County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson told Schleicher County Commissioners at their meeting on Monday that she has received $275,254 of the $500,000 the county is expecting from the American Rescue Plan Act. She said she will hold the money in a special fund and added that she will be taking part in a virtual seminar in order to learn how the money can be used.

The commissioners then approved guidelines for Magellan Pipeline. The company will be repairing a pipeline that crosses Old Sonora Road. County Judge Charlie Bradley said he is not sure if the repair work will include going under the road or cutting through it. County Attorney Clint Griffin was on hand to answer legal questions about the county road guidelines.

Next, Jennifer Henderson advised that county employees have completed the cyber-security certification required by Texas HB 3834. Sheriff’s office personnel have also completed the required training and are certified.

The commissioners then approved a public hearing for July 12, 2021 to create a reinvestment zone in connection with the Bridgelink Cave Springs Solar project that is proposed in the north part of the county. The zone will allow the county to grant a tax abatement to the project for economic development purposes.

The commissioners also approved giving notice to other taxing jurisdictions about the possible tax abatement.

The court then authorized the contribution of $830 per month toward each county employee’s health insurance plan and $1,100 per month per employee with children. Health insurance premiums increased 6.5% since last year.

Jennifer Henderson said that each employee will decide how to spend the money on health, dental or vision insurance.

She also noted that county employees, including elected officials must go online to certify their tobacco-free status or risk having $35 per month withheld from their paycheck.

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

The commissioners meet next at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 14th, in the Schleicher County Memorial Building.