The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, September 10, 2001, at 5:30 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Also Present: Tim Dolehanty, Controller, Mary Piralli, Information Systems Director, Sharon Kennedy, Equalization/Register of Deeds, Jim Moore, Richard Crawford, Gary Chandler and Diane S. Cork, County Clerk

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to accept the correspondence received in the Clerk's Office and forward to the appropriate committee if necessary. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Personnel Committee minutes of July 10, 2001, correction/addition, first motion:

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the appointment of Tina Ojala as Bookkeeper, and Samantha Huyck and Mark Dobson as dispatchers. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the County Board minutes of August 13, 2001, with the above motion as corrected. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Richard Crawford, Chippewa Motors, addressed the Board with concerns on the bidding process for vehicles purchased by the County Health Department. Mr. Crawford presented a letter signed by three local dealerships showing their support in this matter. The dealerships felt a bidding process was not followed and they were not given an opportunity to compete with other dealerships. Considerable discussion followed

Mr. Crawford, on behalf of his dealership and others, was asking that the Commissioners to consider a set of guidelines/procedure manual.

It was suggested by Chairman McDowell that Tim Dolehanty, Controller, go to the subcommittees of the County and make sure the bidding policy that the County has adopted be implemented.

CONTROLLER'S REPORT - Tim Dolehanty

Concealed Weapons Appointment

The following names had been submitted to the County Board for consideration for one appointment to the Concealed Weapons Board: Gary E. Chandler, Frederick R. Gregg, Leo A. Joutsie, James R. More and Robert D. Ward III

On a roll call vote, Commissioners Cooper, Kay, Dale, LaJoie, Hopper and Chairman voted for James R. Moore. Commissioner Postula voted for Gary E. Chandler. Having received six votes, James R. Moore was appointed to the Chippewa County Concealed Weapons Board.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commission Dale, to appoint James German, as the Democratic representative, to the Chippewa County Board of Canvassers. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Dale, to appoint Jay Porcaro, as the Republican representative, to the Chippewa County Board of Canvassers. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Next on the Controller's agenda was the Eastern U.P. Solid Waste Management Plan. What the Planning Commission must do under statute is get the approval of 67% of the municipalities within the region to approve the plan before they can submit it to the State.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Dale to approve the following resolution:

Resolution No. 01-11

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE EASTERN UPPER PENINSULA SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

WHEREAS, Chippewa County, along with all other counties in the State, is required by Act 451, P.A. 1994, as amended, to periodically update its Solid Waste Management Plan; and

WHEREAS, this duty was delegated by the County to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission, who subsequently establish a Solid Waste Planning Committee to develop an amended Plan; and

WHEREAS, the draft Plan was transmitted by the Regional Planning Commission to all local units of government for their review and consideration; and

WHEREAS, Chippewa County has had an opportunity to review the Plan; and

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports the findings of the Solid Waste Planning Committee.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

1. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Solid Waste Management Plan final draft dated June 2001; and

2. The Board acknowledges the work of the Solid Waste Planning Committee and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission in the preparation of the Plan, and expresses its appreciation for the work of those involved in preparing the Plan.

On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was the consensus of the Board to advertise for an appointment to the Hiawathaland Library Cooperative Board as per Board policy.

Mr. Dolehanty requested direction from the County Board re: Ingham County Board of Commissioners Resolution to Authorize A Headlee Amendment Lawsuit Challenge to Seek Funding for Implementation of Concealed Weapons Legislation. Mr. Dolehanty was requested to obtain more information on costs, etc.

A few months ago, the County Board agreed to the sale of the property known as the "The Old Poor Farm" to the Hiawatha Community Mental Health Authority. The title company is requiring a formal resolution to this effect and also that some official be named to act as the person designated to sign the documents.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 01-12

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE LAND SALE AND TO DESIGNATE OFFICER(S) TO SIGN WARRANTY DEED

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners has agreed to offer for sale 22.21 acres of that parcel of real estate located in Soo Township, commonly known as "The Old County Poor Farm" and more particularly described in attached Exhibit A: and

WHEREAS, the Hiawatha Community Mental Health Authority has agreed to purchase said property for a price of $48,862, or $2,200 per acre.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

1. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the sale of the above cited property subject to the terms and conditions of the attached real estate purchase agreement; and

2. The Board authorizes the County Controller to act on behalf of the County to complete the land sale transaction as stated in this Resolution, to include signing any warranty deed and/or any other documents necessary to complete the sale.

On a roll call vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting nay.

OLD BUSINESS - None

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 - No meeting

Legislative and Natural Resource Committee - Earl Kay - No meeting

Computer Committee - Don Cooper - No meeting

Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee - Rita Dale - Meeting of September 6, 2001

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend approval of the Official Travel and Business Expense Policy as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend establishing Fund 214 for the proposed drainage district. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to pay vouchers 29462 through 29668 and H-1 through F-106; General Funds claims of $197,376.36; Other fund claims of $166,472.48; Payroll $456,236.64; Total claims for the month of $820,085.48. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the Finance, Claims and Accounts report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously. The Board adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, County Clerk

Gary McDowell, County Board Chairman