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County waits on state money, unpaid sheriff’s bills total $96,205

Friday, June 16, 2017 - Updated: 10:12 AM
Michele Longworth
By Michele Longworth
Planet Reporter

With a payroll coming next week, Massac County Treasurer Dana Angelly told the commissioners during Tuesday morning’s meeting there is still some state money her office is waiting on, but she reported a general fund balance of $84,622.
According to her weekly report $19,512 was received from the one percent sales tax, $20,403 was received from the quarter percent sales tax and $75,768 was received in income tax revenue.
Angelly noted $6000 from the courthouse renovation fund, that had been used to cover payroll, was paid back into the courthouse renovation fund after some state money was received.
According to Angelly, auditors from Kemper CPA Group have finished with their pre-audit work for fiscal year 2016, and now accountants from Hey, Roe & Stroeder, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, are there to do the county’s annual audit.
In the absence of Sheriff Ted Holder, Chief Deputy J.D. Haverkamp brought a list of outstanding, unpaid invoices for the sheriff’s department.  The total of those invoices is $96,205.
Massac County Clerk Juanita Wedeking-Newberry informed the board her office is working on compiling a list of all of the county’s unpaid invoices.
Though not on the agenda, Matt Donkin, Regional Superintendent of Schools, visited the board meeting to present his last quarterly report to the commissioners.  Donkin has resigned and his official last day will be Friday, June 30.
He said the truancy program is “in a good place,” saying Mike Worthen is the truancy officer.  He said there is concern about whether or not the state’s truancy grant will be funded.
Donkin stated there have been 310 teacher licensures in Massac County since July 1, 2016. The regional superintendent’s office has provided bus refresher course to 275 drivers.  He also said the total number of students in the safe school at the end of the year was nine.
He said there are a total of 46 full and part-time employees working with the Regional Superintendent’s office, but he said that could change on June 30, depending on whether or not grants are funded and/or received.
After several weeks of being in the field supervising the paving of 5.3 miles of Country Club Road, from U.S. 45 to Ill. 145, County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac was back at the commissioners meeting.  Matesevac reported the department is staying busy with mowing the rights of way.
Commissioner Jeff Weber discussed a resident that would like to have a road closed.  Matesevac said the resident would have to get the signatures of 12 voters, he would have to hold a hearing and a notice would have to be published in the newspaper.  Weber said he would relay that information back to the resident who had inquired about the process.

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