The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in the Circuit 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: Public Defender Julie Beck, Chuck Leonhardt, Prosecutor Brian Peppler Peppler, Sheriff Robert Savoie, George Kinsella, Treasurer Margie Hank, Dave Martin Equalization Director Sharon Kennedy, Elizabeth Chambers, Dennis McShane, Deputy Administrator Kelly Church, Administrator Jim German, and County Clerk Diane Cork

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to add the 2010 Budget Adjustments to the agenda. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the agenda as amended. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

None

Chairman Shackleton stated that this meeting was designed for Commissioners to offer changes for the FY2011 budget, make any motions to change the budget and vote on the budget. Presently, the proposed FY2011 budget is balanced with $10,673.82 in excess.

Discussion was held on monies for the GIS System in the Equalization Department and an imaging system in the Friend of the Court and Prosecutors offices.

It was move by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner McLean, that one Assistant Prosecutor position be eliminated and that funding be shifted over to begin an imaging program. It was noted that in the big picture of things, it’s the only way to balance the budget as well.

Discussion ensued.

On the motion: the motion failed 2 to 4.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean. to eliminate $4,000 from Information Systems, Group 174 (conventions and seminars). On a voice vote, the motion failed 3-3.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, to eliminate $8,435 from Information Systems, Group 174 (contractual services). The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the Equalization request to upgrade 2 positions in the Equalization Department because of State requirements in the amount of $6,219.00.

Discussion followed. The motion failed 2-4.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to eliminate the increase in wages for 1 employee in District Court in the amount of $6,335.00.

Discussion followed. The motion passed 4-2.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper to decrease the Administrator’s budget by $4,000, Group 172, for professional services and have O.E.S. pick up the cost. The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, to hire one school liaison person pending 2% monies coming from the Tribe. The motion died for lack of support.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to transfer 2 million dollars to the capital improvements fund from the 2010 fund balance.

It was noted that once this money is transferred, it can only be used for capital improvements and cannot be transferred to another account.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean to eliminate the Actuarial cost of $17,160 from the FY 2011 budget. The motion failed 2-4.

It was noted that the Commissioners Organizational meeting will be held on January 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

With the heavy agenda for the Thursday Finance meeting, Commissioner Cooper requested that the budget amendments for the FY2010 be addressed at this meeting.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the 2010 budget amendments as presented. The motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll, that the Commissioner be require to pay 10% of their health care costs be paid by the individual starting in 2 years.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to table this issue and send it to committee for further research. The motion carried 4-2.

Discussion was held on the Public Defenders Office.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, to go thru the process, research and come up with a recommendation. The motion died for lack of support.

Commissioners Comments

None

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to adjourn.

The motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 6:05 p.m.

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman