Schleicher County Commissioners Court met at the Memorial Building, Monday, where everyone could comply with the six-foot social distancing rule brought about by the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, as well as Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Emergency Declaration.

County Judge Charlie Bradley led those in attendance in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.

The commissioners accepted a $20,000 bid submitted by Wrenched Up Roustabouts to repair the low water crossing on County Road 245. The bid included labor and material necessary to construct an 80-foot long, 16-foot wide concrete crossing. Another bid totaling $30,000 was rejected. Bids were solicited from local contractors but was not published as a public bid notice.

The commissioners went behind closed doors to consult with an attorney and discuss personnel matters. When they returned to open session, the commissioners voted to extend employee sick leave by 10 days for those who qualify.

The commissioners also accepted a bid from Regal Oil for a transport load of unleaded gasoline in the amount of $1.05 per gallon.

In other business, the commissioners approved changing internet service providers. It was noted that the contract with Central Communications has expired and the county elected to switch over to Frontier Communications. The company will install a fiber-optic line to the courthouse of $660 per month.

An expenditure of $49,500 was authorized to pay the county’s portion of a TxDOT Runway Restoration Program grant. The state will contribute $495,000 toward the project.
The commissioners then voted to extend the local disaster declaration for a public health emergency that Judge Bradley signed on March 19th. The extension leaves the declaration in place for an additional seven days.

Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson updated the commissioners on the county’s finances. She explained that she is closely monitoring the county’s investment portfolio, especially in view of the stock market’s dramatic decline.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Kirk Griffin, Johnny Mayo, Steve Nelson and Chris Meador in attendance. Also on hand for the meeting were County Clerk Mary Ann Gonzalez, Treasurer Jennifer Henderson, Deputy Treasurer Barbara Speck, and County Attorney Clint Griffin.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020 in the first floor meeting room of the county courthouse.