Schleicher County Commissioners Court met Monday with Schleicher County ISD Superintendent Robert Gibson and agreed to provide $148,288 from the Gaines County School Land Fund to pay for a new Chevrolet Suburban and a 72-passenger bus for the school.

The county manages the school land fund on behalf of the school district and provides money from the fund from time to time for various purchase and projects.

T.J. Rodriguez was also on hand for the meeting. He asked on behalf of the local ambulance service for $12,600 to help with refurbishing one of the services ambulances.

Just last year, the commissioners authorized $140,000 for the purchase of a new ambulance chassis. The box will be removed from the old ambulance and placed on the new chassis. The $12,600 will help complete that process.

The commissioners went behind closed doors to deliberate personnel matters. They were joined in the executive session by Junior Esquivel, but returned to open session about an hour later without taking action on the matter.

County Judge Charlie Bradley advised the commissioners that the Schleicher County Security Committee had appointed 51st District Judge Carmen Dusek to the committee. The security committee consists of Judge Bradley, Commissioner Steve Nelson, Justice of the Peace Phil Edmiston and County Attorney Clint Griffin. 

Judge Bradley updated the court on a “public nuisance letter” the county sent to property owner Candelario Segura. The notice was returned unserved leaving the county with no choice but to publish the notice twice in the Eldorado Success.

The commissioners accepted a donation of tin horns and road base from Blattner Energy for use by the road department. The value of the gift was assessed at $13,370.63.

It was noted that Judge Bradley and County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson had contracted with electrical service provider Green Mountain Energy for a 36 months at a rate of 4.644 cents per kilowatt hour.

Judge Bradley made reference during the meeting to an Eldorado juvenile being held in the juvenile detention facility in San Angelo. He noted that the youth will be transfered to another facility and will receive their GED while learning a trade.

In other business, the commissioners voted to hold a public hearing regarding the creation of a reinvestment zone for the proposed Prickly Pear Solar Project. The purpose of the zone is to abate property taxes and stimulate economic development within the county.

The court also voted to notify other taxing jurisdictions that Schleicher County will be creating a tax abatement agreement on terms as provided by Chapter 312 of the Texas Tax Code.

Before adjourning, Judge Bradley advised the court that May 23rd will be designated as Clean Up Day around the county.

Judge Bradley presided over Monday’s meeting with Commissioners Chris Meador, Kirk Griffin, Steve Nelson and Johnny Mayo in attendance.
The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, April 22nd in the first floor meeting room of the county courthouse.