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Wilson County News September 21, 2016 1,642 views 15 comments
The Floresville City Council passed its fiscal year 2016-17 budget and a new organizational chart Sept. 12, despite some confusion about changes members requested at their Sept. 8 meeting. . . .
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Richard been busy the last couple of days...two things for you. First, please take your last comments and rewrite the first couple of lines addressed to me. Print your message and take it to the WCN office as a Letter to the... More ›
Richard been busy the last couple of days...two things for you. First, please take your last comments and rewrite the first couple of lines addressed to me. Print your message and take it to the WCN office as a Letter to the Editor ask them to print it. You hit the nail on many of your comments. Second, I attended the ceremony Sat morning at the Civic Center. It was briefed that Marathon Oil committed to assist in Phase I of the Floresville Master Parks Plan. I think the assistance may include both financial and land prep work - not sure. With that said, there is still some time to influence future decisions concerning the debt, etc., you spoke about. Election day is just around the corner.
Richard Llewellyn Floresville September 29 at 9:24pm
Mr Jones, I now understand the why and how, essentially the "method to your madness". I have seen the dismissals and reappointments of the various boards and committees to find the "yes" men/women that... More ›
Mr Jones, I now understand the why and how, essentially the "method to your madness". I have seen the dismissals and reappointments of the various boards and committees to find the "yes" men/women that will bend to the will of those in power. I agree that it will continue to be a problem until that faction is voted out. In so many words, I believe you have said that since you couldn't work against them, you worked with them to achieve the most beneficial result that could be made for all, ie, benefit v cost. At least, I hope that's what you're telling us. Unfortunately, I understand that council is moving fast to get everything approved before the election so that any future council will be obligated under law and contract to fund and pay for all the extravagant pet projects that have been approved and/or under review. My complaint, and all taxpayers of Floresville should be concerned about is how will we pay for all these things? Only a tax increase next year will keep this city afloat. Our annual budget of several million dollars would not come close to funding a non-profit organization in San Antonio with a donation of city funds. People in this city need to wake up. We cannot fund all the small projects and organizations on a budget so small. We can't even keep money in the bank now without Tejada et al spending it as soon as they find out we have it. A friend of mine, who has been in the entertainment business, pointed out to me that any venue, be it a dance hall, bar, hotel/motel, needs to book entertainment/rooms at last 6 months out of the year, JUST TO BREAK EVEN. Eagle Ford is over. Taxes will go down. Property values will tank or be kept artificially high just to keep taxes at current levels. Hotels/motels currently cannot fill rooms. Rental property goes vacant, even with lower monthly rents. We've lost businesses to storms, economic downturn. Yet the current council continues to spend money as if there was a cash cow grazing downtown. No one in this city is getting rich. People are just able to maintain what they have. Even state and federal government feel the pinch. People want everything San Antonio has, but they want it here. I hate to break your hearts, but we don't have it, can't afford it, and if you want it, go to S.A.
Richard, apology not required but I do appreciate it. I also appreciate your candid and most HONEST reflection on the force feeding. Floresville NEEDS you and folks like you that have the courage and fortitude to opine their... More ›
Richard, apology not required but I do appreciate it. I also appreciate your candid and most HONEST reflection on the force feeding. Floresville NEEDS you and folks like you that have the courage and fortitude to opine their feelings. I do understand the family needs and how attendance at so many meetings is virtually impossible. I am retired and I do have the time to participate. I thank you for favorable comment on my commitment. With the exception of your "...help push through..." comment, you are right on target. I honestly do not know how I could have swayed the votes. Take some time if you have any and look through some of the past WCN articles that show how any city board member voicing opposing views was dismissed. Look at the membership of the 4A and FEDC dismissals. Again, my opinion, if you were not a "company man/woman or yes woman/man" one would be dismissed and the replacement would comply and approve. Being an "outsider", my comments in city council went unheard - the one exception was when I asked if the council would include the first responders of Floresville in their move to lower burial plot costs for deceased veterans. They approved the action to include the first responders and reduced the cost to zero. So many agenda items where citizens voiced their opposition were approved by the council. Lastly, if the people continue to elect folks who are deaf to their constituents, there will never be the Billy Sundays (from the old song about Chicago) to stop the spending madness you speak about. While at a professional military course, we students used this motto, "Communicate, Cooperate, Graduate". When you have those few precious moments with family and friends, communicate what you have stated in your posts, get them to cooperate and continue to "spread the word", and Floresville can graduate from a dictatorial council to a democratic one that supports the People of Floresville.
Richard Llewellyn Floresville September 29 at 6:37pm
Mr Jones, I apologize for insulting you by lumping you in with Tejada et all. I do stand by my statement though. And I applaud you for encouraging everyone to get out and vote and do their fair share instead of complaining. But... More ›
Mr Jones, I apologize for insulting you by lumping you in with Tejada et all. I do stand by my statement though. And I applaud you for encouraging everyone to get out and vote and do their fair share instead of complaining. But some of us have jobs and family obligations that don't allow us to get formally involved. It's obvious that you are able to and I thank you for that commitment. But if you filled out the survey, as you stated, why haven't you abided by the wishes of the masses? Why help push through an agenda that no one wants? Why take on debt that the taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook for? We (taxpaying citizens of Floresville) can ill-afford additional debt when we can't keep roads repaired, keep water in the hydrants, prevent flooding, etc. I'm sure, that in your household, if you can't afford an extravagant item, that you really don't have to have, but would LIKE to have, you wait until you paid all your other debts FIRST, then, when you have "mad" money, you buy it. It's the same with this sports complex. We can't afford it.
Richard, I completed the survey and put my two cents worth in my answers. I questioned the survey's lack of any recreation programs for all age groups. I asked questions concerning the requirements of funding, of manpower, of... More ›
Richard, I completed the survey and put my two cents worth in my answers. I questioned the survey's lack of any recreation programs for all age groups. I asked questions concerning the requirements of funding, of manpower, of increased maintenance machinery, and several of the things people thought the city needed; i.e. a driving range. I listened to the SARA briefing concerning the four (4) core samples and the following conversations concerning the City Park ball fields. I thought the reaction to that briefing was similar to the Chicken Little story. I sat in and even participated in several of the joint council, FEDC, Parks Foundation, and users of the city parks meetings. I even voiced my concerns of the rumor that years ago, the council cut the operation and maintenance portion of the budget in half. This reduction, in my opinion, is the basic cause of Floresville's infrastructure dilemma seen today. Your comment concerning Tejada and me is far off the mark. Many months ago in a council meeting, Councilman Nieto declared me the "New president of the hate Danny Tejada Foundation." This was stated on the WCN front page. So Richard, I want you to look into your mirror and ask of yourself, "Have I matched Doug's efforts." Richard, I am not a resident of Floresville but I served on the Audit Committee following the insolvency audit finding. I have spent hundreds if not a thousand hours in trying to get the residents of the city to stand up against the continuation of "three is not greater than 500" (reference to the recall effort). I have been articulate in my belief that on Nov 2, 2015, one or more council members illegally obligated the city for legal services of the Rios law firm. Richard, I am one of several Wilson County Residents that have supported the residents of Floresville. I don't have a vote in regard to city issues, unlike you if you are a resident. I too believe the controlling council has repeatedly refused to comply with the wishes of those who elected them. Issues like don't build until you maintain what we have, grandfather the 8-liners, mayor deciding virtually every tie vote in favor of the two councilmen who sponsored the "C&A Agenda Items" that were opposed by the citizens. There is still time to affect the future - read again the last two lines of my post that prompted your response. Go to your neighbors, to the council meetings, to FEDC meetings, to 4A meetings and to the polls. Use the power of your vote and that of like minded Floresville residents. They are there and many I talk with are like you, fed up with the arrogance and actions of the council. Citizens working together for the betterment of Floresville will certainly be victorious; however, apathy among the registered voters will see the continued status quo no matter how loud they voice their opinions.
Richard Llewellyn Floresville September 29 at 1:22pm
So where we're YOU, Mr. Jones, when the citizens of Floresville answered not 1, but 2 on-line surveys that overwhelmingly said "NO" to a sports complex and to just maintain the parks we have now? Obviously Mr. Tejada... More ›
So where we're YOU, Mr. Jones, when the citizens of Floresville answered not 1, but 2 on-line surveys that overwhelmingly said "NO" to a sports complex and to just maintain the parks we have now? Obviously Mr. Tejada et al, figured out that he could manipulate you and the rest of your counterparts into doing what he wanted and getting the sports complex that the citizens DON'T want and will have to pay for through taxes that we can't afford with all the debt we're in now.
I find it sad that the few who opine on the subjects found in the Wilson County News seem like so many of us who are professional Monday morning quarter backs. Where were the citizens of Floresville during all those budget working... More ›
I find it sad that the few who opine on the subjects found in the Wilson County News seem like so many of us who are professional Monday morning quarter backs. Where were the citizens of Floresville during all those budget working groups? Where were they a year or more ago when the city hired M&S Engineering/Luck Design to develop a Floresville Master Parks Plan? Where were they with ideas to seek large commercial corporations for funding for city wide improvements? I talked with Mr. Bill Gleeson and he told me that when the City Park was actually built, that a major oil company (forgive me Bill for forgetting which one) came in with all their earth moving equipment and manpower and completed a Herculean task. He said that one of the oil execs lived in the city and made it happen. It appears as if Floresville has stagnated in its ability to think out-of-the box and its citizens depends solely on city staff and council. Councilman Jimenez told me that years ago the city was able to maintain the streets but he said nothing of the sewer, water and park decline. Look what a few dedicated Floresville citizens have done - the Historical Society, the City Manager, our Parks Foundation, and yes, even the FEDC. Stop blogging and get proactivity. Attend and speak your mind at city council. Brainstorm and find a method to "...get'er done...". Last but not least, create the government you wish for and go VOTE it into being. Elections have and will be the change mechanism wanted by voters.
They could approach corporate sponsors to help pay for new park additions. They could put up signage stating that "This area of the park made possible from donations made by...". Large companies like HEB,Valero,Toyota,... More ›
They could approach corporate sponsors to help pay for new park additions. They could put up signage stating that "This area of the park made possible from donations made by...". Large companies like HEB,Valero,Toyota, WalMart & Haliburton have specific portions of their budget for donating to things like this to help offset taxes and promote volunteer-ism with their employees.
Senior Citizen Wilson County September 25 at 7:27pm
The City of Floresville announces a
Groundbreaking Ceremony celebrating the commencement of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion and City Park addition Saturday, October 1 10 a.m. to noon at the Lauro G DeLeon III Event... More ›
The City of Floresville announces a
Groundbreaking Ceremony celebrating the commencement of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Expansion and City Park addition Saturday, October 1 10 a.m. to noon at the Lauro G DeLeon III Event Center 600 SH 97 W, Floresville Light Refreshments will be served RSVP to April Alfaro, 830-393-3105 ext. 3137 or email@example.com