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Henrietta Turner manages city’s continuing progress
Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner
Wilson County NewsMay 28, 2014 4,064 views 1 comment
During the eight months that Henrietta Turner has been Floresville’s city manager, the city has developed an aggressive streets-maintenance plan, made sizable strides in the implementation of its insolvency plan, and more.
Turner, during a special May 22 Floresville City Council meeting, gave a report of her progress since the beginning of her tenure Oct. 1, 2013. The report was given in open session, despite the council’s initial plan -- according to the meeting’s agenda -- to discuss the matter in closed session.
Just as Mayor Diana Garza was set to announce that the council was going to retire to the conference room for the closed session, Turner approached the podium and asked for permission to speak. The city manager then read a note, in which she requested that the matter be discussed in open session, pursuant to Section 551.074(b) of the Texas Government Code.
She then reported on topics, including:
•Insolvency plan: The city’s deficit has been reduced by 72 percent since the fiscal year began in October. Projections are that the deficit will be eliminated this year, so that the city might work toward accumulating its 90-day operating reserve.
•Two of three phases of a water-rate increase already have been implemented, which have helped to generate revenue needed for maintenance and repairs of the city’s water system.
•Work continues on updating the city’s personnel manual, as well as Floresville’s ordinance book.
•With regard to the city’s goal of repairing 10 streets in 10 months, the city obtained approval from the state comptroller’s office to allocate $153,000 to purchase a 2014 Case front-end loader, as the current 26-year-old Volvo model no longer can keep up with the rigors of streets repair. The older machine now will be used primarily by the city’s parks department.
•The city is working to combine its water and sewer departments and to cross-train all affected employees. Part of that training includes commercial driver license instruction, for which the city will pay if the worker remains employed for one year. Employees who quit will be required to refund the cost of the training.
•Personnel: Monica Cordova now is the city secretary and Connie Moreno is the city’s comptroller. A full-time code-enforcement officer was set to start working May 27.
•The city will have to find a new location for its animal pound, as it is a violation of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rules to have the facility located on the grounds of the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Goliad Road.
Following the completion of Turner’s report, the council agreed to perform her quarterly evaluation at its June 26 meeting.
In other business, the council voted to accept applications from Floresville residents interested in serving on a committee to review the home-rule charter. According to City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, the committee will make recommendations to amend the document, which the council will vote to place on an election ballot.
Also in attendance: Councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo, Mario Morones, Johnny Ray Nieto, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; Detective George Ortiz and Sgt. Daria Fowler of the Floresville Police Department.
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