The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday December 8, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

Present: Commissioners Ted Postula, Rita Dale, Richard Timmer, Aaron Hopper, Jim Moore and Chairman Earl Kay

Absent: Commissioner Don Cooper

Also Present: Susan Short, Lowell Ulrich, Probate Court Judge, Don and Chris McLean, Mary Piralli, various employees of HBH, Tim Dolehanty, Controller, and Diane Cork, County Clerk

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

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the County Board minutes of November 10, 2003 as presented by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Don McLean read a statement to the County Board re: HBH

Annie Goetz thanked the Commission for setting up a public hearing for comments on the expansion of the Dafter Landfill. Ms. Goetz’s concerns were that of expansion into wetlands.

Marion Jenkins was concerned with the quality of the water around Dafter Township if the expansion was to take place and the wetlands were disturbed.

Ms. Goetz asked where she could obtain a Flood Plan map of Dafter Township as the Health Dept. did not have then. Chairman Kay directed her to the Equalization Department.

Delores Griggs spoke to the Commission about her concerns with HBH and how it should be easier to receive help when families have no place else to turn.

CONTROLLER’S REPORT – Tim Dolehanty

Mr. Dolehanty distributed a report on HBH membership and organization alternatives for Chippewa County. Mackinac and Schoolcraft Counties also received this report.

The report outlined administrative options, an Attorney General’s opinion and fiscal implications involved if Chippewa County should decided to separate from the mental health services program.

Since the County Commission just received this report, Commissioner Timmer suggested that this report be referred to the Legislative and Natural Resources Committee for further discussion and consideration.

Under action items, three seats needed to be filled on the Building Authority Board. The names of Frank Fazi, Michael Krzycki, Paul Larke, Marilyn McDonald and Edward Reining were nominated at the November County Board meeting.

On a vote, Commissioners Dale, Hopper, Postula, Moore and Timmer and Chairman Kay voted for Frank Fazi. Commissioner Cooper was absent.

On a vote, Commissioners Timmer, Moore, Postula, Dale, Chairman Kay voted for Michael Krzycki and Commissioner Hopper voted for Paul Larke. Commissioner Cooper was absent.

On a vote, Commissioners Moore, Timmer, Chairman Kay, Dale, Hopper and Postula voted for Marilyn McDonald. Commissioner Cooper was absent.

Having received the majority of the votes, Frank V. Fazi, Michael Krzycki and Marilyn McDonald were elected to the Building Authority for a one year term ending December 31, 2004.

The names of Joseph Nasser and Frank Sasso were nominated at the November County Board meeting to fill one position on the EUP Transportation Authority Board.

On a vote, Commissioners Postula, Hopper, Dale, Chairman Kay, Moore and Timmer voted for Frank Sasso. Commissioner Cooper was absent.

Having received a unanimous voted, Frank Sasso was elected to the EUP Transportation Authority Board for a three year term ending December 31, 2006.

Having received only one application for the Concealed Weapons Board vacancy, it was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Moore to appoint Marley Walker to the Concealed Weapons Board for a period to coincide with the current Prosecutors present term. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Hopper, supported by Commissioner Dale, to accept the applications for nomination of W. W. LaJoie, Dr. Leif LaLone and Donald Sawruck for one vacant seat on the War Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. On a voice vote, the motion carried. This vacancy will be filled at the next regular scheduled County Board meeting to be held in January 2004.

Mr. Dolehanty stated that the County had received a letter from John Campbell, EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission, indicating that the proposed expansion is deemed consistent with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Solid Waste Management Plan.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, that any action necessary by the County Board on this matter be tabled until after the Public Hearing is held. On a voice, the motion carried unanimously.

This concluded the Controller’s report.

OLD BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Rita Dale – No meeting

Equalization & Apportionment – Jim Moore – No meeting

Health and Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds and Jail – Earl Kay – No meeting

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Rita Dale – December 4, 2003

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to approve the agenda as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee continued discussion on the fee increase imposed by Blue Cross. Commissioner Timer suggested contacting the Attorney General to protest the extreme nature of the fee increase. Commissioner Cooper commented that it may be time to review other health insurance programs.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to recommend sending a letter to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan voicing disapproval of the fee increase, and sending a letter to the Michigan Attorney General questioning the validity of the increase. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Mr. Dolehanty briefly reviewed the annual Administrative Services Agreement submitted by Harford Life Insurance Company for a voluntary pension program.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Postula, to recommend approval of the administrative Services Agreement submitted by the Hartford Life Insurance Company as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee reviewed the proposed annual P.A. 511 Community Corrections Program contract. It was noted that the amount budgeted for Chippewa County included $28,219 for community service work and $23,244 for electronic monitoring.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend approval of the P.A. 511 Community Corrections Program contract as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Mr. Dolehanty asked the Committee to consider a revision to the Fixed Assets Management Program Policy to set the minimum value of fixed assets included in the inventory at $5,000. He noted that this was the figure recommended by the Auditors several years ago, but the adopted policy stated the value was $500.

Finance Director Dave Carpenter said the County would continue to document all capital items purchased, but only those items with a value of $5,000 or higher would be included in the fixed assets inventory submitted for auditing purposes.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to set the minimum value of fixed assets included in the County inventory at $5,000. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Mr. Carpenter presented the following amendments to the Fiscal year 2003 General Fund and Animal Shelter Construction Fund budget and recommends their approval.

Account No. Description Debit Credit
       
General Fund      
101-167-801-000 Public Defender - Prof. 65,000  
101-301-979-000 Sheriff - Equipment 14,000  
101-631-701-000 Substance Abuse 2,539  
101-648-701-000 Medical Examiner 5,000  
101-879-701-000 Audit 4,328  
101-884-701-000 Misc. - Alcalde & Fay 32,000  
101-885-701-000 Computer 57,000  
101-963-998-413 Transfer - Animal Shelter 155,511  
101-980-998-262 Transfer - Road Patrol 8,565  
101-000-543-000 State Sources - Public Def.   36,000
101-000-571-000 Tourism and Convention   5,078
101-000-588-000 Revenues - 2% Gaming   14,000
101-000-627-000 Prison Board   84,279
101-973-998-000 Transfer - Child Care Fund   173,086
101-981-701-000 Vehicles   31,500
       
Animal Shelter Construction Fund    
413-000-801-000 Professional Fees 49  
413-000-970-000 Capital Outlay 155,462  
413-000-699-101 Transfer from General Fund   155,511

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to recommend approval of the Fiscal Year 2003 budget amendments as presented. On a roll call vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Hopper, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $151,019.92, other fund claims of $90,853.54, payroll of $515,309.78 and health department claims of $372,947.66 for a total of $1,130,130.90 and vouchers 34694 through 34875 and L-1 through L-163. On a roll call vote, the motion carried.

Commissioner Dale moved for acceptance of this report. It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to accept the report at given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner Hopper stated that Eric Coleman, Commissioner from Oakland County, is running for 2nd Vice-President of NACO and asked that the County Board pass a resolution in support of Mr. Coleman in his in devour to run for 2nd Vice-President. If he is successful, Mr. Coleman will be the third individual from Michigan to go on to be the President of NACO.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to pass a resolution in support of Eric Cole for 2nd Vice-President. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Chairman complimented Judge Ulrich for the great job his staff did in organizing the Courthouse Christmas party.

Chairman Kay wished everyone a Merry Christmas from the County Board.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Hopper to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion did carry and the Board adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman