Massac County commissioners learned at Tuesday morning's weekly meeting from Massac County Treasurer Floyd Sullivan the county would have enough funds to make its payroll of about $100,000.
Sullivan gave the board the balance of the county's general fund, which was $124,000, before payroll. Sullivan noted after payroll is taken out of the balance in the county general fund would be a little over $20,000.
According to Sullivan, the mobile home tax bills were mailed last week and he said the collection on those is going well.
The commissioners heard from County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco, who has been working with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in surveying the damage done to the county's roads during the flood. Glasco said he is updating his preliminary figures.
While Glasco was at the meeting Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder brought up to the commissioners the idea of changing the sheriff's department's fuel supply for the squad cars. Holder suggested the possibility of having fuel tanks set up at the county highway department. Both Glasco and Holder will be exploring that option. Commissioner Billy Hillebrand indicated that both departments may be able to buy gasoline cheaper than what the county sheriff's department is paying at the pump. Hillebrand went on to say that doing that might help save the county some money on fuel costs.
Earlier in the meeting commissioners Hillebrand and Jerel Childers met with Anne Parmley, newly appointed chairman of the Garden Club, concerning the shrubs in front of the courthouse.
The commissioners discussed at last week's meeting how the shrubs may need to be trimmed and wanted to consult with the Garden Club before proceeding. Parmley agreed the shrubs, which cover about half of the sidewalk, need to be pruned and had no objections to the county proceeding with that.
Massac County Supervisor of Assessments Gary Hamm spoke to the board concerning an upcoming board of review hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. and also noted a farmland advisory committee meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.
Hamm and the commissioners also discussed the commissioners' desire to have the tax bills go out earlier in the year to avoid having due dates in November and December. After those items were discussed, the commissioners approved a motion to enter into closed session with Hamm to discuss personnel issues. The closed session lasted for about an hour.
Though no action was taken, the commissioners received a bid from Triangle Heating and Air regarding the courthouse and detention centers heating and air conditioning systems. According to the bid, the retro fit for the detention center controls would be a one-time charge of $11,812. And the retro fit for the courthouse would be a one-time cost of $11,665, for a total of $23,477.
The total price per year for preventive maintenance at each location would be $3100, for a total of $6200, which includes three trips annually. The bid goes on to state the county would be charged $77.50 per hour Monday-Friday, one and one-half times the base rate Saturday and Sunday and on holidays the rate would be two times the base rate.
In other business, the board approved a motion accepting the county's prevailing wage rate.