Massac County Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Horn told Massac County Commissioners Tuesday morning the mock drill held at Joppa High School went really well. The drill simulated a vehicle accident caused when a teenage driver had been drinking and was distracted by their cell phone.

He said the dispatchers on duty, in addition to assisting with the drill, handled radio traffic from three county deputies as well as a smoke alarm activation.

According to Horn, he has met with Massac Unit One Superintendent Jason Hayes about holding a drill at Massac County High School (MCHS), and Hayes had suggested having one for the drivers education class every year.

Horn explained with MCHS having a larger student body, it would be hard to gather the entire school for the drill, so having one for the drivers education classes might be easier. Horn has an upcoming meeting with MCHS Principal Parker Windhorst.

When the Brookport Bridge re-opens, there will be height restrictions. In a press release last week, from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), it was announced a new 9.5-foot barrier is being designed for the end of the bridge to specifically exclude vehicles over that height.

Horn said at an emergency management meeting he attended in McCracken County on Monday, there was discussion about emergency vehicles -- particularly ambulances. According to Horn, some ambulances are 10 feet tall, but there are various models ranging in heights.

Commissioner Jeff Brugger pointed out there is no barrier separating the traffic on the bridge, and there tends to be several accidents on the bridge. He said his concern was how an ambulance or other emergency vehicles would be able to get on the bridge if there were a wreck.

Horn will reach out to KYTC to find out more information about the height restrictions and how they would affect emergency vehicles.

Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp explained to the board three checks totaling $1400 had been released to a person who was no longer a county employee. She said Mutual Medical is now trying to seek reimbursement from the providers involved so the county can be reimbursed.

Both Haverkamp and Massac County Clerk Hailey Miles said Mutual Medical had been notified the person was no longer a county employee.

"If Mutual Medical was notified the person was no longer a county employee, it's their fault," said Brugger.

As for payment of medical bills, Haverkamp said she is trying to keep the bills paid, but is also trying to keep the employee portion of the health insurance, roughly $8000, in the reserves.

Haverkamp reported to date, the county has collected about $9.5 million in real estate property taxes, with about $500,019 of that amount received from online payments. She intends to make a disbursement to taxing bodies at the end of the month.

Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac reported the highway department has been oil and chipping for 11 weeks and has another couple of weeks left. He said when the department finishes with oil and chipping, it will turn its attention back to mowing.

Matesevac will have a bid opening on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a bridge project on Mt. Sterling Road, just north of the church. The current bridge is undersized, and the new structure will be bigger than the existing structure.

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