Schleicher County Commissioners took up the subject of redistricting during their regular meeting on Monday, October 4, 2021 in the Memorial Building.

Syndey W. Falk, an attorney Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP of Austin, met with the commissioners and presented a slide show that illustrated the need for redistricting following the 2020 Census. He noted that the county lost population in all four precincts, but most notably in Precinct #3 where many residents left the YFZ Ranch.

Falk outlined the legal reasons that require the county to redraw its precinct lines. It was noted that since the bulk of the county’s citizens reside in or immediately around Eldorado, that area will be the focus of redistricting efforts.

The commissioners plan to meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 15th to begin the redistricting process. A follow up meeting is slated for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21st. Both meetings will be held in the Memorial Building.

In order to get the ball rolling on redistricting, the commissioners voted on Monday to approve a resolution do cumenting the criteria for the redistricting process. They previously voted to hire Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP to assist with the process.

In other business, the commissioners heard from Justice of the Peace Phil Edmiston who asked them to approve him making a one time gift from his office’s technology fund into a fund that would be used to pay an incentive bonus to his court clerk Rahegyn Franke who earned a Level 2 Criminal Certification in 2018 and a designation as a Master Court Clerk in 2019.

Edmiston noted that he has accrued $4,300 in the technology fund. He said that 28% of the $4 fee collected on traffic tickets goes into the fund. He further pointed out that HB 3607 passed in the 87th Legislature authorizes the fund to be used for salaries and other things that would enhance the Justice of the Peace court.

The commissioners discussed the matter briefly with Kirk Griffin raising questions about the future of the technology fund. With that, County Judge Charlie Bradley tabled the matter pending more details on the fund.

The commissioners then approved a request by Cory Stevens, representing the Schleicher County 4-H Stock Show, for $4,000 to purchase a new carpet to put down in the show ring at the Civic Center.

No action was taken to reinstate a county-wide burn ban due to recent rains.

The court then called for bids for a transport load of unleaded gasoline. They also accepted a bid of $2.77 per gallon from Regal Oil for a transport load of transport load of diesel fuel.

Judge Bradley told the commissioners that 51st District Court Judge Carmen Dusek had asked the county to pursue a grant through the 2022 TICD Indigent Defense Grand Program Grant. The commissioners agreed and approved a resolution to that effect.

Before adjourning, the commissioners approved 13 scheduled holidays for 2022.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Steven Nelson, Gary Gibson, Kirk Griffin and Chris Meador in attendance. County Attorney Clint Griffin, Treasurer Jennifer Henderson and District Clerk Mary Ann Gonzalez were also on hand for the meeting.