County will buy out two properties, meet with I-66 engineers Thursday
by Michele Longworth
Jun 26, 2013 | 1563 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco, left, receives an engraved pocketknife from Massac County Commissioners Jayson Farmer, Jeff Weber and Jerel Childers in recognition of his 26 years of service with the county.  Glasco will retire on June 30.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco, left, receives an engraved pocketknife from Massac County Commissioners Jayson Farmer, Jeff Weber and Jerel Childers in recognition of his 26 years of service with the county. Glasco will retire on June 30. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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As a part of Massac County’s flood mitigation plan - an effort to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters - at Tuesday morning’s commissioners meeting Commission Chair Jayson Farmer signed paperwork that would allow the county to move forward in buying two properties - one located on Belgrade Road and another on Unionville Road.

Hamm told the board Illinois Emergency Management Agency has already approved the county’s mitigation plan and once the paperwork is signed, it will be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval.

Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst said the county must comply with the mitigation plan or else the county could risk losing its participation in the National Flood Insurance program. Windhorst said the federal government will be providing the county with 75 percent of the cost, which totals around $127,000 and the state will provide 25 percent of the money, which would amount to $42,635, for the purchase of those two properties.

Hamm will be applying for the state money from a grant through Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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