The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

Present: Commissioners Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie and Earl Kay

Absent: Commissioners Scott Shackleton and Jim Moore

Also Present: Don McLean, Debbie Sirk, John Willis, 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.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the County Board minutes of October 8, 2007, Budget Hearing minutes of October 9, 2007 and October 16, 2007 and Work Session minutes of October 10, 2007 as presented with a correction of the October 8, 2007 County Board minutes to reflect a correction on Page 3, paragraph 1 to state “ISD” not ISL and to insert Commissioner Shackleton’s name as the supporter in paragraph 2. With those corrections, the motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

John Willis, Sugar Island, addressed the Board with comments about the ticket procedure on the Sugar Island Ferry, and the candidates that have been nominated for various board, commissions and agencies.

CONTROLLERS REPORT – Kelly Beaune – Informational only

It was pointed out that the Acting Controller included in the Commissioners packets a description of fees collected by the Public Defender.

OLD BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept all of the nominees for various Board/Committees/Agencies/Authorities as follows:

Chippewa County Building Authority

Term1/1/08 – 12/31/08

3 appointments

Present members: Paul Freedman, Marilyn McDonald, Ron Meister

Nominees: Paul Coutant, Paul Freedman, Marilyn McDonald, Ron Meister

Board of Health

Term 1/1/08 – 12/31/12

1 appointment

Present member: Aaron Hopper

Nominees: Kathy Cairns, Aaron Hopper, Mary Anne P. Shannon

Building Code of Appeals

Term immediately – 12/31/08

1 vacant position

Nominees: Kathy Cairns

Transportation Authority

Term 1/1/08 – 12/31/10

1 appointment

Present member: Ted Postula

Nominees: John Kibble, Jesse Knoll, Ted Postula, Robert Schalipp Jr.

War Memorial Hospital, Inc.

Term 1/1/08 – 12/31/11

1 appointment

Present member: Willard LaJoie

Nominees: David E. Firack, Willard W. LaJoie, Donald C. Wilson

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – 10-15- 2007

No action items required. It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – 10-30-2007

No action items required. It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, 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 & Jail – Earl Kay – 10-23-07

Informational purposes only. No action items required.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts - Richard Timmer – 11-8-07

The Committee received and reviewed documentation regarding providing 9-1-1 call taking and emergency dispatch services for Luce County. Provided in the write up was background information, as well as, considerations of equipment, liability, justification, services, staffing operations and fiscal responsibility for the services. Discussion and questions included establishing a fee schedule, liability, length of the contract, legal review, and Luce County’s SB410 and 411 paperwork which has been completed. Luce County 911 Central Dispatch Board provided a letter regarding a motion passed to proceed with contracting with Chippewa County Central Dispatch for 9-1-1 dispatch services.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to proceed with research, including legal review and solid numbers for the contracted services for Luce county 9-1-1 dispatch services. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee reviewed a request from Eastern UP Community Corrections Advisory Board for Community Corrections funding for FY08, totaling $139,279, which Chippewa County receives $51,463, which is part of a continued three-year funding cycle.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to authorize and approve signature for the FY08 Community Corrections contract, funds totaling $129,279, which Chippewa County will receive $51,463. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee reviewed a FY08 request to increase license fees for dogs that are not spayed or neutered from $20 to $25 before March 1st, and from $40 to $50 after March 1st. Kennel licenses from $35 to $40 per 10 tags, as well as, the Boarding fees from $8 per cat and $9 per dog to $10 for both. Adoption fees would also increase for dogs and cats that have already been spayed or neutered to $50 from $25. The euthanasia fees would change from per pound rates to flat fees of $25 for a cat and $50 for a dog. The request was brought forward prior to the FY08 budget so that license books can be ordered so licensing can start.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the fee schedule increases for the Chippewa County Animal Control Shelter, effective for FY08. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee reviewed the renewal for Blue Cross and Blue Shield for January 2008 through December 2008, comparisons were presented for review, as well as, historical data based on the County’s members contracts.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Renewal Administrative Services Contract from term January 2008 through December 2008 and to authorize the Chair’s signature for this renewal. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee was provided with a copy of the County Child Care Budget summary for October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008, along with an addendum of explanation.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the County Child Care Budget for October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008 and to authorize the Chair’s signature. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The Committee reviewed a letter from the Dept. of Management & Budget, regarding a previously employed CETA worker’s retirement system credit for their CETA work. A total of $641.54 in employer contributions is due, if sufficient funds are available from the CETA project. No funds are available.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to submit a return letter to the Dept. of Management & Budget, notifying that funds are not available from the CETA project for these employer contributions. On a voice, the motion carried.

The monthly claims and accounts reports were presented.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend the approval of general funds claims totaling $146,870.81, other fund claims of $170,444.71, payroll of $372,154.38 and health department claims of $694,777.84, total claims of $1,384,247.74, vouchers 786 through 1007 and J-1 through J-164. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to accept the report as presented.

Discussion was held on the Public Defender’s Office re: Tribe contracts, at-will employees and employees having second jobs.

On the motion to accept the Finance, Claims and Accounts report, on a voice vote, the motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper that any County employee that has a second job that interferes or is conflicting during County work hours that those jobs be terminated. There was no second to the motion and Commissioner Cooper rescinded his motion.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, that a letter be sent to the Public Defenders Office and give the Public Defenders (Church and Beck) 30 days to terminate their contacts with the Sault Tribe or the County Board will terminate their employment with the County. On a voice vote, the motion carried. It was noted that there are 2 different contracts with the Sault Tribe.

It was also noted that a Workshop will be held on the 28th of November and if the Public Defenders would like to be on the agenda for the meeting they should contact Kelly Beaune, Acting Controller.

Discussion was held on the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Sault Area High School.

Don McLean asked when the meeting with Rep. Gary McDowell will be held concerning the HBH Board representation. Chairman Kay stated he has had a hard time getting in contact with Mr. McDowell.

Commissioner Postula suggested that a Transportation Committee meeting be set for sometime in December.

Commissioner Timmer commented on the construction industry and the time lines for permits and DEQ interaction with other agencies.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the meeting did adjourn at 7:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Diane S. Cork, Clerk Earl Kay, Chairman