2006 Regular Meeting Minutes

2006 Regular Board Minutes

 

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

January 11, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (December 28, 2005 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with five additions, which were added to communications. #4 Forestry and Parks Commission letter to DNR, #5. Livescan fingerprint costs, #6. Dec 12th 2005 minutes amendment, #7 Letter to Medical Care Facility regarding decorations, #8. Restaurant and Waterpark Developers.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jonathan Mead, CEO, UPCAP

(RE: 2006 UPCAP Dues)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay the 2006 UPCAP dues of $800.00.

2. Dick Holm, Assistant Airport Manager

(RE: 1st Quarter 2006 Appropriations)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 1st Quarter appropriations to the Airport.

3. Gary Erickson, Under-Sheriff

(RE: Buy back into retirement system)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the buy-back requested and forward the matter to the retirement commission.

4. Forestry and Parks Commission letter to MDNR

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the letter to the Michigan DNR regarding the deer management strategies for the newly formed Deer Management Unit 127 in Gogebic County.

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The letter was drafted by the Forestry and Parks Commission and is also signed by their Chairman.

5. Livescan Fingerprinting Costs

Sheriff Sanders provided a letter to the Board outlining the costs and the reimbursement agreements for the Livescan system. Sanders met with Ironwood Public Safety Director Bob Erspamer and IPSD has agreed to share fifty percent of the cost. Michigan State Police claimed they didn’t have any money available to reimburse the county, Marenisco Township has agreed to a user fee when an arrest is made at a cost of $10.00 per arrest. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Ramme, supported by Oliver to charge MSP one-third of the cost, which will be shared with Sheriff Department and IPSD.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (1) Erlenborn

Motion carried.

6. Amending Dec 12, 2005 minutes.

Commissioner Ramme pointed out in the December 12, 2005 minutes that the effective date of the tobacco free jail building should read 1/01/06. Clerk Pelissero informed the Board that the motion of December 12, 2005 didn’t include any effective date and only after the motion was voted on, it was suggested by Bennetts that it be effective 1/1/2006. After discussion, a motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to make the Jail and the Courthouse tobacco free buildings as of 1/11/06, and to purchase signage from the Building and Grounds to post public notice the buildings are now tobacco free.

Discussion followed regarding enforcement and penalties. Administrator Juliane Giackino will research and respond at a later meeting.

7. Letter to Medical Care Facility

Commissioner Peterson discussed the Christmas decoration removal at the Medical Care Facility recently. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the Medical Care Facility Board and ask them to purchase fireproof decorations for all holidays.

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8. Restaurant and Waterpark developers

Commissioner Ramme informed the Board he was contacted by developers interested in opening a Restaurant and Waterpark in Gogebic County. He provided this as informational only, no Board action necessary.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Transit Board

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Howard Aspinwall and Carrie Hampston to the Transit Board.

Director Jim Mildren updated the Board on the Gogebic County Transit System.

OTHER MATTERS
County EMS director Jim Loeper thanked the Board for their support of the UP EMS Corporation resolution at the December 28, 2005 meeting.

Bessemer City Resident Bill MacDonald asked the Board if the County Animal Control Ordinance banned Pit Bulls. Animal Control Officer George Beninghaus was attendance and answered the questions relating to the Ordinance and the State Law that speaks to vicious dogs.

Commissioner Pezzetti thanked the Clerk, Treasurer and Administrator for their work on the 2005 budget.

Daily Globe Reporter, Andy Hill, invited the Board to share the positive things going on in the County for the paper’s annual progress addition.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

Consultation with Attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in pending litigation, Beninghaus vs. Gogebic County

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts, to go into closed session to consult with their attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in pending litigation, Beninghaus vs. Gogebic County. The time was 5:35pm. The Chairman asked for a roll call vote.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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The Board returned to open session at 6:00PM.

A motion was made Pezzetti, supported by Oliver, to pursue the litigation strategy as outlined by their attorney in the matter of Beninghaus vs. Gogebic County.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski
NO: (1) Ramme
Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:02PM.

_____________________________ _________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting
January 25, 2006
County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00PM by Chairman Winkowski.

ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 11, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda as presented along with the four (4) recommendations from Finance meeting of 3:30pm today and a matter regarding retirement contributions for new hires.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee------------12/28/05

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------12/28/05

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------01/11/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file summary reports one through three.

Agenda Additions:

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -------01/25/06

a. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to renew the County’s Worker Compensation Plan with the Michigan Association of Counties underwritten by Citizens.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

b. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts and carried on a 6 yea – 2 nay vote to bill the Michigan State Police for their 1/3 share of the Livescan maintenance contract and send the bill to Lansing rather bill the Wakefield Post.

c. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to correct the mileage rate in the Budget resolution to .40 per mile and on page

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four of the resolution regarding new non-union hires the paragraph should read: Any new non-union employee hired after 1/1/2006, shall contribute 15 percent of their health insurance premium monthly. This does not apply to current General Fund County employees, also including those in the Retirement Office, Forestry and Parks Commission and Friend of the Court and Airport.

d. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts to set the Undersheriff salary at $43,000/year, when and if current Undersheriff Gary Erickson retires.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Winkowski

NO: (2) Oliver, Ramme

Motion carried.

e. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver, that all new employees hired after 1/25/06 will pay 3% of the first $4,200 and 5% thereafter, continuously towards the Gogebic County Retirement System.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (1) Ramme

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Dale Gribler, Chair, Emergency Telephone Service Committee

(RE: Seventh-year certification funds)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to apply for the seventh year funds.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote that all agencies that require a County Board appointment are to advertise for the their board openings and vacancies, pay for the advertising themselves and have all applicants submit their letter of application or interest the Gogebic County Clerk.

2. Rick Minkin, CEO, Community Mental Health

(RE: expiring CMH Board terms)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to inform Mr. Minkin that his agency should advertise for the openings and have the applicants submit their letter to the County Clerk. Questions about the Membership Category will be referred to CMH for clarification.

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RESOLUTIONS:

1. Isabella County Board of Commissioners

(RE: High Energy Costs)

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

unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution and forward the resolution to US Senators Levin and Stabenow and Congressman Stupak.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bennetts, to pay the claims as presented, which includes the Worker Compensation 1st Quarter payment to MAC, along with the pre-paids and to make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting was set for February 8th, 2006 at 4PM, at the request of Commissioner Peterson through Commissioner Ramme.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.

____________________________ _____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 8, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 25, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: Recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting from 4pm today along with a letter of support for UPCAP, a resolution in support of the establishment of a tribal enterprise in Western Gogebic County, and to add a closed session to discuss pending litigation.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Economic Development and Capitol Improvements Committee 02/01/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts to contact the Community Action Agency to determine if they are interested in purchasing the Senior Center building after being the given the opinion of value and be allowed 30 days to make that decision.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Additions:

Personnel and Negotiations Committee Recommendations:

1. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Friend of the Court to advertise for the vacancy in her office for the job class #3 opening.

2. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to send the contract re-opener request letters to the Courthouse employees union and the Sheriff Department Deputies union.

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OTHER MATTERS
1. UPCAP letter of support regarding SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY resolution.

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on a letter of support for UPCAP’s development of a rural single point of entry for nursing homes.

2. Resolution in support of the establishment of a tribal enterprise project.

A motion was made by Ramme, seconded by Pezzetti to adopt a resolution in support of a tribal enterprise project in Western Gogebic County and to request representatives of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians attend a Board to present their plans and ideas for the project.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to ask EDC Director Pat Merrill to come up with a list of priorities and projects if the EDC was given funding for projects between $100,000 to $250,000.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to go into closed session to discuss a legal memorandum prepared regarding pending litigation: Beninghaus vs. Gogebic County. The time was 5:18pm.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

After a legal roll call vote in closed session the Board went back into open session. The time was 5:25pm.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to agree to settle the litigation as recommended by their legal counsel.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (2) Peterson, Ramme

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.

_____________________________ __________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 22, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 8, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

#7. Budget Amendment for Emergency Management Services, #8. Senior Center Building sale update and #9. Fireman’s Tournament advertising

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 -------01/25/06

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------------02/08/06

3. Health and Welfare Committee ------------------02/13/06

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, EDC Director

Mr. Merrill discussed the need to create a countywide comprehensive plan with the Board. He mentioned the local EDC is aware of this need as well, and the importance of having all municipalities working together on this plan. A brief question and answer period was held with the Board. A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the creation of a countywide comprehensive plan.

2. Don Flint, update on County map production

Mr. Flint presented to the Board a newly created year round area attraction map, fifty thousand maps were created by the Western U.P. Convention and Visitor Bureau. Flint dropped off 500 for the County Courthouse. No Board action necessary.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: UP-EMS services)

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

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2. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: High Energy Cost Resolution)

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

3. Kari Beattie, Deputy Director, Office of Governor

(RE: High Energy Cost Resolution)

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

4. Bob Lueckel, Forest Supervisor

(RE: Proposed LVD Land Exchange)

Norman Nass of the Ottawa was in attendance and discussed the land exchange with the Board. The land exchange is of mutual benefit to each party, according to Nass. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Dick Bolen of the County Forestry and Parks Commission for comments of the project.

5. Norman Nass, District Ranger

(RE: Crystal Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project)

Mr. Nass again discussed with the Board the project for timber harvest and other fuel reduction treatments to improve forest health and reduce risk of wildfire. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

6. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Borrowing Resolution)

Treasurer Pertile discussed the possibility of borrowing for the delinquent taxes of 2005, this year. She recommended to the Board the adoption of the borrowing resolution in case she would have to borrow. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to adopt the resolution. (due to the size of the resolution it will be kept on file in the Clerk’s office.)

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

7. Budget Amendment for Emergency Management Services Budget.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to amend the EMS budget as presented by Jim Loeper.

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Revenues
101-000-505.00 original budget $0.00 amended to $10,526.00

Dept of Justice Grant

101-000-561.00 increased by $662.23 amended to $ 8,162.23

State Grant Emergency Services

Expenditures
101-426-956.00 original budget $0.00 amended to $ 3,000.00

Employee Training and Development

101-426.750.00 increased by $8,188.23 amended to $ 8,388.23

Supplies and Materials

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Senior Center Building update.

Commissioner Kangas updated the Board regarding the offer by the County Board to Community Action to purchase the building. Community Action has rejected the Board’s offer. Discussion followed, a motion was made by Ramme, supported by Pezzetti, to put the building up sale to the public.

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Bennetts, Peterson, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (5) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Motion failed.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the sale of the building to the Buildings and Grounds Committee. The Chairman of the committee will set a date.

9. Advertising in the Fireman’s Tournament program

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to take out a half page advertisement in the Fireman’s Tournament program, which will be held in Ironwood in mid July. The $100.00 ad will be purchased from the Board’s budget contractual services 101-101-805.02.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Airport Operating and Capitol Outlay 2nd Quarter Appropriations

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Gerovac to release the 2nd Quarter General fund appropriation to the Airport.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health Appointments

(Three Communications related to the appointments from Rick Minkin)

Clerk Pelissero advised the Board of the current membership and classification of the CMH Board. A motion was made by Erlenborn to nominate Diane Kossow for the Primary Consumer position, after a brief discussion he withdrew his motion. Further discussion followed regarding how to begin the voting and the seats that needed be filled. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Oliver to nominate Colleen Kichak to fill the vacancy created by the immediate resignation of Betty Rands. This term will expire in March of 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (1) Pezzetti,

NO: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas,

Peterson, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Abstaining: (1) Gerovac

Motion failed.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to place the four general public applicants in for nomination to fill the two regular terms expiring March 31st of 2006. The applicants were Marsha Vestich, Colleen Kichak, Kathy Maki and John Lewinski.

ROLL CALL: to vote for two of the four candidates

Ramme: Kichak and Lewinski

Oliver: Kichak and Maki

Erlenborn: Kichak and Maki

Gerovac: Abstained
Kangas: Kichak and Maki

Bennetts: Kichak and Lewinski

Pezzetti: Vestich and Lewinski

Peterson: Vestich and Kichak

Winkowski: Kichak and Lewinski

Kichak received a majority of votes 7, and is appointed to the CMH Board for a three-year term.

Vestich 2 votes, Maki 3 votes and Lewinski 4 votes, didn’t receive a majority of votes.

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A second vote was taken to appoint one of the remaining three candidates to the three-year term on the CMH Board.

Oliver: Maki

Erlenborn: Maki

Gerovac: Abstained

Kangas: Maki

Bennetts: Lewinski

Pezzetti: Lewinski
Peterson: Vestich

Ramme: Lewinski

Winkowski: Lewinski

None of three candidates received a majority of the votes.

A third vote to appoint was taken:

Erlenborn: Maki
Gerovac: Abstained

Kangas: Lewinski

Bennetts: Lewinski

Pezzetti: Lewinski

Peterson: Vestich

Ramme: Lewinski

Oliver: Lewinski

Winkowski: Lewinski

Lewinski received a majority of the votes 6, and is appointed to the three-year term.

The next vote was to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Betty Rands. The remaining term to be filled will expire March 31st, 2007.

Gerovac: Abstained

Kangas: Maki

Bennetts: Vestich

Pezzetti: Vestich

Peterson: Vestich

Ramme: Maki

Oliver: Maki

Erlenborn: Maki

Winkowski: Vestich

Neither candidate received the majority of the votes needed.

A second vote was then taken:

Kangas: Maki

Bennetts: Vestich

Pezzetti: Vestich

Peterson: Vestich

Ramme: Maki

Oliver: Vestich

Erlenborn: Maki

Gerovac: Abstained

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Winkowski: Vestich

Vestich received the majority of votes 5, and is appointed to the un-expired term, which ends March 31st, 2007.

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Kangas to nominate Steve Thomas as Public Official to the CMH Board.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Abstaining: (2) Gerovac, Ramme

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Peterson to nominate Diane Kossow to primary consumer seat on the CMH Board. After discussion, Erlenborn withdrew his motion and Peterson withdrew his support. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to place both applicants in for nomination for the primary consumer seat. The applicants were Diane Kossow and Margery Summerfield.

ROLL CALL:

Pezzetti: Kossow
Peterson: Kossow
Ramme: Summerfield
Oliver: Kossow
Erlenborn: Kossow
Gerovac: Abstained
Kangas: Summerfield
Bennetts: Kossow
Winkowski: Summerfield
Kossow received a majority of the votes 5, and is appointed to the CMH Board as a primary consumer.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to pay the claims as presented and the pre-paids, along with one addition to claims for transcripts totaling $32.90,District Court and make them apart of minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Pezzetti informed the Board that the Commodity Supplemental Food Program was not included in President Bush’s 2006-07 budget. He suggested an e-mail be sent to the President asking him not to cut the CSFP. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send an e-mail to the President regarding the Board’s opposition of the planned cut of the CSFP.

A motion was made by Ramme to establish an ad hoc to study the creation of a County Executive position. The Chairman asked three times for support, hearing none the motion died for lack of support.

Norman Nass addressed the Board regarding the 75th Anniversary of the Ottawa National Forest, and the possibility of a new ranger station building being built in Watersmeet.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 8, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:10PM by Chairman Winkowski.
ROLL CALL

Present: (7) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Bennetts, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 22, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the recommendations from the 4pm Personnel and Negotiations committee meeting of today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Ottawa National Forest Ranger, Melanie Fullman updated the Board on issues that may impact the County, which included discussion on National Forest revenues for county schools through a program similar to the 25% PILT funds. She also discussed the timber sales currently on the Ottawa.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane Duray, Gogebic-Iron County Airport Manager

(RE: Resolution for Training Grants)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the Contracts.

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Heidelberg case)

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

Recommendations from the Personnel & Negotiations Committee 03/08/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to leave the retirement contribution of 3% of the first $4,200 and 5% thereafter as is for the Undersheriff position as per County Board resolution effective 1/26/06.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (7) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti,

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0)

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver, if an individual moves to the Undersheriff position from the GCSD their sick leave accrued as a deputy carries forward and then they would follow the Elected and Appointed Officials policy.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (7) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti,

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0)

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac, if an individual transfers from the GCSD to the Undersheriff position, vacation will credited based on years of service to the County, then to follow the Elected and Appointed Officials policy.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (7) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti,

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0)

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver, that the 1.5% retiree health contribution with no spouse remain in effect as the adopted policy (effective 1/1/05) for the Undersheriff position whomever is appointed and in accordance with the E&A policy.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (7) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti,

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0)

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to send a letter to the A.F.S.C.M.E. and WPPA unions advising that the re-opener previously requested by the Board per union contract in both cases be dropped at this time and that the Board looks forward to negotiations with both unions in 2007.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (4) Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver,

NO: (3) Erlenborn, Ramme, Winkowski

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ _____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

March 22, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 8, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: 1. Recommendation from the Economic Development and Capitol Improvements Committee meeting of 3pm today, 2. Recommendation from the Finance meeting of 4PM today and 3. grants for the Airport.

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 ------02/22/06

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee -----------03/08/06

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director

(RE: Revolving Loan Fund Request)

Merrill informed the Board that a Public Hearing had to be set for the $30,000 Revolving Loan Fund to bbPie Electronics of Wakefield. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous to set the Public Hearing for April 12th, 2006 at 5PM.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Congressman Bart Stupak

(RE: High Energy Prices.)

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

Agenda Additions:

Committee Recommendations:

Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee 03/22/06

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts to put the Senior Center Building up for sale and to seek office space for the MSU extension office and the veteran’s affairs office.

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (1) Erlenborn

Motion carried.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----03/22/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to transfer among the following expenditure line items to support the Human Services Coordinating Board for 2006 at $2,000.

101-900-718.00 Retirement to reduce expenditure by $2,000, from $304,938.00

101-901-965.30 HSCB to increase expenditure by $2,000, from $0.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Grand View Hospital Finance Authority

2 seats on Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Robert Davenport and Timothy Lynott to the Gogebic County Hospital Authority Board.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Mary Jendrusina, Clerk’s office, five year increment

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 5 year increment as requested.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Bennetts and to pay the claims and pre-paids as presented and to make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Winkowski welcomed and acknowledged about 40 current employees and union representatives of the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility to the meeting. The group was there to make the Board aware of their struggles at the facility and discuss morale and wage issues. The Chairman opened the floor for comment and approximately six people spoke on behalf of the group. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to invite MCF Administrator Robert Dunn to attend the next County Board meeting on April 12, 2006. Winkowski also let the employees know that it may be possible for the County to place a millage on the August ballot for the operations of the facility. County Corporate Counsel, Richard Adams was in attendance and spoke to the group on this matter. The question is; “Can the County levy such a millage?” Another point of concern is what affect would a dedicated millage have on the current funding received by the County from the State. Other discussion included the schedule of the meetings of the MCF Board. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to invite the three members of MCF Board to attend the April 12th meeting as well. Bennetts then thanked the employees for their dedicated work.

Bill McDonald addressed the Board regarding his payment for fire extinguisher services provided at the fairgrounds in May of 2005. McDonald has yet to receive payment for the work. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Ramme, supported by Erlenborn to send a letter to the Fair Board asking for payment to Mr. McDonald.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver Ramme

NO: (3) Gerovac, Kangas, Winkowski

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:50PM.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

March 22, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 8, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: 1. Recommendation from the Economic Development and Capitol Improvements Committee meeting of 3pm today, 2. Recommendation from the Finance meeting of 4PM today and 3. grants for the Airport.

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 ------02/22/06

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee -----------03/08/06

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director

(RE: Revolving Loan Fund Request)

Merrill informed the Board that a Public Hearing had to be set for the $30,000 Revolving Loan Fund to bbPie Electronics of Wakefield. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous to set the Public Hearing for April 12th, 2006 at 5PM.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Congressman Bart Stupak

(RE: High Energy Prices.)

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

Agenda Additions:

Committee Recommendations:

Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee 03/22/06

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts to put the Senior Center Building up for sale and to seek office space for the MSU extension office and the veteran’s affairs office.

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (1) Erlenborn

Motion carried.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----03/22/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to transfer among the following expenditure line items to support the Human Services Coordinating Board for 2006 at $2,000.

101-900-718.00 Retirement to reduce expenditure by $2,000, from $304,938.00

101-901-965.30 HSCB to increase expenditure by $2,000, from $0.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Grand View Hospital Finance Authority

2 seats on Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Robert Davenport and Timothy Lynott to the Gogebic County Hospital Authority Board.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Mary Jendrusina, Clerk’s office, five year increment

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 5 year increment as requested.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Bennetts and to pay the claims and pre-paids as presented and to make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Winkowski welcomed and acknowledged about 40 current employees and union representatives of the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility to the meeting. The group was there to make the Board aware of their struggles at the facility and discuss morale and wage issues. The Chairman opened the floor for comment and approximately six people spoke on behalf of the group. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to invite MCF Administrator Robert Dunn to attend the next County Board meeting on April 12, 2006. Winkowski also let the employees know that it may be possible for the County to place a millage on the August ballot for the operations of the facility. County Corporate Counsel, Richard Adams was in attendance and spoke to the group on this matter. The question is; “Can the County levy such a millage?” Another point of concern is what affect would a dedicated millage have on the current funding received by the County from the State. Other discussion included the schedule of the meetings of the MCF Board. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to invite the three members of MCF Board to attend the April 12th meeting as well. Bennetts then thanked the employees for their dedicated work.

Bill McDonald addressed the Board regarding his payment for fire extinguisher services provided at the fairgrounds in May of 2005. McDonald has yet to receive payment for the work. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Ramme, supported by Erlenborn to send a letter to the Fair Board asking for payment to Mr. McDonald.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver Ramme

NO: (3) Gerovac, Kangas, Winkowski

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:50PM.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 12, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(March 22nd, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

PUBLIC HEARING
REVOLVING LOAN FUND

bbPie Electronics

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

Pat Merrill, County EDC informed the Board all necessary paper work and publications have taken place as required by the State of Michigan. The Chairman asked for public comment and there was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Invitation letter(copy) to Robert Dunn to attend meeting.

2. Invitation letter(copy) to DHS Board to attend meeting.

3. Robert Dunn, Administrator of Medical Care Facility

(RE: Invitation to attend meeting)

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

4. Corporate Counsel, Richard Adams report on Medical Care Facility

Corporate Counsel Adams gave a report to the Board regarding the Medical Care Facility and the County Board. It is his opinion that the Board does have general oversight responsibility of the Facility. He also discussed his meetings a with member of the DHS Board and the union representative. He requested a meeting with Robert Dunn, who declined to meet. Adams suggested that the Board refer the matter to the County’s Health and Welfare Committee. This committee should then meet the DHS Board to discuss the current

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situation. Adams completed his five-page report and then answered questions from the Board. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a meeting of the DHS Board and the Health and Welfare Committee for April 20th. A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report from Mr. Adams and place it on file.

5. Gwen M. Pierce, Watersmeet Area Development Committee

(RE: five-year recreation plan)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the plan to Watersmeet Township.

6. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: small community air service development program grant)

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

7. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Snowmobile route change)

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the re-route of the snowmobile trail.

8. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, W.U.P. Substance Abuse Agency (RE: Public Act 2 funds release)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to release the Public Act 2 funds.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board that 37 summer youth slots are available to Gogebic County.

Commissioner Kangas asked if the PILT monies had been received yet? Treasurer Sue Pertile said to date we’ve not received the funds.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Approximately 45 employees of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility attended the meeting to once again express their concerns of the work environment at the facility. Five to six employees spoke to the Board about services once provided by Gogebic County businesses are now provided out of the County. The length of Robert Dunn’s contract as Administrator was also a topic of discussion. The Board once again thanked the employees for attending the meeting.

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April 12, 2006

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ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:47pm.

_____________________________ ___________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Ger
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 26, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 12, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: #6 in communications regarding outside counsel contact and in other matters, discussion on the grievance between the Gogebic County Deputies and the County Board.

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.---3/22/06

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------------3/22/06

3. Technology Committee -------------------------------4/03/06

4. Health and Welfare Committee------------------------4/10/06

5. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ------------4/11/06

6. Health and Welfare Committee------------------------4/18/06

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 1 through 6 and place them on file.

APPEARANCES:

1. Dave Hardie, County Equalization Director,

2006 Equalization Report

Mr. Hardie addressed the Board with the 2006 County Equalized Value report. The 2006 CEV is $601,663,237, and the increase Countywide is 6.44% from 2005. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Erlenborn to adopt the 2006 Equalization report as presented.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. John Cain, Ironwood resident

(RE: law enforcement in Gogebic County)

Mr. Cain addressed the Board about the law enforcement provided currently within the County and the need to look to the future about combining services for the benefit the residents of the County. After discussing his ideas for law enforcement, a motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee and to invite the City Manager of Ironwood and Public Safety Director Bob Erspamer to attend.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: credit cards for airport)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the request for two credit cards for the airport, one for the manager and one for the assistant manager, with limit set at $2,000.00

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: settlement report)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to approve the $500,000 loan to settle the 2005 Delinquent Taxes with the local municipalities. The total settlement is $1,395,112.46.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. George Beninghaus, Union President GCDSA

(RE: transfer of union benefits)

Lengthy discussion was held regarding the issue. Sheriff Sanders discussed again the past practice of union employees being able to carry their benefits with them when they were named Undersheriff.

George Beninghaus, Deputy Association Representative also spoke to the Board regarding the matter. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Gerovac to waive the 3-5% retirement contribution and the 1.5% retiree health contribution for a current Gogebic County deputy that would be named to the Undersheriff position.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (4) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Bennetts

NO: (4) Pezzetti, Peterson, Oliver Winkowski

Ramme voted Present.

Motion failed.

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4. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk

(RE: Notice of Millage renewals)

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Clerk Pelissero to update the Animal Control ballot language for renewal purposes for the August 8, 2006 primary election.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the ballot language for the Maintenance of Effort for the Medical care Facility to the Health and Welfare committee to discuss the millage language with the DHS Board.

5. Gogebic County Summer Youth slot allocation

(30 slots available)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to assign the 30 slots as follows:

Gogebic Community College 4 Ironwood Township 2

Copper Peak 5 County Sheriff 1

City of Wakefield 5 Ironwood Schools 3

Bessemer Schools 2 Watersmeet School 3

City of Ironwood 4 Ironwood Chamber 1

ROLL CALL:

YES: (8) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Bennetts

Pezzetti, Peterson, Oliver Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Ramme voted Present.

Motion carried.

6. Outside Counsel Contact

Discussion followed regarding Commissioners contacting outside counsel without authorization from the Chairman or the Board membership. Ramme brought up the grievance between the County Board and Deputy Association and the fact that this matter is still pending. He felt that despite no movement on the matter the Board should resolve the grievance once and for all. Chairman Winkowski suggested prohibiting County Board members from contacting outside counsel and incurring bills without prior approval. Further discussion followed and then a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that the only individuals authorized to contact outside counsel on behalf of the County Board are the Chairman of Personnel & Negotiations/Committee of the Whole, the County Administrator and the Chairman of the County Board.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. County of Lenawee

(RE: motorcycle awareness month)

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

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Discussion of grievance between Gogebic County and Deputy Association

The matter was discussed in length during communication #6. Ramme just mentioned he was disappointed with the discussion that was held.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to amend the emergency management services budget by $22,000 in both revenues and expenditures as part of Homeland security Interoperable Communication grant.

Revenues
101-000-505.00 State Grant increased by $22,000.00

Expenditures
101-426-750.00 supplies increased by $22,000.00

ROLL CALL:

YES: (8) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Bennetts

Pezzetti, Peterson, Oliver Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Ramme voted Present.

Motion carried.

Emergency Services Manager Jim Loeper advised the Board that the USDA Grant for squad cars is moving forward. A public hearing must be set and the grant application needs the chairman’s signature. The total amount available is $37,000 to Gogebic County for squad cars. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the public hearing for May 10, 2006 at 5pm during the regular Board meeting. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the grant application.

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PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Bob Raisanen, Marenisco Township Supervisor, felt that a deputy being promoted to Undersheriff from within the department should receive the same benefits as he is currently receiving. He suggested that some type of language could be drawn up to address the situation and would not create future problems for the County.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:08pm.

____________________________ __________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

May 10, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 26, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented, and in other matters (1) Airport funding; (2) payment of bill from jail to Big Dollar; (3) Firefighters; (4) Undersheriff position.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Commissioner Requests:

Scott Erlenborn gave a presentation on the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center. Citizens of Ironwood passed a millage to raise $72,500, which is basically paying off past debt. Scott Stephens is the new chairman and is proposing some non-ice recreational uses of facility. The Business plan for an additional five sports includes: indoor soccer, golf, batting cages, indoor archery and in-line hockey. Discussion continued on management/maintenance costs and funding. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts, to support the efforts and check on any additional funding or grants that may be available through WUPPDR.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Local Resource Conversation and Development Committee originally appointed 7/14/04

Discussion on grant money –letter to be sent to MI DNR from the Board. Cannot get grant money until list of mine shafts in Gogebic County is down. Committee members presently are Dick Bolen, Dave Ramme, Dave Anderson and Brian Aho.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti, to appoint Bill Perkis to the Local Resource Conservation and Development Committee, and carried by unanimous vote. (Perkis to replace Aho)

Ramme addressed the Gogebic Medical Care workers that were present (approximately 20-25 workers) and discussion followed. The Treasurer explained the county takes in .4648 mills which is paid

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out to the State and the County cannot collect any more from the taxpayers than is paid out. The Medical Care workers were advised they need to be put on the agenda if requesting a bigger room for the county board meeting. The next monthly meeting of Health & Welfare is May 22, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at DHS Office in Bessemer, and the board members appointed to that committee will be present.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY
1. Sue Kivi, One-year increment Register of Deeds

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac, to grant Sue Kivi her one-year increment, and carried by unanimous vote.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Gratiot County Board of Commissioners

A motion was made by Pezzetti to adopt a similar resolution and send it to Mr. Prusi, Mr. Brown and the Governor’s office indicating that we would like to see a change, as right now the Clerk is unable to charge for a filing fee, realizing there are people who cannot pay, and charge a $25.00 filing fee to remain with the local County Clerk’s office where filed, supported by Oliver, and carried by unanimous vote.

OTHER MATTERS:

1. Gogebic Co. Airport Funding (Central Air Service)

President’s proposal for 2007 is to cut essential air service from $127,000,000 to $50,000,000. Discussion followed.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver, to support airport and work on legislators.

2. Payment of bill from Big Dollar for Sheriff’s Dept. which

Will be paid from General Fund in the amount of $688.13.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac, to pay the bill from Big Dollar in the amount of $688.13, and carried by unanimous vote.

3. Letter from Mr. Ken Jacobson, Secretary/Treasurer of Gogebic County Firefighters Training Council

The Firefighters have no problem with Mr. Loper and support him 100%. June 21, 2006 will be their next meeting.

4. Undersheriff Position - Motion failed previously and Pezzetti stated according to Roberts’ Rules Of Order in a case where a motion fails to pass for lack of 2/3 vote a

reconsideration must be moved by one who voted against the

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motion. We need someone who voted against the motion to bring it on the floor.

5. Forestry Office presentation – temporary closure of Forestry Road 7300 which will allow us to do l/2 mile of road reconstruction and install culverts. Construction activities will take place from May 15, to June 2, 2006.

Releasing forest plan this week.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver, to hold a workshop presentation beginning at 3:30 on May 24, 2006.

6. Jim Loeper advised that the Public Hearing for USDA must be

Advertised.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Michael Yon added his support for the Sheriff’s Dept. and Undersheriff position. Some discussion followed.

Discussion followed concerning rules for the meetings and addendum with a motion made by Bennetts, supported by Oliver, that a Commissioner must vote, unless conflict of interest, and not able to abstain, and carried by unanimous vote.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

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Keith Winkowski, Chairman CHERYL RUPPE, Deputy Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting
May 24, 2006
County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Winkowski.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (8) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Bennetts

PUBLIC HEARING
on
USDA GRANT FOR

Radio Equipment and Gogebic County Sheriff Vehicles

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

Grant writer Mike Bluse discussed the grant with the Board. The grant funds will allow the County to purchase two sheriff vehicles and radio equipment for the County fire departments. The original grant was a 25-75% and Bluse was notified the grant will be 34.6% if followed correctly.

Chairman Winkowski asked for public comment, there was none. The public hearing will remain open until after the communications on the agenda.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(May 10, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented and to add a verbal report on the Health & Welfare Committee from Monday May 22nd to the summary reports.

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 ------- 04/26/06

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. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee ------- 05/01/06

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

3. Economic Development and Capital Improvements --- 05/10/06

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

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Agenda Addition:

4. Health and Welfare Committee meeting held May 22, 2006.

Commissioner Oliver gave a brief overview of the meeting of DHS Board. Our committee members weren’t allowed any public comment at the meeting, and have decided to meet with Corporate Counsel to discuss the May 22nd meeting with Mr. Adams. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Bob Browne, Lake Superior Binational Forum

(RE: Lake Superior Day)

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution declaring July 16th, 2006 Lake Superior Day.

2. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics contract grants and resolutions for runway crack sealing)

A motion was made Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contracts and to adopt the resolution.

3. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Undersheriff position)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to fill the position in the sheriff department created by the appointment of Robert Halvorson to Undersheriff.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Staffing)

A motion Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee.

5. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: actuarial report for Retiree Health Care Plan)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Erlenborn to seek bids for the study, after discussion Erlenborn withdrew his support and Ramme his motion. Further discussion followed and a motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Oliver and carried to table the matter until Treasurer Pertile can answer some questions.

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6. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Addendum to Retiree Health Care Plan)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Oliver to table the matter until Treasurer Pertile can answer some questions.

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti

NO: (4) Peterson, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Motion failed.

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Oliver and carried by 7 yea – 1 nay voice vote to table the matter for further information.

7. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk/Register

(RE: Animal Control millage language)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to approve of the animal control millage language and to place it on the August 8th, 2006 Primary Ballot as a county-wide proposal.

GOGEBIC COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM MILLAGE PROPOSITION:
PROPOSITION TO AGAIN LEVY TWO-TENTHS (0.2) OF ONE MILL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2006-2009, INCLUSIVE:

Shall the previous voted limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be again increased two-tenths (0.2 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of four years, 2006-2009 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Animal Control Program and shall the County of Gogebic levy such increase in millage for such purposes during such period, which increases will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $81,443?(This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 1998-2005.)

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Ramme asked if Commissioner Erlenborn, as a HOPE animal shelter board member could discuss the privatization of the Shelter with HOPE board. Erlenborn said he would refer the matter.

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

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Kangas to approve and accept the USDA Grant for Equipment and Sheriff Department vehicles.

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Several employees of the Medical Care Facility were in attendance to once again comment of the DHS Board and Administrator Bob Dunn. Just prior to the meeting, the Board received a communication from Mr. Dunn requesting information and resolutions on the next County Board Agenda. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Erlenborn and carried to forward the information to Corporate Counsel Adams and to invite him to attend the June 14, 2006 meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:40pm.

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Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

June 14, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Erlenborn

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES( May 24, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda with following additions and changes:

Communications #6. Heritage Trail sign presentation, #7. Sheriff Vehicle purchase, #8. Opposition to HB 5976. The resolution for Grand View Hospital will be moved up to immediately after the close of the Public Hearing.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Public Hearing
to consider approval issuance of Hospital Revenue Bonds

by the Gogebic County Hospital Finance Authority

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

Chairman Winkowski asked for public comment. There was none. He then asked GVHS CEO David Hartberg for a brief presentation on the project. Hartberg discussed the expansion project for the GVHS and then answered a few questions from the Board.

There was no public comment after the presentation by Hartberg.

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Grand View Hospital Finance Authority

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas, to adopt the resolution approving the issuance of bonds by the Gogebic County Hospital Finance Authority.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPEARANCES:

1. Ramona Brown, AFSCME Chairperson, Medical Care Facility

Mrs. Brown was in an accident and wasn’t able to attend the meeting, in her place Peggy Libertoski read a prepared statement regarding the Facility, the DHS Board and the County Board.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the DHS Board making the Gogebic County Courthouse available for their board meetings and to reconsider times for such meetings to serve the employees and public participation.

COMMISSIONER AGENDA REQUEST

Commissioner Dave Ramme

A motion was made by Ramme supported by Oliver, to ask that Julie Ahnen attend the June 28th, 2006 regular meeting and under oath answer questions regarding the Medical Care Facility and the appointment on the DHS Board and that Dominic Rubatt attend the July 12th, 2006 regular meeting and under oath answer questions regarding the Medical Care Facility and the appointment on the DHS Board.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Ramme to request via FOIA information from the Medical Care Facility Administrator for the Health and Welfare Committee. Ramme will inform the Board of the estimated cost.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Robert Dunn, Gogebic Medical Care Facility Administrator

(RE: County earnings on investment accounts and Excess

M.O.E.)

County Treasurer informed the Board that Mr. Dunn’s request for the interest and the excess MOE should be denied based on a letter she received from John Axe, an attorney from the Lower Peninsula.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the Mr. Dunn’s letter.

2. Kim Stoker, Planning Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Community Economic Development Strategy & Projects)

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

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3. Carolynne Carlson, Executive Director, GO-CAA

(RE: CDBG Grant Contract # MSC-2005-073-HOA)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the administrative agreement.

4. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

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

5. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: 2005 Annual Gogebic County Employees Retirement System)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 2005 Annual Report.

Agenda Additions:

6. Dick Bolen informed the Board that the Western U.P. Heritage Trail Network provided the County with a sign to acknowledge the County Courthouse Building as one of stops on the Heritage Trail.

7. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Sheriff patrol cars)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson, to advertise for a new sheriff patrol car. If the USDA grant for the patrols cars is approved funds from the grant can be applied to a vehicle purchased prior to the grant approval.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Opposition to House Bill 5976.

Commissioner Kangas informed the Board of legislation that has been introduced that would prevent County Fairs from renting out storage space and competing with the private sector. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of opposition to our Legislators in Lansing.

TABLED MATTERS from May 24, 2006
1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: retiree health care plan actuarial study)

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

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to authorize the firm of Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company to perform the Actuarial Study with funds coming from the General Fund.

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Addendum to Retiree Health Care plan)

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

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to add the addendum to the Retiree Health Care Benefit Plan.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Oceana County

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

OTHER MATTERS
Jim Loeper informed the Board through Senator Stabenow office he was able to receive a Homeland Security grant for $17,000, which will be used to purchase a Jaws of Life for Ironwood Township, the City of Wakefield also received funds to purchase their own Jaws of Life.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

June 28, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Winkowski. After the pledge of allegiance a moment of silence was observed in honor of Ken Drier, Wakefield Township Supervisor, MTA liaison to the County Board. Drier passed away Friday June 23rd.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 14, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: 1. Community Corrections budget, 2. UPCAP resolution, 3. Patrol cars bids, 4. release of Friend of the Court 2006 Appropriation, and two budget amendments for the Sheriff Department 2006 budget.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Health and Welfare Committee---------------5/22/06

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

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----5/24/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts to authorize the County Treasurer to request a credit card with a limit of $2,000.00 for Undersheriff Robert Halvorson.

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----6/14/06

4. Health and Welfare Committee---------------6/20/06

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

APPEARANCES:

1. DHS County Board Appointee Julie Ahnen

DHS County Board appointee, Julie Ahnen appeared before the Board to

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answer questions regarding the Medical Care Facility. Also appearing were Georgia Webber, Director of Nursing and Attorney Dennis Cossi, legal counsel.

Ahnen answered about 15 questions from the Board, ranging from the DHS Board negotiating team with the unions at the facility, contracts issues, the leadership of Administrator Robert Dunn, the cost of legal fees, grievance procedures, open meetings and schedule time of meeting. Ms. Ahnen appeared before the Board for 50 minutes.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: 3rd Quarter Appropriation)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 3rd Quarter appropriation to the Airport.

2. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: Two Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics grants, resolution

for snow removal equipment and two copies of terms and

conditions of accepting Airport Improvement grants for signature)

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the grant application, adopt the resolution and authorize the chairman’s signature on the contracts.

Agenda Additions:

3. Commissioner Pezzetti discussed the 2006-07 Community Corrections budget, which will be $342,850.00. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas, to adopt the budget as presented by Pezzetti.

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

UPCAP Resolution

(RE: U.P. Area Agency on Aging’s FY 2007-2009 Multi-year plan.)

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

Sheriff Patrol car bids.

Sheriff Sanders presented the bids to the Board, there were three bids received, one from Ramme Collision Center, Bessemer Auto and Big Valley Ford. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to purchase the used vehicle from Ramme’s Collision Center for $16,500.00

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (6) Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (1) Bennetts

Abstain: (1) Ramme. Motion carried.

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Friend of the Court Appropriation

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to release the 2006 appropriation to the FOC, the amount is $21,250.00

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to amend the

Sheriff department’s budget by $30,000 for contractual services 101-301-805.02 and increase revenue by $30,000, 101-000-665.00 Interest.

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn to amend the Sheriff department’s budget by $9,500 for part time 101-301-703.00 and reduce the retirement budget by $9,500, 101-900-718.00.

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Forestry and Parks Commission (advertised by Commission, applications sent to County Clerk.)

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Bob Schonberg to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver 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 Bennetts, supported by Oliver to approve the claims as presented along the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

ROLL CALL:

Yes: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti.

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Amy Sordahl and Peggy Libertoski, employees of the Medical Care Facility spoke about the appearance by Julie Ahnen.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 6:14pm.

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Keith Winkowski, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

July 12, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Gerovac, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 28, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition; #6 Communication from the Fair Board

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Dean Beaudoin, of Joki, Makela and Pollack CPA’s

2005 Audit Report

Mr. Beaudoin presented the 2005 Gogebic County Audit report to the Board. He presented an outline of the audit report, which, is over 100 pages long. The audit included a clean opinion once again this year. The total fund balance is at $361,902.00, $313,156.00 is the unreserved and $48,746 is reserved for Maintenance of Effort. There were no instances of noncompliance material to the financial statements of Gogebic County disclosed during the audit. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the 2005 Gogebic County Audit report.

2. DHS County Board Appointee Dominic Rubatt

Mr. Dominic Rubatt County DHS Board appointee appeared before the Board to answer questions regarding the Medical Care Facility. Rubatt answered questions about the facility, the administrator, the grievance process, utilizing the Prosecutor as legal counsel and as a negotiator. Other topics included the employee/employer work relationship and work atmosphere. The question and answer period lasted about 15 minutes.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: House Bill 5924 and PPO legislation)

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

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2. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: House Bill 5976)

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

3. Jack Kann, Manager County Jail Services Unit

(RE: Final Jail Inspection)

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

4. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: PPO Fees)

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

5. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: House Bill 5976)

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

6. Stephen Thomas, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair

(RE: Cash Advance for 2006 Fair)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Erlenborn to approve of the $65,000 cash advance for the Fair, which, will be paid back by Fair proceeds immediately after the 2006 Fair.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Undersheriff Bob Halvorson addressed the Board regarding the staffing at the Sheriff Department. Discussion followed regarding part-time employees and the union contract. Halvorson invited the Board to meet with him to discuss the matter. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee and invite a member of the Union to attend the meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Bob Murphy, AFCME union representative of the Medical Care Facility spoke about the earlier Q&A with Mr. Rubatt.

ADJOURNMENT

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

____________________________ _____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

July 26, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Erlenborn

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(July 12, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver 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 and Auditing Committee-----06/28/06

2. Economic Development and Capital Improvements-07/12/06

3. Health & Welfare Committee--------------------07/17/06

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one through three.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kari Beattie, Deputy Director, Office of the Governor

(RE: Board’s opposition letter to HB 5976)

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

2. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: PPO legislation)

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

3. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: Board’s opposition to HB 5924)

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

4. Pat Merrill, Gogebic County EDC Director

(RE: Public Hearing request date and time)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a public hearing for August 9th, 2006 5pm, for the Revolving Loan Fund Disbursement Plan.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas commented on the 2005 Audit report from the previous meeting and was pleased the Fund Balance grew. Commissioner Oliver also commented on the report, and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to send a letter of thanks to the department heads for their efforts during 2005 to stay within budget and help grow the Fund Balance.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest gave an update on their projects.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Peggy Libertoski asked a few questions regarding the Medical Care Facility and the Health and Welfare Committee meeting held on Monday July 24, 2006.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:20pm.

_____________________________ _____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

August 9, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Erlenborn, Oliver

PUBLIC HEARING
GOGEBIC COUNTY REVOLVING LOAN FUND DISBURSEMENT PLAN
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing.

Pat Merrill of the Gogebic County EDC, gave an update of the revolving loan fund, and the reason disbursements. He answered questions from the Board. Chairman Winkowski asked for public comment, there was none. The hearing would stay open during the regular meeting in case some one is running late.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 26, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Gogebic County Jail Expansion and Renovation Committee

Jim Loeper, jail committee chairman, presented to the Board plans for a 46-bed jail expansion and renovation project. The project would be funded by a four year sinking millage, 2 mills the first year, 1.75 the second, 1.5 in the third and 1.25 in the fourth year.

Millage language will be drafted for the August 23, 2006 meeting. Ken Wendt of the Jail committee discussed the funding and reasons for the sinking millage and if placed on the Ballot in November and passed by the voters the millage could be levied in December. The committee took questions from the Board. No action was taken after the 15-minute presentation.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce

(RE: Chamber meeting)

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

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2. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Memorandum of Agreement for real estate rights)

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

3. Kim Stoker, WUPPDR, Planning director

(RE: Annual CEDS Report)

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

4. Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: International Paper easement intent)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Michigan Association of Counties

(opposition to K-16 Spending mandate)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by a six yeas and one nay vote to adopt a similar resolution.

The Chairman once again asked for public comment on the Revolving Loan Fund Disbursement plan, again no one spoke up.

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

OTHER MATTERS
There were no other matters.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:27pm.

_______________________________ ____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

September 13, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Erlenborn, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(August 23, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along the following additions: #4 Communications; Airport TSA/Sheriff Department coverage; #5 Motion from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee of 3:30pm today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: K-16 Spending Mandate Ballot initiative)

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

2. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: Two contracts from Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics,

for an extension of the marketing grant, and a resolution.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the chairman’s signature on the contracts and to adopt the resolution.

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Red Pine Plantation Thinning Project)

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

Agenda Addition:

4. Airport TSA/Sheriff Department Coverage.

Commissioner Kangas informed the Board that TSA is now requiring the Sheriff Department to provide un-funded mandated security coverage at the airport for all outgoing flights, two per day, at the Gogebic County Airport. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to U.S. Senators and Representatives seeking funding for this coverage.

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5. Personnel and Negotiations Committee Recommendations –09/13/06

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to re-establish the Mine Inspector position for the County.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts to set the compensation for the Mine Inspector as follows: $100 per year, $40.00 per inspection and paid mileage according to the adopted County mileage reimbursement.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the mine inspector candidates according to PA 163 of 1911.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Larry Sanders informed the Board of the approval of the grant for a squad car. He would like to seek bids as soon as possible. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to seek bids for the squad car, both new and used.

9-1-1 Director Jim Loeper informed the Board that the 9-1-1 committee paid and had installed a new generator at the Jail. He would like to put the old one up for bids with the proceeds from the sale of the old one going to the 9-1-1 committee.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Loeper to seek bids and the proceeds from that sale will go to the 9-1-1 committee.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger of the Ottawa National Forest updated the Board on the camping season and some timber sales.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:13pm.

______________________________ ____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

September 27, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Winkowski.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 13, 2006 regular meeting.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented along with three additions to Communications: #5. Dog tag license sale fee provided by area veterinarians; #6. Snow Plow bids for Courthouse; #7. Watersmeet Township Assessor vacancy. Two additions to Other Matters by Erlenborn and Winkowski.

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--------08/23/06

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee ----------09/13/06

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Retirement of Deputy Frank Kichak)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to post the position if possible as both a certified road officer/corrections officer.

2. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

(RE: Gogebic County Transit Agency named one of the top 11 transit systems in the United States.)

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

3. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: 4th Quarter Appropriation)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts to release the fourth quarter appropriation to the Airport as requested.

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Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Jim Loeper, Emergency Management Coordinator

(RE: 9-1-1 Contract with MSP Negaunee Regional)

The Board discussed the contract with 9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper and after the discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to authorize the Chairman of the 9-1-1 committee and Board Chairman Winkowski to sign the contract.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (1) Ramme

Motion carried.

Agenda Additions:

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee recommendation

regarding dog tag licenses provided by area vets.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to remove the vets from their obligation of selling dog tag licenses for the County as of 10/1/2006.

6. Snow Plow Bids.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for snowplowing bids for the Courthouse parking lot for two years 2006-07 and 2007-08.

7. Watersmeet Township Assessor vacancy.

Equalization Director Dave Hardie informed the Board that Watersmeet Township has been looking for an assessor to fill a vacancy created by retirement. The township has been unable to fill the spot and according to Hardie the County Equalization department or the State of Michigan must provide the assessing duties. Hardie met with Watersmeet Township and will propose an arraignment to do the new construction assessing for them if he receives the Board’s authorization to do so. The agreement includes Watersmeet Township paying the County $1,500 per month for the last quarter of 2006 and Hardie being reimbursed by County for his mileage only. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn, to authorize Hardie to provide the assessing duties for Watersmeet Township’s new construction sites, with the Township paying $1,500.00 per month for October, November and December 2006, and the County reimbursing Hardie for his mileage.

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Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY
1. Patti Ceccon, six-month increment, Friend of the Court

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the six-month increment.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Truth in Taxation

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Peterson to set the Truth In Taxation public hearing for October 25, 2006 at 5PM.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Ramme to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes. The claim for Bette Fulton submitted by the sheriff department for $2,887.07 was removed from the claims. It was sent in error by the Grand View Hospital.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Erlenborn suggested experimental fishing regulations on Lake Gogebic. Discussion followed, and a motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Gerovac to authorize Clerk Pelissero to draft a resolution on the experimental fishing regulations for Lake Gogebic and present it to the Board at the next meeting.

Chairman Winkowski read a letter from U.S. Senator Carl Levin congratulating Gogebic County for receiving a USDA grant for patrol cars.

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Sheriff Sanders then discussed the grant with the Board and informed

them, that after advertising for a patrol car he received one bid for a new squad car. The advertisement included bids for used vehicles as well, but he only received the one bid for a new vehicle from Bessemer Auto the cost is $22,350.00. Sanders will use the remaining funds in his vehicle line item and funds from the drug fund to pay for the vehicle, along with reimbursement from the USDA grant. A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas to authorize the sheriff to purchase the vehicle from Bessemer Auto for $22,350.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger of Ottawa National Forest, informed the Board of a lost camper in the Sylvania area on Monday, which required the help of the Gogebic County Search and Rescue Team. The person was found ok and Fullman wanted to thank all the members of the Search and Rescue Team and all agencies involved in the search. She also notified the Board that preparations for the snowmobile season have started with trail maintenance.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:40pm.

_____________________________ ____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

October 11, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 27, 2006 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions under communications: 2. Snow Plow bid award, 3. Blacktop handicap ramp bid award, 4. Budget workshop meeting, 5. Jail manpower discussion.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard Bolen, Program Administrator, Remonumentation Program

(RE: budget amendment)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to amend the State Survey and Remonumentation budget by $41,396 for each the revenue and expenditures line items as follows:

Revenue increased by $41,396, State Grant Survey 101-000-575.00

Expenditures increased as follows:

Supplies 101-245 750.00, increased by $582.00

Contractual Services 101-245-805.02, increased by $31,814.00

Equipment 101-245-977.00, (new line item) $9,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Snow Plow bid award for winters of 2006-07 2007-08.

Based on the recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to award the snowplow bid to JE Tauer at a rate of $40 per hour for a pickup truck and $62.50 for front-end loader.

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

3. Blacktop handicap ramp entrance at the Courthouse

Based on the recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bennetts to award the blacktop bid to Angelo Luppino Inc., for $2,974.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

ABSTAIN: (1) Oliver

Motion carried

4. Finance Chairman Pezzetti discussed setting the first 2007

Budget workshop. The Board set the date as October 18th at 6PM.

5. Jail Manpower discussion.

Kangas discussed getting a call recently about a manpower problem at the jail when only one desk person and only one road patrol were on duty. Lengthy discussion followed regarding scheduling, staffing and overtime and how part time employees could help. Undersheriff Bob Halverson was in attendance and fielded many questions from the Board. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to send a letter to the Union President of Deputy Association and ask for a contract re-opener to discuss Part-time Employees.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

Halvorson informed the Board that the Airport is adding additional flights, the Department will have trouble providing the TSA mandated coverage for these the outgoing flights. A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Erlenborn to send a letter to the Wakefield Post of the Michigan State Police asking for their help in providing security to at the Airport.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

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A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the Iron County Board of Commissioners asking the Iron County Sheriff Department to provide assistance to the Airport due to the additional flights.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Gogebic County Board

(RE: Lake Gogebic experimental fishing regulations)

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as provided.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero notified the Board that he received two applicants for the mine inspector position, which will be an appointed position in 2007 budget.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 25, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Winkowski

Absent: (3) Peterson, Oliver, Ramme

GOGEBIC COUNTY TRUTH IN TAXATION
Public Hearing

WHEREAS, the millage for Gogebic County for 2006 is 8.1001 mills, which includes the extra voted millage of .4648 mill for the operation of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility and .3255 mills for the operation of the Gogebic County Public Transit Program, .5859 for the Senior Citizens Program and .2000 mills for Animal Control.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to levy its full millage of 8.1001 mills.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will have a public hearing on October 25, 2006 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 .3810 mills.

Chairman Winkowski opened the public hearing for the 2006 Truth in Taxation public hearing. He then asked for public comment, there was none. County Equalization Director Dave Hardie discussed the 2006 Gogebic County millage rate. The Chairman again asked for public comment there was none, the Board then moved to their regular agenda.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 11, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition regarding retiree health insurance reimbursement.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -------09/27/06

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

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2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -------10/18/06

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti to decrease the asking price of the Gogebic County Senior Center building, which is currently set at $79,000 to $67,000.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, EDC Director

Mr. Merrill updated the Board on the County wide comprehensive plan, and gave an update of the Wal-Mart project and other projects for 2007. He feels 2007 could be a real good year for big and small projects for the County.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director MAC

(RE: K-16 Spending Mandate resolution)

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

2. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Duck Lake Timber Salvage Project)

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

3. Sue Pertile, Retirement Director

(RE: retirement ordinance)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to remove of Section 2(b) under retirement allowance page 14 of the retirement ordinance.

4. State Representative Rich Brown

(RE: Lake Gogebic Resolution)

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

Agenda Addition:

5. Retiree Health insurance line item transfer

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to transfer 7 months of health insurance premiums for retiree Gary Erickson from Employee Health Insurance 101-900-716.00 to Retiree Health Insurance 101-900-916.00. The 916.00 line item has been paying for Erickson’s health insurance and it was budgeted for 12 months out of 716.00.

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BUDGET AMENDMENT
1. Probate Judge salary and FICA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bennetts to amend the budget as presented.

Revenue
State Grant Probate Judge Salary 101-000-541.00

increased by $7,694.98

Expenditure
FICA 101-900-715.00

Increased by $7,694.98

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Hillsdale County Board of Commissioners

(RE: Opposition to HB 6391)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution and forward the resolution to Governor Granholm and our State Legislators.

2. National Alzheimer’s Disease Association

(RE: November National Alzheimer’s Disease Month)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to declare November as Alzheimer’s Disease Month.

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

ADOPTION OF 2006 GOGEBIC COUNTY MILLAGE RATE
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2006 Gogebic County Millage Rate at 8.1001 mills.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2006 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPORTIONMENT REPORT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Erlenborn to adopt the 2006 Gogebic County Apportionment Report.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

October 25, 2006

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

OTHER MATTERS
Pezzetti reminded the Board of the scheduled budget workshop set for Thursday October 26th, at 6pm.

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board that grants are available again for sheriff patrol vehicles. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the sheriff to proceed with the application process.

Ottawa National Forest Bessemer District Ranger, Melanie Fullman informed the Board of the fire protection workshops held recently at Bessemer Schools.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30PM.

____________________________ ____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 8, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Erlenborn, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 25, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda with one addition; #4 Dave Hardie, Equalization Director, re: 2006 County Apportionment report amendment.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Norman E Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Final Environmental Assessment of the Three Corners Vegetation Management Project.)

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. Bruce Edyvean, Manager County Road Commission

(RE: Road Commission Appointment)

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for applicants in the Daily Globe and the applications are due by November 30th, 2006.

3. Deb Fabbri, Friend of the Court

(RE: staffing update)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the hiring of Part-time help in Friend of the Court office as discussed in the letter from Deb Fabbri.

4. Dave Hardie, County Equalization Director

(RE: amendment to the 2006 County Apportionment report.)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to amend the 2006 Gogebic County Apportionment Report to reflect the passing of the Medical Care Facility Building and Site Millage at the November 7th, 2006 General Election. The extra voted millage is 0.4000 mill.

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Regular Meeting

November 8, 2006
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Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti,

Oliver, Ramme, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Tom Hickson, MAC Board of Directors

(three resolutions for consideration)

A motion was made by Ramme, supported by Oliver and carried by a six yea and one nay vote to send a letter of support for the three resolutions as recommended by MAC.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Joyce Price, Extension office, 10-year longevity

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

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas thanked the voters of Gogebic County for supporting and passing the Medical Care Facility Millages on Election Day.

Commissioner Pezzetti reminded the Board of a budget workshop scheduled for 5:30 tonight.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Ramona Brown, an employee from the Medical Care Facility thanked the Board for their help this year and she informed the Board that a new contract might be signed on November 20th.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:10pm.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 22, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Vice-Chairman Ramme.
ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme

Absent: (1) Winkowski

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 8th, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along three additions to communications: #10. Road Commission appointment, #11. Commissioner benefits, #12. Letter to Bessemer Speedgirls.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Dev. & Capital Improvements Committee-—10/11/06

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------10/25/06

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------10/26/06

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee –-------11/08/06

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, MAC Executive Director

(RE: House Bill 6391)

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

2. Kelley D Smith, Chief Fisheries Division MDNR

(RE: Lake Gogebic Resolution)

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

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger Ottawa National Forest

(RE: final decision memo for Buck Lake Snowmobile Trail-

filed in Clerk’s Office)

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

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Regular Meeting

November 22, 2006

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4. Lisa Klaus -Ottawa National Forest News Release

(RE: Open House)

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

5. Ross Solberg –GCDSA President

(RE: Request for Re-opening Contract)

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

6. James Trudgeon, City of Bessemer

(RE: Proposed Amendments to the Development and Tax

Increment Financing Plan of City of Bessemer DDA)

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

7. Norman, Nass, District Ranger Ottawa National Forest

(RE: final decision memo for Pumpkinseed Red Pine Plantation Thinning Project – filed in Clerk’s Office)

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

8. Laurence Ziomkowski,MCAC Board President

(RE: DSH payments based on ICA’s for fiscal year 2006)

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

9. Laurence Ziomkowski, MCAC Board President

(RE: Western UP Health Care Access Coalition-fy 2007)

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

Agenda Additions:

10. Road Commission Appointment for term beginning 1/1/2007.

Kangas informed the Board that he contacted the Michigan Association of Counties regarding the appointment to be made. MAC advised him that the new board, which term begins 1/1/2007 should make the appointment, because a majority of the Board will be new.

11. Commissioner Benefits

A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Kangas, to eliminate commissioner health insurance benefits and to increase the base salary of the commissioners by $100.00, to increase the chairman of finance by $125.00 and to increase the Chairman of the Board by $150.00 per month, and to send a letter to the Road Commission Board asking them to eliminate the same benefits for their Board.

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Regular Meeting

November 22, 2006

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Oliver

NO: (2) Pezzetti, Ramme

Motion carried.

12. Letter to Bessemer Speedgirls

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Erlenborn and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of congratulations to the Bessemer Speedgirls for advancing to the State Quarterfinal basketball game and to wish them good luck in Marquette on Tuesday November 28, 2006.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Oceana County Board of Commissioners

(RE: Resolution In Support of Stronger Enforcement of

Michigan’s Casino Gaming Compacts)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by a seven yea – one nay vote to a letter of support to Oceana County for the resolution presented.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver, Ramme

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Peterson brought up the Undersheriff position and a motion from earlier in the year regarding the carry over benefits from the union into an elected-appointed position. Lengthy discussion was held and then a motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bennetts, that the Undersheriff position not pay for the 3-5% Retirement, the 1.5% for retirement health, that spousal retirement health would continue as previously received as a part of the union benefits.

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Regular Meeting

November 22, 2006

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Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Ramme

NO: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Erlenborn, that the Undersheriff will no longer pay retirement, retiree health, which includes spousal retiree health effective 1/1/2007.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

MTA liaison Robert Raisanen was in attendance and he discussed the support of the Lac Vieux Dessert tribe and their use of the 2% gaming compacts. A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Peterson to send a letter of thanks to the LVD Tribe thanking them for supporting County projects with the 2% monies.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver,

Peterson, Pezzetti, Ramme

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

ADJOURNMENT

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

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David Ramme, Vice-Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

December 13, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Ramme, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Erlenborn, Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 22, 2006 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: Communication #10. Pension/Retirement issue, #11. Telephone Service bill and #12. Iron County Wisconsin Inmate housing rate increase.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Supplement to Camp 7 Vegetation Management Project)

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

2. Frank Kuchevar, Watersmeet Township Supervisor

(RE: Agreement for Assessor Services)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman and County Clerk to sign the agreement.

3. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood sewer system improvements)

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

4. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood water system improvements)

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

5. Richard Armstrong, Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce)

(RE: Lake Gogebic fishing resolution)

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

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December 13, 2006

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6. Bruce Edyvean, Manager, Road Commission

(RE: Health Insurance)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by a six yea - one nay vote to contact corporate counsel and MAC for an opinion on the continuance of health insurance for the Road Commission Board members in 2007, considering the County Board of Commissioners eliminated their coverage effective 1/1/2007.

7. Western U.P. District Health Department

(RE: tobacco tax funds release)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to release the tobacco tax funds to the Western U.P. Health Department.

ROLL CALL

Yes: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Ramme, Winkowski

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. James Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, Economic Development, Planning and Industrial Development)

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

9. Joanne E. Pihlaja, Gogebic County Extension Director

(RE: resignation of Terttu Anderson)

A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Ramme and carried by unanimous voice vote to post the half-time position.

Agenda Additions:

10. Pension/Retirement issue

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Ramme to conduct an actuarial analysis for a cost of living adjustment for current Gogebic County general fund retirees with a one time 5% increase, under PA 728, 2002 MCLA 38.40 (Act 728) requires the body granting such a benefit increase to commission a supplemental actuarial analysis to determine the cost.

ROLL CALL

Yes: (6) Bennetts, Gerovac, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Ramme, Winkowski

No: (1) Peterson

Motion carried.

11. Telephone bill Avaya

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to pay the November Avaya telephone service bill in the amount of $382.25 to avoid any late charges.

ROLL CALL

Yes: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Ramme, Winkowski

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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December 13, 2006

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12. Iron County Wisconsin inmate housing rate increase

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to authorize the appropriate people to sign the contracts, (which includes a $5.00 increase per day making the cost $50.00) and to utilize Iron County as little as possible.

ROLL CALL

Yes:(4) Gerovac, Peterson, Pezzetti, Winkowski

No: (3) Bennetts, Oliver, Ramme

Motion carried.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:
1. MSU Extension, Strong Family line items

Revenue and Expenditure increase of $2,494.37

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to amend the budget as presented.

Revenue 101-000-686.06 Reimb Strong Families increased by $2,494.37

Expenditure 101-257-805.04 Strong Fam. Grant increased by $2,494.37

ROLL CALL

Yes: (7) Bennetts, Gerovac, Peterson, Pezzetti, Oliver,

Ramme, Winkowski

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none
PUBLIC COMMENT (5-minute limit)

Four employees of the Road Commission were in attendance and informed the Board of problems relating to the health insurance for retirees. Discussion followed, and a meeting will set up to discuss the issues with the retirement office, representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield and representatives of the Road Commission.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Bennetts, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:40pm.

____________________________ _____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting

December 20, 2006

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

Absent: (2) Peterson, Ramme

PUBLIC HEARING
2007 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON THE 2007 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

(5 minute limit)

The Chairman asked three times for public comment. No one from the public in attendance spoke on the 2007 Budget.

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

ADOPTION OF THE 2007 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bennetts to adopt the 2007 Gogebic County General Appropriation Act.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF THE 2007 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2007 Gogebic County General Fund Budget at $5,741,948.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bennetts, Erlenborn, Gerovac, Kangas,

Pezzetti, Oliver, Winkowski

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Erlenborn, supported by Bennetts and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to TV-6 in Marquette to clarify the monthly salary for Commissioners. In their editorial commissioners were getting $300 per meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ____________________________

Keith Winkowski, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk