April 24 at 11:17am
|Audit committee fails to muster quorum
March 6, 2013
"Mayor Diana Garza confirmed that Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo had submitted a letter of resignation from the committee."
Committee talks fixes for Floresville’s finances
Jan. 30, 2013
"City Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo chided fellow Councilman Jim Miller for the legal fees paid during the 2012 calendar year, which contributed to the further deterioration of the city’s finances. Miller fired back, saying that Auditor Patricia K. Wagner’s presentation during the committee’s Jan. 18 meeting mentioned legal and professional fees, for which he provided a summary based on statements Joslin provided."
Floresville citizens address council, defend city manager
Feb. 6, 2013
'Councilman Sherry Castillo also accused Miller.
“The total was $359,000 for legal and professional fees,” Castillo said. “You spearheaded all of it.”
Castillo stated the fault for the city being insolvent lies with Miller for legal and professional fees incurred when he pursued answers to financial questions last year. The resulting costs exceeded the amount budgeted by the city council.
Miller countered Castillo’s allegations, advising the council with a breakdown of the legal fees. (See “Legal fees,” for the full list.)
“The total of $332,725 does not include what was spent on engineering fees or the contract comptroller fees,” Miller said. “It is clear that there isn’t any one item that is the cause.”'
Complaint says FEDC, city broke open meetings law
April 18, 2012
"The violations alleged by Floresville businessman Jim Miller center around the April 2 meeting of the FEDC board, in which councilmen Mario Morones, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and John W. Guerrero were present. This constituted a quorum of the council because three of its five members were present when city business was being discussed. Guerrero was the only one of the three who did not stay when the board met in closed session during the meeting."
Flores granted leave of absence
May 2, 2012
'The council also was informed by resident Delores Kieke of another charter violation, which was committed when City Manager Andy Joslin decided to hire former Councilman Gloria Estrada Martinez to work as an administrative assistant in the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center. Martinez and Castillo are first cousins.
Section 13.03 of the charter, which relates to nepotism, states that “No person related within the second degree by affinity (marriage), or within the third degree by consanguinity (family blood) to any elected officer of the city, or to the city manager, shall be appointed to any paid office, position or clerkship or other service of the city.”
According to an exhibit titled “Texas Nepotism Chart,” which is part of the 2011 ordinance that created the city’s ethics policy, a first cousin falls within the second degree of consanguinity, which would disqualify Martinez from city employment.
After the meeting, Joslin said he would “look into it.”'
City bans senior citizen from council meetings
June 27, 2012
"Deci Murphy of Floresville was asked to leave and not return, following an incident at the June 14 regular city council meeting, where she confronted Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo about budget and finance issues raised during previous council meetings.
According to a police report, Sgt. Daria Fowler said she was contacted by Lt. Jesse Evins to attend the Floresville City Council meeting, due to some of the citizens getting overly emotional.
Once on the scene, Fowler met with Castillo, who said Murphy had “thrust a piece of paper at her” and that, pertaining to the city audit, Castillo should “know better” because she had a background in bookkeeping.
Castillo reported to Fowler she was very taken aback and frightened by Murphy’s “aggressive behavior.”
Fowler advised Castillo and City Manager Andy Joslin that a criminal trespass warning could be issued to the woman if she decided to return.
Citing section 30.05 of the Texas Penal Code, the report indicated Joslin would inform Murphy in writing and orally that she was not to return to the council chambers."
Police contract still undecided as budget talks continue
July 18, 2012
"Some solutions discussed included dipping into surpluses derived from unused unemployment funds and refuse revenue. Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo asked about how much the city would have to increase its property tax rate, which has stood at 32.27 cents per $100 of assessed property value for more than a decade."