The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on Monday March 9, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

Present: Commissioners Ted Postula, Jesse Knoll, Don Cooper, Richard Timmer, Don McLean, Jim Moore and Scott Shackleton

Also Present: Debbie Sirk, Derek Myerscough, Bud Willis, John Willis, Cathy and Dan Cairns Scott Brand, Evening News, Christine Lundquist and Dave Martin, County Health Department, Cathy Maleport, Margie Hank, Treasurer, Jeff Moran, Sheriff, Tim McKee, 9-1-1 Director, Christine McLean, Marlene Murphy, Julie Timmer, Julie Beck, Public Defender, Bob Peltier, Kathy Noel, Jim German, Administrator and Diane Cork, Clerk

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the County Board minutes of February 9, 2009 with a spelling correction on Page 4, paragraph 6 from “accommodation” to “commendation”. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, 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.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Derek Myerscough – spoke on the 2% pass through for the Lutheran Child and Family Services of Michigan and the possible increase of Public Defenders due to the hiring of an additional Assistant Prosecutor and Sheriff’s deputy.

Julie Beck – read a letter from Asst. Public Defender Robert Stratton relating to a meeting of Mr. Stratton and Commissioner Cooper where Mr. Stratton felt threatened and Ms. Beck stated that this could possibly open up the Commission and herself to a law suit. Under subject discussed at the above meeting was the understaffing of the Public Defenders Office.

Commissioner Cooper responded to the accusations.

Bud Willis – stated he didn’t think Bernard LaJoie was the most qualified to be appointed to the Road Commission.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – Jim German – Information only

Mr. German stated that Chippewa County is the recipient of a $10,000 RAP Application Grant for a video conferencing system for District and Circuit Courts.

OLD BUSINESS:

a. Board of Health applications:

The applicants are as follows: Mary Jo Barck, Aaron L. Clark, Thomas Ellic, Maryanne P. Shannon and Shelly J. White-Thomas

The roll call vote is as follows: Commissioners Cooper, Knoll, McLean, Moore, Timmer and Chairman Shackleton voted for Maryanne P. Shannon

Commissioner Postula voted for Mary Jo Barck

Maryanne P. Shannon was appointed to the Chippewa County Board of Health

b. Historical District Commission applications:

The applicants are as follows: Carolyn Person and Paul Sabourin

The call vote is as follows: Commissioners Cooper, Knoll and Shackleton voted for Paul Sabourin.

Commissioners McLean, Postula, Moore and Timmer voted for Carolyn Person

Carolyn Person was appointed to the Historical District Committee.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Jim Moore – 2-20-09

Administrator German presented a new county policy dealing with temporary employment. Mr. German said that in some circumstances the County needs to move quickly to hire temporary employees and this policy will address those concerns. The Committee made some changes to the proposed policy.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the Policy number 216 with the changes as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Discussion took place.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Brian Peppler presented a request for a temporary replacement for clerical staff in the Prosecutor’s office due to a staff member being on extended leave.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the hire of a temporary clerical staff person. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. German presented documentation informing the Committee of the hiring of Tammy Schroeder for Probate Court.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the hiring of Tammy Schroeder for Probate Court. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Ann Mikolowski, District Court Administrator, informed the Committee that Marsha Teysen had been selected to fill the new full time Magistrate’s position.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the hiring of Marsha Teysen as the new Magistrate and review her pay grade after ninety days. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

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.

Equalization & Apportionment – Commissioner Moore – No meeting

Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds, & Jail – Don McLean – No meeting

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Jesse Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Don Cooper – 3-5-09

The Committee reviewed local and out of town bids for a new patrol car and window van. Under sheriff Savoie noted that the Doge Charger had proven to be a long lasting and better drivable vehicle. A discussion took place on buying local vs. out of town.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore to accept the bid from O’Connor’s for a Dodge Charger in the amount of $22,000. This was a negotiated amount from the original amount of $23,261.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to accept the low bid for the window van from Soo Motors in the amount of $19,832.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

U.P. RC & Dues were discussed.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to pay the RC & D dues in the amount of $300.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

A discussion took place on the UPACC dues.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve $162.00 for UPACC dues. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Fee increases were discussed for the Health Department. Commissioner Cooper explained the increases were needed to cover direct cost in the programs. The increases included: private duty home care aides from $15.00 to $22.00 per hour. Private Duty RN rates from $20.00 to $45.00 per hour. Lactation fees from $20.00 to $45.00 per hour and vaccines from $7.00 to $10.00. Commissioner Shackleton noted that some of the adjustments were somewhat large and that maybe another quarter should go by to see if Home Health can turn some losses around as the income they had been generating was covering direct cost of other programs. It was also noted that EH fees would likely come back before the Board next month. Administrator German was asked to obtain information from the Health Department on what other Counties are charging.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the increases the Health Department had requested with CCHD reviewing its rates at least bi-annually.

Discussion ensued.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Moore, to amend the original motion above to state Private Duty RN rates from $20.00 to $30.00 and Lactation fees from $20.00 to $30.00. On a voice vote, the amended motion carried unanimously.

On the original motion to include the amendment, on a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously. Rates to be effective April 1, 2009.

The Lutheran Child and Family Services of Michigan requested two percent funds from the Sault Tribe in the amount of $7,500. It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore to approve the two percent request for $7,500. Discussion ensued. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula to recommend approval of general fund claims totaling $146,904.91; other fund claims of $448,681.31; payroll of $421,006.40 and health department claims of $661,576.39, for total claims of $1,678,169.05; vouchers 3497 through 3556 and B-1 through B-200. On a voice vote the motion carried unanimously.

The Stonegarden budget was presented.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the budget as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

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

NEW BUSINESS:

a. Public Defender Presentation:

Extended discussion took place on the meeting with Robert Stratton and Commissioner Cooper and the ramifications of such a meeting. County policies 202 and 403 were presented by Julie Beck and comments made by Commissioner Cooper. This matter will be referred to the Personnel Committee at a date to be set.

b. EDC appointment

Chairman Shackleton re-appointed Jim Quinnell to the EDC Board.

c. Hiawatha Behavioral Health Board appointments:

Chairman Shackleton appointed Richard Timmer and Jim Moore to the Hiawatha Behavioral Health Board.

d. Jury Board

By the recommendation of Judge Nicholas Lambros it was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to appointment Jay Porcaro to the Jury Board to a six year term. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

e. Veteran Affairs appointment

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to appoint Dale French (Korean War) to the Veteran Affairs Board with a term to expire March 31, 2013. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to add under New Business the item of lighting problems at the new jail addition. On a voice vote the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to authorize the Building and Grounds Committee to make a decision regarding the lighting at the new jail addition with a spending limit of $16,000. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was decided by the Commission to set a Work Session for March 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the financing of the jail project and if time permits, goal setting.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman