In his next-to-last Algonquin Township meeting, long-time Road Commissioner Bob Miller brought forth a bill for $47,381.84 for sick pay accrued, but not paid for the years before he was elected to the top job.
Under the personnel rules promulgated by his father, Del Miller, hourly workers were eligible to cash in unused sick leave.
The number of hours of unused sick time is to be multiplied by their final hourly wage to determine the amount is will cost township taxpayers.
Miller accumulated 263 days of sick leave from 1972 through 1993, when he was appointed Road Commissioner to replace his father.
His final hourly wage was $188 a day.
Bob Miller changed that rule two years after he took office, but five current employees have a claim on Road District resources.
Since 1995, employees have had to take their sick days or lose them.
The money can be taken in cash or rolled into Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund credits.
Miller, having maxed out IMRF pension years decided to take cash.
The cost to the township is being minimized by his taking a lump sum payout.
The other long-time road workers eligible for payments are
- Doug Helman
- Daniel Newman
- Tim Shepherd
- Randy Voss
All but Voss, who also has over 40 years in the IMRF, will take the money owed to increase their pension credits.
The payment was flagged by Township Trustee Larry Emery.
Township Attorney James Kelly reported that not making the payment(s) would subject Algonquin Township to legal action under Illinois law.
Under the personnel policy adopted by Bob Miller, employees are “at will employees.”
Sick leave is not part of a contract as it was under Del Miller.
The liability for the five employees is not reflected in the Road District audit.
In other business, Supervisor Dianne Klemm reported receiving a check for $12,788 from the risk management pool which insures the Road District.
Miller explained that it is 15% of the premium paid five years ago.
Klemm also reported that AARP volunteers had prepared income tax forms for 750 seniors.
Trustee Dan Shea explained that the Fox Waterway Agency was not holding a river cleanup this year, because only three garbage bags had been gathered last year.
Emery read off his goal for township government transparency and commented on which had and which had not been accomplished.
He also reported that for the last four years the township had either had a flat or a reduced levy and that expenditures had fallen each year.
“Take full credit for that,” Miller told Emery.
“Your harassment is responsible for it.”
Miller pointed out his last day would be May 12th.
“We’ll be watching,” he said.
Assessor Bob Kunz reported that his Chief Deputy, Maggi Lane, had taken a job in the private sector, obtaining a 35% hike in salary.