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Section A: General News


City manager walks out of closed session


City manager walks out of closed session
Henrietta Turner


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Wilson County News
August 20, 2014
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FLORESVILLE -- City Manager Henrietta Turner is distancing herself from the Floresville City Council after twice walking out of an Aug. 14 closed session which she believes may have been illegal, under the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Turner, in an interview following the meeting, said that she chose not to participate in parts of the discussion because it dealt with employee-disciplinary matters that were not mentioned on the meeting agenda, which is a violation of state law.

“I just think it was wrong,” Turner said.

According to the meeting’s posted agenda, the council was to meet in closed session to review the city’s dumpster roll-off policy, “correspondence to the mayor on enforcement and city policy towards business, management personnel response, direction for implementation, and advice considering possible litigation.”

The Texas Open Meetings Act allows a governing body to meet in closed session to seek advice from its attorney on matters of “pending or contemplated litigation” and also to discuss certain personnel matters -- provided they are mentioned on the meeting’s agenda.

Personnel matters were not listed among the subjects for the executive session.

Turner said that the city of Floresville has a full plate, as it attempts to claw its way from the grasp of insolvency. As it gains ground on its insolvency plan, the city is working to develop its public works infrastructure by creating electronic water and sewer models, moving toward repair of a water tower, and considering an interlocal agreement with Wilson County for health inspections.

“We have a whole lot more important things to talk about than if I discipline a clerk,” she said.
 

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Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 21, 2014 11:02am
 
Heck, even Elmendorf is coming together. They have a Dollar General and the rail park. It's only a matter of time before someone gets something built on that Butterfield property.

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 21, 2014 10:26am
 
You should see the explosion of grown the Pleasanton-Jourdanton area with high-end development!!!! Even Stockdale and La Vernia are getting more attention than Floresville. All we get is a new service station and increased traffic. ... More ›

 
Anonymous Resident  
Floresville  
August 21, 2014 10:00am
 
This is the most Dysfunctional Mayor and City Council that the City of Floresville has ever elected. With all the potential growth the City of Floresville is facing and the requirements for infrastructure repair, improvement ... More ›

 
Irritated  
Wilson County  
August 21, 2014 9:43am
 
For having a publicly jaded past, she seems to be really trying to turn things around. Instead of helping her help the city, it seems the council rather persecute her for it. This council is severely lacking leadership, teamwork, ... More ›

 
Justified  
Law West of the Pecos  
August 20, 2014 9:41pm
 
Stand strong, Henrietta. We believe in you. In less than 3 months we could have a new mayor and hopefully Mark Groves as a new city councilman. Juan Ortiz will be a lost cause since he is part of the old guard. We can put ... More ›

 
Anonymous Resident  
Floresville  
August 20, 2014 3:00pm
 
..... and an offense!

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 20, 2014 2:54pm
 
Floresville has it's own rules. You should know that by now, and ignorance is a defense.

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
August 20, 2014 1:26pm
 
New Guy, city managers don't vote or make motions. That's the job of elected officials.

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
August 20, 2014 1:24pm
 
I think the fact she walked out and publicly stated her concerns will be enough if it goes to court...

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 20, 2014 1:09pm
 
Mrs Turner, suggest you read Texas Code on meetings. I believe you were in the wrong on what you did. If you really understood the law, you would have stayed and made a motion to reflect your concerns.

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