County still struggling, hears Sullivan will retire
by Michele Longworth
Oct 24, 2012 | 761 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Massac County Commissioners received a double whammy at Tuesday morning's weekly meeting when County Treasurer Floyd Sullivan met with the board. Sullivan brought the board this week's county general fund balance, which is $15,170.

However, Sullivan noted that an election grant in the amount of $8836 had been received and that money had already been spent, which would technically leave the general fund with only $6334.

Commission Chair Billy Hillebrand asked if there would be a mobile home tax sale coming up. Sullivan said the county's tax agent would be selling some real estate and mobile homes on the county's behalf. According to Sullivan, there are catalogues of the properties available for purchase in his office.

Sullivan then told the commissioners that after a lot of thought, he has decided to retire from his position as county treasurer on Friday, Dec. 28. Sullivan said he did not want to go into all of his reasons for his decision, but briefly told the board his health is not as good as it used to be. "I wish I could have finished my term," he said, noting he would provide a written letter of resignation soon.

The commissioners asked how the vacancy would be handled. Both Sullivan and County Clerk John Taylor told the board that typically the Democratic party or party chairman would come to the board with a recommendation of one or two people for the commissioners to consider. But, ultimately, the choice of who to appoint is up to the commissioners. Taylor did point out that the person appointed to the position must be from the same political party of the person who is vacating the position.

Sullivan told the board he wanted to go ahead and tell them his decision so the board would have enough time to find a suitable appointee, noting also that state statute requires the board find someone who is capable of doing the job.

Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder met briefly with the commissioners and spoke again about the need in the county for a drug rehabilitation center. He told the board the Drug Coalition is exploring grant opportunities that may be available to start a pre-rehab program that would involve classes inmates would be able to take at the detention center's gym while they are waiting for a bed to open at a rehab facility.

Holder said if there were a rehab facility in Massac County, that would help move some inmates out of the detention center, noting that sometimes inmates sentenced to drug rehabilitation have to wait 30 to 60 days before a bed opens up. He also noted the closest facilities are in Anna and Harrisburg.

On the topic of drugs, Holder explained it is Red Ribbon Week, which promotes drug awareness. He said the Elks have a trailer that is visiting schools this week.

He told the board that as of Monday the detention center is full with 48 people in jail. Holder also brought with him a list of the sheriff's department's bills, which he said is growing. Hillebrand said the county's general fund is low again this week, "but, we'll see what we can do," he said.

After Holder spoke, Commissioner Jason Farmer updated commissioners Hillebrand and Jerel Childers on the status of the county's road name signs. According to Farmer, the sign material was delivered last week, but no one was aware of the delivery so the material was returned. However, Farmer said he had talked to the company and the material is supposed to be delivered either Wednesday or Thursday.

Later in the meeting, the commissioners were visited again by Frank Walsh, a resident of Cedar Lane subdivision who was at last week's meeting trying to find a solution to the problem concerning the roads in the back part of the subdivision that are not maintained by the county.

This week more residents from the subdivision, including Mike and Tammy Beggs, Ted and Teyoni Scheve, Bob Mizell and others joined Walsh. Farmer left the meeting early for another appointment but got the phone numbers of the residents to call them after the meeting.

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