The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on June 9, 2008 at 5:16 p.m. (following the Land Bank Public Hearing) in the Circuit 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: Derek Myerscough, John Willis, Bud Willis, Jesse Knoll, Don and Chris McLean, Frank Blissett, Scott Brand, Evening News, Cathy Cairns, Kelly Beaune, Administrative Assistant, Joe Paczkowski, Dave Martin, Health Department, Jim German, Administrator, Sharon Kennedy, Equalization Director, and Diane Cork, 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 LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, that the County Board minutes of May 12, 2008 be accepted as presented.

Commissioner Cooper commented that he did not see any mention of the discussion held at the May 12th Board meeting about applications for various boards/committees/agencies being date and time stamped.

On the motion to accept the minutes of the May 12th meeting, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Derek Myerscough, Sugar Island, commented on the death of a local US Coast Guard service person.

John Willis, Sugar Island, explained that a Court of Appeals decision was rendered on December 20, 2007 dealing with assessors and the MTT (Michigan Tax Tribunal) law. Mr. Willis gave a handout to each Commissioner re: uncapping

Chris McLean commented on the listing price for a storage shed in Manistique, stored furniture and using money to enhance services for HBH clients

Don McLean spoke of a resolution passed by the County Board to amend the law re: HBH, misdirected spending and code of ethics

Chairman Kay asked the meeting attendees to join with the Commissioners for a moment of silence commemorating US Petty Officer Amy Ignatowski’s life

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – Jim German – Informational purposes only

OLD BUSINESS:

a. Acceptance of Applications for the Historical District Commission

Discussion was held on the applications submitted and committees/agencies appointments sought. It was noted that the Historical District Commission was not included on the application which created some confusion for the applicants. This commission would have staggered terms, which one member must be an architect.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the applications of Sharon Kennedy, Allan Swanson, George Cowell, Rita Dale, Jim Moore, Nancy Steinhaus and Mary June. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

b. Health Department Appointment (Expires 12/31/2010)

The nominees are Mary Jo Barck , Kathy Cairns, Rita Dale, Mary Anne Shannon and Shelley White-Thomas.

On a roll call vote: Commissioners Cooper, Shackleton and Timmer voted for Mary Anne Shannon. Commissioners Moore, Postula, LaJoie and Kay voted for Rita Dale.

Rita Dale was appointed to the Health Department Board with a term to expire 12/31/10.

c. OES Board of Directors appointment (Expires 12/31/08)

The nominees are Kathy Cairns and Dave Pietrangelo

On a roll call vote: Commissioners Shackleton, LaJoie, Cooper and Moore voted for Dave Pietrangelo. Commissioners Postula, Timmer and Kay voted for Kathy Cairns.

Dave Pietrangelo was appointed to the OES Board of Directors with a term to expire 12/31/08.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to update the application form to entail all the boards/committees/agencies that are available to apply for (will go to the Legislative & Natural Resources Committee) and that any time an application is accepted, that the application is date and time stamped. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – No meeting

Equalization & Apportionmant – Jim Moore – 5-28-08

Equalization Director Kennedy presented the Final Taxable Value Report, which must be filed with the State Tax Commission by the third Monday in June.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Shackleton that the 2008 Taxable Values be accepted as presented and that all state required forms regarding the same be completed and filed as per statute. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Equalization Director Kennedy presented the final 2008 County Equalization Report. She explained that the equalized values presented in the report are the basis for calculating the County’s 2008 taxable values which are also contained in the report.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, that the Equalization Report be accepted as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer to adopt Resolution 08-13 as follows:

RESOLUTION IMPOSING 2008 PROPERTY TAX LEVY PURSUANT TO MCL 211.24E, 211.34, 211.34D, 211.36, 211, 211.37, AND 211.44A, AND NOTICE OF CERTIFICATION OF 2008 COUNTY TAX LEVY

WHEREAS, Chippewa County is authorized under the General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended, to levy and collect its allocated and voted property taxes: and

WHEREAS, the General Property Tax Act has been amended by Public Act 357 of 2004, being MCL 211.44a, to require each Michigan County to levy and collect its allocated millage in the summer;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to Public Act 357 of 2004, the CHIPPEWA County allocated tax, after application of the “Headlee” millage reduction fraction, shall be levied and collected on July 1, 2008, and that all other millages to which the county is entitled, after application of the “Headlee” and other applicable millage reduction fractions, will be levied and collected on December 1, 2008, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Treasurer of each city, village and township in CHIPPEWA County is directed to account for and deliver the County tax collections for 2008 in accordance with the provisions of statute pertaining to such collections.

On a roll call vote:

Yeas: Commissioners Postula, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay Nays: Cooper

On discussion: Commissioner Cooper thought the County was taxing at too high of a rate for operating mills and wanted a decrease by ½ mill.

Commissioner Shackleton spoke putting money aside for retiree benefits.

RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds, & Jail –Earl Kay – No meeting(Opened the preliminary bids on the Jail project. Bids are coming in $174,000 under the engineers estimate)

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Richard Timmer – June 5, 2008

The FY21007 Audit report was given by Anderson Tackman’s Phil Wolf. Mr. Wolf noted that the County is in excellent shape.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the FY2007 Audit report as presented.

Commissioner Cooper asked that the report be posted at the library and on the County’s web site.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed a proposed Memorandum of Understanding with Bay Mills Indian Community and Chippewa County, to establish additional Animal Control coverage for BMIC. Discussion ensued about if the amount charged to Bay Mills will be enough to cover the expenses incurred by the County.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the Memorandum of Understanding with Bay Mills Indian Community and Chippewa County Animal Control. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed the request from the Health Department for travel to Covington,, Kentucky for required travel for SPFSIG grant-Prime for Life. It was noted that an additional charge of $31.00 will be needed for travel because the location of Carmel, Indiana was filled at the time of the approval and that all costs will be paid from the grant. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed an addendum to Health Officer Dave Martin’ Contract. Commissioner Shackleton questioned if this was an additional hourly rate and what the justification was. Administrator German explained we would be sharing the health Officer with LMAS and that half of the cost of the contract would be billed to LMAS thereby saving the County money. This would be on a provisional basis only not lasting for more than six months.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the contract. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

The budget calendar was presented for 2009. Commissioner Cooper was pleased that the final adoption date was not December 31st and hoped the County could stick to the calendar.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to adopt the calendar. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 08-12 was presented for renewal for Community Corrections Act funding as follows:

RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ACT FUNDS

WHEREAS, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Community Correction Advisory Board consisting of the Counties of Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac, has submitted a three-year application for State of Michigan Community Corrections Act Funds of which is currently in the third year; and

WHEREAS, the Eastern Upper Peninsula Employment and Training Consortium Advisory Board has recommended continued support for FY2009 funds; and

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners has reviewed the comprehensive plan goals and objectives for FY2009, as well as, reviewed the funding level for each county, and the prison commitment rate from October 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009, and concurs with the recommendation presented.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports the plan goals and objective for FY2009, and respectively supports the recommendation from the Eastern Upper Peninsula Community Corrections Advisory Board.

On a roll call vote:

YEAS: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay

NAYS: None

RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED

Chuck Leonhardt reviewed the following budget adjustments with the Committee, as well as, an additional budget adjustment for Fund 210.

Revenue Original Amended Change

101-000-570-000 Substance Abuse

0.00 210,000.00 210,000.00
270-000-675-000 Snomobile Trail Marker 0.00 1,800.00 1,800.00
      $211,800.00
       
Expenditure      
101-631-701-000 Substance Aubse 0.00 105,000.00 105,000.00
101-648-701-000 Medical Examiner 50,000.00 85,000.00 35,000.00
215-000-978-000 FDC Equipment 0.00 6,000.00 6,000.00
270-000-727-000 Snomobile Trail Marker 0.00 1,800.00 1,800.00
210-00-964-000 Fire/Ambulance 252,159.00 390,159.00 138,000.00
      $285,800.00

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the budget adjustments to include Fund 210 to return funds to the Townships back to 1989 on a pro-rated basis after documentation is presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $239,074.59, other fund claims of $128,372.41, payroll of $384,351.94 and health department claims of $915,751.20, total claims of $1,667,550.14, vouchers 2172 through 2299 and E-1 through E-186. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

a. EDC Appointments- 3

Chairman Kay reappointed Patricia Benoit and Earl Kay as the reappointments and Dan Dashell, the new general manager of Cloverland Electric to the EDC Board. Chairman Kay asked for a motion to concur with the appointments.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to reappoint Patricia Benoit and Earl Kay to the EDC Board and Dan Dashill as the new appointee to the ECD Board. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

b. Letter of Support for Bay Mills Health Center-Tribal Medical/Dental Center

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to submit a letter of support for Bay Mills Health Center-Tribal Medical/Dental Center. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 6:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman