Goliad district operates under few state rules

  • Goliad City Council members

  • City Council members who have served since the Municipal Development District was created:

    William J. Schaefer, mayor

    Martha Mullenix, mayorpro-tem

    Roney Powell, council member

    Richard Tinney, council member

    Buddy Zavesky, council member

    Jay Harvey,mayor

    Buddy Zavesky,mayor pro-tem

    Richard Tinney, council ...

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  • Goliad City Council members

    City Council members who have served since the Municipal Development District was created:

    William J. Schaefer, mayor

    Martha Mullenix, mayorpro-tem

    Roney Powell, council member

    Richard Tinney, council member

    Buddy Zavesky, council member

    Jay Harvey,mayor

    Buddy Zavesky,mayor pro-tem

    Richard Tinney, council member

    Roney Powell, council member

    Martha Mullenix,council member

    Mike Pena, council member

    Jay Harvey,mayor

    Buddy Zavesky,mayor pro-tem

    Roney Powell,council member

    Martha Mullenix,council member

    Mike Pena,council member

    Matt Bochat,council member

    Jay Harvey, mayor

    Buddy Zavesky,mayor pro-tem

    Ed Carter, council member

    Martha Mullenix,council member

    Mike Pena,council member

    Matt Bochat,council member

    Jay Harvey, mayor

    Buddy Zavesky,mayor pro-tem

    Ed Carter, council member

    Vicki Rubio,council member

    Lionel Garcia,council member

    Mike Pena, council member

    Jay Harvey,mayor

    Buddy Zavesky, mayor pro-tem

    Ed Carter, council member

    Vicki Rubio,council member

    Lionel Garcia,council member

    Alfred Perez,council member

    Jay Harvey, mayor

    Buddy Zavesky,mayor pro-tem

    Ed Carter, council member

    Liz Holsey, council member

    Lionel Garcia,council member

    Alfred Perez,council member

  • Development district board members

  • Municipal Development District board members who have served since the special taxing entity was created:

    Adair Sutherland

    Donna Cellini

    Ward Thomas

    Luis Rodriguez II

    Leonard Von Dohlen III

    Newton Warzecha

    Curtis Grace

    Mary Jane Martin

    Roney Powell

    Adair Sutherland

    Donna ...

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  • Development district board members

    Municipal Development District board members who have served since the special taxing entity was created:

    Adair Sutherland

    Donna Cellini

    Ward Thomas

    Luis Rodriguez II

    Leonard Von Dohlen III

    Newton Warzecha

    Curtis Grace

    Mary Jane Martin

    Roney Powell

    Adair Sutherland

    Donna Cellini

    Curtis Grace

    Mary Jane Martin

    Luis Rodriguez II

    Ward Thomas

    Newton Warzecha

    Roney Powell

    Leonard Von Dohlen III

    Adair Sutherland

    Donna Cellini

    Ward Thomas

    Newton Warzecha

    Curtis Grace

    Mary Jane Martin

    Hernan Jaso

    Steven Paulsgrove

    Sereniah Breland

    Adair Sutherland

    Donna Cellini

    Newton Warzecha

    Mary Jane Martin

    Hernan Jaso

    Steven Paulsgrove

    Sereniah Breland

    Donna Cellini

    Luis Rodriguez

    Adair Sutherland

    Ernest Alaniz

    Hernan Jaso

    Liz Holsey

    Becky Walker

    Mary Jane Martin

    Sereniah Breland

    Richard Moore

    Mary Jane Martin

    Adair Sutherland

    Hernan Jaso

    Ernest Alaniz

    Liz Holsey

    Luis Rodriguez II

    Becky Walker

  • Goliad city staff

  • Goliad city staff who have served since the Municipal Development District was created:

    2008

    Terry Baiamonte,city attorney

    Ken Bays, city administrator

    Sandra Lewis, economic development coordinator

    Erika Bochat, Main Street manager

    Jami Billings, finance officer

    Marti Bolsen, finance officer

    Terry ...

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  • Goliad city staff

    Goliad city staff who have served since the Municipal Development District was created:

    2008

    Terry Baiamonte,city attorney

    Ken Bays, city administrator

    Sandra Lewis, economic development coordinator

    Erika Bochat, Main Street manager

    Jami Billings, finance officer

    Marti Bolsen, finance officer

    Terry Baiamonte, city attorney

    C.J. Snipes, city administrator

    Sandra Lewis, economic development coordinator

    Erika Bochat, Main Street manager

    Marti Bolsen, finance officer

    Terry Baiamonte, city attorney

    C.J. Snipes,city administrator

    Erika Bochat,Main Street manager/economic development

    Sereniah Breland,city administrator

    Marti Bolsen, finance officer

    Terry Baiamonte, city attorney

    Sereniah Breland,city administrator

    Erika Bochat,Main Street manager/economic development

    Marti Bolsen, finance officer

    Larry Zermeno, financial officer

    Terry Baiamonte,city attorney

    Sereniah Breland,city administrator

    Larry Zermeno, financial officer

    Bridgette Bise,Main Street manager/economic development

    Terry Baiamonte,city attorney

    Larry Zermeno,financial officer, city administrator

    Bridgette Bise,Main Street manager/economic development

    Doug Cochran,economic development coordinator for three days. The position has been vacant since then.

    Brenda Moses,financial officer

The code governing Municipal Development Districts contains few rules.

Even though Goliad City Council members with defaulted loans have voted on board membership in Goliad, it may not be illegal, according to the code. The law says an officer or employee of the city serving on the municipal development board "may not have a personal interest in a contract executed by the district." The code does not give rules, however, for an officer or employee of the city who is not serving on the board.

John Griffin, a Victoria attorney who represents governmental entities, said there are other statutes that should prevent City Council members from voting when there is a conflict.

"My view is that a council member who is in default of a loan to the district has a conflict of interest in voting on financial matters touching the district," Griffin said in an email.

The practice of issuing loans or grants is legal, said Bill Longley, legal counsel for the Texas Municipal League. However, exactly how those contracts are executed and what type of businesses can receive money is broadly defined, Longley said. He said the code authorizing cities to issue loans and grants has generally been interpreted to include retail and commercial development.

Goliad could also be violating the local government code by using the general fund for economic development money, Griffin said.

A statue in the law states the municipality needs to set up a fund for the sales tax revenue and may have several accounts within the fund.

Goliad City Council also approved new rules and regulation for the Municipal Development District Board on Sept. 3. Some of the new rules could be in conflict with state law.

Goliad added to the rules that five board members will serve one-year terms and four will serve two-year terms. However, according to the local government code, board members are to serve two-year, staggered terms.

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