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South East Bexar County Awareness: ESD6: Board continues to spread funds thin to push for ESD6 Fire & Rescue station

Updated on June 23, 2014
Sylvia Ruiz Mendelsohn, Appointed by County Commissioner Rodriguez who has paid Ms. Mendelsohn over $8,000 for campaigning since appointed to the ESD6 board.
Sylvia Ruiz Mendelsohn, Appointed by County Commissioner Rodriguez who has paid Ms. Mendelsohn over $8,000 for campaigning since appointed to the ESD6 board.
Luisa Vargas, stepped down from ESD6 board.
Luisa Vargas, stepped down from ESD6 board.
Norberto "Robert" Chavez, lost position to board in 2013, when elected to school board.
Norberto "Robert" Chavez, lost position to board in 2013, when elected to school board.

2013: Where is the fire safety now!

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Arrogance of the ESD6

It can no longer be viewed as possible ignorance of the law, but simply put, by arrogance of the members of the ESD6 and Commissioner Chico Rodriguez.

The strained funds of the ESD6 to pay for the expenses of the year were already $100,000 over budget according to a previous treasurer's report and yet the release of their agenda for a meeting to be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011--had them pushing to continue to create their new fire department.

ESD #6 AGENDA: MEETING MARCH 24, 2011 ----6 PM. AT THE OFFICES ON 1604 S. AT THE CHAPARRAL PRODUCE BUILDING.

Particular items to look at:

3. Report on the Commissioner's taking Oath of Office and statement of Appointed official, perform swearing in of Commissioner's, if necessary, and direct the staff to file Oaths of Office and Statements of Appointed Official in accordance with the law (This would be to cover the fact that this law was violated from the first time they started a meeting after re-appointment of board members- without having an election of officers or showing proof of oath).

4. The Treasurer's report.

7. Board to discuss election of officers.

8. The board would discuss and take action with respect to the organizational status of District 6 Fire & Rescue. (According to local tax records, study 3- annexation/for south-side use only properties are popping up everywhere in the area from Ms. Mendelsohn's property fence lines up to 1604/ Pleasanton Rd.) South Bexar Fire & Rescue would have no place to go with annexation, but out.

15. The Board would be asked to discuss and consider the approval of payment and or ratification of payment of bills and other items presented for ESD6 due and payable for the month of March, by itemized attachment. (LOOK CLOSELY: Holtman & Wagner payment for $2626.75 is an expense that had to do with the community center, it is not related to fire safety, Jaster Quintanilla, another community center expense that is duplicate work that was already paid to another individual, OMISSION: Once again, the big question, where is the expense of the $50,000 payment that was due to the architect (a portion of a $219,000 payment due) This item was removed from the agendas since December 2010 and has not been seen or heard of since. Has this item been paid? If so, it would in itself be a violation of the court order.

16. Southside ISD vs. Bexar County ESD6.

IMMEDIATELY TO FOLLOW:

DISTRICT 6 FIRE & RESCUE, INC. AGENDA.

The ESD6 board that cannot function properly within the guidelines of the law, is now overseeing the new District 6 Fire & Rescue, Inc.

Item 4- to discuss and consider the election of officers.

Item 5- to discuss and consider the adoption of a conflict of interest policy.

Item 6- to discuss and consider opening a bank account. (A volunteer fire department must raise it's own money to start up, is it legal to take funds from the ESD6 to create the new department? Can they seriously take funds that are already lacking from the 3 other departments and spend it to create a new department? It was Ms. Mendelsohn herself that stated to Mr. Woods, that the people of the south bexar county community simply didn't understand that there wasn't enough money to run 3 departments.

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    Tusyslata 5 years ago

    My spouse and i helpful to receive on top of life but lately I've built up the opposition.

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    jose farinacci 7 years ago

    well I sa the ball was dropped by not continuing to get the petition to disban esd

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    Mad as Hell 7 years ago

    I'm sick of this! The more I think about it the madder I get. The 3 VFDs under the control of this ESD are each receiving $8,000 a month with which to operate. It's not even a drop in the bucket! The money this ESD is spending to create another fire dept should be going to support the EXISTING VFDs of which the majority are quite well equipped and manned. I am so disgusted! I say let's go back to the petition and get out of this ESD, & create another that we can hope will take better care of us all. Let ESD6 deal with their grandiose plans with the tax revenues they collect from South Bexar Fire and Rescue's area. At this point, it's the only solution I can think of that doesn't put someone in jail!

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    Well, look forward to a busy day today. Will fill all in on the meeting as I verify.

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    Mad as Hell 7 years ago

    Had the so called "pleasure" of attending the ESD6 meeting tonight. The ESD Fire and Rescue is well on the way to becoming a reality. By-law were approved, conflict of interest (try keeping a straight face over THAT one) policy was approved, the opening of a bank account was arranged and the draft of the Application for 501(c)(3) approved. The cost of $850 for filing this application will come from ESD funds. Oh, and hang for this one! The ESD 6 board will comprise the ESD Fire and Rescue Board with the same officers serving in the same capacities for each board. Did I mention they passed a conflict of interest policy? Yeah, we're all thinking the same thing, so don't bother saying it out loud!

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    Mad as Hell 7 years ago

    I'd love to see this board reimburse every cent of misused funds right out of their own pockets, and I've said so many times. But now we'd have to wait to put the money back into the ESD funds until we had a board that we could trust. Who knows when that would be. We'd have to wait until Chico is out off the commissioner's court, cuz as long as he sits there, he's going to appoint goobers like this current board without any consideration towards the lives and safety of the south bexar county residents. Chico, you stink!

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    Should be interesting. Recent research and a conversation with a government official, was said that it is illegal for the ESD6 board to also sit on the fire department board. You would think their high priced attorney would know that.

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    S Farinacci 7 years ago

    Can't believe this is still continuing. I can only hope that every penny they steal and misuse from the community gets paid back by them personally. I wish I could express to the public how much we need their support. Good, bad or indifferent I would love to see citizens of the community get up and speak about what they see, have and educated opinion. Can't wait to hear what the ESD has to say tonight...

    Shonda Farinacci, Fire Chief Ata-Bexar FD

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