2017-02-15 / Local

Contracts inch park plans closer to reality

By Gregory Ripps
Wilson County News

Floresville City Council members reviewed contracts relating to the city’s $2.2 million park project at their Feb. 9 meeting and received assurances from City Attorney Chris Hugg that they were on the right track.

“These are intertwining contracts that dictate how the money will be spent,” he said.

A contract with Heartland Park & Recreation LLC was found to be “unenforceable” at an earlier date, according to Hugg, but it was rescinded, and another contract was ready for signature.

Council members apparently learned about the contract problem during an executive session “to discuss contract execution authority” at the Jan. 26 council meeting.

The problem was related to the alignment of park-project unit costs with the source of payment.

“The parks plan is divided into two funding sources,” Hugg noted. He explained that the city is responsible for $1 million of the project, and the Floresville Economic Development Corp. is responsible for the rest.

Hugg presented “exhibits” in the form of tables that delineated what elements of the project the city will fund directly, and what elements the corporation will fund under the new contract.

“The presentation was informational,” Hugg said. “It does not need a motion. A motion at the last meeting authorized signing when the contracts are completed.”

A few questions from council members about the Heartland contract went unanswered.

“We’d have to go back into executive session,” Hugg said.

“I want to make sure everything is up-to-date,” Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel said, adding that she wanted all park project contracts available to the public.

(For more Floresville City Council action, see page 7A.)

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