Goliad board lowers councilman's loan payment (video)
A Request For Leniency In Goliad
Goliad Municipal District board member Adair Sutherland listens to discussion during a report on the monthly financial report. Monday's meeting was the first since the Advocate investigation of the district was printed and the Texas Rangers agreed to investigate the board and city.
Goliad CIty Attorney Terry Baiamonte gives information to members of the Goliad Municipal Development District board during its meeting Monday evening regarding discussion on a new senior citizens center.
Linda Powell addresses the Municipal Development District board over misuse of funds and the controversy surrounding the district's actions over the last few years.
THE BOARD ALSO ...
• Approved hiring Kevin Cullen, a Victoria attorney, to represent them on "legal collection services." Board President Mary Jane Martin did not know what the attorney charged per hour.
• Met in closed session with City Attorney Terry Baiamonte to discuss the development agreement with ANS Welding and Supply. The city's loan payment schedule shows a balance of $31,300 on ANS's $32,000 loan.
• Tabled the discussion on electing board officers, including president, vice president and secretary.
IF YOU GO
• WHAT: Goliad City Council Meeting
• WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
• WHERE: Goliad City Hall, 152 W. End St.
• FOR MORE INFO: goliad.org
GOLIAD - With no answers to a time frame, fund balance or interest charges, the Goliad Municipal Development District approved lowering payments on a city councilman's outstanding loan Monday.
Councilman Lionel Garcia asked the board members to decrease his $549 monthly payment to $400 on the loan for his laundromat, WL Laundry.
While the only question a board member asked was the time frame, City Administrator Larry Zermeno was not prepared to respond.
"We will prepare an amortization schedule ... to include interest and principal and as long as it takes," Zermeno said. "I'm not sure what that maturity date would be."
Documents given to board members during the meeting included conflicting balances for Garcia's loan.
A listing of his customer payment history showed a balance of $21,952, while another financial document titled "loan payments received," showed a balance of $19,529.
The packet given to board members did not contain any written record or contracts of the new agreement.
On Oct. 30, 2009, Garcia agreed to make monthly payments of $549 on the first of the month for 60 months.
As a penalty for paying late, the interest would increase to 5 percent from 2.25 percent.
"I know I'm late," Garcia said. "I'm here to admit it. ... I've been having problems, but I will pay it."
Garcia's was not the only loan with conflicting balances.
Lone Star Video showed two balances: $11,987 on the loan payments received schedule and $12,389 on the customer payment history schedule. Panache on the Square had balances of $5,034 and $6,253. Several other loan balances varied by about $400 to $2,000, depending on the schedule.
Linda Powell, a concerned Goliad resident, attended the meeting to ask the board about the mishandling of loans.
"We not only expect more accountability, we demand more accountability," she said. "At least one of you needs to ask some pertinent questions."
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