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4A nets $876,000 from lawsuit


4A nets $876,000 from lawsuit
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR. — Wesley Pfeil and Crystal Anders of Pfeil’s Home & Garden address the Floresville 4A Corp. board during its Aug. 12 meeting.


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Wilson County News
August 20, 2014
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A legal settlement has netted the Floresville 4A Corp. -- responsible for the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center -- $875,532.99.

Attorney Rob Killen of San Antonio-based Kaufman & Killen reported to the 4A corporation’s board at its Aug. 12 meeting that the total award received from Greco Construction Inc. was $1.8 million. However, the net distribution came after subtracting:

•$720,000 -- 40 percent -- for attorney fees to the Gravely & Pearson law firm

•$204,467.01 in case expenses.

The suit was filed, according to court documents, when issues such as water-intrusion, roof leaks, musty odors, condensation, and cracks in exterior stucco began to surface in 2012.

Initially, when the topic of the settlement was brought up at the meeting, Killen said it was up to the board whether it wanted to disclose the details. Board member Andy Joslin said the information should be available to the public, in the interest of “being transparent” with the corporation’s finances. A complete breakdown of the expenses is available at wilsoncountynews.com.

In a press release, 4A corporation board President Melissa Popham said, “We were very satisfied with the results and the quality of legal representation.”

The board briefly discussed uses for its legal windfall, which it wants to spend on repairing the event center. Greco was the prime contractor when the structure was built in 2010 on S.H. 97 West.

Also during the meeting, the board discussed the city’s annual home and garden show with Wesley Pfeil and Crystal Anders of Pfeil’s Home & Garden. Board Treasurer Debra Conoly had questions related to event center rental fees that were waived for Pfeil’s.

Anders said that Floresville Mayor Diana Garza and City Manager Henrietta Turner authorized waiving the fees for the event, from which Pfeil’s draws no profit. Garza, the organizer of the first show in 2010, handed over the reins after being elected mayor in 2012, leaving the home and garden center to administer subsequent shows.

Revenues from the $85 booth rental fees have been placed in an account, which Anders said holds $8,000. This year, $500 has been withdrawn from the account to purchase plants and soil used in the beautification of the “Welcome to Floresville” display at the intersection of U.S. 181 and Standish Street and the city’s veterans monument and City Hall on D Street.

Rules related to the discounts are among the items the 4A corporation plans to address as it crafts policies and procedures. Killen said he would have a draft prepared for the board’s review at its September regular meeting.



 

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Webmaster  
Floresville  
August 26, 2014 11:51am
 
Video posts have been revised.

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
August 25, 2014 8:35am
 
the 4a board should have created a set of rules / regulations for the event center rules of operation. if nothing else there should be a standardized contract with riders that can attached..

 
Debra Conoly  
Floresville, TX  
August 24, 2014 5:55pm
 
Gloria Martinez is the manager of the Center. No, that is an untrue rumor. Mrs. Martinez only does what she is instructed to do. This must be very confusing for her position. Who is her boss? Is it the board? Is it the ... More ›

 
Maria Calvert  
Willson County  
August 24, 2014 3:18pm
 
Debra, thanks for that wonderful information. The more the citizens know the better. Another question and this is based purely on rumor but I have heard that the rental fees are not SET but rather at the whim of .........(who ... More ›

 
Debra Conoly  
Floresville, TX  
August 24, 2014 12:19pm
 
Marie - your question lead me to do some research on who gets to be rent free. This list is done on Excel - listing date, event, rental fees. Dates were only entered for events that took place. But, there were exceptions. ... More ›

 
Maria Calvert  
Willson County  
August 24, 2014 8:30am
 
Answer this question, Mrs. Mayor! Is there a "list" of people/businesses for whom the Event Center rental fee is waived or is this an arbitrary call on your part? If there is a list, post it. If there is a ... More ›

 
Winston Shaffer  
Floresville, TX  
August 23, 2014 9:20am
 
Ms Conoly, Thank you so much for your time and effort. No mess is easy to cleanup especially when political officials are the primary reason for the mess. No solution will be perfect. All solutions have trade offs and as ... More ›

 
Delightful  
Downtown  
August 22, 2014 3:42pm
 
Yes, it certainly should be but the Mayor and Council will be too busy deciding who is eligible to run for Council.

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
August 22, 2014 2:08pm
 
it seems to me that this should be an agenda item at the next council meeting. the dynamics and the procedures should be explained fully on what collected monies are earmarked for what specific purposes. the co mingling of monies ... More ›

 
Debra Conoly  
Floresville, TX  
August 22, 2014 2:06pm
 
Maria - that is a very pregnant question. I asked the same question in this meeting. If you have the time to watch the video - I asked lots of questions. I asked the Home and Garden folks that showed up - Who gave the ... More ›

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