Metropolis resident Bruce Cummins was back before the board and Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac to get some clarification about what was written in last week’s commissioners meeting story in the Metropolis Planet.
Cummins said it was reported that former county engineer Larry Glasco had looked at several accidents that happened at that intersection and had determined many were caused by driver error. Cummins said he agrees that most accidents that occur are typically because of driver error, but he told the board and Matesevac that more should be done to get the attention of the drivers going through that intersection.
According to Cummins, there are no warnings on North Avenue from the north or south about the intersection. His suggestion to the board was to put up some sort of signage that would indicate “dangerous intersection ahead.” He also suggested flashing red lights for Country Club Road and yellow flashing lights for North Avenue.
With regard to rumble strips on Country Club Road, Matesevac said after some research into that option, if the wrong kind of strips are put down, then from a road maintenance perspective, it could create more of a problem. He did mention that Country Club Road is on the schedule for resurfacing in 2017 and, at that time, the department could explore adding rumble strips.
Cummins told the board and Matesevac that 2017 is “a long way down the road.” He said anything that could be done now is going to help.
Matesevac said that since he began working for the highway department in May, there has only been the one accident at the intersection, which happened a few weeks ago. He also mentioned to the board again that the intersection has “tremendous sight distance.”
According to Cummins, there have been numerous accidents at the intersection and many have resulted in the loss of life.
“One death is an overabundance (of accidents),” said Cummins, who left his type written notes for the board to have on file.
Matesevac said he does not disagree with a lot of what Cummins said, but pointed out even if the county does take measures to increase driver attention, there will still be those drivers who are distracted, or in a hurry, driving too fast, who do not stop at the intersection. “You’re never going to fix that,” he said.
He said the department could look at the cost of putting signs up on North Avenue and he would be in favor of flashing lights, as those options would likely be the best options and most economical for the county.
He told the board he would get further information about the signs and flashing lights and the costs involved and would present that to the board.
On another matter, Matesevac said the railroad crossing project at Joppa and the new culvert on Waldo Church Road were both complete, and there are no roads closed at the moment.
He also reminded the commissioners he would not be at next week’s meeting as he would be in Mt. Vernon for pesticide spraying training for county rights of way. The two-day training and testing would allow the county to maintain its spraying license.
Massac County Treasurer Dana Angelly brought the commissioners the weekly financial report, which she said would have to be done by hand for awhile until the office has finished switching financial software programs.
The only item Angelly mentioned was delinquent property taxes. She said within the next couple of weeks, delinquent letters would be sent to property owners who have failed to pay their taxes.
In other business, the board:
• Held a closed session with Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst and Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder.
• Approved the budget for the Regional Office of Education as it was presented by Regional Superintendent of Schools Janet Ulrich, who was before the board again this week.
• And, reappointed Kathy Rushing, Chris Cromeenes and Patricia Dry to the Massac County Housing Authority board.