The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on January 10, 2005 at 7:10 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse immediately following the Public Hearing on the 2005 Small Cities Grant Application.

Present: Commissioners Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie, Jim Moore and Chairman Earl Kay

Absent: Commissioner Ted Postula

Also Present: Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller, Mary Piralli, Don and Chris McLean, Marilyn McDonald, County Treasurer , Frank Blissett, Jeff Moran, Sheriff, Sharon Kennedy, Register of Deeds/Equalization Director, Sue Short, Probate Court and Diane Cork, County Clerk

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

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the Public Hearing minutes of December 13, 2004, regular Board meeting minutes of December 13, 2004 and Special Board meeting minutes of December 23, 2004 as prepared by the Clerk and the Work Session minutes of December 19, 2004. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Don McLean read a statement to the Board re: Mental Health issues

CONTROLLER’S REPORT – Kelly Beaune

Discussion was held on appointments to various boards and committees.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to table the appointments to Pathways, Building Code of Appeals, Mental Health and the Jury Board. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was the consensus of the Board to advertise for all vacancies on various board, committees and agencies and make appointments at one time.

Ms. Beaune stated that a letter had been received from Elizabeth Church, Chief Public Defender, recommending that if the Law Library go internet, that the hard copies be sold as soon as possible to get the best possible price.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to sell the Law Books by closed sealed bids. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Otis Elevator sent a proposed contract addendum to the present elevator maintenance agreement. It offered the County an advanced payment discount if the County was willing to modify its billing frequency t semiannually (2%) or annually (4%).

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to modify the billing frequency for the maintenance of the elevators to annually for a savings of 4% or $1,200. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the Community Corrections Agreement for 2005 titled Letter of Agreement #1 By and Between E.U.P. Employment and Training Consortium and Chippewa County. On a voice, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner, to pay the yearly dues to the Michigan Association of Counties, UPCAP and NACO. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

Commissioner Cooper noted that travel expenses for the Health Department have not been included in the monthly Commissioners packets. Commissioner LaJoie will bring this matter up at the next Board of Health meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel Committee – Bernard LaJoie – December 23, 2004

A two week resignation notice was presented to the Committee, from Rebecca Pierce, part-time animal Control Shelter Attendant. Current part-time staff of the CCASCS will fill the hours available after her resignation.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the resignation and to thank Ms. Pierce for her work with the Animal Shelter. Discussion was held on the hours of work for part time employees. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee received a resignation letter from Legal Secretary Carrie McDowell along with a request from the Prosecuting Attorney, to post the opening.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the letter of resignation from Carrie McDowell. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend the posting of the Legal Secretary I position and that the Personnel Committee receive the new employee’s name before the new hire can start the position. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having concluded the report, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Equalization & Apportionment – Jim Moore – No meeting

Health & 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 Committee – Don Cooper – No meeting

Finance, Claims and Accounts – Richard Timmer – No meeting

NEW BUSINESS:

Commissioner Cooper asked what the total cost was for attorney fees re: Peppler –vs- Chippewa County Board of Commissioners.

Chairman Kay stated that two bills had been received from Attorney Steve Cannello, one for $350.00 and another for $150.00. Total cost of $500.00. It was recommended by Attorney Cannello not to pay any costs for Mr. Peppler as the County was not obligated to do so.

Commissioner Timmer inquired as to the savings in the Prosecutors Office for the furlough days taken. Ms. Beaune thought the figure was around $12,000 if employees eligible were to take all the furlough days required.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to enter into a closed session to discuss a grievance proceeding, pursuant to Section C of the Open Meetings Act, Act 267,P.A. 1976, as amended, being MCL 15.268(c). A roll call vote was taken as follows: Cooper – Yes, Shackleton – Yes, Timmer – Yes, LaJoie – Yes, Moore – Yes, Kay – Yes. The motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to resume the open meeting of the County Board of Commissioners. A roll call vote was taken as follows: Cooper – Yes, Shackleton – Yes, Timmer – Yes, LaJoie – Yes, Moore – Yes, Kay – Yes. The motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the settlement on the arbitration award on behalf of Jennifer Schonenman in the amount of $16,099.92. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 7:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman