South East Bexar County Awareness: March 24, 2011- ESD6 Meets and Violates Again

ESD6 Treasurer: Luisa Vargas
ESD6 Treasurer: Luisa Vargas

Is It Possible to Keep Losing Money?

The ESD6 is now $200,000 "out of whack", as one community member put it. The meeting proved once again that the ESD6 board is still spending money that they don't have.

The Board Stays the Same

 A newly appointed board member, Joe Hearn whom most will remember was the "inner circle" appointment for District Fire Chief, joined the board for their meeting. The board discussed the election of new officers, as Ms. Vargas illegally made mention of Mr. Chavez running for the Southside ISD School Board and the possibility that he might not be on the board much longer. Ms. Mendelsohn made a suggestion, "even though we haven't talked about this prior to and since we are in a continuing situation, I was going to make the suggestion to continue with the same executive board, the officers." And not to the surprise of those in attendance, the members agreed and voted accordingly.

Budget Workshop

The board that has been spending recklessly decided to schedule a budget workshop around the schedules of Mr. Wood and Mr. Hearn. With all the financial turmoil, the board figures on taking about two hours to finish their budget.

THE MONITORS MONEY:

The court appointed monitor was to be given two payments of $10,000 a piece for his work. When he received the first payment, he opted to allow the ESD6 to hold on to it because he knew that they didn't have enough money to fund the departments and this would give them some money to give the departments while waiting for the tax revenue to come in. The board was informed by their attorney, Louis T. Rosenburg; that the monitor "didn't want the first $10,000" and so they were free to use it. The board then voted to take $850 for payment on the creation of the new District 6 Fire & Rescue station, which is not what was voted on in October. The October 2010 meeting, the board voted to call it ESD6 Fire & Rescue.

Interestingly enough, the Administrator asked if all they were using was $850. ESD attorney Nohl Bryant commented that since that is all they asked for in the agenda, that was all they could take. Ms. Vargas chimed in with the fact that they still needed another $150; when she was quickly cut off by Ms. Mendelsohn.

Tx State Rep. C. Schwertner
Tx State Rep. C. Schwertner

Hb 1917- Gives Commissioners Court Authority to Remove Esd Members

The HB1917 that has everyone excited about finally holding the ESD commissioner's accountable, because up until now, they have been allowed to continue running personal agendas and mismanaging funds without reprisal. A little misleading is the fact that County Commissioner's have said that they don't have authority over the ESD, yet they are the only ones that appoint members, remove and replace members, at their discretion. Yet, the only thing that was written about the County Commissioner's responsibility was that to make sure that they have an annual audit report from the ESD's, which many in Mr. Rodriguez's precinct have not. Commissioner Rodriguez, has lost control of his ESD Commissioners and has failed to remove or replace them.

The HB1917, authored by Charles Schwertner, State Rep., was filed in Feb of 2011 and is out of committee, the interesting part of the bill states, "If this act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this act takes effect September 1, 2011."

What is HB1917?

Section 1. The heading to Section 775.0422, Health and Safety Code, is amended as follows:

Section 775.0422. REMOVAL OF APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS BY COMMISSIONERS COURT (REMOVED FROM THE BILL: FOR FAILURE TO GIVE REPORT).

Section 2. Section 775.0422 (b), Health and Safety Code, is amended to read as follows:

(b) The commissioners court of the county in which a district is located by an order adopted by a majority vote may remove a board member. (REMOVED FROM THE BILL: after a hearing, may remove one or more board members if the board failed to give the report required by Section 775.036 (a) (4) to the commissioners court before the 91st day after the date on which the report was due under that section.)

How does this hold the county commissioner's accountable and will it change the way they do things?

The answer will come once the bill takes effect. The county commissioner's can at their discretion continue the status quot and blindly support Mr. Rodriguez, only this time the excuse of not having power to govern over the Emergency Service Districts is gone. It will be written into law and in the end, the accountability rest squarely on the shoulders of the County Commissioner's Board.

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Comments 12 comments

JJS 5 years ago

Good work so far, but Abecedarian, there was so much more to this meeting. I was there - I know. Please post more about this meeting. You barely scratched the surface!


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Abecedarian 5 years ago from These United States, Texas Author

Patience is a virtue JJS and so is making sure I have the facts straight. I'm verifying something that is very interesting, having to do with the new fire department. But while you wait, I have a little something you might want to research. HB1917, a bill passed on on Thursday, to take effect Sept. 1. It pertains to holding the County Commissioner's accountable over the ESD's in bexar county. Also today there was an article on SB431 that takes effect Sept. 1. Holding a GI accountable for lying about service, duty, awards, etc. Mr. Brewer is gonna be out of luck if he keeps lying.


Gil 5 years ago

HB 1917 does not pertain to holding the County Commissioners accountable over the ESD's in Bexar County. This bill did not pass and is not scheduled to take effect Sept. 1st.

This bill merely made it out of Committee (County Affairs) and scheduled for calendar.


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Abecedarian 5 years ago from These United States, Texas Author

I stand corrected. I have been looking at many bills and got the information crossed. However, this bill I'm sure will pass as the majority is pushing for it.


JJS 5 years ago

I read HB1917 - it gives the commissioner's court the authority to remove an ESD commissioner. As of now only the ESD board can remove one of their own and only because of absences. Wonder why ESD 6 never used that part of 775 to remove Loren Brewer?!!? If this bill passes, which I believe it will, the commissioner's court will have the ability to remove a commissioner sitting on the ESD board presumably over absences and other reasons (misconduct and misuse of tax revenues come to mind!) althought the bill does not specify reasons for removal from the way it read coming out of committee. It should prove interesting to see how this goes, although I doubt seriously OUR commissioner's court will do diddly squat about anyone currently sitting on ESD 6. Just my thoughts. And thanks, Gil, for keeping all of us honest, although deceit and dishonesty are not normally associated with the people contributing information to Abecedarian for this hub page. Deceit and dishonesty usually makes us think of another set of people involved in this mess. Go ahead, Gil, guess who!!!


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Abecedarian 5 years ago from These United States, Texas Author

JJS, thanks for your comment. Sadly, I agree with you on the commissioner's court actions. I've put in a little info on the HB1917, so as to clarify anything that I may have said. I'm usually pretty thorough, but as I stated. I have been looking at "bills" and they somehow ran in together.


JJS 5 years ago

It's ok, Abecedarian. What with the "tons" of info you check into for us all on a daily basis, I'm surprised you can keep anything straight! You're doing a great job all things considered and we'd probably be sunk without you. I'd love to see you finish posting the rest of the meeting, i.e. the rest of the info on the ESD's meeting as well as the District 6 F&R meeting that immediately followed the ESD meeting.

By the way another ESD meeting is scheduled for tomorrow evening at the school district's admin bldg. at 7 p.m. Hopefully, there will be plenty of people there to get info to you for a posting on that one too.

Also, in case you didn't know, since the March ESD meeting was held so late in the month, the fire depts did not get their monthly check in March (that I know of) which tends to put a hurt on them. That's the court ordered $8 grand a month. Makes a person wonder why they had to wait till so late in the month to get the money to them - are they already getting so low in the bank account again? And why haven't the contracts been negotiated yet? Is it because there's not going to be enough money there by the end of the year to comply with any contract signed? After all, they are quite "over budget" already and the lion's share of taxes are already paid. I think we're right back where we began - an ESD that's on the verge of bankrupcy only this time what money is left is being dumped into the formation of yet another fire dept!


Gil 5 years ago

Hi Abecedarian, check out SB 917, that's a travis county merge bill that has an education/training requirements for ESD Commissioners in it. It still has a bit of work to get done to it on the House side but you still might find it interesting. It did pass out of the Senate yesterday.


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Abecedarian 5 years ago from These United States, Texas Author

Thank you Gil, I will look into it. The sad part is that they are now required to get a training class and it's a joke. You can go on line, scroll to the bottom of the page, key in some info and you have a certificate of training, never having learned anything.


Mad as Hell 5 years ago

We are more than halfway through April and the court ordered monitor that was to have contracts negotiated by March 1 is apparently still on the job. To the best of my knowledge, the fire depts have a draft of a contract that is incredibly fair and even handed that they are ready and willing to sign. Why the delay? Is the ESD dragging their feet? Is the monitor still trying to work this out? Or has he thrown his hands in the air like the rest of us? Abecedarian, have you heard anything about any of this?


Shonda Farinacci 5 years ago

Training is a joke to them. Both Mendlesohn and Vargas were signed up to attend an ESD seminar put on by Gil Perez. He told me himself that the two only showed up a couple of hours the first day and never returned the second day. Maybe they should payback the registration fee and fuel they charged to the district. I guess they had better things to do...


Mad as Hell 5 years ago

Shonda - I think the "better things" they had to do was get away from the other attendees that couldn't talk about anything else except the stupid things ESD 6 was doing!! My understanding from some of the others in this area that went to that training was that ESD 6 was the talk of the whole event!! People from all over the state had heard of the atrocities this ESD had committed with the spending of tax money for a community center and they just couldn't believe it. I have no doubt they soon realized they were the butt of everyone's criticism and left as soon as they could get the door open!

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