The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.
Present: Commissioners: Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie, Jim Moore and Chairman Earl Kay
Absent: Commissioner Ted Postula
Also Present: Sheriff Jeff Moran, Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller, Shane Beaune, Sydney Beaune, Frank Blisset, Don Holt, Cliff Carr, Dirk Heckman, Dona and Chris McLean, Karen Senkus, Cindy Merkel and Diane Cork, County Clerk
It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Cooper, 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 Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the County Board minutes of July 11, 2005 as prepared by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Karen Senkus, speaker for a local community group, addressed the board giving them information on the fourth Monday in September being proclaimed family day. Ms. Senkus asked the board for their support.
Chris McLean read the following statement:
“Don and I have come here again to encourage this commission to continue to work for improvements in mental health services at Hiawatha Behavioral Health.
In June, I mentioned how Chippewa county provides over 66% of the client base and funding at HBH yet we have only 33% representation on the board.
From records provided by HBH, we found during HBH’s last fiscal year that Chippewa County HBH board members representing 66% of the client base and 33% of the board membership received only 28% of the payouts made to HBH board members. Mackinac County HBH board members represent a 19% client base and received 26% of the payouts; while Schoolcraft County HBH members representing less than 15% of the client base receive 46% of HBH board payouts.
We also found one HBH Schoolcraft member was absent 4 times in that period, yet he received lump sum payments that total more than any Chippewa or Mackinac Board member who never missed a meeting.
Not one Schoolcraft HBH board member was paid less than $4000, while not one Chippewa or Mackinac HBH board member received such rewards.
Since June, the HBH board elected new officers. Schoolcraft membership hold 2 offices, Chair and secretary. Mackinac has two, Treasurer and Vice Chair. Chippewa has none.
Of the six main HBH sub committees; three are chaired by Schoolcraft members, two are chaired by Mackinac members and one chair is held by a Chippewa member. Chippewa County residents and tax payers deserve better than this.
LaSt Thursday, we received another call from a desperate Chippewa County tax payer. I encouraged him to call Chippewa HBH board members. I hope he found the strength and I hope he wasn’t written off.
It seems a member of his family was to be released from court ordered treatment the next day. He and other family members had spoken to the hospital several times abut the patient’s progress and stability. They were given various reports. From their own observations, their loved one was still too ill to be released.
Our caller just didn’t know where to turn. He wondered who made the decisions about length of care, how he would manage to work, care for his family and care for his desperately ill loved one.
Yesterday, we were told the patient hadn’t been released yet and the family had gotten even further run around about treatment and care.
Some things still haven’t changed in the 54 months since our daughter’s death. Family members, even with guardianship, are kept confused about client care and progress, discharge dates, placement, and funding.
HBH has learned to talk the talk and look good on paper, but I believe they are still a self serving agency.
Please listen when someone asks for help and please continue to expect HBH to provide appropriate services for our residents rather than buildings, cars and bonuses in this time of budget cuts and belt tightening.”
CONTROLLER’S REPORT – Informational purposes only, no action required
OLD BUSINESS – None
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – No meeting
Equalization and Apportionment – Jim Moore – No meeting
Health and Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting
Building, Grounds and Jail – Earl Kay – July 13, 2005
Committee discussion centered on security issues for Probate Court.
No action necessary.
It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the Building, Grounds and Jail Committee report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting
Legislative and Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting
Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting
Finance, Claims and Accounts – Richard Timmer – August 4, 2005
Under Sheriff Savoie stated that for the past several years they have been experiencing intermediate malfunctions with their electronic equipment (jail digital video recorders, fire alarms, etc.) located in the server room, adjacent to the garage.
They have identified the source and according to the current vendor, the maximum humidity level allowed for the equipment to function properly is 80%. The current vendor evaluated the situation and recommended installation of a ductless split cooling system that will control the room temperature year round and protect the equipment properly.
It was moved by Commissioner Kay, supported by Commissioner Shackleton, to recommend the Sheriff’s Department attempt to get more estimates for installation of a ductless split cooling system and present the figures to the Commissioners before the regular County Board meeting on August 8, 2005
Sheriff Moran appeared before the full board with two additional estimates received from Don Earl Heating in the amount of $2,650 and Baril Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. in the amount of $2,858. An additional estimate was presented at the Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee meeting from Elliott Heating & Cooling, Inc. in the amount of $2,995. Elliott’s proposal included a one year parts and labor warranty, permits and wall brackets.
It was moved by Commissioner Shackleton, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the proposal from Don Earl Heating & Cooling Inc. in the amount of $2,650 contingent upon this figure including a one year parts and labor warranty and it still falls within the category of low bid. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
OES/9-1-1 Director Tim McKee updated the Committee on the Homeland Security Grant allocation for 2004 in the amount of $526,739. He stated the committee had prepared four specific projects for which the grant would be used. Some major purchases have already been made and reimbursement has been received. Mr. McKee presented the Committee with a specific detection equipment list that has been identified as needed in the emergency response trailer. The list included the best possible price on each item from various vendors. Mr. McKee asked for approval to expend $15,543.50 through the various vendors to obtain the list equipment.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend approval of the expenditure of $15,543.50 from the Homeland Security Grant allocation to purchase equipment needed in the emergency response trailer. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Edison Sault Electric Company requested permission from the Committee to enter upon County owned property (easement) located near the Animal Shelter to run power lines to VanSloten’s gravel pit located in Section 24, T47N, R1W, Soo Township between I-75 and H-63. In the event the Chippewa county Board of Commissioners or the Chippewa County Road Commission requests that Edison Sault Electric Company re-locate their facilities in the vicinity of the access drive to VanSloten’s pit, the customer (VanSloten Enterprises, Inc.) will be liable for any and all costs associated with said re-location.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend approval of a Right-of-Way Easement and documentation be signed to allow construction of an underground power line to service the gravel pit owned by VanSloten Enterprises, Inc. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
The monthly claims and accounts report was presented.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $138,963.60, other fund claims of $291,947.19, payroll of $341,193.04 and health department claims of $452,533.55, total claims of $1,224,637.38, vouchers 38651 through 38785 and G-1 through G-187. On a voice vote the motion carried.
It was moved by Commissioner Kay, seconded by Commissioner Moore, to enter into a closed session to discuss pending litigation, pursuant to Section 8(c) the Open Meetings Act, Act 267, P.A. 1976, as amended, being MCL 15.268c. A roll call vote was taken as follows: Postula-Yes, Shackleton-Yes, Moore-Yes, Kay-Yes, Timmer-Yes. Motion carried.
It was moved by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Kay, to resume the open session meeting to the Finance Committee. A roll call vote was taken as follows: Postula-Yes, Shackleton-Yes, Moore-Yes, Kay-Yes, Timmer-Yes. Motion carried.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend payment of wages to the two (2) assistant prosecutors for the scheduled furlough days in 2004. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Having completed his report, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to accept the report of the Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee meeting as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to adopt the following resolution number 05-14:
CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND CHIPPEWA COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. SUPPORT FAMILY DAY
WHEREAS, the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the Greatest threats to the well-being of America ’s children;
WHEREAS, surveys conducted by the National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University have consistently found that the more often children and teenagers eat dinner with their families the less likely they are to smoke, drink and use illegal drugs;
WHEREAS likely than the average teenager to use illegal drugs, alcohol and cigarettes;
WHEREAS, teenagers who almost always eat dinner with their families are 31 percent less likely than the average teenager to use illegal drugs, alcohol and cigarettes;
WHEREAS, the correlation between family dinners and reduced risk for teen substance abuse are well documented;
WHEREAS, parental influence is known to be one of the most crucial factors in determining the likelihood of substance abuse by teenagers;
WHEREAS, family dinners have long constituted a substantial pillar of family life in America:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners proclaim the fourth Monday in September as FAMILY DAY- A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children and urge all citizens to recognize and participate in its observance.
On a roll call vote, Commissioners: Cooper, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay voted yes. The motion carried 6-0.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to adopt the following proposition number 05-15:
CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
AND CHIPPEWA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION
SUPPORT ROAD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR PROPOSITION
WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Road Commission currently receives one mill of the voted millage in Chippewa County , and
WHEREAS, this one mill of voted millage expires in December 2006, and
WHEREAS, the population increase and development occurring in the rural areas of Chippewa County is requiring increased maintenance and upgrading of the Local Road system, and
WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Road Commission is required to maintain 1,300 miles of roadway under their jurisdiction, and will not be able to provide matching funds for the increased state and federal revenues, adequate staffing levels and purchase necessary equipment;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports the Chippewa County Road Commission request to place a millage renewal request for one (1) mill for five (5) years on a special election as follows:
ROAD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR PROPOSITION
FEBRUARY 7, 2006
Shall the previously voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within CHIPPEWA COUNTY by RENEWED as follows: 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of FIVE years, being 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for REPAIR AND MAINTENACE OF ROADS WITH CHIPPEWA COUNTY AND STREETS WITHIN THE CITY OF SAULT STE. MARIE AND VILLAGE OF DETOUR, and shall the County of Chippewa levy such renewal for said purposes thereby raising in the first year an estimated $930,000?
Discussion was held on the date of the election and combining this issue with another scheduled election so the cost could be shared.
On a roll call vote, Commissioners Cooper, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay voted yes. Commissioner Shackleton voted no. The motion carried 5-1.
Chairman Kay presented Sheriff Moran with a certificate for being voted the best police officer by the readers of the Evening News.
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 Board did adjourn at 7:42 p.m.
Diane S. Cork, Clerk
Earl Kay, Chairman