Nueces County Commissioners last week appointed five members to a newly created Board of Emergency Services Commissioners.
Each of the five individuals has experience in public service and is a representative of the areas the new Emergency Services District No. 6 will cover - Bishop, Petronila and Driscoll. The appointments were made in order to allow the board to meet and begin planning to set the tax rate in line with the requirements of the Property Tax Code.
If the appointments had not been made, the district would not have been allowed to begin collecting tax revenue in January 2011, as had been intended. A temporary ambulance service, which has a cost of $174,000, is in place through the end of the year and is being funded through interlocal agreements and private donations. The tax revenue to be collected will fund a permanent ambulance service.
Representing the City of Bishop is Marilyn Moerbe, a resident of Bishop for 38 years, and Gracie Barreto, a lifelong resident of the city.
Moerbe served on the Bishop Consolidated Independent School District for nine years and is a graduate of Texas A&I University, as well as retired from Celanese Corp. She currently serves on the Bishop Planning and Zoning Commission.
Barreto is a graduate of Texas A&I University and has been on the Board of Trustees for the BCISD for three years. She has also been an active board member for the American Cancer Society for the past three years, and is the administrator and cancer care coordinator at the Corpus Christi Cancer Center.
Representing the City of Driscoll is Armandina "Dina" Garcia. She has worked for the Driscoll Police Department for two years and has served as a certified Emergency Medical Technician for the Agua Dulce Volunteer Fire Department. She also has studied criminal justice at Coastal Bend Community College.
Representing the City of Petronila is William "Bill" Ordner, who served as mayor for 28 years. He is currently a Petronila City Council member and has also served on the Board of the Violet Water Authority for 28 years. He is the owner of Town and Country Pest Control and was selected by the city council to represent both the city and the surrounding area for the eastern part of the ESD.
Representing the unincorporated areas of Nueces County is Donald McNair, a lifelong resident of Driscoll. He served on the Board of Directors for the Driscoll Grain Co-Operative for 26 years. McNair is a Texas A&M-College Station graduate and has one of the most extensive farming operations in the county.
The board held its first organizational meeting on Monday at the Bishop City Hall in order to elect officers and appoint a general counsel.
Ordner was named president, while McNair was appointed as vice-president. Moerbe will serve as secretary, Barreto as treasurer and Garcia was named vice treasurer.
The board also appointed Gerald Benadum, the City of Bishop's attorney, as general counsel for ESD No. 6.
The five-member board will meet again Monday, at 5:30 p.m., at the Bishop City Hall.