2007 Regular Meeting Minutes

2007 Regular Board Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-Organizational Meeting

January 2, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

3:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 3PM by County Clerk-Register of Deeds Gerry Pelissero.

OATH OF OFFICE
Pelissero administered the Oath of Office to the nine newly elected Board of Commissioners.

Roll Call
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac 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.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

Pelissero opened the floor for nominations to elect the Chairman.

Oliver nominated Leroy Kangas with support from Morin. Pelissero asked three more times for nominations and there was none. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac, to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Leroy Kangas as Chairman. Leroy Kangas was elected Chairman, Kangas then assumed the Chair and welcomed the new commissioners and thanked everyone for attending the meeting.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Chairman Kangas opened the floor for nominations to elect the Vice-chairman. Morin nominated Gerovac, with support from Oliver. Jacobson nominated Bonovetz, the chairman asked three times for support, none was heard. Kangas asked three more times for nominations and heard no more. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Tom Gerovac as Vice-Chairman. Gerovac was elected Vice-Chairman.

ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt Roberts Rules of Order amended to allow the Chairman to vote last and roll call votes will rotate by commissioner districts.

APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Richard Adams as Parliamentarian.

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DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

Dates and Times:

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

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

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

All communications to be placed on the agenda for a meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners must be received, in writing, by the Gogebic County Clerk-Register, no later than 12:00 noon on the Friday immediately prior to the meeting. The communication must state the subject to be discussed at the meeting. Communications received after the deadline will not be considered until the following board meeting.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep the same meeting schedule as 2006.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Investment Resolution)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson to adopt the investment resolution as presented.

Resolution for Authorizing Deposit and Investment of County Funds and Approving County Investment Policy

Gogebic County Resolution 2007-01

WHEREAS, under the law of the State of Michigan, Act No. 40 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1932, 1st Extra Session, as amended (MCL 129.12), this Board is required to provide, by resolution, for the deposit of all public monies including tax monies, belonging to, or held for, the State, County or other political units coming into the hands of the County Treasurer, in one or more banks, savings and loan associations, broker/securities firms or credit unions within the State.

WHEREAS, (1) the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby directs Sue Pertile, Gogebic County Treasurer, to deposit all public monies, including monies and funds held for the State Board of Escheats or missing heirs, coming into her hands as Treasurer in any bank, savings and loan association, broker/securities firms or credit union within the State which is a legal depository as defined by State and/or Federal law, and (2) the Treasurer is authorized to invest funds with these institutions or any institution legally permitted by State Statute Act No. 20 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1943, as amended (MCL 129.91) or Federal law or regulation within the limits set therein; and

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WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Act No. 20 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1943, as amended, ("Act 20") the Board of Commissioners of the County of Gogebic may authorize the County Treasurer to invest County funds in certain investments; and

WHEREAS, this Board wishes to authorize such investments as are permitted by Act 20; and

WHEREAS, Section 5 of Act 20 requires this Board of Commissioners in conjunction with the County Treasurer to adopt an investment policy which complies with the provisions of Act 20; and

WHEREAS, the County Treasurer has submitted a proposed Investment Policy which complies with provisions of Act 20; and

WHEREAS, all resolutions and parts of resolutions insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution be and the same are hereby rescinded.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of the County of Gogebic as follows:

1. The County Treasurer is authorized to invest funds of the County of Gogebic in investments authorized by Act 20.

2. The Investment Policy attached hereto as Appendix 1 is approved and shall take effect on January 2, 2007.

3. Before executing an order to purchase or trade the funds of the County of Gogebic, a financial intermediary, broker or dealer shall be provided with a copy of the County's Investment Policy and shall acknowledge receipt of the Investment Policy and agree to comply with the terms of the Investment Policy regarding the buying or selling of securities by executing the form attached as Appendix 2.

4. The County Treasurer is authorized to rely on the continuing effect of this resolution until and unless:

a. Specifically amended or rescinded by the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners, or

b. A new Board is seated.

5. This resolution shall take effect on January 2, 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to adopt the Depository Resolution as presented.

DEPOSITORY RESOLUTION FOR GOGEBIC COUNTY

Gogebic County Resolution 2007-02

WHEREAS, under the laws of the State of Michigan, Act No. 40 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1932, 1st Extra Session, as amended (MCL 129.12), this Board is required to provide, by resolution, for the deposit of all public monies, including tax monies, belonging to, or held for, the State, County or other political units coming into the hands of the County Treasurer, in one or more Financial Institutions within the State.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS as follows:

1. The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby provides for the designation and deposit of all public money including tax money by the Gogebic County Treasurer in the following financial institutions:

River Valley State Bank, Gogebic Range Bank, First National Bank of Wakefield, Wells Fargo Bank, Republic Bank, MBIA, LaSalle Bank, Chemical Bank, Flagstar Bank, Irwin Union Bank, and Fifth Third Bank, or any Michigan financial institution.

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

3. The County Treasurer is authorized to rely on the continuing effect of these Resolutions until amended or repealed by a subsequent resolution of this or a successor Board of Commissioners.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: 2007 1st and 2nd Quarter Appropriations)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to release the 1st and 2nd Quarter appropriations to the Airport.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPOINTMENTS:

1. Road Commission (Board appointment)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to appoint Jim Cebolski to the road commission, discussion followed on placing all 7 applicants in for nomination and after this was discussed Bonovetz withdrew his motion and Jacobson withdrew his support. A motion was then made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to place all 7 applicants in for nomination.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Anonich, Kangas, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (4) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin

Motion carried. The following seven applicants are nominated:

1. Robert Berg, E8248 Sanders Rd, Bessemer, Mi 49911

2. James Cebolski, 406 East Iron St. Bessemer, Mi 49911

3. Roy D’Antonio, E18749 Big Lake Rd, Watersmeet, Mi 49969

4. Marvin LaGrew, N14511 Black River Rd, Ironwood, Mi 49938

5. Charles A Lorenson, 237 W. Ridge St, Ironwood, Mi 49938

6. Bob Orlich, 104 Sunday Lake St, Wakefield, Mi 49968

7. William Perkis, N8851 S. Davis, Rd, Ironwood, Mi 49938

Roll Call Vote #1

Bonovetz Cebolski

Anonich Orlich

Peterson D’Antonio

Morin LaGrew

Oliver Perkis

Siirila D’Antonio

Gerovac D’Antonio

Jacobson Cebolski

Kangas LaGrew

No nominee received the required majority vote.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate applicants 1 and 5, Berg and Lorenson.

Roll Call Vote #2
Anonich Orlich

Peterson D’Antonio

Morin LaGrew

Oliver Perkis

Siirila D’Antonio

Gerovac D’Antonio

Jacobson Cebolski

Bonovetz Cebolski

Kangas LaGrew

No nominee received the required majority vote.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate Perkis and Orlich.

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Roll Call Vote #3

Peterson D’Antonio

Morin LaGrew

Oliver LaGrew

Siirila D’Antonio

Gerovac D’Antonio

Bonovetz Cebolski

Anonich LaGrew

Jacobson D’Antonio

Kangas LaGrew

No Nominee received the required majority vote.

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate Cebolski.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to appoint Roy D’Antonio to the road commission.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (2) Anonich, Morin

Motion carried Roy D’Antonio appointed to the Road Commission Board for a six-year term.

2. Airport Board (Chairman’s appointment)

Chairman Kangas appointed Commissioners Morin, Bonovetz and Oliver to the Airport Board.

3. Forestry and Parks Commission (Chairman’s appointment)

Chairman Kangas appointed Tom Gerovac to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

Kangas informed the commissioners that he would be making the sub- committee and agency appointments by the end of the week.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Roy D’Antonio thanked the Board for the appointment to the Road Commission.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 10, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (December 27, 2006 regular and January 2, 2007 re-organizational meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to make a correction to the December 27th, 2006 minutes, page two regarding the road commission the motion should read “ benefits will be eliminated for newly appointed and newly re-appointed”. A motion was then made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the minutes as corrected and approve the January 2nd, 2007 minutes as presented.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions, a budget amendment for 426 emergency management, a request from WUPPDR for a private sector appointment to the WUPPDR board, and the February Michigan Association of County Commissioners conference in Lansing.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham

(RE: fund 216 Probation Supervision Fund)

Judge Gotham was in attendance and informed the Board that the Michigan Supreme Court is recommending the elimination of the fund. After discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to discontinue fund 216 as recommended by Gotham and to amend the budgets accordingly.

Revenues
new line item 101-000-602.02 Probation Supervision $5,800.00

Expenditures

101-131-850.00 Telephone increased by $1,300.00

New line item 101-131-932.00 Equip repairs/maint. $4,500.00

Roll Call
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. Stephen Thomas, Fair Board Chairman

(RE: 2007 annual appropriation release, $5,000 approved)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2007 Fair Appropriation of $5,000.

Agenda Additions:

3. WUPPDR private sector appointment

Chairman Kangas informed the Board that Jim Stingle executive director of WUPPDR was seeking a private person to be appointed as one of the County’s representative on their board. Stingle recommended Don Bennetts a motion was made by Gerovac to appoint Bennetts after discussion Gerovac withdrew that motion. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for applicants to be appointed by the Board.

4. Michigan Association of County Commissioners conference.

Kangas informed the Board the conference would be held February 12-13th in Lansing. He recommended that two commissioners be allowed to attend. Oliver said he was interested and then a motion was made by Bonovetz supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Oliver to attend the conference.

5. Budget Amendment for Emergency Management Budget

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to amend the Emergency Management Services budget as requested by Jim Loeper.

Revenues
101-000-505.00 State Grant Dept Justice $8,622.55

Expenditures
101-426-750.00 Supplies & Materials increase by $8,622.55

Roll Call
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
County Treasurer Sue Pertile asked if the five new commissioners were interested in County credit cards for travel purposes, with a $2,000.00 limit. Brief discussion followed and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote that new commissioners Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Morin and Siirila are provided with credit cards.

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger of the Ottawa National Forest updated the Board on the timber sales and snowmobiles trails on the Ottawa.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5-minute limit)

Ben Drier of Wakefield was in attendance and briefly discussed wind turbine power, which is being experimented with in Wakefield.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelisse
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

January 24, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 10th, 2007 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition; 7. communications an update on the Remonumentation program.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------12/27/06

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director

Merrill introduced himself to the new members of the Board and then gave an update on the projects he is working on, which included the County-wide comprehensive plan, marketing the vacant Armory building and a planned elected officials meeting in April and he is hoping to have our State Legislators Prusi and Lathi along with representatives of the Governors office and Federal delegation.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jonathon Mead, CEO UPCAP

(RE: 2007 Dues)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to pay the UPCAP dues for 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Randy Kirchhoff, HOPE Animal Shelter Director

(RE: 2007 Appropriation release schedule)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to release the 2007 appropriation to HOPE as requested and to receive and place the

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communication on file.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. State Representative 110th District Mike Lahti

(RE: DNR fishing and hunting proposed license fee increase)

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

4. Tom Hickson, Director of MAC Legislative Affairs

(RE: DNR license fees)

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

5. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: new desk purchases)

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

6. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: Juvenile Court Intensive Probation Officer hiring)

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

7. Remonumentation Program update.

Director of the Gogebic County Remonumentation Program, Dick Bolen briefing explained the program to the Board and answered question of the regarding the funding for the program.

Commissioner Agenda Request
1. Commissioner Joe Bonovetz

(RE: Road Commission Board expansion)

Commissioner Bonovetz thought with the passing of House Bill 4315 it would be a good time to discuss the possibility of expanding the Road Commission Board from three to five. Bruce Edyvean, Business Manager for the Road Commission was in attendance and he joined the discussion with the Board. Edyvean said the expansion would increase the commission cost to about $3,500 to $5,000 for the two members. Lengthy discussion was held and then a motion was made by Anonich, supported by Morin and carried on an 8 yea – 1 nay vote to table the matter.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson 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 approve the pre-paids and pay the claims as presented along with the following additions: Galls for $480.90 out of 101-306-745.00 uniforms; Superior Fire Protection for $175.00 out of 101-265-933.00 repairs/maintenance and to authorize the Wells Fargo Credit Card bill as pre-paids because the master list wasn’t received yet.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero advised the Board that no letters of application have been received as of today for the WUPPDR Board public sector position for Gogebic County. He also asked for a County Board representative on the Gogebic County Retiree Health Committee, Chairman Kangas will make an appointment.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, Ottawa National Forest, District Ranger spoke to the Board regarding payments to the County and the process used to provide the revenues to Counties.

Rich Hill, an employee of the Road Commission spoke out in favor of the Road Commission Board expansion that was discussed earlier in the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:55pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 14, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 24, 2007 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: 9. communications RE: Road Commission Board expansion

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Betty Rands mentioned she and about 8 other County general fund retirees were in attendance regarding communication #1.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Gogebic County Retirees benefit change)

Sue Pertile discussed the report and the costs to provide the benefit for the 35 retirees of the general fund. Discussion was held regarding this un-budgeted request. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to refer the matter to the finance committee to see if funds are available to provide the benefit.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay the cost of the actuarial study out of the Board of Commissioner’s budget line item 101-101-805.02 Contractual. The cost of the study was $1,500.00.

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Borrowing Resolution)

Pertile informed the Board she would like the borrowing resolution adopted in case she would have to borrow funds to complete the tax settlement. Pertile indicated that she felt borrowing may not be necessary this year. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to adopt the resolution as presented.

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Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Bruce Edyvean, Manager, County Road Commission

(RE: Compensation and Fringe Benefits)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the change to item number 5 and receive the communication and place it on file.

4. Spring M Rosales, Deputy District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest

(RE: Jack Pine budworm fuel reduction project)

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

5. Bob Lueckel, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa Nat’l Forest

(RE: LVD Land exchange)

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

6. Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest

(RE: Easement right for access to corporate roads)

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

7. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest

(RE: Duck Lake Timber Salvage)

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

8. Paul Luoma, Chairman, Houghton County Board

(RE: Houghton County lawsuit)

Discussion was held whether the County should join Houghton County’s lawsuit regarding a significant land sale held by International Paper and GMO Renewable Resources, LLC in six Counties in the U.P. including Gogebic. State and County transfer tax were not paid on the transactions because of exemptions placed on the two Quit Claim Deeds and one Covenant Deed that were recorded in all Counties. Equalization Director, Dave Hardie estimated the market value of the sale at approximately $26,284,000.00 and the County lost out on approximately $26,000.00 in transfer tax and the State’s share of the transfer tax is about $200,000.00.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Prosecutor’s office.

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Agenda Addition:

9. Road Commission Board expansion from three to five

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the required public hearing to discuss the expansion of the Road Commission from three members to five. The Public Hearing was set for March 28th, 2007 at 5pm at the Courthouse in the District Courtroom.

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Gogebic-Ontonagon Human Services Coordinating Board

(RE: 2007 Appropriation)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to release the 2007 HSCB appropriation and receive the communication and place it on file.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. WUPPDR Board private sector position

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to appoint Don Bennetts to the WUPPDR Board, discussion followed regarding who would be responsible for the expenses for travel and meeting per diems for Mr. Bennetts. After discussion, Peterson rescinded his motion and Oliver his support of the motion. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to table the matter until Oliver can clarify the per diem and travel expense matters, Oliver has a WUPPDR meeting next week he will report back the Board.

2. Gogebic County Finance Authority Board

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint Jim Partanen to the Gogebic Hospital Finance Authority.

3. Community Mental Health

Lengthy discussion was held on how the County should advertise for the openings for the CMH Board. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to have Community Mental Health advertise and pay for ad, the applications will be sent to the County Clerk, who will forward them to CMH for a recommendation to the County Board and the County Board will make the appointment.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the deadline for applications to be received by March 2nd, 2007.

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OTHER MATTERS
Rick Minkin, CEO, Gogebic County Community Mental Health discussed the funding and the services provided by CMH.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:07pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 28, 2007

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 14, 2007 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to communications: 6. Jim Loeper with an update on the computer virus and 7. Duane Duray, Airport manager scheduling and funding issues at 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-----01/24/07

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

2. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee-------02/06/07

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the sheriff to apply for a grant for the purchase of a vehicle through the USDA.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the resolution to effectuate prisoner board and care charge, the sixth paragraph should now read “It is further resolved, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners establishes a booking fee of $20.00, $12.00 goes into a training fund set up within the County and $8.00 goes into the General Fund for jail operations, improvements, etc.

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----02/22/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the membership of the at large appointment to the WUPPDR Board with payments of an out-of-County per diem of $30.00 and to travel with a County Board member whenever possible.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Bob Lueckel, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Wild and Scenic Rivers draft Comprehensive River

Management Plan and Environmental Assessment)

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

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2. Edward Jenich Jr., Chairman WUPPDR

(RE: rails to trails)

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

3. Larry Sanders, County Sheriff

(RE: Road Patrol vacancy)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the sheriff to post the position to fill the vacancy upon Mark Whitley’s retirement.

4. Lori Hauswith, Associate Planner

(RE: County recreation plan)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the proposed plan update.

5. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk/Register

(RE: Mine inspector appointment)

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

6. Jim Loeper, Emergency Management Services

(RE: County Computer virus update)

Loeper updated the Board on the computer virus, which hit the County computers on February 21st. The County IT people have been working on the problems since then and one server was damaged and will need to be replaced. Loeper said the technology committee will meet on Friday of this week and will be making recommendations to protect the County from further computer viruses. The Computer Doctors of Ironwood have been working on the matter as well. Loeper asked the board for approval to purchase additional equipment that would be kept off site to backup all the data produced daily by the County’s servers, the cost is approximately $3,000.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to authorize the purchase of the necessary equipment to provide additional computer backup.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

7. Duane Duray, Airport manager

Duray addressed the Board regarding the Essential Air Services (EAS) situation at the Airport along with scheduling problems and EAS funding for the airport. He was seeking the Board’s help in notifying our Legislators in Lansing and Washington on these issues. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send letters of concern and to seek help for the Airport.

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February 28, 2007

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Jay Holm, Maintenance, Five year longevity

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to approve the pre-paids and pay the claims as presented along with the following additions, 7 soldiers & sailors allowances at $300.00 each and the Computer Doctors bills totaling $19,543.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Don Bennetts to the at-large private sector County position on the WUPPDR Board.

Chairman Kangas informed the Board that the USDA would present a check to the Sheriff Department on March 13, 2007 at the Courthouse.

Melanie Fullman, Ottawa National Forest District Ranger discussed the snowmobile trails on the Ottawa.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:53PM.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 14, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 28, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin 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 three additions: 1. Friend of the Court one increment, 2. Equalization hiring and 3. Union Negotiations.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Eric Forsberg, Controller, Houghton County

(RE: International Paper land exchange)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to ask the Prosecutor for a report on the matter that was referred to office.

2. Robert Lueckel, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Ranger District, Bessemer Land and Building Conveyance Project.)

Bessemer District Ranger Melanie Fullman was in attendance and introduced to the Board the interim Ottawa Forest Supervisor, Jo Reyer. Fullman briefly discussed the Land Conveyance project with the Board. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Camp 7 Vegetation Management Project)

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

4. Robert Lueckel, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Watersmeet Ranger Station Office Replacement Project)

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

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Agenda Additions:

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY
1. Friend of the Court, Patti Ceccon, one-year

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the one-year increment.

2. Hiring in Equalization office.

Oliver informed the Board of Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of 4PM today. The Committee was notified of the retirement of Dave Hardie and Sandy Morrison in 2007. Another meeting is scheduled for next week, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise and post the union positions if necessary to fill the vacancies.

3. Union Negotiations

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator send letters to both the Courthouse union and Deputy Association seeking their proposals.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that Michigan DNR fisheries manager George Madison would like to meet on the committee level to discuss the 2006 Board resolution regarding Lake Gogebic experimental fishing regulations. A meeting of the Economic Development and Capital Improvements committee has been set for March 29, 2007 at 1:30pm.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to ask the Prosecutor for a report on the Road Commission right away matter that was referred to his office in December of 2006.

Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that through the USDA Gogebic County will receive a grant for weather radio transmitters in the amount of $71,642.00.

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, updated the Board on the snowmobile trails on the Ottawa.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5-minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:34pm.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING/Regular Meeting

March 28th, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Kangas, who set the guidelines for comment during the public hearing. One person will speak at a time and a five-minute limit will be enforced if necessary.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

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

PUBLIC HEARING
The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing in accordance with Public Act 598 of 2006.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to seek public comment regarding the expansion of the Gogebic County Road Commission Board from a Three (3) member Board to a Five (5) member Board.

In accordance with Public Act 598 of 2006

Persons speaking at the Public Hearing were as follows:

1. Rich Hill, Road Commission employee, spoke in favor of the expansion from three to five members.

2. Dudley Pierce, Watersmeet Township Clerk, spoke in favor of the expansion from three to five members.

3. Roy D’Antonio, Road Commission member, spoke in favor of the expansion from three to five members.

4. Bob Raisanen, Gogebic County Township Association Representative, read a resolution that was passed unanimously by the Association in favor of the expansion.

5. Gerald Gullan, Road Commission employee, spoke in favor of the expansion.

6. Ken Wendt, Watersmeet Township Trustee, spoke in favor of the expansion.

7. Doug Holm, Road Commission employee, spoke in favor of the expansion.

The chairman asked three more times for any additional comment, there was none.

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

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to expand the Gogebic County Road Commission from three members to five members.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(March 14th, 2007 Regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Morin, 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 Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: Communications additions: 7. from Sheriff Sanders RE: patrol vehicle bids; 8. Letter from Gene Johnson RE: Retirement; 9. Answers dues and membership; 10. Prosecuting Attorney letter RE: Board Advice on joining Houghton County in Civil Suit to obtain County Transfer Tax

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---02/28/07

2. Technology Committee ---------------------03/02/07

3. Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------03/14/07

4. Health and Welfare Committee--------------03/19/07

5. Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------03/20/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive committee reports 1 through 5 and place them on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: Federal Airport Funding)

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

2. Norman Nass, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Lac Vieux Desert Land Exchange, final decision)

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

3. Jo Reyer, Acting Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Land exchange proposal in 40-acre tracts in Watersmeet)

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

4. Pat Merrill, Director, County EDC

(RE: Countywide Comprehensive Plan)

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

5. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Airport Board recommendation regarding DuRay’s pension benefit)

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A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by

unanimous voice vote to waive the required payment of the 3-5% into the retirement system for Duane Duray retroactive to January 1st, 2007, per airport board recommendation.

6. Barry Drews, Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce

(RE: Multi-Trail system)

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

7. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Patrol Vehicle Purchase)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to advertise and seek bids for a four-wheel drive vehicle.

8. Eugene Johnson, County employee, Building and Grounds

(RE: retirement)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the retirement effective April 30, 2007 and to pay him any unused sick leave and vacation.

9. Answers membership and Dues for 2007

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote pay the $100 dues, Chairman Kangas appointed Joe Bonovetz, as the County Representative.

10. Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams

(RE: Board Advice on joining Houghton County in Civil Suit to obtain County Transfer Tax)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY
1. Carol Johnson, Treasurer office- 15 year longevity

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila to approve of the 15-year longevity request.

2. Patti Ikola, Treasurer Office- 10 year longevity

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 10-year longevity request.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila to appoint the four members to the Community Mental Health Board as recommended by CMH.

The following were applicants were appointed to three-year terms beginning in April of 2007:

Robert Lynn, Ken Wegmeyer, Don Bennetts and Tom Yelich

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Kangas, Morin, Peterson,

Oliver, Siirila

NO: (1) Jacobson

ABSTAIN: (1) Gerovac

Motion carried.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila, to pay the pre-paids and the claims as presented with one bill from Stout Mechanical Inc. for $3,380.92 withheld from 101-265-805.02 until a breakdown of hours can be determined, and to make them a part of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Administrator Juliane Giackino asked for authorization to post the position of Eugene Johnson. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the posting of the full time position.

Melanie Fullman updated the Board on the Ottawa National Forest Parks and Trails.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize any commissioner wishing to attend the UP County Commissioner conference in Escanaba May 11-12 may do so.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried unanimous voice vote to send a letter of appreciation to Mr. Johnson for his years of service to the County.

Commissioner Peterson asked what the next step would be to fill the new Road Commission Board positions now that the Board officially took action to expand the Board to five members. Chairman Kangas will recommend a committee to work on the next steps.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Ed Balduc thanked the Board for expanding the Road Commission to a five member Board.

Bob Raisanen also thanked the Board for expanding that Board.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:10pm.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 11, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 28th, 2007 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions: 1. Chairman’s letter to State Representative Mike Lathi regarding Lake Superior sport fishing, 2. Small Airport Grant support, 3. Sheriff Department Vehicle Bids and 4. Heritage Trail support request from Conrad Nelson.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Timothy McGuire and Brad Comment, Michigan Association of Counties

Mr. McGuire and Comment address the Board on legislative issues and the Budget problems the State is facing for this year as well as next year. McGuire thanked the Board for their support of MAC through out the years and discussed items and products that MAC is working on for the benefits of the County and their employees. After their fifteen-minute presentation, a brief question and answer period with the Board was held.

2. Dave Hardie, Equalization Director, 2007 Equalization report

Mr. Hardie presented to the Board the 2007 Equalization Report. This year’s increase was 7.17% Countywide and the 2007 CEV was $644,783,696.00. After his presentation, a motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2007 Gogebic County Equalization Report as presented.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

April 11, 2007

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. John Siira, Wakefield City Manager

(RE: Essential Air Service at Gogebic-Iron Co. Airport)

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

2. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Release of Act 2 funds, liquor tax revenues)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson to release the Public Act 2 funds (liquor tax revenue) to the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency in the amount of $17,960.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Guy St. Germain, Administrator, Western U.P. Health Dept.

(RE: intergovernmental agreement)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila to adopt the plan, after discussion Oliver rescinded his motion and Siirila his support. A motion was then made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the document to Corporate Counsel Adams for a recommendation as to how the Board should proceed.

4. Charlie Supercynski, President, Western U.P. Heritage Trail Net.

(RE: heritage trail guides)

Conrad Nelson spoke on behalf of 165 members of the Historical Society asking the Board to support the Heritage Trail Project. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to place a $250.00 advertisement in the Guide along with a Website link; the funds will come out of the Board’s contractual line item 101-101-805.02.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: 2006 tax settlement report)

Treasurer Pertile presented to the Board the 2006 tax settlement with the municipalities in the County. The total settlement for 2006 is $1,571,627.24. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to authorize Pertile to settle with units of Government as presented.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

April 11, 2007

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Agenda Additions:

1. Chairman Kangas’ letter to State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: Lake Superior Sport Fishing)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the letter to Lahti and to also send the letter to Congressman Bart Stupak.

2. Small Airport Grant

Airport Manager Duane DuRay sent a letter to the Board seeking support for the Grant and was asking the County to be the administrator of the Grant. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the grant and authorize the County to be the Administrator of the Grant.

3. Sheriff Vehicle Bids

Sheriff Larry Sanders informed the Board that only one bid was received by the deadline, Bessemer Auto submitted a bid for a Four Wheel Drive Explorer, one with a tow package and one without. The total bid with the tow package was $23,487.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to authorize the Sheriff to purchase the Explorer with the tow package from Bessemer Auto Company for the amount in bid of $23,487.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

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

At 5:45PM, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to going into closed session to consult with the Board’s attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in pending litigation Debra Minkin etal, vs. Gogebic County.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

The Board returned to Open Session at 6:07PM

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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April 11, 2007

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5-minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:15pm.

__________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero,
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING
APRIL 25, 2007

5:00PM

COUNTY COURTHOUSE

PUBLIC HEARING
CLEAN INDOOR AIR REGULATION

April 25, 2007
5:00 p.m. (CDT)

Gogebic County Courthouse

200 N. Moore St.

Bessemer, MI 49911

A public hearing to receive comments regarding a proposed Clean Indoor Air Regulation, to be effective in the County of Gogebic, administered under the authority of the Western U.P. District Health Department. The Regulation would prohibit smoking in all enclosed workplaces and public places in the Western U.P. Health District excluding private residences, tobacco specialty stores, sleeping rooms in lodging facilities, any structure owned and operated by Native American Tribes, and bars and restaurants.

Present: Morin, Gerovac, Oliver, Bonovetz, Anonich, Siirila, Jacobson, Kangas

Also Present: Guy St. Germain, Health Officer Administrator, Western UP Health Department

A motion was made by Gerovac supported by Oliver, and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing. Chairman Kangas introduced St. Germain who then discussed the background reason and purpose for the Clean Indoor Air Regulation. St. Germain said the regulation will be a complaint driven regulation. Five counties comprising the Western UP Health Department are considering the same regulation. Counties may opt out of the regulation. St. Germain fielded questions from the county board as well as the general public in attendance. Five people in attendance spoke in favor an encouraged the county board to pass and adopt the regulation.

At 5:34pm a motion was made by Gerovac supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing.

After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz supported by Oliver to adopt the Clean Indoor Air Regulation for Gogebic County.

Roll Call:

Yes: (4) Oliver, Gerovac, Bonovetz, Kangas

No: (4) Morin, Siirila, Jacobson, Anonich

Motion fails.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 25, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:35PM by Chairman Kangas, immediately following the 5PM Public Hearing.
ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 11, 2007 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: 1. A resolution in support of senate bills 410 and 411, 2. Sheriff Dept. ATV purchase, 3. Sheriff Bessemer-Wakefield police protection contract approval, 4. Deputy Jim Webber’s temporary replacement due to active duty deployment, 5. Personnel and Negotiations Committee recommendations, 6. Update on the Logging Congress meeting, 7. Houghton County Lawsuit with International Paper, 8. Request for Insurance Bids from City Insurance, 9. Budget Amendment for Emergency Management budget.

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-------------03/28/07

2. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm.—--03/29/07

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

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ------------04/02/07

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila to accept the contract from Health Professionals, Ltd. in the amount of $29,996.93 and the proper officials be authorized to sign the inmate medical services.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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April 25, 2007

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A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila to approve the bids from the Sawdust Bin in the amount of $4,779.00 for the construction of the laundry room at the Sheriff Department with the cost to be shared with the Building and Grounds budget and the Commissary Fund.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

1. Steve Thomas, Chairman County Fair

(RE: Fair labor costs)

Steve Thomas, Chairman of the County Fair Board discussed the cuts to Fairs in Michigan. Most of the premium dollars and Horse Racing funding have been cut or drastically reduced. Because of the expected cash flow problem, Thomas asked the Board to cover his labor cost for two employees beginning June 1st totaling $7,500.00, along with supply costs, which could total $6,500.00. The Fair receipts would then reimburse the County for the total necessary. After further discussion, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to cover the cash flow problem as discussed up to the start of the Fair.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Larry Carey, MLRA Project Leader

(RE: County Soil Survey)

Larry Carey informed the Board that the Gogebic County Soil Survey, which began in 1997 was recently completed. He thanked the Forestry and Parks Commission for their role in the survey. Chairman Kangas accepted on behalf of the County a plaque which detailed the work done on the survey and included a soil survey borer.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. United States Senator Carl Levin

(RE: Essential Air Service Program)

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

2. Gogebic County EDC Director Pat Merrill

(RE: letters to Department of Transportation)

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

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3. Scott Erickson, City of Ironwood Manager

(RE: Letters to Department of Transportation)

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

4. Marvin La Grew, Executive Director, Western U.P. Mediators

(RE: Funding Resolution)

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

5. Jim Loeper, County EMS,

(RE: NOAA Grant)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila to accept the grant from NOAA and authorize the appropriate officials to sign the documents.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Additions:

1. Sheriff ATV purchase

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila to authorize the sheriff to purchase an ATV through the ORV budget. The funds are provided through the 100% grant. The costs is approximately $7,800.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Sheriff Bessemer-Wakefield Contract

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to approve the contract for police protection for Bessemer and Wakefield and to authorize the appropriate officials to sign the contracts.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Deputy Jim Webber temporary replacement due to his deployment

to active military duty for one-year.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to fill the vacancy while Webber is activated, and upon his return he will assume his position with the department.

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4. Prosecutor Richard Adams’ recommendation to join the Houghton

County Lawsuit against International Paper for improper avoidance in paying real estate transfer taxes. A motion was made by Morin, supported by Oliver to join the lawsuit with Houghton County and to contract with Attorney Jim Tercha on a fee basis and share pro-rata out of pocket expenses with Houghton County.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. Resolution supporting senate Bills 410 and 411.

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

6. Insurance bid from City Insurance

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to request a presentation from City Insurance on Health Insurance for a finance meeting ASAP.

7. Budget amendment for Emergency Management services budget.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the budget by $1,000 for travel purposes.

Revenues 101-000-521.00 Federal Grant Terrorism

Original budget $0.00 increase to $1,000.00

Expenditures 101-426-860.00 Travel

Original budget $900.00 increased by $1,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Logging Congress update

Jacobson updated the Board on the recent logging congress held in Wakefield, and was very impressed with the programs.

9. Personnel and Negotiations Committee

Jacobson informed the Board that the equalization vacancies were discussed at a recent personnel and negotiations committee meeting. Equalization Director Dave Hardie spoke to the Board about the matter. The Personnel and Negotiations Committee recommended the following actions: interviews for the Assessor One position would take place on Tuesday May 1st with the position to be filled by June 1st, 2007. The Assessor Two position will be offered to Tom Novascone hourly wage as advertised, to begin June 1st, 2007. Hardie will begin doing contractual work for the County as of June 1st, 2007 at a cost of $2,250.00 per month. A motion was made by Gerovac,

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supported by Bonovetz to proceed filling the positions in the Equalization Department as recommended by the Committee.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Fair

Discussion was held regarding whether the Fair Board advertised for applicants. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by a Seven (7) yea and One (1) nay vote to advertise for the three-year term.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman briefly addressed the Board on Ottawa National Forest issues. No board action necessary.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5-minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:53pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 9th, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(Clean Indoor Air Public Hearing and April 25, 2007 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes from the public hearing and the April 25, 2007 regular meeting.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: 1. Fair Board Appointment and 2. resolution regarding possible Public Act 2 fund cut by the State.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Bill MacDonald of Bessemer briefly spoke on communication #5. The Country Club Road-US 2 intersection.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Thank you for Public Act 2 funds)

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

AGENDA ADDITION:

Resolution regarding the possible loss of Public Act 2 funds, Liquor Tax funds.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution as presented by the Michigan Association of Counties.

2. United States Senator Carl Levin

(RE: Essential Air Service program letter from Board)

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

3. Kim Stoker, Planning Director

(RE: Community Economic Development Strategy)

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

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4. Ann M Young, Area Specialist USDA

(RE: Sheriff Department Vehicle funds)

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

5. David McDonald Jr., County Resident

(RE: US-2 Country Club Road intersection)

Mr. McDonald expressed his concerns about the Country Club road and US 2 intersection with the WalMart Superstore set to open in February of 2008. He mentioned the letter from the Road Commission Highway Engineer to MDOT expressing the need for a signal light at the intersection. He felt the message from the community had to be stronger and with unity from all Municipalities, City of Ironwood, Charter Township of Ironwood, Road Commission and Board of Commissioners. There will be a community meeting held on Thursday May 17, 2007 at 4PM at the College in room B22, with representatives of MDOT to discuss the signaling issue.

Neil Everson, a resident of Country Club road spoke briefly to the Board on the same issue. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter from the Board to all of our State legislators along with MDOT, asking that MDOT reconsider their decision to wait six months after the store is open to reevaluate the signaling of the intersection. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

6. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: Michigan Works Summer Youth Slots 30 available)

After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by

Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote distribute the 30 slots as follows:

Gogebic County Forestry 2 Gogebic County Sheriff 1

Ironwood Chamber 1 Ironwood Township 2

Gogebic Community College 2 Bessemer Schools 3

Ironwood Schools 3 Copper Peak 5

Watersmeet Schools 3 City of Wakefield 3

Wakefield Housing 2 City of Ironwood 3

AGENDA ADDITION:

Fair Board Appointment

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file and to appoint Jim Saari to Fair Board for three year term.

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Commissioner Request:

Jim Oliver: discussion on Agenda additions.

Discussion was held regarding the continued additions to the agenda. The agenda has a cutoff time of noon on the Friday prior to meeting. The Board of Commissioners in 2004 moved to eliminate all agenda additions after the cutoff unless it had to be acted immediately. The Board will adhere to that previous motion.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Clinton County, re: the State Budget Crisis

A motion was Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.

2. Iron County

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the resolution to Iron County.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board the Prosecutor has supplied the necessary paper work for signatures by the Clerk and Board Chairman, to join the Houghton County Lawsuit against International Paper, which the Board approved at the April 25, 2007 regular meeting. This was informational only and no action was needed.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Bill MacDonald of Bessemer briefly thanked the Board for assigning the Five Summer Youth Slots to Copper Peak.

ADJOURNMENT

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

______________________________ ____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

May 23, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 9th, 2007 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: Senior Center Building offer to purchase.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----04/23/07

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee—-04/25/07

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----04/26/07

4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----05/01/07

5. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----05/02/07

6. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----05/03/07

7. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----05/14/07

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

8. AFSCME Courthouse union negotiations update Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

Personnel and Negotiations Committee Chairman Oliver informed the Board that a tentative agreement had been reached between the AFSCME union of the Courthouse at the Personnel and Negotiations meeting of May 3, 2007. The full union membership did ratify the contract recently, and now the Board would have to do the same. Brief discussion was held, and a motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac to approve the three-year contract with the AFSCME union, discussion followed by the members of the Board who are not apart of the negotiating team, they wanted to know more about the TA, a copy of the TA was provided and then Jacobson rescinded his motion and Gerovac rescinded his support. A motion was then made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the June 13th, 2007 regular meeting.

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APPEARANCES:

1. County Mine Inspector, Tom Wasley

(RE: Update on progress of inspections)

Mr. Wasley appeared at the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee earlier in the day to give an update on the Mine Inspector position.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, Community Action Agency)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the Notice of Intent and to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. State Representative Mike Lathi

(RE: Senate bills 410 411)

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

3. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Senate bills 410 411)

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

4. County Administrator Juliane Giackino

(RE Custodian hiring)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to hire Greg Rigoni for the position of custodian, with his hire date as soon as he would be available to begin work for the County.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Loeper

(RE: NOAA radio grant funding)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to approve of the upfront payment for the grant from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

6. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: County resolution regarding P.A. 2 funds)

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

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7. Robert Dunn, Administrator Gogebic County MCF

(RE: Medicaid cut 06/01/07)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to all State Legislators and other interested parties in opposition of the planned Medicaid cut.

8. County Equalization Director N. Dave Hardie

(RE: Appraiser I position)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Anonich to hire Melissa Prisbe for the Appraiser One position in the Equalization department. Prisbe’s hire date will be June 1st, 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

9. Jim Saari, Western U.P. Michigan Works

(RE: Additional funds/positions)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz and carried by an Eight Yea – One Nay vote to approve the additional summer youth workers at the State Park as long as the additional requests from the Airport are honored.

10. Senior Center Building offer to purchase

At the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee meeting held earlier in the day it was recommended to the full Board to sell the Senior Center Building. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Bonovetz to accept the offer of $50,000 by Keith Larson for the Senior Center Building, extend the Realtor Contract to May 28th, 2007 and sell contingent that a suitable rental agreement can be reached to house the current tenants.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

Longevity/Increments:

1. Sue Kivi, Two years, Register of Deeds Office

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file. Kivi is a part-time employee and she isn’t eligible for her two-year increment until she completes four years of part-time work.

APPOINTMENTS
1. Road Commission expansion (advertising)

Following brief discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Road Commission Board seats, to bill Road Commission for the advertising, applications must picked up at the Clerk’s office and returned by noon on Friday June 8th, 2007.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made Gerovac, supported by Peterson 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 Gerovac 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 with the pre-paids and to make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

OTHER MATTERS
Siirila asked about the status of the negotiations with Iron County regarding the 911 calls from Ironwood being directed to Iron County. Chairman Kangas said he met with Iron County Chairman DeRosso recently to discuss the issues.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:45PM.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

June 13, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver

Absent: (0) Siirila

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(May 23, 2007 regular Board meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac 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 SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------05/30/07

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a change from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Blues Plan 2 to the Community Blues Plan 4 and to offer a cafeteria plan and the Administrator be authorized to set up the change and informational employee meetings with Employee Benefits Agency, to be effective 8/01/07.

APPEARANCES:

1. Equalization Director Dave Hardie

(RE: Approving County millage rate to levy this summer)

Mr. Hardie discussed the 2007 tax rate for Gogebic County, which needed to be adopted. The 2007 tax rate is for operating the General Fund and is set at 6.5239%. This is the first year all County taxes will be levied and received during the summer. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2007 tax rate at 6.5239%.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Pat Merrill, EDC Director

EDC Director Merrill discussed the countywide comprehensive plan and also the activity with the Wal-Mart project and the proposed Walgreen’s site in Ironwood. He briefly touched on the Brownfield redevelopment projects in Ironwood.

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Merrill answered a few questions from the Board and no action was needed.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jo Reyer, Acting Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: final decision McCosker land exchange)

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

2. Jo Reyer, Acting Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Ironwood vacant land conveyance)

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

3. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent; Gogebic Range Water Authority, Section 2, Grand View Storage)

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

4. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Gogebic Range Water Authority, Water Transmission Project)

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

5. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent; Watersmeet Township Fire Truck)

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

6. Jim Stingle, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent; Subordinate Loan for SubTerra LLC expansion)

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

7. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: State Budget Crisis)

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

8. State Senator Mike Prusi

(RE: State Budget Crisis)

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

9. Robert Dunn, Administrator, Gogebic Medical Facility

(RE: Medicaid cuts)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice to receive the communication and place it on file and to send a letter to Mr. Dunn requesting that when facing future

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reductions in funding that he looks at all areas of expenses and not just wage rollbacks.

10. Spring M Rosales, Deputy District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest,

(RE: Duck Creek Fisheries Habitat Improvement Project)

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

11. House Bill 4852, a bill to amend 1986 PA 32

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice to table the matter.

Commissioner Agenda Request
District 9 Commissioner George Peterson III

(RE: Road Commission Board Insurance)

Peterson felt the Board should follow other U.P. Counties by eliminating the Road Commission Board’s health and in lieu of insurance benefit in midterm. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz to eliminate the health insurance benefit for the Road Commissioner Board effective 9/1/07 and the in-lieu of insurance benefit effective 7/1/07.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Oliver

NO: (1) Kangas

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Road Commission

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz to nominate Marvin LaGrew and Bob Berg, after discussion on whether to interview the applicants, Morin rescinded his motion and Bonovetz withdrew his support on the motion. A motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to interview all candidates and set the interviews for June 26, 2007 at 3PM.

TABLED MATTERS:

1. Tentative Agreement with Courthouse AFSCME union

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

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to ratify the tentative contract with the Courthouse AFSCME union effective 7/1/07.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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RESOLUTIONS:

1. Board meeting location

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to adopt the Board meeting resolution as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2007-07

BOARD MEETING LOCATION

Whereas, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners meets twice a month at the Gogebic County Courthouse,

Whereas, the meeting location is in the District Courtroom, as adopted at the January 2nd, 2007 re-organizational meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners,

Whereas, seating capacity in the District Courtroom is about 35 people, not counting the nine Commissioners, the Clerk and Administrator, and standing room only is another ten to fifteen people,

Whereas, the meetings of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners are subject to the OPEN MEETINGS ACT, (Act 267 of 1976)

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners at it’s own discretion will move any regular or special meeting to the Circuit Courtroom, when the Circuit Courtroom is available, and if it appears the District Courtroom’s public capacity will be exceeded, and a member from the public makes the request to move the meeting to the Circuit Courtroom, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will honor that request based on availability of the Circuit Courtroom.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the purchase of additional air conditioning support for the computer service room.

Chairman Kangas asked the Board to approve the Airport Board request

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for their 3rd Quarter appropriation. A motion was made by Gerovac,

supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2007 3rd Quarter appropriation.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger District thanked Marenisco Township and Township Supervisor Bob Raisanen for helping manage four campgrounds in the Township this summer for the Ottawa.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:55pm.

____________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

June 27, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 13, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented along with two additions: a letter from Probate Judge Joel Massie and MMRMA insurance premium return.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development and Capital Improvements----05/23/07

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-------------05/30/07

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

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------------06/0707

a. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote that $2,200 be part of Mr. Brad Noren’s Data Processing salary from 6/01/07 to 12/31/07, as that is what remains from Mr. Dave Hardie’s retirement in that particular budget.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried to table motions b and c until after the personnel and negotiations committee meeting on Monday July 2nd, 2007.

4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee--------------06/12/07

5. Economic Development and Capital Improvements-----06/13/07

6. Health and Welfare Committee ---------------------06/18/07

7. Economic Development and Capital Improvements ----06/19/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports four through seven and place them on file.

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Regular Meeting

June 27, 2007

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APPEARANCES:

1. Guy St. Germain, Western U.P. Health Dept. Administrator

(RE: Clean Indoor Air Regulation)

St. Germain addressed the Board again on the Western U.P. District Health Department’s Clean Indoor Air Regulation. He appeared before the Board in April to introduce the regulation. Also attending the meeting was Gail Plowe who spoke to the Board on a recent survey she completed in U.P. with Business people seeking an opinion for or against the clean indoor air regulation. St. Germain Fielded questions from the Board relating to the regulation. After further discussion, a motion was made Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to adopt the Clean Indoor Air Regulation.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Dave Coon, Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

(RE: Assistance with Recreational Improvements Projects)

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

2. Congressman Bart Stupak

(RE: Michigan Sport Fishing)

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

3. Timothy McGuire, MAC Executive Director

(RE: Summer Conference)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize any commissioners to attend the MACC conference if funds are available and to reschedule the August 22nd, 2007 meeting to August 29th, 2007 at 5PM.

4. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

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

Agenda Additions:

1. Probate Judge Massie, letter to Board

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to table the matter until after the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of Monday July 2nd, 2007.

2. MMRMA insurance premium return

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Clerk Pelissero to apply the premium return to the 2007-08 insurance amount.

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June 27, 2007

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Fritzi Barron, Deputy Friend of the Court 15 year increment

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 15-year increment.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Bonovetz spoke on the Health and Welfare meeting that he and committee members attended recently, he mentioned the possible wage rollback due Medicaid cuts at the Medical Care Facility was a contractual agreement, not an administrative decision.

Oliver discussed briefly receiving reports from the Facility and the HOPE animal shelter. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to request quarterly reports from the Medical Care Facility and HOPE.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Guy St. Germain thanked the Board for adopting the Clean Indoor Air Regulation.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:33pm.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

June 26, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

3:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 3PM by Chairman Kangas.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin 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.

ROAD COMMISSION BOARD APPOINTMENT INTERVIEWS

Chairman Kangas spoke on how the interviews will be handled.

1. The Chairman will ask the questions; only Board members are permitted to ask questions of the applicants after the Chairman’s questions. The same questions will be posed to all applicants.

2. Each applicant will be required not to be present in the room in advance of the applicant’s interview.

3. No comments from the floor will be allowed.

4. Applicants will be interviewed in alphabetical order.

5. Each applicant will be permitted to give an opening statement not to exceed three minutes.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to begin the interviews.

At 3:04pm, Robert Berg, E8248 Sanders Rd., Bessemer, MI 49911 was interviewed. He began with an opening statement and then the Chairman’s 13 questions were answered.

At 3:15pm, Joe Cayer, 100 E Ash St., Ironwood, MI 49938 was interviewed. He began with an opening statement and then the Chairman’s 13 questions were answered.

At 3:27pm, Marvin LaGrew, N14511 Black River Rd, Ironwood, Mi 49938 was interviewed. He was offered and declined to make an opening statement. He then was asked the 13 Chairman’s questions.

At 3:39pm, Bob Orlich, 104 Sunday Lake Street, Wakefield, MI 49968, was interviewed. He began with an opening statement, and then answered the Chairman’s 13 questions.

At 3:51pm, Tom Richter, N9532 Johnson Rd., Bessemer Township, MI 49911 was interviewed. He began with an opening statement, and then answered the Chairman’s 13 questions. At 4:03pm, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the interviews.

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June 26, 2007

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A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to appoint Marvin LaGrew and Tom Richter to the Road Commission Board, after discussion, Gerovac withdrew his motion and Bonovetz his support.

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Gerovac to appoint Marvin LaGrew to the Road Commission Board.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Siirila

NO: (2) Peterson, Oliver

Motion carried.

Discussion was held after the vote, that if the next nomination resulted in a majority vote, three of the five candidates may never be consider or come up for a vote.

A motion to rescind the previous motion was made by Siirila, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to rescind the appointment of Marvin LaGrew to the County Road Commission Board.

A motion was made by Gerovac to move the appointments of the Road Commission to Wednesday June 27th, the Chairman asked three times for support, the motion died for lack of support. Gerovac asked to be excused from the meeting to attend to another matter, the Chairman granted his request.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to place all five candidates in for nomination and each commissioner will be asked to vote for two candidates.

ROLL CALL:

Anonich Orlich and LaGrew

Bonovetz Richter and LaGrew

Jacobson Richter and LaGrew

Kangas Berg and LaGrew

Morin LaGrew and Berg

Siirila LaGrew and Orlich

Peterson LaGrew and Orlich

Oliver Cayer and Orlich

Marvin LaGrew is appointed to the Road Commission after receiving a majority of the votes.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate the lowest vote getter, Joe Cayer.

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June 26, 2007

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The next vote was for the one remaining Board seat. Each Commissioner will vote for one candidate.

ROLL CALL:

Anonich Orlich
Bonovetz Richter

Jacobson Richter

Kangas Richter

Morin Berg

Siirila Orlich

Peterson Orlich

Oliver Orlich

None of the nominees received the required majority of the votes (5)Five.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate the lowest vote getter, Bob Berg.

ROLL CALL:

Anonich Orlich
Bonovetz Richter

Jacobson Richter

Kangas Richter

Morin Orlich

Siirila Orlich

Peterson Orlich

Oliver Orlich

Bob Orlich is appointed to the Road Commission after receiving the majority of the votes cast (5) Five.

The two new appointees terms will expire January 1st, 2009, in accordance with Act No 598 of Public Acts of 2006.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn the meeting to the call of the Chair.

The meeting adjourned at 4:20pm.

_____________________________ ____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting

July 31, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

3:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 3PM by Chairman Kangas.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin

Absent: (3) Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz 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.

New Business

1. Fair Board Request for a cash advance to be repaid by 2007 Fair Proceeds

Discussion was held regarding the cash advance from the Fair Board. Chairman Kangas informed the Board that every year the Fair Board requests this advance to cover the start up costs for the Fair, and the advance is paid back right after the fair.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to advance the Fair $66,000.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin,

NO: (0) None

2. Roscommon County Resolution

(RE: MSDHA property program funding.)

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

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 3:12pm.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

July 11th, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 26th, 2007 special meeting and June 27th, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented and place them on file.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented with one addition: update on the sale of the senior center.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ---------07/02/2007

a. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Anonich that non-union employees receive effective 7/01/07, a $0.65 per hour increase, $500 optical reimbursement, and drug reimbursement to be $0 for generic and $30 for a brand name drug, and one-half holiday on New Years Eve.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Siirila

NO: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

b. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac that Elected and Appointed Officials receive effective 7/01/07, $500 optical reimbursement, drug reimbursement $0 for generic and $30 for a brand name drug and one-half holiday on New Years Eve.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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July 11th, 2007

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APPEARANCES:

1. Dean Beaudoin, of Joki, Makela & Pollack LLC.

(RE: 2006 Gogebic County Audit)

Beaudoin presented the 2006 Audit report to the Board. The Audit is over 100 pages long and Beaudoin spoke for about fifteen minutes, in which he handed out an outline covering the key points in the audit report. Once again this year the County received a Clean Audit opinion. The fund balance for the General Fund is now at $467,430 up from $313,156 in 2005. There were no major findings or concerns related to the 2006 Audit. After a few questions from the Board, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the 2006 Gogebic County Audit.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Fisheries improvement Pomeroy Lake)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Jonathon Meade, Executive Director, UPCAP

(RE: FY 2008 Annual Implementation Plan and resolution)

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

3. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics funding and resolution)

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

4. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Western U.P. Health Department’s interest in building purchase)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the County Administrator to begin the process of finding a company to appraise the building for market value and negotiate an agreement with the Western U.P. District Health Department on a shared cost for the appraisal work.

5. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: vacation carry over)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Giackino to carry over 13 days of vacation.

6. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: Postage request)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the clerk’s request for postage in the amount of $410.00.

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July 11th, 2007

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7. Dick Bolen, Director, Forestry and Parks Committee

(RE: Recreation Plan and Forestry and Parks Appointment)

Bolen presented to the Board the 2007-2011 Gogebic County Recreation Plan. The Plan will be available to the Public for 30 days in the Clerk’s office, seeking their input. After the 30 days a public hearing must set. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a public hearing for August 29th, 2007 at 5PM.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Steve Thomas to the Forestry and Parks Commission for a four-year term. Thomas was the only applicant to respond to the advertisement.

8. Deb Fabbri, Friend of the Court

(RE: release of 2007 appropriation)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to release the 2007 Friend of the Court Appropriation, $25,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

9. Senior Center Building Sale update.

Chairman Kangas informed the Board that the sale of the Senior Center Building in Ironwood was nearing completion. The Buyer was seeking a lease agreement for the Extension Office and Community Action Agency, which included two options. Option one, was to lease the building to the County for 38% of the utilities and option two, was a lease agreement for a flat $1,200.00 a month. Brief discussion was held, and then a motion by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to agree to a flat $1,200.00 per month lease agreement through December of 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

1. USDA Grant- sheriff department grant

Revenues
Federal Grant USDA 101-000-526.00 increased by $22,000.00

Expenditures
Sheriff Department- Vehicle 101-301-978.00 increased by $22,000.00

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Anonich to amend the County budget as presented.

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July 11th, 2007

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Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Kangas read a thank you from Bob Orlich, who was recently appointed to the Road Commission Board.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest updated the Board on the Parks, timber sales and she discussed fire fighters who are now helping out with fires in the Western United States.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

July 25, 2007

County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 11th, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: A committee recommendation from the Finance Budgeting and Auditing committee from earlier today, and an appointment to the Michigan State University Extension Director selection committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----06/27/07

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

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee-----07/11/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize $8,000 from the General Fund for jail renovation information (advertising, DVD’s etc) in accordance with ACT 388 of 1976.

Agenda Addition:

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----07/25/07

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to move ahead with the purchase of the Ottawa National Forest Bessemer Ranger District facility in the amount of $225,000.00, and to come up with the best financing plan to complete the purchase.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (1) Morin

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

July 25, 2007

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Decision Notice: Ironwood Vacant Land exchange)

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

2. Darla Lenz, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Trans Superior Resources, Inc. Private Minerals)

exploration in Matchwood Tower Rd. area)

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

3. Kim J. Stoker, Co-Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project and to receive the communication and place it on file.

4. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: County Tax Sale)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Treasurer to close her office for an extra hour on August 3rd, 2007, from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

5. Jim Loeper, County Emergency Management Coordinator

(RE: Homeland Security Grant Program)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented and authorize the Chairman and the Clerk to sign the documents.

6. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Duck Creek Fisheries Habitat Improvement)

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

7. Kim Stoker, Co-Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Oreste Chiantello Public Service Award)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to nominate Leroy Kangas for the Oreste Chiantello public service award.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

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July 25, 2007

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
The Michigan Association of Counties representatives will be in the County the week of September 17th and would like to meet with the Board. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried to move the regular September 12, 2007 meeting to September 19, 2007 rather having a special meeting.

Oliver asked for reports from the Medical Care Facility and the HOPE animal shelter. The Board previously moved to receive quarterly reports from each agency. The administrator will contact MCF and HOPE for those reports. Oliver also asked about the status of Five County Health Department Intergovernmental Agreement that was referred to Prosecutor earlier this year. The Administrator mentioned she and the Prosecutor are still working on the matter. Oliver discussed with the Board the recent opinion given by the Prosecutor regarding the Festival Ironwood Parade and the Michigan Motorcycle law requiring helmets for all riders. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote that a letter is sent to the Prosecutor asking him why the parade in Ironwood followed the law and the recent Bessemer Fourth of July parade drivers of four-wheelers went without helmets.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

___________________________ __________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting

July 31, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

3:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 3PM by Chairman Kangas.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin

Absent: (3) Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz 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.

New Business

1. Fair Board Request for a cash advance to be repaid by 2007 Fair Proceeds

Discussion was held regarding the cash advance from the Fair Board. Chairman Kangas informed the Board that every year the Fair Board requests this advance to cover the start up costs for the Fair, and the advance is paid back right after the fair.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to advance the Fair $66,000.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin,

NO: (0) None

2. Roscommon County Resolution

(RE: MSDHA property program funding.)

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

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 3:12pm.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

August 8th, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 25th, 2007 regular meeting and July 31st special meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition an appearance by Ken Marshall of WUPPDR and to move up the deputy grievances from other matters to right before the appearances.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Deputy Sheriff Association Grievances #07-356 and #07-369

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to go into to closed session at 5:05pm to meet with corporate counsel regarding strategy or settlement of grievances filed by the Gogebic County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

After a roll call vote the Board went back into open session at 5:30pm.

APPEARANCES:

1. Pat Merrill, Director, Gogebic County EDC

(RE: update of projects)

Mr. Merrill updated the Board on the countywide comprehensive plan, the ongoing projects Wal-Mart and Walgreen’s. He also informed the Board of the possibility of new companies showing interest in locating to Gogebic County. A Traverse City company locating to relocate and a company looking to start a new scrap wood by product plant to produce ethanol. These projects are in the early stages.

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2. Ken Marshall, WUPPDR

Marshall updated the Board on the projects that WUPPDR is working on, which included the flood mitigation plan and a five-year road improvement plan for the City of Wakefield. WUPPDR is also active in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) parcel mapping and is willing to help out municipalities with any related matters to GIS.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Jack Pine Budworm Area Restoration Project)

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

2. Holly Jennings, Fisheries Biologist, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Pomeroy Lake Rusty Crayfish trapping project)

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

3. Gernot Joachim, Assistant Director, W.U.P. Substance Abuse Agency (RE: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the Employee Assistance Program Agreement.

4. Lawrence M Harrington, Iron County, Michigan

(RE: Michigan Association of Counties Board position)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for Mr. Harrington.

OTHER MATTERS
The Board was reminded of the change in the August meeting schedule. The second meeting of the month will be held August 29th at 5pm.
Administrator Juliane Giackino asked the Board if she should contact labor attorney Bonnie Toskey regarding the grievances. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Giackino to contact Toskey.

Bonovetz asked about the five County Intergovernmental Agreement for the Western U.P. Health Department that was referred to Corporate Counsel earlier this year. Giackino informed the Board; Mr. Adams felt though the document looked fine he didn’t recommend agreeing to the idea. Brief discussion was held and a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to move forward and agree to the plan, further discussion was held and then Oliver withdrew his motion, and Bonovetz his support. The item will appear on the August 29, 2007 Board agenda.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:57pm.

______________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

August 29, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:10pm by Chairman Kangas.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 8, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: 1. a recommendation from the finance meeting concerning court reporter equipment for Circuit and Probate Court, 2. Frank Kuchevar, Watersmeet Township Supervisor, regarding tax tribunal with Enbridge Energy and 3. a resolution adopting the County Five-year recreation plan.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------07/25/07

2. Technology Committee-------------------------07/26/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one and two and place them on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Guy St. Germain, Administrator, Western U.P. Health Dept.

(RE: Intergovernmental Agreement)

After brief discussion, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented, and to authorize the Chairman and Clerk to sign the agreement.

2. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan)

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

3. Norman Nass, Ottawa National Forest, District Ranger

(RE: 2007 Papa Bear Vegetation Management Project)

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

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4. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: budget amendment)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the budgets as requested.

5. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Ballot language)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to place the jail renovation and expansion language on the November 6, 2007 election ballot.

GOGEBIC COUNTY JAIL RENOVATION AND EXPANSION MILLAGE

SHALL THE COUNTY OF GOGEBIC MILLAGE UPON TAXABLE REAL AND TANGIBLE PROPERTY BE INCREASED BY 2.0 MIILS ($2.00 PER $1,000.00 OF TAXABLE VALUE) THE FIRST YEAR, AND VALUES NOT TO EXCEED 1.8 MILLS ($1.80 PER $1,000.00 OF TAXABLE VALUE) THE SECOND YEAR, NOT TO EXCEED 1.62 MILLS ($1.62 PER $1,000 OF TAXABLE VALUE) THE THIRD YEAR, AND NOT TO EXCEED 1.45 MILLS ($1.45 PER $1,000.00 OF TAXABLE VALUE) THE FOURTH AND FINAL YEAR FOR THE YEARS 2007 THROUGH 2010, INCLUSIVE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RENOVATION, EXPANSION, AND EQUIPPING OF THE GOGEBIC COUNTY JAIL AND SHERIFF COMPLEX, RAISING AN ESTIMATED $862,808 IN THE FIRST YEAR THE MILLAGE IS LEVIED.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

6. James Loeper, County Emergency Management Services

(Re: 911 surcharge resolution)

Loeper discussed the possibility of the senate bills 410 and 411 passing, which will have an impact on the 911 surcharges. The bills weren’t voted on as he expected this week. Loeper said when and if they are approved the Board will have to take action and adopt a resolution. Loeper also informed the Board of the proposed increase in dispatching fees by the Michigan State Police. The dispatching done by Negaunee Regional currently is $69,000 and may increase to $103,000 or $116,000 in 2009. Loeper will continue to work with our legislators and MAC on the matter.

Agenda additions:

7. Recommendation from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to authorize the purchase of court recording equipment for Circuit Court ($7,765.00) and Probate Court ($5,936.00).

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Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Frank Kuchevar, Watersmeet Township Supervisor

(RE: Enbridge Energy Michigan Tax Tribunal)

Kuchevar spoke to the Board about the potential tax tribunal decision, which could result in the Township and the County refunding tax funds for the assessment of Enbridges’ personal property going back to 2003. He mentioned the Township stands to refund approximately $18,000. The County could face even larger amounts because the Enbridge pipeline runs through a lot of our Cities and Townships. Kuchevar is hoping to put together a group of representatives from the municipalities involved and work at fighting any decision that would change how the personal property is assessed. The Board will meet with Michigan Association of Counties at its September 19, 2007 meeting to discuss the matter.

9. Five-Year Recreation Plan Resolution

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to adopt the Gogebic County Five-year Recreation Plan as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2007-07

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN BARAGA, GOGEBIC, HOUGHTON, KEWEENAW AND ONTONAGON COUNTIES UNDER THE URBAN COOPERATION ACT ESTABLISHING THE WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Michigan Public Health Code, the Counties of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon established the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department, and

WHEREAS, the Counties of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon wish to formalize the public health department structure through the creation of a separate legal entity as permitted under the Michigan Constitution of 1963, Article VII, Section 28; and the Urban Cooperation Act, 1967 PA 7, as amended, being MCLA. 124.501, et seq.; and

WHEREAS, the respective Counties have reviewed and agreed to the terms of the proposed “Intergovernmental Agreement for the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department”,

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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the attached “Intergovernmental Agreement for the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department” is approved.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board Chairperson is authorized to sign the finalized “Intergovernmental Agreement for the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department”.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this Resolution, and the attached “Intergovernmental Agreement for the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department” shall be filed with the County Clerk’s office and the Michigan Secretary of State’s office.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution, and the attached “Intergovernmental Agreement for the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department” shall be sent to the Michigan Governor’s office pursuant to the Urban Cooperation Act, 1967 PA 7.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that additional legal services may be needed on the 2005 deputy association grievance, and legal counsel Bonnie Toskey will keep her informed.

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August 29, 2007

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:03pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

September 19, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Roll Call
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 29, 2007 Public Hearing and August 29th, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Morin, 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 of the agenda as presented along with one addition to other matters, bids for the animal control truck.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------09/12/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to finance the purchase of the Forest Service Building for $225,000 by using $36,000 from the sale of the Senior Center, and the balance to come from maturing CD’s from Forestry and Parks Funds. If necessary the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund will lend the funds until one of the CD’s matures and then the CD money will reimburse the DTRF.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

1. Representatives of the Michigan Association of Counties.

Representatives Tim McGuire and Tim Hickson addressed the Board on matters in Lansing that relate to the 2007-08 State Budget battles, at present there remains a 1.7 billion shortfall. McGuire had some good news about the Workers Comp dividend for 2007, it is expected to be about the same as last year. Hickson discussed the legislation that may impact the Counties. McGuire and Hickson then opened the floor for questions from the Board. Chairman Kangas and the entire Board thanked them for appearing and providing the information.

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2. Dave Hardie, County Equalization Director (Enbridge Energy)

Hardie appeared to present an update on the Enbridge Energy Tax Tribunal, which could affect the Townships in Gogebic County. After meeting with the Townships recently, Hardie recommended that the Townships fight Enbridge Energy at the Tax Tribunal. He feels the County has had success at tribunal in the past and should again.

Hardie thought the process would take up to six to eight months, and he will keep all parties informed.

3. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director

Merrill discussed the availability of grant money to purchase abandoned railroad grades for the rails to trails project through the Michigan DNR. In order to make this happen in Gogebic County, one applicant must apply for all the trails. Since the trails available run through the County, Merrill suggested the County be the applicant. After brief discussion on how the process would work, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson, that Gogebic County will act as the applicant.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Co-Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project and receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Darla Lenz, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Final Decision Trans Superior Resources- Private Minerals Exploration-Matchwood Tower Road Project)

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

3. Chris Thomas, State of Michigan, Director of Elections

(RE: Board of County Canvassers appointment)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Laurel Makinen as the Democrat member and Geraldine Burt as the Republican member of the County Board of Canvassers.

4. Laurel Makinen, Chair, Gogebic County Democratic Party

(RE: names of nominees for County Canvassers)

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

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5. Charles Best, Secretary, Gogebic County Republican Party

(RE: names of nominees for County Canvassers)

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

6. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: 4th Quarter Appropriation)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the fourth quarter appropriation.

7. Dennis J Maufort, Area Director, USDA

(RE: USDA funding Obligation withdrawal)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to withdraw the remaining fund request from the USDA.

8. Annual Assessment Agreement for the City of Bessemer and Erwin, Wakefield Townships.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to approve the assessor agreements for the City of Bessemer, Erwin Township and Wakefield Township effective October 1, 2007.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

9. Joanne E Pihlaja, Gogebic County Extension Director

(RE: Job Description and 4-H Memorandum of Agreement)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by an Eight Yea - One Nay voice vote to approve the job description for the County Extension Director.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 4-H memorandum of agreements.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Sanders informed the Board that one bid was received by the deadline for a used truck for the animal control officer. The bid received was by Scott Voit, for a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup with 71,000 miles, bid was for $10,998.00. Discussion was held whether or not the bid was a conflict of interest, since Voit is a deputy for the County. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter and then ask the Prosecutor if there is a conflict of interest with Voit.

Commissioner Bonovetz thanked Treasurer Sue Pertile and Forestry Parks Director Dick Bolen for their work on the financing of the Ottawa National Forest Building.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:10PM.

____________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

September 26, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Plan

Josephson’s Nursing Home

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the Public Hearing at 5PM.

Chairman Kangas asked for public comment on the project. No one from the public asked to comment. Pat Merrill, County EDC Director then presented the details of the project at Josephson’s Nursing Home. The project will be approximately a $3.2 Million dollar expansion and renovation of the current facility. Job creation will be approximately 40 new employees. Merrill discussed the affect on taxes for the municipalities involved. Floor plans were presented and viewed by the Board. The Board then had a few questions for Merrill, as well as Prisilla and Jim Cross, the owners of the facility. The Board was pleased this development is taking place in the City of Ironwood and wished the owners good luck with the project.

The Chairman asked three more times if there was any public comment, hearing none, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to close the public hearing.

Roll Call
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

____________________________ __________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

September 26, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Kangas at 5:20pm immediately following the public hearing.
Roll Call:
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 19th, 2007 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin 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 two additions, #1, a request from the County Elected and Appointed officials for an actuarial for a DROP plan and #2, add one item to other matters regarding the animal control vehicle.

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---------08/29/07

2. Economic Development and Capital Improvements-—-09/12/07

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

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Patricia Hagstrom, Juvenile Court Counselor

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

Agenda Addition:

Elected and Appointed Officials request for an actuarial study for a DROP Plan (Deferred Retirement Option Plan).

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the Elected and Appointed Officials to pay for an actuarial study be to completed on the cost to the County to establish a DROP plan.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Brownfield Plan for Josephson’s Nursing Home

A motion was made by Oliver, supported to Gerovac to adopt the resolution approving an ACT 381 Brownfield Plan for Josephson’s Nursing Home.

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Roll Call
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. To set Truth in Taxation public hearing date

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing for October 24, 2007 at 5PM.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Discussion was held on the Animal Control vehicle purchase. The Board requested an opinion from Corporate Counsel Adams as to whether or not there was a conflict of interest with the bid process. Scott Voit, deputy sheriff, was the only bidder. Adams advised the Board, that since it was a published and sealed bid process, there was no conflict. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver, to purchase the 2002 Ford F-150 Pickup for $10,998.00 from Scott Voit.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero advised the Board that Julie Ahnen’s term on the Department of Human Services Board will expire on October 31, 2007. An advertisement will run in the Daily Globe seeking applicants for the position with the deadline being October 10th, 2007.

Jim Loeper spoke on the work being done to establish an alternative hospital site at Gogebic Community College; he’ll keep the Board informed.

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Forestry and Parks Director Dick Bolen invited the members of the Board who like to tour the County Forestry and Parks projects. The Tour will take place October 8th, 2007.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

________________________________ ____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

October 10, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5PM by Chairman Kangas. Kangas then thanked everyone who sent him a card or flowers following his recent surgery.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (Sept. 26th, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin 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 three additions to other matters, a letter from Marquette County, applications for the Human Services Board and the possible change to the November 14th meeting.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5-minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Henry L. Green, Executive Director, Dept. of Labor & Economic Development

(RE: Progress of survey and Remonumentation program)

County Remonumentation Administrator Dick Bolen updated the Board of the Gogebic County Remonumentation program. The project is very beneficial to the County and to date the program has set 3,000 corner monuments and been awarded about $832,000 to work on the program from this State funded program. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Becky McIntyre, Community Corrections Manager

(RE: FY 2008 proposal and application for funds)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Anonich to receive the communication and place it on file, after discussion, Morin rescinded his motion and Anonich his support. A motion was then made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the application for the FY 2008 proposal and application for funds to the Office of Community Corrections.

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3. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project and to receive the communication and place it on file.

4. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Jack Pine Budworm area restoration project EA)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

Chairman Kangas presented a letter from Marquette Board of Commissioners Chairman, Gerry Corkin, discussing the possible reduction in PILT funding. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to draft a similar letter that discusses how the reduction would affect Gogebic County.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero presented to the Board, the two applicants for the Human Services Board that were received by the deadline. Julie Ahnen and Mary Servia were the only people applying. Discussion was held as to how the Board should proceed with the appointment. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the applications to the Health and Welfare Committee and they will recommend a person to the full Board at the October 24th, 2007 regular meeting.

November 14, 2007 regular meeting change

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to move the November 14th, meeting to November 7th, discussion was held on the change and the reason for it. After discussion, Gerovac rescinded his motion and Morin his support for the motion. A motion was then made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by a Seven yea – One Nay vote to move the November 14th meeting to November 7th at 5pm due to the 2007 Deer Season.

Finance Chairman Oliver informed the Board that the first 2008 budget workshop would be held October 24, 2007 at 3:30pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Ottawa National Forest District Ranger, Melanie Fullman, updated the Board on the move out the Bessemer District Ranger Station and other on going projects on the Ottawa.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:35PM.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 24, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M. immediately following public hearing

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:03pm by Chairman Kangas.

Roll Call:
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 10th, 2007 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Anonich 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: 1. Committee recommendation from the Health and Welfare Committee, 2. Letter from Marvin Marks, 3. Budget Amendment for the Technology budget and 4. Public hearing for the USDA grant for the Sheriff Department.

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------------------09/24/07

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee----------09/26/07

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------09/26/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1 through 3.

4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee----------10/02/07

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to extend the contract with N. David Hardie for one year as the Equalization Director and authorize the Chairman to sign the contract.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

5. Health and Welfare Committee 10/23/07

Chairman of the Committee Anonich briefly discussed the meeting to interview the applicants for the position on the DHS Board, Julie Ahnen and Mary Servia were the only applicants.

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A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Jacobson to appoint Mary Servia as the member of Department Human Services Board three-year term beginning November 1st, 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (3) Anonich, Jacobson, Peterson

NO: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Morin, Oliver,

Siirila

Motion failed.

A motion was then made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to appoint Julie Ahnen as the member of the DHS Board three-year term beginning November 1st, 2007.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Morin, Oliver,

Siirila

NO: (3) Anonich, Jacobson, Peterson

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Carolynne Carlson, Executive Director, Gogebic-Ontonagon CAA

(RE: Community Development Block Grant Application 2008-09)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to send a letter of support for the CDBG application for 2007-2009.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Leroy Kangas, Chairman, Board of Commissioners

(RE: possible reduction in PILT)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send the letter to the Governor and our State Legislators.

3. Stephen Thomas, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair Board

(RE: Board term changes)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice to extend the terms of the Fair Board members to December 1st, 2008 and to establish December 1st as the term date of expiration thereafter.

4. Marvin Marks, Attorney at Law,

(RE: increase in indigent DOC court appointed fee)

Mr. Marks addressed the Board regarding the fees paid to attorneys that are assigned a case for the Department of Corrections. Currently the County pays $50/per hour and the State of Michigan has reimbursed Counties up to $70/pre hour. Marks requests is to have the County Board set the fee at $70/hour because the State will

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reimburse the County for that cost. Discussion followed, and then a motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac to table the matter to November 7th, 2007 meeting and invite Judge Gotham to attend the meeting to discuss the matter with Board.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Anonich, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson

NO: (3) Bonovetz, Oliver, Siirila

Motion carried.

5. Budget Amendment for Technology Budget

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to amend the Technology Budget by $15,000.00 as follows:

Revenues

Interested earned 101-000-665.00 increased from $100,000 to $115,000.00

Expenditures
Technology office equipment 101-258-805.02 increased from $19,750.00 by $15,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2007 GOGEBIC COUNTY MILLAGE RATE

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2007 Gogebic County Millage Rate as presented (8.5001).

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2007 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPORTIONMENT REPORT

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to adopt the 2007 apportionment report as presented.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Larry Sanders asked that the County set a public hearing for comment on the application through the USDA for grant for a vehicle and equipment. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the public hearing for November 7, 2007 at 5PM.

Sanders let the Board know that he advertised for bids for the old Animal Control vehicle and received one bid. The vehicle was listed in value at $4,000.00 the bid received from Ollie’s Auto was for $2,261.00. In his advertise it mentioned the County could accept or reject any bid. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila to reject the offer, and try to get more for the vehicle. The voice vote was tallied at 8 yeas - zero nays and one abstaining (Oliver).

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest invited the Board to the purchase and check ceremony of the Ottawa National Forest Bessemer Ranger District to the County, Wednesday October 31, 2007 at 9am. Fullman also updated the Board of the Ottawa projects.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ _______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 7th, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.(immediately following public hearing)

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:03PM by Chairman Kangas.

ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(minutes from 10/24/07 Truth in taxation public hearing and October 24, 2007 regular meeting.)

A motion was made by Oliver, 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 Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: personnel and negotiations committee summary report from 11/6/07.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jim Davis, Community Development Specialist, State Housing Development Authority (RE: CDBG grant monitoring)

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

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee summary report from 11/06/07.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep the current secretarial position as it is currently with the secretary working 3 days one week for the Administrator and 2 days for Forestry and to rotate the next week (2 days Administration and 3 days Forestry) and to continue in that pattern. This would begin as son as the Forestry and Parks Commission was to ready to their new location.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to create a five-year planning committee for the County. The membership was appointed by the Chairman: Oliver, Jacobson, Gerovac, Morin and Kangas.

Commissioner Agenda Request:

Commissioner Peterson has requested a discussion on recreational funding in Watersmeet Township for an improved bike trail.

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A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the November 28th, 2007 regular meeting.

TABLED MATTERS
1. Indigent Attorney fee increase for DOC cases.

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

Judge Roy Gotham was in attendance to discuss the request from Attorney Marvin Marks to increase the indigent attorney fee for Department of Corrections cases. Gotham informed the Board that other Counties are paying up to $75.00 per hour for these cases, and the State is reimbursing those Counties. It would appear that if Gogebic County increased the fee from $50.00 to $75.00 the State would reimburse the full amount. Lengthy discussed was held, and then a motion was made by Oliver supported by Siirila to pay indigent attorney fees at $75.00 for Department of Corrections cases only and keep the current indigent fee at $50.00 for all other County indigent cases.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman, Ottawa National Forest Ranger, informed the Board that the Snowmobile trail #2 that needed repairs has in fact been repaired.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Bob Raisanen, Marensico Township and MTA liaison, inquired if the Health Department were to vacate the building if Sheriff could utilize the space.

Chairman Kangas thanked the Jail Committee for their efforts on the millage and thanked all the voters who went to the polls on election. The Jail expansion and renovation project failed by 26 votes in the November 6th, 2007 election day.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:27PM.

_______________________________ __________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 28, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Roll Call
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (Minutes from USDA public hearing and November 7, 2007 meeting.)

A motion was made by Oliver, 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 Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: three committee summary reports.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Agenda Additions:

1. Economic Development and Capital Improv. Committee-- 11/21/07

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin, not to sell the annex currently occupied by the Western U.P. Health Department and to advise Mr. Guy St. Germain, Director, of such in writing.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------11/21/07

3. Five Year Planning Committee ------------------------11/27/07

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports two and three and place them on file.

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------10/24/07

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------11/07/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports four and five and place them on file.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: PILT funding)

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

2. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: PILT funding)

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

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Papa Bear Vegetation Management Project final decision)

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

Amendment to Apportionment report

Equalization Director Dave Hardie presented to the Board an amendment to the 2007 millage apportionment report that was adopted at the October 24th, 2007 regular meeting. The Wakefield-Marenisco School District millage proposals that were passed in the November 6th, 2007 election are to be levied this year. The levy will be spread through out the entire school district, which includes 16 sections in Bessemer Township and all of Wakefield City, Wakefield Township and Marenisco Township

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac, to amend the 2007 millage apportionment report as presented by Dave Hardie.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Greg Rigoni, six-month increment, custodian

2. Tom Novascone, six-month increment, equalization dept.

3. Melissa Prisbe, six-month increment, equalization dept.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin, to approve the six-month increments for Rigoni, Novascone and Prisbe.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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TABLED MATTERS:

Recreation funding for Watersmeet Township

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

Peterson informed the Board that a group of individuals from Watersmeet Township is working on funding for a walking/biking trail from Watersmeet Township to Land O Lakes. The group may be approaching the County for funding if it is available. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote help the project any way the County Board can.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman of Ottawa National Forest updated the Board regarding the deer hunting season on the Ottawa.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:21PM.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 28, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Roll Call
Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (Minutes from USDA public hearing and November 7, 2007 meeting.)

A motion was made by Oliver, 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 Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: three committee summary reports.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Agenda Additions:

1. Economic Development and Capital Improv. Committee-- 11/21/07

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin, not to sell the annex currently occupied by the Western U.P. Health Department and to advise Mr. Guy St. Germain, Director, of such in writing.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------11/21/07

3. Five Year Planning Committee ------------------------11/27/07

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports two and three and place them on file.

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------10/24/07

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------------11/07/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports four and five and place them on file.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: PILT funding)

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

2. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: PILT funding)

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

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Papa Bear Vegetation Management Project final decision)

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

Amendment to Apportionment report

Equalization Director Dave Hardie presented to the Board an amendment to the 2007 millage apportionment report that was adopted at the October 24th, 2007 regular meeting. The Wakefield-Marenisco School District millage proposals that were passed in the November 6th, 2007 election are to be levied this year. The levy will be spread through out the entire school district, which includes 16 sections in Bessemer Township and all of Wakefield City, Wakefield Township and Marenisco Township

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac, to amend the 2007 millage apportionment report as presented by Dave Hardie.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Greg Rigoni, six-month increment, custodian

2. Tom Novascone, six-month increment, equalization dept.

3. Melissa Prisbe, six-month increment, equalization dept.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin, to approve the six-month increments for Rigoni, Novascone and Prisbe.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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TABLED MATTERS:

Recreation funding for Watersmeet Township

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

Peterson informed the Board that a group of individuals from Watersmeet Township is working on funding for a walking/biking trail from Watersmeet Township to Land O Lakes. The group may be approaching the County for funding if it is available. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote help the project any way the County Board can.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman of Ottawa National Forest updated the Board regarding the deer hunting season on the Ottawa.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:21PM.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

December 12, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (Minutes of November 28, 2007 meeting.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, 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.

Committee Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------12/05/2007

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila, to balance the 2008 General Fund budget with the changes made and with $104,847.00 from Fund Balance.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin, to approve the changes to the General Fund Appropriations Act for 2008.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a public hearing on the proposed 2008 General Fund Budget and 2008 General Fund Appropriations Act, for December 26th, 2007 at 5PM at the Courthouse.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Annual CEDS Report) Report was handed out 12/5/07

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the annual CEDS resolution and to receive the communication and place it on file.

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2. Tom Chase, Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce

(RE: multi-purpose trail)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the multi-use trail.

3. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: budget amendment for Building and Grounds)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson, to amend the Building and Grounds Budget by $225,000.

REVENUES

Other Revenues 101-000-688.00 increase by $225,000.00

EXPENDITURES

Buildings 101-265-975.00 increase by $225,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent by WUPPDR)

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

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS

1. Pat Comparin, 10 year longevity request

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 10 year longevity request.

OTHER MATTERS
County Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board of a request from Jim Lorenson of GCC of a meeting that will be held Thursday December 13, 2007 at 4:30pm. Lorenson invited the Chairman to attend, but Mr. Kangas is out of town. Commissioner Bonovetz volunteered to attend in his absence.

Commissioner Jacobson reminded the Board members of the Soil Conservation District’s Christmas party which is being held tonight at the Elk and Hound.

Commissioner Siirila brought up the Sledfest, which is being held at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds in January. He would like to meet with the Fair Board to utilize the full facility for this very important event. Siirila informed the Board of phone calls he has been receiving regarding the new bathroom facilities and that power weren’t going to available for the events. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator to contact Fair Board Chairman, Steve Thomas to schedule a special Fair Board meeting for next week.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:26PM.

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Tom Gerovac, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

Gogebic County Board of Commissioners
Public Hearing

October 24, 2007

5PM

County Courthouse

Present: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY TRUTH IN TAXATION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the millage for Gogebic County for 2007 is 8.9219 mills, which includes the extra voted millage of .8866 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, .4000 for the Medical Care Facility Building and Site, and .2000 mills for Animal Control.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to levy its full millage of 8.9219 mills.

Chairman Kangas asked three times for public comment on the Truth in Taxation resolution, there was none.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to close the public hearing.

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried. The public hearing was closed at 5:03pm.

____________________________ ____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

November 7, 2007

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the Gogebic County proposed grant with USDA Rural Development in of $55,800.00 for a new patrol car, equipment and computers.

Present: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

Chairman Kangas opened the Public Hearing at 5PM. He then asked three times for public comment or questions, none one from the public commented or had questions on the grant.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to close the public hearing.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk