2003 Regular Meeting Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-organizational meeting

January 3, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

9:00A.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 9AM by Clerk Gerry Pelissero

OATH OF OFFICE
The Oath of Office was administered to the newly elected Commissioners by Clerk-Register of Deeds Gerry Pelissero.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Lewinski supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda as presented along with three additions: 1. Road Commission Appointment, 2. Treasurer Salary for 2003, 3. Investment Resolution

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

The floor was opened for nominations by Clerk Pelissero.

Commissioner Lewinski nominates Commissioner Don Bennetts.

The Chair called three times for additional nominations and there were none.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Don Bennetts as Chairperson.

Commissioner Bennetts assumed the Chair.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Chairperson Bennetts opened the floor for nominations for vice-chairperson, Kangas nominates Wiemeri. The Chair called three times for additional nominations there were none. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried to close the nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Michael Wiemeri as Vice-Chairperson.

ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt Roberts Rules of Order as follows:

1. The Chairperson will vote on all issues and will vote last.

2. The roll call will be conducted on a rotating basis by Commissioner District.

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APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Gogebic County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams as Parliamentarian.

DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

Dates and Times:

Regular Board Meeting – 2nd Wednesday at 5:00PM

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:45PM

Regular Board Meeting – 4th Wednesday at 5:00PM

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the following Schedule:

Regular Board Meeting – 2nd Wednesday at 5:00PM

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

Regular Board Meeting – 4th Wednesday at 5:00PM

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Jim Stingle, Executive Director WUPPDR

(RE; county Representatives on commission)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint Don Bennetts and Michael Wiemeri to the WUPPDR commission.

Agenda Additions:

Investment Resolution:

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the investment resolution for two years.

RESOLUTION FOR THE COUNTY OF GOGEBIC

WHEREAS, under the laws of the State of Michigan, Act. No. 40 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1932, lst Extra Session, as amended, this Board is required to provide, by resolution, for the deposit of all public monies, including tax monies, belonging to, or held for, the State, County or other political units coming into the hands of the County Treasurer, in one or more banks within the State.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that: (1) the Board of Commissioners of the County of Gogebic hereby directs the Gogebic County Treasurer to deposit all public monies, including monies and funds held for the State Board of Escheats or missing heirs, coming into her hands as Treasurer in any bank within the State which is a legal depository as defined by States and/or Federal law, and (2) the Treasurer is authorized to invest funds in these institutions in any investment

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permitted by State Statute which is Act No. 20 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1943, as amended, or Federal law or regulation within the limits set therein.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that: The County Treasurer is authorized to enter into and execute on behalf of the County any contracts with any bank or trust company for the safekeeping or third party custodianship of any of the County’s securities as well as any contracts or repurchase agreements with any corporation for the purchase of any such securities which will be the subject of such safekeeping or third party custodianship arrangements, on such terms and conditions as the County Treasurer shall require.

County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg informed the Board her salary in the 2003 Budget resolutions was approximately $20.00 short from the $1,100.00 increase given to all Elected and Appointed officials. After discussion, a motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

INTERVIEWS/APPOINTMENTS
1. Road Commission Board Interviews

(Schedule attached/ begin at 9:30am)

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to recess until 9:25am and then begin the interviews. The seven applicants for the Road Commission Board were interviewed by the Commissioners with each interview lasting approximately 15 minutes. After interviewing all seven candidates a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote place all applicants into nomination. John Mclean, Barry Bolich, James Cebolski, Leonard Rooni, Joe LoMastro, Bob Morin, Eugene Vittone were the nominees.

The Chair called for a Roll Call Vote.

Ramme --- LoMastro

Lewinski--- Vittone

Wiemeri --- Morin

Koivisto--- Vittone

Kangas --- Bolich

Winkowski-- Vittone

Pezzetti -- Vittone

Peterson -- LoMastro

Bennetts -- Cebolski

No candidate received the required majority of the votes cast.

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The Chair then called for another roll call vote.

Ramme --- LoMastro

Lewinski--- Vittone

Wiemeri --- Vittone

Koivisto--- Vittone

Kangas --- Vittone

Winkowski-- Vittone

Pezzetti -- Vittone

Peterson -- LoMastro

Bennetts -- Cebolski

By majority vote Eugene Vittone was appointed to the Road Commission Board for a six year term.

A motion was made by Commissioner Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of thanks to all applicants for the time and consideration in applying for the Board Seat.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Mr. Joe LoMastro thanked the Board for the consideration and the time given his application.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 8, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairperson Wiemeri at 5PM.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Roll Call
Present: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski,

Absent: (1) Bennetts
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (minutes of December 27, 2002 meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Appearances:

1. Robert Dunn, Gogebic County Medical Care Facility Administrator

Mr. Dunn addressed the Board regarding the impact of Governor Engler’s executive order on December 5, 2002. The Executive Order and other unrelated reductions will cost the Facility a loss of revenue of approximately $170,000.00. The impact on the 2003 budget will cause a reduction of 3 Full time jobs and 3 Part time jobs. Two of the full time job reductions will be through retirements with the positions not being filled. Mr. Dunn and the FIA Board are hoping that through attrition and the bumping process within the unions that no one will lose their employment with the Facility. No services at this point will be affected by the reduction of revenue.

Mr. Dunn then answered questions from the Commissioners concerning the layoffs and the general operations of the Facility. The Board thanked Mr. Dunn for the update. No Board action taken.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent for WESTERN U.P. Trail Network)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Lewinski updated the Board on the Airport VOR problem, and informed the Board that the FAA is allowing the Ashland Airport VOR to be used as the backup for the planes to land and that planes

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were expected to be flying regularly Thursday. Skyway Airlines has rescheduled the open house for this coming Monday, January 13, 2003 at noon, with a flight do in at 1pm.

Vice-Chairperson Wiemeri informed the Board of a seminar for a team comprised of three from the County to attend a National Institute of Corrections seminar “The Jail as a part of County Government” which will be held in Indiana Feb 5-7, 2003. The team is comprised of the Sheriff, Jail Administrator and a County Commissioner. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize one commissioner if interested to be apart of the team. MMRMA’s Bill Page has indicted that the MMRMA will split the cost of travel and lodging up to $2000.00.

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board of a new bill passed that will allow the Department to charge up to $10.00 to a person posting bond for someone arrested on a warrant. Further discussion included two other new bills relating to jury fees and jury trial demand fees. It was suggested that all of these issues be sent to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement committee.

Commissioner Ramme asked the Sheriff about the money being lost through the foreclosure of property with-in his department. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer all these matters to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried to adjourn to call of the chair.

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Michael Wiemeri, Vice-Chairperson Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 22, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairperson Bennetts.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (from January 3, 2003 re-org. meeting and January 8, 2003 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the minutes from the January 3, 2003 meeting. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the January 8, 2003 minutes.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: Jim Loeper’s Travel request

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----12/27/02

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

APPEARANCES:

1. Richard Davalos, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

Mr. Davalos invited the Commissioners to one of several public meetings the Ottawa National Forest is holding to get public comment on the Ottawa’s Forest Plan Revision. The meeting will be held February 4, 2003 at the Ironwood Memorial Building from 6pm to 9pm. Mr. Davalos explained the reasons for the meetings is the existing plan was approved in 1986 and the Ottawa wants public opinion input.

The Board then asked questions of Mr. Davalos regarding how the Forest is managed now and exactly how much public input would have on the new plan. The Board also discussed the PILT money and public access to lakes within the Ottawa National Forest. No Board was taken.

COMMUNICATIONS/REPORTS

1. Animal Control Officer George Beninghaus

(RE: September through December reports)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the reports and place them on file.

2. Robert Philips, assistant Director for Grants Admin.

(RE: cops SCGP grant)

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

APPOINTMENTS
1. Gogebic County Transit

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Howard Aspinwall and Carrie Hampston to the Gogebic County Transit Board. Aspinwall and Hampston were the only applicants responding to the Advertising.

Chair Request
1. Formation of AD HOC Committee

Chairperson Bennetts informed the Board of his plans for the formation of an Ad Hoc committee which will be comprised of four commissioners, department heads and representatives of the unions, to work together and share ideas on how the County can save and or make money to off set the loss of State revenue sharing. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to purchase a suggestion box at a price no higher than $50.00, to be taken from the Board of commissioners contractual line item(101-101-805.02).

BUDGET AMENDMENT
1. Emergency Management Budget

Revenue 101-000-505.00---Expenditure 101-426-980.00

Both increased by $1000.00

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the amendment.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the preliminary report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried to pay the claims excluding the DOVE cellular phone bill until clarification on the bill is made by the Sheriff and to include to two bills, one for $1000.00 to Bentley furniture out the 2002 accounts payable from Treasurer’s budget and the other for $51.18 District Court phone for 2003.

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OTHER MATTERS
Jim Loeper informed the board of a training conference in Lansing in February he plans on attending. There is money in his travel budget and is asking for approval of Board as has done in the past. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the request.

Mr. Loeper also advised the Board he has completed the Gogebic County Emergency Operations Plan document. He provided the Board a copy and in the future when the Board has had a chance to look over the document, signatures will be needed by the Chair.

Commissioner Ramme informed the Board of request by County Soil Conversation District to use the Expo Building at the fairgrounds for the annual tree sale. Commissioners that sit on Fair Board will refer the request to the Fair Board at their next meeting.

Ramme also asked that the Federal surplus card and duties be reassigned to Jim Loeper. Currently, Tom Gerovac of Community Mental Health is handling those responsibilities. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti to have Jim Loeper take over the duties associated with Federal Surplus. The Chair called for roll call vote.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Ramme again brought the subject of forfeitures handled by the Prosecutors office when dealing with property confiscated by the Sheriff Department. A meeting of the Judicial and Law enforcement committee has yet to be scheduled. At the January 8, 2003 meeting a motion was made to refer the matter to committee.

Ramme also asked the Board to consider hiring expert grant writers to seek grants to help the County with revenues. No action was necessary.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Kathy Johnson, secretary of the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce invited the Board to a social gathering to welcome the new Bessemer Downtown Development Authority Director, Thomas Chatel. The gathering will be held at Blackjack at 5:00 PM.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 12, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairperson Bennetts.
Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of January 22,2003 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two (2) additions: US 2 Highway corridor visual enhancement and Animal Control vehicle bids.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Fred Geissler, Grand View Health System

Mr. Geissler couldn’t attend and has rescheduled his appearance to the February 26th meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard Davalos, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger

District

(RE: Nesting Platform Projects)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Phillip J. Stoddard, Director, Office of Retirement Services

(RE: Probate Judge 457 resolution)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Probate Judge Joel Massie.

Agenda Additions:

3. US 2 Corridor Visual Enhancement Projects

Commissioners Peterson and Ramme informed the Board that Watersmeet Township, the City of Ironwood, the City of Wakefield and Wakefield Township and are all applying to be one of six communities to be chosen for the Visual Enhancement Projects. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme to send a letter of support to each in support of the applications. The selection will be made in April.

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4. Animal Control Vehicle Bids

Five bids were received by the deadline, two(2) from Quality Used Cars, one(1) from Jeff Ramme and two (2) from Bessemer Auto. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the bid from Bessemer Auto on the 1998 Dodge full 4x4 super cab $11,937.00 with trade in off $800.00 for total coast of $11,137.00.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti mentioned the increasing cost of gasoline and how it may impact our travel budgets.

Commissioner Kangas mentioned a program with AAA of Michigan and MAC, which could save county employees premium dollars on their home and auto insurance, he will hand the material over to the Administrator.

Commissioner Ramme asked Sheriff Sanders if the contract with Ironwood has been approved yet and also the status of the negotiations. Sanders replied that the contract has been approved by Corporate Counsel and the discussion and negotiations will be begin.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinksi and carried to adjourn to call of the chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 26, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairperson Bennetts.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(Minutes of February 12, 2003 meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions:

Longevity/Increment requests

1. Char Hoffner, Friend of the Court, 15 years longevity

2. Jay Holm, Maintenance, 1 year increment

Vacation carry over

1. Julie Osterman, vacation carry over

Communications:
1. Jim Loeper, County EMC,

(RE: FEMA Grant Money)

2. Maureen Woods, Manager, Airway Facilities Division, FAA

(RE: VOR reply)

3. Mark Halkola-Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: request for release of Public Act

Two Funds)

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

Bessemer City Manager, Joseph Erickson appeared in front of the Board to discuss the Industrial Park Development Plan item #2 communications. Erickson informed the Board of the availability of copies of the plan from his office. In a another matter he asked the Board for a letter of support for the US 2 Corridor visual enhancement project application on behalf of the City of Bessemer. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----01/22/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee----------01/30/03

A. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to deny the request from Mamie Johnson for prorated Blue Cross/ Blue Shield

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hospitalization insurance due to the fact it was not a negotiated fringe benefit at the time of hire.

B. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjust the County Treasurer’s 2003 salary by $19.10 making the salary $38,938.00 with the money to be transferred from the County Board’s contractual line item 101-101-805.02

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee-----01/30/03

A. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to purchase the metal detector in the amount of $500.00 from line item 101-101-805.02

B. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote, that if the Sheriff Department reaches the projected $12,500.00 for 2003 in the Jail Day Collection line item, then the sheriff should appear before the County Board and request anything over the fore-mentioned amount collected to be spent on items for the jail.

C. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to request the sales representative from Evercom make a presentation to the County Board at their soonest availability regarding the payphone at the jail.

D. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to retain the Harley Davidson Contract for the remaining four years and to review it at that time and also to request a clarification on Article 18 Duration. After discussion, Pezzetti withdrew his motion and Kangas withdrew his support, the motion died.

APPEARANCES:

1. Fred Geissler, Grand View Health System

Mr. Geissler spent about 15 minutes updating the Board on the financial status of GVH, indicating that the Hospital is in the top ten financially country wide with other hospitals. Geissler spoke of the plans for renovations at the facility. Geissler also opened the floor to the Board for questions. No Board action necessary.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: 457 plan)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution.

2. Cheryl Sowels, Secretary, Bessemer Planning Commission

(RE: Industrial Park Development Plan)

This matter was taken up by Joseph Erickson earlier in the agenda.

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AGENDA ADDITIONS:

Longevity/Increment requests

3. Char Hoffner, Friend of the Court, 15 years longevity

4. Jay Holm, Maintenance, 1 year increment

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of both requests.

Vacation carry over

5. Julie Osterman, vacation carry over

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by a 7 yea – 2 nay vote to approve of the carry over of vacation time.

Communications:
1. Jim Loeper, County EMC,

(RE: Grant Application)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Mr. Loeper to apply for the grant.

2. Maureen Woods, Manager, Airway Facilities Division, FAA

(RE: VOR reply)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. Mark Halkola-Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: request for release of Public Act

Two Funds)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act Two funds.

Commissioner Request:

Commissioner Peterson requests to discuss a Transit Bus route.

Peterson discussed the lack of Gogebic County Transit Authority Bus routes provided to District #9, Marenisco Township and Watersmeet Township. Peterson invited the Township Supervisors to attend the meeting to express their displeasure with the service. Peterson referred to the County Tax Base provided by the Townships and service in return for taxes paid. Marenisco Township Supervisor Robert Raisanen and Watersmeet Township Supervisor Kathy Stupak-Thrall addressed the Board on how the current routes affect their residents. Jim Mildren, director of County Transit Authority was unable to attend the meeting, but agreed to attend as soon as possible to discuss the situation. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to set up an advisory committee to discuss the blue bus routes for District #9 and to include Gwen Pierce and Kathy Stupak-Thrall on that committee, with Peterson as Chairman. The Committee will include some commissioners appointed by Chairperson Bennetts.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Trail balances from 12/31/2002

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and 01/31/2003, along with cash balance.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and to pay the claims as presented except a portion of the Grand View Hospital bill which is a reduction of $2,387.55, the deleted bill is from an inmate, hospital visits and needs to be clarified, and to pay four additions to the claims, $4.00 building and grounds 101-265-750.00 to Classical Fabricators, NLP Labs $ 900.00 from 101-900-711.02, West Group $72.00 from 101-229-810.00 and Scott Voit $356.16 from 101-000-584.22 search and rescue.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board he attended the video conference at the College by Governor Granholm regarding the budget crisis for 2003-2004. Details of the Budget are due out on March 6, 2003

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Delmar Smith MTA representative also expressed the views of Gogebic County MTA on the Transit Routes, and asked about 2nd and 3rd offenders through animal control.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 12, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 26, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda as presented along with the following additions:

Agenda Amendments
Committee Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------2/26/03

Longevity Request
1. Wendy Mesich, Probate Court, 25 years

Communications
1. U.P. Association of County Commissioners

(RE: Date Change)

2. County Credit Card increase per user.

3. ACH Policy Resolution

4. Fiduciary Insurance for the Retirement Commission

5. Appearance by Jim Mildren, Director, County Transit Authority

6. 2002 Forestry and Parks Annual Report

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

Robert Raisanen, Chair of the Gogebic Range Solid Waste Management Authority informed the Board he was present to answer any questions that would relate to item # 3 in communications.

APPEARANCES:

1. Tim Vaughn, Account Executive, Evercom Systems Inc.

Mr. Vaughn made a presentation to the Board on a new phone system for the jail. The presentation lasted about 15 minutes, and detailed the capabilities of the system including benefits of saving time and money. Evercom is in (8) eight U.P. Counties and 33 total in Michigan. Mr. Vaughn answered questions from the Board including costs of the contract, technical support and internet access. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to direct Evercom to provide a detailed contract and bid available for the Board at the next meeting.

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2. Rick Minkin, CEO, Community Mental Health Authority

(RE: property resolution and reversion)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented.

Agenda Addition
Appearance by Jim Mildren, Director, County Transit Authority.

Mr. Mildren addressed the Board regarding the services provided to the residents of the County and especially Watersmeet and Marenisco Townships. Mildren discussed the history of services provided to those Townships and what is being provided now. After his presentation a question and answer session was held with the Board. Commissioner Peterson informed the Board that a meeting of the County Transit advisory committee will be held March 24, 2003 in Watersmeet at 3:30pm at the LVD Casino. No Board action was taken.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jonathon Mead, Director U.P. Association of County Commissioners

(RE: Spring Conference)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Billie Peterson, Administrator, Gogebic Conservation Dist.

(RE: soil erosion sedimentation program)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

3. Jim Stingle, Executive Director WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

Agenda Additions continued
Committee Reports

Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------2/26/03
A.) A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried to send the 2003 Dispatch Agreement Proposal to the City Ironwood for their consideration.

Roll Call
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (1) Pezzetti

Motion carried.

B.) A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that the County Board Chairman and/or Vice Chairman authorized to determine whether or not a Commissioner can attend a meeting outside the parameters of his Standing Committees

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and/or Agency Appointments and be entitled to a per diem.

Longevity Request
Wendy Mesich, Probate Court, 25 years
A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the longevity request.

Communications
4. U.P. Association of County Commissioners

(RE: Date Change)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

5. County Credit Card increase per user.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the increase of the Credit Card limit per cardholder from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00.

6. ACH Policy Resolution

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution to draft an ACH Policy and to authorize the County Treasurer to draft the policy.

7. Fiduciary Insurance for the Retirement

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the County Clerk to seek bids for fiduciary insurance for the Retirement Commission.

8. 2002 Forestry and Parks Annual Report

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the Annual report and place it on file.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Lewinski informed the Board on the increase in emplanements is up 49% since Skyways Airlines has been providing air service.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Jim Loeper informed the Board that at his recent conference he learned of a lot of grant money that will be available to municipalities and he will actively seek those grant dollars.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 26, 2003

County Courthouse

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from March 12, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions to other matters:

1. Jim Loeper, County Emergency Management Coordinator planning grant budget, 2. County Clerk’s salary, 3. Evercom System, 4. Retirement age clarification, 5. MAC liaison appointment, 6. Michigan Works Summer Youth slots, 7. Little Girls Point Advisory Committee appropriation for 2003, 8. Grand View Health System Veteran’s outpatient Clinic, 9. Transit committee update.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development & Capital Improvements------02/27/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the Commercial Lease agreement between H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter and Gogebic County with the change in Section 7, omitting the wording “interior of the premises” and the appropriate officals be authorized to sign the lease.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------03/12/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Commissioner Request

1. Commissioner Kangas, RE: Lake Superior Extension Camp

Commissioner Kangas informed the Board of the wishes of the Little Girls Point Advisory Committee to have the County Forestry and Parks take over the management of the Extension Camp from the Committee. The Committee would like the Board to continue their appropriation to the camp ($4,000.00 in 2003.) The committee will still be active and continue to be advisors to the Forestry and Parks Committee. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support to the Forestry and Parks Committee, and encourage them to take over management of the Extension Camp.

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COMMUNICATIONS

1. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk/Register of Deeds

(RE: new fee increase and Automation fund Resolution)

Clerk/Register Pelissero informed the Board of the new fee schedule and the need to adopt the resolution to setup the Automation Fund. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the Resolution.

RESOLUTION 2003-3
REGISTER OF DEEDS – ESTABLISH REGISTER OF DEEDS AUTOMATION FUND PURSUANT TO 2002 PA 698

WHEREAS Public Act 698 of 2002 takes effect March 31, 2003, expanding the Revised Judicature Act to require all counties in Michigan to create an “automation fund”; and,

WHEREAS the act requires the register of deeds to deposit $5.00 for each recorded instrument into an automation fund, in accordance with directives contained in Letter Number 2003-3 from the Local Audit and Finance Division of the State of Michigan Department of Treasury; and

WHEREAS the county treasurer is charged with the responsibility of investing the deposited funds and crediting the interest and earnings to the automation fund; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners authorizes the county treasurer to establish the revenue activity fund number 256, Register of Deeds Automation Fund, pursuant to 2002 PA 698.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Missy Lane, Executive Secretary CMH

(RE: amended by laws)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the amended by-law changes as presented.

APPROPRIATIONS
1. 2nd Quarter 2003 Appropriations Airport Fund and Capital Outlay

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2nd quarter appropriation to Airport Fund and Capital Outlay.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by

unanimous voice vote to approve the Trial balance and Cash balance as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Revenue and Expenditure reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried to pay all claims along with the prepaids except the claim from A-1 Drain Cleaning in the amount of $772.50, the Board wants their corporate counsel to contact the company to discuss the charges; and to add two claims from Expanets, Inc. out of Building and Grounds in the amounts of $580.97 and $305.97 and make the claims and prepaids apart of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

1. Jim Loeper, County Emergency Management Coordinator Planning Grant Budget

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Planning Grant and to authorize Mr. Loeper to work with the Clerk and Tresurer to setup a separate budget for the Grant which will total approximately $16,500.00.

2. County Clerk’s salary

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to decline the Clerk’s request for a salary adjustment.

3. Evercom System, jail inmate phone system

Sheriff Sanders addressed the Board regarding the jail inmate phone system. The current Ameritech phone contract will renew in May of 2003, the contract includes an automatic renewal clause that can be canceled, the contract would continue month by month, if it is not canceled the contract renews for five more years. Sheriff Sanders suggested the automatic renewal be canceled ASAP and the Board would have time to workout the problems with the Evercom contract if they choose, and also have time to invite Ameritech personnel to address the Board. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to cancel the automatic renewal provision within the Ameritech Contract and to invite representatives of Ameritech to give a presentation to the Board on their phone products for the jail inmate phones.

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4. Retirement age clarification

County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg addressed the Board of a correction to the minutes of November 28, 2001, regarding the Elected and Appointed officials retirement age. Commissioner Wiemeri and

Koivisto were at the Personnel and Negotiations when the agreement was reached. The E&A retirement benefit age should’ve read as follows: age 60 with 8 years of service; sum of age and years of service equals 80 with a minimum age of 55 years.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to correct the November 28, 2001 meeting minutes to read as follows:

A motion was made by Thomas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to grant the Elected and Appointed Officials the optical reimbursement of $350.00 for 2002 and $400.00 for 2003, retirement benefit will be sum of age and years of service equaling 80 with a minimum age of 55 years, and keeping age 60 with 8 years of service; and that the County will pay the 1% for retirement health insurance for the employee and the 2% for the increase in retirement multiplier and the that the County will cover the cost of the health insurance 2002.

5. MAC liaison appointment

A letter was received from Larry Inman, MAC President appointing John Lewinski as the County Board’s Liaison to MAC Board. No Board action necessary.

6. Michigan Works Summer Youth slots

Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board that the Michigan Summer Youth Slots have been assigned for the County, 43 were allocated and 28 have been requested so far, fifteen are still available.

7. Little Girls Point Advisory Committee appropriation for 2003

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2003 appropriation to the advisory committee.

8. Grand View Health System Veteran’s outpatient Clinic

Commissioner Kangas informed the Board of the loss of the Veteran’s contract with the VA by Grand View Health System to provide a community based outpatient clinic. GVH has held the contract for three years and lost the bid for the new contract by $1.00 per veteran. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to Congressman Bart Stupak to express the Board’s concerns on how the bidding process was handled and the disappointment the contract wasn’t renewed with the current contract holder, Grand View Health System.

9. Transit committee update

Commissioner Peterson updated the Board on the County advisory committee to the Transit Authority. The meeting was held in Watersmeet on Monday, March 24, 2003, the committee and the Transit Autority have put together a plan to address the needs of the

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residents of Watersmeet and Marenisco Townships. A survey will be

sent out to get ideas from the residents. No Board action taken.

County Clerk/Register Gerry Pelissero asked the Board for approval to negotiate a fee from a company interested purchasing criminal records information on file in the Clerk’s office. Brad Noren would have to write the program and then a fee would be set for the cost of the program and for each search requested. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the clerk to negotiate with the company.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried to adjourn to the call of the chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 9, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
Roll Call
Present: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Winkowski,

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(from March 26, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti, and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions:

APPEARANCES:

3. Sal Vanadia, SBC Ameritech, Director of inmate sales

COMMUNICATIONS:

3. Michael Foley, County Highway Engineer

(RE: Black River Lake Public Hearing)

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, Director, Gogebic County EDC

Mr. Merrill introduced himself to the Board as the new EDC Director replacing Cylde Eilo. Merrill announced to the Board he is working on a few projects and will present them to Board at one of their next meetings. No Board action taken.

2. Dale A MacDonald, Director, Gogebic-Ontonagon FIA

Mr. MacDonald of FIA informed the Board of the State changes to his operations in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. The State is establishing Dual County Single Business Offices. The establishment of the Dual County Single Business Office will not affect any staffing of the offices and will not create any problems with the financial aspects of the offices. Mr. MacDonald also thanked the local enforcement agency for their continued hard work and support of the FIA and also thanked the Board for their support of FIA. No Board action taken.

3. Sal Vanadia, SBC Ameritech, Director of inmate sales

Mr. Vanadia upon Board request, presented to the Board SBC Ameritech’s inmate phone system. The current SBC Ameritech contract is on a month to month basis. By signing a new three contract with SBC, the County would receive a $13,000.00 signing bonus 45 days after the new contract is signed and would receive a 25% commission

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on all local and long distance calls. SBC would upgrade the current system (an $11,000.00 equipment upgrade). Seventy percent of the commission expected from the inmate phone system can be requested upfront under the new contract. Mr. Vanadia answered questions from the Board relating to the Evercom proposal and how each contract and equipment compare. Sheriff Larry Sanders added that a third company would like to bid on the contract as well. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the bids and contracts to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement committee and the committee will make a recommendation to the full Board as to which company should be awarded the jail inmate phone system.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jack Kann, Manager County Jail Services Unit

(RE: final jail inspection report)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Richard Adams, County Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: A-1 Drain Cleaning bill)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay the bill as recommended by the Mr. Adams.

3. Michael Foley, County Highway Engineer

(RE: Black River Lake Public Hearing)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support of the Road Commission’s opposition of the removal of the dam to MDNR.

LONGEVITY:

1. Mary Ann Erickson, Clerk’s Office, Three years

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the longevity request.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Arenac County Board of Commissioners

(RE: Health Care Resolution)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support to Arenac County regarding the resolution.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Lewinski, MAC Liaison, updated the Board on Legislative news via a MAC communication.

County Clerk/Register Gerry Pelissero informed the Board of a special meeting with Congressman Bart Stupak to be held on April 22nd at 9am at the Courthouse.

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County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg addressed the Board of a Budget Error concerning the Reimbursement from TSA for airport security provided by the Sheriff Department. $41,750.00 is the expected reimbursement from TSA and this amount was added into Sheriff Contractual Other revenue line item. Hallberg wanted to know why the Expenditures for overtime in the Sheriff budgets wasn’t adjusted accordingly. Finance Chair Commissioner Pezzetti disagreed with the added expenditures, because the budget was balanced with the $41,750.00 added into the overall budget. After Lengthy discussion, Commissioner Lewinski suggested that the matter be sent to the Finance Committee, no formal motion was introduced, the discussion continued without resolution and no Board was taken.

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board that the Gogebic County Victims Services Unit was notified they were awarded as the top Victims Services Unit in the State of Michigan.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair.

___________________________ ______________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 23, 2003

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Don Bennetts.
Roll Call
Present: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Wiemeri

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of April 9, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions:

Communications:

8. Jerry Griffin, Director of Legislative Affairs

(RE: FIA Budget and Private Foster Care Placement)

9. Harold R. Fitch, Chief, Geological and Land Division

(RE: Black River Dam Inspection)

10. Jim Saari, Michigan Works

(RE: Summer Youth requests)

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Technology Committee--------------------03/13/03

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee------03/26/03

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive communications 1 & 2 and place them on file.

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-03/26/03

4. Health & Welfare Committee--------------03/28/03

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 3 & 4.

APPEARANCES:

1. Dave Hardie, County Equalization Director

2003 County Equalization report adoption

Mr. Hardie presented to the Board the 2003 County Equalization Report. The 2003 CEV is $501,531,057.00, which is an increase of 10.90%. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the 2003 Gogebic County Equalization Report.

Roll Call
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. Sharon Hallberg, County Treasurer, 2002 tax settlement DTRF.

Treasurer Hallberg presented to the Board the County Treasurer’s Settlement Report for 2002 Delinquent Taxes. The Taxable Value as settled is $329,555,470.00. The total amount of delinquent taxes, administration fess & special assessments due to Governmental units to be paid from the DTRF is $1,153,095.27. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried to authorize the Treasurer to release the funds to the Governmental units in the amount of $1,153,095.27.

Roll Call
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) none

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Bob Larson, U.P. Resource Conservation and Development Project

(RE: 5 year revised Project Plan)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Michael A. Zacharis, Grand View Hospital Board Appointee

(RE: Resignation from Board)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. Jim Mildren, Director, County Transit Authority

(RE: increased services)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

4. Richard Bolen, Director of County Forestry & Parks

(RE: Black River Lake Dam)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to ask the D.E.Q. to extend the deadline until April 1, 2004. A letter expressing the Board action will be written by Director of County Forestry and Parks Richard Bolen and then signed by the chairman.

5. Jonathan Mead, President of UPCAP

(RE: 2003 dues refund)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to deposit the refund into general reimbursements in the amount of $800.00.

6. Keith A Johnson, Ironwood City Manager

(RE: dispatch proposal)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried to receive the communication and place it on file. A motion was made by

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Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by a 7 yeas, 1 nay vote

to send a letter of thanks to the City of Ironwood for consideration

of the proposal, and to keep the door open for other proposals in the future.

7. Larry Sanders, County Sheriff

(RE: Harley-Davidson lease contract)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Communications:

8. Jerry Griffin, Director of Legislative Affairs

(RE: FIA Budget and Private Foster Care Placement)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until Probate Judge Massie and Juvenile Officer Brad Noren can compile an estimate of the cost of this new bill to the County.

9. Harold R. Fitch, Chief, Geological and Land Division

(RE: Black River Dam Inspection)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

10. Jim Saari, Michigan Works

(RE: Summer Youth requests)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the summer youth slots as presented and if any one has an additional request to contact Jim Saari at Michigan Works. 43 slots were available and 29 were requested as of April 17, 2003.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY
1. Cheryl Ruppe, Clerk’s Office, three year increment

2. Tammy Stella, Clerk/Register office, three year increment

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the increment requests 1 & 2.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS

1. Emergency Management Services budget

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried to adopt the Budget Amendment.

Emergency Management Services budget
$1,000.00 increase to 101-000-505.00 revenues

$1,000.00 increase to 101-426-980.00 expenditures

Roll Call
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) none

Motion carried.

2. Federal Grant/Terrorism original budget

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the original budget as it appears in the revenue and expenditure reports.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by

unanimous voice vote to accept the reports as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried to pay the claims as presented excluding the claim from the City of Ironwood for televising the plugged sewer at the jail in the amount of $910.00, to write a letter to the City asking to negotiate a better price; to pay the prepaids and make the claims and prepaids

apart of the minutes.

Roll Call
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) none

Motion carried

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Lewinski reviewed the meeting with the Congressman Stupak for the Commissioners unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Commissioner Kangas announced that Stupak also wanted the bill paid by the Airport Board for the tree removal from Superior Tree Service forwarded to his attention for a possible reimbursement of the cost.

Commissioner Ramme asked permission to use County letterhead so he could FOIA information from Blue Cross Blue Shield. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti, and carried by unanimous voice vote approving the use of County letterhead to request information from Blue Cross Blue Shield via the Freedom Of Information Act regarding coverage and renewal for the past two years. The information received will be shared with Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

Sheriff Sanders asked permission to apply for two grants for personnel in his office. One is a grant similar to the School Liaison program and the second is a universal hiring grant for one officer for three years. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to apply for both grants and the Board will decide whether or not to go with the grants once they are approved.

Commissioner Peterson complemented the Sheriff Department and the Board for the purchase of the Animal Control vehicle, saying the visibility of the vehicle is great.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

___________________________ _____________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelis
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

April 22, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

9:00 A.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 9:05am by Chairman Bennetts.

Roll Call
Present: (7) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (2) Peterson, Wiemeri

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

PUBLIC FORUM
WITH U.S. CONGRESSMAN BART STUPAK

Congressman Stupak informed the Board, he is holding Town Hall meetings through out his District to answer questions and hear the concerns of the people of the 1St Congressional District of Michigan. He then opened the floor for questions of the Board. Stupak answered questions concerning the Airport VOR system, TSA reimbursement, health care, prescription drugs, the economy of the Country and the County. Stupak also shed some light into the VA clinic bid that was awarded to a national company, CR Associates of Virginia, rather than the current contract holder the Grand View Health System. Other matters discussed included PILT money, Notch Baby Social Security Benefits, Great Lakes water levels, Army Corp of Engineers project delays. Commissioner Lewinski thanked Congressman Stupak for his time well spent with the Board. The forum ran approximately 60 minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti made a motion, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the meeting date for May 14th to May 7th at 5PM.

Commissioner Lewinski made a motion, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution to increase membership of the FIA Board to five from three.

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RESOLUTION 2003-4

WHEREAS; The State of Michigan’s Family Independence Agency Board is currently

a three member Board, and

WHEREAS; The Board is made up of one Governor’s Appointment and two (2) County

Commissioner Appointments, and

WHEREAS; The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has determined that more

Representation is needed to meet the needs of Gogebic County residents

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED; The Gogebic County Board of

Commissioners supports the expansion of the Family Independence Agency

Board to a five (5) member Board.

Roll Call
YES: (7) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Pezzetti, Ramme,

Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, Supported by Lewinski and carried to adjourn to the call of the chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 7, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from April 22 and April 23, 2003)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda as presented along with four additions:

Communications:

1. Dale MacDonald, Director, Gogebic-Ontonagon County FIA

(RE: single business office)

2. Susan Moroni, Contracting Officer, TSA

(RE: Notification of Termination)

Tabled Communications:

1. Juliane Giackino, Administrator,

(RE: FIA budget and private foster care placement)

Other Matters:

1. Jail inmate phone system

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, Director, Gogebic County EDC

Mr. Merrill addressed the Board regarding the establishment of a County Brownfield Authority, which will comprise all municipalities in the County except Bessemer. The City of Bessemer has already established a Brownfield Authority. Merrill discussed with the Board the benefits of the County wide Authority and answered questions from the Board. Merrill informed the Board that a public hearing must be held and a resolution adopted to form the Authority. The Authority Board would consist of 5 to 9 members, appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to move ahead with the formation of the County-wide Brownfield Authority.

2. Guy St. Germain, Administrator, Western U.P. District Health,

Mr. St. Germain addressed the Board with an update on the Department’s structure, the FY 2002 Revenues and Expenditures, and the services provided to the residents of the Western U.P. District

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Health Department. St. Germain answered questions from the Board. No action taken.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard Davalos, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer District

(RE: Invasive Plant Projects)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the Notice of Intent

3. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the Notice of Intent.

4. & 5. Dennis Platte, Executive Secretary, State Tax Commission

(RE: tax status)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to support both resolutions revoking the exemptions for Extreme Tool and Engineering 1999-077 (personal property) and Dimension Tec Inc. 1999-344(real and personal property) effective December 30, 2003.

6. Brad Noren, County Juvenile Officer

(RE: BCBS)

The Board agreed with Mr. Noren’s letter that there is breakdown in communication with Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Board advised Mr. Noren that the AdHoc committee is looking into these types of problems with Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and will meet soon with representatives of BCBS.

Agenda Additions:

Communications:

7. Dale MacDonald, Director, Gogebic-Ontonagon County FIA

(RE: single business office)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

8. Susan Moroni, Contracting Officer, TSA

(RE: Notification of Termination)

Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board that the TSA contract will be terminated on May 31, 2003. The termination will amount to a loss of $23,000.00 to the 2003 general fund budget. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote

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to refer the matter to the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee.

Tabled Communications:

1. Juliane Giackino, Administrator,

(RE: FIA budget and private foster care placement)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter of the table.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Michigan Association of County Clerks

(RE: elimination of Republican Presidential Primary)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution.

2. County Of Baraga

(RE: Welfare and Treatment of Veterans)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution.

OTHER MATTERS
1. Jail inmate phone system

Lewinski informed the Board that at the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee meeting earlier in the day, it was moved to recommend to the full Board, to go with the Evercom three year contract to provide the jail inmate phone system. The Contract is for three years with a 35% commission and a $10,000.00 signing bonus. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by a 8 yeas - 1 nay vote to with the Evercom three year contract to provide the jail inmate phone system.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried to adjourn to the call of the chair.

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Don Bennetts, chair Gerry R Pelissero, clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

June 11, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chair Bennetts.
Roll Call:
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES( minutes from May 28, 2003 meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions:

APPEARANCES:

1. Dave Anderson, Flintsteel Restoration

(RE: Soil Erosion Program)

2. Jim Loeper, County EMS

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Joe Braspenick, Airport Board 3rd Quarter Appropriation

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Naomi Kauppi, RE: Easements For Powderhorn Area Water Projects

Naomi Kauppi presented to the Board a request for an easement from the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners to the Powderhorn Area Utility District a utility easement, this easement shall be 50 feet in width. A 50 foot wide strip of land, the Southerly line of which is parallel and adjoining the Northerly right of way line (100 ft wide)of the Canadian National Railroad; together with;

A 50 foot wide strip of land, the Westerly line of which is parallel and adjoining the Easterly right-of-way of Highway 513 (Black River Rd) over the following described parcel:

Part of the Southeast ¼ of the Southeast ¼,of Section 33,T.48N., 46W., Gogebic County; beginning at the Northwest corner of the Southeast ¼ of the Southwest ¼ of said Section 33; thence South 300 feet; thence Southeast 600 feet; thence Northeast 640feet; thence West 1080 feet to the Point of Beginning. 5.50 Acres

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the easement as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

May 28, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chair Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from May 7, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions:

Communications:

1. Richard Bolen, Director, County Forestry and Parks

(RE: Soil Erosion Control Program)

2. Richard Bolen, Director, County Forestry and Parks

(RE: Extension Camp)

3. John Katona, Regional Risk Manager, MMRMA

(RE: Liability Coverage)

Resolutions:

Tim Hickson, MAC Legislative Coordinator
(RE: PILT Resolution)

Commissioner Additions:

1. Manpower summer youth slots

2. Health Insurance BCBS/GAP change

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ----------- 04/23/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------- 04/23/03

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

3. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee---------------- 05/07/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

4. Technology Committee ------------------------- 05/12/03

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to purchase the router and software to install the proper firewall and the 768KBS/256KBS through Charter Pipeline at a cost of $229.00 per month with free installation, which would provide high-speed internet capabilities.

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APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, EDC Director, (Brownfield Resolution)

Mr. Merrill presented to the Board a resolution of intent to create and provide for the operation of a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for Gogebic County. A public hearing must be scheduled to allow for public comment. This Public hearing will be set for July 9, 2003. Advertising for Board positions will take place and the County Board of Commissioners will appoint a Board with membership between 5-9 members. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the resolution, advertise for Board members and to allow Chairman Bennetts to appoint a Commissioner to sit on the Board and to establish length of terms on this Board.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Pat Kitzman

Mr. Kitzman addressed the Board for 15 minutes on what he perceives as the ENRON Economics as practiced by the Court in Gogebic County. No Board action taken.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Commissioner Dave Ramme

(RE: Health Care)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize County letterhead to be added to the letter and then sent out to the entities listed for signatures.

2. Billie Peterson, Administrator, Gogebic Conservation District

(RE: Insurance Coverage)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel for a opinion on the Errors and Omission coverage that the Gogebic Conservation District is asking for under the County’s plan.

3. Jim Loeper , County Emergency Management

(RE: Emergency Management Performance Grant)

Mr. Loeper asked the Commissioners, when attending their UPACC conference May 30th and 31st, to seek out legislatures and ask for support for the Emergency Management Performance Grant funding be added to Homeland Security. Mr. Loeper covered several matters with the Board including an update on flooding in the County that occurred May 11 and 12th. Because of the flooding in Marquette County, Gogebic County may be eligible for funding from FEMA. Loeper informed the Board the Grant application for a County Clean Sweep was denied. A Grant application for AED Defibrillators was approved, with the County receiving 6 AED’s, 2 are with the Sheriff Department and 4 were sent to Michigan State Police. Loeper will be attending a training session for an Emergency Operations Center in June in Norway, and Loeper updated the Board on the Search and Rescue teams

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work recently involving a body recovery in the Presque Isle River.

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote send a letter of appreciation for the efforts of the Search and Rescue team. Loeper also informed the Board on the supplemental grant received from the Department of Justice totaling $37,874.00. The Revenues and Expenditures will amended as presented. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried to adopt the amended budgets. 101-000-505.00 and 101-426-980.00 will be increased by $37,874.00.

4. Susan L Young, Community Corrections Director

(RE: FY 2004 Community Corrections Program)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the grant application.

5. Jim Pawloski, Dam Safety Program

(RE: Black River Lake Dam)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Forestry and Parks to coordinate the repairs at the Dam.

6. Kim Stoker, Planning Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Community Economic Development Strategy)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the Forestry and Parks Commission to present a shower construction project at Lake Gogebic to WUPPDR.

7. Tracy Tophooven, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: ATV permit Forest system roads)

A motion was made by Lewinski to receive the communication and place it on file, with no support the motion died. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the ATV rally.

8. Richard Mikula, SESC Program, MDEQ

(RE: third party administration)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer to the letter when discussing the Soil Erosion letter from Richard Bolen regarding the SECS program.

Agenda Additions:

Communications:

9. Richard Bolen, Director, County Forestry and Parks

(RE: Soil Erosion Control Program)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Professional Service Agreement with Flintsteel Restoration Association for a cost of $4,750.00. The County had appropriated $3,000.00 for the program, the balance of the funding for the program, hopefully, will come from the permit fees.

10. Richard Bolen, Director, County Forestry and Parks

(RE: Extension Camp)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of a loan from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund up to $70,000.00 for structural improvements to the

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camp and the money paid back along with other Forestry and Parks

Commission agreements with the County Board.

11. John Katona, Regional Risk Manager, MMRMA

(RE: Liability Coverage)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by

unanimous voice vote to refer the communication to Corporate Counsel in association with the letter from Billie Peterson.

Resolutions:

1. Tim Hickson, MAC Legislative Coordinator

(RE: PILT Resolution)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.

Commissioner Additions:

1. Manpower summer youth slots

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize three additional summer youth slots; two for the city of Ironwood and one for Jim Loeper for Emergency Management Services.

2. Health Insurance BCBS/GAP change

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to present to the two bargaining units and the Elected and Appointed officials, a recommendation for an addendum to the contracts to go with Community Blues #1 and a 10/40 prescription plan. The Current GAP Plan is renewing at a very high price and will not be renewed and the community Blue #1 will cover what the GAP Plan was providing for co-pays and deductibles. If approved the change will take place August 1, 2003.

REPORTS:

1. Annual Report of the Gogebic County Employees Retirement System

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the Annual report as presented.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint Stephanie Lewis to the Fair Board for a three-year term.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS
1. Joann Niemela, Prosecutors Office, 20 year longevity

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the longevity request.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried to pay all claims presented along the prepaids, the April claim from the City of Ironwood in the amount of $910.00 paid out of 101-301-933.00, and to make the claims and prepaids apart of the minutes.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Ramme asked on behalf of the Gogebic Conservation District for the use of the Fair Grounds in May of 2004 for the annual tree sale. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to notify the Fair Board of the request.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to setup a separate fund for the Search and Rescue Team for contributions and expenses and to allow the Treasurer to transfer $4,479.37 from fund balance into that new fund, with expenses journalized into the fund for year to date expenses.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried to adjourn to the call of the chair.

______________________________ _____________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

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2. Pat Kitzman

Mr. Kitzman again addressed the Board regarding the Courts and the Friend of the Court. Kitzman followed up his May 28, 2003 appearance with more information on the matters he discussed then. No Board action was taken.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Joe Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: contract with Bureau of Aeronautics)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the contracts.

2. 98th District Judge Anders Tingstad, Jr.

(RE: Jail Overcrowding)

Judge Tingstad addressed the Board on the problem of jail overcrowding. He informed the Board everything is being done to keep the bad folks in jail. The jail overcrowding is something the Board has been aware of and is in agreement that this message has to get out to the public. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee.

3. Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham/Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: family court plan)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners

(RE: Bovine TB)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.

Agenda Additions:

APPEARANCES:

3. Dave Anderson, Flintsteel Restoration

(RE: Soil Erosion Program)

Mr. Anderson presented to the Board a proposed fee schedule for the County’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control program. The fee schedule is in line with what other County’s in the U.P. charge. The schedule proposed is as follows:

Residential: $40.00/ acre and $30.00 per inspection

Commercial: $50.00/acre and $30.00 per inspection.

Mr. Anderson also presented a resolution, which must be adopted and then sent to Michigan DEQ. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the Resolution as presented and to set the fee schedule as proposed. $30.00 for an inspection and $40.00/Acre Residential and $50.00/Acre Commercial.

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Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Chairman Bennetts also advised the Board that he received a letter of resignation from Tom Leaf of the Road Commission. Mr. Leaf submitted his letter of resignation as the enforcing agent for the County’s SESC program. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried to accept the letter of resignation and send a letter of thanks to Mr. Leaf for his work as the enforcing agent.

4. Jim Loeper, County EMS

Mr. Loeper addressed the Board regarding a weather radio transmitter grant. The United States Department of Agriculture is asking the County to provide a contact person for this grant. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the letter provided to name Jim Loeper as the contact person.

COMMUNICATIONS:

4. Joe Braspenick, Airport Board 3rd Quarter Appropriation

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried to release the 3rd Quarter Appropriation to the Airport.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
MAC Liaison Lewinski informed the Board of Legislative news from Lansing regarding PILT money. The payment and how much to Counties is still being discussed.

County Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that the 2004 Republican Preference Primary has been canceled; it was scheduled for Feb 22, 2004.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Andy Hill asked if the County Board is thinking of limiting time allowed to citizens wishing an appearance on the agenda. No action taken.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti and carried to adjourn to the call of the chair.

_____________________________ _________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

June 25, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:05PM by Chair Bennetts.
Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from June 11, 2003 meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda as presented along four additions:

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Joanne Pihlaja, County Extension Director

(RE: 4-H position)

2. John R. Katona, Regional Risk Manager MMRMA

(RE: liability limit)

3. Jerry Griffin, Director MAC Legislative Affairs

(RE: Revenue Sharing)

RESOLUTIONS:

1. A revised Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee----------05/28/03

A.) A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Koivisto and carried by an 8 yeas – 1 nay vote that the addendum in the AFSCME contract due to expire on June 30, 2003 is to remain as stated at which time the position will revert back to a half-time 03 and a half-time 06 and that the issue will be revisited in August before the Personnel & Negotiations Committee for further discussion.

B.) A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the hospitalization plan to a Community Blues Plan 1 with a $10/40 prescription plan with the County reimbursing the employees as the process is presently being done with the employees requesting generic drugs when and where possible with the effective date being 8/1/03 and that the AFSCME and WPPA union representatives be notified as well as the Elected and Appointed of a meeting to explain such changes.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----05/28/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

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COMMUNICATIONS

1. Kim Stoker, Planning Director, WUPPDR

(RE: United Landfills of America)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to issue a Letter of Consistency to ULA.

2. Sharon Hallberg, County Treasurer

(RE: Retiree Health Care Program Resolution)

Treasurer Hallberg presented to the Board the Gogebic County Retiree Health Care Plan for adoption. After discussion and Q & A with the Board, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the resolution as presented with language changes that state the employee at retirement will receive coverage as he/she was receiving while employed, and to cover the Board of Trustees of the plan under the County Risk Management E and O policy.

Treasurer Hallberg also presented to the Board a proposal from Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company for retiree health care evaluation proposal fees and data request. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to accept the proposal for four studies. A valuation study, sensitivity analysis, cash flow projection and alternate funding method and to authorize the payment of the studies to be taken from Fund Balance.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Roland Sweeney, U.P. RC&D Council Secretary/Treasurer

(RE: Bylaw Change)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

4. Congressman Bart Stupak

(RE: VA Outpatient Clinic contract)

Sheila Begalle, Clinic Manager, Grand View Health System addressed the Board regarding the letter from Congressman Stupak. Mrs. Begalle informed the Board that CEO Fred Geissler was out of town and couldn’t attend the meeting, but she expressed his disappointment in the letter and pointed out the inconsistencies. The Board has been aware of how the contract was awarded to CR Associates. The Board thanked Mrs. Begalle for attending and updating the Board. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to have Corporate Counsel investigate the contract bid and award process and report back to the Board in thirty days of his findings.

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5. Jim Stingle, Executive Director WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

6. Rod Liimatainen, Executive Director B-H-K Child Development

(RE: Thank you)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Agenda Additions:

COMMUNICATIONS:

Joanne Pihlaja, County Extension Director
(RE: 4-H position)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

John R. Katona, Regional Risk Manager MMRMA
(RE: liability limit)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to lower the County’s Liability limit to $10,000,000.00 from $15,000,000.00.

Jerry Griffin, Director MAC Legislative Affairs
(RE: Revenue Sharing)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file and to have County Clerk Gerry Pelissero contact State Rep Rich Brown to ask for a no vote on the Pumford Substitute.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. A revised Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried to adopt the revised SESC program resolution naming the Gogebic County Forestry and Parks Commission as enforcing agent.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Mackinac County, RE: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the resolution.

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2. Marquette County, RE: Prescription Joint Purchasing Program

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried to adopt a similar resolution.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the trial balance/cash balance as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to require the Marine/ORV/Snowmobile officers to file a monthly report with the Board during their respective seasons.

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board, that the City of Bessemer and City of Wakefield law enforcement contracts were recently approved by the respective councils and now need to be signed by the Chairman and Clerk. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried to authorize the signatures on the contracts.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair.

___________________________ _______________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair Ge
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Public Hearing and Regular Meeting

July 9, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from June 25, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the minutes as presented.

****PUBLIC HEARING****

Gogebic County Brownfield Development Authority
A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing. The hearing will remain open until the appointments are to be made on the agenda.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the agenda as presented along with the following additions to communications:

COMMUNICATIONS:

3. Robert Tremp, Attorney at Law

(RE: land reversion resolution)

4. Richard Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: Veterans clinic contract)

5. Debbie Stabenow, US Senator

(RE: FEMA denial)

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Dean Beaudoin of Joki, Makela and Pollack,

RE: 2002 Gogebic County Audit

Mr. Beaudoin presented to the Board an outline, which highlighted the 2002 Gogebic County Audit. The auditing firm of Joki, Makela and Pollack gave the County a Clean Audit Opinion. The General Fund’s fund balance as of 12/31/2002 was $603,634.00. Beaudoin discussed the pension fund, the component units,(Road Commission, Mental Health, Western U.P. Manpower and EDC Corporation) The Enterprise funds, Tax Funds and compliance reports. After discussion and Q & A with the Board, Beaudoin thanked the Board for contracting with the company. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the Audit report as

presented and place it on file.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jerry Griffin, Director of Legislative Affairs, MAC

(RE: Revenue Sharing Update)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to Senator Prusi asking for a no vote on the Pumford substitute.

2. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the Notice of Intent.

3. Robert Tremp, Attorney at Law

(RE: land reversion resolution)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolutions and to authorize the signatures on the resolutions for the land revision from the County to the city of Wakefield for Economic Development.

4. Richard Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: Veterans clinic contract)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried on a 8 yeas – 1 nay vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

5. Debbie Stabenow, US Senator

(RE: FEMA denial)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote send a letter thanking Senator Stabenow for continuing to work with FEMA to reconsider the disaster relief request from Governor Granholm.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Grand View Health System Inc., Board of Directors

Commissioner Peterson informed the Board that Mr. Don Parling contacted him directly to withdraw his name from consideration. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint William Hall and James Loeper to the Grand View Health System Board.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the Public Hearing.

2. Gogebic County Brownfield Development Authority Board

Mr. Pat Merrill addressed the Board regarding the appointments and requested additional time to seek more applicants to fill the desired amount on the BDA Board. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the appointments until the August 13th 2003 meeting. Merrill presented a resolution to the Board to establish a Brownfield Redevelopment

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Authority. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried to adopt the resolution.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
County Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board of a request to advertise in a directory, which will be distributed in Hotels/Motels and the Hospital, a motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to refuse the request to advertise.

Commissioner Wiemeri presented to the Board a resolution for the U.P. Area agency on aging annual implementation plan. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution and authorize the chairman’s signature.

Commissioner Peterson thanked Sheriff Sanders for being a part of the Watersmeet 4th of July parade and mentioned the County Transit is still providing bus service on Thursdays and Fridays in Watersmeet and Marenisco.

Chairman Bennetts handed out a thank you from the family of Geno Alessandroni, former commissioner, who passed away earlier this year.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

______________________________ ____________________________

Don Bennetts,
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting
July 23, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts

ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from July 9, 2003 meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the agenda as presented.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------ 6-25-03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ---------- 7-10-03

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

APPEARANCES:

1. Richard Davalos, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

Mr. Davalos addressed the Board regarding the secure rural schools and community self-determination act of 2000 Public Law 106-393. As in 2001, Counties must choose between two options when receiving the monies. #1. 25% Method or #2. High 3 Method. In 2001, Gogebic County choose the 25% Method. Mr. Davalos presented both options to the Board, a spreadsheet of payments received by the County and future projections of the money that may be received through 2006. After Q & A with the Board and asking for recommendation from County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried to stay with the 25% Method of payment.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Jim Oliver, Spokesman for Snowflake Aquatics, Inc.

Mr. Oliver, representing the Snowflake Aquatics, Inc. addressed the Board regarding the possibility of a county-wide millage to keep the pool at the College open. The pool at G.C.C. may close because of budget cuts. The Board questioned if the County could levy millage for such a project. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by

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Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel, and ask if such a millage can be levied.

3. Pat Merrill, Director, Gogebic County EDC

Mr. Merrill addressed the Board regarding the Community Development Block Grant and Revolving Loan Fund Application. In order to be in compliance with Michigan EDC regulations, an application must be completed and a public hearing must be held. A motion made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Pat Merrill to complete and sign the application and to set August 13, 2003 at 5PM for the public hearing.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Jeff Knoll, Financial Specialist, Office of Community Development

(RE: CDBG Grant)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Richard Davalos, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Snowmobile reroute)

Mr. Davalos during his appearance earlier in the meeting discussed the re-route of the snowmobile trail. The matter was informational only and no Board action was necessary.

3. Chuck Rackow, Bessemer 4th of July Committee

(RE: 4th of July coverage)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

4. Kim Stoker, Planning Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Letter of Consistency for ULA)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

5. Richard Mikula, MDEQ

(RE: SESC program resolution)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

6&7&8. Micheal Prusi, 38th State Senator

(RE:6. Revenue Sharing, 7. State Purchasing, 8. Bovine TB)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice to receive the three communications and place them on file.

9. Rich Brown, 110th State Representative

(RE: Bovine TB)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

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10. Regina Keskes, Executive Assistant, MAC

(RE: Bovine TB)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

11. Jamie Nara, Project Coordinator, Copper Country Mental Health

(RE: Western U.P. community Partnership for older adults)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the Board has a chance to review the plan.

12. Bart Stupak, United States Congressman

(RE: veterans program cuts)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

13. Stephen Thomas, Chairman, Fair Board

(RE: cash advance, appropriations release)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried to release the 2003 appropriation and to authorize a cash advance of up to $60,000.00 for operation of the fair, which, will be paid back by proceeds from the Fair.

14. Richard Bolen (RE:4-year open term on Forestry & Parks Comm.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Stephen Thomas to the four-year term on the Forestry and Parks Commission, and send a letter of thanks to Mr. James Lorenson for his 16 years of service on the Board.

15. Jerry Griffin, Dir. Leg. Affairs-RE:Revenue Sharing Agreement

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

REPORTS:

1. Marine Safety

2. ORV

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the reports and place them on file.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS
1. Terttu Anderson, MSU Extension/FAIR

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the increment request.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried to pay the claims as presented along with the prepaids and make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Jim Loeper, 911 Coordinator updated the Board on the most recent meeting of the 911 committee. The committee hopes to have E-911 up and running by late 2004.

Commissiner Lewinski updated the Board on the Airport including the on going saga of the VOR. Lewinski also mentioned that negotiations with the Skyways pilots went well and an agreement has been reached.

Commissioner Winkowski updated the Board regarding the request for funding from the Western U.P. Health Department. The 2004 request is about $150,000.00. This matter is on going and will be discussed further in the 2004 budget hearings.

County Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board of an invite by the County Search and Rescue Team to observe the training session that will be held Saturday August 2nd. MDOT also sent out a packet for the Commissioners regarding the 2003 herbicide spraying program set to begin July 30, 2003 in Gogebic County.

Pat Merrill informed the of a meeting of community leaders which will be held August 12, 2003 at the Ironwood Memorial Building at 9am, and all will be invited to attend.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

_______________________________ ____________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

August 13, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts

ROLL CALL
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts Absent: (0) None

PUBLIC HEARING
Gogebic County E.D.C. Revolving Loan Fund Application
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous vote to open the Public Hearing.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from July 23rd 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the Minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the Agenda as presented, including the amendments as follows:

(1) Appointments to the Gogebic County Brownfield Development Authority;

(1) Communication from Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager on the Lease Agreement from FAA relative to VOR;

(2) Communication from Joanne Pihlaja, Gogebic Co. Extension Director on the Citizen Planner Program; and

(3) Communication from Sharon Hallberg, Director of the Gogebic County Retirement Commission concerning needing a County Board Representative appointed to the Gogebic County Retiree Health Care Plan.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Joanie Kollek, Office of the Great Seal

(RE: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Gary M Erickson, Under Sheriff

(RE: hiring of cook)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the hiring of Dixie Dennis as cook at the Sheriff’s Department.

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3. Richard E. Whitmer, President and CEO BCBS of Michigan

(RE: letter of Thanks)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski, and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

4. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: letter of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri, and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support to James Stingle, Ex. Director, WUPPDR on the Notice of Intent by the Ironwood Area Schools to apply for Federal Assistance.

5. Jennifer Ramby, Public Affairs Coordinator, Enbridge

(RE: $500.00 grant)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Wiemeri, and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the Grant from the Enbridge Energy 911 Fund and send a letter of appreciation.

6. Jim Loeper, Medical Examiner,

(RE: medical examiner training)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti, and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the request by Jim Loeper for the Medical Examiner Training until Mr. Loeper can make an appearance before the Board.

7. Dan Wyant, Director, Michigan Director of Agriculture

(RE: Bovine TB resolution)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri, and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

8. Randal Charles, Acting Forest Supervisor

(RE: Land Purchase)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote that the Gogebic County Board go on record to oppose the purchase of the 259 acres, which includes the shoreline on the Presque Isle River in Gogebic County north of M-28, and send letters indicating its opposition to Mr. Charles, Congressman Bart Stupak, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Agenda Amendments

Communications:

1. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Lease Agreements from FAA relative to VOR)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote that Gogebic County give another 10 year Lease on the land with the proper authorities to sign the Lease.

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2. Joanne E. Pihlaja, Gog, Co. Extension Director

(RE: Citizen Planner Program)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson, and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Mr. Kangas and Mr. Bennetts to the Extension Advisory Council.

3. Sharon Hallberg, Director of Gogebic County Retirement Commission

(RE: Representative on Gogebic Co. Retiree Health Care Plan)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson, and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Mr. Pezzetti as the representative on the Gogebic County Retiree Health Care Plan.

Appointments:

1. Gogebic Co. Brownfield Development Authority

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson, and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Kathy Stupak-Thrall, Mary Servia, Peter Baron, Edward Rickard, and Suzanne Toth to the Gogebic County Brownfield Development Authority.

Tabled Matters
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski, and carried by unanimous voice vote to remove the tabled matters from the table so they could be acted upon.

1. Richard Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: Soil Conservation District request for Liability coverage)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski, and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the Gogebic Conservation District that they are not eligible to be under County Insurance Policy.

2. Western U.P. Community Partnerships for Older Adults Project

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the project.

3. Capital Improvements Committee

(RE: Mechanism on Elevator)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to go ahead with placing the mechanism on the elevator which will prevent problems when the power goes out.

4. Discussion of Finance Meeting held at 3:30 pm on August 13, 2003

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski, and carried by unanimous voice vote to request Sheriff Sanders to present a plan to the Finance & Budget Committee, at their next regular meeting at 4:00 pm on August 27, 2003, regarding his budget for the remainder of 2003 and what steps can be taken to cut costs.

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to request Sheriff Sanders to present to the Board at the first regular Wednesday meeting of each month a detailed Inmate Count Report listing the total number of inmates per day, including male and female, sentenced and not sentenced, for the County Board’s review.

Discussion was held at this time of the meeting held on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 of the Law Enforcement and Judiciary Committee with Iron County and tour of Iron County Jail and facilities. A plan is being worked out in which Iron County would take our inmates, per our request, on a day to day basis, if needed. A contract would be needed due to extradition problems and to tie into a price, which appears to be $45 per day to start, and we will be obligated to pick up the inmates for Mental Health evaluations, hospital runs, doctor appointments, and we need to iron out whether or not they will take people on day parole.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Ramme requests time to discuss health care.

Ramme has been working on this issue for several months. Ramme met with Mental Health and has a meeting on Monday with the Road Commission. Before going any further, if it comes down to the Road Commission signing up to get the actuaries and it doesn’t cost us anything, along with another company volunteering information, it will probably come down to where we will have to ask our corporate counsel to sue Blue Cross Blue Shield for information if the Board will authorize this. Pezzetti stated he was under the understanding that information was not available because of the recordkeeping and not because they necessarily do not want to give it to us, but also because we are in a group rating, under 100 contracts. Ramme will obtain information and bring to the Board.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski, and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the Public Hearing on the Revolving Loan Fund Application.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Kangas mentioned that the Governor will be at the Bakery in Bessemer at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 21, 2003. Wiemeri, Pezzetti, and Peterson may be attending.

Secretary of State Land will be at the Secretary of State Office in Bessemer on Thursday, August 14, 2003 from 4:30 – 5:00 pm. Ramme will attend.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski, and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn.

_______________________ __________________________

DON BENNETTS, Chairman GERRY R. PELISSERO, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

August 27, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Pezzetti

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of August 13, 2003 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with four additions:

Communications:

1. Dale MacDonald, MSW Director, FIA

(RE: State Appointed term on FIA Board)

Reports

Marine Safety Patrol, July Report

Finance Meeting summary
1. Videoconference equipment contract with the State of Michigan.

2. Meeting dates for finance committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee-------- 07/23/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried to receive the report and place it on file.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------ 07/23/03

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

3. Economic Development & Capital Improvements-- 07/30/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the five year contract with Otis Elevator Company and to pay the fee annually at a cost of $1,624.32 with the adjustments made annually to reflect increases or decreases in material and labor costs and the appropriate officials be authorized to sign.

4. Technology Committee ------------------------ 08/12/03

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

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5. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee-------- 08/12/03

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Prosecutor to meet with the Corporate Counsel for Iron County, Jodi Bednar-Clemens to develop a contract with Iron County, Wisconsin to house Gogebic County inmates and to proceed with the $45.00 per day rate and both boards/committees receive a copy when completed.

6. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------ 08/13/03

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda Additions:

Finance Meeting summary
7. Video conference equipment contract with the State of Michigan.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Court Administrators Office to provide video conferencing equipment for Probate Court. The cost is approximately $7,135.00, which will be reimbursed by the State.

8. Meeting dates for finance committee.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to set two special Finance, Budgeting and Auditing meetings for September 3rd at 3pm and September 5th at 4PM.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Mary M Pachmayer, Assistant Coordinator, W.U.P. Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Memorandum of Agreement)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the signing of the contracts.

2. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager, Gogebic/Iron Airport

(RE: contracts from Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice to authorize the chairman to sign the contracts for the marketing grant and the crack sealing projects and to adopt the resolutions that coincide with the contracts.

3. Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham

(RE: Law Library)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the law library billing system suggested by Judge Gotham.

Agenda Additions:

4. Dale MacDonald, MSW Director, FIA

(RE: State Appointed term on FIA Board)

After discussion on the appointment, a motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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the report and place it on file.

Reports

Marine Safety Patrol, July Report

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Tabled Matters
1. Medical Examiner Investigator training (Tabled 08/13/03)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the communication off the table. Mr. Loeper was in attendance and informed the Board that the training session was canceled. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Reports:

1. ORV Report—July

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried to pay the claims as presented along with the addition of $24.26 for Probate Court telephone (SBC) and the pre-paids and to make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Treasurer Sharon Hallberg asked the Board if they had discussed further the appropriation to the Western U.P. Health Department. Commissioner Winkowski informed the Board and the Treasurer that, all five counties involved are still debating the matter.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

September 10, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of August 27, 2003 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition:

Appropriations:

Gogebic County Mental Health Authority, 2003 Approp.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard Bolen, Director of Forestry and Parks

(RE: Marenisco Township Patrols)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Kim Stoker, Planning Director WUPPDR

(RE: Annual CEDS Report and Resolution)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried to adopt the resolution and authorize the chairman to sign the document.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

3. Vince Polkus, County Resident

(RE: Conference room availability)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to make the conference room available to any organization requesting use of the conference room and to charge any organization if the request is made for a time when a janitor would be required to work overtime.

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4. Gary Kusz, Acting Director, IPSD

(RE: H.O.P.E. animal acceptance)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to have the Animal Control officer and the manager of H.O.P.E. attend the September 24, 2003 regular meeting to discuss the matter further with the Board.

Agenda addition:

Appropriations:

Gogebic County Mental Health Authority, 2003 Approp.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried on a 8 yeas - 1 nay vote to release the 2003 appropriation.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS
1. Patricia Ikola, Chief Deputy Treasurer, three year increment

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the increment request.

CONTRACTS
1. Iron County, WI and Gogebic County, Housing Inmates in the Iron County Jail

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried to table the matter until Prosecuting Attorney Adams can insert language that allows the inmate to go voluntarily to Iron County.

Commissioner Ramme made a motion, supported by Wiemeri and carried to ask PA Adams to consider leaving the language as it now appears in the contract.

Roll Call
YES: (6) Kangas, Koivisto, Peterson,

Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski,

NO: (3) Pezzetti, Lewinski, Bennetts

Motion carried.

Chairman Request:

1. Richard Baldermann, Communication dated 6/9/1995

(RE: Fiscal Year)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Winkowski and carried to change the County fiscal year to October 1st beginning 10/01/2004. The 2004 budget would be nine months. (January 1, 2004 to September 30, 2004.)

Roll Call
YES: (7) Kangas, Koivisto, Peterson,

Ramme, Lewinski, Winkowski, Bennetts,

NO: (2) Pezzetti, Wiemeri

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Winkowski updated the Board on the Western U.P. Health Department appropriation request. Lengthy discussion on the matter followed and Winkowski informed the Board that Guy St. Germain, Executive Director, will be appearing before the Board on September

24, 2003 to plead his case for the appropriation.

Winkowski also informed the Board of a meeting with the Ottawa National Forest he attended on Monday September 8, 2003, regarding snowmobile trails and land purchases. Mr. Richard Davalos of the Ottawa will appear soon to discuss these issues with the Board.

County Forestry and Parks Director Dick Bolen invited the Board to attend the annual tour of the Parks, which will be held Monday October 6th, leaving the Courthouse at 1pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

County Courthouse

October 8, 2003

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of Sept. 24, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with four additions:

Communications:

1. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow

(RE: Healthy Forest Initiative)

2. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: New Vehicle Bids-Bess/Wake Contract)

3. EMS Manager Jim Loeper

(RE: Medical Examiner)

4. Wakefield Township Supervisor Robert Orlich

(RE: Snow-mobile Route)

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Road Commission Representatives, RE: Dinner Lake Road Project

Chairman Bennetts opened the floor for discussion with Representatives of the Road Commission, the County Board and members of the Watersmeet Township Board. A 35-minute discussion took place with Road Commission Business Manager Bruce Edyvean, Highway Engineer Mike Foley and Watersmeet Township Supervisor Kathy Stupak-Thrall. The biggest point of contention was the scope of reconstruction of Dinner Lake Road and the cost to do it. The Road Commission must do the reconstruction according to State Specifications and the Township Reps. and residents of Dinner Lake Road are seeing this as to expensive. Edyvean did say the work will be done immediately in the spring of 2004 and the money committed by the Road Commission will still be available. After hearing this discussion continue and agreeing it could continue all night, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote, to ask that the Road Commission and Watersmeet Township representatives meet and work out their differences.

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2. Randy Kirchhoff, H.O.P.E., RE: Building & Grounds at shelter

Mr. Kirchhoff informed the Board of plans to install a canopy over the west end kennels at the Shelter, and knowing that the County owns the Building, he came to seek the Boards’ approval to do so. The shelter has the money for the purchase and installation. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the shelter to install the canopy at no cost to the County.

3. Jeff Betlewski, Gog./Ont. Community Action Agency

Jeff Betlewski and Carolyn Carlson, executive director of Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency addressed the Board regarding the 2004-2005 Community Development Block Grant Application. The Grant totals $225,000.00 this time and will include $20,000.00 for emergency funds, $164,500.00 for major projects and $40,500 in administration costs. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow G-OCAA to apply for the grant and the proper authorities sign the application.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

2. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk

(RE: meeting dates)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the meetings as follows: November 26th to Tuesday November 25th at 4:30pm for Finance and 5PM for the Regular meeting, December 24th to Tuesday December 30th at 4:30PM for FB&A and 5PM for the regular meeting.

3. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk

(RE: Cobra renewal)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to contract with MAC for COBRA.

4. Tracy Tophooven, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Special use permit to SBC Ameritech)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Agenda Additions:

Communications:

5. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow

(RE: Healthy Forest Initiative)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the letter and place it on file.

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6. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: New Vehicle Bids-Bess/Wake Contract)

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board that only one bid was received by the deadline. Chairman Bennetts asked if the vehicle being purchased with money from the Bessemer and Wakefield contracts could only be used in those areas? Sheriff Sanders said it would be very difficult to do so when considering repairs and maintenance and other factors. After more discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried on a 8 yea – 1 nay vote to approve the purchase of the vehicle from Bessemer Auto for a cost of $24,129.00.

7. EMS Manager Jim Loeper

(RE: Medical Examiner)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of hiring another medical examiner as long as the hiring is at no additional cost to the County.

8. Wakefield Township Supervisor Robert Orlich

(RE: Snow-mobile Route)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the County Road Commission.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas informed the Board that the workers compensation dividend check should be arriving soon. The total statewide dividend was $1.7 million dollars.

Commissioner Pezzetti alerted the Board that the first week of November is when he is planning on having three or four budget workshops, with the times set for 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Commissioner Winkowski informed the Board that the Western U.P. District Health Department adopted their Budget on September 29th. A motion was made at that meeting to add an environmental health surcharge to Counties that didn’t appropriate the requested amount for 2004.

Commissioner Lewinski asked about the agenda cutoff. The agenda cutoff is noon on the Friday before the next meeting and Lewinski requests this deadline be adhered to unless absolutely necessary.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

October 22, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 PM

ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING – (Gogebic County Truth in Taxation Public

Hearing )

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing.

GOGEBIC COUNTY TRUTH IN TAXATION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the millage for Gogebic County for 2003 is 8.5660 mills, which includes the extra voted millage of .9193 mill for the operation of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility and .3260 mills for the operation of the Gogebic County Public Transit Program .5870 for the Senior Citizens Program and .1973 mills for Animal Control.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to levy its full millage of 8.5660 mills.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will have a public hearing on October 22, 2003 at 5:00 P.M. at the Courthouse, 200 N. Moore Street, Bessemer, Michigan, to allow the public to ask questions concerning the increase of millage of .6849 mills.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Administrator be directed to place a Notice of the Truth in Taxation Hearing in the Ironwood Daily Globe six days prior to the hearing.

There was no public comment and the hearing will remain open until the adoption of 2003 millage rate appears on the regular County Board of Commissioners agenda.

CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote at 5:40pm to close the public hearing, and to continue with the regular Board agenda.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 22, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:05PM by Chairman Bennetts.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of October 8, 2003 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions:

Agenda Amendments

1. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm. 10/20/03

2. Jim Loeper, assessments grant and grant from NORAD.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------09/24/03

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to put the check in the amount of $7,484.28 back into the Sheriff’s Department line item # 101-301-933.00 for repairs to the damaged sewer at the jail.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Clerk/Register to expend the $3,787.11 out of the DRI-275 Special Revenue Fund for prescription reimbursement.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Clerk and Treasurer to sign checks for the Friend of the Court until payments from the State come in to the County.

2. Economic Development & Capital Committee-----09/24/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee------10/15/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Mutual Aid Agreement with Iron County, Wisconsin Sheriff Department and the proper officials be authorized to sign.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried to adopt the Agreement between Iron County, WI. and Gogebic County to

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house Gogebic County inmates in the Iron County Jail and the proper officials be authorized to sign.

APPEARANCES:

1. Robert Dunn, GMCF Administrator

Mr. Dunn addressed the Board on the financial status report of the facility as of 9/30/03. His presentation included a four page hand out including 1. an operating statement, 2. the impact on the local economy, 3. summary statement of operations (income and expenses) 4. Medicaid variable cost limit statement. Mr. Dunn’s presentation lasted approximately 25 minutes, which included a Q & A with the Board. Mr. Dunn mentioned that the State Reimbursement System failed twice in October and Medicaid monies the facility was to receive on October 7th will not be mailed by the State until October 29th, which puts the facility payroll in jeopardy. County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg asked the Board if they would consider advancing money to Facility to cover the payroll, after discussion it was decided to wait to see if money would be needed and if so a special Board meeting would be called. The Board thanked Mr. Dunn for his presentation and update.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Paul Rogers, State of Michigan, Emergency Telephone Service Committee. (RE: Fifth Year Certification PSAP plan)

After discussion with Jim Loeper, County EMS Coordinator, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to receive the communication and place it on file.

Mr. Loeper addressed the Board regarding the two added agenda items that relate to his department. The Homeland Security assessment grant. The grant is $5000.00, Loeper suggested the funds be split as follows: $1,500.00 to the Fireman’s Training Council, $1000.00 to Ironwood Public Safety, $1,000.00 to the Gogebic County Sheriff, and $1,000.00 to Beacon Ambulance and the remaining $500.00 be given to the EMS Coordinator. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to distribute the funds as suggested by Mr. Loeper.

Loeper also informed the Board of a Grant from NORAD for emergency weather equipment, no County funds will be used to purchase the equipment. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Loeper to apply for the equipment as long as no County money will be expended.

2. Beverly Bartlett, Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Assoc.

(RE: November National Alzheimer’s Disease Month)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution to name November Alzheimer’s Disease Month.

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3. Nicholas Jacobs, Attorney at Law

(RE: Sunset Road Easement request Ron Sharpe)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Clerk and the Chairman to sign the quit claim deed.

4.& 5. Tracy Tophooven, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Pit Lake Gravel Pit & County Line Lake Gravel Pit)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Ramme and carried to send to a letter of opposition to the Pit Lake Gravel Pit project and a letter of support for the County Line Gravel Pit project.

6. MAC Legislative Update

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to our State Legislators. requesting that there be NO Revenue Sharing Cuts to Counties.

7. Theodore A. Pych-Director of Service Corporation

(RE: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Billing and

Administration and Cobra Administration Programs)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the Public Hearing on Truth in Taxation.

Mr. Dave Hardie, County Equalization Director presented to the Board the County 2003 Apportionment Report. Hardie asked the Board to Adopt the 2003 County millage rate at 8.1657. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried to adopt the 2003 Resolution to Apportion Advalorem Taxes.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2003 GOGEBIC COUNTY MILLAGE RATE
A motion was made Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried to adopt the 2003 Gogebic County millage rate of 8.1657.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2003 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROTIONMENT REPORT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried to adopt the 2003 Gogebic County Apportionment Report.

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Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Board of Canvassers, two appointments

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Royal Rondeau to the Democrat term on the Board of Canvassers.

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Geri Burt to the Republican term on the Board of Canvassers.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried to pay all claims presented along with pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board of possible layoffs at the Ironwood Michigan Works office and the Houghton Michigan works office. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to our legislators asking them to loosen the restrictions on sub-contractors.

Commissioner Kangas updated the Board on the repairs to the Senior Center in Ironwood. It appears someone hit the building causing damage to the structure. The Administrator and the Clerk have contacted MMRMA, the Insurance company to inquire on the claims process.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Approximately 80 concerned employees and union representatives from the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility were attendance at the meeting. Several people expressed the displeasure with the Facility Administrator, Robert Dunn. Three union representatives expressed their disagreement with the financial report given earlier in the

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meeting by Dunn. Most of the questions related to the Accountability of the FIA Board and what the County Board of Commissioners could do to help the employer/employee relations at the facility. Corporate Counsel Richard Adams was in attendance at the meeting and advised both Board and the people attending the role of the County Board of Commissioners and the FIA Board. The discussion with the employees continued for about 30 minutes. Ramme brought up the payroll problems and the late payments from the State of Michigan to the facility. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the State Legislators and ask the reason for these delays in payments. The Board agreed to forward the matter to the Health and Welfare committee.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

____________________________ ___________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting

October 28, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:30PM by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Discussion of Senior Center/Extension Building Repairs

1. Proposals for repairs

The Chairman opened the floor for discussion of the senior center building repairs. Two proposals were presented which detailed the work that needed to be done. The first bid was for $9390.00, and the work wasn’t urgent. The second bid was for $4000.00 and the work was urgent. The second bid work was the result of equipment hitting the building, a hit and run. Officials of the City of Ironwood were aware of the damage and will be contacted again. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried to go ahead with the second bid work totaling $4000.00 and amend the budget for the work into 265 building and grounds.

BUDGET AMENDMENT

Original Budget Previous Amendments Amended Budget

101-000-429.00 $230,000.00 $1,000.00 $235,000.00

101-265-933.00 $ 30,000.00 $0.00 $34,000.00

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the City of Ironwood inquiring whether any sub-contractor or City Public Works employee has any knowledge of the hit to the building while work was being done the area of the Senior Center.

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OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

_____________________________ ___________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 12, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (7) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (2) Peterson, Wiemeri

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of Oct. 22 and October 28 meetings)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with three additions:

Commissioner request
Commissioner Peterson, RE: Web Page posting

2. Airport Contract agreement

3. MSU Extension Resolution

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Gerald F. Parish, Acting Field Representative, U.S. Dept of Interior (RE: proposed trust acquisition of land in Gogebic Co.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice to table the matter until Commissioner Peterson is available to comment.

2. David R. Neely, Regional Supervisor, U.S. Dept of Justice

(RE: Cops Grant exemption of Retention)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. Deputy Scott Voit, County Search and Rescue

(RE: United Way grant for equipment)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to make an add to the 2004 budget to reflect the United Way grant for $2000.00. The line items involved will be 101-000-617.03 Sheriff Contractual other and 101-301-977.00 sheriff equipment.

4. Bob Larson, U.P. RC&D Council Chair

(RE: thank you for 2004 dues)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place on file.

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5. Rich Brown, 110th State Representative

(RE: Michigan Works sub-contracting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Agenda Additions:

6. Commissioner request

Commissioner Peterson, RE: Web Page posting

Mr. George Beck of the Lac Vieux Desert band of Chippewa Indians read a letter from giiwegiihigookway Martin regarding an article posted on the County Web site. Ms. Martin expressed her deep hurt when reading an article entitled “The Evolution of the Indians.” The Board discussed the procedure for posting all materials on the Web site. Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that a summer youth worker four or five years helped with historical materials that would be posted on the Web page. The article was posted without the content being screened and it was posted on the web page since 2000 and was removed immediately after the phone calls from Mr. Beck and the e-mail from Ms. Martin earlier this month. After more discussion, a motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried to formally apologize to Ms. Martin in a letter signed by all Commissioners and also send a letter of apology to the Tribe Council Chairman.

7. Airport Contract agreement

Commissioner Lewinski informed the Board that the Iron County Board approved a three-year contract agreement to continue their support of the Airport. The Contract will run from 2005- 2007. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the contract after review by the commissioners.

8. MSU Extension Resolution

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the MSU Extension resolution as presented.

REPORTS:

1. ORV Report September

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

2. Marine Safety Report September

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

OTHER MATTERS

There was none.

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PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair.

_______________________________ ___________________________

Don Bennetts, Chair Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 25, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 12, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------- 10/22/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

2. Health & Welfare Committee -------------------- 10/24/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------- 11/03/03

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------- 11/04/03

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 3 & 4 and place them on file.

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------- 11/05/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the fee schedule for vital records from $7.00 to $10.00 and additional copies of the same record from $2.00 to $3.00.

6. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------- 11/12/03

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the 2003 Emergency Management Budget; increase revenue line item 101-000-505.00 by $5,500.00 and increase expenditure line items 101-426-805.02 by $5,000.00 and 101-426-860.00 by $500.00.

7. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ---------11/25/03

a. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to defer the 2004 payment of $500.00 per month from the animal control millage to the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

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b. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to add $50,000.00 to the 2004 General Fund Budget line item 101-000.676.00 Appropriations from other funds. The money was set aside from the Airport North/South Runway project funds, the project will not be completed.

c. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appropriate an additional $30,000.00 to Friend of the Court from the Fund Balance.

d. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to ask Corporate Counsel Richard Adams to render an opinion whether or not the County can hire a person to investigate fraudulent indigents.

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director, update of EDC projects

Mr. Merrill updated the Board on the projects he is currently working on. They include wetlands mitigation, US Forest Service Timber Sales, The EDC Web site, a change in advertising strategy, cooperative work with Northen Iniatives and the Brownfield Authority. Merrill also had a brief Q & A session with the Board. No Board action was taken.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: Revenue Sharing cuts)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Gogebic County Chapter of MTA

(RE: Holiday Party Invite)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow any commissioner wishing to attend can at his own expense.

3. Richard Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: Correspondence to Rich Brown, re: housing inmates/WI.)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Tabled Matters
1. Gerald F. Parish, Acting Field Rep. U.S. Dept. of Interior

(RE: Land Trust )

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice to take the communication off the table.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of opposition to one of the eight applications. The opposed application is the Radcliffe Property.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried to pay the claims as presented along with the additions from the sheriff department totaling $6,947.51 and the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Peterson brought up the resolution adopted by Watersmeet Township Board in support of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewas. The Resolution was adopted following the County Web Site posting of the article “The Evolution of the Indian.” All board members received a copy of a letter from the Township. Chairman Bennetts informed the Board that he and Treasurer Sharon Hallberg hand delivered a letter of apology directly to the Tribe Council on Monday. All Board members then signed a letter of apology to Ms. giiwegiizhigookway Martin and it was given to George Beck to deliver on Wednesday. No further Board action was taken.

Commissioner Wiemeri asked if the Sheriff could get them a daily total of shifts filled and not filled at the department. After discussion with Sheriff Sanders, a motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to have the sheriff fax the totals daily to the administrator.

Chairman Bennetts passed around a letter of thanks from the Ellen Drake family thanking the Board for the support after her passing.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Community Mental Health CEO, Rick Minkin handed out a letter discussing the Board’s 2004 appropriation. Minkin appeared at the 2004 budget workshop earlier in the day to discuss the matter. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the letter and place it on file.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

______________________________ _______________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 10, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5pm by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 25, 2003 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the two additions:

Appearances:

1. Deb Fabbri, County Friend of the Court

And Jim Olson, of Maximus, Inc.

Communications:

1. Tobacco tax money release request from Western U.P. District Health

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Agenda additions:

Appearances:

Deb Fabbri, County Friend of the Court
and Jim Olson, of Maximus, Inc.

Mrs. Fabbri addressed the Board to request the 2003 Friend of the Court Appropriation of $20,000.00. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the appropriation as requested. Fabbri continued to update the Board on the status of accounts receivable to FOC. Approximately $60,000 is due from the state for 2003. Fabbri requested the Board to authorize the Treasurer and the Clerk be allowed to sign checks for the FOC based on the anticipated funds. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the treasurer and the clerk to sign the checks for expenditures from the Friend of the Court office.

Communications:

1. Tobacco tax money release request from Western U.P. District Health

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A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Kangas and carried by

unanimous voice vote to release the tobacco tax money in the amount of $7374.00 to the Western U.P. District Health Department.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: MSU Extension cuts State-wide)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: 2004 State Budget)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. County EMS Coordinator Jim Loeper

(RE: 2004 9-1-1 budget and 2003 EMS Budget amendment)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by a 6 yea – 2 nay vote to authorize the purchase of the printer and extra cartridges for $1961.00 and pay Loeper the balance of $444.00 for writing the grant.

2003 General Fund Budget Amendments
Finance Chairman Pezzetti informed the Board of a meeting held earlier in the day with Treasurer Sharon Hallberg, Administrator Juliane Giackino and Clerk Gerry Pelissero regarding the 2003 budget amendments needed to balance the budget. Pezzetti informed the Board that an up to an additional $121,000.00 will be needed from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund to balance the 2003 budget. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to amend the following budgets:

Expenditures:

101-225-729.00 -----------increased by $ 1,300.00

101-136-805.02 -----------increased by $ 730.00

101-257-805.04 -----------decreased by 820.25

101-257-805.02 -----------increased by 60.00

101-257-860.00 -----------increased by 455.00

101-257-933.00 -----------increased by 425.00

101-257-980.00 -----------increased by 160.00

101-301-702.00 -----------increased by 31,015.00

101-301-702.02 -----------increased by 532.00

101-301-702.03 -----------increased by 3,326.00

101-301-702.03 -----------increased by 1,737.00

101-301-703.00 -----------increased by 3,162.00

101-301-704.00 -----------increased by 3,401.00

101-301-740.00 -----------increased by 2,800.00

101-301-760.00 -----------increased by 3,000.00

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101-301-805.02 -----------increased by 6,500.00

101-301-863.00 -----------increased by 1,200.00

101-301-933.00 -----------increased by 1,000.00

101-303-704.00 -----------increased by 5,000.00

101-334-702.00 -----------increased by 1,700.00

101-430-702.00 -----------increased by $ 7,500.00

REVENUES:

101-000-686.06 -----------decreased by $ 820.25

101-000-676.00 -----------increased by $75,003.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Brownfield Authority

A motion was made by Weimeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appointment Roy Contratto and Gwen Piotrowski to the Brownfield Authority Board.

2. Community Mental Health Board

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Leroy Kangas to the vacancy on the CMH Board.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS
1. Mary Jendrusina, two year increment

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the increment request.

2. Eugene Johnson, 25 year longevity

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the longevity request.

REPORTS:

1. ORV Reports October and November 2003

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the reports and place it on file.

OTHER MATTERS
Finance Chairman Pezzetti addressed the Board regarding the 2004 General Fund Budget. His recommendation to the Board was to balance the budget with $100,000.00 from fund balance, and $296,000 from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund and that a public hearing be set for December 29th, 2003 at 5pm with adoption of the 2004 General Fund Budget to follow as a part of the regular Board meeting. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried to set the public hearing for adoption of the 2004 General Fund Budget and 2004 General Appropriations Act as recommended.

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Pezzetti, Ramme,

Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Kangas updated the Board on the senior center building and the continued problems with the structure. The Ironwood Building inspector may be called in to assess the problems.

Commissioner Wiemeri asked if the Sheriff could explain the reports he is now submitting daily to the administrators office on shifts at the department. Sheriff Sanders invited the commissioner to meet with him at his next convenience.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to the call of the chair.

_______________________________ ___________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 29, 2003

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

Public Hearing
Gogebic County 2004 General Fund Budget

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5pm by Chairman Bennetts.

ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 10, 2003 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions:

1. The summary report from the Economic Development & Capital Improvements committee from 12/22/03.

2. An appearance by Guy St. Germain, administrator of the Western U.P. District Health Department.

3. Commissioner Request from Dave Ramme, regarding part-timers at the jail.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing on the 2004 General Fund Budget.

Chairman Bennetts opened the floor for public comment on the 2004 General Fund Budget.

Mr. Pat Kitzman spoke on the funding of the Courts.

Mr. Robert Raisanen of Marenisco and a member of the Airport Board asked for a reconsideration of the recapture of funds that were set aside for the north/south runway. The County Board recaptured $50,000.00 to be help out in the 2004 General Fund. Raisanen suggested using the funds to secure the airport with fencing.

County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg asked finance chair Pezzetti if the new language in the 2004 Budget resolution in paragraph three “In respect to line item expenditures, a department, agency, board or commission, exceeding a line item expenditure amount will notify the Board of Commissioners in writing with an appropriate explanation of why the line item appropriation has been exceeded.” means the Board is adopting a line item budget now? Pezzetti replied no, and said he just wants more accountability from the Department Heads. Hallberg disagreed and said she thought the language did mean the Budget is now a line item budget.

There was no further public comment and Bennetts said the public hearing would be remain open through out most of the regular meeting.

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CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------- 11/25/03

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------- 11/25/03

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 1 and 2 and place them on file.

3. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Committee 12/22/03

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to contact Mr. Paul Buchko and Mr. Dennis Hewitt to inspect the upper area of the Senior Center and report back to the Committee as to the structural situation of the building.

APPEARANCES:

1. Rick Minkin, CEO, Community Mental Health

(RE: 2004 budget appropriation)

Mr. Minkin read a prepared statement detailing the requirements of the County Board’s obligation in appropriating funds. Minkin asked the Board to reconsider increasing their appropriation of $50,000.00. Pezzetti asked Minkin several questions regarding the Counties appropriation priorities. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Koivisto to increase by $15,000 the appropriation for CMH, raising the amount to $65,000.00. This is contingent on the Sheriff Department’s continued reimbursement by Mental Health for trips the department takes to transport CMH consumers.

Roll Call
YES: (5) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Bennetts

NO: (4) Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski

Motion carried.

Agenda addition:

Appearance by Guy St. Germain, administrator of the Western U.P. District Health Department.

Mr. St. Germain addressed the Board regarding the 2004 county appropriation to the department. St. Germain pointed out that the current appropriation is ½ of one per cent of the county budget. In his presentation he noted that with the current funds for 2004, the department will have to increase environmental health fees in Gogebic County. An example of an increase would be a restaurant with less than 50 seats, the fees would go from $180.00 to $450.00. After a Q & A session with the Board, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme, to increase the 2004 appropriation to the Western U.P. District Health Dept. by $15,000.00 up to $43,575.00,

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and to take $30,000.00 from fund balance to cover this increase in appropriation and the $15,000.00 increase for Community Mental Health. The 2004 General fund revenues and expenditures will reflect

the changes.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner request:

Commissioner Ramme expressed his concern that it has been several months since the hiring of part-time employees at the Jail was discussed and to date nothing has been brought before the Board for consideration. Pezzetti informed Ramme that he hopes to schedule a personnel and negotiations committee meeting in early January of 2004 to discuss the language and to meet with the union. Pezzetti hopes to have a report for the first meeting in January. Ramme also discussed with Rick Minkin the possibility of contracting with the sheriff department for weekend and holiday dispatching for Community Mental Health. After discussing the matter a committee may meet with Minkin to discuss this further.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Pat Merrill, Gogebic County EDC

(RE: visit by legislators Brown and Prusi)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow any commissioner wishing to attend the meeting can attend at his own expense.

2. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: MSU extension cut)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

4. Beverly Bartlett, Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association

(RE: Thank you)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

REPORTS:

1. ORV Report, June thru November 2003

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

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Increments/Longevity;

1. Jill Jackson, Prosecutors Office, two years

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the request.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Grand View Hospital Finance Authority Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint James Partanen to the Board and to ask that Grand View Hospital continues to seek applicants to fill the other vacancy on the Grand View Hospital Finance Authority Board.

2003 Budget Amendments

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to amend the 2003 General Fund budget as presented:

REVENUES

101-000-676.00 INCREASED BY $45,997.00 UP TO $356,504.00

Appropriations from others

101-000-429.00 INCREASED BY $44,187.00 UP TO $279,187.00

National Forest Reserve

101-00-613.0 INCREASED BY $46,839.00 UP TO $ 91,389.00

Register of Deeds Services

101-00.618.0 INCREASED BY $ 1,872.00 UP TO $13,372.00

Probation fees District Ct.

EXPENDITURES

101-301-760.0 INCREASED BY $ 20,250.00 UP TO $ 43,250.00

Medical Supplies

101-301-805.02 INCREASED BY $ 3,645.00 UP TO $ 34,145.00

Contractual Services

101-101-702.02 INCREASED BY $ 2,000.00 UP TO $ 27,000.00

Board of Comm.

101-901-965.07 INCREASED BY $ 106,000.00 UP TO $326,000.00

Child Care

101-901-965.25 INCREASED BY $ 7,000.00 UP TO $ 20,500.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Chairman Bennetts asked again if there was any other public comment on the 2004 General Fund Budget Public Hearing? There was none.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the Public Hearing Public.

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ADOPTION OF THE 2004 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to adopt the 2004 General Fund appropriations act.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF THE 2004 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to adopt the 2004 Gogebic County General Fund budget. The budget is balanced at $5,363.728.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Adoption of 2004 Debt Services Funds

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to adopt the 2004 Debt Services Funds:

2004 DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

Revenues
City of Ironwood

Contractual Payments $94,940.00

Expenditures
Bond Principal $55,000.00

Bond Interest 39,240.00

Fiscal Charges 700.00

TOTAL $94,940.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Adoption of 2004 Special Revenue Funds

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme to adopt the 2004 Special Revenue Funds:

2004 Special Revenue Funds
REVENUES
Federal Grants $150,000.00

Taxes 329,672.00

State Grants 432,705.00

Local Contributions 36,754.00

Services 88,910.00

Interest and Rents 0.00

Other 2,600.00

TOTAL $1,040,641.00

EXPENDITURES
Judicial $9,500.00

Public Safety $78,800.00

Health and Welfare $ 1,217,657.00

Recreation and Culture 0.00

Capital Outlay 0.00

Debt Service 0.00

TOTAL $ 1,305,975.00
(265,334.00)

Transfers in $265,334.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Amended 2003 Gogebic County Special Revenue funds

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to amend the 2003 Special Revenue Funds as presented:

2003 Special Revenue Funds Amended
Revenues
Federal Grants $130,000.00

Taxes 318,938.00

State Taxes 428,705.00

Local Contributions 56,000.00

Services 74,824.00

Interest and Rents 3,800.00

Other 141,100.00

TOTAL $1,153,367.00

Expenditures

Judicial $ 9,500.00

Public Safety 105,900.00

Health and Welfare 1,284,880.00

Recreation and Culture 15,000.00

Capital Outlay 5,000.00

Debt Service 0.00

TOTAL $1,420,280.00
( $266,913.00)

Transfers In $266,913.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and to authorize County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg to transfer $276,000.00 from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund into the 2003 General Fund budget. Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and to make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Sanders informed the Board of an offer from EVERCOM to provide a pilot program at no cost to the County for 90 days to try their new booking program. After discussion, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the Sheriff Department to try the software package supplied by EVERCOM. The sheriff will come back before the 90-day trial period is up and report back to the Board.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

______________________________ _______________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk