The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in Special Session on Monday, December 29, 2003 at 5:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

Present: Commissioners Don Cooper, Rita Dale, Richard Timmer, Aaron Hopper, Jim Moore and Chairman Earl Kay.

Absent: Commissioner Ted Postula

Also Present: Sue Short, Dave Carpenter, Finance Director, Jeff Moran, Sheriff, Jim Lucas, MSU Extension, Tim Dolehanty, Controller and Diane Cork, County Clerk

NEW BUSINESS: 2004 Budget

A letter was received from the 50th Circuit Court Judge, Nicholas J. Lambros and 91st District Court Judge Michael McDonald re: salaries in their respective offices.

Commissioner Timmer asked if a balanced budget could be passed on the interpretation from the last County Board meeting. Commissioner Timmer thought at this particular time, the Judges are not fiscally responsible and if they wish to pass the raises they would have to take them out of their cost center and until the Commissioners can get some legal guidance on this he would like the budget passed as agreed.

Commissioner Cooper disagreed, saying that they (Judges) are in their mind running their departments within the jurisdictions that they are allowed.

Commissioner Timmer asked how does the County Board ever budget if they won’t hire and promote within the County guidelines. He felt to get a balanced budget, the Commissioners go with the information they have in hand and if legal counsel say the Judges have a valid and legal point, then adjustments be made at that time.

Commissioner Moore felt that the Friend of the Court budget already reflects a $55,000 salary and the Judge is just putting someone in that position and the Commissioners are cutting that budget.

Discussion followed.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer to approve the budget and resolution as proposed and if the budget needs to be modified because of the communication from the Judges, that it be done at that time. This motion was supported by Commissioner Hopper with a strong recommendation that this matter be transferred to the Personnel Committee.

Discussion followed.

On the vote of the motion to approve the budget and resolution: Commissioners Dale, Timmer, Hopper, Moore and Kay voted yes. Commissioner Cooper voted no. The motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer to approve Resolution No. 03-33 as follows:



WHEREAS, Frank LaCoy began working for Chippewa County on August 13, l973:

WHEREAS, Frank LaCoy has served the County as a maintenance attendant and head of maintenance for the past 30 years: and

WHEREAS, Frank LaCoy has taken great personal pride in the appearance of the historic Chippewa County Courthouse and has worked hard to make the building a functional Monument during his career; and

WHEREAS, Frank LaCoy has chosen to retire from service with Chippewa County, effective December 31, 2003.


1. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners respectfully dedicates this document to honor and thank Frank LaCoy for his many years of public service and particularly for his work in Chippewa County.

2. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners extend their best wishes to Frank LaCoy for many years of good health and enjoyment in his retirement.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Dale, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend payment of Vouchers #35071-35114 and N-1 through N-32 and general funds claims of $19,877.02, other fund claims of $2,581.24, payroll of $598,854.32 and health department claims of $385,775.33 for a total of $1,007,087.91. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the County Board adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman