Illegal dumping was the main topic at Monday’s Schleicher County Commissioners Court.
Sheriff David Doran told the court he has been monitoring illegal dumping at the end of Orient Street near the old railroad right-of-way in the east part of town. Doran distributed several photos of items, ranging from old couches to construction debris. He added that the dumping is occurring inside the Eldorado city limits.
Doran said he was contacted by a concerned property owner who was concerned about the dumping, some of which he said is happening in the city’s right-of-way. Doran said the dumping is against state law and qualifies as a Class C Misdemeanor.
The sheriff asked if signs could be placed notifying the public of the penalties associated with illegal dumping and putting the public on notice that the area will be closely monitored.
Commissioner Lynn Meador noted another dump site on Depot Road. That piece site is outside the city limits, Meador said.
Doran explained that he has contacted the owner of the railroad right-of-way about putting up barriers as a way of discouraging dumping.
In other business, the commissioners heard from government trapper Stanley Spinks who updated them on attempts made in recent weeks to eradicate feral hogs by hunting from a helicopter. Spinks added that he is looking for welder to build traps for capturing the hogs.
Fire Chief Jerry Jones then met with the court about the county’s policy for tire disposal. He said that the recent rash of wildfires have led to several tires being ruined in rough terrain. Jones said the old tires need to be disposed of.
Road Superintendent Mark Graves volunteered to haul the old tires away the next time he sends someone to San Angelo.
Rules for the rodeo arena were briefly discussed and use of rodeo concession stand. It was noted that Shawn Edwards had inquired about using the facility for a series of ropings, but he was not on hand for the meeting and the court took no action.
County Judge Charlie Bradley advised that he had received inquiries about use of the courthouse lawn for a festival. He said it was his understanding that the lawn is off limits to booths, but not the parking lot. The commissioners confirmed this.
In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of a refrigerator for the Little League Field concession stand. A limit of $500 was placed on the purchase.
Judge Bradley then informed the court that engineer Tom Brown, who filed the application for the Texas Wildlife Grant at the park and swimming pool, took pictures of the concession stand building at the pool. Brown advised that the Texas Historical Commission monitors buildings over 50 years of age. He said there is a concern that the building could be a historical landmark.
Mark Graves reported next that his road crews have prepared the area around the Civic Center for paving. He said that the two main gates have been closed to prevent vehicles from driving across the area until the job is complete. He added that the north gate to the Rodeo Arena will be open for access to the arena.
Graves also advised that road work in Precinct #3 is completed and crews have moved to CR 238.
In other business, the commissioners approved the minutes of their previous meeting and authorized the payment of bills as presented by County Treasurer Karen Henderson.
Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Matt Brown, Lynn Meador 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 April 25 in the first floor meeting room of the county courthouse.