The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners in regular session on Monday, March 12, 2007 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: Frank Blissett, Leo Wiley, John Willis, Jesse Knoll, Cathy Cairns, Don and Chris McLean, Scott Brand, Evening News, Marilyn McDonald, County Treasurer, Kelly Beaune, Acting Controller, 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 LaJoie, to approve the County Board minutes of February 14, 2007 at prepared by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Don McLean spoke of the remodeling/refurbishing of the HBH Facility in Schoolcraft County when most of clientele reside in Chippewa County, War Memorial Hospital Mental Health Unit and HBH cutting staff and early retirements.

Chris McLean commented on the County’s Website and missing meeting minutes

CONTROLLER’S REPORT – Kelly Beaune, Acting Controller – Informational purpose only

OLD BUSINESS:

APPOINTMENTS TO REGIONAL PLANNING, BUILDING CODE OF APPEALS AND HIAWATHA BEHAVIOR HEALTH

Regional Planning:

The names of Louis N. MacDonald and William C. Ferguson had been previously approved for nomination for one opening on the Regional Planning Board for a term to expire on 12/31/2008.

On a roll call vote, Commissioners Cooper, Shackleton, LaJoie, Postula, Moore, Timmer and Kay voted for William C. Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson was declared appointed to the Regional Planning Board with a term to expire 12/31/2008.

Building Code of Appeals:

The name of John F. Kibble was previously approved for nomination for three openings on the Building Code of Appeals Board.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kibble to appoint John F. Kibble to the Building Code of Appeals Board with a term expiring on 12/31/2007. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Hiawatha Behavioral Health:

The names of David B. Jahn and John F. Kibble were previously approved for nomination for one opening on the Hiawatha Behavioral Health Board for a term to expire 3/31/2010.

On a roll call vote, Commissioners Shackleton, LaJoie, Postula, Moore, Timmer and Kay voted for David B. Jahn. Commissioner Cooper voted for John F. Kibble. Mr. David B. Jahn was appointed to the Hiawatha Behavioral Health Board by a vote of 6-1 with a term to expire 3/31/2010.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – 2-21-2007

The Committee reviewed the letter from 91st District Court Administrator regarding her medical leave and the possible overtime hours for Roxanne Bosley during this time.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the request as presented for possible overtime hours.

Commissioner Cooper inquired about the rate of pay when an Administrative position goes on leave and anther employee performs those duties. It was explained that a written request was needed for the higher rate of pay.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officer Kevin DePeel recently resigned from the Department, his last day of work being February 3, 2007. Filling of the position was discussed. Sheriff Moran is not going to immediately fill the position until Federal Sources for the School Liaison Officer can be verified.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the resignation of Kevin DePeel from the Sheriff’s Department. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee previously discussed Policy 211 and its status with the County.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to reaffirm Policy 211 and forward the Policy 211 to the full Board and make effective at the next Regular Board meeting. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the Personnel Committee report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Equalization – Jim Moore – No meeting

Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds and Jail – Earl Kay – 2-27-2007

District Court Judge MacDonald sent notice of current storage problems which have become critical. Judge MacDonald requested a budget adjustment of $720.00 to pay for off-site storage space; six firms were contacted with only one reply from Weir Moving and Storage for a 12x22 foot unit at $60.00 per month.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the FY07 budget adjustment of $720.00 to pay for storage needed by the District Court Office. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed previous proposals to repair and also to remove and replace the South Entrance stairs.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to get proposals to remove and replace the South Entrance stairs of the Courthouse. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed a request from the City of SSM, proposing re-feeding of three (3) outlets in the City-County Building basement and second floor to the generator panel in the boiler room, to avoid future power outage problems. All cost would be incurred by the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the proposal to add three electrical outlets powering the City’s file servers be connected to the emergency power circuit. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – 2-28-2007

Informational only, no action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the report of the Legislative & Natural Resources Committee as presented. Discussion was held on a Workshop to discuss a draft Commissioners, Benefits & Compensation policy, controls for pay and reimbursement issues.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Computer – Don Cooper – 3-7-2007

Informational purposes only. No action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the report of the Computer Committee as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Richard Timmer – 3-8-2007

As directed by the OES/9-1-1 Board of Directors, bids were sought to replace the the High Pressure Breathing Air Compressor and Cascade System. The current system was installed in 1979, and is used to fill the air bottles used by fire departments throughout Chippewa County. Three bids were received and met bid specifications. The low bid of $22,100 from Alpena Fire Equipment is recommended for acceptance.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the bid from Alpena Fire Equipment in the amount of $22,100.00 to purchase the High Pressure Breathing Air Compressor and Cascade System. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Chippewa County, through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has received $51,483.01 in revenue from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 Title III-County Projects.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the Title III Funds and to designate them to Search, Rescue and Emergency Services; and Fire Prevention and County Planning which are two f the six project categories. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee received and reviewed the Sanctioned Community Work Service Contract (Temporary). The contract pertains to Community Services Supervisor, James N. Killips, pay for the supervision and transportation, of up to, but no more than six (6) juveniles per activity who have been determined wards under the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the 50th Judicial Circuit Court for Chippewa County.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant as presented and to authorize signature. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed the County’s contribution breakdown for the 2007 coverage period for property and liability insurance, including the Health Department’s portion of the billing. Authorization by the Committee is needed for signature.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Coverage Overview and approve the signature of the Chairman. On a voice vote, the motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

The Committee reviewed the Grant Application, the Program Administrator agreement, two (2) Monumentation Surveyor agreements and five (5) Peer Review Surveyor agreements. Surveyor William Karr will be at next months meeting to update the Committee. The Agreements need to be authorized for signature.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to authorize signature on the Grant Application, the Program Administrator, two Monumentation Surveyor and five Peer Review Surveyor agreements. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed a request to purchase “Adopt-A-Friend” software to help in the daily functions of the Chippewa County Animal Control Shelter. The purchase price is $650.00 with unlimited support for the first six months.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the purchase of “Adopt-A-Friend” software from Island Business Group, Inc. at a cost of $650.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed a request for bids, to purchase three pick-up trucks for use by the Chippewa County Animal Control Shelter, the Chippewa County Health Department and Chippewa County Central Dispatch.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to authorize the request for bids, to purchase three pick-up truck be advertised. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Community Health Access Coalition request support from the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners be given to CHAC for a 2% Funding Request application through the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to support the Community Health Access Coalition 2% funding request through the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and to authorize Board Chair signature. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

Revenue Original Amendment Amended
101-000-571.000 178,037.00 16,587.00 194,624.00
       
Expenditure      
101-631-701.000 89,000.00 8,312.00 97,312.00

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

The monthly claims and accounts reports 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 $303,389.34, other fund claims of $36,757.37, payroll of $378,151.48 and health department claims of $532,872.03, total claims of $1,251,170.22, vouchers 42636 through 42801 and B-1 through B-123. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to adopt the following Resolution 07-01 as follows:

National Clean Beaches Week

The Week Beginning June 29, 2007

WHEREAS, the Clean Beaches Council, as part of Great Outdoors Month has designated the week beginning June 29, 2007 as National Clean Beaches Week; and

WHEREAS, beaches represent a critical part of our natural heritage and a beautiful part of the American landscape; and

WHEREAS, beaches are sensitive ecosystems, susceptible to degradation and alteration from pollution, sea level rise, natural forces, untreated sewage, and improper use; and

WHEREAS, communities and government have undertaken significant measures to keep beaches clean and healthy; and

WHEREAS, Americans make over 2 billion annual trips to the ocean, gulf, and inland beaches and contribute significant resources to the local, state and national economies; and

WHEREAS, 75% of all recreational activity occurs within a half mile corridor around the shorelines of our beaches, rivers, and lakes; and

WHEREAS, coastal tourism and healthy, fresh seafood fuels robust economies- sustaining communities and supporting jobs along coastal U.S.; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, do hereby acknowledge that each year, the seven-day period ending on July 5, shall henceforth be observed as National Clean Beaches Week and encourage all residents of Chippewa County to visit, enjoy, and protect our greatest natural resource.

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 Shackleton, to adopt Resolution 07-02 as follows:

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

RICHARD JENNINGS

LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great pride that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners join together with the residents of Chippewa County, to express their wish of good health and happiness upon his terms conclusion with the Chippewa County Health Department Board of Health.

RICHARD JENNINGS has served the citizens of Chippewa County, in a manner above reproach, and for this we extend our thanks.

RICHARD JENNINGS has provided outstanding service to the Chippewa County Health Department for twenty-one years; of which he has spent many hours as the Finance Chairperson for the Board of Health.

RICHARD JENNINGS performed his duties throughout his tenure with professionalism; selflessness; his care and concern for others; a man of honor and principal who saw a need and followed through for the citizen’s of the County and surrounding area; and a man who has stood up for his principles time and again.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, therefore, upon his appointment conclusion this document is signed and dedicated to honor RICHARD JENNINGS for his professionalism, his services and his contributions to Chippewa County; the Chippewa County Board of Commissioner’s along with the citizens of Chippewa County offer a gracious thank you for a job well done, and hope that his retirement will be filled with family, friends and fun.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper not to change the PC Specialist description and continue at the current rate of pay according the DMG Maximus salary study. The motion failed for lack of support.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously and the Board did adjourn at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman