Holt brought a copy of the department’s annual report for all seven counties.
In addition, she brought a separate report with a breakdown of Massac County’s numbers compared to the agency’s totals.
One thing Holt noted was the number of Chlamydia cases — 41 — under the STD/HIV/AIDS category, also pointing out that after the report was completed, the numbers increased.
Maness interjected that in November and December the numbers were high and on the rise, also emphasizing that the high numbers are considered “outbreak status.”
According to Maness, the age range of individuals is from 20 to 34.
She also said ways to reduce the spread of the STD is reducing the number of sexual partners and using a barrier method, such as condoms during sexual intercourse.
Another way to bring numbers down is to educate people how the disease spreads.
Holt said under the environmental health category there were two body art inspections in Massac, because of the tattoo business that is in town.
She also told the board Southern Seven’s health educator has many more statistics regarding health issues and would be glad to come and speak to the board if it has further questions.
The Metropolis Planet will make available a copy of Massac County’s report on the website.
Commissioner Jerel Childers asked Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco if he had looked at the Iron Bridge on Country Club Road and specifically a tree that looked as though it is about to fall in.
Glasco said the tree is back off of the county’s right of way, but said the department would monitor the situation.
Glasco reported the department has been busy fixing pipes following a recent heavy rainfall.
He also said there was a rock letting last week, but some prices on the paperwork he brought were incorrect and he told the board he would bring the information back at next week’s meeting.
In other board business:
• The board heard from Massac County Treasurer Dana Jones the county’s general fund balance is $35,351.
Jones said the office has not received any large amounts of money and the county’s delinquent tax sale would be held Friday, Feb. 15.
• General Assistance Administrator Lori Walters brought paperwork for her office for the commissioners to review and for Farmer to sign.
• Massac County Chief Deputy J.D. Haverkamp visited the meeting briefly in the absence of Sheriff Ted Holder.
Haverkamp left with the board a current list of outstanding bills for the sheriff’s department. The total, he said, is up to $35,000.
Haverkamp also said on Monday the population at the detention center was about 56, but noted more people were brought in overnight.
• Heard from Massac County resident Betty Varnum who expressed her concern the federal government would soon be trying to take away guns from gun owners, which she said is totally against the Constitution.
“I’m scared and you should be too,” she told the board.
Varnum also left informational brochures as well as copies of the Constitution for the commissioners.
Varnum also read from a brochure with the oath of office and gave everyone copies. Massac County Clerk John Taylor, Weber and Childers all signed the back of the brochure, re-affirming they would uphold the Constitution.
Varnum explains the commissioners are the highest power in the county and feels it is important for people to know the commissioners will stand firm in support of the Constitution.
• Agreed by consensus to move next week’s board meeting to Monday at 8:30 a.m. due to the holiday on Tuesday.