The Schleicher County Commissioner approved spending up to $145,000 through the Texas Buy Board for the purchase of a new ambulance chassis. The action came during the commissioners’ regular meeting on Monday, November 19th. The funds will be allocated from the county’s Health Services Tax Fund. County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson explained that the fund has a total of $431,000 in various accounts.

Schleicher County EMS representative T.J. Rodriguez was on hand to inquire about the purchase. He advised the commissioners that the ambulance “box module” that will require a generator upgrade and new wiring when it is placed on a new chassis.

The new ambulance chassis will be a 2018/2019 Ford F-450 Diesel 4x4 regular cab with liquid spring suspension. The vehicle itself will cost approximately $65,000 with the special suspension. The 14-foot remount and additional options will come to about $80,000.

Rodriguez also explained that an active shooter training has been scheduled for all elected officials. Homeland Security officer Charles Hamilton will conduct the training on November 27th.

He noted that a training session will be open to the public that evening at the EHS auditorium.

The commissioners went behind closed doors with County Attorney Clint Griffn to discuss real property in an executive session. When they returned to open session, the commissioners appointed Griffin and County Judge Charlie Bradley to negotiate a proposed mineral lease on Gaines County school lands. The county oversees the property on behalf of Schleicher County ISD.

Among other business, Judge Bradley informed the commissioners that David Mejia has accepted a salaried position as Road Superintendent. Mejia is currently working for the county as a hourly employee. His new position will begin on January 1, 2019.

It was noted that the road department will be stockpiling road base material in the coming weeks. The commissioners also learned that the Concho Valley Council of Governments has purchased a new vinyl cutter to make 9-1-1 address signage for county residents at no charge. County residents interested in having sign made should contact the Schleicher County

Appraisal District to verify their proper 9-1-1 address before contacting the county about the signage.

Before adjourning, Election Administrator Rosemary Adame supervised as the commissioners canvassed the election returns from the November 6th General Election. There were no changes to report.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Matt Brown, Kirk Griffin, Johnny Mayo and Lynn Meador in attendance.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd in the first-floor meeting room of the county courthouse.