The Massac County Commissioners approved a federal aid agreement and funding resolution Tuesday for the county’s share of a paving project from Teague Hill Road to the Johnson County line on New Columbia Road.

Joe Matesevac, county highway engineer, said the project runs from Teague Hill Road to the Johnson County line on New Columbia Road.

The cost breakdown will be 80% federal funds with a 20% local match.

“The project’s been bid out to a contractor already, but we haven’t done a federal aid agreement,” Matesevac said.

“A federal aid agreement has to be done every time we use federal funds. Our (20%) cost is estimated to be about $78,000, so we’re allocating that amount out of our federal aid matching fund to pay for our portion.”

Also Tuesday, Brian Horn, the county’s Emergency Management Agency director, updated the commissioners on the distribution on personal protection equipment relating to COVID-19.

“Over the last two weeks, I’ve given out 8,000 surgical masks, 20 thermometers and 16 gallons of hand sanitizer to Massac Unit 1, 2,000 surgical masks to Joppa District 38, and 550 surgical masks to the Massac County Sheriff’s Department,” he said.

Horn said he has applied for a grant for additional hand sanitizer as well.

In other business, the commissioners received an update on the county’s share of local sales tax revenues from Jody Haverkamp, county treasurer.

Sheriff Chad Kaylor reported that several prisoners being held at the jail are being released to the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections this week, which should alleviate some of the overcrowding.

He also reported a new deputy will begin with the department next Monday.

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