The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, November 14, 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, and Chairman Scott Shackleton.

Absent: Commissioner Jim Moore

Also Present: Sheriff Robert Savoie, Susan Wilds, Jim and Michelle Traynor, Marjorie Hank, CountyTreasurer, Mrs. McLean, Scott Brand, Evening News, Deputy Administrator Kelly Church, Jim and Dorothy Johnson, Scott Ellis, Jay Piche, Kathy Cairns, Roger Line, Tim Martin, Bill Hopper, Frank Blisset, and Cathy Maleport, Clerk

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

None

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Kinsella for the approval of the Agenda as presented.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Correspondence received in the Clerk’s Office

It was 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

It was moved by Commissioner McLean supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the regular County Board minutes of October 10, 2011 as well as the following workshop minutes: October 3, 2011; October 4, 2011; October 5, 2011; and October 11, 2011.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

Before Public Comments began, Chairman Shackleton informed the audience that the Board will not be considering the Freedom to Work Resolution as Commissioner Kinsella has informed him that he does not plan on moving that motion this evening and that they will not be considering it.

Jim Johnson, introduced himself as a Chippewa County resident and asked the Board if the Freedom to Work Resolution was going to be brought up at the next Board meeting.

Commissioner Kinsella, stated that he had received a lot of calls concerning this and that they ran about 75 percent in favor of not continuing this Resolution. Further adding, “I’m opting not to bring it up. I can’t say I will never bring it up again, but I have no plans in the immediate future to bring it up.”

Mr. Johnson further stated that Right to Work Laws has no impact on boosting Economic Growth. Adding, research shows that there is no relationship with Right to Work Laws and State Unemployment rates.

Jay Piche also informed the Board of his opposition to the Freedom to Work Resolution referencing statistics from Wayne County, furthermore stating, we must guard against being pulled by such a false slogan as the Right to Work.

Chairman Shackleton asked everyone to keep in mind, that this was only a Resolution, this was not actually taking any action, that the County couldn’t take any action if they wanted to.

Tim Martin Also stated his opposition to this Resolution referencing the following statistics regarding the 22 states with this resolution in effect: Teen Pregnancy rates are above the National average, infant mortality rates are higher, higher unemployment rates. “It is against the working people in this county, this would devastate Chippewa County.”

Dorothy Johnson Also expressed her opposition, referencing a recent study done concerning the Right to Work Resolution indicating that the Right to Work Resolution is the wrong answer to Michigan’s suffering economy.

Mrs. McLean expressed her concerns stating that Chippewa County would be a lot better off if those Commissioners supporting this business of Right to Work State spent more time on the mentally ill for Chippewa County.

Frank Blisset Made a brief statement opposing the Resolution.

Roger Line Expressed his opposition to the Freedom to work Resolution adding “anyone looking at unions as just costing money that there are lots of good things they do referencing safety, public trust as well as try to streamline operations.

Scott Ellis Highly opposing the Freedom to Work Resolution stating it would greatly affect our community and state.

Terry Ellis Also voiced his opposition to this Resolution stating “I would hope that the majority of He informed the Commissioners that this is what they put together in two days, (referencing the three dozen people in the audience) if we had a week, we could get a lot more people. Terry also thanked Commissioner McLean for getting the word out, so that they could get people here to voice their concerns.

Bill Hopper, Chippewa County Road Commission Also strongly apposing the Resolution indicating our Unions have been basically declawed for years.

Old Business

Nominees for various Boards and Authorities

CHIPPEWA COUNTY BUILDING AUTHORITY

Expires 12/31/1

Term 1/01/2012 – 12/31/2012

3 appointments

Present members: Margie Hank, Ron L. Meister, Angela Scott Henley Nominees: Margie Hank, Ron L. Meister, James D. Traynor

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Expires 4/01/12

Term 4/1/2012-3/31/2018

1 appointment

Present member: Aaron Hopper

Nominees: DJ Hoffman, Don McLean, Francene Barbro-Meiners

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

Expires 11/01/11

Term 11/01/2011-10/31/2014

1 appointment

Present member: Floyd Rabineau

Nominees: Francene Barbro-Meiners, Floyd Rapineau

HIAWATHA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Expires 4/01/12

Term 4/01/2012-3/31/2015

2 appointments

Present members: Jim Moore, George Kinsella

Nominees: George Kinsella, Jim Moore

TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

Expires 12/31/11

Term 1/01/2012 – 12/31/2015

1 appointment

Present member: John Kibble

Nominees: John Kibble, Jesse Knoll, James D. Traynor

WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, INC.

Expires 12/31/11

Term 1/01/2012-12/31/2016

1 appointment

Present member: Willard LaJoie

Nominees: Jeffrey Holt, Jesse Knoll, W.W. LaJoie, James D. Traynor

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean to accept the applications/nominations for standing and special Committees’, Boards and Commissions to be considered at the next regular Board meeting.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Administrator’s Report – For informational purposes only.

Standing Committee Reports:

Personnel – Commissioner Jim Moore – No meeting

Equalization & Apportionment – Commissioner Kinsella – No meeting

Health & Social Services - Commissioner Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds & Jail – Commissioner McLean – 10-28-2011

Fire Alarm System

Administrator German presented a proposal from Alert Electronics so that when fire alarms were activated in the Annex and Courthouse the system would dial into a 911 system. The cost of the system would be $2,385.00 as well as a minor monthly charge of approximately $20.00.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Kinsella to approve the fire alarm system in the amount of $2,385.00.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Camera System

A proposal was submitted from alert electronics to add an additional four cameras to the current surveillance system. The cost would be $3,200.00. The cameras would be placed at the County Building.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the purchase of the four additional cameras at a cost of $3,200.00.

Discussion followed, Commissioner Cooper questioned the sense of urgency.

Commissioner McLean explained that that it was brought to the committees’ attention that there are certain areas around the perimeter that has no coverage as an incident took place involving the Sheriff’s Department. Discussion continued.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Sheriff Vehicles

The sale of two used Sheriff Department Vehicles was discussed. Problems with keeping the vehicles, donating them, or selling them were discussed.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Postula to allow the Administrator to dispose of the Vehicles in the best possible manner that he thought appropriate.

Upon the request of Commissioner Cooper, Commissioner McLean modified his motion to reflect “following County policies” rather than at the Administrator’s discretion.

On a voice vote, the motion carried as modified.

Discussion ensued concerning the energy plan and the courthouse windows. Chairman Shackleton asked Commissioner McLean to take the problem with the drafty windows into consideration at their next Building Grounds & Jail meeting. He also asked Commissioner McLean what the status was in regards to the utilization of the extra space in the County building, and if there was anything that Judge Church needs in order to use that space more effectively. Commissioner McLean stated that he had not heard anything from her relative to that, that he would check with her.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to accept the minutes for the Building Grounds and Jail Committee as presented.

On a voice vote, the motion carried

Transportation – Commissioner Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Commissioner Kinsella – 11-08-2011

Bayliss Public Library Presentation

Ken Miller, Director of the Bayliss Public Library gave a presentation to the Committee regarding the establishment of a district library in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Mr. Miller gave a brief overview including census information, holdings, services and governance. The need for a District Library is a result of financial shortfall from penal fines, state aid and interest rates dropping, as well as, a taxation imbalance: city residents pay $15.22 per capita for library service, while township residents pay 8.3 cents per capita. To change from a city library to a district library, broadening governance to allow for district-wide representation and financial support. Mr. Miller also gave a brief overview of ‘How to form a District Library’. It was also noted that if after the District Library is formed that if the millage failed that the District would dissolve. Discussion ensued.

Commissioner Cooper informed the Board of his concerns as the presentation was given at 10:00 a.m. in the morning and that he could not be there. He suggested that this is would be something worthy of a Workshop.

“There definitely is a major disparity,” Commissioner George Kinsella said. “What we reached (in committee) is some kind of consensus that something needs to go to the next step.”

Chairman Shackleton further explained that currently, the Bayliss Library is a city library, and it is supported by a city millage. The Bayliss library does the best they can to help the out county in some library services, but with funding shortfalls over the last few years their finding that they are not going to be able to continue to help the out county with library services unless something changes. Adding , “what the library folks are proposing is that instead of Bayliss being a city library that it be a district library and it would provide better services for almost all the county as there are a couple of townships that already have libraries that don’t want to participate.” Further explaining, that the city millage would go away but there would be a new district library millage for the whole district with the exception of the two townships.

Commissioner McLean added “This would be something that would be a benefit to the entire county. It would make it a better place to live with all these services available.”

Upon more discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to schedule a workshop on November 22, 2011 immediately following the 5:00 p.m. budget hearings.

Access Policy

The Committee reviewed the below referenced ‘Enhanced Access to Digital Public Records Policy’; Sharon Kennedy and Tim McKee briefly reviewed the policy, and notified the Committee that the policy had been reviewed by the Prosecutor; and that the policy protects the County’s investment.

ENHANCED ACCESS TO DIGITAL PUBLIC RECORD POLICY

Chippewa County,

Michigan October 2011

Purpose: This policy is established, pursuant to the authority, guidelines, and provisions of the Enhanced Access to Public Records Act, 1996 P.A. 462 MCL 15.443 et seq, as amended. The purpose of this Policy is: 1) to establish the definitions and operational provisions for a policy on enhanced access to digital public records, 2) to authorize the establishment of a fee schedule and to establish conditions for its waiver, and 3) to set forth a disclaimer as to all express and implied warranties regarding the access to or the use of public records for which enhanced access is provided.

I DEFINITIONS

A. “The Act” shall be interpreted as the Michigan Enhanced Access to Public Records Act, 1996 P.A.462

B. “County” shall refer to the County of Chippewa, Michigan.

C. “Digital Ortho-photography” shall be interpreted as a digital image geo-referenced to the earth’s surface, captured at an altitude to display natural and man-made features at varying scales and resolutions.

D. “Enhanced Access” shall be interpreted as providing digital access to public records (that currently exist in digital format, specifically GIS Data and Tax Records) for public inspection purchase, or copying by digital means. “Enhanced access” does not include the transfer of ownership of a public record, and does not include public records that do not currently exist in digital format(hardcopy).

E. “Geographic Information System” or “GIS” shall be interpreted as being an informational unit, system, or network capable of producing customized maps based upon a digital representation of geographical data.

F. “Operating Expense(s)” includes, but is not limited to, the County’s direct cost of creating, compiling, extracting, storing, maintaining, processing, providing, upgrading, or enhancing information or data in a form available for enhanced access, including the cost of computer hardware, software, data storage media, system development, employee time, and the actual cost of supplying the information or record(s) in the form requested by the purchaser.

G. “Person” shall be interpreted as that term as defined in Section 2 of the Freedom of Information Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976, being Section 15.232 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

H. “Public Body” shall be interpreted as the term as defined in Section 2 of the Freedom of Information Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976, being Section 15.232 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

I. “Public Record” shall be interpreted as that term as defined in Section 2 of the Freedom of Information Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976, being Section 15.442 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. Not all public records are available in digital format.

J. “Reasonable Fee” shall be interpreted as a charge calculated to enable a public body to recover over time only those operating expenses directly related to the public body’s provision of enhanced access.

K. “Software” shall be interpreted as that term as defined in Section 2 of the Enhanced Access to Public Records Act, Act No. 462 of the Public Acts of 1996, being Section 15.442 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

II AUTHORIZATION

A. Pursuant to the Act, all Chippewa County government public bodies may provide enhanced access for the inspection, copying, or purchasing of a public record that is not confidential or otherwise exempt by law from disclosure. [Sec. 3(1)(a); Sec. 3(3)].

B. This policy does not require Chippewa County public bodies to provide enhanced a access to any specific public record, if the public record sought is not available through the Chippewa County enhanced access system or not available in digital format. [Sec 3(4)].

C. County elected officials, department heads, agencies, boards, commissions and councils legally responsible for the creation, preparation, ownership, custody, control, maintenance, preservation, guardianship, retention, possession or use of a public record shall select which public records may be made available through enhanced access.

D. Matters to be considered in determining which public records shall be made available through enhanced access include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Elected officials, department heads, agencies, boards commissions councils and other county public bodies legally responsible for the creation, preparation, ownership, custody, control, maintenance, preservation, guardianship, retention, possession or uses of a public record have the responsibility, authority and accountability for the management of public record information.

2. Chippewa County government, in trust for the people of Chippewa County, has a duty to ensure ownership of information products and county created intellectual property is protected, maintained and enhanced.

3. Chippewa County will not release information that may be confidential, proprietary or for which it has signed a non-disclosure agreement.

III FEES

A. It is the policy of Chippewa County to charge a reasonable fee for providing access to:

1. A GIS

2. The output from a GIS

3. Digital Ortho-photography and related products.

4. Property records and related information

5. Property Tax records (current and delinquent), and equalization information.

6. Any and all types of additional information the County deems necessary.

B. It is the policy of Chippewa County to periodically assess and establish a reasonable fee to charge for access, enhanced or otherwise, to various forms available through technological advancements, improvements, or enhancements or upgrades to existing technology (i.e. online access via the Internet, direct dial-in service to a Chippewa County computer, server, information system, etc., electronic mail, CD-ROM, DVD, Optical Archive, solid state drive, storage device, media, paper products, and labels generated by computerized means).

C. Access to and/or output from a County GIS may be provided to another public body for the official use of that other public body without charging a fee to that other public body, upon approval of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners.

D. Except as otherwise provided by act or statute, all persons shall be charged the reasonable fee approved by the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners for enhanced access to a public record or for access to a GIS or the output from GIS.

E. Fees to be charged for enhanced access may be reduced or waived in instance where the request is for the public good. Examples may include, but are not limited to the following instances or occurrences:

1. The information is critical to public health or safety;

2. The information is required for non-profit research purposes such as academic or public interest research;

3. The information is required to meet legal, programmatic or governmental objectives;

4. The information explains rights, entitlements and/or obligations of individuals;

5. The cost of administering the fees would exceed the revenue to be collected;

6. The reasonable fee established would have a serious detrimental impact on the financial position of particular groups or classes of users;

7. The reasonable fee established would limit the number of users enough to compromise achieving program or other governmental objectives;

F. Any and all waivers of fee reductions shall be decided by the Director or Head of the appropriate County Department legally responsible for the creation, preparation, ownership, custody, control, maintenance, preservation, guardianship, retention, possession or use of a public record(s) in question.

G. Upon authorization by the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, the County may enter into agreements with other public bodies to provide enhanced access to public records, to provide access to a GIS, or to obtain output from a GIS, at a reduced fee or at no fee, in accordance with the requirements of Section 3 of the Enhanced Access to Public Records Act.

H. This policy does not apply to public records prepared under an act or statute specifically authorizing the sale of those public records to the public or where the amount of the fee for providing a copy of the public record is otherwise specifically provided by an act or statute.

IV DISCLAIMER

A. This policy does not obligate Chippewa County, its elected officials, department heads, agencies, boards, commissions, councils and other county public bodies to provide enhanced access to any specific public record if such public record has not been selected for enhanced access availability pursuant to Subsection II,C. of this policy.

B. Recipients of enhanced access receive all information “AS IS”. Chippewa County, its elected officials, officers, department heads, employees, agencies, boards, commissions, councils, volunteers, contractors or its public bodies, make no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose, or of a recipient’s right to use such public records or information. Recipients are solely responsible for investigating, resisting, litigating and settling such complaints, including the payment of any damages, costs, or attorney’s fees, unless the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, by resolution adopted by a majority of those elected and serving, elects to participate in the process at the County’s expense. Furthermore, Chippewa County, its elected officials, officers, department heads, agencies, boards, commissions, councils, volunteers, contractors, or its public bodies shall not be liable for any inaccuracy or omissions in such information or data and may require recipients to sign a general disclaimer to this affect.

C. Except for the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, by resolution adopted by a majority of those elected and serving, no officer, official, employee, or agent is authorized to make warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of accuracy, ownership, title, fitness for any particular purpose, or of a recipient’s right of use regarding the enhanced public records of Chippewa County, its government information systems, or as to the product or output of those systems.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to support policy ‘Enhanced Access to Digital Public Records’ as presented.

On a voice vote, the motion carried

Delta Letter of Support

The committee review information provided from Kathy Noel, regarding Delta Airlines filing a Notice of Intent to discontinue service to Chippewa County International Airport, as first step in efforts by the airline for a subsidy increase. At that point proposals were sought and now Ms. Noel asked the Committee to support Option (1) from Delta Airlines which keeps the services at current level.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve a letter of support for the Essential Air Service (EAS) proposal of Delta Airlines – Option #1.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella,supported by Commissioner McLean to accept the Legislative and Natural Resources minutes as presented.

On a voice vote, the motion carried

Computer Committee – Commissioner Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Commissioner Cooper – October 6, 2011

AGENDA ITEMS

Approve Bid for 2 Ton Air Handling Unit at Central Dispatch

The Committee received a bid summary to purchase a 2 Ton Air Handling Unit for Central Dispatch; three bids met criteria set forth in the RFP.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the bid from All Purpose Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in the amount of $2,800.00.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

AT&T Long Distance Contract

The Committee received a 3 year renewal agreement from AT&T Long Distance; the County rates are based on the State of Michigan “MI-Deal”; and the rate is .0245/minute.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean, to approve the AT&T Long Distance contract.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

AFLAC cafeteria plan(to include health care premiums)

The Committee reviewed the changes to the AFLAC Existing Payroll Account information for Group 07815; the change will include having health care premium payments being eligible for Section 106; so that payments can be withheld pre-tax for the County employees.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the changes to the Existing AFLAC Payroll Account, Group #07815; to include eligibility for health care premium payments for Section 106 of the IRS.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Radon Mitigation System inspection

The Committee was presented with two quotes to inspect the County Courthouse’s current mitigation system.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to approve the quote from MCL Radon Gas Tech (Michael Lawnichak)-who will do a free inspection including no mileage.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

NACo Membership for 2011-2012

The Committee reviewed information from NACo, including the County dues invoice for $794.00. Discussion ensued.

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner McLean to pay dues to the National Association of Counties. Discussion ensued.

Commissioner Kinsella stated “I support the idea of a card that provides enhanced procurement for our people where we can get cheaper drugs, but would like to hear other folks tell me that NACo participation is a good thing for us.”

Commisioner Cooper, added that he believes paying NACo dues is a waste of money.

Commissioner Knoll stated that NACO has many other features and other benefits available and believes the service is valuable.

Commissioner McLean stated he is in favor of moving ahead adding, “the best resource we have is absent tonight.” He suggested we table this motion at this point to bring back at next months Board meeting.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean supported by Commissioner Kinsella to table this motion and bring it back next month for consideration.

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

Finance

Claims and Accounts

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll to recommend the approval of general fund claims totaling $793,654.08; other fund claims of $473,998.08; payroll of $444,005.36; and health department claims of $546,362.06; total claims of $2,258,019.58; and vouchers H-1 through H-368.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Budget Adjustments

Revenue   Original Amended Change
101-000-676-340 SANE Reimbursement 0 8,000 8,000
101-000-571-000 Tourism and Conv. 190,000 220,260 30,260
294-000-562-294 Veterans Trust 6,140 10,000 3,860
374-000-699-225 2010 Bond Refunding 353,275 345,123 (8,152)
374-000-699-368 2010 Bond Refunding 165,100 165,150 50
374-000-699-366 2010 Bond Refunding 0 8,202 8,202
         
Expenditures        
101-340-742-000 SANE-vehicle gas 0 8,000 8,000
101-631-701-000 Substance Abuse 95,000 110,130 15,130
101-885-701-000 Computer 47,500 55,500 8,000
225-000-999-374 Correction Maint Fund 353,275 345,123 (8,152)
294-000-845-000 Veterans Trust 5,000 8,860 3,860
366-000-999-374 Correction Fac Debt 0 8,202 8,202
368-000-999-374 Avery Square Debt 165,100 165,150 50
473-000-801-000 City/Co Build Fund 103,000 110,000 7,000

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

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kinsella , that the Finance minutes of November 10, 2011 be accepted as presented.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

New Business

B. Resolution 11-17 – EUP REGIONAL PLANNING

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

EASTERN U.P. REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

COMMISSION

RESOLUTION REGARDING THE DRAFT REGIONAL COUNCILS ACT-2011

WHEREAS, local planning at the City, Village, Township and County level in Michigan is governed by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act of 2008, and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Association of Planning is proposing legislation for the performance of regional planning in Michigan, and

WHEREAS, the Michigan Association of Planning and the Michigan Association of Regions both have an interest in seeing that the Regional Planning Enabling Legislation is fair, comprehensive, and protects and preserves the rights of the citizens of each of the regions, and

WHEREAS, the regional boundaries are defended by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administrations as the boundaries of EDA’s Economic Development Districts, and

WHEREAS, the Regional Planning Commissions/Councils of Government were established by local units of government to address the needs of local units of government, and

WHEREAS, the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning & Development Commission does not support the legislation as currently drafted, with provisions for taxation that would put the Commission in direct competition for the statutory funding provided to its members, and provides for alteration of Regional Boundaries by the Governor without local input, when in fact, the Counties of the Eastern U.P. created the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning & Development Commission in 1968.

WHEREAS, the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning & Development Commission does not support this legislation as drafted because it has not been done in consultation or cooperation with each affected stakeholder therein, including the Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Metro Councils in Michigan, and

THEREFORE, the Michigan Association of Planning does not have jurisdiction or authority over the Regions, MPO’s, or Metro Councils in Michigan to facilitate the balanced and fair development of legislation of this nature, as an Association charged with providing community’s the tools, knowledge, and legislative, regulatory, and policy environment to make land use and planning decisions based on sound planning principles.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that it is the opinion of the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning & Development Commission Board that any changes in boundaries or enabling legislation directly impacting the Eastern U.P. Regional Planning & Development Commission, at the state or federal level, should be made in collaboration with local units of government who make up the membership of each Regional Planning Commission or Council of Governments in accordance with state and federal law.

On a roll call vote:

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

Nays: None

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.

C. Resolution 11-18 – 2011 LAKE STATE LUMBER ASSOCIATION

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

LAKE STATE LUMBER ASSOCIATION

Resolution by the Chippewa County Michigan Board of Commissioners

WHEREAS, Chippewa County recognizes the importance of the lands contained within the more than 2 million acres of the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests as an exceptional natural resource capable of producing a sustainable supply of timber products on an annual basis which provides economic, social and environmental benefits to county residents, and

WHEREAS, these lands are owned by the federal government under the assumption and obligation that the natural resources would be properly managed and utilized as a base for the local and regional economies, and

WHEREAS, the United States Forest Service has failed to address the negative impacts of unemployment, loss of tax base, school funding and the deterioration of the overall local and the regional economies created by the Forest Service’s refusal to manage the forest land as a productive, sustainable timber resource, and

WHEREAS, the United States Forest service has failed to manage the National Forests as a sustainable resource that greatly contributes to the wood, papermaking, packaging, furniture and building material industries throughout Michigan. This has forced these industries to secure raw material from outside the U.S. and has also caused numerous businesses to close and lay off workers or to relocate outside of Michigan, and

WHEREAS, the United States Forest service has failed to manage the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests by allowing more timber to be lost to mortality than is harvested. The combined average annual timber mortality on the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests during the past five years is 206 million board feet, and

WHEREAS, since 1986, when the first land and Resource Management Plans (Forest Plans) were adopted on the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service has never sold the Allowable Sale Quantity of timber in the Forest Plans, and

WHEREAS, last year the Ottawa and Hiawatha harvested less than half of the timber required to maintain forest health. For example, on the Ottawa National Forest the 2006 Forest Plan authorizes an average annual Allowable Sale Quantity of 90 million board feet, yet it is only selling an average of 41 million board feet per year or approximately 45% of the Allowable Sale Quantity. On the Hiawatha National Forest the 2006 Forest Plan authorizes an average annual Allowable Sale Quantity of 109 million board feet, yet it is only selling an average of 42 million board feet per year or approximately 38 % of the Allowable Sale Quantity. Since 1999, the Forest Plans on the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests authorized harvest of a total of more than 1.98 billion board feet. But only 930 million board feet of timber has been sold or approximately 47% of the Allowable Sale Quantity. This translates into reduced revenue, jobs and economy to local communities from direct Forest Service payments and a significant reduction in raw materials that are needed to sustain the local forest industry.

WHEREAS, for every one million board feet of timber that is harvested, it provides enough raw materials to sustain 11 direct jobs and goes to also help support other indirect jobs. In 2010, the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests cumulatively fell short of annual ASQ by more than 115 million board feet, which equates to a loss of 1,265 jobs, and

WHEREAS, Michigan has lost both paper mills and saw mills, a large number of logging contractors and trucking firms, there are other factors that play into the loss of these businesses, however declining harvest opportunities on the National Forest lands is the number one and primary reason for the loss of many of these employers, and

WHEREAS, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THE CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, recognizes that the Ottawa and Hiawatha Federal Forests are an exceptional natural resource that have the capacity to provide timber, recreational and environmental benefits for everyone provided that the lands are properly managed as a sustainable, renewable timber resource, and are managed with consideration to the local communities which rely on the economy generated, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the severe reduction in timber harvesting are well below the documented sustainable levels within the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forest and it is the U.S. Forest Service’s obligation to change this trend and we ask our Michigan elected officials both on the State and Federal levels to fix this problem that is creating economic hardships for our county, and

BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forest must be managed at the Allowable Sale Quantity level as identified in the Land and Resource Management Plan and to manage the backlog of unsold and un-harvested timber accruing since implementation of the Plan, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS requests a written response from both Secretary Vilsack and the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service regarding detailed reasons why these lands are not being managed in accordance with the provisions of the Ottawa and Hiawatha Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this Resolution sent to the following:

Tom Vilsac, Secretary, U.S.D.A. State Representative Matt Huuki
Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service State Representative Ed McBroom
U.S. Senator Carl Levin State Representative Steve Lindberg
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow State Representative Frank Foster
Congressman Dan Benishek Rodney Stokes, Director MDNR
Governor Rick Snyder Keith Creagh, Director, MDARD
State Senator Tom Casperson Michigan Association of Counties
State Senator Howard Walker Lake States Lumber Association

On a roll call vote:

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

Nays: None

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.

Commissioners comments

Chirman Shackleton stated the City of Sault Sainte Marie celebrated a very important milestone today referencing the opening of the Easterday overpass as well as the open house of the New City Hall.

Chairman Shackleton also noted the food drive that he and the Sheriff’s department have done for years to benefit the county. It will take place on December 3, 2011 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the following locations: Glens Market, Super Valu and Wal-mart.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to adjourn and the Board adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Cathy C. Maleport, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman