Massac County Commissioners heard Tuesday morning from Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp friendly reminder letters will be sent to taxpayers who have not paid their real estate bills. The second installment date was on Oct. 17.

She said the letters, which will cost about $1.40, would be mailed this week. Haverkamp says she is hoping the reminder letters will help keep the cost of mailing certified letters to delinquent property owners down.

She also said City National Bank will continue collecting payment until Friday, Nov. 1. After that, taxpayers will need to come to the treasurer's office to make payments.

She mentioned later this month, her office will publish the list of delinquent property tax owners in the Metropolis Planet.

She reported to the commissioners the county's general fund balance is just over $77,684.

Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac told the board he intends to order a new dump truck for the highway department.

He had a copy of the proposed agreement to purchase the dump truck through the state. He explained the cost of $133,798 would cost less than if the highway department tried to purchase one outright.

The truck would be ordered now, but Matesevac explained the department would not receive the truck for about 11 months.

He said there was money in this year's budget for the purchase, but he had not used it, and he has included it in next year's budget.

Matesevac said the last new dump truck the department received was in 2009. The board had no objections to the purchase.

Commissioner Jeff Brugger had contacted ServiceMaster of the Lakes, regarding the cleanup of the courthouse elevator.

Brugger had a quote of $4,800 from ServiceMaster, which was about $1,400 lower than the quote from Servpro.

Brugger said the representative who came to look at the elevator said there are no birds on top of the elevator and there are no dead birds, but there is bird waste. The board agreed by consensus to accept the quote from ServiceMaster and move forward with ServiceMaster to clean the elevator.

In other business, the board:

• Received a list of sheriff's department bills from Sheriff Chad Kaylor. He also requested a short closed session with the commissioners to discuss courthouse maintenance personnel.

• And, approved a motion authorizing Haverkamp to be the Illinois Mutual Retirement Fund agent for Massac County.

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