The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Also Present: Sheriff Robert Savoie, Administrator Jim German, County Treasurer Marjorie Hank, Debbie Sirk, Derek Myerscough, John Sawruk and Cathy Maleport, Clerk

It was noted that the agenda should have included, as is usually does, Additions/Deletions to the Agenda, and that a resolution needed to be added.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to add to New Business the Resolution regarding Hank’s Sport Shop and approve the amended agenda. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Election of Vice-Chairman

It was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to re-elect Commissioner Moore as the Vice-Chairman.

It was moved by Commissioner Knoll, supported by Commissioner Cooper, that the nomination be closed and a unanimous ballot be cast. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

John Sawruk presented to the Board of Commissioners the below referenced questions.

Chairman Shackleton informed Mr. Sawruk that his questions would be researched and answered in a timely manner.

  • Who owns War Memorial Hospital?
  • How much are War Memorial Hospital board members paid? (Include all compensations, i.e. mileage re-imbursements, meals, health care costs, etc.)
  • How much is the “sky-walk” connecting the hospital to the city parking structure costing and would the person responsible for promoting that idea produce the cost/benefit analysis?
  • How much did the Medical Office Building cost?
  • How much was paid for the Physical Rehabilitation Center and what is the cost/benefit analysis of that project.
  • What is the County Administrator given a $1500.00 personal fund for?

New Business

A) Board Appointment

Chairman Shackleton noted that Commissioner Cooper would like to be replaced concerning his position on the County Board of Health. Chairman Shackleton appointed Commissioner Kinsella to fill the remaining term as such was a chair appointment.

Also referenced was an additional resignation from the County Board of Health, Mrs. Shannon. It was noted that Mrs. Shannon’s position was Board appointed and that the vacancy would need to be advertised.

B.) Meeting Schedule

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Knoll, that the Commissioners Regular Board meetings schedule be approved as proposed. Discussion ensued.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

C.) Resolution No.12-01 Special Tribute to Hank’s Sport Shop

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve Resolution 12-01 as follows:



Louis Hank

WHEREAS, Louis Hank, owner of Hank’s Sport Shop will be retiring and closing his business which has been a staple of Chippewa County, and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Serving local residents and tourist for the past 51 years; and

WHEREAS, Louis Hank graduated from Detour High School in 1953; where he was a star basketball, football and track athlete; and in 1954 at age 19, became a sales associate with the business formerly called Bruhn Hardware; and

WHEREAS, Louis Hank, bought the business from Mr. Bruhn in 1960, at the age of 26 years old, and originally called the business Hank’s Hardware; changing the business name once in the 60’s to Hank’s Hardware and Sport Shop; and then several years later, changing the name to Hank’s Sport Shop, and

WHEREAS, Louis Hank, moved the business several times during Urban Renewal projects in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, occupying space in both the 400 and 500 blocks of Ashmun Street and also, on Maple Street. In the early 1990’s, he moved to his current location at 3522 I-75 Business Spur.

WHEREAS, Louis Hank, over his 51 years of business sold almost 200,000 hunting and fishing licenses to area residents and tourists, generating almost a $1 million in revenue for the State of Michigan’s DNR, and

WHEREAS, Louis Hank, over his 51 years of business sold millions of dollars of sporting goods to local residents and tourists, often giving them advise on how to use the equipment, and, is known throughout Chippewa County and Northern Ontario as an outstanding archer, competing for years in local archery leagues and shoots, around the area, and

WHEREAS, Louis Hank, offered his business as a point-of-sale for many local charity events; survived almost a dozen local and statewide economic recessions; with a loyal, local following with some individuals and families were buying sporting goods from him for four to five decades.


1. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners respectfully dedicates this document to honor and thank Louis Hank for his 51 years of service and community leadership.

2. That the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners extend their best wishes to Louis Hank for many years of good health and enjoyment in his retirement.


AYES: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Kinsella, McLean, Moore and Shackleton

NAYS: None


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 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine C. Maleport, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman