Pursuant to the provisions of the statute in such case made and provided, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 14, 2001, in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m.

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

Absent: Commissioner Don Cooper

Also Present: Scott Brand, Tim McKee, Floyd Rabineau, Lowell Ulrich, David Carpenter, Kelly Beaune, Sharon Kennedy, Don Holt, Mary Piralli, Helen Kennedy and Tim Dolehanty, Controller

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

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve the minutes of April 9,2001, as presented. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Floyd Rabineau, Family Independence Agency Board member, addressed the County Board and stated that he has resigned as the county appointee to the Family Independence Agency Board and has accepted the State appointment to this same board because this position has been vacant since October 2000. Mr. Rabineau thought, perhaps, the County Board could now make an appointment to fill his unexpired term.

Controller’s Report - Tim Dolehanty

9-1-1 Monthly Report - Tim McKee

Mr. McKee included in the Commissioners packets the monthly report for April and also a comparison sheet since the beginning of the year.

They are continuing the work on the Master Street Addressing Guide.

On the 10 of May, Central Dispatch began receiving cellular telephone calls along with the calls for the State Police. Mr. McKee stated any tower in Chippewa County that a cell call comes in on is routed to the Dispatch Center.

The Equipment Committee meets May 15, 2001, at 1:00p.m. to start looking at some of the equipment for the 911 Center that is needed to receive the Enhanced calls.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, that authorization be given to any Commissioner wanting to attend the May 19, 2001, meeting in St. Ignace, MT for the 800 MHz Digital Radio System. Motion carried unanimously.

Chippewa County Probate Court Monthly Report - Hon. Lowell Ulrich

Judge Ulrich explained information on his monthly report for March along with his Show Cause procedures and how much money has been collected because of these hearings. Two employees were put on a 40-hour week to set up these hearings to collect and enforce back fees that were owed to Probate Court.

Judge Ulrich stated the Gerard Roy, Probate Court Administrator, will be retiring May 31, 2001, after 32 years with the County. All Commissioners are invited to attend a luncheon,on May 31, for this occasion. Susan Short will be transferring to Mr. Roy’s position, Michelle Brosco will be replacing Susan Short and Michelle Brosco’s position will be filled by Marcy Wilson, from the County Clerk’s Office.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Dale, to prepare a proclamation for Gerard Roy. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Kay, to prepare a proclamation for Martha Andary who retired with 20 years service in the Finance Department. Motion carried unanimously.

Board Vacancies

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Kay to approve the following Board appointments:

Election Scheduling Committee - Term expires 12-31-02

William E. Lynn (Education) Wanda Sawyers (Twp.)

Family Mdependence Agency - Term expires 10-31-02

Sylvia A. Murray

Regional Planning & Development - Term expires 12-31-02

James Feil

Hiawatha Behavioral Health - Term expires 3-31-04

William P. Connolly

Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Dale requested that the County act as the Pass Through Agent for the Tribe for 2% help for the Chippewa Dialysis unit. It was moved by Commission Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper that the County act as the Pass Through Agent for the Tribe. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Kay, to present Dewey Forneino with a Citation from the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners for his service to the veterans of Chippewa County as a bugler. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to send a letter of appreciation to Barbara Gallagher, Register of Deeds Office, on her retirement. Motion carried unanimously.

It was noted that the Commission meetings for June, July, August and September will be held at 5:30 p.m.

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Kay, that a proclamation be sent to Roberta Pearce, Volunteer of the Year, and Dorothy Johnson, Crime Fighter Mother of the Year. Motion carried unanimously.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel Committee - Aaron Hopper - No Meeting

Equalization and Apportionment - Ted Postula - No Meeting

Health and Social Services - Ted Postula - No Meeting

Building, Grounds and Jail Committee - Earl Kay - Meeting of April 10,2001

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, upon request of the Building and Grounds Department, to purchase two new vacuum cleaners, per Head Maintenance’s recommendation. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, upon recommendation of Sheriff Moran, to install a camera in the jail elevator, installed by Simplex, as the system is still under warranty. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to accept the Building, Grounds and Jail report as given. Motion carried unanimously.

Transportation Committee - Ted Postula - No Meeting

Don Holt addressed the County Board concerning HB 4022, pertaining to speed limits being set by local townships. Mr. Holt is urging the Commissioners to write to Rep. Scott Shackleton and Senator Walter North opposing this bill. Discussion followed.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, that the County Board go on record opposing HB 4022. Motion carried unanimously.

Chairman McDowell received a letter from the Marquette County Board of Commissioners urging the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners to support Charles Erickson’s appointment to the Michigan Department of Transportation Committee. Mr. Erickson is from Dickinson County with 29 years experience as a commissioner. It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to send a resolution of support for Charles Erickson to our legislators. Motion carried unanimously.

Legislative and Natural Resources Committee - Earl Kay - April 11, 2001 Meeting

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to submit a resolution opposing Bill No. 4530s language, and have it sent to local counties, and state officials. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to accept the report as given. Motion carried unanimously.

Finance, Claims and Accounts - Rita Dale - Meeting of May 10, 2011

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, upon the request of UPACC and UPCAP, to support the resolution regarding the Upper Peninsula Area Agency on Aging and the Upper Peninsula Aging Network. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, upon request of UPACC and UPCAP, to support the resolution regarding the Steel Dumping Investigation. The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, that the May Travel Requests be approved as presented. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the $7,500.00 request from the Chippewa County Road Commission for county maps. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve the budget amendment of $15,000.00 for the American Red Cross Defibrillators, as presented by Finance Director Carpenter. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the budget amendment for a $6,000.00 increase to 101-301-742.000 and a $44,265.00 increase to 101-351-813, as presented by Finance Director Carpenter. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve the budget amendment of $7,500.00 for Chippewa County maps, as presented by Finance Director Carpenter. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the approval for short term long term disability for non union Sheriff’s Department employees, Thomas McBryde, Linda Guisbert, Kathy Moran, Jaylene Nayback and Lorraine Leonard, effective May 27, 2001, including the payout of accrued sick time and yearly payoffs. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, upon recommendation of Controller Dolehanty, to concur with the AFL-CIO Local 1552 of Michigan #25 contract, to pay only the maximum $400.00 for career development reimbursement to Mary Susan Short. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, upon request from the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, to approve the purchase of the “mall complex” to relocate the access drive for the new passengers’ terminal. The motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, upon previous approval of the Chippewa County Health Department, to approve the proposed rate increase for the animal pickup fees. The motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to concur with the MAC Board of Directors, regarding jury fee increases to be 100% funded by the State of Michigan. The motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to continue with Chippewa County enforcing the Michigan Building Code, and authorization for signature be given to Chairman Gary McDowell. The motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve a resolution to adopt the Hartford Life Insurance Co. & F.T. Jones Fund Source Deferred Compensation Plan. The motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to support a letter of support for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, if any funding is left over from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the request for the 4 Annual Hiawatha Forest Clean-up Project, to provide funding not to exceed $1,500.00, paid to Chippewa Township, based on actual receipts. Motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve the replacement of the monument carpet, not to exceed $860.74. Motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to oppose the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consideration for federal permits for logging, not only on public but also private lands. Motion carried with Commissioner Dale voting nay.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the travel of Deputy Postman, for an Accident Investigation Course in Garden City, MI, June3-8, and 17-22, 2001. Motion carried unanimously. Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, upon request of SheriffMoran, to purchase 17 resuscitator bags, 10 additional masks and 1 5 dust proof containers in the amount of $335.00. Motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, upon recommendation of Sheriff Moran, to award the bid of $850.00 to D & B Mechanical, for the purchase and installation of a circulating pump for the maximum area of the old jail.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to authorize payment of the following claims and accounts:

Voucher 28262 thru 28684 and D-1 thru D-1 06

General Fund $245,210.54

Other Funds 149,021.27

Payroll 466,041.45

Total $ 860,273.26

On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper; to authorize payment totaling $2,307.00, for the Superior Township Water Project. Motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to accept the report as given. Motion carried unanimously.

Chairman McDowell informed the Board that the Senate Committee will be having meetings at LSSU on higher education. Sandra Koivisto will be chairing the hearings. Chairman McDowell urged the County Board to go on record supporting the Extension Office and their budget. They have not received an increase in a couple of years.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner, to support the Extension Office at the hearings. Motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. Thereupon the Board did adjourn at 7:55 p.m

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Gary McDowell, Chairman