Pursuant to the provisions of the statute in such case made and provided, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, February 5, 2001 in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse at 7:p.m.

Present: Commissioners Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Rita Dale, Bernard LaJoie, Aaron Hopper, Earl Kay and Chairman Gary McDowell

Also Present: Kelly Beaune, Acting Controller, Diane S. Cork, County Clerk, Brian Peppler, Prosecutor, Tim McKee, Seldon Collins, David Carpenter, Mary Piralli and David Jentoft and Don Howe

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

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Kay to approve the County Board minutes of January 8, 2001. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Mr. Jim Sutton, a resident of Brimley, wanted to commend Sheriff Moran for the effort he did in legalizing the snowmobiles on county roads. Mr. Sutton was wondering if the County Commission would carry that effort once step further for the summertime for ORV’s and 4 wheelers to use the right of ways and shoulder of county roads to go from one area to another.

Chairman McDowell stated that the Commission is currently working on this and that this item is before the County Transportation Committee. They have a draft ordinance in place, but they are working on some of the roads that would be open where the Sheriff has some concerns. The committee is working with the townships, Prosecutor’s Office and law enforcement agencies on this matter.

CONTROLLER’ S REPORT

Seldon Collins, EUP Conservation Design Task Force, a group which was formed in February of 2000 for an alternative method of developing land, addressed the Board. This alternative is called “conservation zoning”. The characteristic of conservation zoning is to first identify the most valuable land features on individual parcels and then build around rather than on them. A number of grants have been received by the group and this is strictly an educational effort to let the people in the Eastern U.P. understand the concept of conservation design as a way of developing land. The ultimate goal of the group is that eventually, one of the townships would adopt this concept as a portion of their zoning ordinance.

David Jentoft, Resource Professional for the ChipewalEast Mackinac Conservation District, introduced himself to the Commission. Mr. Jentoft can provide consultations, on-site visits, resource assessments of property, management options and references to other resource professionals who can help land owners. There is no cost to the landowner and no obligation to act on any recommendation.

Tim McKee, OESI9 I Director, gave an update on the dispatch center. The administrative offices have moved to 4657 Industrial Park Drive and the 911 dispatch center will be moving the week of February 19, 2001.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper to approve the Chippewa County Central Dispatch-Personnel Policies and Procedures (this will replace Policy #00-002, previously approved by the County Board of Commissioners). Motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS

The Veteran’s Affairs reappointed Dale French to their Board and usually the County Board goes according to their recommendation. It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper to reappointed Dale French to the Veteran’s Affairs Board. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Cooper asked when the Committee was going to convene for the search for a new controller. Ms. Beaune, acting Controller, stated that the meeting was tentatively scheduled for the 5 of February.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Personnel Committee - Commissioner Hopper

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to re approve the Personnel Committee minutes of January 4, 2001 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, that effective January 1, 2001, the position of Public Defender be paid according to the DMG Maximus study, along with $5,000 from the contract with Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians; an addendum to the contract will be provided. Proceeds from the contract will be $20,000.00 for FY200I a $5,000 increase. On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Postula, effective January 1, 2001, the Building Inspectors be paid through the DMG Maximus study, grade 12, upon the approval of the DMG staff, and mileage and $700 for the Drain Commissioner position. On a roll call vote, motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting nay.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Postula, upon recommendation of Prosecuting Attorney Peppler, to hire Eric G. Blubaugh as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, pay to be set by DMG study, and $8,555 from the STOP Grant and upon successfiul completion of ninety days probationary period a $40 increase. On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Postula to accept the report of the Personnel Committee of January 10, 2001 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

Equalization & Apportionment - No Meeting

Health & Social Services - No Meeting

Building, Grounds & Jail - No Meeting

Transportation

Commissioner Postula gave a brief synopsis of a joint meeting that was held with E.D.C. at the airport. No action necessary.

Legislative & Natural Resources - No meeting

Computer Committee

Commissioner Cooper stated a meeting was held January 29, 2001, but no action was necessary by the County Board. Commissioner Cooper said the bottom line of the meeting was if Information Systems is going to support E9-1-1 that there are limited resources and either staff will have to be increased or a contract will have to be dropped. Another committee meeting will be held to discuss this ifirther. Discussion followed.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Hopper to accept the report of January 20, 20W as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

Finance, Claims and Accounts

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula that the February 2001 travel requests be approved as presented: On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay to increase the mileage rate to $34.5 per mile, per Internal Revenue Services, effective January 1, 2001. On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the request of Clerk Cork to purchase 100 County mugs for the summer Clerk’s Association Conference. On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, upon recommendation of Sheriff Moran, to approve the request to replace Unit 125, using thnds from the Inmate Pay Phone Contract, to cover the difference between the insurance and the cost. To proceed with the bidding process and to go with the lowest bid. On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay to approve a request from the Chippewa County Historical Society to be the pass through agent for 2% monies requested for the Soo Theatre. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Dale personally thanked the Commissioners for their vote on the 2% monies. She felt that this was a very worthwhile project.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper to approve the Fixed Assests Policy as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper that the following claim and account be authorized for payment:

Voucher 27249 thai 27577 and A-I to A-82:

General Fund $ 89,855.46

Other 125,154.33

Payroll 469,823.40

Total $ 684,833.19

On a roll call vote, motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay to accept the Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee report of February 1, 2001 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, County Clerk

Gary McDowel, Chairman