The Chippewa County Board of Commissioner met on Monday, January 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse for their Organizational Meeting of the New Year.

Present: Commissioners Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie, James Moore and Earl Kay

Also Present: Jeff Moran, Sheriff, Don and Chris McLean, Ruth LaJoie, Tim McKee, OES/9-1-1 Director, Tina Ojala, Julie Timmer, Sharon Kennedy, Register of Deeds, Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller, Marilyn McDonald, County Treasurer , Susan Short, Probate Court and Diane Cork, County Clerk

The County Clerk welcomed the newly elected and returning Commissioners and administered their oaths of office.

The Clerk entertained a motion from the floor for nominations for the County Board Chairman.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to nominate Earl Kay.

It was moved by Commissioner Shackelton, supported by Commissioner Moore, to nominate Don Cooper.

The Clerk called for nominations three more times and entertained a motion from the floor to close nominations.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to close the nominations. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to have a secret ballot cast. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Slips were passed out and all Commissioners voted. The Clerk asked Marilyn McDonald to assist with the counting of the ballots. On a vote of 4-3, Earl Kay was declared the Chairman of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners.

Chairman Kay proceeded with the remainder of the meeting.

Chairman Kay opened nominations for the position of Vice Chairman.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to nominate Ted Postula.

Chairman Kay called for nominations three more times. Hearing none, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Ted Postula as Vice Chairman. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The County Board meeting schedule was presented to the Commission as being the second Monday of every month.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to amend the schedule to read the meeting for February would be held on Wednesday, the 16th to allow the Commission to attend the MAC Conference and to accept the schedule as amended. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

The first name read will be the Chairman for each Committee

Finance, Claims and Accounts Richard Timmer
  Don Cooper
  Ted Postula
  Bernard LaJoie
  Jim Moore
  Scott Shackleton - ex officio
  Earl Kay - ex officio
   
Building, Grounds and Jail Earl Kay
  Ted Postula
  Richard Timmer
   
Personnel Bernard LaJoie
  Earl Kay
  Ted Postula
   
Equalization and Apportionment Jim Moore
  Don Cooper
  Scott Shackelton
   
Health and Social Services Ted Postula
  Bernard LaJoie
  Jim Moore
   
Legislative and Natural Resources Richard Timmer
  Earl Kay
  Scott Shackelton
   
Transportation Ted Postula
  Jim Moore
  Richard Timmer
   
Computer Don Cooper
  Bernard LaJoie
  Earl Kay

The following are Commissioners who will sit on various boards, committees and agencies. It was noted by the Chairman, if any board member had a conflict with attending the meetings, corrections/amendments could be made.

UPCAP Scott Shackleton
   
Emergency Food and Shelter Don Cooper
   
Community Action Earl Kay
  Richard Timmer
  Bernard LaJoie
   
MTA All Commissioners
   
CDBG Don Cooper
  Scott Shackleton
  Richard Timmer
  Bernard LaJoie
  Jim Moore
  Earl Kay
   
Community Corrections Earl Kay
   
Prison Liaison Bernard LaJoie
   
Michigan Works Richard Timmer
  Bernard LaJoie
   
Regional Planning Bernard LaJoie
   
Northern Transitions Richard Timmer
   
OES Don Cooper
   
SANE Richard Timmer
   
Veteran's Affairs Don Cooper

The Commission was in receipt of the By-Laws and Policies of Chippewa County.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to accept the By-Laws and Policies as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

OLD BUSINESS:

Chairman Kay noted that the Prosecuting Attorney had sued the County Board and the case went before Judge Johnson in Petoskey. The Judge ruled in favor of the County Board . The Prosecutor asked for a motion for reconsideration which was also denied by the Judge.

Chairman Cooper inquired about the Controller’s position. He felt that there should be a workshop and the Commission should move forward to fill the vacancy.

Chairman Kay stated the Policy and Procedures sets the Personnel Committee in charge of setting forth the criteria for the Controller position.

NEW BUSINESS:

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously and the County Board did adjourn at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman