CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
BOARD MEETING OF APRIL 10, 2000
Pursuant to the provisions of such case made and provided, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 10, 2000 at 7:00 P.M., in the Circuit Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan with Chairman Gary McDowell presiding.
Present: Commissioner’s Don Cooper, Earl Kay, Aaron Hopper, Bernard La and Chairman Gary McDowell.
Absent: Commissioners Rita Dale and Ted Postula.
Also present were: Dennis Koback, Roxie Arnott, Lauren Fortin, Michael D. Gillett, Dept. of Treasury PTD., Linda McQuiggin, Lisa Norris, Controller Gordon Newland and Clerk Margaret L. Kaunisto.
A motion was made by Comm. Cooper to acknowledge the correspondence received in the Clerk’s Office and forward to appropiate committees if necessary. Motion was supported by Comm. La and carried unanimously.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: NONE
A motion was made by Comm. Lajoie, supported by Comm. Cooper to approve the minutes of the meeting held on March 13, 2000 as submitted by the Clerk. Motion carried unanimously.
CONTROLLER’ S REPORT:
The Probate Court monthly report was received in packets.
Chairman McDowell recommended the reappointment of Comm. Aaron Hopper to the EDC Board. His term expires on March 31, 2000. It was moved by Comm. Kay, to approve the Chairman’s recommendation of the reappointment of Aaron Hopper to the EDC Board of Directors. Motion was supported by Comm. LaJoie and carried unanimously.
The Commissioners were reminded that the City Commission/County Board of Commissioners Joint Work Session was changed to 7:00 P.M. on April 18, 2000.
Dennis Kobach, E—9l1 Director, updated the Board with the following: He received 114 applications for the E—911 positions. 98 applicants were given the Verbal & Quantitative Test, with 61 passing and 37 failing. 59 applicants were given the Perfex Test, with 31 applicants passing and 28 applicants failing. 29 applicants were given the Personality Profile Test.
Interviews with candidates are starting Friday, April 14, 2000 and Saturday, April 15, 2000.
It appears that the moving in to the Ameritech Building is behind schedule due to Equis mc, not receiving all necessary signatures on lease.
RFP’s will be going out this week for #1. Moving existing radio system, #2. Recording equipment for all telephones and radio frequencies, #3. Expansion of OES Frequency and Paging.
Brief discussion followed on provisions or protection for the present employees that are working for the County and City. Dennis stated that there were none.
BIDS FOR WIRING AT JEFFERSON SCHOOL:
The bids on the installation of wiring for the Jefferson School were received: Hoornstra Communications, Inc., bid $2,983.87 and Chippewa County Telephone bid $2,351.43.
It is recommended that the low bid of Chippewa County Telephone be accepeted in the amount of $2,351.43. It was moved by Comm. Hopper, supported by Corn. Kay to give bids on wiring at Jefferson School to Chippewa County Telphone for the amount of $2,351.43. Discussion followed, with Comm. Cooper questioning why we are going ahead with wiring and spending this money before we are sure of move. Comm. Kay stated “that we’re moving, no delays — schedule is done and we’re not waiting.” Motion carried on a 4 — 1 vote with Comm. Cooper voting naye.
The following individuals have submitted Applications of Interest to serve on the Hiawatha Behavioral Health Authority for a term commencing April 1, 2000 and expiring March 31, 2003:
Emma Jean Fowler
Laurel Sharon Davie
These names will remain on the table for one month until the next meeting.
ADOPTION FEE WAIVER FOR ANIMALS;
THE CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH VOTED TO WAIVE THE CURRENT ADOPTION FEES ($25 DOGS AND $10 CATS) FOR THOSE ANIMALS THAT HAVE TO BE NEUTERED OR SPAYED AT THE TIME OF ADOPTION.
In order to implement the fee waiver, action is needed by the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners that would confirm the Board of Health’s action.
A motion was made by Comm. LaJoie to go with the Health Department recommendation for waiver of fees as stated. Motion was supported by Comm.Cooper and after a brief discussion, the motion carried unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS: NONE
NEW BUSINESS: NONE
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORT:
EQUALIZATION & APPORTIONMENT COMMITTEE - meeting 4-7-2000
Comm. Lajoie, Chairman of this committee, gave the following report of meeting held on April 7, 2000.
A handout was provided by Mrs. Kennedy, and Chairman LaJoie asked Mrs. Kennedy to present the Equalization Report.
Mrs. Kennedy reported that the recommended 2000 equalized value of the county is $813,204,391, which is $57,586,376 above the 1999 equalized value, an increase of 7.62%. She also covered each of the classes of real and personal property values which comprise the total recommended equalized value. If approved by the County Board of Commissioners, the values will be reported to the State Tax Commission on the appropiate forms.
Mrs. Kennedy also reported that she completely re—wrote the programs to produce this year’s Equalization Report. It is easier to read and will be easier to update in the future.
It was moved by Comm. LaJoie, supported by Comm. Cooper, to accept the Equalization Report as presented and to report same to the State Tax Commission as required by law. Motion carried unanimously on roll call vote.
ANNUAL SCHOOL FOR DEPARTMENTAL STAFF; Mrs. Kennedy reported that the Annual International Associational of Assessing Officers school will be held at LSSU during the week of June 12 — 16. As one staff member will be taking a 5 day class and the remaining 3 people will be taking a 2 day class, permission was requested to close the office during the 2—day class so that all staff could attend the class.
It was moved by Comm. La supported by Comm. Cooper, to close the Equalization Office Wednesday and Thursday June 14 and 15, 2000. Motion carried unanimously.
Under other matters of concern, Comm. Cooper indicated that he thought the Equalization Department was under—staffed. This was discussed at length with all persons in attendance participating in the discussion. It was moved by Comm. LaJoie, that the Equalization & Apportionment Committee recommend to the County Personnel Committee that another full—time clerical position be added to the Equalization Department. Motion on recommendation was supported by Comm. Cooper and carried unanimously.
This completed report and Comm. LaJoie moved for adoption of report. Motion was supported by Comm. Hopper and carried unanimously.
HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE - NO MEETING
BUILDING, GROUONDS & JAIL - NO MEETING
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE - NO MEETING
LEGISLATIVE & NATURAL RESOURCES - NO MEETING
COMPUTER COMMUTER - NO MEETING
FINANCE, CLAIMS & ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE — meeting held on 4—6—2000
Comm. Cooper, in the absence of Comm. Dale, Chairman of this committee, gave the following report on the meeting.
A motion was made by Comm. Cooper, supported by Comm. Hopper, that the April 2000 travel requests be approved as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Comm. Cooper, supported by Comm. Kay, that the Friend of the Court be authorized to enter into an agreement with Northern Transitions for the shredding and disposal of obsolete office records, and that the office be authorized to expend $500.00 for this project. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Comm. Cooper, supported by Comm. Kay, that the Sheriff be authorized to enter into an agreement with the Hiawatha National Forest Service to provide Park Patrol services for the period beginning April 1, 2000 and ending September 30, 2000. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Comm. Cooper, supported by Comm. Kay, for the approval of the following Claims & Accounts:
Vouchers 23987 thru 24284 and D—1 thru D—102:
On a roll call vote the motion carried unanimously.
This completed report and Comm. Cooper moved for approval. Motion was supported by Comm. Hopper and carried unanimously.
This completed reports and as there was no further business to come before the Board, it was moved by Comm. Kay to adjourn. Motion was supported by Comm. LaJoie and carried unanimously.
Thereby the meeting was adjourned.
Margaret L. Kaunisto, County Clerk
Gary McDowell, County Board Chairman