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Floresville raises fees for permits, event center
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com —
Members of the American Legion Post 38 Ladies Auxiliary meet Floresville Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen John W. Guerrero and Eric Rodriguez prior to the May 8 council meeting at which the council approved a resolution declaring May 27 as “Poppy Day” in Floresville.
Wilson County NewsMay 14, 2014 4,543 views 6 comments
FLORESVILLE -- It now will cost more to erect a building here or host an event in the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center because of amendments to ordinances that were approved by the Floresville City Council at its May 8 meeting. Visit wilsoncountynews.com [see below] to download copies of these documents.
All new applications issued for permits processed by Floresville’s inspection service contractor, Bureau Veritas, will be assessed an additional administrative fee in addition to the costs billed by the contractor. Residential permits will have 30 percent of the total billed by Bureau Veritas added to the amount due, while commercial projects will have a 50-percent surcharge. Both fees are necessary, said City Manager Henrietta Turner, because the previous fee structure adopted in 2007 was a “pass-through” system, in which Floresville did not retain any portion of the fees billed by Bureau Veritas.
All other permits reviewed by Bureau Veritas will have a 30 percent fee added, according to the ordinance.
Turner gave one example, with the ongoing expansion of the H-E-B Express convenience store at the corner of U.S. 181 and Standish Street (S.H. 97). She said the $1.4 million project required $6,000 worth of permits. Despite all of the time taken by Cyndi Nichols of the city’s Permits and Code Compliance Office and other City Hall staff to compile the data necessary to issue the permits, Turner said, “The city got nothing.”
Councilman Eric Rodriguez asked if it would not be less expensive for the city to hire its own building inspector. Interim Comptroller Connie Moreno said this option would cost much more, as the city would need to hire a team of inspectors who are trained in various disciplines. For instance, she said, only a licensed plumbing inspector can sign off on plumbing projects.
When it came time to vote, Mayor Diana Garza was forced to break the tie. She, like councilmen Johnny Ray Nieto and John W. Guerrero, voted in favor of the increased fees, while Rodriguez and Councilman Mario Morones were opposed.
Also increasing are the fees associated with event center rentals. Melissa Popham, president of the Floresville 4A Corp. board that oversees the center, said any event booked after the rate increase would see a hike of “20 percent straight across-the-board.” (See “Some event center fees could increase,” May 7.)
In other business, the council:
•Heard a presentation from Richard Kunz of Avalon Park Group about his company’s plans for the River Bend residential subdivision. (See “Austin firm unveils plans for River Bend property,” May 7.)
•Voted to split funds from the city’s portion of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System’s summer youth program funds between the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club, Floresville Youth Basketball League, Arcadia Theatre Free Summer Movie Program, Boys & Girls Club of Wilson County, and the Floresville Youth Football program.
Also in attendance: Interim City Secretary Monica Cordova, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg; Patrolman James “Billy” Mitchell and Sgt. Daria Fowler of the Floresville Police Department.
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