Heavy rains over the weekend have kept the Massac County Highway Department busy.

County Highway engineer Joe Matesevac told the Massac County Commission during their meeting Tuesday that crews have been finding roads that were washed out by the rain.

EMA director Brian Horn said a tree came down on George May Lane on Saturday, which the sheriff’s office took care of.

Massac County received around 3 inches of rain.

County highway crews have also been ditching, fixing the Country Club Road culvert and are wrapping up mowing. Matesevac hoped oil and chipping of roads could begin again by week’s end and estimates three weeks of work remain.

Commissioner Jerel Childers asked Matesevac about a portion of Unionville Road down in the bottoms near New Cut Road and Beaver Lake. Childers said he received a phone call about water covering 30 to 60 feet of the road almost constantly and the caller asked about draining the area. Matesevac said he was last in the area in the spring but doesn’t understand what could cause water to overflow. He said he would look into the situation further to figure out the problem.

Sheriff Chad Kaylor informed the council the department has received two new squad cars. He said they will be outfitted over the next few months, depending on how long it takes to get the equipment.

County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp reported 66% of property tax bills, or $9.7 million in parcels, and $31,000 in mobile home taxes were collected during the first round payments, which were due Aug. 16. The last due date for parcels is Monday, Oct. 4. Mobile home taxes are due Monday, Sept. 13. The tax sale has been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. Payments can be made to the Treasurer’s Office dropbox, in person, by mail or online. Both branches of City National Bank will accept payments as long as the payment stub is included.

The commissioners discussed with Haverkamp the budgetary report. She and County Clerk Hailey Miles said the dollar amounts and the line items they come from are dependent on the claim sheets filled out by the office holder. Commissioner Jayson Farmer said the commission “is going to stop signing claim sheets with a negative number.”

Haverkamp noted there are numbers in the county’s budget that do not coincide with the software system used in the courthouse. She said what an office holder “puts on the claim, we can’t change unless we talk to them about it. We try to correct things that are placed in wrong accounts before it gets too far down the line. Once we reconcile a bank statement, there is no going back and correcting it once it’s closed — it will have to be done at the end of the year with the audit.”

The commissioners also asked Haverkamp about the audit. She said the auditor has asked for things to be done several different ways and there are some accounts that don’t have those options in the system. “We have discovered not every account is set up the exact same way, so we had to set up some new accounts,” she said.

The petition pick-up for the 2022 Primary election will Jan. 13, 2022. The election has been moved from March to June 28 due to state redistricting. The filing dates for candidates is March 7-14. Early voting will begin May 19.

Local offices up for election include county clerk, county treasurer, sheriff, county commissioner and precinct committee persons.

In other business

• The commission reappointed Terry Heisner and Sharon Burris to the Southern Seven Heath Department for three-year terms, expiring in 2024.

• The commission reappointed Farmer, who abstained from the vote, to the Southern Seven Heath Department for a one-year term, expiring in 2022.

• And, Haverkamp reported the county’s general fund balance is $251,294.58, prior to the payment of bills and payroll.

The county commission’s next regular meeting will be at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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