The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, October 8, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Also Present: Lowell Ulrich, Probate Court Judge, Scott Brand, Evening News, Sharon Kennedy, Equalization Director, Tim McKee, OES/9-1-1 Director, Tony Lightfoot, City Police Department, Mary Piralli, Information Systems Director, Anne Trissell, Tim Dolehanty, Controller and Diane S. Cork, County Clerk

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

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the September 10, 2001, as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously

PUBLIC COMMENTS - None

Controller's Report - Timothy Dolehanty

With the disaster of September 11, 2001, twenty-five volunteers from Chippewa County, went to New York to offer their services in what ever manner they could. Chairman McDowell presented to Tony Lightfoot, City Police Department, a certificate of appreciation for coming forward and offering his services for this cause.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to authorize the Controller to place an ad of appreciation in the Evening News to the residents and organizations in Chippewa County for all the support that has been given since the September 11, 2001 bombings. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to reappoint Merrill Lewis to the Hiawathaland Library Cooperative Board. Mr. Lewis was the only applicant for this board. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Three individuals, Donn J. Riley, Harriett E. MacMaster and Lee Ann Kwiatkowski applied for the position on the Family Independence Agency Board. On a voice vote Commissioners: Kay, Dale, Hopper, LaJoie, Postula and Chairman voted for Donn J. Riley. Commissioner Cooper voted for Lee Ann Kwiatkowski. Donn J. Riley was appointed to the Family Independence Agency Board.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve Resolution 01-13 as follows:

RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS PROPOSED BY THE CHIPPEWA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Road Commission has applied for funding through the Federal ISTEA program for Category "D" Non-Motorized Enhancement Funds; and

WHEREAS, these funds will be used to improve the accessibility for bicycle and pedestrian traffic along Mackinac Trail from Three Mile Road to M-28, by paving the shoulders of said road; and

WHEREAS, the proposed project will also improve the safety for this type of non-motorized traffic along the route, as well as the motorized public that travel Mackinac Trail daily to and from work and school.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners records its support for this project as proposed by the Chippewa County Road Commission to enhance the safety of motorized and non-motorized traffic along Mackinac Trail from Three Mile Road to M-28.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Probate Court monthly report was given to the Commissioners. Judge Ulrich gave a brief outline and answered questions. No action was necessary.

The Public Hearing re: Budget was opened to the public for comment. No comments were made and Chairman McDowell recessed the Public Hearing until the November Board meeting at which time the Public Hearing will reconvene.

OLD BUSINESS: None

Chairman McDowell stated that he would like to make some additions to the Ad Hoc Committee for the Animal Control. Chairman McDowell named Anne Trissell to this committee with an addition to be named at a later date. Commission Hopper requested that a veterinarian be placed on this committee or at least their input. Discussion followed.

NEW BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Personnel Committee - Aaron Hopper - October 21, 2001

Commissioner Hopper read the minutes of his committee report. No action was necessary. It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Dale, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Equalization Committee - Bernard LaJoie - October 4, 2001

Sharon Kennedy presented a draft millage report listing taxable values and millage rates. She stated that the purpose of the report was to present the property tax information in a manner that was understandable and useful to all citizens.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Dale, to refer the millage report to the Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee for a recommendation to the Board. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to accept the Equalization report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Health and Social Services Committee - Ted Postula - No Meeting

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner, LaJoie, to refer to the Health and Social Services Committee a prescription drug program that was approved in concept by the County Board about a year ago for people in the County that did not have insurance. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Building, Grounds and Jail Committee - Earl Kay - No Meeting

Transportation Committee - Ted Postula - No Meeting

Legislative and Natural Resources Committee - Earl Kay - No Meeting

Computer Committee - Don Cooper - September 24, 2001

Upon review of the proposed hardware budget, Committee members agreed that purchase of the "notebook incident report solution" package for the Sheriff's Dept. could be delayed. Also, financing of equipment to be purchased for use by E911 and Office of Emergency Services could appropriately be assigned to those funds rather than the computer budget. These two adjustments would result in a total reduction of $14,900 in the request budget.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend approval of the draft 2002 computer budget as presented, with further evaluation of purchased priorities. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Cooper recommended creation of standard guideline for web page development in order to promote continuity. The Committee also agreed to amend Subsection D.10 to state that additional internet costs may not be incurred without authorization from the Board.

It was moved by commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kay, to recommend approval of the draft Internet and Online Usage Policy as amended. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kay, to recommend that approved meeting minutes be posted for public viewing on the County's web page. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kay, to accept the Computer Committee report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper to adopt the following resolution #01-15:

RESOLUTION TO PROCLAIM 2002 THE YEAR OF 4-H

WHEREAS, connecting youth and adults to work together to create positive and more stable futures for all young people can bridge the differences that separate people and help solve social problems; and

WHEREAS, Michigan 4-H Youth Development has been a key partner for communities in creating safe environments where young people learn new skills, develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults, explore and appreciate the diversity of the world's people, and take leadership for their own development; and

WHEREAS, these opportunities also lead to developing youth who are committed leaders using strengths built through opportunities for service in their communities; and

WHEREAS, Chippewa County 4-H youth Development programs, activities, and volunteer development ensures these outcomes for the 4,200 you involved in 4-H in this community; and

WHEREAS, Chippewa County 4-H Youth Development impact extends to other youth in the community through partnerships with DeTour Area Schools, Kinross Recreation Center, Chippewa County Multi-Purpose Collaborative Body, Family Independence Agency, Sault Area Community Foundation, Rudyard Schools, and Sault Area Schools; and Sault Area Schools; and

WHEREAS, this impact is strengthened by the historical Cooperative Extension System partner- ship with our state's land-grant institution, Michigan State University, the State of Michigan and the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners; and

WHEREAS, 2002, as the centennial year of the 4-H movement, offers a time to celebrate our combined contributions since the inception of 4-H to the positive development of young people in our community, our state, our country and our world.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners proclaims 2002 the year of 4-H in Chippewa County and encourage our fellow citizens to join us in recognizing and celebrating the contributions of 4-H's past, the innovations of it's continued commitment to the future of our community's young people.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Finance, Claims and Accounts - Rita Dale - October 4, 2001

After considerable discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend approval of the purchase of two Hondas from Esquire Honda, the low bidder, at a price of $26,748. On a roll call vote, Commissioners Kay, Dale, LaJoie, Postula and McDowell voted no. Commissioners Cooper and Hopper voted yes. Motion failed.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to rebid for the car(s) for the Chippewa County Health Dept. with new, flexible specs. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to concur with the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to reclassify the Legal Secretary I position in the Prosecuting Attorney's office to Legal Secretary II, and to adjust the wage to the three-year level of grade 8. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Cooper not to participate with the Jail Diversion Program with Hiawatha Behavorial Health.

Moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Kay, to table Commissioner Cooper's motion and to talk to the Sheriff for more input. This item will be brought back to the Board in November. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, as provided for in the Uniform Budget and Accounting Act of 1978, as amended, and consistent with county policy, the Finance Department is hereby authorized to record the following adjustments to the budget. Account number 101-101-390.000 (General Fund Fund Balance) - $23,000 Decrease to Account number 101-969-998.699 (EDC- International Airport Transfer Out) - $23,000 Increase. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper. To approve the expenditure for airport crack sealing and pavement marking, pending the recommendation from the Controller and Finance Director. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to accept the $100,000 Clean Michigan Initiative Household Hazardous Waste Collection Initiative grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental quality. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to amend the decision of August 13 regarding the use of Federal Forest funds by Designating the entire set aside amount for designated Title III projects. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commission Dale, supported by Commissioner cooper, to pay vouchers 29669 through 29870 and I-1 through I-127; General Funds claims of $177,391.01; Other fund claims of $235,155.97; Payroll $446,037.10; Total claims for the month of $858,584.08. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend approval of the draft Resolution 01-14 to Apportion Ad Valorem Taxes as follows:

RESOLUTION TO APPORTION AD VALOREM TAXES

WHEREAS, M.C.L. 211.34 thru 211.37, as amended, requires the County Board of Commissioner, at its annual session in October each year, to ascertain and determine the amount of money to be raised for County, school, highway, drain, township and other purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Board shall apportion such amount, in terms of millage among the townships and cities in the County in proportion to the Taxable valuation of the property therein, real and personal, as determined by it, or the State Board of Equalization; and

WHEREAS, the Board shall direct that such of the several amounts of millage to be raised as authorized by law be spread upon the tax roll of the proper township and city; and

WHEREAS, such action and direction shall be final as to the levy and assessment of all such taxes, except when there is a change made in the Taxable Valuation of the County by the Michigan State Tax Tribunal upon appeal, the Michigan state Tax Commission, Township Board or any manner provided by law; and

WHEREAS, the Board has examined and ascertained that all certificates, statements, papers, and records submitted to it are accurate and properly certified, as required by M.C.L. 211.34, 211.34(d) and 211.34(e); and

WHEREAS, the Board has received Statement(s) of Compliance with Section 31, Article 9, of the State Constitution of 1963 certifying that the requested millage has been reduced, if necessary, from each taxing authority.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

1. That the township supervisors and city assessor be hereby authorized and directed to spread on the taxable valuations of their respective tax rolls the amount in millage proposed to be raised by taxation for County, township, school, and all other purposes as set forth in the 2001 Millage Report.

2. that the Equalization Director is hereby authorized and directed to prepare the apportionment report as required by State statute.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the Finance, Claims and Accounts meeting report as presented. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Kay, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, County Clerk

Gary McDowell, Chairman