Schleicher County Commissioners learned Monday that the county needs to own vehicles for which it purchases insurance coverage. Don McKee was on hand for the commissioners’ meeting on Monday to go over the county’s annual financial audit. He explained that vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances should be owned by the county if the county is providing insurance coverage.

McKee, a representative of Reed McKee & Company of San Angelo, presented the information during the “management letter” portion of the audit where auditors routinely recommended changes to the way a governmental entity operates. He also urged the county to have a written agreement with financial institutions acting as a depository of county funds.

Otherwise, McKee spoke highly of the way the county keeps its books and the way the county records were prepared and provided to his accounting firm. He noted that the county ended the budget year $165,000 in the black.

McKee said he also audited the Sheriff’s Department’s books and found them to be in good order.

Becky Wofford was present for the meeting and asked the county to accept the donation of three new 55-inch television monitors from the Eldorado Game Association. The TVs will be placed inside the Civic Center and will be used by the Eldorado Game Association during the upcoming Game Dinner.

The commissioners accepted the TVs which will also be available to other groups that rent the Civic Center.

The commissioners then entered into a closed-door executive session for the discussion of real property and personnel issues. They returned to open session without taking action on either of the matters.

The commissioners continued the meeting by approving an interlocal agreement with the Texas Secretary of State for an “election security assessment,” as recommended by Election Administrator Rosemary Adame.

The commissioners reviewed bids received by the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department for a new brush truck. The low price came in at $214,500 with the highest being $218,137. The commissioners agreed to allow the fire department to select and purchase the truck that meets their needs and will reimburse the department for the truck. County Judge Charlie Bradley noted that, as the auditor had earlier explained, the firetruck will have to be registered in the county’s name in order for the county to provide insurance.

The commissioners then voted to nominate Commissioner Chris Meador to serve on the Schleicher County Appraisal District’s board of directors. They also agreed to a deal with a geophysical survey company that will allow the company to conduct a survey on 177 acres of school land the county manages in Gaines County. The county oversees the property on behalf of Schleicher County ISD.

Before adjourning, the commissioners passed a resolution to apply for grant through the Indigent Defense Grant Program, and voted to extend the current county-wide burn ban for another 90 days.

Judge Charlie Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Chris Meador, Kirk Griffin, Johnny Mayo and Steve Nelson in attendance. Nelson had left during the executive session and was not present for the second part of the meeting.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019, in the first-floor meeting room of the county courthouse.