Schleicher County Commissioners heard requests from two community groups on Monday, May 6th. The first was the Schleicher County Rodeo Association concerning the 50th annual Top of the Divide Rodeo slated for this summer. The second was the Eldorado Events Committee regarding the upcoming Main Street Days celebration.

Day Ray and Mike Calcote were on hand representing the rodeo association. They asked the commissioners to waive the fees for the use of one room of the Schleicher County Civic Center on July 27th. They noted that the group plans on celebrating the rodeo’s 50th anniversary by bringing in Pat Green to perform at the dance following the Saturday night performance of the rodeo on Saturday, July 27th.

Ray explained that a stage will be placed in front of the Civic Center facing the parking lot. He noted that a hospitality room for the entertainers and their crew will be needed.

The commissioners agreed to waive the fee for the room rental but required the rodeo association to put up a deposit for the room.

Also on the subject of the rodeo, Calcote asked the commissioners for new gates for the rodeo arena. The request was approved after County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson identified some funds that could be used for the purchase.

Mickey Romero and Crystal Dearman then met with the commissioners and advised that the Eldorado Events Committee has received its 501(c)(3) designation as a non-profit organization. They also asked for permission to use the courthouse lawn for the Main Street Days festival, also on July 27th.

Main Street Days has been held for the past several years around the intersection of Southwest Main Street and Gillis Avenue in downtown Eldorado where it suffered from the lack of shade trees and having to be held on paved streets.

County Judge Charlie Bradley advised that no stakes could be driven in the courthouse lawn due to the county’s underground sprinkler system.
Romero and Dearman noted that all Main Street Days vendors will be required to have their own generators and said the only need for the county’s electrical service would be for the public address system.

A mission map was then distributed to the court showing where vendor booths would be placed as well as a mission statement describing Eldorado Events operations and goals. Dearman noted that any money made from Main Street Days will would help fund other activities such as Christmas and Easter events.

Judge Bradley told the commissioners that Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church has used the courthouse lawn the last several years without incident.

At that point, the commissioners agreed to the request and authorization was given to hold Main Street Days on the courthouse lawn by order of the court.

In other business, the commissioners voted to advertise for bids for 20 miles of road repairs in Precinct #1, 28 miles of road repair for Precinct #4. (See Public Notice on Page 7). It was further explained that Precinct #2 and Precinct #3 need only minor spot repairs with the roads otherwise being in good shape.

The commissioners then approved a new contract with Stephanie Wheeler for management of the swimming pool during the 2019 summer season.

The commissioners also gave Jennifer Henderson permission to sign the county’s checks electronically using new payroll software to be installed in June.

The commissioners also authorized Judge Bradley to purchase a new sound system as well as carpet runners for the Memorial Building to be used when the court is in session.

Before adjourning, the commissioners received first quarterly report for the Schleicher County Emergency Medical Service (EMS). It was noted that the EMS saw a $10,000 deficit in the first quarter after writing off Medicare and Medicaid adjustments in the amount of $16,248.15. The service’s income consisted of patient fees, proceeds from the Health Services sales tax, and memorials. It’s largest expenses were payroll and the payment of reimbursement to service members who go on out-of-town patient transfers.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Steve Nelson, Johnny Mayo, Chris Meador and Kirk Griffin in attendance. The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, May 20th, in the first floor meeting room of the county courthouse.