The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Also Present: Kathy Cairns, Lou McDonald, Derek Myerscough, John Willis, Bud Willis, Pat and Sherry McKee, Debbie Sirk, Under Sheriff Mike Bitner, County Treasurer Margie Hank, Ian Burns, Pete Donnelly, Jim German, Administrator, Sharon Kennedy, Equalization Director, and Diane Cork, County Clerk

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

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

Correspondence received in the Clerk’s Office

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, 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

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve the regular County Board minutes of March 14, 2011 and the Special County Board minutes of April 1, 2011. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

Ian Burns, Dafter Township, spoke in favor of socialized health care.

Lou McDonald, County Road Chair, informed the County Board that the Road Commission had an Open House for Cliff Carr and Mr. Carr was very appreciative of the resolution that the County Board passed.

Pat McKee, Studebaker’s Restaurant, spoke on the high cost of fees from the Chippewa County Health Department for local restaurant owners.

Pete Donnelly, Cozy Inn Bar, also spoke on the high fee cost of health inspections for two visits a year for a half hour each. The license cost $701.00.

New Business

None

Administrator’s Report – Jim German

Informational purposes only no action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean, that when the County Administrator makes his report, it should be in writing and given to the Commissioners in advance of the meeting. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Postula voting no.

Discussion was held on a gazebo located on the Courthouse lawn between the Gulf War Monument and the Courthouse flag pole.

Standing Committee Reports Personnel – Jim Moore – meetings of 3-21-2011 and 4-1-2011

3-21-2011

Director McKee noted that he had three Senior Dispatcher positions one of which performed much different duties than the other two. He provided an updated job description and title for that position.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the updated job description and title of Operations Manager for Michelle Robbins at no additional cost to the County. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

Having no further action items, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve the report as presented.On a voice vote, the motion carried.

4-1-2011

Informational purposes only. No action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Equalization & Apportionment – George Kinsella – 4-6-2011

Equalization Director Kennedy presented the 2011 County Equalized Values. The total 2011 Equalized value for the County is $1,365,287,744.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner Knoll, that the equalized values as presented by Equalization Director Kennedy be adopted as reported and that all state required forms regarding the same be completed and filed as required by statute. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

As an information item, Equalization Director Kennedy also presented the tentative 2011 taxable values and explained the capped value formula as it relates to taxable values.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner Cooper, that the taxable value information presented be accepted into the minutes. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Equalization Director Kennedy explained that beginning with 2011, the continuing education requirements for certified personnel has increased to 30 hours in a three year period in addition to specific annual mandatory class requirements.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner Knoll, that should the need arise, to accommodate attendance at continuing education classes, with advance notification of administration, the office may be closed during those periods. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having no further action items, it was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to accept the report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Health & social Services – Ted Postula – 3-17-2011

Information purposed only. No action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Building, Grounds & Jail – Don McLean – meetings of 3-23-2011 and 4-6-2011

3-23-2011

Informational purposes only. No action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

4-6-2011

Administrator German presented a number of design changes from the original blueprint for the renovation to the City/County Building which included the following: renovating the coal room for storage space, using the existing lunch room for storage, using office space designated in the basement for MSU and Information Technology for storage, removing a wall in the basement, adding a wall in the Sheriff’s Office, and creating a “dead zone” where the City Police and City Clerk are currently to be figured out when more information is available on a City Police location. An option would also be to bid for more high density storage files.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the design changes as reviewed by the Building and Grounds Committee. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioners Cooper and Shackleton voting no.

Having no further action items, it was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources - George Kinsella – 4-6-2011

Informational purposes only. No action items necessary.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to accept the report as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Computer – Jesse Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Don Cooper – 4-7-2011

Two out of state travel requests were presented from the Chippewa County Health Department. Both requests were being paid for with grant dollars. One request was for the National School Based Health Center Convention in Chicago and the other for the Great Lakes Border Health Initiative Conference in Niagara Falls, NY.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the out of state travel request for the Health Department. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Bid summaries were presented for three Sheriff Department vehicles. The low bid was from O’Connors in the amount of $21,654 per vehicle for three (3) Dodge Chargers.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the low bid from O’Connors for three (3) Dodge Chargers in the amount of $21,654 per vehicle for three (3) vehicles. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Bid summaries were presented for short/long term disability and life insurance.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the low bid from Cigna Insurance in the amount of $6,850.36 per month. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

An RFP was presented for eight desktop and two laptop computers. It was noted that a classified ad should be used locally referring vendors to the County website for the RFP. The Commissioners wanted to make sure all local and major vendors were contacted for the ability to bid.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the RFP for the purchase of eight desktop and two laptop computers. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $271,724.77; other fund claims of $182,647.42; payroll of $449,857.76; Health Department claims of $554,192.79 for total claims of $1,458,442.74 and also vouchers H-1 thru H-250. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

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

New Business

A. Resolution 11-07 –Child Abuse Prevention Month

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the following resolution:

PROCLAMATION DECLARING

APRIL CHILD ABUSE MONTH

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners will designate April 2011 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month”, and

WHEREAS, in 2009, there were 176,021 Michigan families investigated for suspected child abuse or neglect; and

WHEREAS, in 2009, there were 30,799 Michigan children confirmed to be victims of abuse or neglect; and

WHEREAS, in 2005-06, there were 45 Michigan children who died as a result of abuse, 44% who were between the ages of 1-4, and 49% of these children were under 1 year of age; and

WHEREAS, in 2005-06, there were 38 child neglect death cases, 13% were children between the ages of 1-4, and 63% were children younger than 1 year of age; and

WHEREAS, abused or neglected children have a higher risk in adulthood for developing health problems, including alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, obesity, suicide, and certain chronic diseases; and

WHEREAS, a National Institute of Justice study indicated that abused or neglected children:

1. are 11 times more likely to be arrested for criminal behavior as juveniles; and

2. are 2.7 times more likely to be arrested for violent and criminal behavior as adults; and

WHEREAS, an estimated one third of abused or neglected children grow up to abuse or neglect their own children; and

WHEREAS, research has proven the success of quality home visitation, parenting-coaching and family support programs that prevent children from being abused or neglected, reduce subsequent delinquency, and improve other outcomes for children – including home visiting models like the Michigan Zero-to-3 Secondary Prevention Initiative, the Nurse- Family Partnership, Health Families, Early Head Start, and parents as teachers; and

WHEREAS, providing community-based services to families at-risk or already impacted by child abuse or neglect may be far less costly than:

1. the emotional and physical damage inflicted on children who have been abused or neglected; and

2. providing to abused or neglected children services, including child protective, law enforcement, court, foster care, or health care services; or

3. providing treatment to adults recovering from child abuse; or

4. providing incarceration to convicted criminals of child abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, child abuse or neglect has long-term economic and societal costs, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Chippewa County Board of Commissioners

1. designates April 2011 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month; and

2. recognizes and applauds the national, state, and community organizations and their skilled employees that work to promote awareness about abuse or neglect, including by identifying risk factors and developing prevention strategies;

3. supports the proclamations issued on the state and federal levels declaring April 2011 as “Michigan Child Abuse Prevention Month’ and “National Child Abuse Prevention Month”; and

4. should

     (A) increase public awareness of prevention programs relating to child      abuse or neglect; and

     (B) continue to work with the state and federal level agencies in our      community, state and nation.

A roll call vote taken as follows:

Yeas: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Knoll, Kinsella, McLean, Moore and Shackleton

Nays: None

The Resolution was declared adopted.

Commissioners Comments

Commissioner Cooper commented that it wouldn’t matter if the Health Department moved out of the Community Action Building because it is the Health Department paying for a bonding issue for the County. It was a debt for 20 years.

Commissioner McLean would like to see a meeting scheduled for Planning and Goals.

Commissioner Kinsella thought that the County Board needs to keep an eye on what is going to come out of Lansing as far as our dashboard as it could mean a large revenue source.

Commissioner McLean spoke on the National Health Care Prescription Drug Program offered by NACO.

Commissioner Knoll stated that the County needed to provide MAC with costs that incurred by the Courts that are not funded in anyway by the State.

Adjournment

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner McLean, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 7:15 p.m.

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Diane S. Cork, Clerk                       Scott Shackleton, Chairman