The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Absent: Commissioner Richard Timmer Also Present: Scott Brand, Evening News, James and Michelle Traynor, Frank Blissett, Margie Hank, County Treasurer, John Willis, Bud Willis, Robert Savoie, Sheriff, Elizabeth Chambers, Debbie Sirk, Jim German, Administrator, and Diane Cork, County Clerk

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

Moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the agenda as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Correspondence Received in Clerk’s Office

Moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper, 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.

Approval of County Board minutes

Moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the County Board minutes of august 9, 2010 as prepared by the Clerk. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

None

Administrator’s Report – Jim German

Informational purposes only

Standing Committee Reports

Personnel – Jim Moore – 8-24-2010

Sheriff Savoie requested that two part-time employees be moved to full-time status. These positions were in the 2010 budget and had not been filled due to low numbers in the jail. With numbers in the jail increasing, it is now necessary to fill the positions.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the two full-time positions in the jail. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll, 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 – Don McLean – 8-26-2010

No action items were necessary. It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – 8-11-2010 (Report given by Don McLean)

A request for reimbursement of expenses was presented for the Chippewa County U.P. State Board member to attend the fair.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the request in the amount of $320.00. Discussion was held on past practice of payment. On a voice vote: Commissioners McLean, Postula and Moore voted yes. Commissioners Cooper, Knoll and Shackleton voted no. The motion failed.

Having no further action items, it was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the report as given with the change of time from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Computer – Jesse Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Don Cooper – 9-9-2010

Bob VanPutten presented the feasibility study findings, proposed sketches and cost estimates of remodeling the City County Building to accommodate personnel from the Annex.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the basic design concept and begin the RFP process. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The RFQ for a new copier for the Treasurer’s Office was reviewed.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the RFQ for the Treasurer’s Office taking out the dimensions and adding to fit in the appropriate space and to see the Treasurer. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

A proposal was presented by Ware General Contracting for additional renovation work to the Courthouse. Included in the proposal was an ice barrier, flag pole work and roofing work.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to accept the proposal from Ware General Contracting for additional renovation work in the amount of $9,088.00. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve general fund claims totaling $709,299.01; other fund claims of $595,284.52; payroll of $436,819.51 and health department claims of $578,882.61 for total claims of $2,320,285.65. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the following budget adjustments:

Revenue   Original Amended Change
266-000-523-000 Grant Revenue 4,000 13,650 9,650
         
Expenditure        
101-132-807.000 Juvenile Court Legal 5,000 15,000 10,000
259-000-745-000 Sheriff Uniforms 0.00 600 600
259-000-934.000 Sheriff Repairs 0.00 2,200 2,200
272-331-979.000 Marine Equipment 500 700 200
266-000-715.000 Sheriff Overtime 2,300 9,000 6,700
266-000-715.000 Sheriff Fringes 675 2,460 1,785
266-000-979.000 Sheriff Equipment 0.00 1,165 1,165

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

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.

New Business

A. Announce Board/Committee/Agency/Authority vacancies

    No action necessary

B. Resolution 10-12, In Support of the Heritage Route (M-134)

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner McLean to adopt the following resolution:

10-12

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE

HERITAGE ROUTE

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), pursuant to the Heritage Route Act of 1993, (P.A. 69 of 1993), is empowered to designate scenic, recreational, and historic highways in the state, and

WHEREAS, the public highway known as Michigan State Highway 134 (M-134) extending the Interstate 75 (I-75) to within the County of Chippewa exhibits exceptional recreational quality and passes through an area of significant regional importance, and

WHEREAS, a study has been undertaken by the M-134 Recreational Heritage Route Committee which assesses the quality of and documents the character and features of the Michigan State Highway 124 (M-134) highway corridor, and

WHEREAS, it is intended that the study be forwarded to MDOT in order to nominate Michigan State Highway 134 (M-134) as a heritage route,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners enthusiastically support the nomination of Michigan State Highway 134 (M-134) as a heritage route and authorizes including this resolution with the nomination documents, and

BE IT FURTHER ROSOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners hereby requests and encourages the MDOT to quickly designate Michigan State Highway 134 (M-134) as a heritage route.

On a roll call vote:

YEAS: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Knoll, McLean, Moore and Shackleton Absent: Commissioner Richard Timmer

NAYS: None

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to adopt the following resolution:

10-13

CHIPPEWA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION OPPOSING A PUBLIC PER DIEM

WHEREAS, all child welfare cases are placed under the care and supervision of the Department of Human Services (DHS), however, they may be administered either by DHS or contracted by DHS with a private agency; and,

WHEREAS, counties pay 50% of the cost of care for the children in foster care through what is know as Foster Care Maintenance Payments; and

WHEREAS, these payments are shared by county and state, regardless of who is administering the case; and,

WHEREAS, in cases administered by DHS case workers, the counties are not required to pay towards the administration of the cases since the case workers are state employees; and,

WHEREAS, the Senate Appropriations Committee has now recommended that a new fee be placed on the counties for foster care cases administered by DHS and funded through the County Child Care Fund; and,

WHEREAS, the new proposed public per diem for cases violates the Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution; and,

WHEREAS, the public administrative fee is a penalty for having County DHS administer cases;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners opposes the proposed DHS public per diem fee for the reasons that it provides no benefit for Chippewa County foster Care Children, shifts administrative cost for DHS to the county, and violates the Headlee Amendment.

On a roll call vote:

YEAS: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Knoll, McLean, Moore and Shackleton Absent: Commissioner Richard Timmer

NAYS: None

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.

D. MERS Delegate

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner McLean, to appoint Administrator German, as the Officer Delegate to the MERS Annual meeting. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

Commissioners Comments

None

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 5:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman