The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 5:00 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: Scott Brand, Evening News, Sault Tribe Education Director Angeline Boulley, John Willis, Debbie Sirk, Sheriff Robert Savoie, Under Sheriff Mike Bitnar, Jim and Michelle Traynor, John Lechner, Mark Leckner, Administrator Jim German, County Clerk Diane S. Cork, and Cathy Maleport, Chief Deputy Clerk

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll to add to the agenda the Promise Neighborhood Grant request from the Sault Tribe under New Business, item b, and to approve the agenda as amended.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Correspondence Received in Clerk’s Office

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner McLean 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 McLean , supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve the regular County Board minutes of July 11, 2011.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

Mark Lechner informed the Board of what has been happening with his excavator following the impoundment of such on May 26, 2011.

John Lechner also commented on the above matter, also referencing warrants for his arrest, as he was informed of these warrants by the State Police on July 12, 201l, the day after last month’s County Board meeting.

Old Business

None

Administrator’s Report - Jim German – informational purposes only

Standing Committee Reports

Personnel - Jim Moore -7-25-2011

The Committee discussed having new non-union employees pay twenty percent of their health care premium as had recently been negotiated in another contract. Issues were discussed including what would happen with the 80/20 legislation pending in Lansing. No action was taken as only two members were present.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll to have new non- union employees pay twenty percent on their health care premium. Discussion continued. On a voice vote the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper and Commissioner Postula voting no.

911 Employees

Mr. McKee notified the Committee that two new full time dispatchers would need to be hired to replace two dispatchers that had resigned. He noted that part time employees would also need to be hired. A discussion took place on wages and the ability of Mr. McKee to maintain staffing levels at six full time and five part time dispatchers.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve the hiring of two full time dispatchers and two part time dispatchers. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, Supported by Commissioner Knoll, to allow Mr. McKee to keep his staffing levels full and keep the Commission apprised in writing whenever he hires new personnel.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Knoll to accept the minutes as presented.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

Equalization & Apportionment – Commissioner Kinsella – No meeting

Health & Social Services – Commissioner Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds & Jail – Commissioner McLean – No meeting

Transportation – Commissioner Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Commissioner Kinsella – July 28, 2011

RAC Advisory Committee Letter of Support

The RAC Advisory Board’s list of projects was presented. A letter of support was presented from Administrator German for the Commission to consider. A discussion ensued.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the letter of support for the RAC projects.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

Historical District Committee

Administrator German and Sharon Kennedy spoke about the problems encountered with the Historical District Committee dealings with Lansing. The Committee was originaly set up for Court House restoration and obtaining funding through the State with a CLG status. Numerous problems and delays were encountered working with the State and the Courthouse which now been restored. It was thought that we may not be moving in any direction due to lack of State resources. Sharon Kennedy thought instead of disbanding the Committee it should be put into abeyance until more direction and funding is provided by the State.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner Moore, to put the Historical District Committee in abeyance and not fill any positions on the Committee until the situation with the State changed.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Hospital Appointment Policy

There was a discussion regarding the County Chair serving on the WMH Board for term of office only. The hospital would need to change its bylaws for this to happen. Commissioner McLean thought the County should have a policy in place for this. Discussion ensued.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to send a letter to the hospital asking them to change their by-laws to make the County Chair appointment for term of office only. Discussion continued indicating past County Board actions and War Memorial Hospital by-laws.

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

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to have the Commission adopt a commission policy mandating term of office only for the Chairman’s appointment to the War Memorial Hospital Board. Discussion ensued as to the War Memorial Hospital Board by-laws.

On a voice vote, the motion failed with Commissioners Postula, Shackleton, Kinsella and Moore voting no.

AD Hoc Advisory Committee for Broadband

A discussion took place on creating an Ad Hoc Committee to study high speed communications. A discussion ensued. Issues included applying for grants and broadband speeds in the County as well as coverage areas in the County. Discussion continued.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll to form an Ad Hoc Committee to study high speed communication options. Discussion was held on costs and purpose.

On a voice vote the motion failed with Commissioners Kinsella, Moore, Postula and Shackleton voting no.

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

Computer Committee - Commissioner Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Commissioner Cooper – August 4, 2011

War Memorial Hospital Lease

Steve Cannello presented information on the proposed hospital lease. The USDA required changes from the lease the Commission already approved. The changes were language issues in section 8.4 of the lease which Mr. Cannello said was not a problem. The other change was in section 8.0 dealing with assignment and transfer rights of the hospital. Mr. Cannello explained to best protect the County if section 8.1 was eliminated would be to require a super majority of seventy five percent by the WMH Board if the hospital were to be reassigned or transferred. Commissioner Knoll wanted to know if the County retained the building and the property if a reassignment took place. Mr. Cannello said the County would retain the building and the property should that occur. Commissioner McLean questioned the County having more representation on the WMH Board.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve changing the lease to accommodate the USDA request providing the hospital changed its articles of incorporation so that a super majority of the WMH Board would have to agree to reassignment or transfer. Extended discussion took place.

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

Out of State Travel Request

Two out of State travel request were presented. One for the Health Department for their EH staff to attend a conference in Indiana and the other for Sheriff Savoie to attend an out of State conference in Colorado.

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

Building Security Costs

An invoice was presented from the City of Sault Ste. Marie for the Auxiliary Police security provided for the Courthouse and County Building. Since the city would no longer be sharing the cost it would increase to the County portion by $3.00 per hour to a total of $7.00 per hour and increase of $135.00 for the month of June.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to assume 100% of the billing for security for the City/County Building proved by the Sault Ste. Marie Auxiliary immediately.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Shindler Elevator Contract

The elevator contract from Shindler was presented for the elevator at the County Building. The administration asked the Commission if they would like to assume the contract that the City had with Shindler.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to assume the Shindler elevator contract for the County Building. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Sugar Island Project

Tim McKee presented bids for the Sugar Island Tower. The low bids for the project were from All Around Services and Motorola. Mr. McKee recommended accepting these bids.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to accept the bid from all Around Services in the amount of $147, 470 and the bid from Motorola in the amount of $178,697 for the Sugar Island tower project.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Finance

Claims and Accounts

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $719,576.72 other fund claims of $567,628.00 payroll of $665,289.13 and health department claims of $563,535.56 and total claims of $2,516,029.41.

On a voice vote the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to accept the minutes as presented.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

New Business

A. Resolution 11-13

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

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE CHIPPEWA COUNTY HEALTH

DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE FUNDING TO CONTINUED MONITORING OF THE

LAKE GEORGECHANNEL AND THE NORTH SHORE OF SUGAR ISLAND

WHEREAS, continued allegations have been made and with the history of the discharge of contaminated sewage into the St. Mary’s River that has resulted in thick layers of contaminated sediment on the north shore of Sugar Island, Michigan which is a threat to the health and safety to residents of the island and all people living along the River, and all who use that section of St. Mary’s River for swimming, recreation, enjoyment and business; and

WHEREAS, the large volumes of contaminated sediment has adversely impacted not only the residents of this area but also the natural resources, tourism and local business activities; and

WHEREAS, the continued discharge of contaminated sewage is not acceptable and correction of this situation is vital to maintaining the health of local residents and visitors and a healthy local economy which continues to be threatened by these discharges; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Chippewa County and its visitors to the area wish to encourage the continued investigative monitoring by the Chippewa County Health Department and to formally request the involvement, commitment, and funding, of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as follows:

1. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports the Chippewa County Health Department in seeking funds for the continued investigative monitoring of the St. Mary’s River, Lake George Channel and the North Shore of Sugar Island from the MDEQ.

2. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners does hereby request that the MDEQ, provide funding to continue a thorough investigation using current and historical data of contaminated sewage discharges into the International Waters of the St. Mary’s River, and take all necessary actions to eliminate this unfair and unhealthy assault on our communities.

3. That a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the MDEQ, Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan Senator Walker, Michigan Representative Frank Foster, and the Chippewa County Health Department. A vote was taken as follows:

AYES: Shackleton, Moore, Cooper, Postula, McLean, Knoll, Kinsella

NAYES: None

The Resolution was declared adopted.

B. Promise Neighborhoods

This is a request from the Sault Tribe. It is a $500,000 grant with a 25% match. The Tribe is requesting a letter of support from the County Board for their grant application.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to send a letter of support to the Sault Tribe for their Promise Neighborhoods grant application.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Commissioners Comments

None

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Moore supported by Commissioner Knoll, to adjourn. On a voice vote the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at 8:00 p.m.

Catherine C. Maleport, Chief Deputy Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman