After little over an hour in closed session to discuss collective bargaining and property acquisition, Massac County commissioners returned to open session at 10:46 a.m. and approved a motion entering into a license agreement with Banterra Bank to utilize the bank’s community room, located in the basement, as a temporary courtroom. The motion was approved with all the commissioners voting in favor.
The only item that will have to be addressed is the construction of a bench, on which the judge, circuit clerk, witness stand and court reporter would be located. The board approved a motion for a claim to be expended from the contingencies fund, not to exceed $10,000 for the construction of the bench.
Another motion was made to accept the union contracts with the state’s attorney’s and treasurer’s offices. The contracts are for a period of two years, according to Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst. He also said they include a two percent raise each year and require employees to pay for 10 percent of the cost of their health care insurance premiums. Also in the contracts is new employees will have fewer vacation and personal days, whereas current employees are “grandfathered,” in and will follow the previous vacation and personal time schedule.
Weber said he does not feel the contracts are a responsible use of taxpayers’ dollars, especially when the taxpayers’ courthouse is in such a bad condition. Weber explained employees are paid for an eight-hour workday when the county only receives about six and one-half hours of labor. He also said employees could get up to 25 vacation days in addition to paid sick time.
Commissioners Jayson Farmer and Jerel Childers voted to approve the motion, with Commission Chair Jeff Weber opposing the motion. “They wanted more and I wanted more,” stated Weber.
The only other major action came after a visit from Frank Walsh, a Cedar Lane subdivision resident who resides on Holly Lane. Walsh said his deed, the platt, which was adopted by the county on May 19, 1998, and the road name sign all spell the road name as Holly.
However, Walsh said in the U.S. Post Office’s database, the road name is spelled Holley. His purpose was to get the road name spelled correctly so that it would alleviate getting mail and packages delivered correctly.
County Clerk John Taylor looked up the road name in the county’s tax information system, which also spells it Holly.
After the board talked by phone to Massac-Metropolis 911 Director Keith Davis, he said he would need some form of official documentation from the board, noting the correct spelling and he would submit a change to the phone company, which maintains a master street address guide, which is then sent to the post office.
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