01/16/1948Ascarate is giving "mature" thought to organizing its city departments, but plans to take
its own time, Mayor Tracy said today. "We have been a city only two days," the mayor said,
"We have not had time to organize. Ascarate has spent a great deal fighting El Paso to become an independent city."
Ascarate's status as a township or a part of El Paso has been pending before courts for more than a year. It was finally settled this week when the State Supreme Court upheld its incorporation.
Must Accept Responsibilities
Both the El Paso City Council and the Commissioners' Court have served notice on the new town that it must accept certain responsibilities as an incorporated township.
The El Paso Council yesterday voted to inform the Ascarate officials that El Paso will withdraw
its fire protection if Ascarate can provide its own.
El Paso officials also requested Ascarate to adopt some type zoning laws and building restrictions to protect El Paso residential districts bordering on the new town.
Withdraw Road Maintenance
The commissioners, in a session yesterday, instructed County Attorney Guinn to inform Ascarate officials that the County will withdraw its Ascarate road maintenance.
Ascarate must now make plans to contribute to the City-County Hospital and Health Unit Ascarate Council members were invited to meet with the Commissioners Court in joint sessions with the El Paso Council.
The Ascarate Council plans no special sessions to discuss the organizing and financing of a police force, fire protection, street department, library and other municipal departments, Mayor Tracy said.
Zoning Is Planned
Such questions will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Ascarate Council Jan. 27 at the temporary city hall at Mayor Tracy's home, he said.
On the matter of adopting zoning laws, Mayor Tracy said: "We are glad for suggestions from the El Paso Council, but we beat them to the punch already; by giving mature thought to adopting ''building restrictions we think " are necessary for Ascarate."
An Ascarate fire department will be installed as soon as the necessary equipment is obtained, Mayor Tracy said.
He said he saw no reason why El Paso could not continue to provide the fire protection until Ascarate's department is functioning.
Will Depend on Sheriff
El Paso fights fire in Juarez, why not in Ascarate?" he asked.
Ascarate will depend on the Sheriff's' Department for policing until a force of its own is organized, the mayor said.
Garbage collection at Ascarate is now handled by an individual who will probably continue, Mayor Tracy said.
What will Ascarate do for a street department now that the County has withdrawn its maintenance of Ascarate streets?
Will Plan Buildings
"I haven't heard of the County no longer repairing roads in El Paso," Mayor Tracy said. "We will make plans for that as soon as we get to it.".
The Council will also discuss parks, a jail, library and a city hall at the next meeting. Meantime, Ascarate's attorney, Harold Long, is busy preparing ordinances.
Mayor Tracy expressed bitterness at El Paso's attempts to prevent the incorporation.
"We don't want to be isolated down here," he said. "We plan to be a friendly, co-operative community. We have no intentions of becoming a part of El Paso, ever."
Serve Without Pay
Members of the Ascarate Council, elected last year, are J. M. Weems, Arthur Horn, Ramon Mendoza, George Mail and William Adams. A C. Moore is tax assessor and collector.
Regular council meetings will be held at 9 a. m. the second and fourth Tuesday each month at the mayor's home at 234 South Glenwood drive.
Ascarate officials are now serving without pay. Collection of the tax rate of 25 cents on the $100 assessed valuation has not started.
The El Paso Fire Department has not fought Juarez fires since Juarez acquired a Fire Department several months ago. El Paso officials said the El Paso department answered
31 calls to Ascarate last year.