The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Absent: Commissioner Earl Kay Also Present: Jim German, Administrator, Jesse Knoll, Lowell Ulrich, Probate Judge, Don McLean, Chuck Leonhardt, Margie Hank, Kelly Beaune, Sharon Kennedy and Diane Cork

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the County Board minutes of December 8, 2008 as prepared by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None

OLD BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Bernard LaJoie – 12-20-08

Position Upgrade

A request for a step increase for the Public Defender was discussed. Commissioner LaJoie noted that newly hired Julie Beck had been with the County for seven years and should not start at the bottom of the scale.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend to the full Board to start the position at the two year level and review it after ninety days. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

MMRMA Renewal

The renewal was presented for MMRMA. The renewal is for two years with no increase in the first year and no more than a three percent increase in the second.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the renewal. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

Assistant Prosecutor Hire

Mr. German explained that the Prosecutor had hired Ms. Catherine Castagne at the top step of the pay grade after receiving tentative approval from the Commission.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the hiring of Ms. Castagne at the 5th step of the pay scale. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Non Union Pay Increases

Administrator German explained the Commission had approved three percent raises in the budget for 2009 for non-union employees. He asked for formal approval for the raises to take effect.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the three percent raises for 2009 for non-union employees. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

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

Equalization – Jim Moore – No meeting

Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds & Jail – Earl Kay – No meeting

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Richard Timmer – No meeting

NEW BUSINESS: None

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Jim Moore, to ratify the FY2008 budget as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Budget amendments through December 31, 2008 were presented to the Board by Chuck Leonhardt. Mr. Leonhardt explained the line item amendments and the monetary transfer figures.

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

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula to pay general fund claims totaling $195,570.23, other fund claims totaling $1,224,010.62, payroll of $504,628.59 and Health Department claims of $563,730.07 for a total of $2,487,939.51. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 12:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Richard Timmer, Vice Chairman