Schleicher County Commissioners met Tuesday, September 7th, and voted to contribute $18,500 toward the purchase of a new zero-turn lawn mower for the Eldorado Golf Course. Two bids where discussed, including $18,411 for a Grasshopper mower, and $16,062 for a John Deere. Each has a two year warranty.

Eldorado Golf Course President Conon Emmons was present and voiced his concern about John Deere servicing the mower once purchased. Judge Charlie Bradley took a moment during the meeting and contacted a representative for John Deere in San Angelo. It will be put in writing that the company will service the mower.

Among other business, the commissioners voted to appoint Dr. Gordy Day as Schleicher County’s Local Health Authority. They also approved a contract for detention services with the Tom Green County juvenile probation office.

It was noted that the county will seek a TxDOT RAMP grant for maintenance repair costs for the Schleicher County Airport.

The commissioners also reviewed and approved the 2020 financial audit of the Schleicher County Appraisal District.

A salary allotment in the amount of $1,836 was approved for a court reporter for the 51st District Court.

An order of election was approved for a special election on November 2nd concerning eight proposed constitutional amendments. Election Administrator Rosemary Adame was present to answer questions about the process. She noted that new election equipment was delivered on Friday, September 3rd.

Among the new equipment are ExpressVote machines with reduced human touch capabilities for each precinct. New ballot scanners with secure tote bins were also purchased.

The funds for the new voting equipment came from an $80,000 grant from the State of Texas. It will replace equipment that is 15 years old.

Judge Bradley explained that ash trees on the courthouse’s north lawn will have to come down, due to damage caused by the February 2021 ice storm.

Bradley said that Texas AgriLife Horticulturist Allison Watkins suggested the trees be cut down. Bradly is currently looking for a company that is insured and bonded to bring down the trees.

Bradley closed the meeting by explaining that re-districting planning will begin in October once final Census numbers are released at the end of September.

Judge Bradley presided over Tuesday’s meeting with Commissioners Gary Gibson, Steve Nelson and Chris Meador in attendance. Commissioner Kirk Griffin was absent.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, September 20th in the Memorial Building’s main room.