County discusses the safety investigation
by Michele Longworth
Apr 02, 2014 | 10895 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even though the official report from Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is still not complete, and will not be for about 30 to 45 days, according to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder, he did talk with commissioners Tuesday morning about the issues Donald Swiatkowski, IDOL safety inspector, found during last week’s inspection of the county’s courthouse.

The investigation of the courthouse, as to whether the building is a safe place for employees, came after a county employee filed a complaint with IDOL, citing mold and structural problems as key problems.

Holder said Swiatkowski wrote down a lot of things, but said that there may be some items his boss takes off of the list. Holder said he will write some policies for Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Marsha McCutcheon regarding the operation of the power tools and one for blood born pathogens.

The biggest issue, he said, will be the possible installation of hot water heaters in the bathrooms and the electrical upgrades, with labor probably being the biggest part of the cost.

Commissioner Jerel Childers said at the meeting he believes the cause for the complaint to IDOL may have been because some employees did not believe the report completed by the company from Paducah stating there is no problem with mold or asbestos.

Another complaint was made after last Tuesday’s inspection, resulting in Swaitkowski visiting the courthouse again later in the week. Again, no asbestos was found, according to the commissioners and Holder.

While on the topic of the courthouse, Childers said the advertisement regarding bids for the courthouse roof will be published in Wednesday’s Metropolis Planet. Childers said there are about three roofs on the building and from what he has been told they are probably all wet and holding water and will all have to be removed.

Holder said he did not have a line item in his budget for electrical upgrades and asked the board which line item that would come from. The commissioners said they would consult with Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst.

Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac said the highway department has been filling potholes and with ditching work. In coming weeks the department will be busy working on some of the larger culverts in the county that have bottoms which are rusted out.

Matesevac also told the board, the contractor completing the two bridges on New Columbia Road, plans to begin work on Monday, April 14.

Childers told commissioners Jeff Weber and Jayson Farmer he had spoken to Massac County Fire Protection District Chief Mike Childers, who had expressed the department would like to be able to do more training exercises, which would require more land. According to Childers, Mike Childers had told him that a previous board had at one time “given” the county fire department the land where the fire department sits, all the way back to the creek. County Clerk John Taylor began a search through old county board minutes to determine if the county had given the land to the fire department or had leased it. Taylor found one reference in prior board notes regarding a contract with the fire department.

Massac County Treasurer Dana Angelly, brought a current county general fund balance, which is $71,913, after the county’s payroll. She also brought with her copies of the labor contract between the county and the labor’s union for the treasurer’s and state’s attorney’s office that would need to be approved and signed.

Farmer took the contracts, as well as a letter from an attorney regarding the appointment of individuals to the Massac County Fire Protection District Board, to Windhorst to review.

In other business, the board approved a motion accepting a resolution with the county’s tax agent, Joseph E. Meyers & Associates, regarding the business’s intention to incorporate. From now on the business will be called Joseph E. Meyers & Associates, Inc.

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