Commissioners agree to pay some 90-day past due bills
by By Michele Longworth, Planet Reporter
Sep 14, 2011 | 1965 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The beginning of Tuesday morning's Massac County Commissioner meeting began with a 40-minute closed session with State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst and Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder, who met with the board regarding personnel issues and upcoming Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) negotiations.

When the board returned to open session, the commissioners announced the board would be holding another special closed session Friday at 1 p.m. with Windhorst and Holder to discuss the same issues of personnel and FOP negotiations. Commissioner Billy Hillebrand noted that Windhorst would be negotiating on behalf of the county.

Holder told the commissioners there are about 15 sheriff's department vendors in the 90-day category. The total unpaid bills for the sheriff's department is up to about $47,000.

He also pointed out there were three bills clipped to the top of the stack that need to be paid.

According to Holder, the sheriff's department is making adjustments and has cut fuel costs in half over the past two months.

Holder also told the board that as of Monday there were 53 people in the detention center, including 16 female inmates housed in two cells.

According to Holder, the air conditioning system is working well. Hillebrand said that Triangle Heating and Air had been to the detention center on Monday to fix the problems that were recently found. And, he noted those issues were fixed free of charge to the county.

In the absence of County Treasurer Floyd Sullivan, Cheryl Nix, treasurer's office employee, brought the board the weekly financial report, which indicated a county general fund balance of $103,000.

Later in the meeting, the commissioners signed claims and Commissioner Jayson Farmer calculated the total for the county's 90-day old bills. The total was $10,610, which the commissioners agreed to pay.

Farmer noted there were other bills, such as one for Williams, Williams and Lentz for a little over $13,000; one for Tammy Robinson for $11,480; and three months of bills for probation for the months of May, June and July — each totaling a little over $10,000. Those bills the board opted to hold.

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