By BRIAN SMITH
Approval to enter into an interlocal agreement with Emergency Services District No. 3 is on the agenda for tonight’s Weatherford city council agenda.
Weatherford Fire Department officials have been negotiating with ESD No. 3 officials regarding the agreement for several months. Under the plan, WFD Station 2, near Lake Weatherford, would close with those firefighters moving to the ESD No. 3 station in Hudson Oaks off Oakridge Drive. Under the agreement, WFD firefighters would utilize ESD No. 3 vehicles, equipment and facilities.
The agreement would be cost neutral for the city. While the department budget would increase by about $200,000 for the cost of three firefighters, the cost would be picked up by ESD No. 3. The other three ESD No. 3 firefighters hired into the department would be moved into three already empty positions in the department.
The agreement would allow for a more seamless flow and potentially quicker response times with the ESD No. 3 station proximity to U.S. 180 and its higher speed limits. It was unclear to what the closed Weatherford station would be used for, although expansion of the water plant has been discussed.
Council members will also discuss a concept plan for a proposed veteran’s memorial in Soldier Springs Park. A concept plan was approved by the parks and recreation board on Oct. 15. Park dedication fees went toward the cost of the plan. City officials took over the development of a plan so the three groups involved with the memorial, Gold Star Families, Parker County American Legion Post 163 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 4746, could focus their efforts on fundraising.
The proposed memorial includes a walk of honor for which bricks remembering a fallen loved one can be purchased, an ampitheater and pavilion for larger gatherings and parking for the facility. They will be installed as funds become available.
Council members will also discuss smoking in public places during a work session. City manager Jerry Blaisdell said the item has been brought up in previous years but nothing has been decided.
A 4 p.m. work session to review and discuss the Texas Open Meetings Act is also planned before the 6:30 p.m. regular meeting.