The Erath County commissioners met Wednesday morning to tackle a short agenda.

Commissioners approved the payment of county bills, payroll and benefits along with a contract between Erath County and Election Systems & Software for voting machines.

The cost is a little more than $346,000 and includes 85 portable machines and 22 scanners to distribute at voting locations.

“They’re smaller and weigh about 28 pounds. We will put privacy screens around them and it just makes it easier and more portable,” said county Elections Coordinator Susan Driskill. “Hopefully someone will want the old ones, but they’re pretty dated.”

County Judge Tab Thompson said they will attempt to sell the old machines.

Commissioners also approved the 2018 Indigent Defense Program Resolution, which allows the county to become eligible for grants to improve indigent services in the county.

The commissioners court will now meet every Wednesday morning to approve bills, but will have their bigger meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.