The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met for a special meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 12:00 noon in the basement meeting room of the County Building.

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

Absent:   Commissioner Don Cooper

Also Present:  Sheriff Robert Savoie, David Martin, Jim Moore, Donnie
Hendrickson, Charlotte Hendrickson, Jesse Knoll, Nancy
Mongene, Erika Craven, Heidi Bailey, Tom Pink, Tom Ewing,
Barry Levine, Barbara Levine, Joan Savoie, Laura Arkene, Lin 
St. Peter, Bob St. Peter, Ron Gordon, Stepanie Anderson,
Tracy Holt, Mr. Atkinson, Administrator Jim German and Cathy  
Maleport, Clerk.   

Additions/Deletions to Agenda

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, seconded by Commissioner Kinsella to accept the agenda as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Public Comments

Tracy Holt, Director for Hospice for the E.U.P., stated she was here today as she had a lot of questions that have been asked of her, as to the decision of the Commission, concerning the 2% funding, and wanted to hear for herself what those concerns may be.  She also thanked the Commission for their support and the opportunity to reconsider this motion.

Old Business

  1. 2% Request – Chippewa County Health Department

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula, for re-consideration of the 2% funding request. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

A discussion took place regarding legal issues and guidelines as to how to handle 2% funding.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula, that the 2% funding request be approved. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

  1. Image Soft

The Administrator stated that they had a meeting with Image Soft, and explained the Tier 1/Tier 2 problem, with FOC being a Tier 1.  FOC will not switch to a Tier 2 County, as that will end up costing the County money, so we felt we were misled, to put it lightly, by Image Soft and we basically negotiated, a compromise, at this point, that the County will not be spending any further dollars on the program. It is estimated that $113,000 which has already been paid to Image Soft should cover the Prosecutor’s Office, which is almost complete. He further noted that Image Soft has still not gotten back with him or with what they feel is a bucket of credits for anything the County may have spent on the FOC and  that they are estimating that should be  under $10,000. He went on to say, that he sent Mr. Leidlein a second letter this week asking for that information and have still not received a response. In the mean time, we have been contacted by Image Soft to add additional things into the Prosecutor’s Office as it stands now I’m hoping the Commission will make a motion that no more money is to be spent on Image Soft, until we find out exactly where we are at.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, seconded by Commissioner Kinsella, to not spend another dime of that fund money on the Image Soft program until this issue comes back to the Commission and is reviewed.  It was noted that they will move ahead with the Prosecutors Office providing it is not going to cost any more money;  no more significant hardware is to be  purchased  unless it’s  reviewed by the Commission and deemed to be necessary. A discussion ensued. It was the consensus of the Board that they were not adequately informed referencing the following: Text Support, Hardware, Tier 1 vs Tier 2, and Infrastructure. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Standing Committee Reports

Personnel / Equalization / Health and Social Services Committee- Commissioner Kinsella – March 28, 2013

Personnel Job Descriptions for Probate/District Court

The Committee received a request from Judge Church to update job descriptions in her office. Commissioner McLean noted two typos.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to approve the updated job positions for Probate/District Court. A discussion ensued.  On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Building Inspector

Administrator German noted that the Building Inspector had retired and that  Jay Predmore would be elevated to the position of Building Inspector. The Administrator asked that the position be re-classified from a level 12 to a level 10 (40 hour) with Mr. Predmore starting at the two year step. This would save the County approximately seven thousand dollars in the first year. Additional savings would be realized by not filling Mr. Predmore’s position except during the summer with some possible part time hours.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to  approve the hiring of Jay Predmore at a level 10 two year step at 40 hours and to authorize the administrator to hire an additional, part time person as needed. A discussion took place. On a voice vote, the motion Carried.

Part Time Employee Policy

Administrator German noted that some new information had been obtained and presented regarding a new part- time employee policy; noting that part- time employees would not work more than twenty- nine hours a week.

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to approve the new part- time employee policy that will have part- time employees’ work no more than 29 hours per week and to remove the last two sentences of the policy. A discussion ensued.  On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Employee Suspension

Administrator German noted that an employee had been suspended with no pay for unacceptable behavior. The Administrator asked the Commission to terminate the employee.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner McLean, to terminate employee #865. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

CCHD Travel Request

A request was presented from CCHD for an employee to attend a hospice conference in Minnesota. Costs include gasoline only, as the employee would be staying with family.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula,  to allow a CCHD employee to attend a hospice conference in Minnesota. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

911 Hire and Clerk Deputy Hire

911 Director Tim McKee asked that the Commission approve Chris Parker as a Senior Dispatcher. Former Dispatcher Tammy Peyton has taken a position in the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk has requested that hire be approved also.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner McLean, to approve the hire of Chris Parker as a Senior Dispatcher and the hire of Tammy Peyton in the Clerk’s Office. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to accept the Personnel/Equalization/health and Social Services Committee meeting minutes of March 28, 2013 as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.

New Business

  1. Resolution 13-02 – Cathy Carr Retirement

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to approve Resolution 13-02 as follows:

RESOLUTION NO.  13-02

RESOLUTION IN APPRECIATION AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION OF
CATHY CARR

The appreciation of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Health and the residents of Chippewa County, is extended to CATHY CARR, for:

Her dedicated service at the Chippewa County Health Department, for the past twenty-one years of service.

Her untiring efforts for the safety and well-being of the citizens of Chippewa County.

Her constant and consistent work at the Chippewa County Health Department for which she knew was the best for Chippewa County.

Her deep personal commitment, not only to her work on behalf of the Health Department and the County, but also her family, friends and co-workers.

It is altogether fitting and proper that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners should honor CATHY CARR, for her years of service and dedication to Chippewa County.

Upon her retirement from Chippewa County, our wish for CATHY CARR can be no less than this: as she has dedicated the past twenty-one years to Chippewa County, a gracious thank you for a job well done, and wish her enjoyable retirement in which she so richly deserves.

A VOTE WAS TAKEN AS FOLLOWS:

AYES: Commissioners  Kinsella, McLean,  Postula and Chairman Shackleton

NAYS: None 

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.

  1. Resolution 13-03 –DNR TRUST LAND

It was moved by Commissioner Kinsella, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to approve Resolution 13-03 as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 13-03
SUPPORTING DNR LAND ACQUISITION

            WHEREAS, Chippewa County Board of Commissioners supports the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) submission of an application titled,
“Raber Township Fehner Property” to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for acquisition of a 6.34 acre parcel; and,

            WHEREAS, the location of the proposed project is within the jurisdiction of Chippewa County; and,

            WHEREAS, with this resolution of support it is acknowledged that Chippew County is not committing to any obligations; financial or otherwise.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Chippewa County hereby supports submission of a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Application for the proposed acquisition of the 6.34 acre Fehner parcel, by the DNR.

A VOTE WAS TAKEN AS FOLLOWS:

AYES:  Commissioners  Kinsella, McLean,  Postula and
Chairman Shackleton

NAYS: None.

THE RESOLUTION WAS DECLARED ADOPTED.

Commissioners Comments: None

It was moved by Commissioner McLean, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried and the Board did adjourn at
12:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine C. Maleport, Clerk                                

Scott Shackleton, Chairman