After proper notification/advertising, a Public Hearing was held on Monday, June 11, 2001, in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse at 5: 15 p.m. The purpose of the Public Hearing was to hear comments on the amendments of the E9-1-1 Plan.
Mr. Tim McKee, E9-1-1 Director, explained that on June 9, 1997, the original E9-1-1 Plan was adopted. In 1999, several Michigan Laws changed that basically put forth wireless cellular calls. Everybody in the State of Michigan is charged $55 on their cell phone bill each month. This $55 is collected by the State Treasury. Three cents is allocated to the cellular companies for collection of the $55. Twenty-five cents is allocated to the cellular companies for upgrading their service at their cellular towers. The balance is kept by the State Treasury for counties to apply and receive back for enhancing their equipment at the 9-1-1 centers which receive their cellular calls. To receive the money from the Department Treasury, the County Board must adopt the E9-I-I Plan to recognize the wireless phone calls being made in Chippewa County. Mr. McKee stated there are no additional costs to the residents of Chippewa. This is the procedure needed to collect these monies.
Hearing no public comments, the Public Hearing was closed.
With time available before the second Public Hearing was to begin, the regular Chippewa County Board meeting was commenced.
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, June 11, 2001, in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse at 5:20 p.m.
Present: Commissioners: Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Rita Dale, Bernard LaJoie, Aaron Hopper, Earl Kay and Chairman Gary McDowell.
Also Present: Tim Dolehanty, Controller, Diane Cork, Clerk, Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller, Bill Lockwood, Kaye Leazier, Richard Weston, Tim McKee, E9-1-1 Director, Ronald Harwood, Bill Feltis, Laura Gorentz, Kim Kabelman, Ed Byer, Gene Skelton, Jim Sutton, Frank Blissett, A. Ulman, D. Carstens, Claude Caldwell and Scott Brand.
It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Cooper. to accept the correspondence received in the Clerk’s Office and forward to the appropriated committee if necessary. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the minutes of May 14, 2001, as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
Controller’s Report: Tim Dolehanty
E9-1-1 Monthly Report - Tim McKee
The monthly report for May was presented to the Commissioners. It showed the number of calls that were received at the Dispatch Center for fire, police and ambulance. These entities have been meeting on a regular basis to develop guidelines on calls. They have an emergency medical dispatching plan that will be put into place.
Mr. McKee stated that he will be attending a training in exercise, control and evaluation on June 19, 20, and 21 in Lansing.
It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Dale, to adopt the following Resolution:
Whereas, Chippewa County (“County”) has adopted a Final 911 Service Plan (“Plan”) pursuant to the Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act 1986 PA 32, as amended (“Act”);
Whereas, The Federal Communications Commission has issued a wireless emergency service order that requires central dispatch answering centers (“PSAPS”) to request deployment of Phase I and Phase II 911 enhanced services from Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) suppliers, which include cellular phone service companies;
Whereas, 1999 PA 78 requires Plans to implement the wireless emergency service Order and the Act, in order to qualif the County for distributions from CMIRS emergency telephone find administered by the Department of Treasury and also requires a County to distribute all fi.inds received from the CMRS emergency telephone find to the primary public safety answering point (“PSAP”) within the County;
Whereas, the list of service suppliers and public agencies involved in emergency calls and service and the highest monthly flat rate charged by a service supplier within the Service District vary from time to time;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the following Plan amendment is adopted.
1. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners (“Board”) is authorized from time to time to adopt and update the list of service suppliers facilitating wire-based emergency service calls, and public agencies providing emergency response services within the Service District. The Board shall also periodically obtain and publish the highest monthly flat rate charged by a service supplier for a 1-party access line within Chippewa County Service District. The Board shall memorialize the updated list of service suppliers, the highest monthly charge and the emergency service providers within the service District in a set of Administrative Findings.
2. All Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) providers are requested and directed to deploy Phase I and Phase II 911 enhanced service as provided in the wireless emergency service order (“Order”), FCC Docket No. 94-102, adopted June 12, 1996 with an effective date of October 1, 1996.
3. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, as the governing body of the County’s Service District is authorized to take any action necessary to implement the Order, the Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act, 1986 PA 32, as amended (“Act”), or any other applicable state or federal law existing or subsequently adopted.
4. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners is authorized and directed to cooperate with the Telephone, Telegraph, and Radio Emergency Telephone Service Committee or any other state, federal or local body or official authorized to install, operate, modi and maintain universal emergency number service systems, whether land-line, cellular, wireless, digital or radio based;
5. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners is authorized and directed to implement, receive and expend, consistent with all applicable laws, and operational surcharges, CMRS service charges, or any other fi.inding provided under state or federal law, including but not limited to such fees authorized, imposed, and collected under the Act.
6. This Amendments provisions are designed to modify, amend, supersede or replace any inconsistent provisions in the County’s Final 911 Service Plan (“Plan”), and to augment, supplement or add to such Plan provisions that are not in any way inconsistent.
7. A final hearing on this Plan Amendment is set for June 11, 2001 and the County Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Plan Amendment to all public agencies and to otherwise make the required postings under the Act.
YEAS: Commissioners McDowell, Hopper, Kay, LaJoie, Postula, Dale and Cooper
RESOLUTION ADOPTED March 12, 2001
Whereas, Chippewa County has adopted a Final 911 Service Plan (“Plan”) pursuant to the Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act, 1986 PA 32, as amended (“Act”);
Whereas, the Plan requires the Board to enact Administrative Findings identifying the telephone service providers facilitating wire-based emergency telephone calls from within the Plan’s Service District and public agencies responding to calls for emergency services with the Service District, and the highest monthly flat rate charged by a service supplier for a I -party access line with the 911 Service District (“Service District”);
Whereas, the Federal Communications Commission has issued a wireless emergency service order that requires central dispatch answering centers (“PSAPS”) to request deployment of Phase 1 and Phase I 911 enhanced services from Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMIRS”) suppliers, which include cellular phone service companies;
Whereas, the Board determines that the best way of communicating a request for deployment of Phase II 911 enhances services from CMRS suppliers is through the coordinating efforts of the Michigan Communication Directors Association;
Now, Therefore, The Board Hereby Finds that the following is the list of wire-based service suppliers currently facilitating emergency telephone calls from within the Service District:
Chippewa County Telephone Company
GTE North Incorporated
Hiawatha Telephone Company
Upper Peninsula Telephone Company
The Board Further Finds that the following is the current list of public service agencies currently providing emergency services within the Service District in response to emergency telephone calls; 911 Center:
Chippewa County Central Dispatch
Chippewa County Sheriff Department Bay Mills Tribal Police
Michigan State Police, Sault Ste. Marie Post Kinross District Police
Michigan State Police, Newberry Post Sault Ste. Marie City Police
Michigan State Police, St. Ignace Post
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Police
Bay Mills Indian Community, Bay Mills Township, Bruce Township, Dafter Township, Detour Village, Drummond IslandTownship, Hulbert Township, Kinross Township, Neebish Island Township, Pickford Township, Raber Township, Rudyard Township, Sault Ste. Marie City, Soo Township, Sugar Island Township, Superior Township, Trout Lake Township, Whitefish Township
Bay Mills Emergency Connection, Detour Ambulance, Drummond Island Ambulance, Hulbert/Chippewa Ambulance, Kinross Township Ambulance, Pickford Ambulance, Rudyard Ambulance, Sault Ste. Marie fire Department, Sugar Island Ambulance, Superior Ambulance, Trout Lake Ambulance, Whitefish Township Ambulance.
The Board Further Finds that the following is the current highest monthly flat rate charged by a service supplier for a 1-party access line within the Service District; $20.00 (This is the maximum rate permitted by the Michigan Public Service Commission. Higher rates are in effect for a 1-party access line in Chippewa County.)
The Board Further directs that the Michigan Communications Directors Association contact all CMRS suppliers licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to request on behalf of the Board deployment of Phase I and Phase II 911 enhanced services within the district; The Board Further Resolved that these Administrative Findings shall modif amend, replace or supersede any prior resolution or Administrative Findings.
On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Dale, to send a letter to the Reapportionment Committee thanking them for the time and effort put into the redistricting plan. Motion carried unanimously.
NEW BUSINESS: None
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Personnel Committee - Aaron Hopper - No meeting
Equalization and Apportionment Committee - Bernard LaJoie - No meeting
Health and Social Services Committee - Ted Postula - No meeting
Building, Grounds and Jail Committee - Earl Kay - No meeting
Transportation Committee - Ted Postula - Meeting of May 15, 2001 and Workshop of May 30, 2001
Commissioner Postula read the minutes of the meeting of May 15, 2001. No action was necessary.
Commissioner Postula moved for the acceptance of this meeting as presented.
The minutes of the Board of Commissioners Workshop meeting of May 30, 2001 were read by Commissioner Postula. No action was necessary. Commissioner Postula made some comments about this meeting.
Commissioner Postula thought most people were troubled by the DNIR in enforcing their rules. Even if the County Board passes an ordinance, the DNR will still have the right to stop people.
After proper notification/advertising a Public Hearing was held at 5:30 p.m., June 11, 2001 in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse to accept comments regarding the proposed Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Ordinance.
Clifford Carr, Chairman of the Chippewa County Road Commission, stated the Road Commission was opposed to the proposed ordinance, but if something is worked out, they will not go and lay down in the road and try to block the roads.
Bill Lockwood, vice-president of the Off Road Vehicle Association, stated his township has spent a lot of time and effort in establishing an ordinance. A Luce County ordinance was used as a format.
Kaye Leazier, former Supervisor from Hulbert Township and Board Member of SORVA, stated she worked on this draft copy when it came to the townships. The people in her township were adamant on riding their ORV’s and they were having problems with the DNR coming in and saying they needed something. As a township, they passed a resolution and then came to the County Board asking the Board to pass the ordinance, because as a Township Board they did not have the legal authority.
Chairman McDowell stated that the DNR informed the County Board that they would not recognize the County’s ordinance.
Lou McDonald, County Road Commission member and speaking as a private citizen, felt the ORV’s are not designed for some road surfaces. From a safety standpoint, there is a need to be more specific as to where on the roads these machines can travel.
Richard McCartney stated that he had a vested interest in this topic because he rents these vehicles as part of his business. He was confused by one thing, his understanding is that there is a State law on the books that make it legal to operate these vehicles on the rural roads. He thought Gov. Engler signed a law about three years ago.
Hearing no flirther comments, Chairman McDowell said the next step would be to go back to the committee to see which roads will be open to the machines.
At this time, the Public Hearing was closed.
Chairman McDowell stated that when the committee gets a final draft, another Public Hearing will be held.
REVISITING NEW BUSINESS:
Honorable Michael MacDonald addressed the Board with concerns of overcrowding in the City/County Building, specifically, District Court. According to MCR 8.110 (Michigan Court Rules) the Chief Judge of District Court can appoint committees to assist the Court in resolving matters of administrative natures that come before the Court.
Rather than appoint a committee on his own, Judge McDonald asked the County Board to nominate or suggest individuals to sit on this board. Judge McDonald will be asking the City Commission the same. Hopeffilly this board will be meeting in the middle of July for an initial meeting to come up with some ideas to study. Discussion followed.
Sharon Kennedy, Equalization Director, addressed the Board with the Equalization Report (in book form) showing the equalized and taxable values within Chippewa County. This book is used throughout the County by School Districts, Townships and Government entities and banks. Ms. Kennedy wanted to thank her office staff for all the work they have done in compiling this information.
It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to accept the report as given by Ms. Kennedy. Motion carried unanimously.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS - CONTINUED
Legislative and Natural Resources Committee - Earl Kay - No meeting
Computer Committee - Don Cooper - No meeting
Finance, Claims and Accounts - Rita Dale - Meeting of June 7, 2001
It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Laioie, to approve the request from Hiawatha Behavioral Health to purchase the frill 22.21 acre parcel on Mackinac Trail, at the rate of $2,200 per acre, On a roll call vote, the motion carried with Commissioners Dale and Cooper voting nay.
It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, that the June travel requests be approved. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve the Chippewa County EDC’s request for $110,000, to complete the purchase agreement for Buildings #104, #105 and #109. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to establish Fund 284 for a Youth Substance Abuse Assistance Program. Motion carried unanimously.
Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the resolution of support for PA 511 Grant request for FY2002. Motion carried unanimously.
Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Laioie, to adopt the Annual Budget Development Policy, upon request of Controller Dolehanty. Motion carried unanimously.
Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to authorize Controller Dolehanty to negotiate a purchase agreement for the 127-129 Spruce Street property. Discussion followed.
Commissioner Cooper voiced his concerns about the above property, not knowing who is going to be involved in the purchase of this property and how much they will be putting toward the purchase price of almost a quarter of a million dollars.
Chairman McDowell voiced his concerns over the space problems in the County and if they did not act on this property, it could be lost. This is the first step. Chairman McDowell stated that MSU does not have to be in the general Courthouse. They should be out serving the public and making as many contacts as possible.
On a voice vote, the motion passed with Commissioner Cooper voting nay.
It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, that the following claims and accounts be authorized for payment:
Voucher 28685 tha 28917 and B-I thai E-70
General Fund $ 295,530.56
Other Funds 124,859.04
The motion carried unanimously.
Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to authorize payments totaling $704.00, for the Superior Township Water Project. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Cooper that there be a workshop with all those involved in the parking. This motion died for lack of support.
Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commission Postula, to accept the Finance, Claims and Accounts report as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Cooper to have a workshop with all players involved in the parking structure. The motion died for lack of support.
It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Postula, to adjourn. Motion carried. Thereupon the Board did adjourn.
Diane S. Cork, County Clerk
Gary McDowell, Chairman