Council hires interim finance director to replace Aguilar
by Gary Kent
Mar 18, 2010 | 1647 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City Council members voted unanimously at last week’s meeting to hire Rosie Vela of Texas First Group in Leakey to serve as interim finance director for the city.

Vela was at Tuesday’s meeting to provide her work experience and credentials. She is a certified public accountant recently retired as finance director for the City of San Marcos.

Texas First provides temporary professional management personnel to municipalities and other government entities in the state.

Vela said she had 26 years experience working with governments in Texas before she retired. She had worked with the City of Corpus Christi and had worked with Bee Development Authority Executive Director Joe B. Montez.

City Manager Tom Ginter said Montez had helped him locate a qualified replacement to take the finance director’s job after the previous finance director, Robert Aguilar, turned his resignation.

Aguilar was on medical leave for some time after having surgery for a back injury before turning in his resignation.

Ginter said he would need Vela in the finance office two days a week for about a month or two until a permanent replacement could be found to fill the position.

The city manager said he hoped to have the position filled within about six weeks.

“You’ve done this before?” Mayor Santiago “Jim” Martinez asked and Vela assured him she had.

City Attorney Frank Warner said he had reviewed the agreement with Texas First Group and he approved it.

The city will pay TFG $37 an hour for Vela’s services and will reimburse her for travel and motel expenses while she is here.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Pay Naismith Engineering $16,204 to provide training to city employees on cleaning up the mulch that has been discarded at the city caliche pit at the intersection of FM 351 and FM 673.

— Contract with Younts Enterprises of Beeville for the demolition and replacement of the sidewalks in the 200 block of West Bowie Street.

The company presented an estimate of $16,757.30 for the project.

Ginter said the city had budgeted $26,656 for the project. He said the work should be completed by the end of April.

— Replace Beeville Parks and Recreation Commission member Bill Hooten with T.J. Faust, unit director of the H-E-B Food Store.

— Enter into a lease purchase agreement with Capital City Leasing, Inc. for a tractor and backhoe.

— Approve a rental policy for the Community Center that will provide a 50 percent discount on the cost of renting facilities there during weekdays by nonprofit organizations. The policy also provides for a 30 percent discount on the rental fees for weekend rentals.

— Authorize the installation of a new ground storage tank and pumping facility on city property at the Veterans Memorial Park as part of the community development block grant project on the west side of town.

The project is intended to allow the city to provide treated water to the Blueberry Hills neighborhood west of the city and to improve water pressure in the far west side of town.

— Allow the Traffic Safety Commission to consider the possibility of preventing the use of cellular phones by drivers in church zones and near child care centers.

— Authorize repairs to the city’s 1996 Engine 1 fire truck for the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department.

Twenty-three repairs are to be made by the truck’s manufacturer, Siddon Fire Apparatus. Assistant Fire Chief Lanny Holland said the repairs should allow the BVFD to use that truck for another 15 years.

— Schedule a public hearing for the March 23 meeting to consider a zone change request for property located at 1001 W. Fannin St.

— Appoint Ginter as the city’s representative for the Texas Local Government Investment Pool.

Before the meeting adjourned, Ginter said he has spoken with Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Ralph Condra about studying traffic problems on North U.S. Highway 181 Business where two fatal accidents have taken place in just nine months.

Condra said traffic experts would be conducting a study there as soon as possible.
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