The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met for a Special meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 4:00 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: Administrator Jim German, Deputy Administrator Kelly Church, Chuck Leonhardt, Sheriff Robert Savoie, Deputy Sheriff Jack Horka, Prosecutor Brian Peppler, Dave Martin, Marjorie Hank, County Treasurer, Carmen Fazzari, Tina Ojala, Circuit Court Administrator Jeri Wolski, Jennifer Pierce, Sharon Kennedy Equalization Director, Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Chambers, Assistant Prosecutor Dennis McShane, Kathy Noel, EDC, Brian Bartlett, Kathy Munson, and Cathy Maleport, Clerk.

Agenda

No additions or deletions

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

Public Comments

None

New Business

The purpose of the Special Board meeting was to finalize and have a balanced budget for the FY2012.

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Moore, to amend the proposed FY2012 budget submitted by Chairman Shackleton and replace it with the below referenced proposed budget.

Commissioner Postula’s Motion to amend the proposed 2012 Budget

  Savings
1. Previous cuts and additional revenue (see #1 below) $100,000
2. Health Dept Appropriation-keep at 2011 level of $150k 135,000
3. Fund BC/BS at 90% of illustrated rate 140,000
4. Deauthorize two full time jail positions, continue w/part-time 36,000
5. EDC Appropriation-keep at 2011 level of $50,000 70,000
6. Changes to health insurance 120,000
7. GASB 45 Contribution-put $150,000 in the account 100,000
8. Adjust jail revenue 200,000
  901,000
9. Expenditure set aside for Digital Imagery - 100,000
Total
$801,000

 

1. Increase revenue in District Court $20,000, and increase certification fees in Clerk’s Office. Reduce expenditures in SANE (15,000); District Court Upgrade (5,761); Clerk’s Office fax ($300); Family Court air Conditioners ($1,138.62); Clerk’s Office upgrade ($3,262); Sheriff Equipment Budgeted twice ($14,092) and Information Systems ($41,440). Study paying $3,000,000 to MERS for the 2013 budget for the unfunded portion of the County’s liability. Also evaluate Building Department for possible cuts in 2013 budget.

Evaluate MSU 4H for part time position 2013.

2. Although this is less than the health department requested they would also realize a savings to the bottom line of approximately $40,000 as a result of line

3.Eliminate Health Department EH fee increases, CCHD will institute Health Care Changes.

And I would so move………

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5. If the EDC were to have an opportunity to do a project that required additional matching funds during the year, they could always come back and request more as a one-time appropriation.

6. If this is not successfully negotiated, than moving to a 35 hour work week would be the alternative position. Either will result in sufficient savings.

7. This continues our contributions to post-employment liabilities and coupled with line 7 shows a serious commitment towards being prepared for the future.

Proposed changes to 911 benefits will likely yield some additional savings in the near future.

Chairman Shackleton explained that anyone can make motions to amend the budget, that Commissioner Postula offered the first amendment, further explaining you can either vote on this one as it was presented or any Commissioner can offer to amend the amendment.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean, to amend the motion presented by Commissioner Postula and cut one full time employee to half time in the Building Department, adding that it would save $25,000 in salaries and $10,000 in fringes. Discussion continued.

The motion failed 3 to 4.

Yeas: Commissioners Don Cooper, Jesse Knoll, Don McLean

Nays: Commissioners James Moore, George Kinsella, Ted Postula, and Scott Shackleton

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to cut a full time prosecutor position. Discussion followed.

It was noted that the proposed budget presented currently does fund the school liaison officer as well as the full time position in the prosecutor’s office.

The motion failed 3 to 4.

Yeas: Commissioners Don Cooper, Jesse Knoll, Don McLean

Nays: Commissioners James Moore, George Kinsella Ted Postula, and Scott Shackleton.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner McLean, to cut the Administrator position and reduce the salaries line item by $70,000 and the fringe item by $28,500. Discussion followed.

The motion failed 3 to 4

Yeas: Commissioners Don Cooper, Don McLean, Jesse Knoll

Nays: Commissioners Ted Postula, George Kinsella, James Moore, and Scott Shackleton

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to reduce a full time custodial position to half time. Discussion ensued.

The motion failed 3 to 4.

Yeas: Commissioner Jesse Knoll, Don Cooper, and Don McLean

Nays: Commissioners Ted Postula, James Moore, George Kinsella, and Scott Shackleton.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, to strike line 6 Changes to health care insurance reflecting a savings of $120,000 in Commissioner Postula’s proposed amended budget. Discussion continued.

The motion failed 2 to 5.

Yeas: Commissioners Don Cooper and Jesse Knoll

Nays: Commissioners Ted Postula, James Moore, Don McLean, George Kinsella and Scott Shackleton.

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner McLean, that the $36,000 savings from the full time jail positions be stricken. (Line item 4 on the amendment Commissioner Postula presented to the proposed budget.) and to put the $36,000 back into the Sheriff’s budget so he can hire his people. Discussion followed.

The motion failed 2 to 5.

Yeas: Commissioners Don McLean and Jesse Knoll

Nays: Commissioners James Moore, George Kinsella, Don Cooper, Ted Postula, and Scott Shackleton.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper to allow the Health Department to increase their environmental health fees.

The motion failed for lack of support.

Chairman Shackleton asked if there was any further discussion regarding Commissioner Postula’s motion to amend the proposed 2012 budget.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Yeas: Commissioners James Moore, Ted Postula, Don McLean, George Kinsella, and Scott Shackleton

Nays: Commissioners Don Cooper and Jesse Knoll

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella to adjourn.

On a voice vote the motion carried unanimously and the Board did adjourn at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine C. Maleport, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman