The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse.

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

Absent: Commissioner Jesse Knoll Also Present: Robert Savoie, Sheriff, Kip Moeggenborg, Deputy Sheriff, Scott Brand, Evening News, Tim McKee, Debbie Sirk, Dorothy Johnson, Bud Willis, John Willis, Jim Johnson, John Sawruk, Marjorie Hank, Chippewa County Treasurer, Jim and Michelle Traynor, Jeff Petty, Chris Royal, Steve Keck, Nancy Keck, Steve Lowe, Jim German, Administrator and Cathy Maleport, Clerk

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

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

Correspondence received in the Clerk’s Office

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, 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 Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the regular County Board minutes of February 21, 2012 as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

Jim Johnson gave a brief statement encouraging the Commission to support Resolution 12-04 to secure jobs for local workers associated with the construction of the Frontier Renewable/Mascomba project. Mr. Johnson affirmed that this area has many dedicated skilled workers that will build a quality facility.

United States Coast Guard Presentation

The Commander of the United States Coast Guard presented a Certificate of Merit to Deputy Kip Moeggenborg for his exceptional support of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security missions from June 2009 to April 2011. One of the many reasons the Commander listed for this recognition was how Deputy Moeggenborg demonstrated expert knowledge of local waters and skillful seamanship when he and his crew assisted the Coast Guard by responding to a search and rescue case in Munoscong Bay. As a result of his expert leadership, three hypothermic victims were saved after their boat capsized in five foot seas and twenty-to-forty mile per hour winds.

The Commander also took great pleasure in presenting the United States Coast Guard Certificate of Merit to Mr. Timothy McKee for his exceptional support of the Coast Guard from March 2009 to January 2012.

He explained, that as a dedicated public servant of Chippewa County, Michigan, Mr. McKee selflessly volunteered hundreds of hours participating in the Sault Region Area Maritime Security Committee providing outstanding leadership. Furthermore adding, Mr. McKee’s leadership, dedication and commitment to the safety and security of our nation’s citizens and North America’s critical infrastructure through strong partnerships, is highly commended and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

Sheriff Robert Savoie presented Special Recognition Resolution 12-05 explaining how John Sparks is a retired City Police Officer who continues to provide exceptional service to our community.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve Resolution 12-05 as follows:

RESOLUTION 12-05

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

JOHN B. SPARKS

LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great pride that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners join together with the residents of Chippewa County, to express their appreciation for your quick actions on January 16, 2012.

JOHN B. SPARKS on the above mentioned date was able to keep a student from certain harm, when he was able to call the student back on the school bus before the accident occurred.

JOHN B. SPARKS has served the citizens of Chippewa County and particularly in the City of Sault Ste. Marie as a former Police Officer; JOHN B SPARKS has provided and continues to provide outstanding service to its residents and visitors.

JOHN B. SPARKS has brought recognition to himself, the community and the County of Chippewa. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Chippewa County, extends their appreciation.

IN SPECIAL RECOGNITION, therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to recognize JOHN B. SPARKS, for his quick actions on January 16, 2012. For his continued professionalism to help maintain the safety of the citizens of this County, we join together to extend JOHN B. SPARKS a gracious thank you for a job well done, and wish him continued success in which he so richly deserves.

A roll call vote was taken as follows:

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

Nays: None

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED

Old Business

Board of Health Appointment – One appointment – expires 12-31-2013

Candidates: Commissioner Jesse Knoll, Thomas W. Ellis

A roll call vote was taken as follows:

Commissioner Kinsella: Tom Ellis

Commissioner Moore: Tom Ellis

Commissioner Postula: Jesse Knoll

Commissioner McLean: Jesse Knoll

Chairman Shackleton: Tom Ellis

Commissioner Cooper: Jesse Knoll

Due to the vote resulting in a tie, it was decided to vote one more time and if the outcome resulted in a tie again, the Board would table this item.

A second roll call vote was taken as follows:

Commissioner Cooper: Jesse Knoll

Chairman Shackleton: Tom Ellis

Commissioner McLean: Jesse Knoll

Commissioner Postula: Tom Ellis

Commissioner Moore: Tom Ellis

Commissioner Kinsella: Tom Ellis

Mr. Ellis was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board of Health for a term to expire December 31, 2013.

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 – No meeting

Transportation - Commissioner Postula - No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources - Commissioner Kinsella – February 29, 2012

GIS

A discussion ensued on where the County was going with regard to GIS. Mr. McKee noted that he had received a grant for $23,797.75 from the State for road center line updating. Nathan Fazer informed the committee of the need for a GIS master plan. He also provided information on the possible need for parcel date development.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to accept the grant from the State in the amount of $23,797.75 for GIS road centerline improvements, waive the bidding process and award the work to Tompcomp. Discussion ensued.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to have Regional Planning develop a GIS master plan for the amount of five thousand dollars.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to see if Mackinac County would like to enter into a shared agreement for a joint RFP to explore development of parcel data. Discussion ensued.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to accept the Legislative & Natural Resources committee minutes of February 29, 2012 as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Computer Committee – Commissioner Knoll – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts – Commissioner Cooper – March 8, 2012

Out of State Travel Request-CCHD-Wound Care Certification

An out of State travel request was presented by the Chippewa County Health Department for a nurse to attend a wound care certification conference.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, to approve an out of State travel request from the CCHD for a nurse to attend an out of State wound care certification class. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

HPS Membership Proposal

Under Sheriff Bitnar presented a proposal for an agreement with HPS for membership dues. The agreement would allow the Sheriff’s Department to purchase food at reduced prices. The membership fee would be $900.00.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the agreement with HPS in the amount of $900.00 for cost reduction in the purchase of food for the jail. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Sheriff Department Vehicle Purchase

Bid summaries were reviewed for vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department. Three cars and one van were put out for bid.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the low bid for three Dodge Charger police vehicles from O’Connor’s Chrysler in the amount of $21,999.00 per vehicle.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the bid for the purchase of a Ford Econoline passenger van from Soo Motors in the amount of $21,297.00

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 February general fund claims totaling $262,171.01; other fund claims of $313,988.86; payroll of $440,021.077 and health department claims of $570,469.06; total claims of $1,586,650.70 and vouchers H-1 through H-277. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to accept the Finance, Claims & Accounts minutes of March 8, 2012 as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

New Business

A) Appointment to Chippewa County Department of Veteran’s Affairs

One appointment – expires 03/31/2016

It was moved by Commissioner Cooper, supported by Commissioner Moore, to re-appoint Robert Wilson to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for a term to expire on March 31, 2016. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

B) Resolution 12-04-Support of the Hiring of Local Michigan Laborers during all phases of Construction of Frontier Renewable/Mascoma Project.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, supported by Commissioner McLean, to amend Resolution 12-04 by substituting the word workers for the word laborers and approve the Resolution as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 12-04

Support of the Hiring of Local Michigan Workers during All Phases of Construction of the Frontier Renewable/Mascoma Project

WHEREAS, the above named project will be located in Chippewa County, Michigan, and;

WHEREAS, this project will entail construction on the property owned by the above named Corporations and its partners, and;

WHEREAS, Kinross Charter Township has fully supported this project by submitting letters of support and recommendation as requested by the above named entity helping bring this project to this point, and;

WHEREAS, the residents of Chippewa County, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the State of Michigan, are skilled in all aspects of the Building Trades, and are a LOCAL workforce, and can provide the necessary skilled man-power for this project.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE CHIPPEWA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HEREBY REQUESTS as follows:

All construction employment opportunities be given to those Michigan Skilled Building Trades residents.

A VOTE WAS TAKEN AS FOLLOWS:

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

NAYS: None

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.

C. TEAMSTERS CONTRACT WITH HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Commissioner Moore explained that they’ve ratified the contract and would like to have the Commission approve that ratified contract.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the contract, pending the Health Department Board Acceptance.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Commissioners Comments

Commissioner Moore noted that Aaron Hopper just left the EDC and that he would like to see the Commission send him a letter thanking him for his services. Chairman Shackleton added that they do need to recognize Aaron’s contributions and, at the very least, send him a letter of appreciation.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Kinsella, that they write a thank-you letter to Aaron for all his years on the EDC Board.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Commissioner McLean complimented Sheriff Robert Savoie on the new format regarding the report he provided for the Commissioners.

Having completed the Agenda items, it was moved by Commissioner Postula, supported by Commissioner Moore to adjourn. The Board did adjourn at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine C. Maleport, Clerk

Scott Shackleton, Chairman