The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 11, 2002 at 7:00 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, Patrick Schue, Scott Brand, Evening News, Don and Christine McLean, Wayne and Barbara Fortin, Mary Marsh and Diane Cork, Clerk

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

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to approve the County Board minutes of February l8, 2002 as prepared by the County Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Don McLean addressed the County Commissioners asking that the Board look into changing management at Hiawatha Behavorial Health. Chairman McDowell responded by saying that this subject was in committee and they were looking at this situation.

CONTROLLER'S REPORT - Tim Dolehanty

Mr. Dolehanty asked the Board if they would consider going into a closed session at the end of the regular meeting to discuss the Teamster's Contract which has been signed with some of the nurses at the Chippewa County Health Dept.

Mr. Dolehanty introduced Carrie Stark, 4-H agent, from the MSU Extension Office. Ms. Stark outlined several programs which included theater groups, volunteers and different programs being held in several townships within Chippewa County.

Ms. Stark thanked the Commissioners for giving her time off to pursue her Master's Degree.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to send a letter to the 4-H Agency noting their 100th anniversary and lauding them for the work they have been doing. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Dolehanty noted that a 2001 Calendar Year Annual Report was included in their packet from Tim McKee, OES/9-1-1 Director.

OLD BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper that the County Board extend the contract with local 1552, the contract that was in place as of 12-31-01, until the new contract is settled. The motion failed for lack of support.

NEW BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel Committee - Aaron Hopper - No Meeting

Equalization and Apportionment - Bernard LaJoie - No Meeting

Health & Social Services - Ted Postula - No Meeting

Building, Grounds & Jail - Earl Kay - No Meeting

Transportation Committee - Ted Postula - No Meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources Committee - Earl Kay - February 25, 2002

Commissioner Kay outlined his written report. No action items were necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Hopper to approve the Legislative Committee report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Computer Committee - Don Cooper - Meeting of February 18, 2002

It was noted that Commissioner Cooper gave a verbal report of this committee meeting at the February 18, 2002 Board meeting.

t was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Dale, to accept the written report of the Computer Committee. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

Treasurer Marilyn McDonald had appeared before the committee with a request to extend work hours for her staff for a period of two weeks.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend approval of the extension of work hours for the Treasurer's Office to 40 hours per week for a period not to exceed two weeks. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty reported receipt of an expense voucher from the Building Inspection Department Clerk Typist seeking a percentage of the permit fee for a soil erosion control permit issued by the County. He informed the Committee that he rejected the voucher a week earlier and the matter was brought to the Committee at the request of Commissioner Hopper.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend that the County Building Dept. continue as the enforcing agency for the soil erosion control program, that Ms. Ervin function as the department clerk typist consistent with the approved position description, and that employees of the department be compensated for time and expenses in a manner consistent with existing policies. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

A letter from Raber Township requesting financial assistance for the purchase of a voting machine was discussed at the committee meeting. It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend the County consider a cost sharing program beginning in fiscal year 2003, using PILT dollars to fund the program. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty asked the Committee to consider purchasing up to three copy machines in lieu of the plan presented in February to replace all machines. It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, that a request for quotations be issued for the purchase of three copy machines with the results to be considered at the next Committee meeting. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Controller Dolehanty presented a copier maintenance agreement from National Office Products. If approved, the agreement would cover the Health Dept. copier until February 2003.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend approval of the copier maintenance agreement with National Office Products for a cost not to exceed $360.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $239,376.82, other fund claims of $107,819.23, payroll of $483,471.57 and health department claims of $326,744.78, voucher's 30719 through 30859 and C-1 through C-170. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Kay, to accept the report of Finance Chairman Dale as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the written report of the Workshop Meeting minutes of February 28, 2002. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Dale gave a synopsis of the Ad-Hoc Animal Control Committee meeting held on March 4, 2002. Discussion was held on the various options for the animal shelter.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to accept the minutes of the committee report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to go into a closed session to discuss the Teamsters contract. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously. Thereupon, the Commissioners adjourned to a closed session at 8:15 p.m.

The Board of Commissioners reconvened at 8:53 p.m.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to accept the Teamsters contract as presented. On a roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. Thereupon, the board adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Gary McDowell, Chairman