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Adam Clemons will continue to be shared as county engineer between Hancock and Wright counties for another year.

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors approved an updated sharing agreement during their weekly meeting on June 10.

The contract underwent two amendments: the first to update the time period to July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 and the second to change the salary to a little under $146,000 plus benefits.

According to the agreement, Hancock County will reimburse Wright County for half of the pro-rated annual salary and make monthly payments. Wright County is responsible for calculating the total benefits to be reimbursed on a monthly basis, providing Hancock County with the information on the 15th of each month.

“Wright may include expenses such as, but not limited to, expenses incurred for professional organization memberships, meetings and travel, a communications device, health insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and vehicle mileage reimbursement,” according to the updated agreement.

The agreement states Hancock County will only reimburse travel expenses associated with Hancock County business at a rate of 48 cents per mile.

All other terms and conditions of the agreement initially entered into May 16, 2016 will still be in full force and effect. The shared agreement is reviewed and updated on a year-to-year basis.

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Supervisor Sis Greiman said people early on people not have been happy with Clemons because there was a misconception the engineer should deal with both drainage and secondary roads.

“One point that I think there’s a misunderstanding: our old engineer used to do drainage, and today’s engineers really don’t do both, they just do secondary roads, so I think that was one of the concerns,” she said.

After approving the updated shared agreement, the Supervisors passed the resolution to post weight limit signs on nearly 30 of the 130 bridges in the county.

According to the resolution, a bridge inspection program covering all secondary highway bridges in the county is being completed biennial.

The resolution states the Supervisors resolved to erect and/or maintain weight limit signs in advance of the bridges located on Federal Aid, Farm to Market and Local Secondary road System.

“Only those bridges determined to have a weight restriction below legal…will be required to have signs erected,” the resolution says.

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