The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the 50th Circuit 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: Roxanne Bosley, Kristin Pilarski, Scott Brand, Gus Brand, Frank Blissett, Debbie Sirk, Mary Ann Eby, Sheriff Robert Savoie, Brian Bartlett, Peggy Smith, John Willis, Jim & Michele Traynor, Judge Lowell Ulrich, Jeri Wolski, Dep. Administrator Kelly Church, Robert Stratton, Carmen Fazzari, Jan Sweet, John Lechner, Vicki Gage, Cynthia Morley, Mary Sue Nelson, FOC Thelma Bosbous, Barbara Fortin, Judge Elizabeth Church, Stephanie Bumstead, Cecilia Harrison, Administrator Jim German and Diane Cork, County Clerk

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll to amend the agenda to add:

1). Setting a time and place for a Workshop to set goals and objectives for 2011-2012. On a voice vote, the motion carried. Under New Business

Moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll to amend the agenda to add:

2). Discussion to formalize a policy making the Chairman a member of the Hospital Board.

On a voice vote, the motion carried. Under New Business

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Postula, to add to the Health and Social Service Committee meeting minutes public comments.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the amended agenda.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Correspondence Received in Clerk’s Office. It was moved by Commissioner McLean, 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 Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve the regular board minutes of June 13 2011, Public Hearing minutes of June 13, 2011 and Department of Public Works minutes of June 13, 2011 with the following corrections:

Regular Board minutes: Page 2, paragraph 8, the word plan be changed to contract, Page 3, paragraph 4, Commissioner Knoll should be added to the yes votes, Commissioner Moore is listed twice in the yes votes and the word by be inserted in the following paragraph to say moved by Commissioner Knoll. Page 6, paragraph 2, change the word bother to both and start a new sentence.

With these corrections, the motion carried.

Public Comments

John Lechner informed the Board that he is suing the County over an incident that happened on May 26, 2011

Debbie Sirk spoke on the economy in Michigan and County Board spending.

Old Business

None

Administrator’s Report – Jim German – informational purposes only

Standing Committee Reports

Personnel – Jim Moore – No meeting

Equalization & Apportionment – George Kinsella – No meeting

Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – June 30, 2011

Kevin Kalcheck gave a presentation on County health care options. Among the topics of discussion were self funded vs. indemnity funded plans, stop loss overages, BC/BS advantages, wellness plans, illustrated rates, health savings accounts, higher deductibles, nasco platforms and the RFP process.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner McLean, to forgo an RFP on health care, and have the Administrator look into a plan that would include higher deductibles, naso platforms, wellness incentives and health savings accounts.

On discussion: Commissioner McLean gave an explanation on the motion as to how the Committee sees the above motion. The intent is to maintain the present health care benefits and look at costs and other options.

Judge Ulrich spoke on an employee with a serious health issue (cancer) who had to go out of network, out of state for care, the stress, the expense of dealing with these issues and not being able to work to cover everyday living expenses, deductibles and upfront costs. He stressed the importance of health care for employees vs costs and deciding whether you can afford treatment.

Judge Elizabeth Church noted that she was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 weeks ago and the costs for her family thus far this year is about $10,000. She noted that a big part of being an employee with the County is the health care and that people like their jobs.

On the motion, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner McLean, to accept the report as given.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Building, Grounds & Jail – Don McLean – No meeting

Transportation - Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – George Kinsella – June 24, 2011

Nathan Fazer, EUP Regional Planning, presented a fee schedule for GIS data. He proposed one fee for government entities and one for private individuals. The Committee discussed one set fee for both public and private entities. Chippewa County requests for data would be at no charge. Also discussed were penalties for parties using the date without paying for it.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the following fee schedule: Service Fees for GIS technician time at $40.00/hour, Color Imagery fees at $1.10/sq mile or $2,000 for the package, Compressed County Mosaic fees at $950.00, and compressed Township Mosaic fees of $1.10/sq mile. Media fees would be $1.50 each for a CD. DVD’s at $3.00 each and $5.00 for shipping. Violations of the copyright data would result in triple damages.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

A discussion took place on approaching Luce, Mackinac and the City of Sault about applying for a business study grant to look at a shared GIS services for the entities. The grant would cover fifty- percent of the cost of the study.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

A Road Commission Resolution was presented to allow the Road Commission to put a millage renewal on the ballot in February 2012 for .9879 mills for five years. A discussion took place on the time of the election with Commissioner Shackleton expressing concerns about the millage not being combined with other election decisions instead of a stand alone election on the issue.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the resolution allowing the proposal for a millage renewal for .9879 mills for five years to be placed on the ballot in February 2012.

On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioners Shackleton and Cooper voting no.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLen, to accept the report as given.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Computer – Jesse Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Don Cooper – July 7, 20

UP911 Authority Update

Tim McKee gave an update on activities and a new grant opportunity for virtual CAD consolidation for Chippewa County through the Upper Peninsula 911 Authority. The County would need a match of twenty-five percent, however most of this would be a soft match. Mr. McKee requested $61,121 from the County which will be reimbursed.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the request of Mr. McKee for an advance (loan) of $61,121 for the CAD project which will be reimbursed to Chippewa County.

On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no.

Dr. Graham’s Request for Increase of Funding Due to Liability Insurance

A request for an increase in funding from the County was presented for Dr. Graham. Dr. Graham’s Liability Insurance has increased due to a recent claim from the jail. He is under a claim made policy.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve the request from Dr. Graham for increased liability insurance costs in the amount of $386.80 per month.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Claims and Accounts

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $298,730.32; other fund claims of $400,103.42; payroll of $452,033.78; and health department claims of $534,433.43 for total claims of $1,685,300.95.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Budget Adjustments

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the budget adjustments, as well as, to adjust the fund balances per the Audit as follows:

Budget Adjustments

Revenue     Original Amended Change
294-000-845-000 Veterans Trust State Grant 3,296.00 6,140.00 2,844.00
           
Expenditures          
294-000-845-000 Veterans Trust Assistance to Veterans 1,692.80 5,000.00 3,307.20
473-000-801-000 Building Fund Professional Services 0.00 103,000.00 103,000.00

Fund Balances per Audit

Original Amended Change
101-000-390-000 6,369.760.00 3,729,213.95 (2,640,546.05)
145-000-390-000 2,284.00 0.00 (2,284.00)
152-000-390-000 10,207.00 10,207.40 0.40
154-000-390-000 1,964.00 1,964.34 0.34
155-000-390-000 25.00 25.00 0.00
166-000-390-000 300.00 420.00 120.00
201-000-390-000 548,918.00 0.00 (548,918.00)
210-000-390-000 29,484.00 27,701.94 (1,782.06)
211-000-390-000 135,649.00 0.00 (135,649.00)
213-000-390-000 5,969.00 7,096.25 1,127.25
215-000-390-000 36,826.00 48,118.22 11,292.22
216-000-390-000 6,595.00 7,095.00 500.00
221-000-390-000 1,135,879.00 0.00 (1,135,879.00)
225-000-390-000 511,458.00 551,400.53 39,942.53
229-000-390-000 6,479.00 3,077.39 (3,401.61)
230-000-390-000 335,911.00 343,611.24 7,700.24
232-000-390-000 90,955.00 109,028.62 18,073.62
235-000-390-000 0.00 260,403.37 260,403.37
256-000-390-000 35,000.00 48,489.24 13,489.24
258-000-390-000 6,800.00 19,014.75 12,214.75
259-000-390-000 7,973.00 8,471.64 498.64
262-000-390-000 24,644.00 20,480.38 (4,163.62)
263-000-390-000 4,884.00 5,537.54 653.54
264-000-390-000 8,839.00 13,803.18 4,964.18
266-000-390-000 13,347.00 13,843.16 496.16
267-000-390-000 28,766.00 44,698.68 15,932.68
268-000-390-000 11,651.00 16,384.62 4,733.62
269-000-390-000 6,041.00 6,247.31 206.31
270-000-390-000 245.00 5.86 (239.14)
272-000-390-000 404.00 151.41 (252.59)
277-000-390-000 9,990.00 0.00 (9,990.00)
285-000-390-000 13,884.00 36,348.89 22,464.89
286-000-390-000 1,234.00 1,234.37 0.37
287-000-390-000 1,158.00 1,158.33 0.33
291-000-390-000 80,081.00 80,081.46 0.46
294-000-390-000 446.00 1,057.07 611.07
295-000-390-000 1,880,371.00 1,203,455.21 (676,915.79)
296-000-390-000 505,226.00 712,561.98 207,335.98
363-000-390-000 32,670.00 34,600.00 1,930.00
366-000-390-000 5,422.00 8,202.39 2,780.39
368-000-390-000 255,912.00 214,615.97 (41,296.03)
369-000-390-000 122.00 121.76 (0.24)
372-000-390-000 0.00 350.00 350.00
470-000-390-000 1,779.00 1,779.42 0.42
471-000-390-000 957.00 956.95 (0.05)
472-000-390-000 7,503.00 7,502.75 (0.25)
473-000-390-000 0.00 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commission Knoll, to accept the report as given.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

New Business

A. Resolution 11-11 Road Maintenance and Repair Proposition Renewal

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the following Resolution:

Road Maintenance and Repair Proposition Renewal

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Road Commission currently receives one mill of the voted millage in Chippewa County, and

WHEREAS, this one mill of voted millage expires in Decemer 2011, and

WHEREAS, continued development is occurring in the rural areas of Chippewa County requiring increased maintenance and improvements to the Local Road system, and

WHEREAS, the Chippewa County Road Commission is required to maintain approximately 1,300 miles of roadway under their jurisdiction, and will not be able to provide necessary matching funds for the available amounts of state, federal, and township revenues while also maintaining adequate staffing levels and adequate road maintenance equipment, now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Road Commissioners respectfully request permission from the Board of Chippewa County Commissioners to place a millage renewal request for one (1) mill for Five (5) years on a special election as follows:

ROAD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR PROPOSITION

RENEWAL

FEBRUARY, 2012

Shall the previous voted increase in the 15 mill limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within Chippewa County, Michigan of 1.000 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) which was reduced to .9879 mill by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at .9879 mill ($0.9879 per $1,000 of taxable value) for 5 years being 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for Repair and Maintenance of Roads within Chippewa County and streets within the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Village of Detour, and shall the County levy such renewed millage for said purpose? The estimate of revenue the County will collect if this millage is approved and levied in 2012 is $1,062,000.

On a roll call vote:

YEAS: Commissioners Postula, Knoll, Kinsella, McLean and Moore

NAYS: Commissioner Cooper and Shackleton

The Resolution was declared adopted.

B. Resolution 11-12 UP Area Agency on Aging FY12 Annual Implementation Plan

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the following Resolution:

U.P. Area Agency on Aging

FY 2012 Area Plan/Annual Implementation Plan

WHEREAS, UPCAP, which serves as the U.P. Area Agency on Aging, has developed and is operating under a Multi-Year (FY2010-2012) Area Plan that provides funding for programs for services to older adults in the Upper Peninsula: and

WHEREAS, the Multi-year Area Plan has been approved by all 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula; and

WHEREAS, the U.P. Area Agency on Aging is required to submit an Annual Implementation Plan which updates the Multi-Year Plan; and

WHEREAS, the UPCAP Board of Directors unanimously approved the proposed, Updated Annual Implementation Plan; and

WHEREAS, each U.P. county is represented by a county official on the UPCAP Board of Directors; and

WHEREAS, the Annual Implementation Plan also requires review by individual County boards.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners has received and hereby supports the U.P. Area Agency on Aging FY 2012 Annual Implementation Plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be submitted to UPCAP and placed on file.

On a roll call vote:

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

NAYS: None

The Resolution was declared adopted.

C. Hospital Board Policy to Have the County Board Chair on the Board

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to forward this issue to the Legislative and Natural Resources Committee for consideration and development.

Discussion followed.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

D. Setting a Time and Date for Goal Setting and Objectives Workshop

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll, that a meeting date be set by the Administrator within the next month for a Workshop to discuss goals and objectives.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Commissioners Comments

Commissioner Moore stated that there have been Broadband meetings and he would like to see an Ad Hoc Committee established. This item will be referred to the Legislative and Natural Resources Committee.

Adjournment

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 8:44 p.m.

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman