County board discusses dangerous intersection, hears request for raise
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Although no action was taken Tuesday morning, the intersection of North Avenue and Country Club Road was brought up during the weekly commissioners meeting when County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac arrived.

Commissioner Jerel Childers explained resident Bruce Cummins had visited the board to tell them how upset he is that “nothing has ever been done.”

Childers said in the past the county has discussed with former highway engineer Larry Glasco about the possibility of installing lights, rumble strips or putting up reduced speed signage.

Commission Chair Jayson Farmer said last week there was another accident at the intersection and in years past, when Glasco had looked at specifics of certain accidents, more often than not, the cause was typically driver error.

But, Farmer wondered if there were some kind of signage, such as “dangerous intersection,” that could be put up on Country Club Road to help alert drivers.

Matesevac said there are already stop ahead signs on Country Club Road, as people approach the intersection with North Avenue.

Childers said he feels that maybe rumble strips on Country Club Road may get drivers’ attention and help them to stop.

Matesevac said that possibly the county could purchase flashing red lights that are solar powered to place on top of the stop signs. He said it might be costly, but he would be in favor of exploring that possibility, but he went on to say there really is little the county can do for North Avenue.

Both Childers and Farmer asked about any liability the county might face if flashing red lights were put up and they failed and an accident occurred. Matesevac said with the highway department being located so close to the intersection, if flashing lights were installed and they were not working properly, the department should be able to notice it rather quickly and get them fixed.

According to Matesevac, currently there is nothing obstructing the view at the intersection. He said he would check with Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder to find out the details regarding the most recent accident and would explore the costs involved with rumble strips and flashing red lights.

Even though Commissioner Jeff Weber was not at the meeting, Childers went ahead and asked questions about the subdivision ordinance recommendations that Matesevac had given to the board a few weeks ago.

Childers asked specifics about the requirement for a flat bottom ditch. He also questioned whether or not pit gravel could be used as the base for a road. Matesevac said he has no problem with pit gravel, as long as CA-6 is also used, as it mixes better with the oil and chip.

Matesevac told Farmer he had met with Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst to discuss the situation with Rolling Meadows subdivision. Matesevac said it was Windhorst’s opinion that the county could not legally accept the roads. Farmer said he would be in contact with the developer of the subdivision to try and schedule a meeting with the developer, the commissioners, Matesevec and Windhorst to discuss the situation further.

Matesevac also told the board he has been scheduled for training in a couple of weeks on spraying. In order for the county to maintain a spraying license, he will have to attend a two-day training in Mt. Vernon and take some tests for the county to continue to be able to spray the rights of way along county roads.

Also visiting the meeting was Massac County Public Defender Mary Lou Shaner, who told the board she had already submitted a budget for the public defenders office that did not include any kind of raise for her or for the assistant, Cord Whittig.

Shaner said since the time she submitted her budget, she has learned that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has included more money in the state budget for compensating counties for the public defenders. She told the commissioners the Public Defenders Office is seeing an increase in the number of cases and also an increase in the severity of the cases they are dealing with.

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