The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, August 14, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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

Also Present: Don and Chris McLean, Scott Brand, Evening News, Derek Myerscough, Sugar Island Twp. Supervisor, Tim McKee, OES/9-1-1 Director, Wayne Welch, Will Karr, Frank Blissett, Ken Willis, Bud Willis, Kelly Beaune, Acting Controller, and Diane Cork, County Clerk

A moment of silence was held for the four victims of an airplane crash that took place today at Kincheloe, MI.

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 Postula, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the County Board minutes of July 10, 2006 as prepared by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Ken Willis addressed the Board with concerns involving the services provided by Jim Dunn, Attorney, for the Chippewa County Road Commission. Mr. Willis thought the service fees were too high and the County Board should question what services are actually provided.

Derek Myerscough, Sugar Island Supervisor, thanked Kelly Beaune for drafting a resolution in support of Sugar Island Townships continued investigation and clean-up of the channel between Sugar Island and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada and also commented about appointing a Special Prosecuting Attorney to look into filing criminal charges.

Michele Walk spoke to the Commission about the proposed North Huron Scenic Pathway. The draft goals are to partnership with neighboring communities by 2006 to develop a contiguous non-motorized network between St. Ignace and Drummond Island by 2010. Ms. Walk will return after the pre-engineering study has been completed.

Chris McLean spoke to the Commissioners re: Hiawatha Behavioral Health suicides

CONTROLLER’S REPORT – Kelly Beaune, Acting Controller – Information purposes only. No action items necessary.

OLD BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – July 20, 2006

The Committee received a memo indicating two new hires for the Sheriff’s Department that will fill vacancies open due to retirements. Each new Correction Officer was part-time with Chippewa County before this promotion to full-time.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend the approval of full time employee Patrick Collins and Jennifer Corbin, as Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department Correction Officers, full-time hire date of June 18, 2006. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

The Committee also received a request to increase the pay grade of Tether Officer Jerry Cook to Grade 7, as he replaced Allen Allen in that position. Mr. Cook is currently overseeing 23 inmates on tether and 13 inmates on work release.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the request as presented from Sheriff Jeff Moran and to pay Tether Officer Cook at the Grade 7 level. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee received notice that the part-time animal Control Officer would like to change his regular shift, which are fours hours both on Friday and Saturday; to preferably eight hours on Saturday.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve an additional four hour part-time shift at the Shelter, so that Animal Control Officers hours will still be Tuesday thru Friday, four hours and an eight hour shift on Saturday. Daily log responses and CAD logs will be monitored to ensure the longer shift is needed on Saturday. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the report of the Personnel Committee as presented. 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 – July 27, 2006

The Committee was updated on the recent break-in at the shelter which resulted in the donation and installation by the U.S. Coast Guard of a safe. The total loss was approximately $450.00. During a recent visit of the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Robinson recommended screens be placed in all windows so that the shelter can be aired out on a daily bases.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to seek and go with the low bid to place screens on the windows at the Shelter and to include a screen for the garage door. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee was made aware of the current repair/re-grouting needed in brick and an additional rail expansion, in the handicapped ramp area. The replacement of cracked double paned windows was brought back up to the Committee for a previously sought bid.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to seek and go with the low bid for relay stone work and rail expansion. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the report of the Building, Grounds and Jail Committee as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Transportation – Ted Postula – July 13, 2006

No action items to consider. It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the report of the Transportation Committee as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Don Cooper- No meeting

Finance, Claims and Accounts – Richard Timmer – August 10, 2006

The Committee received and reviewed a request to purchase Fire and EMS Agency Pager/Receivers through the 2004 State Homeland Security Grant funds. Bids were received and reviewed prior to this meeting with the recommendation to purchase 60 pagers from EL-Com Services who submitted the lowest bid.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the request to purchase 60 pager/receivers from the 2004 State Homeland Security Grant Program with the expense not to exceed $22,000.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee received a request from the Sheriff’s Department to purchase and install a hot water heater in the old juvenile section of the Correctional Facility, as inmates need to have access to the hot water. Bids were sought, with the low bid from Jody Mayer Plumbing & Heating of $1,355.25.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the bid from Jody Mayer Plumbing & Heating of $1,355.25 to install a new hot water heater in the old juvenile section of the Correctional Facility. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The committee reviewed a request to open a credit account with Tractor Supply Company being primarily used by the Chippewa County Animal Control Shelter.

It was noted that a limit of three names will be on the account with a monetary limit of $1,000.00.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to authorize the request to open a credit account with Tractor Supply Company. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed a request for a letter of support from the Bay Mills Indian Community regarding placing 110 acres of land into trust with the federal government.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to authorize the Chair’s signature in support of the Bay Mills Indian Community to place 110 acres into trust with the Federal government.

On discussion: Commissioner Shackleton stated the property was going to be used as a business venture and there was no reason for the property to be placed in trust.

On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Shackleton voting no.

A motion from the Personnel Committee meeting of July 20, 2006 was reviewed by the Committee. The Personnel Committee received a letter requesting additional clarification on Policy 211. Current AFSCME President Susan Wilds went over the past history of the policy, and the Unions attempt to correct the disparity of treatment to Sandra Kempf, requesting that she be compensated for her reclassification in October of 2001. Policy 211 was approved by the Board on December 22, 2003, approximately two years after Ms. Kempf’s reclassification. A motion passed the Personnel Committee to forward this request to the Finance Committee with the figures for consideration. The amount owing to Ms. Kempf is $2,520.44.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the payment of $2,520.44 to Sandra Kempf to correct the disparity in Policy 211. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee was updated on previous budget adjustments, and received a current fund analysis. The Committee was also requested to approve the following budget adjustments:

Date Fund Avtivity Account R/E Budget Amendment Amended Budget
8-14-06 101 631 701 E 85,009.00 4,010.00 89,019.00
8-14-06 101 865 701 E 135,000.00 58,000.00 193,000.00
8-14-06 101 981 701 E 34,800.00 24,500.00 59,300.00
8-14-06 101 301 979 E 3,500.00 463.00 3,963.00
8-14-06 101 648 701 E 15,500.00 9,500.00 25,000.00
8-14-06 211 0 979.1 E 0.00 600,000.00 600,000.00
            696,473.00 970,282.00
               
8-14-06 101       0.00 58,000.00 58,000.00
8-14-06 211 0 506.1 R 0.00 600,000.00 600,000.00
8-14-06 101 0 676,301 R 86,030.00 463.00 86,493.00
            658,463.00 744,493.00

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the budget amendments as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The claims and accounts report were presented. The Committee also received both revenue and expenditure budget summary reports.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $301,632.13, other fund claims of $462,817.37, payroll of $365,360.79 and health department claims of $461,110.77, total claims of $1,590,921.06, vouchers 41132 through 41447 and G-1 through G-207. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having concluded the report, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the report of the Finance, Claims and Accounts Committee as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

A vacancy currently exists on the Hiawathaland Library Board. It was decided by the Board to follow policy and advertise this vacancy before an appointment is made.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to adopt the following Resolution No. 06-03 as follows:

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SUGAR ISLAND TOWNSHIP CONTINUED INVESTIGATION AND CLEAN-UP OF THE CHANNEL BETWEEN SUGAR ISLAND AND SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO EAST END TREATMENT PLANT

WHEREAS, continued allegations have been made currently and with historical discharge of contaminated sewage has resulted in thick layers of contaminated sediment on the north side of Sugar Island, Michigan which is a threat to human health and safety to residents of the island and all people living along the shore-line, and all who use that section of St. Mary’s River for swimming, recreation and enjoyment of the river; and

WHERAS, the large volumes of contaminated sediment can adversely impact not only the residents of this area but also the natural resources, tourism for local planning activities, and because of differences in regulatory definitions between United States and Canadian law, can result in inadvertent disposal of wastes in Michiga nwaterways that are not permitted; and

WHEREAS, the continued discharge of contaminated sewage is not acceptable and correction of this situation is vital to maintaining a healthy local economy which is threatened by the discharges; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Chippewa County and its visitors to the area wish to encourage the continued investigation by the U.S. Federal Government and our elected State and Federal Representatives and the EPA to formally request the involvement, commitment, funding, and remedial action by the Canadian Government, Health Canada and Environment Canada; and

WHEREAS, it is clear that the only remedy sure to withstand legal challenge where discharge of contaminated sewage is concerned is one based on authority granted to states by Congress.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as follows:

1. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports Sugar Island Township and its citizens with continued efforts to produce a contamination sediment remediation plan which will adequately identify and remediate the contamination in the International Waters of the St. Mary’s River, specifically the north shore of Sugar Island.

2. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners does hereby request that our Senators and Representatives in the State and Congress, along with the admin- istrations of Governor Jennifer Granholm and President George W. Bush, thoroughly investigate the current and historical data of contaminated sewage discharges in the International Water of the St. Mary’s River, and take all necessary actions to eliminate this unfair and unhealthy assault on our communities.

3. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners respectfully call upon the Governments of Ontario and Canada to take the necessary actions to complete a detailed accounting of the alleged discharge of contaminated sewage, and to take the necessary steps to rectify the problem in a proper, safe manner including a plan for clean up and removal of the contaminated sediment resulting from the operation of primary sewage treatment at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada’s East End Sewage Treatment Plant.

4. That a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to President George W. Bush, Governor Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Senator Jason Allen, Michigan Representative Gary McDowell and the Sugar Island Township officials.

On a roll call vote: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay voted yes. The motion carried 7-0.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to adopt the Organ and Tissue Procurement Agreement Between Gift of Life Michigan and Midwest Eye-Banks and Chippewa County. On a roll call vote: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay voted yes. The motion carried 7-0.

Tim McKee, OES/9-1-1 Director, addressed the Board. Mr. McKee stated that there was a failure of the back-up system on August 11, 2006 that records all the conversations at 9-1-1. In speaking with Chairman Kay, Mr. McKee was instructed to get three quotes. A figure of $55,000.00 has already been budgeted for 2006.

The low bid from Grand Traverse Mobile Communications, was accepted in the amount of $32,344.00. This radio system interfaces with Windows. It should take approximately one week to receive the equipment.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman