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Section A: General News


Some Event Center fees could increase




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Wilson County News
May 7, 2014 | 4,108 views | 14 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Pending approval from the Floresville City Council, various rental fees at the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center will increase.

At its April 28 meeting, the Floresville 4A Corp. board approved the following:

•Rental of the rodeo arena will remain at $250 per day, with a $75 per truckload charge for water hauled to the site.

•No longer will the use of audio/visual equipment in the ballroom be billed separately. Instead, these fees will be included in the $2,300 base rental rate.

•For ballroom functions of 700 guests or more, the fee for a second concession window will increase from $250 to $300.

•The fee for catering services to use the kitchen will increase from $150 to $300.

Also during the meeting, the board engaged in a lengthy discussion about a calendar of summer events proposed by the Boys & Girls Club of Wilson County. The item was brought up by City Manager Henrietta Turner, who said she sought direction from the board on how to proceed.

Gloria Estrada Martinez, the event center’s administrative assistant, alleges that the club’s Executive Director Debbie Bolf -- who was not present at the meeting -- sometimes will reserve rooms and not use them, cutting the corporation out of revenue that could have been derived from renting those spaces.

The discussion often digressed to difficulties between Martinez and Bolf over the club’s $500-per-year contract to lease space in the center. Attorney Rob Killen reminded the group that this was not the subject of the agenda item and urged them to focus on the topic at hand.

Mayor Diana Garza, who was in the audience, chastised the board because of the need for Floresville’s children to have a place to go in the summer -- even if the center’s location on S.H. 97 West makes it less than ideal.

“We’re all for the kids and seniors in the community,” she said. “If you don’t want them there, tell them that.”

“We can’t just keep kicking the can down the road,” said board member Andy Joslin.

When it came time for a vote, LeAnn Drozd moved to disapprove Bolf’s proposed calendar, which was seconded by Conoly. The two, along with Bill Gleeson, voted in favor of Drozd’s motion.

While discussion continued among the members as to whether the rest were in favor or in opposition of the motion, Gleeson moved to ask city staff to meet with Bolf and settle the disagreement. Joslin seconded Gleeson’s motion and the vote passed unanimously, without any mention of the vote on Drozd’s motion.

In other business, the board reappointed Paige Pullin and Conoly as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Pullin was not present for the meeting.

Also in attendance: Board members Melissa Popham and Traci Jaskinia.

The Floresville 4A Corp. has proposed the following fee changes for use of the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center:
.......................................CURRENT....PROPOSED
•Kitchen use...................$150...........$300
•Second concession........$250...........$300



 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 15, 2014 8:52am
 
Last year, I attended a game (one was enough) at a city sponsored youth football league. The conduct of the fans was absolutely disgraceful. Be careful when you expose your children to outrageous lack of sportsmanship and use ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 15, 2014 8:04am
 
When parents abandon their children to the village. They will be imbued with village standards. Often, both parents work because one finds a career easier than caring for their own. IPADs, flat screen TVs, cell phones, Cable ... More ›

 
LaLa Land  
Floresville, TX  
May 15, 2014 6:52am
 
Aye, so GEM is back in the news!!! Ha. Did these people not realize they were being recorded? The event center will never make money until we hire someone who knows how to do the job. But, she was hired because of the good ... More ›

 
Dirk Browning  
Floresville, TX  
May 15, 2014 12:08am
 
Ha haaa! Just read something a couple people said about bad parents leaving their kids to be babysat. It's funny how people think about adults being bad parents and they forget about all the kids who suffer because of it. Are ... More ›

 
think about it  
local  
May 14, 2014 1:29pm
 
I realize that the Event Center needs to pay their debt but I don't understand why the blame is all thrust upon the Boys and Girls Club? They also had no representative there while they or Ms. Bolf were being slammed at the ... More ›

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 14, 2014 11:43am
 
How dare they attach an organization that provides baby sitting services for delinquent parents. Oh, the shame of it all. :-)

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 14, 2014 9:50am
 
Perhaps the parents should be responsible for their children's recreation and not depend on others to assume that role. Kemo Sabe. BTW, Organized games are not always the most beneficial form of playtime as they often ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 14, 2014 9:42am
 
Maybe the Mayor should initiate a midnight basketball program. :-)

 
Mike Bauer  
LV  
May 14, 2014 9:16am
 
I think so Mr.Tibbs. how said that they are going after an org. That helps the kids

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
May 14, 2014 9:08am
 
could their personal animus towards the b/g club president affect their professional decision making? if so this is discriminatory and there are remedies ...

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