County will ask for an extension
by Michele Longworth
Aug 13, 2014 | 1430 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Much of Tuesday morning’s Massac County commissioners’ meeting was devoted to the 27-page report of violations from the Illinois Department of Labor’s (IDOL) Safety Inspection that was completed in March.

Joining the commissioners was State’s Attorney Patrick Winshorst, Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder and Massac County Chief Deputy J.D. Haverkamp. Holder began by pointing out the serious violation of a water leak in the basement was fixed immediately and said citations 8 through 16, which are all electrical, have been completed by OK Electric.

Another violation regarding portable fire extinguishers Holder said has been corrected. He told the commissioners for each violation, he has to fill out a form and take photos of the corrected violations, all of which have to be sent to the IDOL. He said he might need a two-week extension in order to finish correcting other violations and possibly an extension until November for a violation that would require training.

The violation causing the most discussion was a serious violation on page 9, which states eight lavatories in the courthouse do not provide hot water for employee use. The report states each lavatory shall be provided with hot and cold running water, or tepid running water.

Windhorst said the county has seven days from the time the report is issued to request an informal hearing and 15 days to challenge any of the violations or to ask for an extension. The consensus among the board was for Windhorst to request an informal hearing and an extension so the county can find out what options may be available to correct the hot water violation.

The other violation regarding asbestos, on page 22, requires the county to provide a signed and dated abatement certification form showing any asbestos in the building has been removed.

Prior to the IDOL safety inspection of the courthouse, the commissioners had hired an environmental company from Paducah to conduct a survey of the courthouse pertaining to mold and or asbestos. Commissioner Jerel Childers recalled in the report, it was determined there was not enough mold to be concerned about, and the small amount of asbestos was not airborne. He said he would locate his copy of the report.

Windhorst drew the board’s attention to page 26, which specifies the county must keep a record of all recordable injuries and illnesses, which he said would likely be kept by the County Clerk’s office.

According to Windhorst, he had received a phone call from Metropolis City Attorney Rick Abell informing him the City of Metropolis did pass a 10-year tax abatement for the new Banterra Bank building. Commission Chair Jeff Weber also mentioned the board had received a letter from Shawnee Community College board, informing the commissioners its board had voted not to approve the abatement.

Although not on the agenda officially, Massac County Supervisor of Assessments Gary Hamm spoke to the board saying again the Lafarge reduction in assessment has had its repercussions on property owners in Joppa, noting one resident has seen a $900 increase in their tax bill.

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