Schleicher County commissioners met Monday, May 18, at the Memorial Building and voted to order a 90-day county-wide burn ban.

The commissioners also authorized County Judge Charlie Bradley to act on behalf of the county in order to obtain a TxDOT aviation funding for sealing the runway at the county airport. The commissioners also authorized County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson to release $49,500 to help pay the county’s part of the project.

The commissioners then approved advertising for bids for a transport-load of diesel fuel. See notice on Page 8.

Approval was also given for the release of $12,095 to pay for the county’s portion of a roll-off trailer through the Concho Valley Council of Governments solid waste interlocal agreement.

It was noted that the road department is preparing a report expenses incurred in 2019 so that reimbursement can be sought through the CTIF (County Transportation Infrastructure Fund) as authorized by the state legislature in 2019. A requirement of the grant is that the county provide 20% in matching funds or in-kind services. The commissioners are hoping the $159,000 grant will repay the expense of repairing roads damaged in the 2018 flood.

A contract with Stephanie Wheeler was approved for management of the county pool this summer. The county will pay lifeguard salaries and the commissioners discussed increasing their hourly pay from $7.25 to $8 per hour.

No date has been announced for the opening of the pool since repairs are being made to the pool filters.

The commissioners revisited the rules and regulations at the county cemetery. Judge Bradley advised that water faucets have been left on, causing flooding on portions of the cemetery.

County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson updated the court on upcoming budget workshops. She noted they should expect a decline due to the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus. She asked for guidance on how to proceed in preparing for the budget. Judge Bradley also discussed expenses for electronic services the county will incur due to social distancing rules.

The commissioners told Henderson that they want to start holding budget meetings in June.

The commissioners also approved the receipt of unclaimed property funds from the state comptroller’s office.

The commissioners court will meet again on June 15th for a public hearing regarding Langford wind farm. The company is asking for designation of an area in the northern part of the county as reinvestment zone for tax abatement purposes.

The public hearing portion of the meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Building, or alternatively, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting may be by phone and video-conference. Participants and the public are invited to join by dialing 571-317-3112 and using the access code 717-691-741. Or use the link https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/717691741. All interested persons may appear and present testimony and evidence regarding designation of the reinvestment zone and acceptance of the application for a tax abatement.

Judge Bradley advised the commissioners that fuel at the airport is now more expensive than in surrounding counties. He said the fuel was purchased when the price was higher and he noted that usage has gone down.

Bradley closed out the meeting by explaining that the county jail had recently gone through its annual inspection. He said the report will be coming out soon.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Johnny Mayo, Steve Nelson and Chris Meador in attendance. Commissioner Kirk Griffin was absent.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on June 1, 2020, in the Memorial Building.