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January 3, 2014

Applicants sought to fill ESD board seats

Commissioners court seeks applicants to serve on boards of district 6, 8

Parker County’s Commissioners Court is seeking applicants to serve as commissioners on emergency service districts 6 and 8 in Parker County.

ESD 6 covers the Spring Creek and Cresson fire districts and ESD 8 covers the Central and Whitt fire districts.

Deadline for resumé submission is 5 p.m. on Jan. 10.

Any person interested who qualifies can submit a resumé and brief cover letter explaining why they have an interest in serving to Parker County Judge Project Coordinator Joel Kertok at esdresumes@gmail.com. Applicants need to specify which ESD they are seeking appointment to.

Persons at least 18 years of age, eligible to vote and live or own land within the boundaries of the ESD they are applying for are eligible to be a member of the board of commissioners. ESDs have five-person boards, which are appointed by Parker County Commissioners Court. Board commissioners are appointed to staggered terms.

Commissioners court will consider relevant factors in determining the individuals to appoint as emergency services board members.

The board of an ESD sets the tax rate and budget to fund the district. In addition, the power and duties of the board include holding regular monthly meetings and other meetings as necessary; keeping minutes and records of its acts and proceedings; filing reports as required by the state fire marshal, the commissioner of health, and other authorized persons; filing a written report not later than Feb. 1 of each year with the commissioners court regarding the district’s administration for the preceding calendar year and the district’s financial condition; and administering the district in accordance with chapter 776 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.              

The board might require inspections to be made in the district relating to the causes and prevention of fires, medical emergencies or other disasters affecting human life or property.

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