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January 18, 2013

Newly formed emergency services district meets Saturday

By CHRISTIN COYNE

The recently appointed first board of directors for ESD No. 8, Parker County’s newest emergency services district after being approved by voters in November, are scheduled to meet Saturday morning and begin the process of assessing volunteer department needs and planning for the district’s future.

The meeting, which will begin 8 a.m. at Central VFD’s station at 3641 North Farm-to-Market Road 51, is expected to include a tour of the facilities of both departments and discussion of each department’s inventory and needs.

Under state law, the district is responsible for providing fire and emergency services protection. The ESD may levy a property tax of up to 10 cents per $100 valuation.

The board is made up of five men appointed in November by the county commissioner’s court, two from the Adell-Whitt fire service district and three from the Central Community fire service district:

Jason Williams

Jason Williams, who graduated Peaster High School in 1988 and moved to the Central Community the following year, is a career firefighter in Haltom City and a longtime volunteer with Central VFD.

As one of the senior members of the local department at the time, Williams said he was involved in the previous two attempts to create an emergency services district in the area and recently resigned from the department’s board of directors to take the position with the district.

“I know what Central’s needs are,” Williams said. “I know Adell-Whitt has similar needs, some needs aren’t as prevalent, some are different.”

“I think in the next three years we’re going to see some vast changes,” Williams said, adding Central needs an engine or two, as well a fire station that can park the engine.

Williams said he doesn’t want the district to take over the deeds and titles to the department’s facilities and equipment.

The less they own, the less they have to manage, Williams said.

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