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Workshop focuses on court, cops
Wilson County NewsAugust 13, 2014 | 2,502 views | 2 comments
As the city continues its workshop sessions ahead of crafting a 2015 fiscal year budget, the Floresville City Council Aug. 9 took a look at the city’s municipal court and police department.
Staffing issues for the court are becoming apparent due to an increased caseload, said City Manager Henrietta Turner following the workshop. The recent implementation of the CopSync computer system for the Floresville Police Department has brought about a spike in traffic tickets being issued. In addition, she said, municipal ordinance violations likely will increase following the recent hire of a dedicated code compliance officer.
This has prompted current municipal prosecutor Daynah Fallwell to inform the city that she no longer can continue in that capacity, Turner said. A replacement also could be needed for Municipal Judge Sheila Garza-Medina, who has announced that she is considering retirement.
With regard to the police department, salary increases related to the current collective-bargaining agreement are set to add $54,636 in personnel expenses for the department. Turner said that the city and the Floresville Police Officers Association, in the coming fiscal year, will begin meetings to renegotiate the three-year contract that is in its second year.
Police Chief Lorenzo Herrera also has these items on his department’s wish list for the upcoming fiscal year:
•Five new vehicles, total cost $203,051.25 fully equipped
•Three additional officers, total cost $106,080.
Discussion of retirees and promotions, the mayor’s wish list, and Turner’s salary proposals was pushed to the Aug. 12 workshop. Turner said Councilman Eric Rodriguez had to leave the meeting, which left the council without a quorum. Councilmen John W. Guerrero and Sherry Martinez Castillo and Mayor Diana Garza were the only other elected officials in attendance.
This is the second quorum-related issue to arise in the workshops. The Aug. 7 workshop was canceled after only Castillo and Garza were present.
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