2008 Regular Meeting Minutes

2008 Regular Board Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 9th, 2008

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 (December 26th, 2007 regular meeting and December 26th, 2007 Public Hearing.)

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 to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions, interest notification from the Western U.P. Health Department, Mac Conference attendance and election of County Board Vice-Chairman.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane Duray, Airport Manager, Gogebic-Iron County Airport

(RE: 2008 1st and 2nd Quarter appropriation release)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 1st and 2nd Quarter appropriation to the airport operating fund and the capital outlay fund.

2. Darla Lenz, Bergland/Ontonagon District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest (RE: Revised EA private minerals exploration project)

Melanie Fullman addressed the Board regarding the revised Environmental Assessment. The time period for public comment has been extended through late January. The Board had several questions regarding the private mineral exploration. After the discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Transit

A motion was made Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the two applicants to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee for interviews and a recommendation to the full Board.

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Jim Mildren, Director the Gogebic County Transit, briefly updated the Board on the business side of the Gogebic County Transit.

Agenda Additions:

Chairman Kangas presented to the Board the interest allocation notice from the Western U.P. District Health Department in the amount of $3,174.82. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the notice and place it on file.

The Michigan Association of Counties 2008 Conference is being held in Lansing on February 10th through the Feb 12th. Chairman Kangas asked which Commissioners were interested in attending. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize any commissioner interested in attending the MAC Conference may do so.(It appears three or four may be attending.)

Election of Vice Chairman:

Commissioner Oliver felt based on the report by Peter Cohl in the monthly MAC publication the County would have to elect a Vice Chairman for 2008. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the floor for nominations. Peterson with support from Bonovetz nominated Gerovac. Chairman Kangas asked three more times for nominations, no one else was nominated. A motion was made by Morin, supported by Peterson and carried to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Tom Gerovac as the 2008 Vice-Chairman of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman updated the Board the projects on going on the Ottawa National Forest.

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 5:38PM.

____________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 9th, 2008

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 (December 26th, 2007 regular meeting and December 26th, 2007 Public Hearing.)

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 to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions, interest notification from the Western U.P. Health Department, Mac Conference attendance and election of County Board Vice-Chairman.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane Duray, Airport Manager, Gogebic-Iron County Airport

(RE: 2008 1st and 2nd Quarter appropriation release)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 1st and 2nd Quarter appropriation to the airport operating fund and the capital outlay fund.

2. Darla Lenz, Bergland/Ontonagon District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest (RE: Revised EA private minerals exploration project)

Melanie Fullman addressed the Board regarding the revised Environmental Assessment. The time period for public comment has been extended through late January. The Board had several questions regarding the private mineral exploration. After the discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Transit

A motion was made Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the two applicants to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee for interviews and a recommendation to the full Board.

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Jim Mildren, Director the Gogebic County Transit, briefly updated the Board on the business side of the Gogebic County Transit.

Agenda Additions:

Chairman Kangas presented to the Board the interest allocation notice from the Western U.P. District Health Department in the amount of $3,174.82. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the notice and place it on file.

The Michigan Association of Counties 2008 Conference is being held in Lansing on February 10th through the Feb 12th. Chairman Kangas asked which Commissioners were interested in attending. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize any commissioner interested in attending the MAC Conference may do so.(It appears three or four may be attending.)

Election of Vice Chairman:

Commissioner Oliver felt based on the report by Peter Cohl in the monthly MAC publication the County would have to elect a Vice Chairman for 2008. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the floor for nominations. Peterson with support from Bonovetz nominated Gerovac. Chairman Kangas asked three more times for nominations, no one else was nominated. A motion was made by Morin, supported by Peterson and carried to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Tom Gerovac as the 2008 Vice-Chairman of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman updated the Board the projects on going on the Ottawa National Forest.

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 5:38PM.

____________________________ _____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

January 30, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

4:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 4:05pm by Chairman Kangas.

ROLL CALL

Present: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (2) Gerovac, Peterson

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Michigan Association of Counties

(RE: 911 surcharges)

9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper addressed the Board regarding the letter from MAC and the change that is needed for the new 911 surcharge, which will take effect July 1, 2008. The Board at its January 23, 2008 meeting set the rate at 70 cents monthly per device. MAC and the County 9-1-1 committee are now recommending a rate of 60 cents per device. After discussion, a motion was made by Morin, supported by Jacobson to rescind the motion from the January 23, 2008 regular Board meeting adopting Resolution 2008-02, which set the 911 surcharge at 70 cents per month per device.

ROLL CALL

YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin to adopt the resolution to amend the Gogebic County Final 911 Service Plan.

RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE GOGEBIC COUNTY

FINAL 911 SERVICE PLAN

Gogebic County Resolution 2008-03

WHEREAS, under the Emergency 9-1-1 Service Enabling Act (P.A. 32 of 1986, as amended), the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved the final 911 service plan on January 9, 2002 to benefit the citizens of Gogebic County by providing a uniform and well known emergency telephone number; and

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners continues to believe that 911 service will benefit the citizens of Gogebic County; and

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan enacted Public Act 164 of 2007 to further support

9-1-1 service in Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Gogebic County has deemed it necessary to collect county-based 9-1-1 funds from communications service providers as allowed under Public Act 164 of 2007 to defray the costs of being ready to process, and of actually processing 9-1-1 calls placed within Gogebic County; and

WHEREAS, Public Act 164 of 2007 allows for limited amendments to be made to the Gogebic County 9-1-1 Plan through resolution by County Board of Commissioners;

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts this amendment to Gogebic County 9-1-1 plan to establish a monthly county-based 9-1-1 surcharge as permitted under P.A. 164 of 2007.

ROLL CALL

YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Jacobson to adopt the resolution for the monthly 9-1-1 surcharge within Gogebic County.

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT MONTHLY 9-1-1 SURCHARGE WITHIN GOGEBIC COUNTY

Gogebic County Resolution 2008-04

WHEREAS, under the Emergency 9-1-1 Service Enabling Act (P.A. 32 of 1986, as amended) the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved the final 911 service plan on January 9, 2002 to benefit the citizens of Gogebic County by providing a uniform and well known emergency telephone number; and

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners continues to believe that 911 service will benefit the citizens of Gogebic County; and

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan enacted Public Act 164 of 2007 to further support

9-1-1 service in Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Public Act 164 of 2007 allows for the creation of a county-based local 9-1-1 surcharge on all communications service providers that can access 9-1-1 and provides for the collection, disbursement, use, and audit of said funds; and

WHEREAS, Gogebic County has deemed that a monthly county-based surcharge of $0.60 be placed on all communications service providers beginning July 1, 2008 as allowed under Public Act 164 of 2007 is necessary to defray the costs of being ready to process and of actually processing 9-1-1 calls placed within Gogebic County, and;

WHEREAS, Public Act 164 of 2007 states that an estimated amount of anticipated annual revenue must be included within the resolution creating the monthly county-based 9-1-1 surcharge and projections by the county estimate that amount of anticipated annual revenue to be $218,800.00 (the anticipated amount to be collected in calendar year 2008 under this surcharge is $109,400.00); and

WHEREAS, Public Act 164 expires February 28, 2009, the monthly county-based surcharge will remain in effect until that time, or is otherwise changed by law; and

FURTHER, that pursuant to Public Act 164 of 2007, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has modified the 9-1-1 Plan on January 30, 2008 to reflect the changes in the 9-1-1 surcharges collected by Gogebic County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts the county-based 9-1-1 surcharge on communications devices as permitted under P.A. 164 of 2007.

ROLL CALL

YES: (7) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: Brad Noren’s vacation carry over)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Mr. Noren to carry over 23 days of vacation into 2008.

OTHER MATTERS
The Commissioners that attended a tour of the Ashland County Jail would like a letter of thanks sent to the Sheriff for taking the time to show off his jail.

The County Health and Welfare Committee would like a thank you sent to the Medical Care Facility staff for their tour of the facility recently. The administrator will send one out.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:28pm.

______________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 13, 2008

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, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 23rd, 2008 regular meeting and January 30th, 2008 special 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.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. James Mildren, Director, Gogebic County Transit

(RE: ballot proposal)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the language to County Clerk Gerry Pelissero to certify and present the matter at the February 27, 2008 regular Board meeting.

2. Bruce E. Edyvean, Manager, Gogebic County Road Commission

(RE: monthly salary increase and travel reimbursement rate

Increase)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila to approve the increase of the monthly salary of Road Commissioners to $100 per month and increase the mileage reimbursement to .40/per mile, which matches the County General Fund mileage reimbursement.

ROLL CALL:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: USDA Grant patrol vehicle)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the USDA Grant for the patrol car and equipment.

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4. Melanie Fullman, Bessemer District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest (RE: fisheries habitat Honeysuckle Lake)

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

5. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Cleereman Special Use, Sun Lake Access and Sucker Lake Access)

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

6. Stephen Thomas, County Fair Chairman

(RE: 2008 appropriation request)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2008 appropriation to the Fair Board.

7. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: Delinquent Tax Settlement Borrowing Resolution)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila to adopt the Borrowing Resolution for the 2007 Tax Settlement.

ROLL CALL:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Stephen Lathom, Acting Director, Housing Development Authority)

(RE: MSHDA grant approval)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila to accept and approve the MSHDA funding award #MSC-2007-0738-HOA, in the amount of $150,000.

ROLL CALL:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

9. Administrative Agreement between Gogebic County and Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the Administrative Agreement between Gogebic County and the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency.

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OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Larry Sanders informed the Board that the only bid received for a patrol vehicle was from Bessemer Auto for $23,790.00. Sanders also informed the Board of the three year contract offer from Health Professionals LTD. which, contracts the medical services at the Jail for the County. The 2008 cost will be $29,996 and 2009 will increase by 3% and 2010 will increase by 4%.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to approve the three year contract with Health Professionals LTD. This contract does have a termination clause, if and when the County needs to terminate the contract.

ROLL CALL:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Chairman Kangas informed the Board of the contacts he made while at the Michigan Association of Counties conference earlier this week in Lansing.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest gave an update on the snowmobiling traffic on the trails, as well as a look to projects set to start in the spring.

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 5:38pm.

_________________________ ____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 27, 2008

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(February 13th, 2008 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.

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-----------------01/22/2008

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------01/23/2008

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative, Joel Sheltrown

(RE: House Bill 4323 and Resolution)

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

2. Duane DuRay, Gogebic-Iron Airport Manager

(RE: Professional Services Agreements/Airport Apron project)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contracts.

3. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: Transit Millage Language)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to adopt the Gogebic County Transit Authority Ballot language and place it on the August 5th, 2008 primary ballot county-wide.

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PROPOSAL TO RENEW OR CONTINUE THE PREVIOUS ONE-THIRD MILL, (1/3) FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC COUNTY TRANSIT FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2009-2012 INCLUSIVE:

Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be increased one-third (1/3) mill ($.33-1/3 per $1,000 of State Taxable Valuation) for a period of four (4) years, 2009-2012 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Transit System and shall the County of Gogebic levy such increase in millage for such purposes during such period, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $143,800.00 (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 1985 through 2008 and represents a renewal of that millage, rather than an increase).

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4.Darla Lenz, Bergland/Ontonagon District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest; (RE: final Decision Trans Superior Resources Mineral Exploration)

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

5. Holly Jennings, Fisheries Biologist, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Honeysuckle Lake Fisheries Habitat Improvement Project)

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

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 Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

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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 added bill from the Computer Doctors for two servers in the amount of $13,363.32, 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
Sheriff Larry Sanders reminded the Board of the Cops vs. Kids Benefit Hockey game is set for this Friday at 7pm at the Civic Center. Proceeds benefit the Victim Services Unit of Gogebic County.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest gave a brief update on the snowmobile trails.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Gogebic Community College President, Jim Lorenson attended the meeting and informed the Board a member of the College Board will be attending County Board meetings on a regular basis to keep the lines of communication open between each Board.

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 5:19pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 12th, 2008

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 27th, 2008 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 three additions. An appearance by Prosecutor Richard Adams regarding the lawsuit with Houghton County vs. International Paper, an appearance by Judge Tingstad regarding an appointment to the Superior Revolving Loan Fund Board and a recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Agenda Additions:

1. Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams, regarding lawsuit against International Paper.

Mr. Adams informed the Board that International Paper has offered to pay the full amount of the transfer tax funds that were owed from land transfers in December of 2006 and January of 2007. The County joined Houghton County in filing a civil suit to seek the County transfer taxes which were due. Attorney Jim Tercha negotiated a settlement with IP and recommended the County accept the offer which, amounted to $26,588.00 for Gogebic County. The County hired Tercha along with Houghton County and his fees and expenses were to be shared. After his fees are paid, Gogebic County will receive a net of $17,651.67.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to accept the offer and authorize Chairman Kangas to sign the necessary papers.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. Judge Tingstad regarding the Superior Revolving Loan Fund appointment.

Judge Tingstad gave brief a update on the purpose and the history of the fund. He asked the Board to consider the recommendation of the

Superior Revolving Loan Fund to appoint Kevin Nyquist to fill the vacancy of Pat Merrill. A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Kevin Nyquist to the Board.

3. Ken Marshall, GIS Specialist, WUPPDR

(RE: Mapping project)

Mr. Marshall presented the mapping project to the Board. Marshall showed how the project is working for Counties and Cities. The projects software can be linked to the County web site and utilized by both private and public sectors. His presentation lasted about 25 minutes and included question and answers from the Board. Marshall and WUPPDR are looking forward to working with Gogebic County to provide this service.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent-Inter Tribal Council of Michigan)

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

2. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: USDA Grant vendor award)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to accept the bid from Bessemer Auto in amount of $23,790.00 for the Sheriff Department Vehicle through USDA grant program and award the contract to Bessemer Auto.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Kay Shabazz, President and Founder of R.O.A.R.R.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to proclaim July 13 through July 19, 2008 as Road Rage Awareness week, and to send a letter of support to R.O.A.R.R.

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee recommendation

The Personnel & Negotiations Committee met earlier today to discuss the hiring of an additional deputy for the Sheriff Department. One officer will out on sick leave for up to six to eight weeks, and two others will be attending out of town training.

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In order save on overtime, the committee recommends hiring an additional deputy to be cross trained as both a corrections and road officer. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to hire an additional deputy.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Community Mental Health

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac to appoint the four applicants to the CMH Board.

George Beninghaus as a secondary consumer

Lawrence Cabianca as a secondary consumer

Valerie Swanberg as a primary consumer

Leroy Kangas as a public official

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Iron County Michigan Board of Commissioners

(RE: Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species)

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

OTHER MATTERS
County Clerk Gerry Pelissero discussed selling voting equipment purchased by the County over the years, which now used as backups for cities and townships. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Pelissero to negotiate a price for the eight machines he is looking to sell.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

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

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin 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

March 12th, 2008

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 27th, 2008 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 three additions. An appearance by Prosecutor Richard Adams regarding the lawsuit with Houghton County vs. International Paper, an appearance by Judge Tingstad regarding an appointment to the Superior Revolving Loan Fund Board and a recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Agenda Additions:

1. Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams, regarding lawsuit against International Paper.

Mr. Adams informed the Board that International Paper has offered to pay the full amount of the transfer tax funds that were owed from land transfers in December of 2006 and January of 2007. The County joined Houghton County in filing a civil suit to seek the County transfer taxes which were due. Attorney Jim Tercha negotiated a settlement with IP and recommended the County accept the offer which, amounted to $26,588.00 for Gogebic County. The County hired Tercha along with Houghton County and his fees and expenses were to be shared. After his fees are paid, Gogebic County will receive a net of $17,651.67.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to accept the offer and authorize Chairman Kangas to sign the necessary papers.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. Judge Tingstad regarding the Superior Revolving Loan Fund appointment.

Judge Tingstad gave brief a update on the purpose and the history of the fund. He asked the Board to consider the recommendation of the

Superior Revolving Loan Fund to appoint Kevin Nyquist to fill the vacancy of Pat Merrill. A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Kevin Nyquist to the Board.

3. Ken Marshall, GIS Specialist, WUPPDR

(RE: Mapping project)

Mr. Marshall presented the mapping project to the Board. Marshall showed how the project is working for Counties and Cities. The projects software can be linked to the County web site and utilized by both private and public sectors. His presentation lasted about 25 minutes and included question and answers from the Board. Marshall and WUPPDR are looking forward to working with Gogebic County to provide this service.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent-Inter Tribal Council of Michigan)

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

2. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: USDA Grant vendor award)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to accept the bid from Bessemer Auto in amount of $23,790.00 for the Sheriff Department Vehicle through USDA grant program and award the contract to Bessemer Auto.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Kay Shabazz, President and Founder of R.O.A.R.R.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to proclaim July 13 through July 19, 2008 as Road Rage Awareness week, and to send a letter of support to R.O.A.R.R.

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee recommendation

The Personnel & Negotiations Committee met earlier today to discuss the hiring of an additional deputy for the Sheriff Department. One officer will out on sick leave for up to six to eight weeks, and two others will be attending out of town training.

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In order save on overtime, the committee recommends hiring an additional deputy to be cross trained as both a corrections and road officer. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to hire an additional deputy.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Gogebic County Community Mental Health

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac to appoint the four applicants to the CMH Board.

George Beninghaus as a secondary consumer

Lawrence Cabianca as a secondary consumer

Valerie Swanberg as a primary consumer

Leroy Kangas as a public official

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Iron County Michigan Board of Commissioners

(RE: Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species)

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

OTHER MATTERS
County Clerk Gerry Pelissero discussed selling voting equipment purchased by the County over the years, which now used as backups for cities and townships. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Pelissero to negotiate a price for the eight machines he is looking to sell.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

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

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin 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

March 26, 2008

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, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (1) Morin

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 12, 2008 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 Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: Airport EAS carrier update from Commissioner Bonovetz and a recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting from 3/24/08.

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--------02/27/08

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------------02/27/08

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.

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

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the supplement to the Assistant Prosecutor’s salary in the appropriate manner to alleviate extra costs to the County, to adopt the 100 percent pay mammogram rider (CB-RM 100) for all County employees currently under the County’s hospitalization plans to go into effect 4/1/08 and to authorize deputy Trevor Jackovich to change his anniversary date from February 8th to September 2nd.

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------------03/12/08

5. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Comm.------------03/12/08

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

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6. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------------03/24/08

Discussion took place regarding the proposed motion that the current Secretary for the Administrator/Forestry & Parks move to the Forestry & Parks full time, the Administrator be authorized to hire a confidential secretary at five hours per day flexible to accommodate the Administrator’s schedule on a 3 month trial period and that the 2 more County Commissioners be appointed to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to make the motion as recommended by the Personnel & Negotiations committee and amend the motion to state it is a 35 work week with a one hour duty free lunch and the pay grade would be level 3. Lengthy discussion was held regarding the work week hours, PNC member Bonovetz said his motion included a 40 hour work week for the secretary at Forestry and Parks. After this discussion, Peterson rescinded his motion and Oliver his support. A motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac that the current Secretary for the Administrator/Forestry & Parks move to the Forestry & Parks full time, the Administrator be authorized to hire a confidential secretary at five hours per day flexible to accommodate the Administrator’s schedule on a 3 month trial period and that the 2 more County Commissioners be appointed to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to recommend to the Forestry and Parks Commission that the position of full time secretary be hired to work a 35 hour week, duty free lunch hour and the pay grade be level 3.

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

Siirila

NO: (2) Bonovetz, Gerovac

Motion carried.

Chairman Kangas then appointed Commissioners Siirila and Peterson to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

APPEARANCES:

Melanie Fullman, Bessemer District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest briefly spoke on a project to attack the purple loosestrife plant, by using biological control where the plant grows on the Ottawa.

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1. Neil J. Beckman, President & CEO, Gogebic Range Bank

(RE: Brownfield Plan)

Mr. Beckman addressed the Board regarding the Gogebic Range Bank Brownfield Development project that needs to be approved by the Board. The project will begin this summer. The project will include building a new GRB facility in Ironwood and the removal of four structures within the Brownfield Redevelopment Zone. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to approve of the Gogebic Range Bank Brownfield project.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Allan Piel, Wilderness Lake Trail

(RE: recreation trails in Watersmeet)

Mr. Piel representing the Wilderness Lakes Trails discussed with the Board a circular non-motorized trail system of approximately 40 miles connecting the Township of Watersmeet, Michigan and Land O’ Lakes Wisconsin and encompassing the Sylvania Wilderness. His group was seeking a letter of support from Board for the project and seeking any recreation funds that could assist in financing the project. The group is applying for grant funding as well.

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

3. Commissioner Bonovetz gave an update to the Board on the Airport Essential Air Service. Recently Skyways Airlines announced they would be terminating flights out of the Airport beginning April 6th, 2008. Bonovetz as Airport Board Chairman met with Airport Manager Duane DuRay earlier today and said DuRay has been in contact with Congressman Bart Stupak and other legislators on the matter. Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams is also investigating the EAS contract and how legally Skyways Airlines must continue to provide flights from the Airport. Bonovetz and Adams will continue to work on the matter and keep the Board apprised to the situation.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Mike Prusi

(RE: HB 4323)

2. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: HB 4323)

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

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3. Tina Abbott, Michigan State AFL-CIO

(RE: resolution in opposition of right to work proposal)

A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Gerovac to adopt a similar resolution, after discussion was held Anonich rescinded his motion and Gerovac his support. A motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the County hears from the Michigan Association of Counties.

4. Susan Spears, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: pipeline maintenance on National Forest Lands)

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

Commissioner Request

1. Chairman Kangas discussion on Civic Center Millage

Representatives of the Civic Center Board attended the meeting to discuss options for a countywide millage in support of the Civic Center. Scott Stephens, President of the Civic Center Board provided the Board with an update on the 25 year old facility, and the challenges financially the Civic Center faces. A four-year City of Ironwood millage passed in 2004 providing funds for the Civic Center and now the City and Civic Center are exploring ways to provide financial support, which may include another City of Ironwood millage or a County wide millage. Stephens suggested a possible special tax district to provide the funds. After discussion and question and answers with the Board, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by a seven (7) yea - one (1) nay vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel.

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 Jacobson 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 and approve the pre-paids as presented and make them apart of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Forestry and Parks Director Dick Bolen discussed the Iron County Board of Commissioners resolution on aquatic nuisance species that was referred to Forestry for a recommendation. He recommended the

County adopt a similar resolution. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to adopt a similar resolution for Gogebic County.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

County 911 Director Jim Loeper updated the Board on the recent ruling by the Michigan Public Service Commission to reject the 911 County surcharge of .60 per device and lowered the County surcharge to .30 per device. The 911 committee will appeal the decision along with 46 other Counties that were also denied. Loeper will keep the County updated on the appeal.

Chairman Kangas briefly spoke about a possible quick spring thaw and the preparations for having sand bags available in case of flooding.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Bob Jacquart, representing the GCC board attended the meeting and provided information for County Businesses on a minimum wage tax credit.

Scott Stephens thanked the Board for looking at all avenues to continue flights in and out of Ironwood, and taking a wait and see approach to the right to work resolution.

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 6:20pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 9th, 2008

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 (March 26th, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Anonich 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, MTEC-UPPCO Smart Zone Incubator)

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

2. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Agency

(RE: Liquor Tax revenues)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the first of three Public Act 2 funds to the W.U.P. substance abuse agency and receive the communication and place it on file.

3. Richard B Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: Civic Center millage request)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a copy of the information provided to the Civic Center Board.

4. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: corrections training monies)

A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Oliver to transfer funds from the General Fund Balance to the corrections officer training fund. The amount transferred equals $3,835.19 from 2007, and so far this year the amount is $1,507.48.

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

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Patti Ceccon, Friend of the Court, two year increment

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the two-year increment.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Larry Sanders had three items to discuss with the Board.

1. He wanted authorization to apply for a Wal * Mart credit card for the department. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Sanders to apply for a credit card with a $2,000.00 limit.

2. He asked the Board for approval to lease a recreation vehicle for the ORV, Marine patrol and Snowmobile program. The vehicle

would be purchased by the County and then a lease payment will be made out contractual services provided by the State grant programs. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the leasing program.

3. Sheriff Sanders discussed a recent letter he received from the USDA regarding the low interest loan funds that were set aside for the County to renovate and expand the Jail complex. The USDA was inquiring if the County was still interested in the funds. After discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin to authorize the Sheriff to inform the USDA that the County is no longer interested in the funds.

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

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Emergency Services Director Jim Loeper informed the Board that Bob Jacquart of Jacquart Fabric Products supplied 100 sandbags to the department in case of flooding in the County this spring. Loeper will send a letter of thanks.

Commissioner Jacobson wanted a letter of appreciation sent to the Ottawa National Forest Supervisor for the work Bessemer Ranger District Melanie Fullman provides for the County. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila and carried to the send a letter to the Ottawa National Forest Supervisor in appreciation of the work

and information provided to the County by Melanie Fullman.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:26pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 23, 2008

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(April 9th, 2008 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 Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: an appearance by DHS Board member Julie Ahnen, and a communication from Administrator Juliane Giackino.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee-----03/26/2008

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee------------04/10/2008

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Equalization Director Dave Hardie,

RE: 2008 Equalization Report

Mr. Hardie presented to the Board the 2008 Equalization report. The 2008 CEV increased by 7.8%. The 2008 CEV is $695,064,349.00. The largest municipality increase was Bessemer Township at 24.79%, which was related to their reassessment of the Township. After a brief question and answer period with the Board, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to approve the 2008 Equalization Report.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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2. David Murray, U.P. MPRI Community Coordinator

Mr. Murray presented to the Board the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative program. The purpose of the program is to reduce crime by repeat offenders through a transition program beginning with release from prison to parole and reintegration into the community. Murray explained the process and the benefits to the offender and the community. Murray opened the floor for questions from the Board and then thanked the Board for allowing him to introduce the program. No Board action was taken or necessary.

3. Julie Ahnen, DHS Board

Julie Ahnen appeared before the Board to bring good news about the recent State of Michigan inspection and survey done at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility. She informed the Board the Facility received a citation free survey for the inspectors. She thanked the Board for their help in passing the Building and Site millage in 2006, which provided funds for repairs and renovations. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of congratulations everyone at the Facility.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Randy Van Portfliet, MDOT, Superior Region Engineer

(RE: US-2 Country Club Road crossing)

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. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: Aquatic Nuisance species programs)

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

3. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Aquatic nuisance control)

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

4. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, Northern MI enterprise center)

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

5. Carolynne Carlson, Executive Director, GOCAA

(RE: Senior Millage renewal request)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the May 14th, 2008 meeting, so Carolynne Carlson can appear before the Board.

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6. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Watersmeet Administrative Site Restoration Project)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until Peterson discuses the matter with Watersmeet Township representatives.

7. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: 2007 Tax Settlement)

Pertile presented the 2007 Delinquent Tax Settlement to the Board. The total settlement was $1,606,195.77, the County didn’t have to borrow for settlement remaining self funded. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to approve the 2007 Settlement as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Frank Wardynski, Acting CED, MSU Extension

(RE: Joanne Pihlaja replacement)

Bonovetz discussed how the selection process was handled for replacing Joanne Pihlaja. He then recommended the hiring of Lucia Patritto of Ironwood as the MSU Extension Director. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Anonich to hire Lucia Patritto as the MUS Extension Director.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

9. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator.

(RE: Confidential Secretary hiring)

Giackino informed the Board she recommended Rachael Paquette for the position of Confidential Secretary at a pay grade 6. She discussed that she already works for Jim Loeper as his 911 assistant four hours per day, and felt she could work for her 5 hours a day and 2 for Loeper. Discussion followed with Commissioners asking what pay grade Paquette was receiving as the assistant of 911. Mr. Loeper was in attendance and added to the discussion. He felt the split hour situation would work and he also mentioned the 911 Committee approved an increase of hourly wages up to a level 6. Commissioners discussed a split hourly rate, a motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to recommend to the 911 Committee to pay Paquette at a pay grade 4.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Oliver,

NO: (4) Anonich, Gerovac, Siirila, Kangas

Motion carried.

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A motion was then made by Oliver, supported by Siirila to authorize the Administrator to hire Rachael Paquette as her Confidential Secretary at a pay grade 6 and her starting date will be April 24, 2008.

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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to pay the General Fund claims as presented along with the pre-paids and 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
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, Ottawa National Forest, discussed the spring and summer plans for the Ottawa.

Bill MacDonald discussed with the Board the necessity of replacing all fire extinguishers in the Courthouse and Sheriff Department. According to MacDonald any extinguisher that was made prior to October 1984 has to be replaced. MacDonald began replacing extinguishers in the Courthouse this week. Discussion followed with the Board, and a motion was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:05pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 14th, 2008

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(April 23rd, 2008 Regular Board 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 along with two additions, #8, 3rd Quarter appropriation request from the Airport and #9, communication from Dave Anderson regarding SESC program.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

1. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

RE: Land Sale Proceeds Account

Treasurer Pertile presented the annual report of balance in the land sale proceeds account. Proceeds from the County 2006 tax sale from 2003 delinquent properties can be rolled into the General Fund. The total amount available to be transferred in is $40,680.45. Discussion was held and a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: Aquatic Nuisance species)

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

2. Mike Premo, MDOT

(RE: signal survey US 2/Country Club Road)

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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3. Norman Nass, Ottawa National Forest, District Ranger

(RE: Crystal Lake Salvage Project)

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

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

4. Randy Van Portfliet, MDOT

(RE: 2008 road repair projects)

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

5. Benjamin Bodkin, MAC

(RE: 911 Funding)

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

6. Lynne Tarbutton, Director, Environmental Health Division,

Western U.P. Health Dept. (Re: SESC program)

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

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of appreciation to Dave Anderson for his work on the County Soil Erosion and Soil Containment Program.

7. Western U.P. Michigan Works Summer Youth slot allocation

Discussion was held regarding the 30 slots available; a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to allocate the 30 slots as follows:

Bessemer Schools 3 Ironwood Township 2

Copper Peak 6 Watersmeet Schools 4

City of Wakefield 6 Wakefield Schools 2

Ironwood Chamber 1 Gogebic C.C. 4

City of Ironwood 1 Gogebic-Iron Airport 1

8. Airport Manager Duane DuRay

(RE: 3rd Quarter Appropriation request)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to release the 3rd Quarter Appropriation to the Airport funds.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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9. No cost Change for existing SESC contract with Dave Anderson.

Anderson requested a no cost change in his contract to receive the November and December payments earlier wit those payments combined and divided evenly over the months of June, July, August and September. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to change the payment schedule as requested.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TABLED MATTERS

1. Carolynne Carlson, GO-CAA

(RE: Senior Millage renewal language)

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

Carolynne Carlson requested that the Board place the senior millage renewal language on the August 5th, 2008 primary ballot. Carlson discussed the programs that are funded for seniors in Gogebic County. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to place the language on the August 5th, 2008 primary ballot as recommended by Clerk Gerry Pelissero.

PROPOSITION TO LEVY SIX-TENTHS (0.60) MILL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC-ONTONAGON COMMUNITY ACTION-AGENCY SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAMS IN GOGEBIC COUNTY FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2008-2011 YEARS, INCLUSIVE.

Shall the ad valorem taxes collected on all property within the County of Gogebic be renewed for said county by 0.60 mill ($0.60 per $1,000.00 of state taxable value) for a period of four years, 2008 through 2011 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the operation of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency Senior Citizens Programs in Gogebic County; and shall the County of Gogebic levy such renewal in millage for such purposes during such period, which renewal will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $273,197.00. (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 2000-2007 and represents a renewal of that millage rather than an increase.)

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Oliver informed the Board that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Deputy Association union.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman informed the Board of some of the projects the National Forest Service is working on.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver 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

May 28th, 2008

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 14th, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Peterson, 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; two recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting held earlier today Part time help for prosecutor’s office and pay increase for the contractual secretary in district court and communication from Robert Dunn from the Medical Care Facility regarding DHS appropriation.

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-----------------04/21/08

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------04/23/08

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee---------04/29/08

4. Economic and Negotiations Committee----------05/02/08

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------05/07/08

6. Personnel and Negotiations Committee---------05/13/08

7. Personnel and Negotiations Committee---------05/21/08

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports 1 through 7 and place them on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Dennis Jarema, Plant Operations Manager

(RE: County Property adjacent to Grand View Hospital)

Discussion was held on the matter and if the Grand View Hospital was just inquiring about the property or if they had an actual plan for the property. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Anonich and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter and meet with the Grand View Hospital personnel when and if the are interested.

2. Dale F. Sharpee, Secretary Watersmeet Township Planning Comm.)

(RE: proposed Watersmeet Township Master 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.

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3. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Public Act 2 monies)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila to release the Public Act 2 monies.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda additions:

Recommendation from the Personnel & Negotiations Committee

1. Part time employee for Prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutor Richard Adams informed the Board that Jill Novascone will going on maternity leave soon. He will hire someone to work Three to Five days a week at a level 4 position. The funds will come from the Prosecutor’s crime victim fund. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to authorize the Prosecutor to hire a part time employee at a level four position with the funds coming from the Crime victim fund.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Contractual Secretary District Court pay increase

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to increase the pay of the contractual secretary from $10.00/hour to $12.00/per hour effective 06/01/2008.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Communication from Robert Dunn, Administrator, Gogebic County Medical Care Facility,

Mr. Dunn requested the 2008 DHS Board appropriation in the amount of $1,700.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the appropriation.

CONTRACTS:

1. Sheriff Deputy Association Contract

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

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Greg Rigoni- 1-year increment, Building and Grounds

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

2. Tom Novascone, 1-year increment, Equalization

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

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.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz 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 general fund 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
Chairman Kangas discussed the Jail facility and the repairs needed. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voce vote to set a Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee meeting.

Commissioner Anonich brought the need to approve the FY 2008-09 Proposal and Application for funds from the West-Central U.P. Regional Community Corrections Program. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the application and send a letter to UPCAP.

Commissioner Gerovac informed the Board that the Ottawa National Forest donated approximately $10,000 worth of office furniture and equipment to the County as part of the Forest Service Building sale. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of thanks to the Ottawa National Forest.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Steve Wesselhoft, representing Gogebic Community College was in attendance at the meeting and briefly addressed the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin 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

June 11, 2008

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 28th, 2008 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 Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with the following additions: 1. A request from the Prosecutor to negotiate an inmate hospital bill with Marquette General, 2. Judge Massie request for an advance of the Child Care appropriation, 3. Sheriff Sanders to discuss repairs at the jail, 4. Jim Loeper to discuss the Homeland Security Grant funds and 5. Six month increment for Amy Hamel at the Extension Office.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jay Holm, Chapter Chairman AFSCME Local 992

(RE: temporary employee Prosecutor’s office)

2. Richard Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

(RE: temporary employee pay scale)

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

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: final decision Crystal Lake Salvage Project)

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

4. Tom Wasley, Gogebic County Mine Inspector

(RE: resignation)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept with regret the resignation of mine inspector Tom Wasley. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to contact Deputy Mine Inspector John Perron about filling the vacancy through December of 2008.

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5. Gerry Pelissero, Clerk-Register

(RE: creation of Tax Limitation Advisory Committee)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to create the Tax Limitation Advisory Committee and to advertise for the County Board Appointment.

Agenda Additions:

6. Request by Prosecutor Richard Adams to negotiate an inmate past due bill from Marquette General Hospital.

Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that an attorney representing a collection agency for Marquette General Hospital is seeking funds for an inmate that was admitted to the MGH after being an inmate at our jail. The past due amount is just over $10,000.00.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Prosecutor to negotiate a settlement.

7. Probate Judge Joel Massie, requesting an advance of the Child Care monthly appropriation.

Judge Massie discussed with the Board the need to receive an advance of the County appropriation for the Child Care fund. The County distributes a monthly appropriation of $18,333.00 and due to an increase of the juvenile cases he needs about two months in advance to pay for services provided. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to advance two months of the appropriation and if needed can receive further advances of the funds up the 2008 budget amount of $220,000.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

8. Sheriff Larry Sanders discussion of jail repairs

Sanders informed the Board that he seeking options and alternatives to the repairs and heating issues at the jail. He was contacted by representatives of Gundlach Champion to meet and go over options and recommendations of these matters. There will be a fee involved with the consultations and Sanders thought it could cost up to $1,500.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to authorize the fee up to $1,500.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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9. Jim Loeper, Homeland Security Grant

Loeper informed the Board of a Homeland Security Grant for 30 pagers that will be supplied to area fire departments. He also discussed a full scale mock disaster in the Watersmeet Area on June 25th, 2008 involving about 125 people. He also discussed the possibility of creating a U.P. 9-1-1 Authority to better serve the U.P. and share and reduce costs of providing 9-1-1 services.

INCREMENT/LONGEVITY

10. Amy Hamel, Extension office, six month increment

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the six month increment.

2008 tax rate request

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to set the 2008 tax rate at 6.4782.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TABLED MATTERS:

CONTRACTS:

1. Sheriff Deputy Association Contract

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 Oliver, supported by Siirila to adopt and approve the tentative agreement between the Gogebic County Deputy Association and Gogebic County Board of Commissioners; and to forward a copy of the contract to the Prosecutor to look over the language.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Joann M Niemela, 25 years longevity

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 25 year longevity request.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. U.P. Association of Commissioners

Opposition of house bill 4454-4455

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

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2. U.P. Association of Commissioners

Support of UPPCO’S shoreline management plans

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

3. U.P. Association of Commissioners

Users of surface waters

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried to adopt a similar resolution and omit #4 from Gogebic County’s resolution.

OTHER MATTERS
Discussion was held regarding the MAC conference in Frankenmuth, Michigan in August. A motion was made by Bonovetz; supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize any commissioner interested may attend the conference.

Gerovac requested the County Elected and Appointed Officials revisit the monthly E & A department head meetings.

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.

______________________________ _______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

June 25, 2008

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 11, 2008 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 Oliver, 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.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-------05/28/2008

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-—--05/28/2008

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

3. Economic Development and Capital Improv.---06/11/2008

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila to accept the bid from Airgas for the annual fire extinguisher inspection, testing, and recharge and replacement for service at the Courthouse, Annex, Jail, Natural Resource Center(including garages) the Lodge and Little Girl’s Point.

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

Oliver, Siirila

NO: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator to call for proposals for carpet replacement for the District Court Office, Register of Deeds and Clerk offices from local vendors.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin that the Administrator pursue the proposal from Lancet Automatic Door for

the installation of handicap operators with wireless push pads, in the amount of $3,448.00, and to have an additional button installed at the Western U.P. District Health Department. Also the Administrator should contact the other electrical businesses in the area for an estimate on the wiring for the automatic door openers.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Technology Committee-----------------------06/12/2008

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to draft a similar e-mail/internet policy as Marquette County.

5. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----06/19/2008

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim J Stoker, Executive Director WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent BHK Child Development Board)

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

2. Circuit Judge Roy Gotham

(RE: July 1, 2008 pay increases)

3. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: July 1, 2008 pay increases)

4. District Judge Anders B Tingstad

(RE: July 1, 2008 pay increases)

A motion was made by Anonich, supported by Bonovetz to authorize the July 1st, 2008 raises for Circuit Court, District Court, Probate Court and the Friend of the Court Offices.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. Deb Fabbri, Friend of the Court

(RE: Release of 2008 appropriation)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Morin to release the 2008 appropriation for the Friend of the Court amounting to $25,000.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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6. Chairman Leroy Kangas

(RE: Snowmobile trail permit fee increase discussion)

Discussion was held on the proposed increase in Snowmobile Trail use permits from $25 to $35 by the DNR. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Oliver to send a letter of opposition to the proposed increase. Further discussion was held, and Siirila amended his motion to table the matter until the Gogebic Range Trail Authority was contacted as how the increase would impact their trail grooming services and the impact on the tourism industry in the County, Oliver supported his amended motion and with a unanimous voice vote the matter was tabled.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Melissa Prisbe, Equalization Department, 1 year increment

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 1 year increment.

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 Oliver, supported by Bonovetz, and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Bessemer District Ranger Melanie Fullman, of the Ottawa National Forest discussed the recreational facility analysis that is being proposed by Ottawa. She will provide copies of the plan to the commissioners and will try to extend the comment period for input by the Board.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:26pm.

___________________________ ____________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

July 9, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:03PM

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 25th, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Anonich 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 with three additions: 1. cash advance for the Fair, 2. U.P. Wide 911 Authority update from Jim Loeper, and 3. Letter of appreciation.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

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

Presentation of 2007 County Audit Report

Mr. Beaudoin presented the 2007 Gogebic County Audit to the Board; His presentation lasted about 15 minutes. First and foremost the County once again received a clean audit opinion. Beaudoin outlined the key points in the audit, which included a General Fund Balance of $594,017.00, as of 12/31/2007. He discussed the pension trust fund, the component units of the County, special revenue funds and the enterprise funds. Three funds were in deficit at the end of the year, Child Care, Friend of the Court and Michigan Justice Training Fund. Child Care and FOC have been rectified and MJTF will be shortly. The Board asked several questions of the Audit report. A motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver, to accept and approve of the 2007 Gogebic County Audit.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Gogebic County Soil Conservation District Representatives

RE: office space at Natural Resources Building

Representatives of the Soil Conservation District asked the Board of the availability of office space in the Natural Resources Center. Dick Bolen of the Forestry and Parks Commission was in attendance

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and said there would space upstairs of the building. Discussion was held and a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Building and Grounds Committee for further discussion.

Agenda additions:

3. Cash Advance for Fair

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to approve a $65,000 cash advance for the Fair Board, which will be paid back immediately after from the proceeds of the Fair.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Jim Loeper, County 911 Coordinator, discussed the establishment of an Upper Peninsula wide 911 Authority. The purpose of the Authority is to coordinate and provide a variety of services to participating U.P. municipalities with respect to 911 emergency call answering and service dispatching. Loeper presented an interlocal agreement to establish an U.P. 911 Authority. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agreement and to authorize the proper people to sign the agreement.

5. Letter of Appreciation for the Viet Nam Moving wall committee.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of appreciation to the Viet Nam moving wall committee for the fine presentation and programs while the moving wall was in Bessemer.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: cash receipting policy)

A motion was made by was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a cash receipting policy.

2. State Senator Mike Prusi

(RE: Right to work legislation)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Grand View Health System, Issuance of Bonds

Representatives of GVHS, Carol Goffnett CEO and Charmaine Chiantello Financial Officer were in attendance and briefly spoke of the project and the reasons needed for adoption of the resolution.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin to adopt the resolution approving the issuance of bonds.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero notified the Board that John Perron, the deputy mine inspection has declined to accept the position of Mine Inspector due to health reasons. Pelissero will advertise again to fill the vacancy.

Administrator Juliane Giackino requested a carry over of three vacation days, her anniversary date is July 12 and due to meeting and schedule problems she can’t take them prior to that date. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve Giackino request to rollover three days of vacation.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

August 13, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 23rd, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

APPEARANCES:

1. Jim Loeper, Gogebic County EMC

RE: NOAA weather radio

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Terminal Apron Aircraft parking pads project and resolution)

****** Contracts in Clerks office********

2. Gernot A Joachim, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Memorandum of Agreement)

3. Dale F Sharpee, Watersmeet TWP planning Commission

(RE: FYI Public Hearing)

4. Keith E Moyle, Vice President & General Manager UPPCO

(RE Thank you for Resolution support)

5. Darla Lenz, Ottawa National Forest Bergland/Ontonagon District Ranger, (RE: Private Minerals exploration final decision)

******Decision in Clerk’s office*********

6. Darla Lenz, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Final decision Rousseau East Project)

******Decision in Clerk’s office*********

7. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: HB 4454-4455)

8. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator,

(RE: Public Act 2 monies)

9. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Internet Policy)

10. Gerry R Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: County Board Appointment to Tax Limitation Committee)

OTHER MATTERS

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

August 27, 2008

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(August 13th, 2008 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 the following additions: 1. recommendations from the Judiciary and Law Enforcement meeting, 2. recommendations from the Finance meeting and Ballot language for the November 4th general election.

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--------07/23/08

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee--------08/07/08

3. Health and Welfare Committee-------------------08/11/08

4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----------08/12/08

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

5. Economic Development and Capital Improve.------08/13/08

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to offer the Gogebic County Soil Conservation District office space at the Natural Resource Center at a rate of $200.00 per month contingent upon Board agreeing.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

AGENDA ADDITIONS:

6. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee recommendations.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to advertise for bids on the needed repairs at the jail.

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Sheriff Sanders also discussed TSA grants available for providing airport security at the Gogebic-Iron Airport. The grants would provide $47,000.00 per year for four years. The sheriff discussed hiring an additional deputy if the grant is approved. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the sheriff to apply for the TSA grant and hire an additional deputy contingent on the approved grant.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee recommendations.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to authorize payment of $5,115.34 to Marquette General Hospital to pay a claim incurred for an inmate of our jail at MGH.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for audit services for the next three years.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to adopt the following budget amendment.

REVENUES:

101-000-602.00

Circuit Court Costs

Original Budget Increased by Amended Budget

$9,000.00 $74,000.00 $83,000.00

EXPENDITURES:

101-131.804.00

Jury Fees

Original Budget Increased by Amended Budget

$10,000.00 $20,000.00 $30,000.00

101-900-808.01

Indigent Fees Circuit Court

Original Budget Increased by Amended Budget

$17,000.00 $54,000.00 $71,000.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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August 27, 2008

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APPEARANCES:

1. MI-TRALE REPRESENTATIVE Robert Schulz

Robert “Skip” Schulz appeared before the Board for approximately 30 minutes to discuss the new ORV law, the economic benefits to the Counties that ATV’s bring in and the trail development needs of both Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties. Schulz answered questions from the Board and thanked them for their time tonight.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director WUPPDR,

(RE: CEDS and Annual Projects)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the EDC of Gogebic County.

2. Kenneth E Lautzenheiser, MAC President

(RE: Public Acts 240 and 241-ORV Ordinance adoption)

Discussion was held on the new ORV Ordinance, which included a letter from Corporate Counsel Adams. In his letter Adams outlined the steps that must be taken if the County is to pass a similar ORV ordinance that MAC provided. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to consider the matter when resolutions comes up on tonight’s agenda.

3. Guy St. Germain, Health Officer/Administrator WUP Health Dept.

(RE: re-approval of intergovernmental agreement/resolution)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the chairman to sign the agreement and to adopt the resolution as presented.

4. James Fyvie, Director MCDA

(RE: 9-1-1 Training)

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

5. Dave Forsberg, Community and Governmental Relations UPPCO

(RE: resolution)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to forward a copy of the resolution by the Board in June of 2008 to the FERC.

6. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Snowplowing services)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for snowplow bids for a five year contract.

7. Communication County Clerk Pelissero

(RE: ballot language for separate tax limitations)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to adopt the following language and place the millage question on the November 4th, 2008 General Election ballot county-wide.

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August 27, 2008

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PROPOSAL FOR RENEWAL OF SEPARATE TAX LIMITATIONS

SHALL SEPARATE TAX LIMITATIONS BE RENEWED OR CONTINUED FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS (2009-2012 INCLUSIVE) FOR THE COUNTY OF GOGEBIC AND THE TOWNSHIPS AND THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITHIN THE COUNTY, THE AGGREGATE OF WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED NINE (9) MILLS AS FOLLOWS:

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

TOWNSHIPS:

Bessemer Township - 1.63 MILLS

Erwin Township - 1.00 MILLS

Marenisco Township - 2.00 MILLS

Wakefield Township - 1.63 MILLS

Watersmeet Township - 1.77 MILLS

Ironwood Township Chartered

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

RESOLUTIONS:

MAC proposed ORV ordinance

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver to schedule a public hearing on the proposed ORV Ordinance with Sec. 2 alternate A, An ORV may be operated on the far right of the maintained portion of a road within the County.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, 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 approve the reports as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

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August 27, 2008

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila to pay the General Fund Claims and pre-paids as presented, which included two bills for Matt Tingstad for probate indigent attorney services and 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
Jim Loeper, briefly discussed the 911 committee is looking into the possibility of acquiring a tower in Marenisco Township.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Donna Scores introduced herself as the new director of the Gogebic County EDC.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila 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

September 10, 2008

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 27th, 2008 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 by deleting the Personnel and Negotiations Committee report from 09/08/08 and to present a recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvement Committee of 09/10/08 rather than 09/08/08.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Possible Committee Recommendations from Committee Meetings

1. Personnel and Negotiations Committee of 9/8/08(removed)

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee 08/27/08

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the Judiciary and Law Enforcement committee summary report of 08/27/08.

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee 09/08/08

Discussion was held on the proposed renovation projects for the Jail and how to fund the costs. John Sturos of Gundlach Champion was present for the meeting and discussed with the full Board his cost outline for the renovation project at the jail. His project cost is approximately $610,000.00. Several options were discussed on how to fund the project, which included local funding from area banks, a USDA Loan or a municipal finance loan through the State of Michigan. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to authorize Treasurer Sue Pertile to look into the municipal finance loan process, and report back to the Board for their September 17, 2008 Finance, Budgeting and Auditing meeting.

ROLL CALL:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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September 10, 2008

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A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to take option two as presented by Gundlach Champion where the County hires Gundlach Champion to lead the preconstruction process on the jail. Gundlach Champion then would hire an architect, turn project the over to the County and be available for any general contractor to bid. The preconstruction process could begin immediately.

ROLL CALL:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

4. Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee 09/10/08

A recommendation from Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee was discussed regarding snow plow bids for the County parking lots. Two bids were received by the deadline, one from JET Construction and the other from John Hellman and Sons. After brief discussion, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin, to approve the bid from JET Construction. His five year bid was as follows:

2008-09 Pickup truck $42.50/hour Loader $65.00/hour

2009-10 $43.75/hour $66.95/hour

2010-11 $45.00/hour $68.95/hour

2011-12 $46.50/hour $71.00/hour

2012-13 $48.00/hour $73.15/hour

ROLL CALL:
YES: (9) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Bonovetz inquired about the status of the internet policy that is being worked by the Administrator. The policy is still being worked on.

County Forestry and Parks Director Dick Bolen reminded the Board of the annual forestry tour will be held Oct 2nd, 2008.

Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer Ranger District, Melanie Fullman discussed the Federal budget crunch and how it relates to activity on the Ottawa.

County Search and Rescue members Don Kangas, Jim Maki and Melanie Fullman discussed the difficulty in finding a garage for their rescue vehicle. Lengthy discussion was held with several options for housing the vehicle being tossed around by the Board and the Search and Rescue Team. Maki mentioned any work that needs to be done would

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September 10, 2008

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be paid by the Team. A motion was made Gerovac to allow the team to store the vehicle at the County owned garage now housing the sheriff department seasonal equipment and if the garage needed a new header and door the cost would provided by the Search and Rescue team. The chairman asked three times for support and heard none, the motion died for lack of support. The Team will continue to look for a site and will get back to Board if necessary.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Gordon Erickson was in attendance and asked about the ORV Ordinance Public Hearing, which will be held October 22nd, 2008 at 5pm and the County Millage for separate tax limitations, which will appear on the November 4th, 2008 General Election.

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 meting adjourned at 6:00pm.

_________________________________ _______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

September 24, 2008

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(September 10, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with the following additions: resolution for adoption in opposition to House Bill 6070, an amendment to a airport grant, three recommendations from the 4:30pm Finance, Budgeting and Auditing 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--------08/27/08

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

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----------09/08/08

a. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac that Tom Novascone become the Director of the Equalization Department, making it then a two person office(the director and the appraiser 1 position) and continuing to do the tax bill process for the units of government in Gogebic County with a salary of $55,000.00 effective 1/1/2009.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

b. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to recommend that based upon the vote of the AFSCME union local 992, Greg Rigoni, custodian, be upgraded from a pay grade 3 to a pay grade 4 with the new job description.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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September 24, 2008

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3. Economic Development and Capital Improvements--09/10/08

Included in motion at #1.

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------09/17/08

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote that the terms of the grievance involving Deputy Brandon Lyons be accepted, that he be compensated for his time off work and that the County be able to receive a copy of the completion of the assessment.

APPEARANCES:

1. Kim Stoker, WUPPDR, Executive Director

(RE: Gogebic County EDC)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to move the appearance of Stoker later on the agenda.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Gogebic-Iron Airport Manager

(RE: 4th Quarter Appropriation)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 4th Quarter appropriation.

2. Jim Loeper, County 911 Coordinator

(RE: Memo of Understanding and Resolution)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the MOU and to adopt the resolution under duress and forward copies of the resolution and MOU to our State legislators.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Resolution in opposition to House Bill 6070.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution in opposition of House Bill 6070.

4. Amendment to airport grant contract.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote authorize the Chairman’s signature on the amendments for additional design services.

Recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee

5. County Audit Bids

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to award the 2008 through 2010 County Audit to Joki, Makela, Pollack LLC. The cost per year is follows: $31,000 for 2008, $32,250 for 2009 and $33,500 for 2010.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

September 24, 2008

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6. Homeland Security Grant for Emergency Management

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to amend the County Budget as follows:

REVENUES

Federal Grant/Terrorism Activity

101-000-521.00 $1,000.00

Emergency Management Travel

101-426-860.00 Increased by $1,000.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

7. Child Care Appropriation Amendment

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to amend the Child Care Appropriation by $65,000.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Antrim County and St. Joseph County

(RE: House Bill 5398/support)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by an Eight Yea - One Nay vote to adopt a similar for Gogebic County.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz 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 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 apart of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
Siirila had questions on the proposed ORV Ordinance, as it relates to the language in the ordinance.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly discussed the ATV use on the trails.

Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board she is once again visiting property within the County that maybe foreclosed on.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Marenisco Township Supervisor Bob Raisanen spoke on the 911 dispatching costs with the State Police.

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September 24, 2008

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The appearance of Kim Stoker wasn’t held because Stoker never showed for his time on the agenda.

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 was adjourned at 5:40pm.

______________________________ ____________________________

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

Regular Meeting

October 8, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 24th, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: County Board Meeting Report)

2. Airport Manager, Duane DuRay

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics contracts and resolution)

3. Airport Manager, Duane DuRay

(RE: Amendment for passenger terminal building project)

RESOLUTIONS:

TRUTH in TAXATION Public Hearing

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health

OTHER MATTERS

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Public Hearing

October 22nd, 2008

4:45pm

Bessemer Mi 49911

GOGEBIC COUNTY TRUTH IN TAXATION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the millage for Gogebic County for 2008 is 8.5930 mills, which includes the extra voted millage of .5958 mill for the operation of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility and .3232 mills for the operation of the Gogebic County Public Transit Program, .6000 for the Senior Citizens Program, .3972 mills for the Medical Care Facility Building and Site, and .1986 mills for Animal Control.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to levy its full millage of 8.5930 mills.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSONERS

ORV Ordinance Public Hearing

October 22nd, 2008

5:00pm

Bessemer , MI 49911

THE GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED

GOGEBIC COUNTY ORV ORDINANCE

Wednesday October 22nd, 2008

5:00pm at the Courthouse

The County Board will seek public comment on an ordinance for the purpose of authorizing and regulating the operation of OFF ROAD VEHICLES (ORVs) on roads in Gogebic County

pursuant to 2008 PA 240, MCL 324.81131.

A COPY OF THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT THE

GOGEBIC COUNTY CLERK ’S OFFICE AT 200 N. MOORE ST. BESSEMER , MI

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 22nd, 2008

County Courthouse **Reminder***

Bessemer , MI 49911 Finance Committee meeting 4:15 P.M.

Immediately following 5:00pm ORV Public Hearing

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 8th, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--------09/24/2008

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----------10/08/2008

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--------10/13/2008

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: House Bill 5398)

2. Timothy K McGuire, Executive Director MAC

(RE: House Bills 5892, 5398 and 6070)

3. Governor Jennifer Granholm

(RE: House Bill 5398)

4. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: e-mail/internet policy)

5. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: budget amendments)

APPOINTEMNTS:

1. Human Services Board

ADOPTION OF 2008 GOGEBIC COUNTY MILLAGE RATE

ADOPTION OF 2008 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPORTIONMENT REPORT

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

OTHER MATTERS
PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 22nd, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:14pm

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:14pm by Chairman Leroy Kangas.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (October 8th, 2008 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 minutes as presented along with two additions to communications. #6 is a resignation letter from Rachael Paquette and #7 is the ORV Ordinance.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--------09/24/2008

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----------10/08/2008

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

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--------10/13/2008

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila, that the Forestry and Parks Commission together with the Fair Board be included in the budget process of the County Board that the other departments within the General Fund have to follow, contingent upon the Prosecutor’s approval. (A letter was presented to the Board indicating his approval)

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

NO: (2) Bonovetz, Gerovac

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: House Bill 5398)

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

October 30, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

1:30 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard B Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

RE: DalPra Educational Trust

OTHER MATTERS
PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

October 30, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

1:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 1:30pm by Chairman Kangas.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Anonich, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (3) Bonovetz, Morin Oliver,

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard B Adams, Prosecuting Attorney

RE: Dal Pra Educational Trust

Mr. Adams discussed the opportunity the County has of establishing a college scholarship programs through the Trusts of Dr. Steven Dal Pra and his wife Colleen Joan Morgan-Dal Pra. The couple and their three children were killed in an airplane crash in December 2004 near the Gogebic-Iron County airport. The scholarships would provide for late bloomers or under achievers as nominated by high school principals of Gogebic County . Lengthy discussion was held on the matter and then a motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila to authorize Corporate Counsel Richard Adams to petition the Gogebic County Probate Court to appoint co-trustees of the Trusts. Gogebic County Board of Commissioners and Camille Lupino, sister of Steven Dal Pra as co-trustees.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Sue Murphy Community Bank President of River Valley Bank of Ironwood was in attendance and offered her bank as the Financial Institution for the transfer and deposits of the Trusts.

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Gerovac to name River Valley Bank Investment Services to handle the transfers and deposits of the Trusts.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

October 30, 2008

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A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a resolution to include the two previous motions.

GOGEBIC COUNTY
RESOLUTION 2008-13

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has an opportunity to provide college scholarships to Gogebic County High School Graduates through the trusts of Dr. Steven DalPra and his wife Colleen Joan Morgan-DalPra, and

WHEREAS, the Trust provisions provide for scholarships for the next thirty five years,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners authorize Corporate Counsel Richard Adams to petition the Gogebic County Probate Court to appoint the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners and Camille Lupino as co-trustees, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That River Valley Bank, 200 S. Suffolk St. of Ironwood is authorized as the Financial Institution to process the necessary transfer of the Trust accounts.

OTHER MATTERS
Administrator Juliane Giackino mentioned that anyone wanting to contact Lisa Klaus of the Ottawa National Forest regarding the Secured Rural Schools programs can contact her at 932 1330.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 2:25pm.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

November 5, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:30 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

Discussion of 25% monies National Forest SRS program

OTHER MATTERS
PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting

November 5, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:30pm 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.

Agenda Item:

Discussion of 25% monies National Forest SRS program

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to table the matter until the November 12th, 2008 regular meeting and authorize Commissioner Peterson to consult the Gogebic County School Superintendents and Business Managers on the matter, also to have County Administrator Juliane Giackino contact our State Legislators and MAC to discuss the options that would be best for all concerned.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:36pm.

______________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSONERS

ORV Ordinance Public Hearing

October 22nd, 2008

5:00pm

Bessemer , MI 49911

THE GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED

GOGEBIC COUNTY ORV ORDINANCE

Wednesday October 22nd, 2008

5:00pm at the Courthouse

The County Board will seek public comment on an ordinance for the purpose of authorizing and regulating the operation of OFF ROAD VEHICLES (ORVs) on roads in Gogebic County

pursuant to 2008 PA 240, MCL 324.81131.

The public hearing was opened by a motion by Gerovac, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote.

Chairman Kangas asked three times for public comment, there was none. The Commissioners then spent a few minutes discussing the ORV Ordinance. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila 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

Public Hearing

October 22nd, 2008

4:45pm

Bessemer Mi 49911

GOGEBIC COUNTY TRUTH IN TAXATION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the millage for Gogebic County for 2008 is 8.5930 mills, which includes the extra voted millage of .5958 mill for the operation of the Gogebic Medical Care Facility and .3232 mills for the operation of the Gogebic County Public Transit Program, .6000 for the Senior Citizens Program, .3972 mills for the Medical Care Facility Building and Site, and .1986 mills for Animal Control.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to levy its full millage of 8.5930 mills.

The public hearing was opened by a motion made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote.

Chairman Kangas asked three times for public comment, there was none. Equalization Director Dave Hardie briefly spoke on the reduction of the Maintenance of Effort millage for the Medical Care Facility. That millage will be reduced from .5985 to .3863.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila 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

November 12, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 22nd, 2008 Truth in Taxation and ORV Ordinance Public hearings and October 22nd, 2008 regular meeting, October 30th, 2008 and November 5th, 2008 special meeting minutes)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Personnel and Negotiations Committee------------11/04/2008

TABLED MATTERS:

25% MONIES/SECURED RURAL SCHOOLS FUNDING/PILT/

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jonathon Mead, UPCAP President

(RE: appointment of U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Admin Policy Board)

2. Kim Stoker, Executive Director WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent by the City of Ironwood )

3. Bruce Edyvean, Manager Gogebic County Road Commission

(RE: Public act 240)

4. Scott Parrott, Director, Gogebic/Ontonagon DHS

(RE: thank you)

5. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Annual Community Development Strategy)

6. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Watersmeet Administrative Site Restoration Project)

**** Full report in Clerk’s office ****

Commissioner Request:

Commissioner Peterson discussion on time clocks

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health

OTHER MATTERS

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 12, 2008

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(October 22nd, 2008 Truth in Taxation and ORV Ordinance Public hearings and October 22nd, 2008 regular meeting, October 30th, 2008 and November 5th, 2008 special meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Siirila 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 approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: Committee recommendation from the Capital Improvements and Economic Development committee and a Christmas and New Year holiday change for the Courthouse union and employees.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Personnel and Negotiations Committee------------11/04/2008

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to recommend William Lucius for the appointment to the Department of Human Services Board based on his background and desire to work in such position.

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 send a memo to the department heads advising them of a need for a consistent work schedule that being 8:30am to 4:30pm and request the offices to remain open during the lunch hour; therefore rotating lunch hours in the various offices to keep all departments consistent and to better serve the public.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried on a five yea – four nay voice vote to review the job descriptions of the elected and appointed officials, and to discuss the possibility of department head evaluations yearly.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 12, 2008

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2. Recommendation from the Capital Improvements and Economic Development meeting.

The Capital Improvements and Economic Development Committee recommended that the carpet bid to install 275 yards of carpet in the three offices of the Courthouse be awarded to Floor Plans of Bessemer at a cost of $15.99 per yard. The Clerk and Register of Deeds office as well as the District court will have their carpet replaced.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TABLED MATTERS:

25% MONIES/SECURED RURAL SCHOOLS FUNDING/PILT/

Lengthy Discussion was held. Treasurer Sue Pertile presented a spread sheet to the Board outlining how much revenue would be received by the County if they chose to remain with the 25% payment method or if they chose the State payment option. By choosing the State payment option the schools and townships would receive additional funds. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson to opt into the State payment plan for the Secured Rural Schools Funds.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (3) Gerovac, Morin, Kangas

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz to place the required 15% of the SRS funds into Title II projects.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Anonich, Bonovetz, Jacobson, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (3) Gerovac, Morin, Kangas

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jonathon Mead, UPCAP President

(RE: appointment of U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Admin Policy Board)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Loeper to the U.P. 9-1-1 authority administrative policy board.

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Regular Meeting

November 12, 2008

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2. Kim Stoker, Executive Director WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent by the City of Ironwood )

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

unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

3. Bruce Edyvean, Manager Gogebic County Road Commission

(RE: Public act 240)

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

4. Scott Parrott, Director, Gogebic/Ontonagon DHS

(RE: thank you)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file, and send a letter of appreciation to Brad Noren on behalf of the Board of Commissioners.

5. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Annual Community Development Strategy)

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

6. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Watersmeet Administrative Site Restoration 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.

Commissioner Request:

Commissioner Peterson discussion on time clocks

Lengthy discussion was held on the need for time clocks for County employees. Peterson mentioned he was again receiving phone calls and complaints about employees leaving early or reporting for work late, yet their time sheets aren’t reflecting this. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by an eight yea – one nay voice vote to refer the matter to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Carrie Braspenick to the CMH Board.

OTHER MATTERS
Holiday Schedule for AFSCME union and Courthouse employees. The AFSCME union voted to change the Christmas and New Years holidays per the contract. The union is requesting to have Thursday December 25th, and Friday the 26th off for Christmas and Thursday January 1st and Friday January 2nd, 2009 off for New Years Eve and New Years day off.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 12, 2008

Page Four

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the change as requested.

Sheriff Sanders discussed the lack of reimbursement from the State for the diverted felony funds. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to our State Legislators and MAC requesting the State reimburse the County as the program stipulates.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly discussed the operating hours of Field Staff during the November deer season.

ADJOURNMENT

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

__________________________________ _____________________________

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

November 26, 2008

County Courthouse **Reminder***

Bessemer , MI 49911 Finance Committee meeting 4:30 P.M.

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 12, 2008)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development and Capital Improvement

Committee ---------------------------------10/22/08

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--- 10/22/08

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--- 11/5/08

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ---- 11/6/08

5. Economic Development and Capital Improvements

Committee----------------------------------- 11/12/08

6. Personnel and Negotiations Committee--------- 11/18/08

7. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee---- 11/19/08

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager,

(RE: Amendment for Terminal building project)

****Amendments in Clerk’s office for viewing*****

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

Attached is Chairman Steve Thomas communication

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

OTHER MATTERS
PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

October 8, 2008

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: (7) Anonich, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 24th, 2008 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: #4 communications from MSU Extension.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: County Board Meeting Report)

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

2. Airport Manager, Duane DuRay

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics contracts and resolution)

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

3. Airport Manager, Duane DuRay

(RE: Amendment for passenger terminal building project)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the amendments.

4. Lucia Patritto, County MSE Extension Director

(RE: Job posting)

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the director to post the opening as per the union contract.

RESOLUTIONS:

TRUTH in TAXATION Public Hearing

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried to adopt the Public Hearing notice for the Truth in Taxation hearing.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

October 8, 2008

Page Two

The time for the hearing has been changed from 5:00pm to 4:45pm.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Dave McRae the CMH Board.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

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 5:17pm.

_________________________________ ______________________________

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

Regular Meeting

October 8, 2008

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: (7) Anonich, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 24th, 2008 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: #4 communications from MSU Extension.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: County Board Meeting Report)

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

2. Airport Manager, Duane DuRay

(RE: Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics contracts and resolution)

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

3. Airport Manager, Duane DuRay

(RE: Amendment for passenger terminal building project)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the amendments.

4. Lucia Patritto, County MSE Extension Director

(RE: Job posting)

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the director to post the opening as per the union contract.

RESOLUTIONS:

TRUTH in TAXATION Public Hearing

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried to adopt the Public Hearing notice for the Truth in Taxation hearing.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

October 8, 2008

Page Two

The time for the hearing has been changed from 5:00pm to 4:45pm.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Dave McRae the CMH Board.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

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 5:17pm.

_________________________________ ______________________________

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

November 26, 2008

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: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver,

Siirila

Absent: (3) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 12, 2008 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila 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: a Fair Board resolution and a Friend of the Court request to cover expenses due to receivables coming in late from the State of Michigan .

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Attorney Marvin Marks spoke on the public defender contract that was up for bids. Attorney James Bucknell also spoke on the matter as did Attorney James McKenzie. Marks wanted to know when the public would find out what each attorney’s bid was. Chairman Kangas read the three bids from a letter of recommendation from Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development and Capital Improvement

Committee ---------------------------------10/22/08

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--- 10/22/08

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--- 11/5/08

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ---- 11/6/08

5. Economic Development and Capital Improvements

Committee----------------------------------- 11/12/08

6. Personnel and Negotiations Committee--------- 11/18/08

A motion was made by Oliver, supported Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one through six.

7. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee---- 11/19/08

a. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson, that the County move from CB4 to CB 12 funding level with the coverage to remain at the CB 2 level for hospitalization purposes.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

Page Two

7b. Public Defender Contract

Discussion was held on the matter, with the all three bidders in attendance. Marvin Marks, James Bucknell and the McKenzie Law firm.

After hearing from the Attorneys in the public comment portion of the agenda, a motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried on a Four yea – One nay voice vote with one abstaining (Oliver) to table the matter until the December 3, 2008 Finance Budgeting and Auditing Committee, and invite Corporate Counsel Adams and the Judges to attend the meeting.

Agenda Addition:

Fair Board Resolution.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver to adopt the Fair Board resolution as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY FAIR BOARD RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, under the authority granted by Michigan Law, MCL46.152, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby resolves to amend previous resolutions that established a County Fair Board.

WHEREAS, the County Board wishes to decrease the number of seats on the Fair Board from eight to seven and hereby establishes that six seats will be appointed at large and one seat shall be filled by the Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the terms are to be staggered for a three year period with two board members coming up each year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the change decreasing the number of seats is resolved to take effect the 31st day of December 2008.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Friend of the Court request to have expenses covered until receivables come in from the State of Michigan . A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to cover the expenses for the Friend of the Court with funds from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager,

(RE: Amendment for Terminal building project)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the amendments.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila to appoint Jim Gribble and Jim Taylor to the Fair Board. Oliver questioned why the applicants weren’t interviewed by the County Board , as has been done for other Commission and Board appointments? Discussion was held and the roll call was taken, to appoint Gribble and Taylor .

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

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 Oliver, supported by Jacobson to pay the General Fund claims as presented along with the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
At the November 12, 2008 regular meeting Jim Loeper was appointed to the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board, but the Board forgot to select the length of his term, either 1, 2 or 3 years. A motion was made by Siirila and supported by Jacobson to appoint Loeper to a three year term on the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

Page Four

County Clerk Gerry Pelissero mentioned that three seats on the Road Commission will be expiring on December 31, 2008 or January 1st, 2009. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the positions.

County Treasurer Sue Pertile briefly spoke on the possibility of establishing a County Land Bank .

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

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: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver,

Siirila

Absent: (3) Anonich, Bonovetz, Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 12, 2008 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila 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: a Fair Board resolution and a Friend of the Court request to cover expenses due to receivables coming in late from the State of Michigan .

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Attorney Marvin Marks spoke on the public defender contract that was up for bids. Attorney James Bucknell also spoke on the matter as did Attorney James McKenzie. Marks wanted to know when the public would find out what each attorney’s bid was. Chairman Kangas read the three bids from a letter of recommendation from Circuit Court Judge Roy Gotham.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development and Capital Improvement

Committee ---------------------------------10/22/08

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--- 10/22/08

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--- 11/5/08

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ---- 11/6/08

5. Economic Development and Capital Improvements

Committee----------------------------------- 11/12/08

6. Personnel and Negotiations Committee--------- 11/18/08

A motion was made by Oliver, supported Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one through six.

7. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee---- 11/19/08

a. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson, that the County move from CB4 to CB 12 funding level with the coverage to remain at the CB 2 level for hospitalization purposes.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

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7b. Public Defender Contract

Discussion was held on the matter, with the all three bidders in attendance. Marvin Marks, James Bucknell and the McKenzie Law firm.

After hearing from the Attorneys in the public comment portion of the agenda, a motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried on a Four yea – One nay voice vote with one abstaining (Oliver) to table the matter until the December 3, 2008 Finance Budgeting and Auditing Committee, and invite Corporate Counsel Adams and the Judges to attend the meeting.

Agenda Addition:

Fair Board Resolution.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver to adopt the Fair Board resolution as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY FAIR BOARD RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, under the authority granted by Michigan Law, MCL46.152, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby resolves to amend previous resolutions that established a County Fair Board.

WHEREAS, the County Board wishes to decrease the number of seats on the Fair Board from eight to seven and hereby establishes that six seats will be appointed at large and one seat shall be filled by the Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the terms are to be staggered for a three year period with two board members coming up each year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the change decreasing the number of seats is resolved to take effect the 31st day of December 2008.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Friend of the Court request to have expenses covered until receivables come in from the State of Michigan . A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to cover the expenses for the Friend of the Court with funds from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager,

(RE: Amendment for Terminal building project)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the amendments.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila to appoint Jim Gribble and Jim Taylor to the Fair Board. Oliver questioned why the applicants weren’t interviewed by the County Board , as has been done for other Commission and Board appointments? Discussion was held and the roll call was taken, to appoint Gribble and Taylor .

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

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 Oliver, supported by Jacobson to pay the General Fund claims as presented along with the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
At the November 12, 2008 regular meeting Jim Loeper was appointed to the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board, but the Board forgot to select the length of his term, either 1, 2 or 3 years. A motion was made by Siirila and supported by Jacobson to appoint Loeper to a three year term on the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

November 26, 2008

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County Clerk Gerry Pelissero mentioned that three seats on the Road Commission will be expiring on December 31, 2008 or January 1st, 2009. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the positions.

County Treasurer Sue Pertile briefly spoke on the possibility of establishing a County Land Bank .

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

December 10, 2008

County Courthouse ***Budget workshop at 4:15pm***

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 26, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee-----12/04/2008

APPEARANCES:

1. Bill Williams, ORVANA, exploration mine update

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Diverted felons reimbursements)

2. Bruce Edyvean, Manager Gogebic County Road Commission

(RE: Task Force No. 13B meeting)

3. Tom Chase, Multi-Use Coordinator, Lake Gogebic Chamber

(RE: Multi-use trail update)

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

1. General Fund

TABLED MATTERS:

1. Public Defender Contract for Circuit and District Court

(tabled on November 26, 2008)

OTHER MATTERS

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

December 29th, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
2009 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the proposed 2009 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. The proposed budget has revenues of $6,227,234.00 and expenditures of $6,227,234.00.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 29, 2008

County Courthouse **Reminder***

Bessemer , MI 49911 Finance Committee meeting 4:30 P.M.

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 10, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Health and Welfare Committee--------------------11/25/08

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------11/26/08

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee------------12/01/08

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------12/03/08

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------12/10/08

6. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------12/15/08

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Western U.P. District Health Department

(RE: tobacco tax funds release)

2. County Clerk-Register Gerry Pelissero

(RE: job opening)

Chairman Request:

Discussion on Medical Care Facility expansion project

BUDGET AMENDMENTS

1. General Fund (recommended from finance meeting)

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Road Commission

2. Airport Board

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

ADOPTION OF AMENDED 2008 GOGEBIC COUNTY SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

OTHER MATTERS
PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

ADJOURNMENT

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

December 10, 2008

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(November 26, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila 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 four additions to Other Matters. Fair Board and Airport Board appointments, discussion on how the Board makes appointments and a request from the Airport Board for additional funding if needed.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Attorney Marvin Marks spoke on the bid process and the selection of the Public Defender Contract for 5 minutes.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee-----12/04/2008

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila to pursue option B2 (new garage on the west side of the Jail)as presented by Landmark Architect for the construction and rehabilitation of the County Jail .

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

1. Bill Williams, ORVANA, exploration mine update

Mr. Williams discussed the Copperwood Project with the Board. ORVANA is in the preliminary stages of a proposed copper mine for Gogebic County in Ironwood Township . Williams discussed the project and the process which the company must follow to begin a mining operation. Water sampling must be done for surface and underground water quarterly for next the two years. The State requires a minimum of three years of testing before a mine permit is issued. The construction phase would then follow and the employment and operation of the mine would be possible in 2013. Brief discussion was held with the Board. No action was necessary and Gerovac thanked Williams for his update.

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December 10, 2008

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Diverted felons reimbursements)

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. Bruce Edyvean, Manager Gogebic County Road Commission

(RE: Task Force No. 13B meeting)

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

3. Tom Chase, Multi-Use Coordinator, Lake Gogebic Chamber

(RE: Multi-use trail update)

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

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

1. General Fund

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to amend the General Fund Budget as presented.

Revenues amendment amended budget

101-000-515.00

LVD Cops Meth Initiative increased to $3,525.00 $ 3,525.00

Expenditures amendment amended budget

101-229-763.00

LVD Cops Meth Initiative increased to $3,525.00 $ 3,525.00

Revenues amendment amended budget

101-000-601.07

MDOC Diverted/Detainers increased by $10,000.00 $15,000.00

Expenditures amendment amended budget

101-301-740.00

FOOD increased by $7,110.00 $57,110.00

101-301-977.00

Equipment increased by $2,890.00 $ 3,190.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

December 10, 2008

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Bonovetz discussed items that were brought by Attorney Marks in his public comment regarding the Public Defender contract. Bonovetz was concerned about the termination clause in the contract which states “any party may terminate the contract without cause by ninety-(90)day written notice at any time,”. Jim McKenzie of the McKenzie Law Office was in attendance at the meeting and spoke on the termination clause. He mentioned that when the original contract was drawn up the Judges insisted this clause be added to protect the County in case the State of Michigan stepped in and demanded they would handle the public defender duties for each County.

TABLED MATTERS:

1. Public Defender Contract for Circuit and District Court

(tabled on November 26, 2008)

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

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz to award the Public Defender Contract for Circuit and District Court to the McKenzie Law Office for a five year contract for $85,000.00 per year.

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

NO: (0) None

Abstaining: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

1. Fair Board Appointment

A motion was made by was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Shelly Suckow to a two year term, and Brad Newberry and Tom Hampston to one year terms, with all three terms beginning January 1st, 2009.

2. Airport Board Appointment

Robert Berg’s term will expire 12/31/2008. Bonovetz read a letter from the Airport Board requesting Robert Berg be re-appointed to the Airport Board. Discussion followed, and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for applicants.

Discussion was then held on the process the County Board uses to appointment applicants to the various Boards and Commissions. Bonovetz mentioned that Iron County Wisconsin Board Chairman makes all appointments.

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December 10, 2008

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Airport additional funding request.

Bonovetz mentioned that the Airport may be in need of an advance of their first quarter 2009 appropriation to cover expenses through December 31st, 2008. The Airport has receivables from the State they are hopeful to receive yet this year. If these funds are not received, the airport could run into a cash flow problem. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver that if necessary the airport receives an advance through 12/31/2008, with the amount advanced to be reduced from the first quarter 2009 Gogebic County General Fund appropriation.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero discussed the scheduling of the 2009 re-organizational meeting. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to schedule the re-organizational meeting for Monday January 5th, 2009 at 5pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Jim McKenzie of the McKenzie Law Office thanked the Board for awarding the Public Defender Contract to his firm. He invited any commissioners to stop by his office any time for questions on the contract.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:51pm.

________________________________ _____________________________

Tom Gerovac, Vi
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

December 29th, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
2009 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the proposed 2009 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. The proposed budget has revenues of $6,227,234.00 and expenditures of $6,227,234.00.

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

Chairman Kangas then asked for public comment on the 2009 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. No one in attendance asked to comment on the proposed budget.

The Chairman then asked two more times for comment and heard none. A motion was then made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing.

_______________________________ ___________________________

Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 29, 2008

County Courthouse

Bessemer , MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:05pm immediately after the public hearing.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 10, 2008 regular meeting minutes.)

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 Siirila, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along two additions: General Fund Budget amendments and two bids for site preparation on the jail expansion project.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Bob Raisanen of Marenisco Township discussed the Road Commission appointments, and was hopeful one of the appointees would be from Marenisco Township .

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Health and Welfare Committee--------------------11/25/08

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

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------11/26/08

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

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee------------12/01/08

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac, to move the Administrative Assistant at the Forestry and Parks office from a pay grade 4 to a pay grade 6 and recommend it to the Forestry and parks Commission.

Roll Call:
YES: (2) Bonovetz, Gerovac

NO: (7) Anonich, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Oliver, Siirila

Motion failed.

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December 29, 2008

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4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------12/03/08

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson, to accept the Forestry and Parks 2009 budget with the question of life insurance to be resolved, as adopted by the Forestry and Parks Commission.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------12/10/08

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

6. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------12/15/08

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Western U.P. District Health Department

(RE: tobacco tax funds release)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the tobacco tax money to the Western U.P. Health Department. ($4,215.53)

2. County Clerk-Register Gerry Pelissero

(RE: job opening)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Pelissero to advertise for the position, in the Register of Deeds office.

Chairman Request:

Discussion on Medical Care Facility expansion project

Chairman Kangas informed the Board that the Medical Care Facility is planning an $8.1 million dollar expansion project. Medical Care Administrator Robert Dunn has scheduled a informational meeting for January 8th, 2009 at 10am at the Facility. Kangas is requesting members of the Health and Welfare Committee along with the new Board Chairman and the Finance Chairman attend that meeting.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS

1. General Fund (recommended from finance meeting)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to amend the 2008 General Fund as presented along covering any additional payments to the Child Care Fund to be paid out of additional fund balance forward.

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December 29, 2008

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2008 budget amendments

REVENUES amendment amended budget

National Forest Reserve

101-000-429.00 increased by $195,741.00 $503,022.00

Circuit Court Costs

101-000-602.00 increased by $ 38,608.00 $121,608.00

County Clerk Services

101-000-612.00 increased by $ 6,011.00 $ 41,011.00

District Court Civil Fees

101-000-616.00 increased by $ 4,717.00 $ 19,217.00

Soil Erosion Permits

101-000-450.00 increased by $ 6,322.00 $ 24,737.00

Dog Licenses

101-000-477.00 increased by $ 884.00 $ 1,884.00

Pistol Permits

101-000-479.00 increased by $ 1,000.00 $ 1,600.00

Prosecuting Atty Coll.

101-000-630.00 increased by $ 13,301.00 $ 18,301.00

Bond Forfeitures D.C.

101-000-656.00 increased by $ 3,379.00 $ 16,379.00

Other Revenues

101-000-688.00 increased by $ 20,252.00 $ 20,252.00

Total Revenue Amendments $290,215.00

EXPENDITURES amendment amended budget

BOC per diem

101-101-702.01 increased by $ 2,500.00 $ 12,500.00

Circuit Court Stenographers

101-131-803.00 increased by $ 2,000.00 $ 7,000.00

Probate Court jury fees

101-147-804.00 increased by $ 3,200.00 $ 4,200.00

Data Processing contractual

101-258-805.02 increased by $ 20,000.00 $ 49,000.00

Build. Grnd contractual

101-265-805.02 increased by $ 9,000.00 $ 30,000.00

Indigent Fees Circuit Court

101-900-808.01 increased by $ 20,000.00 $ 91,000.00

Indigent Fees Probate Court

101-900-808.03 increased by $ 50,000.00 $ 110,000.00

Tax Reimbursements

101-900-899.00 increased by $ 38,000.00 $ 41,000.00

Child Care

101-901-965.07 increased by $ 65,000.00 $ 285,000.00

Sheriff Dept salaried

101-301-702.00 increased by $ 33,518.00 $ 565,000.00

Sheriff OT

101-301-704.00 increased by $ 5,275.00 $ 41,275.00

Sheriff Dept 316

101-316-704.00 increased by $ 1,100.00 $ 1,762.00

Health Insurance

101-316-716.00 increased by $ 14,347.00 $ 14,347.00

Retirement

101-316-718.00 increased by $ 6,363.00 $ 6,363.00

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Gas, Oil & Grease

101-316-748.00 increased by $ 13,956.00 $ 16,956.00

Supplies & Materials

101-316-750.00 increased by $ 3,545.00 $ 3,545.00

Workers Comp

101-316-911.00 increased by $ 2,411.00 $ 2,411.00

Total Expenditures Amendments $290,215.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Road Commission

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to set up interviews for the seven applicants for the re-organizational meeting on Tuesday January 6th, 2008 at 4:30pm.

2. Airport Board

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to appoint Robert Berg to the Gogebic-Iron County Airport Board, Berg was the only applicant.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2009 Gogebic County Appropriations Act.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Anonich to adopt the 2009 Gogebic County General Fund Budget of $6,227,234.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 29, 2008

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ADOPTION OF AMENDED 2008 GOGEBIC COUNTY SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to amend the 2008 Gogebic County Special Revenue Funds as presented.

2008 BUDGET

GOGEBIC COUNTY

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

AMENDED

REVENUES

BUDGET

Federal Grants

$327,488

Taxes

$570,478

State Grants

$32,800

Local Contributions

$3,500

Services

$173,207

Interest and Rents

$1,200

Other

$225,000

TOTAL

$1,333,673

EXPENDITURES

Judicial

$20,000

Public Safety

$211,403

Health and Welfare

$1,026,801

Recreation and Culture

$95,907

Capital Outlay

$9,300

Miscellaneous

$318,728

TOTAL

$1,682,139

($348,466)

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 29, 2008

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ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2009 Gogebic County Special Revenue Funds as presented.

2009 BUDGET

GOGEBIC COUNTY

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

REVENUES

BUDGET

Federal Grants

$297,563

Taxes

$599,470

State Grants

$48,000

Local Contributions

$3,000

Services

$170,920

Interest and Rents

$1,200

Other

$226,400

TOTAL

$1,346,553

EXPENDITURES

Judicial

$29,000

Public Safety

$233,400

Health and Welfare

$992,435

Recreation and Culture

$86,300

Capital Outlay

$11,500

Miscellaneous

$327,655

TOTAL

$1,680,290

($333,737)

Transfers In

$333,737

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

December 29, 2008

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ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to adopt the 2009 Debt Service Funds.

DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

BUDGET FOR YEAR 2009

BUDGET

REVENUES

City of Ironwood

Contractual Payments

$96,845.00

EXPENDITURES

Bond Principal

$80,000.00

Bond Interest

$16,145.00

Fiscal Charges

$700.00

TOTAL

$96,845.00

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 Gerovac, 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 Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

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December 29, 2008

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to pay the claims as presented along with pre-paids and 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
Bids for the site preparation of the jail expansion project. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee.

G.C.C. President Jim Lorenson was in attendance and briefly gave an update on the College.

This was the last meeting for outgoing Commissioner William Anonich the Board thanked him for his service the County.

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 5:50pm.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

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#1

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#2

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION______________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#3

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#4

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#5

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#6

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#7

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______

MOTION________________________________________________________________

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MOVER_________________________________________________________________

SUPPORT_______________________________________________________________

#8

GEORGE PETERSON YES_______ NO_______

BOB MORIN YES_______ NO_______

JIM OLIVER YES_______ NO_______

DAN SIIRILA YES_______ NO_______

TOM GEROVAC YES_______ NO_______

DENNIS JACOBSON YES_______ NO_______

JOE BONOVETZ YES_______ NO_______

DON PEZZETTI YES_______ NO_______

LEROY KANGAS YES_______ NO_______