Courthouse cracks, leaks causes problems
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Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder and commissioners Jerel Childers, Jayson Farmer and Jeff Weber inspect cracks in two locations in the old jail Tuesday morning.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder and commissioners Jerel Childers, Jayson Farmer and Jeff Weber inspect cracks in two locations in the old jail Tuesday morning. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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Massac County commissioners spent a portion of Tuesday morning’s meeting in jail. Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder and the board went to the northwest portion of the old jail, which sits atop of the courthouse, to inspect a large crack in the wall and on the ceiling. Holder then showed the board another area on the southwest portion of the jail where there is another leak and one area of a window where the plaster has turned to powder.

One of the big concerns is that water from the old jail will eventually find its way down the wall and could cause even more damage to the building.

At 10 a.m. the commissioners and Holder returned to the commissioners meeting room and Commission Chair Jayson Farmer told Holder that Honeywell Systems will be in Massac County Friday for a meeting with the board at 11 a.m. in the commissioners’ room. Farmer said Honeywell will bring to the board information about courthouse repairs, which would include windows, a new roof and a heating and air conditioning system.

Holder also provided a list to the board of how much money has gone back into the county’s general fund through the end of July. That amount he noted was $114,000. He also reported the county currently has 21 out of county prisoners.

Massac County Treasurer Dana Jones reported the county’s general fund is $134,931. Jones said that her office has been busy collecting tax money and noted most people seem to be paying both installments at one time. The first installment deadline is Friday, Aug. 23.

Gary Hamm, Massac County Supervisor of Assessments was also on the agenda and began by giving the commissioners some statistics concerning the Illinois Department of Revenue’s sales ratio study for Massac County.

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