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Section A: General News


City OKs $2K settlement with police association


City OKs $2K settlement with police association
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com — Floresville Mayor Diana Garza (right) administers the oath of office to Place 1 Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo May 20. Castillo won a special election 10 days earlier to fill an unexpired term.


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May 28, 2014
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FLORESVILLE -- Three officers from the Floresville Police Department will split a $2,071.20 settlement, following the Floresville City Council’s unanimous vote at its May 20 meeting. This is the resolution of a grievance raised by the Floresville Police Officers Association (FPOA) related to its collective-bargaining agreement.

The FPOA took issue that officers had to wait an entire year for step pay increases to which they were entitled under the conditions of the agreement, according to a memorandum by City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg. The association sought $7,232.40 in damages from back pay from fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

However, because the agreement has a 30-day limitation on filing grievances, all back pay from previous fiscal years would not be considered.

Also in the settlement, the FPOA agreed to provide the city by June 30 of the current fiscal year with a list of all officers who shall be entitled to a raise or promotion in the upcoming fiscal year, so that the salary increases can be implemented effective the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1.

This meeting was one of three times the council met over a 90-minute period May 20. Also that day, the council:

•Held a workshop session with representatives of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) to discuss proposed changes to FELPS’ rate structure that will result in a 3-percent across-the-board rate increase. If approved at a later meeting, the hike could take effect as early as July 1.

•Canvassed the votes of the May 10 special election for councilman Place 1, subsequently declaring Sherry Martinez Castillo as the winner. Castillo also was sworn in.

•Approved the first reading of a revised city curfew ordinance, which would prohibit children under 16 from being on the streets unaccompanied between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Also in attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Sherry Martinez Castillo, Mario Morones, Johnny Ray Nieto, John W. Guerrero, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Henrietta Turner, City Secretary Monica Cordova, City Comptroller Connie Moreno, Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department, and Municipal Judge Sheila Garza-Medina.









 

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Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 29, 2014 9:31pm
 
Tom..... Raises for length of service versus merit pay. The union way.

 
Tom Green  
Floresville  
May 29, 2014 7:11pm
 
Chief Noetall...If you read the full story you would see that the city failed to pay the officers money they were supposed to receive. This had been agreed to in their CBA. The Assoc filed a grievance and the City did the right ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 29, 2014 10:57am
 
PROTECT - SERVE - COLLECT

 
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Floresville  
May 29, 2014 8:55am
 
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