The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 7:00 pm, in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

Present: Commissioners Dale, Cooper, Postula, LaJoie, Hopper, Kay and Chairman McDowell.

Also Present: Kelly Beaune, Jeff Moran, Verna Lawrence, David Carpenter, Jesse Knoll, Louis MacDona Mike Ginop, Matt Frank, Scott Parse, Cliff Can, Jim Badder and Diane Cork

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula to acknowledge correspondence received in the Clerk’s Office and forward to the proper committee if needed. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula to approve the Board minutes of September 21, October 9, November 6 and November 13, 2000.

Commissioner Kay made note of corrections for the November 13, 2000 minutes. Page 5, last paragraph should read October 11, 2000 not 200 Page 6, first paragraph should read $19,400 not $1,9400 Page 6, fourth paragraph should read Building, Grounds and Jail Committee report not Personnel Committee With these corrections, the minutes were approved.

Public Comments:

Verna Lawrence, Mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, addressed the Board with some concerns about theE 9-1 Dispatch Center for Chippewa County.

Mayor Lawrence requested a response to the following questions.

1. When will Enhanced 911 be implemented?

2. What is the status of filling the director’s position and is the County looking at reorganizing E-9- 1-1?

3. Is the County meeting the requirements to continue collecting the $2.49 surcharge per line per month? If not, will the County reimburse residents who have paid this fee for E-9- 1-1 for the past year?

Sheriff Moran explained that the 911 system is complex, but he felt comfortable in where the system is going. Discussion followed with Sheriff Moran and Chairman McDowell stating they would like to attend a meeting to explain what they could about the system.

It was noted that individuals calling 911 on a cell phone must remember that their calls will be patched to the Negaunee post.

Controllers Report:

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Dale to accept the resignation of Dennis Koback. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper to accept their recommendation of the Office of Emergency Service/Central Dispatch Board of Directors to combine the OES Director’s position and Central Dispatch Director. Discussion followed. Motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting nay.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula to approve the OES bills in the amount of $77,087.42. Motion carried.

The Probate Court monthly report was submitted with no action necessary.

Old Business:

Appointments to Boards, Committees and Agencies

The names of Frank Fazi, Michael W. MacDonald and Marilyn McDonald were submitted to the Board for nominations to the Chippewa County Building Authority with the term to expire December 31, 2001 Three members are needed.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to reappoint Frank Fazi, Michael MacDonald and Marilyn McDonald to the Chippewa County Building Authority. Motion carried unanimously.

Three positions are open for the Building Code Board of Appeals Board with the term expiring December 31, 2001. The names of Harold Lawson and Terry Furtaw were nominated.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Dale to reappoint Harold Lawson and Terry Furtaw to the Building Code Board of Appeals. Motion carried unanimously. This leaves one position unfilled.

The following individuals were nominated for the Board of Health. Term expiring December 31, 2005. One position is needed.

Teresa Bodine

Richard P. Jennings

Mary Beth Skupien

Anthony Stackpoole

On a roll call vote, Richard Jennings received seven votes and was reappointed to the Board of Health.

Two positions are needed for the Election Scheduling Committee with the term to expire December 31, 2001. The name of Laurel S. Davie was submitted.

It was moved by LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula to reappoint Laurel S. Davie (Board of Education nominee) to the Election Scheduling Committee. Motion carried unanimously.

The appointee for the township position on the Election Scheduling Committee will be left vacant with notification to be given to the M.T.A. of such vacancy.

The nominees for the Enhanced 9-1-1 Chippewa County Central Dispatch Board of Directors are John T. Haarala and James A. Johnson. One position to be filled with the term to expire December 31, 2002.

On a roll call vote, James A. Johnson received six votes and was reappointed to the Enhanced 9-1-1 Chippewa County Central Dispatch Board of Directors.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula to reappoint Edward Leask (the only nominee) to the EUP Substance Abuse Service Board with the term to expire December 31, 2001. Motion carried unanimously.

The Housing Commission vacancies will be re-advertisd as there were no applications submitted.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula to reappoint John H. DeWeese (the only nominee) to the City/County Joint Building Authority with the term to expire December 31, 2002. Motion carried unanimously.

Two members from the private sector and one member from the education sector was needed for the EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission with term ending December31, 2002. The nominees are as follows: Bill Davie (private), John T. Haarala (private) and Anthony Stackpoole (private)

On a roll call vote, Commissioners Dale, Hopper, LaJoie, McDowell, Postula and Kay voted for Bill Davie. Commissioner Cooper voted for Anthony Stackpoole. Bill Davie (private sector) was appointed to serve on the EUP Planning & Development Commission.

On a roll call vote Commissioners Dale, Hopper, LaJoie, McDowell, Postula and Kay voted for Anthony Stackpoole. Commissioner Cooper voted for John Haarala. Anthony Stackpoole (private sector) will service on the EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission.

The names of James E. Badder, Peter Brown, Jr., Warren Cameron, Jesse Knoll and Louis N. MacDonald were on the tally sheet for one member to be appointed to the Chippewa County Road Commission with the term to expire December31, 2006. Commissioners Hopper and McDowell voted for James Badder, Commissioner Kay voted for Jesse Knoll and Commissioners Cooper, Dale, LaJoie and Postula voted for Louis N. MacDonald.

Louis N. MacDonald, receiving four votes, was appointed to the Chippewa County Road Commission

The names of Robert Drysdaie, Warren L. Geralds, John T. Harrala, Jesse Knoll and Frank Sasso appeared on the tally sheet for one appointment to the EUP Transportation Authority with the term to expire December 31, 2003.

On the vote, Commissioner Cooper voted for Warren L. Geralds. Commissioner Kay voted for Jesse Knoll and Commissioners Dale, Hopper, LaJoie, McDowell and Postula voted for Frank Sasso

Frank Sasso, receiving five votes, was reappointed to the EUP Transportation Authority.

One member needed to be appointed to the War Memorial Hospital, Inc. with the term to expire December 3 1, 2004.

The names of L. Sheri Davie, Robert J. Graham, Rev. Jeffrey Kunze, James D. Larsen and Edward P. Leask appeared on the tally sheet.

Commissioners Cooper and McDowell voted for James D. Larsen. Commissioners Dale, Hopper, LaJoie, Postula and Kay voted for Edward P. Leask.

Edward Leask was reappointed to the War Memorial Hospital, Inc.

New Business: None

Standing Committee Reports

Personnel Committee:

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to approve the promotion of Barbara Fortin, to Chief Deputy, effective November 13, 2000. The motion also included the approval of the Deputy position to be posted and that with the recommendation of Clerk Diane Cork that Ms. Jeannie Goeschel hiring be approved. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Lajoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, that the request from Clerk Cork, to increase the office hours to forty hours per week, until December31, 2000. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Cooper that the salary for Clerk-elect be set according to the DMG Study. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Kay to table the request to change position 2504 (Clerk/Typist-Register of Deeds) from Grade 6 to Grade 7. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Postula that the salary of Prosecutor-elect be set according to the standards of the DMG study. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Cooper to accept the resignation of Mr. Bruce Rye, Office of Emergency Services Director with regrets. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Postula to set the Chippewa County Road Commissions salary to $1,000 per year, along with thirty-six meetings per year at the rate of $45.00 per meeting. Discussion was held on the limiting of meetings. Motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting nay.

Discussion was held on the advertising of the Controller’s position in the MAC paper.Kelly Beaune was going to check to see why the advertisement did not appear in the MAC Paper.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to accept the report of the Personnel Committee meeting of November 14, 2000.

Health and Social Services Committee: No meeting

Building, Grounds and Jail Committee:

Commissioner Kay stated a situation occurring two weeks ago caused some alarm when the emergency generator did not start when an outage occurred at the jail. Sheriff Moran requested thirteen (13) lights be installed at a quoted price of $2,197.00 from Roy Electric.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, that upon receiving two (2) other competitive bids that the low bidder of Roy Electric installs the emergency lights at a cost of $2,197.00. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Dale that the bid from Cook Sign be approved for $880.73 to tbrnish the Courthouse Annex with ADA signage. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper that upon receiving competitive bidding that it be approved to purchase four (4) 2A fire-rated extinguishers and one (1) fire out extinguisher, and this bid be given to the low bidder. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie that the bid from ACC Services be approved to install two steam valves that serve the heat exchanger for the courthouse in the amount of $1,300.00. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Cooper to accept the Building, Grounds and Jail Committee report of December 4, 2000 as presented. Motion carried.

Finance, Claim and Accounts:

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay that the December Travel Requests as presented be approved. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie that the request for a $4,000 allocation for the Kids 0-5 Program through the Community Action Agency be approved. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay to authorize the rental of the 3 floor conference room of the Courthouse Annex to Gundlach Champion, with the time frame and dollar amount to be negotiated. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper that a letter of support be sent to Whitefish Township for their efforts to secure a grant for the construction of a Tourist Information Center to be located on Whitefish Township property. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper that a resolution be adopted in support of the efforts of the Chippewa County Road Commission’s application to the TEA-21 program for 2001-2003 on behalf of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper to approve the purchase of a 1997 Ford Club Wagon in the amount of $14,475.00. This vehicle will be used by the Family Division of the 5 Circuit Court in its Youth Substance Abuse Assistance Program, with all fUnding for the acquisition to be provided by the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant #17001-1 N98. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula that the following claims and accounts be authorized for payment:

Voucher Number 26679 tha 26986 and L- 1 thru L-79

General Fund $207,365.32

Other Funds 150,288.30

Payroll 429,118.22

Total $786,771.84

Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula that authorization be given to pay the following claims for the Superior Township Water Project for December 2000.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper to accept the Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee report of December 7, 2000 as presented.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula to approve the minutes of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners Workshop minutes of November 28, 2000 as presented. Motion carried.

Commissioner Hopper discussed the resource assessment on the County owned property in Sault West. The Conservation District is interested in this property. An item mentioned for informational purposes only.

Commissioner Hopper also mentioned that he met with the Point Iroquois Lighthouse Historical Society recently. Discussion was held on the parking area and indoor bathrooms. The Federal government has allocated $150,000 for this project and they are trying hard to stay within this budget.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to award the bid to Whiskey River of Rudyard in the amount of $1,800 to install the slab for theE 9-1-1 tower. Motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper to extend the deadline for the hiring of the controller to January 31, 2001, if necessary. Motion carried.

The organizational meeting to the County board will be held January 8, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, County Clerk

Gary McDowel, Chairman