Even though Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp reported to Massac County Commissioners Tuesday morning the county's general fund is at $66,183, she said there are still several outstanding bills which need to be paid.
Commission Chair Jayson Farmer said he and commissioners Jeff Brugger and Jerel Childers mentioned on the radio how taxpayers will be able to pay their tax bills at City National Bank. He suggested to Haverkamp she might want to go to the radio station to talk more about it before the taxing cycle begins. Haverkamp told the board the company Gov Tech, the company that will process the online real estate tax payments for the county, has scheduled a training session with the treasurer's office for Thursday, June 27.
Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder told the board the detention center is at full capacity. He also told the board the grant for the bulletproof vests he had mentioned at a previous board meeting has been applied for. The grant would pay for half of the cost. The bill for the vests was $12,000.
Massac County resident John Krueger was at the board meeting to ask the commissioners and Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac why the road he lives on, Upper Salem Road, receives very little rock while other roads, such as Red Oak, Sielbeck and Kommer roads, seem to get six to eight inches of rock. Krueger brought photos of Upper Salem Road to compare to photos of some of the other roads.
Krueger suggested the county to go in half of the cost to get the quarter of a mile of gravel road he lives on oil and chipped. He said if it were oil and chipped, it would tie in two schools, two churches and two cemeteries.
Currently, county residents wanting a gravel road they live on to be oil and chipped must pay for the cost of raw materials only. Matesevac, who listened to Krueger's complaint, said Sielbeck Road got a lot of rock on it because a resident, Steve Vogt, had recently paid to have about 2200 feet of the road oil and chipped.
According to Matesevac, there are continual problems with Kommer Road and is the reason why it recently received rock. When Krueger asked how much it would cost to get the quarter of a mile oil and chipped, Matesevac said roughly, it could be around $15,000.
Bruggers suggested Matesevac get figures together to find out exactly how much it would cost to oil and chip that stretch of road, and Krueger and the county board could go from there.
Krueger said he did not realize it would cost that much. "We would appreciate some rock," he said. When Matesevac addressed the board, he told the commissioners Country Club Road would be closed again Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7 because Illinois Department of Transportation will be tearing out one side of the bridge going over the Road. In other business, the board went into a closed session with Matesevac to discuss personnel.