The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 18, 2002 in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse at 7:00 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, Don and Chris McLean, Tim McKee, OES/9-1-1 Director, Jeff Moran, Sheriff, Deputy Kinnear and Diane 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 LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the Board minutes of January 7 and January 14, 2002 as prepared by the Clerk.

Commissioner Cooper thought there should be a correction on the January 14th minutes where Commissioner Hopper was reappointed to the UPCAP Board of Directors for 2002. Commissioner Cooper believed he voted against this appointment. The Clerk stated she would look into the matter. (After the meeting, the Clerk listened to the recorded tape along with Controller Dolehanty and no objection was made at the time of the voice vote. The only question addressed was who should sit on this Board.)

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Don McLean passed out a statement/public comment to the Commissioners concerning the first anniversary of his daughter's death and the care given to her before her death by Mental Health. Mr. And Mrs. McLean will continue to try to change the system concerning mental health treatment.

CONTROLLERS' REPORT - Tim Dolehanty

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, at the request of the Chippewa County Health Dept., to approve an Administrative Policy re: Use of Health Dept. for meetings after regular hours. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

A request was received from Joan Bryant, Raber Township Clerk, for any monetary assistance the County could give for the purchase of an Accuvote machine for her township.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to refer this matter to the Finance Committee for further discussion and study. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Next on the Controller's report was a request for a letter of endorsement for the Women's Treatment Expansion Project Grant from Hiawatha Behavioral Health. The County has supported this project in the past.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, that a letter of endorsement be drafted to support this effort. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Cooper, that Chairman McDowell award proclamations to the following individuals who were recently recognized by VFW Post 3676:

Lyle Babcock, Veteran of the Year

Bill Lynn, Citizen of the Year

Tom Chadwick, Law Officer of the Year

 

Earl Vallier, Correctional Officer of the Year

 

Rudy Bean, Auxiliary Member of the Year

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, that the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT

UGLETI'S LINK MICHIGAN PROGRAM

APPLICATION

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners strongly supports business, economic, and job development throughout the Upper Peninsula; and

WHEREAS, in the Upper Peninsula, widespread access to high speed broadband telecommunications will mean the difference between attracting new business or losing employers to other areas who have such access; and

WHEREAS, widespread broadband access will open up economic opportunities and improve access to educational health, and human services to rural and isolated areas in the Upper Peninsula; and

WHEREAS, the Upper Great Lakes Educational Technologies, Inc. (UGLETI) consortium and the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Authority (UPEDA) are working to develop a coordinated multi-county LinkMichigan planning grant application for the purpose of helping Upper Peninsula counties and local communities develop telecommunications; and

WHEREAS, it is important for all 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula to participate in and benefit from regional telecommunications planning and development.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports the UGLETI's regional application and desires to be included in the U.P.-wide (15 county) grant application.

It was noted, at the present time, no money is tied to this particular portion. Chairman McDowell noted that there is a possibility of a local match if the grant is approved that would be shared by all 15 counties.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Cooper, at the request of Bill Karr, County Surveyor, to approve seven contracts associated with the monumentation grant that the County receives each year.

On a voice vote, the motion carried to authorize/accept these contracts.

OES-9-1-1 - Tim McKee

Mr. McKee stated that as he has been for the past eight or nine months bringing the Commissioners an update on the status of the E 9-1-1, he was happy to report that an anticipated enhanced turn on date should be about April 2, 2002.

Mr. McKee also reported on the wireless 9-1-1, Phase I. A Master Street Addressing Guide has been created for the wireless 9-1-1 which means when a call is made from a cell phone, the caller's telephone number will appear. Phase II will incorporate the GPS coordinates for the location of the caller.

For the Hazardous Waste Response Development Grant, all hazardous material sites are being located in Chippewa and plans will be developed for those sites.

The Commission thanked Mr. McKee for all the work he has accomplished in the 9-1-1 and OES Departments.

Discussion was held on wrecker calls and the procedures used for assigning calls.

Jeff Moran, Sheriff, addressed the Board. Discussion was held on the Jail Diversion Program for the mentally ill and training that has been received by the Department for these individuals.

This concluded the Controller's report.

Commissioner Kay questioned pickups by the Animal Control Officer in Cedarville, St. Ignace and Ontario. Controller Dolehanty will check into this situation.

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS:

Chairman McDowell explained that LSSU received a grant thru Blue Cross to put a Nurse Practioner in Rudyard to train students. Agencies are asking for a cooperative effort, the hospital is supplying most of the equipment, Central Savings Bank is donating a room at their facility in Rudyard and Rudyard Township will do the marketing. Chairman McDowell was suggesting that the County could participate by paying the voucher for the Transportation Authority bus that goes thru Rudyard if a patient is referred by the Nurse to a doctor in the Sault.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the paying of vouchers to the Transportation Authority if a patient is referred by the Nurse Practioner to a doctor in the Sault. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel Committee - Aaron Hopper - No meeting

Equalization and Apportionment - Bernard LaJoie - No meeting

Health and Social Services - Ted Postula - No meeting

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

Transportation Committee - Ted Postula - No meeting

Legislative and Natural Resources Committee - Earl Kay - January 29, 2002

Commissioner Kay stated the Legislative and Natural Resources Committee met on January 29, 2002 with the following report:

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to recommend approval of Resolution No. 02-02 as follows:

Resolution to Adopt the 2000 Edition of the

International Building Codes

WHEREAS, the Sate Construction Code Act (Act 230, P.A. 1972, as amended) provides that a local unit of government may administer and enforce the code(s) as promulgated under the Act: and

WHEREAS, Chippewa County desires to continue administration and enforcement of these codes within the boundaries of the County; and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services requires that Chippewa County adopt and submit an Ordinance to incorporate the 2000 edition of the International Building Codes.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners adopts the attached Ordinance No. 02-01 incorporating the 2000 edition of the International Building Codes.

MICHIGAN STATE CODE 2000

INCORPORATING THE 2000 EDITION

OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODES

ORDINANCE NO. 02-02

An Ordinance of the County of Chippewa pursuant to Public Act 230 of 1972, as amended to designate an enforcing agency to discharge the responsibility of the Building Inspection Office of the County.

The County of Chippewa Hereby Ordains:

3.41 Agency Designated

Sec. 1. Pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan Building Code, in accordance with Section 8b (6) of Act 230 of the Public Acts of 1972, as amended, the Building Official of the County of Chippewa is hereby designated as the enforcing agency to discharge the responsibilities of the County of Chippewa under Act 230, as amended, State of Michigan. The County of Chippewa assumes responsibility for the administration and enforcement of said Act throughout its corporate limits.

3.42 Repeals

Sec. 2. All Ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed (Ordinance No. 97-3).

3.43 Publication

Sec. 3. This Ordinance shall be effective after legal publication and in accordance with the provisions of the Act governing same.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Dale, to recommend approval of Resolution No. 02-03 to designate the Building Department as the soil erosion control enforcement agency for Chippewa County as follows:

Resolution to Designate

Soil Erosion Control Enforcement Agency

WHEREAS, Part 91, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451, P.A. 1994, as amended) assigns responsibility for administration and enforcement of the Act to Michigan counties; and

WHEREAS, Act 451 requires the county board of commissioners to designate, by resolution, a county agency as the enforcing agency responsible for administration and enforcement of the Act.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners hereby assigns responsibility for administration and enforcement of the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act to the Chippewa County Building Inspection Department.

On a voice vote the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty presented proposed changes to the County Address Ordinance. The changes were necessary in order to permit the Building Department to officially assign addresses in Chippewa County.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to recommend approval of the changes to the County Address Ordinance, as amended. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to adopt the Legislative and Natural Resources Committee report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Computer Committee - Don Cooper - February 18, 2002

Commissioner Cooper stated that the Computer Committee met this date just before the regular board meeting and the topic of discussion was a 35-hour work week versus a 40-hour work week in the Information Systems Dept. There were some concerns about hours and this was going to be looked at more carefully.

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

Personnel Committee - Aaron Hopper - February 4, 2002

Commissioner Hopper read his report. Informational purposes only, no action necessary.

Commissioner Cooper asked why the union contract was not extended as in years past.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kay, that the County Board go into a closed session after the Finance Committee report was given to discus union negotiations. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee - Rita Dale - February 7, 2002

Committee members discussed the bidding process for three proposals for copy machine services in response to the County's request for proposals (RFP).

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to table this item for further review. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty presented the Committee with proposals for the purchase and delivery of one off road vehicle (ORV). The ORV would replace a 1985 Honda three-wheeler currently maintained by the Sheriff's Dept.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to accept the proposal of Leitz Sports Center, Inc. for the purchase of an off road vehicle at a cost of $6,300.00.

Controller Dolehanty presented the Committee with proposals for the purchase and delivery of one snow machine for the Sheriff's Dept. The snow machine would replace a 1995 Arcticat currently maintained by the Sheriff's Dept. Commissioner Kay questioned why the County needed to purchase a new snow machine this late into the season.

Sheriff Moran addressed the Board. He stated that a grant was available to purchase this item and that if the machine was not purchased within the next couple of weeks, the Department would lose the grant which pays three quarters of the cost.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve purchase of a snowmobile thru Cedarville Marina at $5,725.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to sell surplus vehicles maintained by the Sheriff's Dept. to the highest bidder and that the proceeds from the sales be directed to the general fund in a manner consistent with standard practice. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty presented a memorandum from Dave Pietrangelo of the Health Dept. outlining a proposal to purchase a software module that will convert address data to the County's mapping software platform.

t was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend that the proposal of the InfoGeographic, Inc. for an addressing software module and training be accepted at a cost of $1,990.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty presented a request from an Animal Control Officer to waive fees associated with the impoundment of a dog. The owner was incapacitated and the animal was picked up by family members within a reasonable time. It was believed that the owner did not have the financial means to pay the normal fee for this service.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to waive the fees in this case and that authority to waive such fees in the future be delegated to the County Controller. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend payment of vouchers 30534 through 30718 and B-1 through B-157; General Funds claims of $154,833.15; Other fund claims of $211,179.59; Payroll claims of $510,742.92; and Health Dept. claims of $322,452.05; Total claims for the month of $1,199,207.71. 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.

At this time the County Board entered into closed session at 8:06 p.m.

The Board reconvened at 8:22 p.m.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Gary McDowell, Chairman