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February 1, 2013

WP officials oppose ESD annexation boundaries

City leaders do not want portion of extraterritorial jurisdiction included

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The annexation has some negative implications for the city of Willow Park, Neverdousky told the council. “Number one, the map that was drawn up includes areas that are within our extraterritorial jurisdiction, and that is a problem for us. As the city grows, we need income from those areas to be able to help support our fire department.”

The city has obtained a map of the potentional ESD annexation area, Willow Park Fire Chief Brent Sauble confirmed Wednesday. The lines drawn correspond to current fire service district boundaries, including only areas currently serviced by Aledo VFD and not those served by Willow Park Fire-Rescue, according to Sauble.

However, the area includes a southeast portion of the city’s ETJ, which extends a half mile from city limits, area which the city could annex at a later point.

“It’s something that the mayor should be involved in as opposed to the fire department, who doesn’t know where the ETJ is,” Neverdousky said of the boundaries drawn by the Aledo department.

“Some of those things that are in the ETJ area are industrial companies such as Magellan, such as Republic Waste, and so forth,” Neverdousky said, adding there is a mobile home park in the affected area.

One of the concerns is the district does not plan to provide 24/7 coverage by paid firefighters to the area, Neverdousky said.

“We need to resolve it quickly and if we don’t resolve it quickly, we need to see what other actions we can take,” Neverdousky said.

Sauble said he will presenting additional information to the council at the next meeting.

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