Massac County’s commissioners heard from Massac-Metropolis Port District (MMPD) member Larry Douglas that while the port district may not have a lot to show, yet, “We’re getting close,” said Douglas at the Tuesday morning meeting.
Douglas said MMPD is close to purchasing the former Ingram property.
The reason for Douglas’ visit to the commissioners meeting was to inform the board about three accounts with money in them, that stem back to the former Fort Massac Economic Development Commission, which was active in the mid-1980s.
According to Douglas MMPD Chairman Richard Kruger was the chair of that former commission. The City of Metropolis, Massac County government and the Massac County Chamber of Commerce established the Fort Massac Economic Development Commission. Douglas said there is a total of $16,253 in three different accounts at two different banks. Douglas brought with him a sample resolution for the board to pass, which would allow the Port District to use the money.
The commissioners called in Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst, who said it might take him a little while to research whether the former commission is still active and to find out who had legal authority over the funds.
County Clerk John Taylor remembers recording a document that dissolved the Fort Massac Economic Development Commission.
The commissioners held off on approving the resolution, to allow Windhorst time to investigate the matter.
The board did however take action after hearing from Travis Aikin, with Americans for Prosperity. Aikin, who is from Williamson County, briefly explained that Americans for Prosperity is a not-for-profit organization that is in opposition to doing away with Illinois’ flat tax rate and proposing the imposition of a progressive tax on personal and corporate income.
Aikin said Johnson County, Marion, Johnson City and Herrin have all passed the resolution supporting the progressive tax on personal and corporate income. The commissioners were in agreement they want good business opportunities and approved the resolution.
The commissioners also took action on a rock letting Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac held last week. Matesevac explained there were only three bidders, and Shawnee Stone of Cypress won the low bid on every group of rock with the exception of a couple. Anna Quarries had the low bid on in a couple of groups. His recommendation to the board was to allow the highway department to accept Shawnee Stone’s low bid and the two bids from Anna Quarries, which are still within 10 percent of the department’s estimate. The board approved the resolution accepting the rock bids as they were presented.
Matesevac also updated the board on the status of the intersection of North Avenue and Country Club Road. He said the department has a dig order in for the latter part of the week for signs that will be going up on North Avenue alerting motorists to slow down.
In other business, the board heard from Massac County Treasurer Dana Angelly that the county’s general fund balance this week is $52,687.29.