Firefighters T.J. Rodriguez and Shay Parker met with Schleicher County Commissioners Tuesday, September 8th to express their desire for a new brush truck.

Rodriguez explained that the truck that members of the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department want has a shorter wheel base than the department’s newest truck. As an added bonus, the truck can be operated by one person, the driver.

Rodriguez and Parker were asking the county for an additional $50,000 to purchase a new chassis. Rodriguez explained that donated funds, including $30,000 from the Eldorado Game Association and another $71,000 that came in response to a fundraising letter, would supplement money received from the county to complete the purchase.

County Judge Charlie Bradley explained that he would have to look for funds in the county’s new budget. He also said he would look into acquiring a new chassis through the State Buy Board.

The firefighters said the department would like to get the truck by December 1st.

In other business, the commissioners rejected bids for surplus vehicles. The first rejected bid was $400 for a 2005 Chevrolet pickup. The second rejected bid was $150 for a 2001 Dodge pickup.

Election Administrator Rosemary Adame asked the commissioners to approve and order calling for the 2020 General Election on November 3rd.

The commissioners approved the order, along with other agenda items.

The commissioners also approved the receipt of $5,000 from the TxDOT Airport RAMP (Routine Airport Maintenance Program) grant.

A request from the Eldorado Booster Club to use of the Civic Center grounds for a washer pitching contest and barbecue cooking contest was approved, but the commissioners asked for more details.

Next, the commissioners approved the 2019 audit report for the Schleicher County Appraisal District. They also approved a memorandum of understanding with the Head Start Program and a contract with the Tom Green County Juvenile Probation Center.

Before adjourning, Judge Bradley addressed the proposed 2020 Tax Rate and 2021 Budget. A special public hearing will be held Monday, September 14th at 9 a.m., at which time public input on the budget will be received.

Bradley explained that the tax rate for the new year will be the same as last year’s with some increases in the budget for payroll and road repairs.

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

The commissions will meeting in special session for the budget hearing at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 14th in the Memorial Building.