With Massac County's general fund balance at $143,163, Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp reported to the commissioners Tuesday morning the county's bills are caught up, except what bills are submitted this week.

She said she and Massac County Clerk Hailey Miles had discussed the Tyler Technologies situation, and she told the board she was going to try to pay off the original existing balance of over $29,000, plus the upcoming maintenance agreement in the amount of $13,600.

According to Haverkamp, if the county decides later on to switch to a company which has better customer support, the county will have enough time to investigate its options and make a decision before the contract with Tyler Technologies expires in October 2020.

Haverkamp also indicated there is another outstanding bill with the auditors, in the amount of $29,625 she will try to pay in full. She pointed out between now and the end of the year, as long as there are not any other unexpected retirements, there should not be any more large payrolls. She told the board the mobile home tax deadline was Sept. 26 and noted the upcoming second installment date for the real estate property taxes is coming up on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Haverkamp also said the county's tax sale is still scheduled to be held on at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at a location to be determined, at Massac County Courthouse. As of press time a time for the sale has not been announced.

Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac told the commissioners the construction documents for the bridge project on Mt. Sterling Road are not ready this week but should be ready for next week's meeting. The board will have to sign the documents, and they will have to be returned back to Illinois Department of Transportation.

Matesevac said a radiator is being fixed on one tractor, but other than that, the department is still trying to get mowing done and working on getting roads graded.

In the absence of Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, Massac County Chief Deputy Danny McHaney brought the list of sheriff's department bills to the board. He reported there are currently 40 inmates in the detention center and other than some minor hiccups with the department's vehicles, there have not been any major problems.

In other board business, the commissioners:

• Approved a motion re-appointing Nelda Burnett to the Massac County Housing Authority board to a term starting in November 2019 and expiring in November 2024.

• Went into a closed session with Massac County State's Attorney Josh Stratemeyer at 9:33 a.m. to discuss personnel and collective bargaining. The board returned to open session at 10:24 a.m. but did not take any action.

• And, the commissioners reminded all of the department heads during the meeting, they would like for the upcoming 2020 budgets to be turned in on Monday, Oct. 21 so commissioners can begin working on the budgeting process.

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