THIS AGREEMENT, entered into by and between the COUNTY OF UNION, a body politic and cor­po­rate (here­inafter referred to as “Coun­ty”), and Kevin Gram­mer, P.E., of 1357 E. North 7thStreet, Mur­phys­boro, Illi­nois, (here­inafter referred to as “Engi­neer”), effec­tive the 15th day of Decem­ber, 2008.

1. Term of Office.  The term of this Agree­ment shall be for a peri­od of six (6) years, begin­ning on Decem­ber 15, 2008, and run­ning through Decem­ber 15, 2014, unless oth­er­wise ter­mi­nat­ed by res­ig­na­tion of the Engi­neer, ter­mi­na­tion by agree­ment of the par­ties, or upon the removal of the Engi­neer as pro­vid­ed by statute.

2. Salary and Ben­e­fits.  For the peri­od of Decem­ber 15, 2008 run­ning through Decem­ber 31, 2009, the Engi­neer shall be paid an annu­al salary of Eighty-Four Thou­sand Sev­en­­ty-Five Dol­lars ($84,075.00).  For each sub­se­quent year under the terms of Agree­ment, the Engi­neer shall receive an annu­al increase to be deter­mined by a major­i­ty of the Union Coun­ty Board of Commissioners.

In addi­tion to said annu­al salary, the Engi­neer shall be reim­bursed by the Coun­ty for the use of the Engineer’s per­son­al vehi­cle in per­form­ing his duties while in the Coun­ty, as per the terms of this Agree­ment.  Said reim­burse­ment shall be at the approval Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice mileage rate effec­tive at the time of such use of the Engineer’s per­son­al vehicle.

Both the Coun­ty and the Engi­neer here­by agree that the Engi­neer shall receive any and all insur­ance ben­e­fits, Social Secu­ri­ty ben­e­fits, and I.M.R.F. or oth­er retire­ment ben­e­fits as are pro­vid­ed to all oth­er Union Coun­ty employees.

3.  Equip­ment and Per­son­nel.  The Coun­ty shall pro­vide for the Union Coun­ty High­way Depart­ment all equip­ment and per­son­nel rea­son­ably required as deter­mined by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, upon con­sul­ta­tion with the Engineer.

4. Hours of Employ­ments.  The Engi­neer shall be required to devote a suf­fi­cient num­ber of hours per week to sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly per­form his duties as described herein.

5. Vaca­tion, Sick Leave and Hol­i­days.  The Engi­neer shall be enti­tled to three (3) weeks of vaca­tion per year dur­ing the first four (4) years of this Agree­ment.  Vaca­tion time dur­ing final two (2) years of this Agree­ment shall be sub­ject to nego­ti­a­tion; pro­vid­ed how­ev­er, the Engi­neer shall receive no less than three (3) weeks of vaca­tion per year dur­ing the final two (2) years of the Agree­ment.  The Engi­neer shall be allowed to car­ry over unused vaca­tion time for one (1) year.  All unused vaca­tion time not used dur­ing the fol­low­ing year shall for­ev­er be forfeited.

The Engi­neer shall receive sick leave at the rate of one (1) day per month, or twelve (12) days per year.  A max­i­mum of two hun­dred forty (240) days may be accu­mu­lat­ed by an employ­ee to be used at time of retire­ment for ser­vice cred­it, nine­ty (90) days of which may be paid upon res­ig­na­tion or retire­ment if not used for I.M.R.F. ser­vice credit.

The Engi­neer shall receive the same rec­og­nized Hol­i­days as oth­er Coun­ty employ­ees who are not cov­ered by col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ments with the County.

6. High­way Depart­ment Employ­ees.  All employ­ees of the Coun­ty who per­form ser­vices for the Union Coun­ty High­way Depart­ment shall be hired by the Engi­neer, with the advice and con­sent of a major­i­ty of the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.  Among those employed hired by the Engi­neer, one (1) Fore­man shall be select­ed by the Engi­neer, who shall serve sole­ly at the direc­tion and dis­cre­tion of the Engineer.

7. Coun­ty Board Meet­ings.  The Engi­neer will attend Board meet­ings as sched­uled and request­ed by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, and will, to the best of his abil­i­ty, coop­er­ate with the Union Coun­ty Board of Commissioners.

8. Audit of Accounts.  All Union Coun­ty High­way Depart­ment funds and accounts con­tain monies and rev­enue of the Coun­ty and are sub­ject to being audit­ed in the same man­ner and fash­ion as all otherUnion­Coun­ty funds.

9. Duties of Engi­neer.  It is rec­og­nized that all high­ways in the Coun­ty under the Coun­ty High­way Sys­tem are under the direct con­trol and super­vi­sion of the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.  Fur­ther, it shall be the duty of the Engi­neer, sub­ject to the advice and gen­er­al over­sight of the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, to per­form the fol­low­ing func­tions and duties:

(a)  Pre­pare or cause to be pre­pared, plans, spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and esti­mates for all bridges and cul­verts to be built by the Coun­ty, and to super­vise the con­struc­tion of all of such bridges and culverts.

(b) Act for the Coun­ty in all mat­ters relat­ing to the super­vi­sion of the con­struc­tion or main­te­nance of any high­way con­struct­ed or main­tained in whole or in part at the expense of the County.

(c) Per­form such oth­er law­ful duties as may be pre­scribed by law or as may be required or direct­ed by a major­i­ty of the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, accord­ing to accept­ed or cus­tom­ary practices.

(d) Sub­ject to the approval and super­vi­sion by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, the Engi­neer shall have the author­i­ty, sub­ject to com­pli­ance with any col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, and Coun­ty direc­tives, to per­form the following:

(i) to make a deter­mi­na­tion as to when High­way Depart­ment employ­ees should work over­time.  Over­time pay­ments shall be prop­er­ly doc­u­ment­ed and sub­mit­ted to the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers for approval.

(ii) to pur­chase parts for the repair ofCoun­ty High­way equip­ment.  How­ev­er, all pur­chas­es must be sub­se­quent­ly approved by the Union Coun­ty Board of Commissioners.

(iii) to attend to the min­is­te­r­i­al func­tion approv­ing progress pay­ments on con­tracts which are approved by the Union Coun­ty Board of Commissioners.

ENTERED into this 1st day of Decem­ber, 2008.

COUNTYOFUNION                                               COUNTYENGINEER


BY:     /s/ John Gar­ner                                    /s/ Kevin Grammer

John Gar­ner, Chair­man                         Kevin Gram­mer, Engineer




/s/ Bob­by Tol­er Jr.                                         (SEAL)

Bob­by Tol­er, Jr.,CountyClerk