“I would prefer to see this vote fail and allow the East Parker County cities to coordinate and plan for our future without having to fight Springtown or some other city for our needs. I have been in negotiations with the mayors of the three Annettas for some time now in order to meet the needs of our citizens. Needs that, quite frankly, are not the same as other areas in the proposed newer, larger ESD 1. We believe in local control and we just have nothing but unenforceable promises from AVFD and ESD 1 at this point.”
I personally resent the fact that the mayor questions the integrity of the Aledo VFD and the ESD 1 board. The VFD is asking citizens they have served for decades for free, to help provide a dependable revenue stream so they can do the work at hand – provide emergency services. I also resent the fact that his information is not factual. The Aledo VFD knows how to best provide for emergency services to the citizens in the large Aledo District. While the ESD welcomes input from all citizens in the district, the mission is to do what is best to provide emergency services not bend to the political whims of politicians. This, sometimes, can be a daunting task!
While I know my letter has been somewhat lengthy, it is important that our community knows the FACTS about the Annexation issue and that YOUR fire department has and will continue to support the community with all of the professionalism and integrity that they have showed for the last 60 plus years. Please get out and vote and show your support FOR those that have supported you!
Juston Stelzer is president of the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department and a Deer Creek resident.