By CHRISTIN COYNE
Two cities not included in the proposed Emergency Services District No. 1 annexation in East Parker County have raised issues with the annexation map that includes the cities’ extraterritorial jurisdictions, an issue that could affect municipal planning and growth.
The ESD has declined to redraw the map that voters in the affected area and current ESD will vote on in May, Willow Park Mayor Richard Neverdousky told the city council last week, shortly before the group discussed options to oppose annexation of their ETJ.
ESD No. 1 Board President Rena Peden told the Democrat on Friday that the cities of both Willow Park and Fort Worth have expressed issues with the potential annexation of their respective ETJs. However, the district’s attorney has told the district it cannot change the proposed annexation area that was provided by Aledo VFD when they initially sought annexation, according to Peden.
The affected land within both cities’ ETJs was included in the annexation proposal because it is currently a part of the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department fire service area.
The fire service boundaries drawn by the Parker County Fire Marshal’s Office based on response time don’t line up with the ETJ boundaries, determined by distance from city limits.
They are trying to play nice with their neighbors, Aledo VFD Lt. Nick Walker said, adding the fire department simply included what they have been serving for years and wasn’t aware the city was going to expand its ETJ.
Further complicating issues are what fire officials agree are outdated fire service area boundaries that have areas better served by Willow Park currently in Aledo’s fire service area and thus the annexation area.
The Aledo Volunteer Fire Department currently provides both fire department and medical first responder services to a large portion of East Parker County, serving several cities as well as unincorporated areas.