to transfer funds from the records management line item in the 2013 fiscal-year budget to fund the first five weeks of employment for John Holcombe of the newly created Information Technology department.

In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Attorney Daynah Fallwell, County Clerk Eva Martinez, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Treasurer Jan Hartl, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Lisa Eberhardt of the Wilson County Auditor’s Office, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson, Library Director Nicki Stohr, Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker, and Wilson County Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek.


Editor’s Note: In the Wilson County News print edition of this article, WCN mistakenly reported in the sixth paragraph: “The commissioners did, however, vote unanimously Aug. 26 to solicit requests for proposals for fee-based consulting and a service agreement with regard to employee benefits, which would be presented to the county’s insurance committee for final approval by the commissioners court.” This did not occur. Therefore, WCN changed the online version of this article to read: “Wiley moved that the commissioners solicit requests for proposals for fee-based consulting and a service agreement with regard to employee benefits. This motion also died for lack of a second.”

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Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
September 1, 2013 8:52am
 
It should have put a bid out I believe just to make it fair, but if Talley got it then maybe the others would complain that he got it because he sits on FEDC and is a good ole boy. Heck he has the entire FISD school insurance. ... More ›

 
POFPO  
Floresville  
August 29, 2013 1:45pm
 
Lord Quinney has spoken, how dare you question his judgement (and family members)

 
Something else to say 2  
August 29, 2013 1:40pm
 
Here is the thing, Hartmann/Talley have been the "locals" with this contract for many years and they have NEVER found a way to save the county any money. Other insurance agents are not capable of handling the amount ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
August 29, 2013 11:00am
 
Transparency is always preferred when it comes to government entities.....

 
I agree  
Kosciusko  
August 29, 2013 10:55am
 
Saving money is important, but so is the right process. Why not at least allow locals to input information? It wouldn't have hurt anything...

 
Webmaster  
Floresville  
August 28, 2013 3:49pm
 
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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 28, 2013 3:21pm
 
Not putting out a request for proposals on this gives the appearance of impropriety. Sometime the appearance of impropriety hides - impropriety. Are these the same guys that tried to railroad the $8.5 million bond deal that is ... More ›

 
Something else to say 2  
August 28, 2013 12:33pm
 
There is a committee of county employees that found this other agent. Do you know it will SAVE the county money? Our LOCAL agent was NOT willing to do that!!! So, if you can get a cheaper rate, but the same coverage; what is ... More ›

 
I agree  
Kosciusko  
August 28, 2013 10:31am
 
I think commissioners court needs an overhaul. The fact that they don't even allow a local company to put in bids for insurance is a slap to the face of local business owners.

 
BSP  
Floresville  
August 28, 2013 10:18am
 
Why are they so against putting out Requests for Proposals? Even if they have already decided who they want, they could atleast put a front on to make us think that they are doing due dilligence.

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