The Archer County Commissioners Court approved a resolution for grant application at Elections Administrator Christie Mooney’s request during its meeting Monday, June 22.
The resolution passed by the court allows for Mooney to begin the application process through the CARES Act for up to $9,771.65 to be used for sanitation items needed for the July election.
The resolution also allowed for the elections administrator to start on the grant application process for the 2020 Help America Vote Act should the commissioners decide to replace the county election equipment. Mooney said the grant could cover $120,000 of a potential $500,000 replacement of the 20-year-old election equipment in the next budget cycle. The commissioners have not committed to replacing the equipment yet.
The commissioners did not act on bringing in mobile testing teams from the state after no community officials made it known if their community would like for them to come in. County Judge Randy Jackson also noted numerous false positives which have occurred during these testing in surrounding counties.
The court tabled a request from Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Joe Aulds for a nearly $20,000 expenditure to upgrade his computer software. The commissioners will discuss the request in their next budgeting cycle.
The court did not take action on changing the standard operating procedure for county properties keeping the courthouse and annex open with other properties maintaining limited access.