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South East Bexar County Awareness: ESD6 Meeting: January 5, 2012 @ 6 p.m.
No need to worry about more cuts....in 2013
Ms. Mendelsohn and her board, shut down the local volunteer fire departments that have protected the community for as much as 30 years for some firefighters.
Ms. Mendelsohn and her board cut their insurance policies on the fire departments by de-activating the policy on some of the vehicles from each department. As if the fire departments weren't already struggling enough with very little funding, they were forced to have to park their trucks.
South Bexar County residents are paying taxes for a service they aren't getting. County Commissioner Rodriguez and his paid campaign member and appointee, Ms. Mendelsohn have destroyed the safety of the south bexar county community one dollar at a time and they they did it rather quickly. For what purpose?
A good question to ask Ms. Mendelsohn.
It's time to ask her, how come your tax dollars are going to outsiders for protection because she shut down all the local volunteer fire departments?
ESD6 Calls for their first meeting of 2012
However, it's more of the same. The meeting will open with a Budget Workshop at 6pm on January 5, 2012. This meeting will take place at their unmarked offices on 1604 South, next to the Southside Baptist Church.
Items to look at:
#3. Review the ESD6's obligations for Equipment contracts.
This some how sounds like they may have put the horse before the cart. The district in the past asked the fire departments to allow them to file for grants and take on the responsibility, thus insuring the ESD6 ownership in the equipment. The district, now bankrupt, may be looking for a way out to avoid making the payments on the equipment or looking for a way to hold on to the equipment for their future new fire station. Either way, the VFD's will be the one's that lose in this one.
#4. PROPOSED PAY OUT--2 OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS. This will prove to be very interesting. They plan to amend the budget to allow for payment on O'Connell Robertson, the Architect firm for $55,000.and $6,850 for Jaster Quintanilla, According to documentation from the loan application, the architect fees are over $200,000 and in Sept of 2010, the ESD6 paid a company named PSI, $8,900 for geo tech work that had been voted on for the amount of $6,850. One has to wonder why they are paying an additional $6,850 to another company for work that obviously was paid for once already.
Noting: These payments according to Ms. Mendelsohn's agenda are subject to reimbursement by the USDA loan of six million dollars that the tax paying community will have to pay back within 40 years. Oddly enough, Ms. Mendelsohn mentioned at a former meeting that the loan process has been stopped and that the ESD would not be going after the loan because community members were upset and they couldn't garnish enough support for it. Which goes to show, that Ms. Mendelsohn has mislead the community, as usual, nothing has changed.
****#5. Ms. Mendelsohn, finally calls it what it is, a USDA "Loan" not a grant, but a loan. The board will review the letter of conditions for the loan. in respect to equipment refinancing and essential fire station development. (Note: now the fire station development is essential. For the last year and a half, the fire station had been mentioned about 3 times, now it is an essential.)
#6. The board will discuss amendments to this years current budget and make essential adjustments for the year 2011-2012.