After over 25 years as Massac County Highway Engineer, Larry Glasco announced to Massac County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting that he would be retiring as county highway engineer effective the end of June.
Glasco, who began his tenure in October 1987, told the board he has notified his counterparts in District 9 that he will be retiring. He also brought to the board, a copy of the qualifications for hiring county highway engineers, as spelled out in Illinois state statute.
According to Glasco, the board may submit up to five names to Illinois Department of Transportation, but he noted they prefer the board to narrow that number to about two or three.
Glasco said the prospective candidate must be a registered professional engineer and have graduated from an accredited engineering program. The candidates would undergo written and oral testing through IDOT, which would then inform the commissioners the results of the testing.
Also reading from the statute, Glasco said the board has 190 days from the retirement date to name a replacement and pointed out that would fall around the third week in March. He said it would be the board’s decision whether or not to hire the new engineer as an assistant to work with him until his retirement.
Glasco also brought to the board a sample advertisement for the board to use in area newspapers. The board decided it would set Friday, Feb. 15 as the deadline to receive resumes for the position.
The commissioners and Glasco talked at length regarding a county resident’s situation with drainage issues. The resident had sent a letter and pictures to the commissioners. Glasco said the property owner, who lives near Power’s Church Road, has a home that was built in a low lying area and noted that generally when there is a problem with water it is because a culvert is stopped up.
Glasco also mentioned to the board with the weekend rainfall the department would now have a lot of road grading to do. He also noted there was one road that was washed out because the bottom of the pipe had rusted out and he is waiting on a culvert.
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