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May 19, 2013

The Annettas seek ESD change

Towns petition ESD No. 3 for inclusion in that district just days after ESD No. 1 vote to annex them, Aledo.

By JUDY SHERIDAN

Three days after voters approved the annexation of Aledo’s fire district by Emergency Services District No. 1 on May 11, the board of ESD No. 3 voted to give some residents of Aledo’s fire district a different choice – coverage by ESD No. 3 instead.

“The Annettas came to us May 14, at our regular meeting,” ESD No. 3 Board President Stephen Malley said. “They said, ‘We believe we can opt out [of ESD No. 1]; here’s our petition.’ We did accept the petition. It was a unanimous vote.”

The petitioned area includes land within the city limits of Annetta, Annetta North and Annetta South as well as within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Annetta, Annetta North, Annetta South, Weatherford and Willow Park.

The petition has 68 signatures, including the names of Annetta Mayor Bruce Pinckard, Annetta North Mayor Rob Watson and Annetta South Mayor Gerhard Kleinschmidt, ESD No. 3 has also set a public hearing for June 18 at Annetta City Hall.

Issues involving the removal of the newly petitioned area from ESD No. 1 will be addressed after May 11 election results are resolved, Malley said, on the advice of their ESD attorney.

The ESD No. 1 Board of Commissioners meets at 8 a.m. Monday to canvass the election and vote to accept the annexation results, according to ESD No. 1 staff.  

Malley said ESD No. 3 is simply responding to the petitioners, not vying for the tax revenue the area would contribute.

“They don’t bring in much,” he said, “but there aren’t many calls either. Does this make sense from the standpoint of providing services? Yes. Will it make us rich? No. It would help us build a fire station in the area faster.”

Malley said ESD No. 3 and city officials from Annetta North have planned to build a station in the FM 5/Airport Road/Old Annetta Road area for years. He said an ESD No. 3 reorganization might free up the financial resources to build a substation there.

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