[Leonspringsvoters] Mr. Jim Sims
lmaxwell at satx.rr.com
Sun Sep 13 16:57:09 EDT 2009
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Vern Hine
> Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 1:09 PM
> To: leonspringsvoters-owner at seven.pairlist.net
> Subject: Mr. Jim Sims
> I would like to set the record straight regarding the charges made
> against me by Mr. Jim Sims.
> (See Below)
> 1. I did not at any time refuse to give Mr. Sims the names of our
> Board Of Directors.
> 2. I made very clear to Mr. Sims when our contract with the city of
> Fair Oaks Ranch would expire.
> 3. I did tell Mr. Sims that as president of LSVFD, I did not micro-
> manage. I did not tell him that I would not be a part of the
> negotiating group.
> 4. The LSVFD is the most transparent organization you will find.
> Our books are not only open, but a CPA looks over our shoulder each
> month to make sure we have it right.
> 5. I too am shocked. Shocked that Mr. Sims got it so
> wrong...including even the mis-spelling of my name.
> The taxpayers that receive emergency services from the LSVFD are
> getting huge value for those dollars that go to the fire department.
> The ESD and the fire department working hand-in-hand with the input
> from the taxpayer is a formula for success. When we all come to the
> table however, let's make sure we are dealing with the truth and
> without distractions.
> Vern Hine
> I have lived in Leon Springs for over 35 years and have supported
> > the VFD or paid taxes to ESD 4 for the entire period. I served two
> > three year terms on the LSVFD Board, one year as Treasurer and one
> > year as President. I have observed Leon Springs change from a rural
> > area to one of the largest and fastest growing surburbs in the San
> > Antonio Area. It has outgrown the posture of being served by a VFD
> > supported through voluntary contributions.
> > Verne Heine and others worked very hard to get voter approval for an
> > ESD so the VFD would have a stable funding source. However, it
> > appears they overlooked that the VFD would be converted from a
> > Unilateral organization to Multilateral. Whereas, the VFD had full
> > control over the voluntary contributions, the contributions of the
> > Taxpayers are not voluntary and they are produced through a
> > Governmental entity. That entity is the ESD which collects the taxes
> > and, as all govermental entities has the responsibility to prudently
> > dispense them.
> > In the multilateral organization, there is shared, but not equal
> > power. To function effectively, one must have effective negeotiation
> > and diplomatic skills? plus managerial. The taxpayer and the LSVFD
> > share power with the ESD; however, the ESD has the most power
> > because it controls the purse.
> > When the ESD was approved by the voters,? I had two long telephone
> > conservations with Verne, emphasizing the taxpayer's role. I also
> > met with him last year while the ESD budget was being prepared. I
> > asked him for the names? of the LSVFD Directors, which he refused. I
> > asked when the contract with Fair Oaks would expire He again
> > refused. I asked him if he would conduct the renewal if the
> > contract. He said No, I don't micro-manage, but will send two
> > Directors to do it. I was shocked at that reply.
> > I don't view the new ESD organization as an offensive move, but
> > rather a defensive one. At the August 3rd ESD meeting it is clear
> > there is a power struggle between the ESD and the LSVFD. The ESD
> > will win because it has the most power. I'm not pleased with the ESD
> > operating in a vacumn and denying visibility to the taxpayers;
> > however. someday the present management will pass on and hopefully
> > will be replaced with more perceptive and secure members who will
> > outreach to the District.
> > At the close of the August 3 meeting, I heard a LSVFD member remark
> > he couldn't perform his mission. I and most of the ESD residents are
> > interested in you having everything you need to support your
> > mission. If you will make it an agenda item at your October meeting,
> > I? and several of our conerned group will attend and listen
> > respectfully to the issue.
> > LSVFD's core objective of having a stable funding base has been
> > attained. The future of the LSVFD is an ESD objective since you are
> > given a? contributing role in constructing the new Fire Station. If
> > there's a disagreement on ownership of equipment, real estate or
> > other resources, I and most of our group will support the ESD. We
> > have some power, limited, to hear our concerns, however we have none
> > in the LSVFD structure.
> > The ESD, LSVFD and the taxpayers are a team. If everyone plays the
> > game fairly, reasonably and openly, all substantial objectives can
> > be attained.
> > Jim Sims
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