Schleicher County Commissioners met Monday with Jerry Huffman with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Disaster and Property Damage Recovery San Angelo Division regarding President Trump’s recent disaster declaration for several neighboring counties that suffered flood damage last fall.

Eldorado Mayor George Arispe was on hand for the discussion.

County Judge Charlie Bradley advised that he is looking for help with damaged roads, especially CR 350, which will cost over $50,000 to repair.

Huffman advised that the county might be able to receive assistance despite not being one of the 33 counties covered by the disaster declaration. He noted that the county could possibly qualify for 75 percent reimbursement of expenses, but said the need would have to be documented and the county would have to apply for the assistance. He said that the damage level must exceed $14,000 in order for the county to qualify.

Other governmental entities in the county would be able to join in if and when the county was included under the umbrella of the disaster declaration.

He explained that only public entities can apply and said that private property does not qualify.

Huffman added that the county is facing a March 27th deadline to apply for disaster assistance through Governor Greg Abbott’s office in Austin.

County Road Superintendent David Mejia then updated the commissioners on the status of road repairs in the county. He noted that waiting for repairs to heavy equipment and waiting on parts are his biggest problems. Mejia said he is also training several employees, which has also slowed the road repair process.

The commissioners also heard a presentation from Paul Zaldivar, a representative of National Family Care Life, regarding an insurance supplement policy.

Discussion then turned to the redistrict process that takes place following the census every ten years. Judge Bradley said he had received a letter from a law firm quoting a minimum fee of $15,000 to begin the redistricting process. He said a second law firm will be submitting their quote soon.

The judge then advised the commissioners that the county would have to reimburse $400 to an individual who purchased four cemetery plots. He said it was later discovered that the plots had been sold previously and the buyer, who lives elsewhere requested the refund when the error was discovered.

The commissioners authorized the payment.

The commissioners also authorized Judge Bradley to enter into a new contract with the ACT Work Ready Program.

Routine items of business involved the County and District Clerk February Revenue Report in the amount of $10,315.77. Also the Justice of the Peace Report for February’s receipts and deposits in the amount of $24,766.50.

Librarian Linda Thomas’ report indicated that 492 people used the Public Library during the month of February.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Chris Meador, Steve Nelson and Johnny Mayo in attendance. Commissioner Kirk Griffin was absent.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, in the first floor meeting room of the county courthouse.