County struggles with bills
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Massac County commissioners began Tuesday's meeting behind closed doors in closed session to discuss an appointment letter from the Massac County Democratic chairman regarding the vacancy for the position of Massac County Treasurer when Floyd Sullivan retires on Friday, Dec. 28.

Although no details about the letter were revealed in open session, Commission Chair Billy Hillebrand asked County Clerk John Taylor who would be able to give the commissioners the specifics on appointing someone to the seat.

Taylor said the commissioners might be able to contact Illinois State Board of Elections. However, most likely the organization would refer the commissioners to consult State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst.

After spending about 30 minutes in closed session, the first person into the meeting was Sullivan, who brought only the total for the county's general fund, which is, as of Tuesday morning, $66,435.

Sullivan said his office had received $10,000 from the state for replacement tax. "We could get something," he said, pointing out to the board next week would be payroll.

Sullivan also noted next week the county would get the nearly $20,000 in reimbursement from the county highway department.

The only other item Sullivan mentioned was the publication of the unpaid real estate taxes. He said he had told the board there might be a tax sale in December. However, he explained there is a computer glitch and most likely the unpaid taxes would not be published until January and the sale would then follow.

Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glaso was in the meeting briefly and explained to the board the dirt is still wet at the site where a new railroad bridge is being constructed on Grinnel Road and expects the dirt would likely remain wet and the new bridge may not be finished quickly and residents living near the bridge may have to continue to use detours.

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