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2018-03-14 / Local

Parking-lot materials funding hits bumpy road

By Gregory Ripps
Wilson County News


“Citizens would rather have streets to drive on than lots to park in,” Floresville city Councilman David Johns said at a March 8 meeting of the council. 
GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos “Citizens would rather have streets to drive on than lots to park in,” Floresville city Councilman David Johns said at a March 8 meeting of the council. GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos (Videos below) “Let’s get together with the FEDC and get them to pay the entire bill.”

That’s what Floresville city Councilman Juan Ortiz said March 8, in rejecting the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s proposal to help finance a new parking lot.

Earlier during the Floresville City Council meeting, council members accepted FEDC funds for downtown parking lots. The parking lot at the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center was another matter, however.

The FEDC offered to fund 75 percent of the cost of materials for building a new parking lot at the Event Center for an amount not to exceed $250,000.

City Manager Henrietta Turner noted that Intrepid Survey & Engineering Corp. of Floresville estimated the cost of materials to be $337,000. She also said the entire project could cost “half a million dollars,” but suggested that city crews could save the city money by performing the construction work.

Council members didn’t like that idea.

“That will take crews away from roads and other projects,” Mayor Cissy Gonzalez- Dippel said.

Councilman David Johns agreed, adding, “Citizens would rather have streets to drive on than lots to park in.”

Councilman Gerard Jimenez said he wanted bids, but Turner said the city can’t request bids for a project before the council approves it.

Council members unanimously voted for a resolution offered by Ortiz and seconded by Councilman Gloria Cantu to table authorizing the FEDC fund transfer as proposed.

Ortiz also wanted to know more about the engineering corporation.

“Who is Intrepid?” he asked. “I’ve never seen them. I don’t know who they are.”

Turner promised to have an Intrepid representative at the next council meeting.

For more council action, see page 1A and 12A.

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