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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-organizational and Regular Meeting

January 14, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00PM

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Pezzetti, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Ramme
Commissioner Ramme arrived at 5:15PM

APPROVAL OF MINUTES( December 29, 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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with any additions that the commissioners may have.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Chairman Bennetts opened the floor for nominations. Kangas nominated Wiemeri. The chairman called for nominations two more times and there wasn’t any more. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the nominations. A motion was then made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti to cast a unanimous vote for Wiemeri as vice-chairman. A unanimous voice vote was cast and motion carried.

ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt Roberts Rules of Order and to amend them 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.

APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Prosecuting Attorney, Richard Adams as Corporate Counsel.

DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

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Dates and Times:

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

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

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

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to meet at the courthouse on the following dates and times:

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 Davis, Community Development Specialist, State of Michigan, Housing Development Authority

(RE: CDBG Grant)

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

2. Richard Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: Fraudulent Indigents)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Judiciary and Law enforcement Committee.

3. Robert Lueckel, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Treatment of non-native invasive plant control)

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

4. Tracy Tophooven, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Fisheries Habitat Improvement Project)

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

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Gogebic Iron Airport Board, 1st Quarter 2004 appropriations

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the appropriations.

2. HSCB 2004 appropriation

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the appropriation.

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APPOINTMENTS
1. Gogebic County Transit/ County Commissioner three year term
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint John Lewinski to the Transit Board of Directors.
OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti asked Brad Noren to address the Board regarding new fees that must be collected by the County for the State of Michigan. Noren informed the Board that as of October 1, 2003 the State requires all courts to assess State Minimum Fees on all criminal charges. Noren went on to say that the County is losing money and actually is at times incurring more costs with the new collection fee process. After further discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to have Brad Noren draft a letter or resolution, and have the Chairman sign it and send the document to all 82 counties, State Senator Prusi, State Representative Brown, Governor Granholm and MAC.

Treasurer Sharon Hallberg asked the Board for authorization to purchase software from BS&A Software to help with the new homestead property issues in her office. The cost would be $1500.00 and she would like to use funds from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the purchase from the DTRF.

Commissioner Kangas brought up the letter from Circuit Judge Gotham regarding security at the Courthouse and the possibility of hiring a security officer for the Courthouse. After discussion, it was mentioned this matter can brought up at the next Judiciary and Law Enforcement committee meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Laurel Makinen, Chair of the County Democratic Party asked for permission from the Board to use the conference room on Saturday February 7, 2004 from 9-5 as the County sight for Democratic Presidential Caucus. Lengthy discussion followed. Chairman Bennetts and Commissioner Pezzetti reminded the Board of a September 10, 2003 motion which was passed as follows: “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.” Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that the cost to call out a janitor would be $94.53, per union contract. This cost would have to be paid by the Democratic Party. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas to allow the use of the conference room by both Republican and Democrats for this election process and that the County cover the cost.

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Roll Call
YES: (4) Kangas, Koivisto, Peterson, Wiemeri,

NO: (5) Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Lewinski, Bennetts

Motion failed.

The Administrator will check with the maintenance employees to see if one of them will work on February 7, 2004 and if so the Democratic Party will have to pay the cost for the overtime, per the motion 9/10/2003.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson 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

February 11, 2004

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 of January 28, 2004)

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 Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with an addition from Kangas regarding the Airport Wetlands issue.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Deb Fabbri, Friend of the Court

Deb Fabbri addressed the Board on the status of the Friend of the Court office, which includes a retirement of Judy Johnson later this month. She plans on advertising for the replacement soon and hopes to have a person hired by March 1, 2004. Fritzi Barron will assume the position vacated by Judy Johnson and the new hire will begin in an entry-level position. Fabbri would like to start the new hire at a pay grade six, based on the information she received from Ontonagon County when they recently hired a new person in their FOC office. After a Q & A with the Board, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to recommend to Fabbri that the person she hires begin at a pay grade three which is the entry level pay grade for courthouse employees.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Paul Buchko, PE

(RE: senior center building inspection)

Commissioner Lewinski updated the Board on the building inspection completed by Mr. Buchko. The communication details his inspection and the Board will make sure his recommendations are followed. After further discussion, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the letter and place it on file.

2. Joel Massie, HSCB Chairman

(RE: 2004 appropriation thank you)

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

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3. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: new state minimum fees)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel Mr. Adams so he can investigate whether the County is receiving the their of share of the new state minimums.

4. Prisilla Gerovac, Erwin Township Clerk

(RE: Assessors Contract)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the letter and to cancel the contract with Erwin Township.

5. Thomas Chatel, Acting City Manager, Bessemer

(RE: Assessors Contract)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the letter and to cancel the contract with the City of Bessemer.

Budget Amendments:

1. Emergency Management Coordinator

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried to adopt the budget amendment for the Emergency Management Services budget.

REVENUE:

Original budget Amendments Amended Budget

101-000-520.00 $ 0.00 $16,855.41 $16,855.41

Federal Grant/SAP

Expenditures:

101-426-702.00 $ 0.00 $15,657.60 $15,657.60

salaried and

perm. part time

101-426-715.00 $781.00 $ 1,197.81 $ 1,978.81

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Appointments:

1. Gogebic County Economic Development Corporation

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint Jim Huss, Bob Paquin and Andy Tingstad to the Gogebic County Economic Development Corporation.

Reports:

1. Snowmobile Enforcement Report, January 2004

Commissioner Winkowski questioned Sheriff Sanders on the report regarding the amount of motor vehicle gas as compared to the snowmobile gas.

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

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Winkowski brought the Western U.P. Health Department proposed environmental fee increases for Gogebic County. The fee increases are set to begin in March of this year, Winkowski felt it is unfair for the County residents to pay for the increases. After discussing options with the Board, a motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Ramme, to increase the County’s appropriation for 2004 to the Western U.P. Health Department by $58,708.00 and to fund the additional amount from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

Revenue
Original previous amendments amended

Budget amendments budget ____

101-000-676.00 $410,860.00 $ 0.00 $ 58,708.00 $469,568.00

appropriations

from others

Expenditures
101-901-965.00 $ 43,575.00 $ 0.00 $ 58,708.00 $ 102,283.00

District Health

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Kangas informed the Board that while he was in Lansing he met with members of the Michigan DOT and the MDEQ regarding the Airport Wetlands issue. After the meeting it was suggested that Gogebic County apply for a permit to begin a wetland bank for Gogebic County and the County Forestry and Parks Commission will be working on the project with the Board.

Commissioner Ramme wanted to inform the Board of the recent agreement to allow Rick Minkin, CEO of Community Mental Health to buy back years of service for retirement purposes. The total cost is $310,000.00 over a 30-year period, Minkin’s cost is approximately $84,000.00. Discussion followed as to the retirement ordinance and who is responsible for the CMH pensions if CMH were to close it doors. Treasurer Sharon Hallberg informed the Board if CMH were to close the liability of their pension falls back to the County. Discussion concluded with no board taken.

Commissioner Ramme made a motion to place a hiring freeze on all County departments due to tight budget, the chairman called three times for support, there was none the motion died for lack of support.

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice to go into closed session to discuss grievance strategy relating to a grievance filed by the Courthouse union AFSCME Local 992, on February 10, 2004 relating to the Equalization office.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to go back to open session.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to response to Courthouse union AFSCME Local 992 regarding the grievance.

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, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 25, 2004

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) Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from February 11, 2004)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition from the Personnel & Negotiations Committee meeting from 2/24/04.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5-minute limit )

There was none.

Appearances:

1. Citizens for a County-wide recreational millage

Scott Stephens, Vice-President of the Civic Center Board addressed the Board asking them to consider placing a millage question to support the Civic Center on the August 3rd 2004 ballot. Stephens spoke of the economic value of the Civic Center to the County as well as the financial constraints their Board has and is facing in running the Center. After a Q & A session with the Board, Commissioner Pezzetti asked Treasurer Sharon Hallberg to speak on the proposed changes in the 2005 Governor’s budget. Hallberg informed the Board and the public on how the proposed tax collection changes could impact the County, Cities and Townships. Hallberg also mentioned a bill now being debated in Michigan Legislature that would exempt the first $10,000.00 of personal property from tax consideration, which, would result in a $296,707.00 loss for the County. After hearing Hallberg’s presentation, a motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti, to more forward with the millage question, discussion continued. Pezzetti mentioned in 2003 that the snowflake aquatics group came to the Board asking for a millage to support the College Pool, Pezzetti advised the Board to again ask Corporate Counsel for advice on the legality of this Countywide millage. The Board was also concerned that some municipalities would be reaching their maximum levy amount. Lewinski also felt it was important to seek counsel on the matter. After the discussion Ramme rescinded his motion and Pezzetti withdrew his support of the motion. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Counsel.

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Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------- 1/28/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice to authorize the County Treasurer to pay the Child Care bills that are outstanding.

2. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm.—-1/29/04

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

3. Technology Committee ------------------------------2/03/04

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote, that any computer equipment purchased by Department Heads, other than the Data Processing Manager would need to be discussed with him to insure the compatibility and continuity with the other machines throughout the County Courthouse and or Sheriff Department.

4. Personnel & Negotiations/Committee of the Whole----2/03/04

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

Agenda Addition:

5. Personnel & Negotiations/Committee of the Whole ----2/24/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the agreement between the Board of Commissioners and the Gogebic County Courthouse Employees Union AFCSME Local 992. The parties have agreed to resolve the outstanding grievance on the Appraiser II position.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the GCSD union (WPPA) requesting to discuss part-time employee language.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the County Treasurer to sit on the Task Force pertaining to Revenue Sharing and tax collection and authorize her to travel when necessary.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Dick Bolen, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission

(RE: land exchange)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski to adopt the resolution as presented.

Resolution of Support
BE IT RESOLVED that on the 25th day of February 2004, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners do hereby agree to deed back to the State of Michigan a parcel of land approximately 4.5 acres in size in Section 6, T48N, R48W located in Ironwood Township.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the parcel deeded to the State be exchanged for a 10 acre parcel of land in Section 14, T48N, R49W owned by Mr. Thomas Schneller of Ironwood, Michigan. Once this

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exchange is consummated, the Schneller property would be deeded to

Gogebic County from the State of Michigan.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Jim Loeper, Emergency Management Coordinator

(RE: Emergency Management Issues)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the grant for training purposes and to distribute the funds as recommended by Loeper.

Loeper also discussed the reduction of the EMC budget for next year, the reduction is from 43% to 25%. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the 2005 budget workshops.

3. Jim Loeper, Emergency Management Coordinator

(RE: 911 committee)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Loeper to the 911 Regional Dispatch Committee and name Sheriff Sanders as the alternate.

4. Sharon Hallberg, Director, Retirement Commission

(RE: retirement ordinance)

Treasurer Hallberg addressed the Board regarding the ordinance changes to the Retirement Ordinance. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to adopt the changes to the Retirement Ordinance as presented.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried to pay the presented claims along with the payment to substance abuse for the Public Act 2 money (Liquor Tax revenues) amounting to $14,829.50 as well as the prepaids and make them a part of minutes.

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OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Sanders informed the Board that he was notified by the DNR

recently and the snowmobile enforcement program will be reimbursed at 85% this year rather than 75%.

Dick Bolen, Director of Forestry and Parks informed the Board of a donation from the Ironwood/Hurley Rotary of $5,370.00 for renovations of the Kitchen at “The Lodge” (formerly the Extension Camp). A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of thanks to the Ironwood/Hurley Rotary for their donation.

Treasurer Hallberg again spoke to the importance of contacting the State Legislators regarding the proposed tax bills and proposed budget changes in 2005. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Treasurer to contact the Legislators regarding the changes.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Bob Raisanen spoke in opposition of the millage for the Civic Center.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ ___________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelisero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 10, 2004

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 of February 25, 2004 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 Pezzetti 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.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: TWO NOTICES OF INTENT, Watersmeet Township and

Bessemer Township Wastewater improvements)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send letters of support for both projects.

2. Tracy Tophooven, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest

(RE: re-establishment of a section of Snowmobile Trail #3)

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

3. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: State minimum fees 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.

4. Carl Smith, Deputy Sheriff

(RE: Government and Military time purchase)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Carl Smith to purchase three years of government time and four years of military time.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS
Jay Holm, custodian, two-year increment
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the two-year increment request.

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APPOINTMENTS
1. Community Mental Health Authority Board

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Robert Lynn, Betty Rands and Ken Wegmeyer as General Public Board members and Don Bennetts to the Public Official vacancy. All four appointments are for three year terms.

OTHER MATTERS
Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that MAC is asking all of it’s members to adopt a resolution in opposition of planned legislation that will affect the PILT money that Counties receive. After discussion, a motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to have the Clerk Gerry Pelissero write a resolution in opposition of the legislation.

Treasurer Sharon Hallberg addressed the Board and gave an update on the Revenue Sharing alternatives that are proposed in the 2005 State of Michigan Budget. Several options are being discussed to replace Revenue Sharing, including changing tax collection time frames, exempting some taxes and others. Hallberg is on a Task Force to discuss all the options and she will keep the Board updated. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the Governor, Senator Prusi and Representative Brown opposing any Summer collection of taxes as a replacement of Revenue Sharing.

Sheriff Larry Sanders updated the Board regarding the overtime in his department. So far year to date the 301 budget has expended approximately $6200.00. Which included three CMH trips that are reimbursed. Two trips have been reimbursed already. Sanders informed the Board he will continue to watch the overtime and report to them on a regular basis.

Forestry and Parks Commission handed out their 2003 Annual report, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ __________________________

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

March 24, 2004

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 March 10, 2004 meeting)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes with a correction that Lewinski made the motion to approve the February 23rd minutes rather than Kangas.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti 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-------02/25/04

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------------03/16/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the AFSCME union contract changes and revisions, which were agreed upon between the two parties.

3. Personnel & Negotiations Committee------------03/18/04

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Gundlach Champion/Landmark Design Representatives

(RE: Jail Study and Design option)

Mr. Wayne Johnson of Gundlach Champion began the presentation on the Gogebic County Jail assessment by introducing Bob Van Putten of Landmark Design and Patrick Beausoliel of Gundlach Champion, Van Putten will present the design and construction of the jail and Beausoliel will present the financial aspects. Van Putten discussed the renovations of the current building to a 50-bed facility how the renovated building would look. After his presentations there was a brief questions and answer period. Beausoliel then presented the financial portion of the Jail assessment and the cost of a renovated 50-bed jail and a newly constructed 50 bed jail. The presentation lasted approximately 30 minutes and Johnson asked the Board to look over the entire assessment and that they will be happy to comeback and discuss plans at a later date.

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After another Q & A session with the presenters, Pezzetti asked about the year to date jail day collections, and Ramme asked about accepting money for overnighters at the jail by credit cards. Treasurer Sharon Hallberg mentioned there are legal issues involved when accepting credit cards unless a third party administrator is utilized.

2. Flintsteel Restoration Association

(RE: non-profit status)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel.

COMMUNICATIONS
1. Missy Lane, CMH Executive Secretary

(RE: By-Laws Changes)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Kangas, 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 the claims as presented along with the prepaids 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
Chairman Bennetts congratulated Coach George Peterson, the entire Watersmeet Basketball team and Watersmeet resident Dale Jenkins for their appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme 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

April 14, 2004

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 of March 24, 2004 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 as presented along with one addition, a resolution regarding Consumer Pharmacy Protection Act.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Sharon Hallberg, County Treasurer

(RE: Settlement Report 2003 Delinquent Taxes)

Treasurer Hallberg addressed the Board regarding the settlement with the municipalities on the 2003 Delinquent taxes. The total amount to be released to the municipalities is $1,107,751.12. The taxes collected are short about $32,000.00, which is primarily made up of DNR payments not received year to date. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the funds to the municipalities in the amount of $1,107,751.12 as recommended by the Treasurer.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: PILT payments)

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. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: Revenue Sharing proposals)

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

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3. Deborah Apostol, Manager Grants MDNR

(RE: 2004 Marine Program)

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

4. Jim Saari, Michigan Works

(RE: Summer Youth Positions)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the April 28, 2004 meeting.

5. Randy Kirchhoff, H.O.P.E. animal shelter

(RE: early release of monthly appropriation)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the monthly appropriation two weeks early this month only.

6. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Public Act fund thank you)

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

7. Lisa M. McCatty, Tribal Council Member, Little River Band of

Ottawa Indians

(RE: Racino Bill)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Racino Bill.

8. Tom Hickson, Director Legislative Affairs, MAC

(RE: House Bill 4234)

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

Agenda Addition:

1. Consumer Pharmacy Protection Act Resolution

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution as provided by UPCAP.

Tabled Matters
1. Flintsteel Restoration Association Inc.

(RE: 503b resolution)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table.

Brian Aho representing Flintsteel Restoration was present at the meeting and provided information as to why the County Board had to adopt the resolution. Flintsteel applied for a raffle license from the State of Michigan to help with a raffle for the Snowflake

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Aquatics fundraiser to help support the pool costs at the college.

During the application process, the State provided a checklist of what was necessary to become a licensing agent and one item listed was the resolution from the County Board. After discussion, a motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution.

OTHER MATTERS
County Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that the State of Michigan has a grant for election Management software available to clerks as part of HAVA (Help America Vote Act). The State is making the software available at no cost to the County. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Clerk Pelissero to apply for the grant and also give him the authority to sign the grant application.

Jim Loeper informed the Board of a grant he will receive through the Emergency Management Services and Homeland Security in the amount of $107,000.00 for first responders. He plans on using the money to purchase communication equipment that will help the first responders.

Chairman Bennetts informed the Board of a change in the next Finance meeting. The meeting will be schedule for 4PM rather than the usual 4:30pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski 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

April 28, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was 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 April 14, 2004)

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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions:

1. H.O.P.E. animal shelter appropriation advance

2. Retirement ordinance amendment

3. Deputy Association health insurance change

4. House concurrent resolution # 44

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 Comm.---03/24/04

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------------03/24/04

3. Health & Welfare Committee--------------------------04/19/04

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee------------------04/21/04

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Dave Hardie, County Equalization Director

2004 Equalization Report

Mr. Hardie presented to the Board the 2004 County Equalized Value report. The report should a 7.27% increase in the CEV. The total amount is $537,999,224.00. After discussion with the Board, a motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried to adopt the 2004 County Equalized report as presented and authorize the clerk and Chairman to sign the reports.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Carolynne Carlson, Executive Director, G-O Community Action

(RE: ballot proposal renewal)

Carolynne Carlson presented ballot language for the renewal of the county-wide millage of .60 mill for four years. After discussion with the Board, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of placing the GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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millage on the August 3, 2004 primary ballot and to refer to language to Corporate Counsel for approval.

2. Jacquelyn Williams-Armstrong, Director, MSHDA

(RE: grant award)

Carolynne Carlson addressed the Board regarding the MSHDA grant award in the amount of $175,000.00. Carlson explained how the monies will be spent on rehabilitation projects in the County for 2004-2005. After discussions with the Board, a motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to the sign the agreements.

3. Kim Stoker, Planning Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Annual Projects Survey)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to submit the Wetlands mitigation Bank project to WUPPDR for consideration.

4. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice Of Intent)

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

5. Dale Gribler, Chairman, Emergency Telephone Service Committee

(RE: Public Act 244 compliance)

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

6. Joanne Pihlaja, Extension Director

(RE: Memorandum of Agreement)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman and the Clerk to sign the memorandum of agreements.

7. Todd J. Davis, Project Manager

(RE: Consultant Services Agreement Airport Fence Exclusion)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Commissioner Lewinski as Airport Chairman to sign the agreement.

8. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics Contracts and

Resolutions and Three (3) Leases)

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

9. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director

(RE: Gogebic County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

BYLAWS adoption)

Mr. Merrill presented the by-laws with the Board and after discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice to adopt the by-laws as presented.

Merrill also updated the Board on the County Economic Corporation advertising for Board members. After receiving no applications, Merrill requested permission to recruit individuals, which will then be approved by the Board. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow

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Merrill to recruit individuals.

REPORTS:

1. 2004 Annual Snowmobile Enforcement Program 12/03 to 3/04

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Tim Hickson, MAC Director of Legislative Affairs

(RE: Transit Funding)

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

2. Lake County Resolution, RE: veterans co-pay drugs

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

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint Jim Saari to the Fair Board.

LONGEVITY:

1. Paula Partanen, 25 years

2. Judy Kichak, 10 years

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

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to require longevity and increments letters from non-union personnel only, because the union contracts speak to the longevity and increments for the Sheriff Department and Courthouse unions.

TABLED MATTERS
1. Michigan Works Summer Youth Slots

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

Commissioner Pezzetti provided a recommendation for the 31 slots available, there were 47 requests for workers. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the summer youth slots as presented:

County Sheriff 2 G.C.C. 2 Ironwood Township 2

Lake Gogebic State Park 2 Iwd. Chamber 1 Copper Peak 3

Watersmeet Schools 2 Wake Schools 2 City of Wakefield 4

City of IWD 4 Wake.Housing 1 Bessemer Schools 3

Hope Animal 2 Conservation District 1

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Kangas, 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 Wiemeri and carried to pay the claims and pre-paids as presented 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
Agenda Additions:

1. H.O.P.E. animal shelter appropriation advance

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to advance to the H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter three months of appropriations with May 12th, 2004 as the release date.

2. Retirement ordinance amendment

Today at the 4pm Finance, Budgeting & Auditing committee Treasurer Sharon Hallberg presented a an ordinance amendment to the retirement ordinance to provide the withdrawal of accumulated contributions without an actuarial reduction in retirement allowance for the retirement Director. Hallberg reminded the Board that she was one of a few Elected and Appointed Officials that kept her money in the Retirement system when an option was given the E & A’s to take their money along with the County’s money out of the system and then invested elsewhere. According to the proposed amendment, Hallberg would have to elect the option to receive a lump sum withdrawal of her accumulated contributions without an actuarial reduction in retirement allowance. This option shall be effective immediately and shall expire effective January 1, 2005. If granted Hallberg will retire effective 12/31/04. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried to adopt the amendment to the retirement ordinance.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Deputy Association health insurance change

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the change of the Hospitalization of the Sheriff Department Union to Blue Cross Blue Shield option #2 with a $20.00 office visit co-pay, prescription coverage to be $10.00 Generic/$40.00 Brand Name, with the reimbursement up to $35.00, employees will have the right to retain PP01 with employee paying the difference between PP01 and PP02, and the effective date will be 7/01/04.

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4. House concurrent resolution No. 44

Commissioner Peterson asked that the subject of Michigan House Concurrent Resolution No. 44. Kathy Stupak-Thrall was present at the meeting and addressed the Board regarding why the County Board should send a letter of support for the resolution. A copy of the resolution was given to each commissioner, and Stupak-Thrall told the Board that State Representative is a supporter of the resolution and is asking the Board to send a letter of support to the Senate Committee that will be taking up the matter soon. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support of the resolution to Senator Patricia Birkholz and Senator Prusi. AMENDED MINUTES from May 12, 2004, A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to amend the April 28, 2004 minutes to rescind the letter of support for house concurrent resolution #44.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Wiemeri mentioned that with the retirement of Treasurer Hallberg effective at the end of this year, the Board should set the salary for the new Treasurer before the filing deadline of May 11,2004. This way interested candidates will know the salary when considering entering the race. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme to set the 2005 Treasurer salary at $34,500.00.

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

Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (1) Pezzetti
Motion carried.

Sheriff Sanders notified the Finance Committee that Mayme Johnson is retiring as a cook from his office in two weeks. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of thanks to her for her time of service with the County.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ______________________________

Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 12, 2004

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) Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(April 28, 2004 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 Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice to approve the agenda as presented along with 2 additions:

COMMUNICATIONS:

5. Susan L. Young, Director, Community Corrections

(RE: FY 2005 Proposal and Application for funds grant)

6. Rich Brown, 110th State Representative

(RE: House Concurrent Resolution 44)

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Clerk/Register of Deeds Gerry Pelissero

(RE: Ballot language for Community Action and Transit

Authority)

A motion was made by Lewinski supported by Wiemeri and carried to approve the ballot language for the Community Action and the Transit Authority and to make them apart of the minutes:

PROPOSITION TO LEVY SIX-TENTHS (0.60) MILL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC-ONTONAGON COMMUNITY ACTION-AGENCY SENION CITIZENS PROGRAMS IN GOGEBIC COUNTY FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2004-2007 YEARS, INCLUSIVE.

Shall the ad valorem taxes collected on all property within the County of Gogebic be renewed for said county by 0.60 mill ($0.60 per $1,000.00 of state taxable value) for a period of four years, 2005 through 2008 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the operation of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency Senior Citizens Programs in Gogebic County; and shall the County of Gogebic levy such renewal in millage for such purposes during such period, which renewal will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $219,641.00. (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 2000-2003 and represents a renewal of that millage rather than an increase.)

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PROPOSAL TO RENEW OR CONTINUE THE PREVIOUS ONE-THIRD MILL, (1/3) FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC COUNTY TRANSIT FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2005-2008 INCLUSIVE:

Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be increased one-third (1/3) mill ($.33-1/3 per $1,000 of State Taxable Valuation) for a period of four (4) years, 2005-2008 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Transit System and shall the County of Gogebic levy such increase in millage for such purposes during such period, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $122,010.00 (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 1985 through 2004 and represents a renewal of that millage, rather than an increase).

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: PILT payments)

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

3. Karen Reese, Board Chair, Bay Cliff Health Camp

(RE: Day of Recognition)

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

4. Tom Niksich, President, Gogebic County 4-H Council

(RE: County Plat Books advertising)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to purchase a full-page ad at $850.00 and charge the item to 101-101-805.02 Board of Commissioners Contractual.

5. Susan L. Young, Director, Community Corrections

(RE: FY 2005 Proposal and Application for funds grant)

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

6. Rich Brown, 110th State Representative

(RE: House Concurrent Resolution 44)

Commissioner Peterson addressed the Board regarding the action taken at the April 28,2004 regular meeting when a motion was made, supported and duly carried to send a letter of support for House

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Concurrent Resolution #44. After receiving phone calls from other residents on Crooked Lake the following day, Peterson called Clerk Pelissero and asked him to hold the letter of support until the Board could get more information on the subject. Crooked Lake resident Tom Church was in attendance and reminded the Board that when Kathy Stupak-Thrall appeared at the April 28, 2004 meeting to seek support of the resolution she was acting on her own and not representing the Township, and the resolution involved all property owners of the Crooked Lake. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to rescind the motion of April 28, 2004 and to amend the minutes of the April 28, 2004 regular meeting and to withdraw the motion to send a letter of support.

The Board then discussed the communication from Representative Brown. 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 Peterson, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of explanation to Kathy Stupak-Thrall as to why the letter of support was withdrawn.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti invited all the commissioners to the May 31st Memorial Day dedication of the Veterans Memorial Highway of M-28 from Wakefield to East Ishpeming at 3pm at the Visitors information center.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson 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

May 26, 2004

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 of May 12, 2004)

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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with an addition from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting earlier today.

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 -------------4/28/04

2. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee ---------------5/12/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 1 & 2 and place them on file.

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------5/12/04

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the language for a three year period from 2004-2006 inclusive for the payment of the Maintenance of Effort costs to the State of Michigan for the operation of Gogebic Medical Care Facility at a levy of .9079 mills and that it be placed on the August 2004 ballot.

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------------5/26/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay half the cost of two actuarial studies relating to the Deputy Association contract negotiations. The two studies are a 50 and out plan and COLA during retirement.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Jim Davis, Community Development Specialist, Office of Community Development (RE: CDBG Grant)

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. State Representative Rich Brown,

(RE: Transportation resolution)

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

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unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk/Register of Deeds,

(RE: ballot language approval Maintenance of Effort)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to approve the language as presented, to place the proposal on the August 3rd, 2004 primary ballot and add the ballot language to the minutes as approved.

GOGEBIC COUNTY MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT MILLAGE PROPOSITION
PROPOSITION TO LEVY 0.9079 MILLS FOR THE CONTINUED PAYMENT OF MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT COSTS TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC MEDICAL CARE FACILITY FOR A PERIOD OF Three (3) YEARS FROM 2004-2006, INCLUSIVE:

Shall the previous voted increase in the 15 mill tax limitation and levy as reduced by the required millage rollback, resulting in a levy of .9079 mills ($0.9079 per $1,000.00 of state taxable valuation) upon taxable real and tangible personal property within the County of Gogebic, be continued for a period of Three (3) years, 2004-2006 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the paying of Gogebic County's Maintenance of Effort payments to the State of Michigan for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility, which levy will raise in the first year of the levy the estimated sum of $332,353.00? (This millage rate represents a renewal of the millage, rather than an increase.)

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Richard Bolen, Director of County Forestry and Parks

(RE: withdrawal penalty)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to waive Gogebic County’s share of the penalty in the amount of $1,289.94.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Hospital Finance Authority

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Cynthia Johnson to the Hospital Finance Authority.

REPORTS:

1. April ORV report

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas 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 approve the report as presented.

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and the one addition from the Treasurer budget of $74.00 for postage and to make the reports apart of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Sanders discussed with the Board, his department is in need of a dishwasher, and he has contacted a plumber about a replacement. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to purchase a replacement if necessary and to take the money out of 101-301-933.00.

Commissioner Kangas brought up the letter that Judge Tingstad provided to Board members for information purposes only regarding the state court administrator office audit of the County Courts in June.

Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board of the proposed revenue sharing cuts for FY 2005, these cuts could total 44%.

Jim Loeper reminded Board members of the Emergency Management Services training session on Friday at Tacconelli’s at 10am.

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 Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

June 9, 2004

County Courthouse

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of May 26, 2004 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

1. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Committee-06/02/04

Lengthy discussion was held regarding the recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee to apply for a 4.38% loan through the USDA for a 30-year period, the loan amount to be 4.1 million dollars. Commissioner Pezzetti reminded the Board of the failed 1998 jail expansion ballot question, which, asked the voters to approve an expansion of the current jail and provide operational funds as well. Commissioner Kangas informed the Board that the committee is only recommending the Board apply to USDA for $4.1 million dollars loan, and that USDA will set aside that amount for the County if the voters of the County approve of the jail expansion or a new constructed jail. The County is not obligated to funds if the ballot question fails or if the County decides not to do anything with current jail. The discussion continued with questions to the size (number of beds) and dollar amount needed for a County jail, and when to bring the question to the voters. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried on a six yea – 3 nay vote that the County apply for the 4.38% loan through the USDA for a 30 year period, the loan amount to be $4.1 million dollars.

The Board also discussed the formation of an Adhoc committee to develop language for the jail expansion/newly constructed jail to be presented to the voters for approval. This Adhoc committee will also work to address the size and dollar figure for the project and to present the full cost and plan to the full Board. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote that the Chairman be authorized to appoint an Adhoc committee. GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director

(RE: Snowmobile Track)

Mr. Merrill informed the Board there is an interested party looking at developing a snowmobile racetrack at the fairgrounds. After his opening remarks Commissioner Kangas suggested Merrill should present this matter to the Fair Board first. No Board action was taken, and Merrill will present this matter to the Fair Board.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: FY 2005 summer tax levy)

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. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk/Register of Deeds

(RE: Tax Limitation Advisory Committee)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to form the committee and the Board will make their appointment as required.

3. Sharon Hallberg, County Treasurer

(RE: NSF checks fees)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to increase the NSF fee to $35.00.

4. Rick A Minkin, CEO, Community Mental Health

(RE: CMH jail related services)

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

5. Jonathon Mead, Executive Director, UPCAP

(RE: U.P. Area Agency on Aging FY 2005 AIP)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Gogebic County Board Policy on Millage Requests

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by an 8 yea – 1 nay voice vote.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Peterson discussed a letter he would like sent to Legislators Prusi and Brown regarding Fire Department funding on a couple House bills being considered in the Michigan House. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to send letters to both Rep.Brown and Senator Prusi.

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Chairman Bennetts asked Administrator Juliane Giackino if she knew if other Counties were considering closing on Friday in honor of

former President Ronald Reagan’s funeral. Giackino said contacted 18 Counties and non were closing. Chairman Bennetts said he was

asked by a few County employees if the County was going to close for this Federal Holiday. Hearing that the State and that most Counties were going to open for business on Friday Gogebic County would be open to serve the public as well.

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board the City of Wakefield is reviewing the sheriff contract for 2004-05 and may have to adjust the contract due to financial constraints. City Manager John Siira will keep in contact with the department. The city of Bessemer has approved the 2004-05 contract.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri 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

June 23, 2004

County Courthouse

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of June 9, 2004 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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: Budget amendment for Prosecutors office and an appointment to the jury board.

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-------05/26/04

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

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Joe Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Two Contracts from Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics and Resolution to be adopted.)

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

2. Joe Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: 3rd Quarter appropriation for Airport Operating and Capital Outlay.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 3rd quarter appropriations as requested.

3. Paul Wallenius, Quit Claim deed request

(RE: easement on Spring Lane)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the signature of Clerk Pelissero and the Chairman to approve the quit claim deed.

AGENDA ADDITIONS:

1. Budget Amendment for Prosecutors budget.

Mr. Adams has Aaron Schenk doing an internship through Lac Vieux Desert; the Tribe has paid the County for the cost of the internship. The total cost is $7,800.00.

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A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried to amend the Prosecutors contractual line item 101-229-805.02 along with revenue line item 101-000-580.00 LVD Contribution.

Budget Amendment
Original budget Amendments Previous Amended Budget

Revenues Amendments

101-000-808.00 $ 0.00 $7,800.00 $0.00 $ 7,800.00

LVD Contribution

Expenditures
101-229-805.02 $5,516.00 $7,800.00 $0.00 $ 13,316.00

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Communications
4. Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham notified the Board of a vacancy on the Jury Board, and per Statute MCL 600.1301 he must nominate a person to fill the vacancy. He recommended Linda Dufrane as the appointee. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Linda Dufrane to the jury board as a Democrat appointee.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried to pay the claims as presented along with the addition of a claim for postage from District Court 101-136-730.00 in the amount of $1,239.85 and to include the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Larry Sanders informed the Board that he has the Bessemer and Wakefield City Contracts approved and signatures are required from the Clerk and the Chairman. The contracts are identical in cost at $142,733.84. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the signatures on the contracts.

Sanders also updated the Board on the Forest Service patrol contracts. The County will provide service to the Forest Service during afternoon shifts. A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the contract with the Forest Service.

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Sheriff Sanders is applying for a $10,000.00 drug policy grant through the State of Michigan. The grant has a 10% match for the County. Sanders has the funds in his budget already so there will not be any additional funds required. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the sheriff to apply for the grant.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Richard Davalos of the Ottawa National Forest Service thanked the Board for their support of the patrols by the Sheriff Department for the Forest Service.

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

July 14, 2004

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,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (2) Wiemeri, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of June 23, 2004 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 Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: 1. a recommendation from the Jail committee and 2. Fair board appropriations and cash advance request.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Dean Beaudoin, auditor from Joki, Makela and Pollack

(RE: 2003 County Audit)

Mr. Dean Beaudoin presented the 2003 County Audit report to the Board. Beaudoin, in his outline explained that in 2003 new financial reporting rules took effect(GASB 34). The report is longer and more detailed because of GASB 34. The County received a clean audit opinion for 2003. The County fund balance decreased by $192,466 in 2003 and began 2004 at $411,772. Beaudoin’s presentation lasted approximately 20 minutes. A short question and answered period followed. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the audit report as presented.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Tim Bennett, Executive Director, Bay Cliff Health Camp

(RE: Thank you)

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. Lee Olsen, Chairman, Ostego County Board of Commissioners

(RE: Unified 46th Circuit Court litigation)

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

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3. Dennis Steenrod, Correctional Facility Speacilist

(RE: jail inspection report)

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

Agenda Addition:

4. Fair Board Appropriation and Cash Advance request.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2004 Fair Board Appropriation and to approve a cash advance of $70,000.00 for the Fair preparations, which, will be paid back with the receipts from the Fair.

5. Jail Committee recommendation

Based on the recommendation from the Jail expansion/new construction ad hoc committee, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski to go ahead with the plans to build a new 45 bed jail rather than renovate to existing one. The plans will continue and the Board will have to pass a resolution by the August 25th regular meeting to place the ballot question on the November 2nd 2004 General Election ballot.

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

Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Pat Merrill, Director, County EDC

(RE: Appointments)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Neil Beckman, Dick Bolen and Paul Forslund to the Gogebic County Economic Development Corporation.
2. Commissioner Ramme requests appointments to apply for grant money for mine fencing of dangerous mines.

Commissioner Ramme informed the Board that grant money is available for dangerous mine fencing and capping, through the United States Natural Resource Conservation Service. A Gogebic County Resource Conservation and Development Committee must be established. Four members have been recommended by the Gogebic County Soil Conservation District.

A motion was made by was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the establishment of the Local RC&D and to appoint the following members to the committee: Dick Bolen, Dave Ramme, Dave Anderson and Brian Aho.

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BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

1. Emergency Management budget

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried to adopt the budget amendment for Emergency Management.

101-000-521.00 Federal Grant Homeland Security/terrorism amended by $107,923.00

101-426.977.00 Emergency Management Equipment amended by

$107,923.00.

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

Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Lewinski thanked all the people who attended the open house at the Gogebic County Transit Authority on Tuesday.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that no applications were received by the deadline for consideration on the Special Tax Limitation Advisory Committee.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Lewinski, 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

July 28, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes of July 14, 2004 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 along with a commissioner request to discuss the August 3rd, 2004 primary ballot proposals and a Countywide bike trail system will be discussed.

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------------06/23/04

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

2. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm.—-07/14/04

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

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Congressman Bart Stupak

(RE: Veterans health care)

2. United States Senator Carl Levin

(RE: Essential Air Service)

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

3. Retirement Director Sharon Hallberg

(RE: actuarial study)

Discussion of the matter began when the Board took up the communication from Treasurer Hallberg. The Elected and Appointed officials are also willing to pay their share of the cost for the actuarial study. The Court employees also submitted a letter stating they would also like to pay for a study. The Four court employees were Paula Partanen of Circuit Court, Wendy Mesich and Pat Comparin of Probate Court and Maria Kinnunen of Probate/Juvenile Court. Lengthy discussion continued regarding eligibility and participation costs of the studies. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to authorize Retirement Director Hallberg to get a cost

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estimate of all actuarial studies for Sheriff Department, Elected and Appointed and the Court employees and that 100% of all memberships in each group must be willing to pay for the study and that the cost for each group must be paid in advance. If 100% of any particular groups participation is not met that study will not be completed.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

AGENDA ADDITION:

Commissioner Kangas was concerned that the Maintenance of Effort ballot proposal needs to be promoted more to remind the voters that the MOE renewal is on the ballot. It was agreed to contact Medical Care Facility Director Robert Dunn regarding the promotion of the millage renewal.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Mr. Tom Kangas addressed the Board regarding a county-wide bike trail using the existing railroad. The board suggested he talk with Pat Merrill County EDC director regarding the matter.

Commissioner Wiemeri asked Sheriff Sanders if he is watching his overtime budgets. Sheriff Sanders notified the Board he is watching the budgets, and lately a few tragedies in the County have added to the overtime.

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, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

August 11, 2004

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 28’04 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 as presented along with the communication from the Department of Corrections.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Technology Committee Chairman Brad Noren

(RE: lein costs)

Mr. Noren informed the Board of the State of Michigan’s plan to change how the County will be logging onto the Law Enforcement Information Network(LEIN) beginning in September of this year. Currently the Sheriff Department logs on through telephone lines, and the cost is paid by the State. Beginning in September, the County will be responsible for more of the cost and will be required to log into LEIN differently. The new system will affect all Counties in Michigan. Several members of the Board will attend a conference at Sault Ste. Marie this coming weekend and will discuss this matter with other Counties. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until after the conference.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, MAC Executive Director

(RE: FY 2005 State Budget shortfall)

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

2. Randy Kirchhoff, HOPE Manager

(RE: appropriation request)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to release another three-month appropriation to the H.O.P.E. animal shelter immediately.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Kim Stoker, Planning Director WUPPDR

(RE: Community Economic Development Strategy reports)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution and authorize the signature of the Chairman on the document.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners actively supports and currently participates in the economic development district activities of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners concurs with the update of the Community Economic Development Strategy Report dated September, 2004 and accepts it as its guide for economic development, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners supports the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission’s application to the Economic Development Administration for planning funds.

Agenda addition:

4. Jack Kann, Manager, County Jail Services Unit

(RE: exercise room conversion to cells)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to convert the exercise room into a 4-bed jail cell. This will increase jail capacity from 24 to 28 beds. The cost to come from fund balance.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Ramme asked about contacting Ironwood Public Safety again regarding dispatching due to the LEIN costs that will affect both IPSD and LVD. Commissioner Wiemeri suggested a lot of the dispatching will be done by Negaunee dispatch 9-1-1 when the County is up and running with Enhanced 9-1-1. No Board action taken.

Laurel Makinen invited everyone to attend a meeting with Senator Deborah Stabenow, Thursday August 19th at the Elk and Hound Restaurant at 5:30pm, tickets are $17.00.

Chairman Don Bennetts read a thank you note from the Melvin Jacobson family, thanking the Board for their support after his death.

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, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

August 25, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL:

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski,

Bennetts

ABSENT: (0)

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from August 11, 2004 meeting)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the added issue of the jail cameras.

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------07/28/04

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. Technology Committee-------------------------08/04/04

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

Jail Cameras Issue
A motion was made by Kangas to approve the bid of $13,644 from Northstar, and by accepting the grant from MMRMA of $5,000, it would be a cost of $8,644. Mr. Pezzetti asked that Mr. Kangas include in his motion it be contingent upon the $5,000 from Risk Management – if we do not get the $5,000 from MMRMA we will not follow through with it. Mr. Wiemeri supported the motion with the contingency and it carried by unanimous voice vote.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Maureen Kay Houghton, Enforcement and Trail Grants Specialist

(RE: Marine Safety Program)

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

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2. Gernot Joachim, Assistant Director, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: employee assistance program agreement)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to renew the contract with Western U.P. Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency on the EAP.

3. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics marketing grant and

Terminal parking project contracts and resolutions)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski to approve the first Resolution for a contract for airport improvement, and the revised Resolution, presented at the meeting, for a contract for the reconstruction of the terminal parking lot at the airport. Discussion followed – money already appropriated. Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Upper Peninsula Interoperable Communications Proposal

Discussion by Jim Loeper. A motion was made by Wiemeri to approve Resolution, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous vote.

2. County of Baraga

A motion was made by Lewinski to support the Resolution from Baraga County, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Pezzetti to accept as presented, supported by

Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski to pay the claims and also the prepaids, supported by Ramme.

ROLL CALL
YES: (9)Koivisto, Kangas, Winkowski, Pezzetti,

Peterson, Ramme, Lewinski, Wiemeri, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Jim Loeper discussed the jail committee meeting of August 25, 2004,of putting a resolution for the ballot proposal in November. The committee has decided to wait and not have it on the November ballot. Public meeting will be held at 6 P.M. on August 25, 2004. Another public information meeting will be held at a later date.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Acting Federal Ranger, Piper Desy, introduced herself to the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous vote to adjourn the meeting at 5:15 p.m.

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DON BENNETTS,Chairman GERRY R. PELISSERO, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

September 8, 2004

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) Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (1) Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(August 25, 2004 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 Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried to approve the agenda as presented along with items in other matters:

1. Personnel & Negotiations meeting. 2. 2005 Budget worksheets. 3. Squad car auctions.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Two contracts with Michigan Bureau Aeronautics and a resolution for fencing project)

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

2. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Three contracts with MDOT/Delta Fencing for airport perimeter fencing)

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

3. Bill Hall, Grand View Hospital Board member

(RE: resignation)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until new applicants are presented to the Board to fill the vacancy of Mr. Hall.

4. Sheriff Stephen DeBoer, Chair, CJIS Policy Council

(RE: Lein Service Termination)

5. Benjamin E. Bodkin, Legislative Coordinator, MAC

(RE: LEIN termination and costs)

Brad Noren was in attendance at the meeting and was asked by Commissioner Pezzetti to update the Board regarding items 4 and 5. Noren informed the Board that he has been working on the solutions to the termination of the LEIN connection, as it exists now.

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Noren informed the Board he has been able to find the required equipment and has established the new transmission at no cost to the County. Noren cautioned the Board that there might be additional cost later. Noren will keep the Board informed as to his progress.

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

6. & 7. Gerald F. Parish, Acting Superintendent, US Dept. of

Interior

(RE: Proposed Trust Acquisition of Land)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until Peterson can contact Watersmeet Township officials regarding the matter.

8. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register of Deeds

(RE: ballot language)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to place the following ballot proposal language on the November 2, 2004 General Election Ballot:

PROPOSAL FOR RENEWAL OF SEPARATE TAX LIMITATIONS

SHALL SEPARATE TAX LIMITATIONS BE RENEWED OR CONTINUED FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS (2005-2008 INCLUSIVE) FOR THE COUNTY OF GOGEBIC AND THE TOWNSHIPS AND THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITHIN THE COUNTY, THE AGGREGATE OF WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED NINE (9) MILLS AS FOLLOWS:

GOGEBIC COUNTY - 6.68 MILLS
GOGEBIC-ONTONAGON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT - 0.32 MILLS

TOWNSHIPS:

Bessemer Township - 1.63 MILLS

Erwin Township - 1.00 MILLS

Marenisco Township - 2.00 MILLS

Wakefield Township - 1.63 MILLS

Watersmeet Township - 1.77 MILLS

Ironwood Township Chartered

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Friend of the Court 2004 appropriation

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A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2004 Appropriation to the Friend of the Court.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board that he will schedule a Personnel & Negotiations Committee meeting with the Sheriff Deputy Union for September 27th or 28th. He also directed County Administrator Juliane Giackino to release the 2005 County Budget worksheets to all departments on October 4th with the return date October 15th.

Commissioners Ramme and Wiemeri informed the Board of a car auction that will be held soon that has police vehicles available. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to authorize a dollar amount not to exceed $23,000 to be bid on vehicles.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski,

NO: (1) Bennetts

Motion carried.

County Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that Dave Reigler of Edward Jones Inc. has approached the payroll department to be added as a Deferred Comp provider for employees. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve Edward Jones Inc. as a Deferred Comp provider.

Sheriff Larry Sanders informed the Board of a rebate available through Government Payment Services, the credit card company used by jail inmates for payments via credit card. The rebate is only available through a signed contract. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Prosecuting Attorney and with his approval the Sheriff can sign the contract.

Commissioner Lewinski referred to a communication received from Houghton County regarding housing of inmates. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made at 5:32pm by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski at 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

September 22, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski,

Absent: (1) Bennetts

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 8th, 2004 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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the addition of an appearance by Ottawa National Forest Representatives and the FIA Board term expiration.

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 ----------08/25/04

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ----------09/01/04

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.

APPEARANCES:

Ottawa National Forest representatives Piper Desy and Norman Nass presented to the Board the preliminary Draft of the Three Corners Vegetation Project. The Project is located in Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties, in Watersmeet more specifically for Gogebic County. Mr. Nass and Ms. Desy outlined the project and how it will affect some the Ottawa National Forest. Their presentation lasted approximately 10 minutes and included a question and answer period. The Board’s main concern was the plan for the Watersmeet locations to “emphasize semiprivate non-motorized recreational settings.” The Board thanked the Ottawa Representatives for the presentation. No Board action was necessary.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jack Kann, Manager County Jail Services Unit, Michigan DOC

(RE: jail inspection of August 16, 2004)

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

2. Randy Kirchhoff, H.O.P.E. Animal Shelter Manager

(RE: 2005 budget)

Mr. Kirchhoff was present at the meeting and requested to be invited to the 2005 Budget workshops to discuss the millage funding for the GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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Shelter; and a new contract between the Board and the Shelter, the current contract is a one-year contract. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the 2005 budget workshops.

3. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: snowplowing bids)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator to advertise for snowplowing bids.

4. James Bradley, President of Friends of Porcupine Mountains

(RE: building use proposal)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support to the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains and the their project for building use at the Porkies.

Agenda Addition:

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the County Board appointment to the FIA Board. The term of Julie Ahnen expires on October 31st, 2004.

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. 4th Quarter Appropriations, Airport Operating and Capital Outlay

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried to release the 4th quarter appropriations to the Airport.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Truth in Taxation Resolution

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and to adopt the resolution and set the public hearing for October 27th, 2004.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski

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 approve the report as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti asked Sheriff Sanders if had an estimate of the overtime costs for his department through year-end. Sheriff Sanders estimates it will cost approximately $26,000 additional dollars to get through the year. The total may change because of the on going contract negotiations between the deputy association and the County Board.

Commissioner Peterson informed the Board that he spoke with Watersmeet Township about the pending Land Acquisition in the Township. The Township is opposed to the Superior Mill acquisition, that part of the SE1/4 of the NE ¼, Section 21, T45 R39W. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of opposition to the Department of Interior, voicing the Boards opposition to the land acquisition.

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.

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Michael Wiemeri, Vice-Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 13, 2004

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(September 22,2004 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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions: 1. Recommendation from the Capital Improvements committee, 2. A communication from the Dale MacDonald of FIA 3. A communication from the Upper Michigan Law Enforcement Association and 4. A communication from the Conservation Leaders Network.

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 discussed with the Board the grant application by the Gogebic County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for a $200,000.00 EPA Site Assessment Fund Grant. Funds would help the Authority assess all the current and potential sites for Brownfield Redevelopment. The application is due November 12, 2004 and the grant is a no match grant. If approved, Merrill will come back to the Board with the plan and the time frame for a public hearing on the grant. No Board action necessary at this time.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Yvonne Blackmond, Director, Office of Drug Control Policy, State of Michigan

(RE: Federal Grant Award)

Commissioner Lewinski asked Sheriff Sanders what the grant funds would be used for. Sanders informed the Board he would purchase 15 handguns for the department. 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. Dale MacDonald, Director, Gogebic County FIA

(RE: additional 2004 funding)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to amend the 2004 budget to reflect a $700.00 increase in appropriations to FIA 101-901-965.08 and to take the $700.00 from fund balance 101-000-401.00.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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TABLED MATTERS:

1. JAVS Proposal -District Court Recording Equipment

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the item off the table.

Discussion began on the proposed JAVS audio/video equipment for District Court. The Board discussed the unknown factors of the 2005 budget especially health insurance increases for next year. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to upgrade Ginny Boline’s pay grade from a pay grade three to a pay grade six, effective November 1, 2004.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (1) Kangas

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski to authorize the 98th District Court to advertise for a court reporter and to deny the purchase request for the video equipment. Lengthy discussion followed which included input from Judge Tingstad. The salary and fringe benefits for the position were discussed. Pezzetti then withdrew his motion and Winkowski withdrew his support of the motion. A motion was then made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Finance Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting on October 27, 2004.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to move the meeting time of the FBA meeting to 4pm on Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENT

1. Sharon Hannu, Friend of the Court, six months

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

OTHER MATTERS
Committee Summary Reports:

Economic Development Capital Improvements Committee --- 10/13/2004

The purpose of the meeting was to award snowplowing bids for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 winter season. Two bids were received, one from Globe Industries and one from JE Tauer. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice to award the bid to JE Tauer for snowplowing and snow removal for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 winters.

Agenda Additions:

The communication from the Conservation Leaders Network, regarding changes to the Roadless Area conservation Rule. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas, to receive the communication and place it on file. The motion failed on a 4 yea to 5-nay vote. A motion was then made by Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of opposition to any roadless plan for Gogebic County.

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Agenda Addition:

Communication from the Upper Michigan Law Enforcement Association

(RE: Contractual Recognition)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to go into closed session to discuss negotiation strategy at 5:30pm.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to go back into open session at 5:45pm.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote that the Board will not authorize signatures on the Contractual Recognition agreement and refers the matter to the Personnel and Negotiations committee to discuss with the union.

County Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that three applications were received by the deadline for the term on the FIA Board which begins November 1, 2004. The Appointment will be made at the next regular meeting of the Board on October 27, 2004. Each Board member received a copy of the letters of application.

Commissioner Ramme updated the Board on the Sheriff Department vehicle that was purchased at auction. The cost was $9,900.00 and he is still hoping to bid on another vehicle.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair at 5:50pm.

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Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 27, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: (6) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri,

Absent: (3) Peterson, Winkowski, Bennetts

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 13, 2004 regular meeting minutes)

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 Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda along with the following additions: a 4th communication, the FIA Board appointment, District Court vacancy advertising, District Court Clerk pay scale clarification, and budget amendments for Emergency Management budgets.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the Public Hearing for the Truth In Taxation Public Hearing.

WHEREAS, the millage for Gogebic County for 2004 is 7.9809 mills, which includes the extra voted millage of .4153 mills for the operation of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility and .3216 mills for the operation of the Gogebic County Public Transit Program, .6000 for the Senior Citizens Program and .1946 mills for Animal Control.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to levy its full millage of 7.9809 mills.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will have a public hearing on October 27, 2004 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 .2218 mills.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee -----------09/08/04

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------09/22/04

3. Health & Welfare Committee -------------------09/23/04

4. Economic Development & Capital Improvements-–-10/13/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 1 through 4 and place them on file.

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Committee Meetings - Summary Reports continued

5. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee -------10/20/04

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize payment of $950.00 for the Crime Star computer program for the inmate booking purposes at the Sheriff Department.

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote, that Mr. Loeper be authorized to pursue the installation of four of the existing cameras to be put in the area of the visiting room at the jail, on the west side of the jail on the exterior of the building, on the back door of the jail on the exterior, and the west entrance (Road Commission entrance) at the Courthouse. The funding will come from the 101-000-617.03 Sheriff Contractual Other.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Pat Merrill, County EDC

(RE: letter of support for grant application)

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

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

(RE: November Alzheimer’s Disease Month)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution to declare November as Alzheimer’s Disease Month in County.

3. Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham

(RE: Jail overcrowding)

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

4. Steve Tiziani, County Resident

(RE: County Forestry gravel sales)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to forward the letter to the Forestry and Parks Commission for a response to Mr. Tiziani’s letter.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Allegan County, Self Insurance pools

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to support senate bill 1385.

Vice-Chairman Wiemeri asked if there was any public comment on the Truth In Taxation Resolution. There was none.

ADOPTION OF 2004 GOGEBIC COUNTY MILLAGE RATE
County Equalization Director Dave Hardie discussed with the Board the 2004 Millage Rate, which is set at 7.9809. The millage is comprised of County Allocated 6.4494, Medical Care Facility of .4153, Transit .3216, Senior Programs .6000, Animal Control .1946.

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to adopt the 2004 Gogebic County Millage Rate at 7.9809.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (6) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri,

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2004 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPORTIONMENT REPORT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski to adopt the 2004 County Apportionment Report.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (6) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri,

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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

Agenda Addition:

APPOINTMENTS:

FIA Board:

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to place all three applicants in for nomination. Julie Ahnen, Lisa Ursini and Steve Leiphart. Chairman Wiemeri asked three more times for nominations, there were none.

ROLL CALL:
Koivisto: Leiphart

Kangas: Leiphart

Pezzetti: Ahnen

Ramme: Ahnen

Lewinski: Ahnen

Wiemeri: Ahnen

Julie Ahnen is appointed to the FIA Board by 4 Yea – 2 Nay vote. The term begins November 1, 2004.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Pezzetti and carried to pay the claims as presented along with two additions, Cloverland Plumbing for $1281.90 out of 101-301-933.00 and District Court bill from Michelle Livingston for contractual services and stenographers totaling $600.00 for 101-136-805.02 and $383.75 for 101-136-803.00, and to approve the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

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OTHER MATTERS
District Court Matters from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee Meeting.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the vacancy of the District Court Reporter position with salary negotiable and the position being advertised as full time.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the pay grade level six for Ginny Boline at the three year level, the level six upgrade was approved at the October 13, 2004 regular meeting.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski to approve of the budget amendments as presented by Mr. Loeper and line items be increased as follows.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Income
101-000-561.00 EMPG $ 240.00

101-000-505.00 Training Grant $7500.00

101-000-521.00 Planning Grant $8000.00

Expenses
101-426-701.00 Department Head $ 240.00

101-427-701.00 Department Head $4766.47

101-427-715.00 FICA $ 393.53

101-427-750.00 Supplies and Material $ 500.00

101-427-860.00 Travel $1800.00

101-427-701.01 Planning Manager $ 540.00

101-426-956.00 Education $7500.00

ROLL CALL:

YES: (6) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri,

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Jim Loeper introduced David Hartberg, CEO of Grand View Health System, who addressed the Board regarding the vacancy on the Hospital Board. The Hospital Board advertised for the vacancy and did interview two candidates and after the interviews were held, James Lorenson of Ironwood was recommended to the fill vacancy. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Lorenson to the Grand View Health System Board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bill Hall.

Judge Joel Massie informed the Board that he has been contacted by the Western U.P. Heritage Trail organization, which would like to add the Historic County Courthouse to the trail and provide signage for the Building as well. The Group would like a contact person within the County to coordinate the project.

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A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to name Judge Massie as the contact person for the County to coordinate any matters with the Western U.P. Heritage Trail.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Piper Desy, of the Ottawa National Forest, informed the Board she is leaving her interim post and a permanent replacement will be in the office in November and will contact County Clerk Gerry Pelissero with any matters pertaining to the Ottawa National Forest.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:25pm.

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Michael Wiemeri, Vice-Chairman Gerry R
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 10, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 27, 2004 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri 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 two additions, Wolf population in Gogebic County, and a communication from the HOPE Animal Shelter.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. James McKenzie, County Contracted Defense Attorney

(RE: contract for 2006)

Mr. McKenzie addressed the Board regarding an extension of his indigent Criminal Defense Contract, which expires at the end of 2005. McKenzie proposed an extension of his contract for three additional years at a cost of $69,000.00 per year, which matches the 2005 cost. The increase in workload in both the District Court and the Circuit Court over the past two years has McKenzie looking to bring on an additional attorney to help him with the increased caseload. McKenzie plans on training the new person to be in a position to bid on the contract when it expires in 2008. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the extension and the contract be signed by the appropriate people.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Gerry Pelissero, Gogebic County Clerk/Register of Deeds

(RE: 2004 General Fund Budget)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to formerly request the funds from the Airport Board.

2. Deborah Apostol, Grants Manager, MNDR

(RE: 2004-05 snowmobile enforcement program)

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the ORV program for 2004-05.

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3. Maureen Kay Houghton, Enforcement and Trail Grants Specialist

(RE: 2004-05 ORV Enforcement program)

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the program for 2004-05.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Commissioner Winkowski presented a letter from the Ontonagon County Board supporting the removal of the Eastern Distinct Population Segment of the Gray Wolf from the list of “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a similar letter of support to the Gray Wolf Delist-EDPS, in Salt Lake City Utah.

Communication # 4.

HOPE Animal Shelter Director, Randy Kirchhoff

(RE: remaining appropriations)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the November and December appropriations early as requested.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fulman introduced herself as the new Ranger for the Ottawa National Forest Ranger Station in Bessemer.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair at 5:10pm.

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Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 24, 2004

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 10, 2004 regular meeting minutes)

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 as presented along with two items to be taken up in Other Matters; 1. Emergency Management Retiree Health Insurance payment, 2. Second Meeting in December, and the Committee Summary Reports were also added.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES
Christopher Palombo, Executive Director

(RE: Medical Care Access Coalition)

Mr. Palombo presented to the Board of Commissioners the Medical Access Program, a program for uninsured adults ages 19-65. The program allows access to federal funding through local agencies to become local administrators for the Adult Benefits Waiver Program. The program for Gogebic County would run through the Western U.P. Health Department. The presentation lasted about 15 minutes and included a question and answer period with the Board. A representative of the Western U.P. Health Department is willing to meet with Board members to discuss the program in more detail. No Board action taken.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee -------10/27/04

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee -------11/03/04

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee -------11/04/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 1, 2 and 3 and place them on file.

4. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee -------11/05/04

a. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous voice to send a letter to the State Court Administrator’s Office objecting to the cut in court funding to Gogebic County for 2005.

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b. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wiemeri and

carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate the travel

in the County Treasurer’s budget for 2005 in the amount of $3,300.00 and that the chair be purchased as well as the payment to the Chief Deputy Treasurer in the amount of $1,500 out of the accumulated interest the Treasurer had received for additional tax work.

5. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee -------11/10/04

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that the District Court Judge be requested to stay within the $28,000.00 salary range for the District Court Recorder.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Norman E. Nass – Deputy District Ranger

(RE: Decision Memo – Pit Lake Gravel Pit Expansion

and Rehabilitation Project)

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

APPOINTMENTS:

2. Dick Holm – Assistant Airport Manager

(RE: Reappointment of Airport Board Member)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for candidates.

3. Bruce Edyvean, Board of County Road Commissioners

(RE: Six year term on Road Commission)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for candidates.

4. David Liimakka – Chairman of Road Commission

(RE: Reappointment to Gog. Co. Road Commission)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY
1. Maria W. Kinnunen – Asst. Juvenile Officer

(RE: 15 Year Longevity)

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

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

unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports 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 four additions: 1. to Spectrum Health from 101-229-801.00 for $176.00, 2. to Stamp Fulfillment services 101-136-730.00 for $1239.85, 3. to Northstar Electronics from 101-301-933.00 for $482.90 and 4. Northstar Electronics for $13,644.00 to come $5,000 grant from MMRMA and $8,644.00 out of the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti discussed a matter from Finance Meeting at 4:30pm today, regarding the Retiree Health Insurance payment to the County from the Emergency Management Services Budget. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri and carried to make the payment from the salary line item 101-426-701.00 in the amount requested from the Retirement office.

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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the meeting time for the second meeting in December to Tuesday, December 28, 2004, the Finance meeting at 4pm and the Regular meeting to follow at 5PM.

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, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

December 8, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5pm by Chairman Bennetts. After the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence was observed in honor of Peter Napel former County Commissioner who passed away earlier in the day.
Roll Call
Present: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 24, 2004 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Lewinksi, 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 by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions, 1. Road Commission and Airport Board Appointments 2. Circuit Court desks bids 3. Resolution for Medical Care Access Coalition 4. Soil Conservation update.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, MAC Executive Director

(RE: Public Act 123 of 1999, County foreclosure process)

County Treasurer Sharon Hallberg addressed the Board about the County plan. Currently the County foreclosures are handled by the State. Hallberg and Treasurer-Elect Sue Pertile want to present to the full Board at the next Finance meeting a plan to “opt in” and run the Foreclosures through the County. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to reset the December 28, 2004 Finance meeting to 3:30pm and allow Hallberg and Pertile 30 minutes to present their plan, and to authorize Clerk Gerry Pelissero to contact MMRMA to discuss the Liability Coverage if the County handles their own Foreclosures.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the communication from Tim McGuire until the December 28, 2004 regular meeting.)

2. Western U.P. District Health Department

(RE: Release of tobacco tax money)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Tobacco money as requested.

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BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

Revenues 101-000-617.03 Increased by $9,190.00

Expenditures 101-301-933.00 Increased by $9,190.00

To reflect Evercom contract signing bonus

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried to amend the budget as presented.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Forestry and Parks Commission Director Dick Bolen gave an update of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program, which, is run through the Commission and contracted with Flintsteel Restoration Inc. Bolen updated the Board on the 2004 program, the 2005 fee schedule and a letter received from the DEQ. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the 2004 SESC report, set the 2005 fee schedule as the same as 2004 and continue the Professional Agreement with Flintsteel Restoration Inc.

Commissioner Winkowski introduced a resolution to authorize an intergovernmental transfer to support a County Indigent Care Program. The resolution will be sent to the Western U.P. Health Department. At their November 24th, 2004 regular meeting the Board received a presentation from the Michigan Medical Care Access Coalition. A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Wiemeri and carried by unanimous vote to adopt the resolution.

Commissioner Kangas discussed the 11 brown desks that need to be disposed of since the purchase of a new jury room table. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski to advertise for bids. After discussion, Kangas rescinded his motion, Lewinski rescinded his support, a motion was then made by Winkowski, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to add the tables to the Sheriff Sale, which will be held next week.

Chairman Bennetts mentioned that the appointment deadline for applications for the Airport Board and the Road Commission Board passed at 4pm. A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice to take up the appointments at the December 28, 2004 regular meeting.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fulman of the Ottawa National Forest presented to the Board the FY 2004 payments to States schedule. Gogebic County will receive $287,648.54, which is down $72,886.22 from FY2003. The funds will be distributed to the Townships and Schools within County.

Clerk Pelissero informed the Board that Congressman Bart Stupak would like to meet with the Board within the next week or so for a public forum as he has done in the past. The chairman will call a meeting based on the Congressman’s schedule.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Don Bennetts, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting

December 17, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

11:00a.m.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 11am by Chairman Bennetts.
ROLL CALL

Present: (6) Koivisto, Lewinski, Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski,

Bennetts

Absent: (3) Kangas, Peterson, Wiemeri

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along two additions; 1. Communication from Probate Judge Joel Massie 2. Communication from Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Jim Salmi and Randy Kirchhoff from the HOPE animal shelter.

Mr. Salmi and Kirchhoff addressed the Board regarding the 2005 County Approriation from the Board to HOPE. At an earlier 2005 budget workshop an increase of $12,500 in appropriations was recommended and than later removed. Salmi and Kirchhoff were concerned with this change of heart by the Board. After a question and answer period regarding the 2005 appropriation, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to have the representatives of HOPE attend a special Finance, Budgeting and Auditing meeting in January of 2005.

Budget Amendments

2004 General Fund Budget Adjustments

The Board discussed the 2004 General Fund Budget Amendments and the Departments that may be over budget at the end of 2004. Sheriff Larry Sanders presented to the Board an outline of which line items were going to be in need of amendments. Clerk Gerry Pelissero mentioned that Circuit Court, Remonumentation were over budget as well. Commissioner Pezzetti added that it was disappointing that the other Department Heads, didn’t follow up like the Sheriff with a detailed report of what dollar amount was necessary to fund their budgets for 2004. After discussion with the Clerk and Treasurer Sharon Hallberg, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski to amend the budgets as needed and if necessary use the Fund Balance to provide the funds needed.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Koivisto, Lewinski, Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski,

Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
County Telephone System Upgrade.

County Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that an upgrade to the telephone system would actually save money as well

upgrade the phone system too. Giackino wanted Board approval so she could pay for the upgrade out of the 2004 Building and Grounds Budget. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the upgrade to the phone system and authorize payment in 2004 out of the Building and Grounds budget.

Agenda Additions:

1. Communication from Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: Morley Study)

Judge Massie addressed the Board regarding the recent increase in wages within Circuit Court. Massie feels the Morley Study needs to be re-visited in light of the changes over the years.

2. Communication from Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams.

(RE: 2005 Salaries)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee after the re-organizational meeting in January.

County Treasurer Hallberg addressed the Board concerning the 2005 Budget. Hallberg is concerned that by balancing the 2005 budget with approximately $160,000 from the Fund Balance and $400,000 from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund, both funds will be depleted shortly. Hallberg felt the Board should look at re-opening the 2005 Budget workshops. After discussion, a motion was made by Ramme, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to schedule a meeting after the new Board is sworn in to look at the 2005 General Fund Budget.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Winkowski 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

December 28, 2004

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

PUBLIC HEARING
GOGEBIC COUNTY 2005 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

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing on the 2005 General Fund Budget.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 8, and December 17 meetings)

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 along with the following additions: 1. A resolution regarding the County Foreclosure and Property Sale; 2. 2004 Budget amendment to Revenue Sharing; 3. Resolution regarding out going Commissioners and 4. the Time and Date of the re-organizational meeting.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee------11/24/04

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

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee------11/24/04

A.) A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that any newly elected and appointed officials hired on or after 1/1/2005 shall contribute 1.5% of their salary towards the Retiree Health.

B.) A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried on an 8 yea to 1 nay vote that the Elected and Appointed Officials be granted a $1,100. pay increase for 2005, the hospitalization to be at the standard rate and capped at the 2005 level as well as the optical reimbursement in the amount of $400.

C.) A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski and carried by a 8 yea to 1 nay vote that the Finance Chair

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be increased to $250.00 per month.

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----------12/03/04

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the fee for criminal history checks at a rate of $25.00 and that be part of the Budget Resolution.

4. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee------12/14/04

A.) A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to fill the position of Deputy R. Solberg with a temporary individual at a starting wage.

B.) A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Kangas and carried on a 7 yea and two nay vote to charge $20 per hour for the use of the Conference room/Jury room/Law Library for non-profit organizations and this be made part of the Budget Resolution.

C.) A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to add the language for advertising for the County’s web site to the budget resolution indicating that a perspective business advertising on the County web page would be an annual fee of $35/year without any links or web pages with just a list. That a single link for a specific County web page to the businesses, the Web-site would be $80/year and that multiple links from several pages to the businesses web site would be $120/year. The Business web page hosted on Gogebic web site would be at a rate of $175/year.

D.) A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that the Court recorder positions vacant at this time not be part of the Elected and Appointed Officials and that the Department Heads are to make a new list of the elected and Appointed Officials.

E.) A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski that the salary for Ms. Paula Partanen be set at $28,377.00 for 2005, which includes $1,500 in lieu of insurance.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (7) Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (2) Kangas, Wiemeri

Motion carried.

5. Personnel, and Negotiations Committee----------12/15/04

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

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Tabled Matters
1. Tim McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: County Foreclosures)

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

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

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme to adopt the Resolution rescinding the Resolution electing to have the State of Michigan Foreclose property forfeited to the County Treasurer pursuant to section 78 (3) of Public Act NO. 206 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1893, as amended. The Resolution is on file in the Clerk’s and Treasurer Office.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent: Economic Development)

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. Robert Raisanen, Marenisco Township Supervisor

(RE: Sheriff Department Staffing)

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

3. Joseph Braspenick, Airport Manager

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics Contracts and

Resolutions)

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

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to utilize the $109,000 of Revenue Sharing funds set aside in the Revenue Sharing Reserve fund for the 2004 General Fund Budget.

Chairman Bennetts introduced a resolution from Kent County honoring out going Commissioners, a motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Kangas to adopt a similar resolution for Gogebic County.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS
1. Mary Jendrusina, Accounts Processor, Three year increment

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

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APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic/Iron County Airport Board

A motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice vote to place all candidates names in for nomination.

Robert Berg, Bessemer
Marvin Marks, Ironwood
Allen Maki, Bessemer
John Urban, Bessemer
Brian Johnston, Ironwood
Roll Call:

Wiemeri: Johnston

Koivisto: Johnston

Kangas: Berg

Winkowski: Berg

Pezzetti: Berg

Peterson: Berg

Ramme: Johnston

Lewinski: Berg

Bennetts: Maki

Robert Berg was appointed to the Airport Board

2. Gogebic County Road Commission

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to place applicants in for nomination.

David Liimakka, Ironwood
Tony Pertile, Bessemer
Charles Tice, Marenisco
Leonard Rooni, Bessemer
John McLean, Bessemer WITHDREW his name letter filed with Clerk Pelissero
Bob Orlich, Wakefield
Rudy Grbavcich, Ironwood
James Zabel, Ironwood
Chris Kortemeier, Bessemer
ROLL CALL:

Wiemeri: Liimakka

Koivisto: Pertile

Kangas: Liimakka

Winkowski: Grbavcich

Pezzetti: Orlich

Peterson: Tice

Ramme: Grbavcich

Lewinski: Liimakka

Bennetts: Grbavcich

No nominee received a majority of the votes, a motion was made by

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Lewinski, supported by Winkowski and carried by unanimous voice vote to place the two top vote getters in to nomination and then vote. Liimakka and Grbavcich were the top vote getters.

ROLL CALL:

Wiemeri: Liimakka

Koivisto: Grbavcich

Kangas: Liimakka

Winkowski:Grbavcich

Pezzetti: Grbavcich

Peterson: Grbavcich

Ramme: Grbavcich

Lewinski: Liimakka

Bennetts: Grbavcich

Rudy Grbavcich was appointed to the Road Commission Board.

2004 Budget Amendments
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported Kangas and carried to amend the 2004 budget as follows:

Michigan Remonumentation Budget
Revenues

101-000-575.00 State Remon Program increased by $13,129.89 to $74,146.89

Expenditures

101-245-701.02 decreased to $1,364.49

101-245-702.09 increased to $7,577.00

101-245-715.00 decreased to 216.10

101-245-750.00 decreased to 988.30

101-245-805.02 increased to 64,001.00

Soil Conservation Budget
Revenues

101-000-450.00 Soil Erosion Permit increased by $2,000 to $19,800.00

Expenditures

101-246-805.02 Contractual increased to $18,800.00

Sheriff Department/Circuit Court/Extension Office
Revenues

101-000-612.00 County Clerk Services increased by $11,000.00

Expenditures

101-303-704.00 Sheriff Wakefield Contract increased by $10,000.00

101-257-702.00 Extension Office Salaried and part-time increased by $500.00

101-275-933.00 Extension Office Repairs increased by $500.00

Revenues

101-000-602.00Circuit Court Costs increased by $4,500.00

101-000-617.01 Sheriff Services increased by $3,500.00

Expenditures

101-430-704.00 Animal Control Overtime increased by $8,000.00

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Revenues

101-000-428.00 Commercial Forest Reserve increased by $ 12,092.00

101-000-429.00 National Forest Reserve increased by $ 19,587.00

101-000-607.04 Real Estate Transfer Tax increased by $ 11,000.00

101-000-603.00 District Court Costs & Bonds increased by $ 22,175.00

101-000-686.00 Reimbursements- General increased by $ 12,146.00

Expenditures

101-301-704.00 Sheriff Dept Overtime increased by $15,000.00

101-301-740.00 Sheriff Dept. Food increased by $11,000.00

101-301-805.02 Sheriff Dept. Contractual Services $50,000.00

Line Item Transfer
101-131-804.00 Circuit Court Jury Fees increased by $11,000.00

101-191-729.00 Elections Printing and Binding decreased by $11,000.00

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

2004 Amended Special Revenue Funds

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to amend the 2004 Special Revenue Funds as presented:

2004 Special Revenue Funds Amended
Revenues
Federal Grants $150,000.00

Taxes 329,672.00

State Taxes 432,705.00

Local Contributions 36,754.00

Services 88,910.00

Interest and Rents 81,000.00

Other 2,600.00

TOTAL $1,121,641.00

Expenditures

Judicial $ 9,500.00

Public Safety 78,800.00

Health and Welfare 1,217,675.00

Recreation and Culture 72,000.00

Capital Outlay 0.00

Debt Service 0.00

TOTAL $1,377,975.00
( $256,334.00)

Transfers In $256,334.00

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

Chairman Bennetts asked if was any public comment on the 2005 Gogebic County General Fund Budget, hearing none, a motion was made by Wiemeri, supported by Lewinski and carried by unanimous voice to close the public hearing.

ADOPTION OF THE 2005 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti to adopt the 2005 Gogebic County General Appropriation Act.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF THE 2005 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to adopt the 2005 Gogebic County General Fund Budget.

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

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF THE 2005 DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Winkowski to adopt the 2005 Debt Services Funds:

2005 DEBT SERVICE FUNDS
Revenues
City of Ironwood

Contractual Payments $96,090.00

Expenditures
Bond Principal $60,000.00

Bond Interest 35,390.00

Fiscal Charges 700.00

TOTAL $96,090.00
Roll Call:
YES: (9) Kangas, Koivisto, Lewinski, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Wiemeri, Winkowski, Bennetts

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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ADOPTION OF THE 2005 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Wiemeri to adopt the 2005 Special Revenue Funds:

2005 Special Revenue Funds
REVENUES
Federal Grants $155,000.00

Taxes 218,754.00

State Grants 324,941.00

Local Contributions 36,333.00

Services 197,134.00

Interest and Rents 100.00

Other 112,950.00

TOTAL $1,045,212.00

EXPENDITURES
Judicial $22,500.00

Public Safety 152,329.00

Health and Welfare $ 1,061,862.00

Recreation and Culture 70,400.00

Capital Outlay 17,650.00

Debt Service 0.00

TOTAL $ 1,324,741.00
(279,529.00)

Transfers in $279,529.00

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 Winkowski, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Lewinski, supported by Winkowski to pay the claims as presented along with one addition for $685.44 out of office supplies 101-900-727.00 payable to Office Depot, pay the claim to Ramme Collision out of the Prosecutors’ budget for vehicle storage for $475.00 from 101-229-805.02 and to pay the pre-paids and make the claims and pre-paids apart of the minutes.

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OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the Re-Organizational meeting for Monday January 3rd, 2005 at 5PM in the District Courtroom of the Court House.

Commissioner Pezzetti thanked out going Commissioners Wiemeri, Lewinski and Koivisto for their work and dedication for the County during their terms office.

Chairman Bennetts thanked the Board for their work and cooperation during his two-year term as Chairman. Bennetts also thanked retiring Treasurer Sharon Hallberg for her many years of service to the County.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Nancy Warren of Ironwood spoke out in opposition of the County Board action taken at the November 10th, 2004 regular meeting. Mrs. Warren discussed her displeasure with Board the regarding the Wolf population in Gogebic County. The Board sent a letter of support to have the Wolf removed from the “Endangered and Threatened List”. After her five-minute limit was up she answered question from the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Winkowski, supported by Wiemeri 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