Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

January 16, 2013

Santo ESD issue bogged down

Emergency services boundaries sticking point in district creation


A public hearing held during Monday's Palo Pinto County Commissioner's Court meeting served as a forum to hash out disagreements over the proposed formation of the county's second Emergency Services District.

The issue was first presented to commissioners Dec. 26 by members of Santo EMS, who said the sales tax-funded district would provide for better service to the area.

Members of Tri-City EMS, however, disputed the inclusion of Dunn Drive in the new district's map, arguing they traditionally served that area.

Tri-City EMS Chairman Milo Moffitt said Monday he was unaware of the plan until recently and said his all-volunteer crew depends on donations, including those from Dunn Drive residents.

"We should have been in on this a long time ago," he said.

Moffitt said he has no problem with Santo forming an ESD, though he wants to see its boundaries reflect traditional response areas.

"If you let people start moving boundaries, what's going to happen when Graford wants an ESD?" he asked.

Santo EMS President Brian Gordon explained boundaries would be negotiable after the ESD is formed and engaged in some discussion with Moffitt concerning the details of that process.

He said Tri-City could contract with the ESD to cover Dunn Drive, allowing the agency to receive a portion of the district's funding.

County Judge David Nicklas expressed concern over taking action on an issue still mired in disagreement.

"I don't think we're going to resolve it today," he said, explaining the issue will be discussed again when boundary disputes are resolved.

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read