The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.
Present: Commissioners Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie, Jim Moore and Chairman Earl Kay
Also Present: Marvin Willis, Marilyn McDonald, County Treasurer, Don and Chris McLean, Jim German, Derek Myerscough, Frank Blissett, Scott Brand, Evening News, Debbie Sirk, John Sawruk, Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller, Jeri Wolski, Jeff Moran, Sheriff, and Diane Cork, County Clerk
It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, 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 unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the County Board minutes of November 11, 2005 as prepared by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Marvin Willis, Sugar Island resident, voiced his concern with the lack of representation on the Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority Board with regards to Sugar Island and asked that Jesse Knoll be appointed to the Board. He stated that Drummond Island is represented along with Neebish Island.
Chairman Kay indicated that all vacancies for various boards were advertised in the Evening News and his application was not received.
Chris McLean read the following statement:
“Don and I are here again to speak to you about Hiawatha Behavioral Health. I hope all of you took the time to review the information Don and I sent a couple of weeks ago.
Once again, it appears HBH management is trying to bluff HBH board members, County commissioners and the general public into another empire building project. HBH management feels there is a need to add on/remodel the Manistique office.
It is being said the main office has to stay in Manistique because that provision was set forth in the original documents agreed upon by Chippewa, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties.
We couldn’t find anything to that effect in the original resolution and even if there was sort of agreement at the time since Sam Harma, the incoming director, was living in Manistique, remember how easily the membership on the HBH board was changed from equal representation for the people to equal representation by county boards?
With the financial crunch that is now impacting HBH it is necessary to reassess that decision, if there was one, and look for what is best for all people in the HBH service area and move HBH administration to St. Ignace Office location would be easy to change.
The facts do not lie.
Considerable saving could be made by moving the offices to centralized Mackinac County. Any addition or remodeling could be used in St. Ignace. HBH management likes to equate many of their spending practices to those of the private sector in order to justify what they are doing.
Maybe management doesn’t want to move their families to St. Ignace; what option would they be given if they worked in private industry if it was determined that move would save money, jobs and services?
Maybe management doesn’t want to drive the hour and twenty minutes to work in St. Ignace. Are these workers any more deserving than those who live in Detour or St. Ignace and work in the Sault? Are they better than the workers who live in the Sault and work in Newberry?
Time after time, the HBH management has shown they have a unique definition of equality.
For instance, this past summer HBH closed the drop in center in St. Ignace because they couldn’t get enough of Mackinac County’s 11,000 residents to attend. A month later, HBH appropriated an additional $4,700 for the drop in center for Schoolcraft’s 8,000 residents. Currently, HBH spends about $437,000 on the drop in center in Manistique and $53,000 on the Sault drop in center.
Somehow, HBH management finds it equitable to spend $4.60 per person in Schoolcraft, while spending only $1.40 per person in Chippewa and nothing in person in Mackinac for drop-in center services.
The voters, taxpayers and residents of Chippewa County, just like those in Mackinac County, deserve better. Please put forth more effort to correct these ongoing problems with HBH.
CONTROLLER’S REPORT – Kelly Beaune – Informational purposes only
Appointment: Board of Health
At the November 2005 County Board meeting, the names of James German, Don McLean, John B. Schaeffer and Patrick Shannon were nominated as candidates for one position on the Chippewa County Board of Health.
On a roll call vote, Commissioner Earl Kay, James Moore, Ted Postula and Bernard LaJoie voted for James German. Commissioners Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton and Richard Timmer voted for Patrick Shannon.
James German was elected to fill the one position to the Chippewa County Board of Health with a term ending December 31, 2010.
Appointment: Chippewa County Building Authority
At the November 2005 County Board meeting, the names of Marilyn McDonald, Michael Krzycki and Frank Fazi were nominated as candidates for three (3) positions on the Chippewa County Building Authority Board.
It was moved by Richard Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to cast a unanimous ballot for Marilyn McDonald and Michael Krzycki as appointees to the Chippewa County Building Authority Board with a term ending December 31, 2006. With the passing of Frank Fazi, advertising will be done for additional applications for this board. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Appointment: EUP Transportation Authority Board
At the November 2005 County Board meeting, the name of Aaron Hopper was nominated for one position to the EUP Transportation Authority Board.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to cast a unanimous ballot for Aaron Hopper to be appointed to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority Board with a term to expire December 31, 2008. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Appointment: War Memorial Hospital Board
At the November 2005 County Board meeting the names of Ronald Calery, William Connolly, Kristi Little, Don McLean, John Schaeffer and Patrick Shannon were nominated for one appointment to the War Memorial Hospital Board.
On a roll call vote, Commissioner Cooper, Kay LaJoie, Postula, and Moore voted for Ronald Calery. Commissioners Shackleton and Timmer voted for Patrick Shannon.
Ronald Calery was appointed to the War Memorial Hospital Board with a term to expire December 31, 2009.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – November 22, 2005
Discussion of non-union employees pay grades and health coverage were discussed at length. The Committee received Benefits-at-a-Glance to review and option previously accepted by the AFSMCE Union. The costs savings for the AFSCME group was approximately $43,000 for 34 members, the non-union personnel is a similar size and would have the same savings. The Committee also recommended a 3% wage increase as non-union personnel have gone two years with no increase.
It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timer, to send a memo to non-union personnel notifying them of the Committees intention with the health coverage and the pay rate increase of 3%.
Commissioner Cooper stated that he has never been briefed on the Health Care Plan and felt uncomfortable on voting on the insurance coverage.
After discussion Commissioner LaJoie withdrew his motion and Commissioner Timmer withdrew his support.
Having no further action items, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula to accept the report of the Personnel Committee. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Equalization & Apportionment – Jim Moore – No meeting
Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting
Building, Grounds & Jail – Earl Kay – No meeting
Transportation – Ted Postual – No meeting
Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting
Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting
Finance, Claims & Accounts – Richard Timmer – December 8, 2005
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to have the Schindler Elevator contract checked for a termination clause and to pursue bids for elevator the maintenance contract for the Courthouse Annex elevator due to the high costs of service calls during FY2005. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
The Committee received and reviewed the bid summary for 8.5’ x 24’ enclosed trailer. Per the County purchasing policy, it was determined that the bid from Wayne ’s Auto for an 8.5’ x 26’ enclosed trailer be awarded.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the bid from Wayne’s Auto, in the amount of $6,300.00 to be paid from the 2004 Homeland Security Grant allocations. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Director Tim McKee presented the Committee with a grant agreement seeking approval for the 2003 State Homeland Security Grant Program Part II, running from December 12, 2005 through January 31, 2006. Grant allocations would be used for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to purchase backpacks and blankets, training, supplies and grant preparation.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the 2003 State Homeland Security Grant Program Part II for signature. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
The Committee received a request from the Chippewa County dialysis on November 22, 2005, the Chairman’s signature was sought without Board approval since Chippewa County dialysis was waiting on the check and the check had already been cut for the project. The Committee was asked to officially approve the signature.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the 2% Pass Through for Chippewa County dialysis for signature. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
The monthly claims and accounts report was presented.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $172,077.94, other fund claims of $86,294.72, payroll of $348,124.33 and health department claims of $476,245.53, total claims of $1,082,745.52, vouchers 39359 through 39568 and K-1 through K-112. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff Jeff Moran presented a request to adjust the revenue and expenditures on reimbursements that were not budgeted for FY2005. The adjustments have a neutral effect on the FY2005 budget.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner More, to approve the budget adjustments as requested, reimbursements from Michigan Works $1,267.51; U.S. Marshall medical $3,712.40; Mental Transports $4,160.40; U.S. Marshall Transports$1,476.88; U.S. Marshall Hospital Duty $7,613.59 and Patrol Escort $45.22; equal expenditures of wages $14,563.60; and medical $3,712.40. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Kelly Beaune, Assistant to the Controller, sought clarification on the previously approved supplemental staff addition of Lieutenant Allen Allen regarding approved wage scale and approval from the Committee to not follow Board approved Policy No. 211 adopted December 2003.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to move Allen Allen to the top of the pay scale, due to his previous part-time employment with the County and to not follow Policy No. 211.
Commissioner Cooper questioned the logic of putting this position to the top of the pay scale because of his previous part-time employment. Commissioner Cooper pointed out that last September Jeri Lou Wolski was promoted to the position of Circuit Court Administrator. She worked 2 years as part-time from 1988 to 1990 and then in 1990 she moved to a step 7 and she stayed there for fourteen (14) years. Last year she moved up to step 11, due to the retirement of the 50th Circuit Court Administrator, and because this policy was in place, she was brought in at the bottom of the scale for step 11. She was not even afforded the 90 days probation rate. As Mr. Cooper sees it, there is an inconsistency in the policy.
On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.
A letter regarding the JABG grant funds was received to correct the previously approved budget. The correction has no effect on the budget.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to change the JABG funds to show $7,679.00 in line item 801, and transfer the difference $768.00 to line item 860. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Cooper addressed the letter received from Alcade & Fay. It was his thought to investigate the contract by contacting an attorney.
Having no further action items, 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 unanimously.
It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner to approve the following Resolution No. 05-29 as follows:
CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OPPOSITION TO SECTIONS 8319 AND 8320 OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BILL 4241 SAID SECTIONS PROVIDE FOR FUNDING CUTS TO THE NATIONAL CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM
WHEREAS, Sections 8319 and 8320 of H.R. 4241 (Budget Reconciliation Bill) provide for unprecedented funding cuts to the national child support program, and would have a compelling negative impact on Chippewa County children and families; and
WHEREAS, the child support program is the first line of defense against poverty and public assistance costs. It is unlike other programs because the benefit to children is paid by parents and not the public; and
WHEREAS, said funding cuts would severely restrict the ability of local human service agency workers, prosecutors, law enforcement agents, judges and court officials to provide services in both local and interstate child support cases; and
WHEREAS, families will receive less child support payments, reducing family income available to pay for housing, groceries, fuel, school supplies and child care for their children, forcing many custodial parents to fall back on federally funded assistance programs; and
WHEREAS, fewer medical support orders will be enforced, leaving many children without private health insurance coverage, and resulting in greater dependence on Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, child support payments from parents reinforce parental responsibility, increase income of millions of working families, and prevent the necessity of other social services spending; and
WHEREAS, welfare reform correctly recognized child support as a lynchpin to financial self sufficiency, critical to both single parent families coming off of, or working to, avoid public benefits; and
WHEREAS, the proposed child support funding cuts are the largest reductions to children’s programs in the House budget bill, which will only increase when children are not being supported by the non-custodial parent causing these families to look to the government for public assistance, therefore not saving the federal government money; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners opposes sections 8319 and 8320 of the H.R. 4241 and urges Congress to remove the proposed reductions to child support enforcement funding from the bill and restore full funding of the states administrative costs of the federal child support program at sixty-six percent (66%) of the costs, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the County’s congressional delegation, and the Michigan Association of Counties.
A VOTE WAS TAKEN AS FOLLOWS
AYES: Kay, Postula, Cooper, Shackleton, LaJoie, Moore and Timmer
RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.
County Clerk Diane Cork stated that she had received a letter from the Chippewa County Road Commission requesting an amendment to the Road Maintenance and Repair Proposition Renewal Resolution previously passed at the August 8, 2005 Board of Commissioners meeting. The Road Commission was under the impression that the election would be held on February 7, 2005 when in fact, the election will be held on February 28th.
It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to amend the previously adopted resolution to reflect the election date of February 28, 2006. On a roll call vote, Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay voted yes. The motion carried 7-0.
The County Board was also notified that Deputy Jerry Cook, representative for the Sheriff on the Concealed Weapons Board, will be replaced by Doug Vert.
It was the consensus of the Board to set a Workshop Session for Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss a financial packet for the Administrator/CFO position and the Workman’s Compensation quotes.
It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula to enter into a closed session to discuss AFCSME Contracts, 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: Postula – Yes, Cooper – Yes, Shackleton – Yes, Timmer – Yes, LaJoie – Yes, Moore – Yes, Kay – Yes. The motion carried 7-0. (7:46 p.m.)
It was moved by Commissioner by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to return to the open meeting of the Board. On a roll call vote: Postula – Yes, Cooper – Yes, Shackleton – Yes, Timmer – Yes, LaJoie – Yes, Moore – Yes and Kay – Yes. The motion carried. (8:10 p.m.)
It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to ratify the contracts with the Courthouse, Probate and Circuit Court Units, AFSCME Local 1552 as presented for the contract term of January 1, 2005 thru December 31, 2007.
Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously and the Board did adjourn at 8:12 p.m.
Diane S. Cork, Clerk
Earl Kay, Chairman