2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

2009 Regular Board Minutes

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.

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Leroy Kangas, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-Organizational Meeting

January 6, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

4:30P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 4:30pm by County Clerk-Register Gerry R Pelissero.

OATH OF OFFICE
The oath of office was administered to the newly elected Board members.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three items added to other matters. Part-time hours for the Register of Deeds and Sheriff position, a bill from CDW for the AS 400 computer system out of technology and Site survey/soil boring for the jail expansion project.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

Pelissero then opened the floor for nominations for Chairperson.

Oliver nominated Gerovac with support from Morin. Pelissero asked three more times for any other nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin to close the nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Tom Gerovac as Chairman. Gerovac then assumed the Chair.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Chairman Gerovac then opened the floor for nominations of Vice-Chair. Oliver nominated Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson. Morin nominated Siirila, supported by Kangas. Gerovac then asked three more times for nominations and heard none. The Chairman then closed the floor for nominations. The Chairman then asked for a roll call vote.

ROLL CALL:

Morin: Siirila

Oliver: Bonovetz

Siirila: Siirila

Kangas: Siirila
Jacobson: Bonovetz

Bonovetz: Bonovetz

Pezzetti: Siirila

Peterson: Siirila

Gerovac: Bonovetz

Siirila was elected Vice-Chairman by 5-4 vote.

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ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt Roberts Rules of Order, with roll call votes rotating by Commissioner District and the Chairman will vote on all matter and vote last.

APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

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

DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

Dates and Times:

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

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

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

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to continue with the current meeting schedule.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Investment Resolution)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried to adopt the investment resolution with all dates in the resolution dated January 6, 2009. Resolution on file in clerk’s office.

2. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: 2009 1st Quarter Appropriation)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to release the 2009 1st quarter appropriation to the Airport.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Part-time hours for employee for Register of Deeds and Sheriff Department. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the part time hours to be five hours per day with 3.5 for Register of Deeds and 1.5 for the Sheriff Department.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve a bill to CDW for $2685.73 out of the technology budget, for a maintenance contract on the AS 400 computer system.

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Commissioner Kangas briefly discussed the jail expansion project and the soil boring requirement in the recent bids. Kangas mentioned this requirement was no longer a part of the site survey. The matter will be further discussed at the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Road Commission Applicant interviews

Seven applicants were interviewed for the Road Commission.

Don Bennetts of Bessemer, Richard Bouvette of Marenisco, David Hagen of Marenisco, Marvin LaGrew of Ironwood Township, Arthur Lyons of Ironwood Township, Robert Orlich of Wakefield and Eugene Vittone of Wakefield Township. Each applicant was asked a series of 13 questions from Chairman Gerovac, and the interviews lasted approximately 10-15 per person.

After the interviews, a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to place all seven names in for nomination. The Chairman then asked for a roll call vote.

ROLL CALL:

Morin: Bouvette

Oliver: Lyons

Siirila: Lyons

Kangas: LaGrew
Jacobson: Bouvette

Bonovetz: Bennetts

Pezzetti: Vittone

Peterson: Bouvette

Gerovac: Bennetts

No applicant received the required majority of votes (5).

The Chairman requested another roll call vote.

ROLL CALL:

Morin: Bouvette

Oliver: Lyons

Siirila: Lyons

Kangas: LaGrew
Jacobson: Bouvette

Bonovetz: Bennetts

Pezzetti: Vittone

Peterson: Bouvette

Gerovac: Bennetts

No applicant received the required majority of votes (5).

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to nominate Bennetts, Bouvette and Lyons. The Chair requested a roll call vote.

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

NO: (3) Gerovac, Kangas, Pezzetti

Motion carried

Don Bennetts, Richard Bouvette and Arthur Lyons were appointed to the Road Commission for six year terms.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Commissioners were reminded of an informational meeting at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility on the expansion project plans. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 8, 2009 at 9am at the Facility.

ADJOURNMENT

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 14th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (December 29th, 2008 regular meeting and January 6th Re-org meeting.)

A motion was made by Kangas, 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 as presented along three additions. 1. A recommendation from the Health and Welfare meeting of 01/08/2009, 2. A recommendation from the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee of 01/14/2009 and a letter of agreement between Gundlach Champion and Gogebic County on the jail expansion project.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Donna Scorse, Executive Director Gogebic County EDC

(RE: Brownfield Authority Director)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to name Donna Scorse as the Director of the Gogebic County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

2. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Public Act 2 funds 2008)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act 2 funds in the amount of $4,410.00.

3. Robert Dunn, Administrator, Gogebic Medical Facility

(RE: 5 Star rating for Facility)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of congratulations to the Facility and receive the communication and place it on file.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS- 2009

1. Remonumentation program

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the State confirms the amount available for the program.

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APPOINTMENTS

1. Gogebic County Transit

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

Transit Authority Director Jim Mildren gave a brief update on the Transit.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Health and Welfare Committee recommendation.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to recommend to the Department of Human Services Board to proceed with the pre-application with the USDA for the renovation project at the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee recommendation.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried on a Seven (7) yea – Two (2) nay vote to decline the site survey as part of the jail improvement/renovation project.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the Letter of Agreement (Amendment No. 1) for the Jail improvement/renovation project.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest Service gave a brief update on timber sales and snowmobile activity on the Forest.

ADJOURNMENT

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

January 28, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Bonovetz,

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 14, 2009 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Kangas, 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 Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition, a resolution regarding the Renaissance Zone in Wakefield Township.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Donna Scorse, County EDC Director

(RE: Recycling Plant in Wakefield Township)

Scorse introduced the Board to Wakefield Township Supervisor, John Cox, who then discussed the proposed recycling plant that would be built in Wakefield Township. Cox asked the Board to consider selling 20 acres of County property to Wakefield Township that is adjacent to the Planter Road Subzone of the Renaissance Zone in Wakefield Township. Wakefield Township would then sell the 20 acres to the developers of the recycling plant Joe and Corie Hilborn. Cox was also asking that the County Board adopt a resolution that would extend the Renaissance Zone tax free status for this particular property for an additional fifteen years. The current properties in the Wakefield Township Renaissance Zone will expire in 2011. Scorse then gave a brief background of the developer, Joe and Corie Hilborn. Hilborn then discussed his proposed plan for the recycling center, and the potential jobs that would be created. Hilborn said 5 fulltime employees would be hired initially and 9 to 10 by the end of the first year with the possibility of up to fifteen by year 5. A brief question and answer period was held between the Board and the parties involved. A motion was then made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to adopt the resolution as presented and sell the property to Wakefield Township.

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County of Gogebic

Resolution

2009-02

Resolution granting Wakefield Township permission to extend Renaissance Zone time duration

Whereas, the Planter Road Subzone is currently designated as a Renaissance Zone pursuant to Public Act 376 of 1996 and;

Whereas, the Renaissance Zone/Planter Road Subzone is slated to expire in 2011, and;

Whereas, the Michigan Renaissance Zone Act, 1996 PA 376, has been amended in 2006 PA 440 and 2008 PA 116 to permit extending the duration of time for one or more portions of a Renaissance Zone;

Whereas, Western U.P. Recycling Center, a Michigan based company, intends to purchase approximately 20 acres of land in the name of Planter Road Subzone and;

Whereas, Western U. P. Recycling Center has requested that the Renaissance Zone on its proposed property location be extended in duration by an additional 15 years, so that the new expiration date would be 2025 and;

Whereas, the extension of the Renaissance Zone duration on Western U.P. Recycling Center property is necessary to increase economic development, and expand business and employment opportunities in the Wakefield Township and the surrounding communities for years to come and;

The property description is as follows:

Northwest corner Section 33 T48N R45W; the W ½ of the NW ¼ of the NW ¼, Section 33, Township 48 North, Range 45 West, Wakefield Township, Gogebic County, Michigan, 19.94 acres.

Whereas, the County of Gogebic is the qualified local governmental unit that originally applied for the Wakefield Township Renaissance Zone designation, and;

Whereas, Wakefield Township requests that Gogebic County apply for a 15 year time extension for 20 acres of property that Western U.P. Recycling Center intends to purchase in the Planter Road Subzone.

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

That the land described by the legal description shall be granted a Renaissance Zone time extension with various state, local and county

taxes being waived on the property for a period of 15 years beginning January 2010 through December 31, 2025.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (2) Jacobson, Oliver

Motion carried.

Discussion was then focused on the sale price of the property to Wakefield Township. County Forestry and Parks Director Richard Bolen was in attendance at the meeting and mentioned that the County previously sold 80 acres to Wakefield Township for Renaissance Zone development and economic growth for $1.00. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to sell the property described in the resolution to Wakefield Township for $1.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------12/29/08

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Richard Bolen, Director County Forestry and Parks Commission

(RE: Recycling plant)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file. The content of Mr. Bolen’s letter was discussed during the Wakefield Township land sale.

2. Susan J Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: bid proposals)

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

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Duane R DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: 2nd Quarter Appropriation request)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2nd quarter appropriations to the Airport.

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2. Jim Gribble, Jim Saari Co-Chairman Gogebic County Fair

(RE: 2009 Appropriation)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2009 appropriation to the Fair Board.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS

1. Erin Wennersten, Friend of the Court Office, six months

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the six month increment for Wennersten.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest handed out information on the Beatons Lake proposed project that will be discussed at the February 11th, 2009 regular Board meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 11, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:03pm by Chairman Gerovac immediately after the public hearing.

ROLL CALL

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 28, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two items added to other matters: a revenue sharing update and resolution in support of Burton Industries.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile

(RE: Borrowing resolution for 2008 tax settlement and

Bond resolution for the jail improvement project)

Pertile briefly discussed the borrowing resolution for the 2008 tax settlement. Pertile asked the Board to adopt the resolution just in case she needs to borrow for the 2008 tax settlement. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution.

Pertile then discussed the jail improvement bond resolution. The bond would written up not to exceed $1,000,000.00 and would be adjusted based on the bids received for the project. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Melanie Fullman, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Beaton Vegetation Management Project)

Fullman presented to the Board the Beaton lake area vegetation management project. The project includes timber harvest and management, riparian and fisheries resource management. The County has 30 days to comment on the project. No action was necessary.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Wakefield Township Supervisor, John Cox

(RE: Renaissance Zone update)

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

2. County Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Loeper

(RE: Home Land Security Grant contract with Houghton CO.)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the Homeland Security Grant with Houghton County.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health (four positions)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint the four recommended applicants to the CMH Board. Diane Kossow - primary consumer, Carrie Braspenick – secondary consumer, Collen Kichak – Public Official and Steve Thomas – Public Official/Secondary consumer.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas spoke on the State revenue sharing payments and the very good possibility that cuts will be made to Counties that were expected to receive funds this year. Houghton County is one of the Counties that could be affected by the cuts in 2009-2010 State Budget. The Governor’s budget will be released soon.

RESOLUTUIONS:

1. Burton Industries

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson to adopt the resolution in support of Burton Industries loan through revolving loan fund.

Resolution

2009-03

Whereas, Burton Industries of 1260 Wall Street, Ironwood, Michigan has applied for a $30,000 loan through the Gogebic County EDC Revolving Loan Fund and;

Whereas, the loan application is to be used for equipment and machinery and;

Whereas, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing as required on Wednesday February 11, 2009 at 5pm to seek public comments on the loan application.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approves of the application of Burton Industries to the Gogebic County EDC Revolving Loan Fund in the amount of $30,000 and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners authorizes their chairman to sign any and all documents required.

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Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Remonumentation Director Dick Bolen updated the board on the 2009 Remonumentation program. Bolen has been informed that the funds for this year will be approximately $17,600.00. Bolen will continue to update the Board on any changes to the program.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

Gogebic County Board of Commissioners

Public Hearing - Burton Industries

February 11, 2009

5:00 P.M.

County of Gogebic

Public Hearing

Minutes

The purpose of the hearing is to take public comment on a Revolving Loan Fund application submitted by Burton Industries (Gary Burnett) of Ironwood, MI. The amount of the proposed loan is Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) and is to be utilized for the purchase of equipment/machinery.

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

Chairman Gerovac asked for public comment and heard none. He then introduced Gogebic County EDC Director Donna Scorse, who discussed the application process and the purpose of the loan request from Burton Industries.

Chairman Gerovac asked two more times for public comment and again heard none.

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

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 25, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 11, 2009 regular meeting and public hearing minutes from February 11, 2009)

A motion was made by Kangas, 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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: 1. Communication from Marquette County regarding the MSP Crime lab in the U.P. and in Other Matters a discussion on Child Care.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------01/28/2009

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

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee-----------02/04/2009

a. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas, to add $2,500.00 to the Equalization budget to cover the costs affiliated with the certification of the Level 1 Assessor and Level 2 Assessor for Melissa Prisbe and when she begins assessing for various units that the dollars she earns will not be made part of her retirement calculations nor any unemployment costs that could possibly be affiliated with such contract.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (1) Gerovac

Motion carried.

b. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to make the appointment to other committees, agencies, boards by an interview process to be held at the Personnel and Negotiations Committee level prior to the Board meetings.

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c. A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that for the seating of such positions that all names be cast for nomination, and voting to occur with the lowest vote getters eliminated until majority received.

3. Health and Welfare Committee-----------------02/17/2009

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

4. Economic Development and Capital Improvement-----02/18/2009

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to establish a new standing committee referred to as the Dr. Steven DalPra and Colleen DalPra Educational Award Committee for Gogebic County High School graduates to be comprised of County Board members, DalPra family members and a financial institution representative.

APPEARANCES:

1. Corporate Counsel, Richard Adams

RE: DalPra Family Educational Scholarships

Mr. Adams addressed the Board on the status of the DalPra Educational Scholarships. Mr. Adams reminded the Board that on October of 2008 he discussed the opportunity the County has of establishing a college scholarship programs through the Trusts of Dr. Steven DalPra and his wife Colleen Joan Morgan-DalPra. The couple and their three children were killed in an airplane crash in December 2004 near the Gogebic-Iron County airport.

Adams informed the Board that the Scholarship funds are now established in Gogebic County and currently have a combined value of $2.1 million dollars. The funds are to provide scholarships to Gogebic County high school graduates for the next 35 years using only the interest generated from the trusts and after 35 years the principal can used to provide scholarships. This year committee will award approximately $50,000.00 in scholarships. Adams introduced the representatives of River Valley State Bank and members of the DalPra family who will sit on the Dr. Steven DalPra and Colleen DalPra Educational Award Committee. Adams also suggested the Committee meet soon to get out this information to Area Schools so scholarship can be awarded for 2009 high school graduates.

2. Ottawa National Forest Representatives

RE: Resource Advisory Committee

Melanie Fullman, Susan Spear and Norman Nass were in attendance to discuss how the County must establish the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) to spend the Title II funds from the Secure Rural Schools monies received for the next four years. Each RAC shall have 15 members with balanced and broad representatives of interest in 3 categories. This committee will then decide which projects and how to spend the Title II funds, which will benefit National Forest Service. Applicants must complete a membership interest form, which will be sent to directly to the Ottawa National Supervisor. The Secretary of Agriculture will then make the appointments to the County 15 member RAC. No Board action was necessary.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile

(RE: hardship policy for tax foreclosures)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the One-year financial hardship extension policy as presented by Sue Pertile.

2. Susan Spear, Ottawa National Forest Supervisor

(RE: Land Exchange proposal)

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

3. Susan Spear, Ottawa National Forest Supervisor

(RE: Land Exchange proposal)

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

4. Kim J Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent Gogebic Range Water Authority)

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

5. County Administrator, Juliane Giackino

(RE: 911 Surcharge ballot proposal)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 911 surcharge language and place it on the May 5th, 2009 ballot.

GOGEBIC COUNTY PROPOSAL

911 OPERATING SURCHARGE PROPOSAL

For the period beginning on July 1, 2009 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2015, shall Gogebic County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to $1.65 on the monthly billings of landline, wireless and VOIP service suppliers within the geographic boundaries of Gogebic County to be used exclusively for the funding of 911 emergency telephone call answering and dispatch services for Gogebic County?

6. County of Marquette Board of Commissioners

(RE: U.P. MSP crime lab)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to our Governor and State Legislators to oppose the proposed closing the MSP crime lab in the U.P.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. St. Joseph County

RE: Remonumentation program

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

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February 25, 2009

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Amy Hamel, MSU Extension, One year increment

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the one-year increment for Amy Hamel.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Pezzetti to pay the claims as presented with three bills not approved, the Otis Elevator bill and two from Holden and Holden, to add the $150.00 dues for membership in the U.P. County Commissioners Association, and to a make them apart of the minutes. The pre-paids were also approved in the motion.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas briefly discussed the Child Care fund. He mentioned that apart of the Federal Stimulus package, The State of Michigan was to receive about $85 million dollars for Child Care. Kangas said he contacted Probate Judge Massie and he will look into it.

Commissioner Pezzetti mentioned that a new program through Michigan Works will be started this summer for 22-24 year olds.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman briefly updated the Board on the Snowmobile activity on the Ottawa recently.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:09p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Cha
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 11, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

Roll Call:
Present: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 25, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Kangas, 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Jean Hautala and June Anderson

(RE: Jail visitation)

Neither Hautala nor Anderson were present at the time of their appearance the Chairman moved their appearances later in the meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Missy Lane, Community Mental Health Executive Secretary

(RE: CMH Board amended By-Laws)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the By-Law changes as recommended.

2. Sherri Dulong, Program & Volunteer Services Coordinator,

Western U.P. Healthcare Access Coalition

(RE: Proclamation)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to declare March 22nd through March 28th 2009 as National Cover the Uninsured week.

3. Michael W. Korpela

(RE: Road Commission private driveway policy)

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a copy of this letter to the Road Commission.

Once again the Chairman asked for the appearance of Jean Hautala and June Anderson, neither was in attendance. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to both Hautala and Anderson and advise them, that Sheriff Sanders sets policy at the jail and they should bring their complaints about visitation to his attention not the Board of Commissioners.

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OTHER MATTERS
County Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board that they must approve Commissioner Don Pezzetti’s request for a County credit card with a limit of $2,000.00, which is the same all of the other commissioners. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the credit card for Commissioner Pezzetti.

Commissioner Siirila informed the Board of a Public Hearing that will be held on March 25th, 2009 for a grant application for a well at Little Girls Point.

Treasurer Pertile mentioned a meeting regarding the establishment of a County land bank will be held March 16th, 2009 at 10:30 am at the courthouse and would like two or three commissioners to attend.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:15p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING

March 25, 2009

County Courthouse

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING

Minutes

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. regarding a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grant. The public hearing will be held in the District Courtroom at the Courthouse located at 200 N. Moore St., Bessemer, MI. The grant application is for improvements at the Little Girl’s Point Park and will include: water system development, day use pavilion, playground equipment and additional campsite development.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing. The Chairman asked three times for public comment on the grant application and heard none. Forestry and Parks Director Dick Bolen then briefly discussed the plans and the projects for funds if received through the MNRTF. If the grant is approved the projects could begin in the spring or summer of 2010. The Chairman again asked for public comment and heard none.

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

March 25, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:13 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:13 p.m. immediately after the public hearing.

The chairman asked for a moment of silence for Ervin Romans, a Oakland County California police office who was killed in the line of Duty on Saturday March 21st. Romans grew up in Ironwood Township.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(March 11, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti 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 one addition added to Other Matters: Jail Project bid spec release.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------02/25/09

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

Revenues

101-00-526.0 0 Federal Grant USDA increased by $13,350.00

Expenditures

101-301-750.00 Supplies and Materials increased by $13,350.00

2. Economic Development and Capital Improv. Comm.---03/02/09

3. DalPra Educational Award Committee---------------03/02/09

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

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----------03/05/09

a. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the current Resolution to Effectuate Prisoner Board and Care Charge to change the booking fee from $20.00 to $25.00.

b. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the Law Enforcement Protection Agreement because the Prosecutor hasn’t approved the agreement.

c. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to continue to pursue the two grants through the USDA for vehicles.

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March 25, 2009

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5. Health and Welfare Committee---------------------03/16/09

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Roy D’Antonio, Road Commission Member

(re: consolidation of buildings and R.C. update)

Mr. D’Antonio, along with Art Lyons and Dick Bouvette addressed the Board regarding the early planning stages of Road Commission building consolidation due to building deterioration and economical utility issues. The also discussed the upcoming retirement in 2009 and how these positions will be filled. Lyons discussed the equipment needs and garage needs to service the equipment. The Road Commission is looking at financial alternatives, which may include a USDA loan or local financial lending institutions to purchase new equipment and was seeking a letter of support from the Board of Commissioners. Other matters covered during the discussion included union contract negotiations, Stimulus funding and 2009 Budget issues and road projects. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support to the Road Commission supporting their applications for funding. The Board thanked the three members for attending and opening up the lines of communication between the two agencies.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: stimulus monies)

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

2. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

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

3. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: mineral exploration)

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

4. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Remonumentation fund)

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

5. County Clerk-Register of Deeds Gerry Pelissero

(RE: Chief Deputy Clerk vacancy)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Pelissero to fill his Chief Deputy position at the beginning of the pay grade seven level per the contract.

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March 25, 2009

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6. Gogebic County Road Commission

(RE: Task Force 13B meeting.)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Berrien County & Lake County

(RE: MSU Extension funding)

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

2. Wayne County

(RE: condition of Michigan roads)

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

3. Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY

RESOLUTION

2009 – 07

RESOLUTION OF COMMITMENT

FOR LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS FOR 2009

MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST FUND GRANT

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic has adopted the County Recreation Plan and filed it with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic desires to enhance the recreation opportunities for it’s citizens by undertaking improvements at it’s Little Girl’s Point Park; and

WHEREAS, there has been a Public Hearing, to gain input on the recreational needs of the county at this park; and

WHEREAS, there are Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Grants available to eligible counties.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the County of Gogebic will proceed with the project if they receive the MNRTF Grant and that they will put forth the budgeted amount for the 30% Local Share for the MNRTF.

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March 25, 2009

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Wendy Mesich, Probate register, 30 years

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 30 year longevity request.

2. Greg Rigoni, Custodian, 1 year

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

Jail expansion renovation bid release. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to give the Judiciary and Law Enforcement committee the OK to release the building specs, materials and to allow the bid process to begin, if the changes that the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee requested were made to the plans. The Committee will meet Thursday March 26, 2009 at 1pm.

Clerk Pelissero informed the Board that the deadline to apply for the Resource Advisory Committee through the Ottawa National Forest is April 10, 2009.

County Administrator Juliane Giackino asked the Board permission to add a request from the Fair Board to a black top project to her Stimulus Fund Grant application, it was granted.

PUBLIC COMMENT ( 5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:00pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 8th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES( March 25, 2009 Public Hearing and March 25, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, 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. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood Sewer System)

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

2. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood Water System)

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

3. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: Actuarial Study)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the actuarial study at a cost of $8,100.

4. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: 2008 Tax Settlement)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 2008 tax settlement as presented.

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5. County Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: setting of public hearing for USDA grant)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the public hearing for April 22nd, 2009 at 5:00pm. The purpose is to seek comment on the USDA grant applications for vehicles for the Sheriff Department.
OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Morin informed the Board that 80 positions are available for the Michigan Works summer youth program for ages 14 through 24.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

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

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:16pm.

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Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

April 22nd, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING

Minutes

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing two proposed grants with the USDA Rural Development. The total amount for both grants is $49,830 for the purchase of two new patrol cars and equipment.

Present: (9) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila Absent: (0) None

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing and keep it open until the end of the County’s regular meeting which follows this hearing. The chairman then explained the purpose of the public hearing. The chairman then asked three times for public and heard none. The Board then went into their regular meeting.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 22nd, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

A moment of silence was observed by the Board to honor former County Commissioner John Lewinski who passed away today. Lewinski served as a commissioner from 1987 to 2004.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(April 8th, 2009 regular meting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition, the Jail expansion and renovation general contractor bid award.

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---------3/25/09

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee---------3/26/09

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee---------3/31/09

4. Technology Committee----------------------------3/31/09

5. Health and Welfare Committee--------------------4/6/09

6. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee---------4/16/09

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Robert Dunn, Administrator, Gogebic Medical Care Facility

Due to a scheduling problem Mr. Dunn had to cancel his appearance.

2. Thomas Novascone – (RE: County Equalization Report)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2009 Gogebic County equalized value report. The County’s total CEV increased by 9.7%, the value is now $762,217,407.00. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz to adopt the 2009 Gogebic County Equalized Value report as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: County MSU Extension Resolution)

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

2. Lindsey Ringuette, U.P. Office, MDEQ

(RE: County SESC program)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file and have the Administrator send a letter of thanks to Dave Anderson.

3. Susan J. Spear, Ottawa National Forest Supervisor

(RE: Off-Highway Vehicle Connector Route Project EA)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Oceana Co. Board of Commissioners

(RE: Resolution Requesting Legislature to Implement A Plan

To Improve Michigan Roads and Highways)

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

2. Marquette County Board of Commissioners

(RE: Resolution to Improve Michigan Roads and Highways)

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

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids, to hold the two Lakeside Memorial bills for medical examiner removals, to pay the Charter Communications bill from the sheriff department for $69.13 and to authorize the payment of the Wells Fargo credit card bill when it is received.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the County Emergency Management budget by $1,000.

101-000-521.00 Revenue increased by $1,000.00 and 101-426-860.00 expenditure increased by $1,000.00

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Morin discussed the summer youth work slots available in Gogebic County is 90 positions this year with only 35 requests so far.

Commissioner Jacobson said he attended a Loggers Congress in Wisconsin recently and it was very informative, he will also attend the Loggers Congress to be held in Gogebic County, Thursday April 23rd at the Wakefield VFW.

Agenda Addition:

Jail Expansion and Renovation Project General Contractor Bid Award.

Commissioner Kangas discussed the bids for the project and then a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz to award the General Contractor bid to Wayne Nasi Construction of Hurley. The bid was for $683,716.00 and includes the four alternatives and is based on Nasi accepting the Division 27 security bid.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing for the USDA grant for sheriff department vehicles.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:21p.m.

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Thomas Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 13, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(April 22nd, 2009 Public Hearing and April 22nd, 2009 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda 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 to Other Matters: an amended equalization report and a Wakefield Township Renaissance Zone matter.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: Land bank Intergovernmental Agreement)

Treasurer Pertile presented the plan to establish a Land Bank Authority for Gogebic County, which would be created to efficiently acquire, hold, manage and develop tax-foreclosed property, as well as other vacant, blighted, obsolete and abandoned properties. Discussion was held and then a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Pertile to proceed with the establishment of the Land Bank Authority and adopt the resolution as presented.

2. Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator

(RE: surcharge resolution)

Jim Loeper presented to the Board a recommendation and resolution from the 9-1-1 Committee to set the 9-1-1 surcharge at $1.65 per communication device in Gogebic County. The County Board has the authority to charge up to $1.65 based on the successful ballot proposal from the May 5th, 2009 election. Loeper explained the 9-1-1 committee recommended the full surcharge so equipment could purchased in the first year to upgrade five repeaters throughout the County and other 9-1-1 related equipment.

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The Board had questions and concerns as to why the full surcharge was being assessed in the first year. The discussion continued for 30 minutes, and included dispatching options Iron County Michigan, Gogebic County going with our own call center and continuing the contract with Negaunee Regional. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported Bonovetz to set the 9-1-1 surcharge at $1.00 per device in Gogebic County, which would raise approximately $317,600.00 in the first year.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila NO: (4) Gerovac, Kangas, Morin, Peterson

Motion carried.

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY RESOLUTION

2009-09

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

WHEREAS, under the Emergency 9-1-1 Service Enabling Act (P.A. 379 2008, as amended) the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved the final 911 service plan on January 9th, 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 379 to further support

9-1-1 service in Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Public Act 379 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 $1.00 be placed on all communications service providers beginning July 1, 2009 as allowed under Public Act 379 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, Gogebic County on May 5th, 2009 a election was held within Gogebic County (MCL 484.14701b) (1) & (b) with a vote of yes 1449 and no 1052 and

WHEREAS, Public Act 379 expires December 31st, 2014, the monthly county-based surcharge will remain in effect until that time, or is otherwise changed by county resolution and/or law; and

FURTHER, that pursuant to Public Act 379, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has modified the 9-1-1 Plan on May 13th, 2009 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. 379 of 2008.

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May 13, 2009

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Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (4) Gerovac, Kangas, Morin, Peterson

Motion carried.

3. Brad Newberry, President GRTA

(RE: motorized trail access)

Mr. Newberry addressed the Board on behalf of the Gogebic Range Trail Authority, which is seeking support for a designated ATV trail from Marenisco Township to the west along the old railroad grade into Wakefield. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the GRTA efforts to get the designation.

4. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: MSU budget and Transportation funding)

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

5. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Wakefield)

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

6. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR)

(RE: Notice of Intent, Northern Initiatives)

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

7. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, GRWA)

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

8. Mary Lou Nyderek, Airport Secretary

(RE: ARRA Airport Sponsor Certification)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the documents.

9. Richard Bolen, Program Administrator, Remonumentation Program

(RE: 2009 funding)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 2009 Survey and Remonumentation Program budget of $17,882.00.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Paula Partanen, 30 years longevity with Gogebic County

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 30 longevity request.

2. Sue Kivi, two years, Register of Deeds office

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the two year increment increase as requested.

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May 13, 2009

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RESOULTIONS:

1. State Revenue Sharing

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

2. U.P. State Fair

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

3. Department of Human Services

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution from Gogebic County.

OTHER MATTERS:
Agenda Additions:

Amended Equalized value report. Equalization Director Tom Novascone informed the Board of an error he found after the Board adopted the 2009 County Equalized Value report in April. The error affected all of the Bessemer Township properties. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to amend the 2009 Gogebic County Equalized Value report as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Renaissance Zone Clarification.

At the January 28, 2009 regular Board meeting a resolution was adopted to extend by fifteen years the tax free status of the North Country Renaissance Zone in Wakefield Township. The resolution had the wrong expiration date. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners acknowledge the Renaissance Zone for the North Country Renaissance Zone/Wakefield Township sub zone would be for a full fifteen years and would end on December 31, 2024 and become fully taxable for the 2025 tax year.

Commissioner Siirila discussed how the County should handle the change orders that will be involved in the jail project. Siirila was concerned that too many meetings would be needed if every little thing needed County Board approval. Brief discussion was held, and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator and Sheriff to approve changes of $1,000.00 or less.

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May 13, 2009

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly addressed the Board on the summer projects and parks opening on the forest.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:13p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting

May 6th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

6:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, 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.

Matters for Consideration
1. Gogebic County Jail expansion and renovation project:

Division 27 Bid award

Commissioner Bonovetz as the chairman of the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee briefly gave an overview of the Division 27 security camera system for the jail project. Three bids were received by the deadline, North Star Electronics of Ironwood, American Video and Security of Black Creek Wisconsin and Data Consultants of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After opening the bids only Data Consultants completed the process for the Division 27 bid. Two proposals were discussed; analog and digital systems that work together and fully digital system. The difference in price was $62,000, for the combined system and $122,000 for the digital system. Lengthy discussion was held on the matter. A motion was made by Kangas supported by Siirila to accept the proposal from Data Consultants for $122,000 for the digital system, provided it meets the Division 27 specs, and authorize Jim Loeper to be the coordinator of the security system project between Data Consultants and the General Contractor.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. DalPra Family Memorial Scholarship Awards

Discussion was held on the scholarships that would be awarded to 2009 High School graduates. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to award 25, $2,000.00 scholarships to 2009 graduates of Bessemer Area schools, Ironwood Area schools, Wakefield-Marenisco Schools and Watersmeet Schools. Scholarships will be awarded based on the size of the graduating class size. Ironwood 14, Bessemer 5 and Wakefield-Marenisco and Watersmeet 3 each.

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May 6th, 2009

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Discussion was held on how the funds would be distributed, then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote that the payout will be twice a year after each semester, the student will present their transcripts to the principals of the school and the principal will contact the County Treasurer to release the funds.

Twenty five names were approved at the DalPra Scholarship Award Committee meeting earlier today. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Kangas to approve the names as presented and release to the schools at their scholarship award ceremonies.

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

NO: (0) None

Abstain: (2) Oliver, Peterson

Motion carried.

Pat Tucker, of Northwoods Environmental Industries Inc., was in attendance at the meeting to discuss his proposal Asbestos Abatement for the jail addition and renovation project. He presented a proposal for $6,250.00. He also mentioned he could take care of additional removal that wasn’t apart of the project but would at sometime have to be removed. He would charge $1.00 a square foot, and the work would cost an additional $985.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti to approve the proposal of $6,250.00 by Northwoods Environmental along with the additional expense of $985.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Bonovetz suggested that an order to proceed with jail project be drafted and given to Wayne Nasi Construction, general contractor for the project. Brief discussion was held and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin to authorize the Administrator to draft “An Order to Proceed” letter to Wayne Nasi Construction. According to Wayne Nasi, who was in attendance at the meeting work could begin the week of May 11th.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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May 6th, 2009

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OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Sanders mentioned the possibility of a change order to the project for an additional security door. The matter was discussed at one the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee meetings. Administrator Juliane Giackino will research the minutes of the meetings and bring forth a motion as part of the committee summary report is one was made regarding the door.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

May 27, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 6th, 2009 special meting and May 13th, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Kangas, 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 Jacobson 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 ------------------04/20/2009

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee--------04/22/2009

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

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee ----------04/29/2009

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by an 8 yea – 1 nay vote, that a County Board member must be physically present at a meeting and able to vote to constitute a per diem. The only phone per diem allowed would be in the case that a Commissioner would be physically incapacitated or is needed to constitute a quorum.

4. DalPra Educational Award Committee ------------05/06/2009

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Prosecuting Attorney’s opinion regarding home schooled graduates and that a letter be sent to the home schooled applicant’s parents with the Chairman’s signature.

5. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee -------05/13/2009

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Robert Dunn, Administrator, Gogebic Medical Care Facility

Mr. Dunn discussed with the Board the plans for an upgrade to the facility, which would include a new wing and a renovation of the west wing. Monte Hollenbeck, director of maintenance at the facility discussed the needed renovation of the west wing and what the new wing would provide at the facility.

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May 27, 2009

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Georgia Webber of the Facility spoke on the funding for the facility. The cost of the project would be approximately $8,150,000, and would proceed if a millage proposal is approved by the voters at the November 3rd, 2009 election. The millage would be for 29 years, 6 months. In first year the millage would be .95 mills and the last year it would be .44 mills. The Board had several questions for Mr. Dunn, Hollenbeck and Webber. The ballot language has to be drafted, presented to the County Clerk by August 25, 2009 and then it must be approved by the Board to be placed on the November 3rd, 2009 County wide ballot. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to have Dunn proceed with the process of preparing ballot language.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Roy D’Antonio, Road Commission (may appear)

Mr. D’Antonio introduced Darrin Pionk, who was hired recently to assume the role of Road Commission Manager/Engineer. Pionk will replace Bruce Edyvean who is retiring in July. Pionk then discussed the projects that are planned for summer of 2009.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: Land Sale Proceeds)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep the funds in the Tax Foreclosure fund.

2. Interlocal Agreement to Establish an U.P. State Fair Authority

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the Interlocal Agreement to establish an Upper Peninsula State Fair Authority.

3. Schoolcraft County Board

(RE: support for Camp Manistique)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by an 8 yea - 1 nay vote, to send a letter of support to Schoolcraft County.

4. Timothy K McGuire, Executive Director MAC

(RE: revenue sharing)

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. Gogebic County Road Commission

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

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May 27, 2009

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2. Marquette County

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

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 Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Jacobson to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and to add the claim from District Court to AT&T for $80.88 and pay the Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., claims of $290 and $125 which were held from the April 22nd, 2009 meeting.

OTHER MATTERS
Bonovetz discussed three matters from the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee meeting of earlier today. Landmark Design Group has offered to provide Construction Administration Phase services at a cost of $9,800.00. After discussion, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to hire Landmark Design Group at a cost of $9,000.00.

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

NO: (3) Morin, Peterson, Siirila

Motion carried.

Bonovetz discussed increasing the dollar amount that the Board authorized the Administrator and Sheriff to approve changes for the Jail project. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila to increase the approval amount from $1000.00 or less to $5,000.00 or less.

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

NO: (2) Pezzetti, Peterson

Motion carried.

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Bonovetz mentioned a change order at the Jail needs to be approved, which would provide a 4” water line from the jail to connect to the Bessemer City water line. The cost of the change is $3,300.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to authorize the change order from a 3” line to a 4” line and authorize the Sheriff to sign the order.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:00p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chai
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

June 24th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 24 2009 at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose to public comment on a Revolving Loan Fund Application submitted by Old World Meats of Ironwood. The amount of the proposed loan is $13,500.00 and is to be utilized for additional Capital. The hearing will take place in the Gogebic County District Court room at 200 S. Moore St. Bessemer, MI. All loan documents are on file at the Gogebic County EDC office.

Roll Call:
Present: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Oliver

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the Public Hearing and keep the hearing open into the Board’s regular meeting, which will immediately follow this hearing.

Chairman Gerovac announced the purpose of the public hearing to those in attendance. The amount of the proposed loan was increased to $15,000.00.

The asked three times for public comment on the matter and heard none. The Board then went to their regular Board agenda.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

June 24, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:04pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

Present: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 10, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with six additions. Communications 14 and 15, letters from Probate Court and District Court; under Other Matters four items: Airport contracts, Security cameras for the Courthouse, Josephson’s Nursing Home Brownfield matter and Emergency Management budget amendment.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee---------05/27/09

2. Finance Budgeting & Auditing Committee ---------05/27/09

3. Economic Development & Capital Improvements-----06/17/09

4. Health and Welfare Committee--------------------06/18/09

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. & 2. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: Resolutions)

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

3. Victor E Kuhlman, Manager, County Jail Services Section

(RE: Jail Inspection)

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

4. Duane DuRay, Manager, Gogebic-Iron County Airport

(RE: Release 3rd Quarter Appropriations)

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

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June 24, 2009

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5. Timothy McGuire, Executive Director, MAC

(RE: Wind energy)

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

6. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow

(RE: Health care)

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

7. & 8. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intents)

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

9. Commissioner Dennis Jacobson

(RE: Gogebic County Land)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried to refer the matter to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

10. Circuit Judge Roy Gotham

(RE: pay increase July 1, 2009)

11. Juliane Giackino, Administrator

(RE: pay increase July 1, 2009)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the July 1, 2009 pay increase for non-union staff addressed in communications 10, 11, 14 and 15.

12. Becky McIntyre, community corrections manager

(RE: FY 2010-12 Proposal)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the FY 2010-12 Proposal and application from West-Central U. P. Regional Community Corrections Program and send a letter of confirmation.

13. Deb Fabbri, Friend of the Court

(RE: 2009 Appropriation)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2009 FOC appropriation as requested. ($35,000)

Agenda Additions:

14. District Judge Anders Tingstad

(RE: pay increase July 1, 2009)

15. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(Re: pay increase July 1, 2009)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to close the Public hearing for Old World Meats. The Chairman asked one time for public comment and heard none. After a unanimous voice vote the public hearing was closed.

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Gogebic County EDC director Donna Scorse then discussed the revolving loan fund application from Old World Meats of Ironwood. The company is requesting a $15,000.00 loan for working capital. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to approve of the application and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Mrs. Kay Shabazz, Director of R.O.A.R.R.

(RE: Road rage resolution)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Erin Wennersten, one year increment, Friend of the Court

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

3. Amanda Parker, six month increment, Administrator’s office

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the three increments as requested.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

1. Airport Contracts

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the two contracts from the Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics for the construction of a Commercial Service Terminal building and to adopt the resolution as presented.

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2. Security Cameras for the Courthouse

Discussion was held on the proposal from Data Consultants for security cameras for the Courthouse. Data Consultants has the bid for the jail project and would provide security cameras for the Courthouse as well. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila to table the matter until the 2010 budget process.

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Jacobson, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

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

Motion failed.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to accept the bid for the 6 camera project in conjunction with the jail project at a cost of $34,200.00, with a possible MMRMA rap grant for $5,000.00 to bring the cost down to $29,200.00.

Roll Call:
Yes: (5) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Gerovac, Morin

No: (3) Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Motion carried.

3. Josephson’s Nursing Home Revolving Loan matter.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to take no Board action on the Josephson’s Nursing Home Revolving Loan matter that was discussed at the Finance meeting earlier today.

4. Budget Amendment for Emergency Management Services Budget

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to amend the budget by $7,146.00 for NOAA weather transmitter grant.

Revenues

101-000-521.00 Federal Grant increased by $7,146.00

Expenditures

101-426-977.02 Equipment increased by $7,164.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Sheriff Sanders briefly discussed a grant that maybe available for security equipment and also wanted to thank deputy Jay Kangas, Jay Holm and Greg Rigoni for their help during the Jail inspection process.

Darren Pionk of the Road Commission updated the Board on the USDA application for two trucks for the Commission. He mentioned the process is on going and he will keep the Board in the Loop.

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Commissioner Bonovetz made a motion to send a letter of thanks to Jay Kangas, Jay Holm and Greg Rigoni for the help during the jail inspection. He also thanked everyone involved in the recent Bessemer City gas explosion emergency.

County Forester Dick Bolen said he recently visited the Wakefield Township recycle center; he was very impressed and invited any commissioner to stop by for a visit with the owners.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:48pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

July 8th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:05pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 24th, 2009 public hearing minutes and June 24th, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions. 1. A resolution for the Fair Board; in other matters an amendment to the Old World Meats Revolving loan application which was approved on June 24, 2009; Personnel and Negotiations recommendation and a Health Department update.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Dean Beaudoin, of Joki, Makela, Pollack PLLC.

(RE: 2008 Gogebic County Audit report)

Mr. Beaudoin presented the 2008 Gogebic County Audit report to the Board. First and foremost he informed the Board that once again Gogebic County received a Clean Audit opinion. He presented an outline to follow as he went through the report. The Total Fund Balance for 2008 is $683,024 of which, $558,439 is unreserved. The pension fund net assets were at $27,125,626.00. He discussed the Component Funds, Special Revenue Funds and the Enterprise Funds. He reported there were no findings to report. Beaudoin’s presentation to the Board was about 20 minutes in length and included a question and answer period. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 2008 Gogebic County Audit Report.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Deanna Kennedy, Victims of Crimes Case Manager, DOVE

(RE: thank you)

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

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2. Bessemer Township Supervisor, Jeffrey Randall

(RE: support of Copperwood Project)

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

3. Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman

(RE: Cash flow)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to cover the bills up to Fair time if necessary for the Fair.

4. Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman

(RE: Cash Advance for Fair)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to approve of the $50,000.00 cash advance for the Fair Board to be repaid by receipts from the Fair.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. Donna Scorse, EDC Director

(RE: 2020 Master plan)

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

6. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: Wakefield Township law enforcement contract)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the contract with Wakefield Township and authorize signatures on the contract.

7. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: USDA grant vendor award)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve Signature Auto of Owosso, MI as the vendor and award the contract to Signature Auto for the sheriff vehicle, under the USDA grant.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Marquette County

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

2. Ingham County

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the Ingham County resolution.

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3. Huron County

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried on an eight yea – one nay vote to support the Huron County resolution.

Agenda Addition:

4. Gogebic County Fair Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented in support for a charitable gaming license.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

1. Old World Meats revolving loan application amendment.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the length of the amortization from five years to three years for the loan pay back. At the June 24, 2009 meeting the board approved the five year amortization, but the Michigan EDC only allows three years when the loan is for working capital.

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee Recommendation.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to authorize the Chairman, Sheriff and Corporate Counsel to meet and respond by July 28, 2009 to the grievance filed by the sheriff department union. If Mr. Adams is unable to provide information because of a conflict, the County can contact either MMRMA or another labor attorney.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Abstain: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

Health Department update.
Oliver gave a brief update on the agreement between the Western U.P. Health Department and Aspirus Corporation to provide health care services to the Upper Peninsula.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Emergency Services Coordinator Jim Loeper informed the Board the Emergency Management Program Grant will receive additional funding for fiscal year 2009, he will present a budget amendment at the next finance meeting. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize signatures on the EMPG grant.

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Loeper also discussed grant funds to provide border security cameras throughout the U.P. including Gogebic County, and funding for the Emergency Alert System.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:46pm.

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

July 22, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 8th, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four items added to Other matters; Two Capital Improvements and Economic Development Committee recommendations, Marion Lake level discussion and Sheriff Deputy grievance response.

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--------06/24/09

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee---06/24/09

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

3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee--------07/08/09

A motion was made by Pezzetti to increase Melissa Prisbe from a pay grade 6 to a pay grade 7 amounting to a $.60 per hour increase, the Chairman asked three times for support, hearing none the motion died due to lack of support. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried on a 8 yea – 1 nay vote to table the matter until the Personnel and Negotiations committee meets to discuss the job description of the equalization department and Forestry and Parks confidential secretary.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Amendment #2; terminal building project)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on amendment #2.

2. Jonathan Mead, Executive Director, UPCAP

(RE: FY 2010-2012 Area Plan for Services to the Elderly)

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

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3. John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor

(RE: EDC Funding)

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

4. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Vacancy on Airport Board)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to wait until November to advertise to fill the position on the Airport Board for a term beginning 1/1/2010.

5. Lisa Pung, Renaissance Zone Analyst, State of Michigan

(RE: REN Zone in Wakefield Township)

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

6. Cheryl Konopaska, MDOC

(RE: jail reimbursements)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication, place it on file and send a letter to the department requesting reimbursement for the jail.

7. Jim Gribble, Gogebic County Fair Board

(RE: Letter of appreciation)

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin to pay the claims as presented including the two additions( AT&T and Upper Lakes Foods) along with the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Capital Improvements and Economic Development Committee recommendations.

Roof Repair bids, Two bids were presented for consideration.

Vukovich Construction’s bid was for $64,000.00 and Erickson Roofing & Siding for $66,100.00. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to award the bid to Erickson Roofing & Siding in the amount of $66,100.00 pending the claim through MMRMA for wind damage is approved. If the claim is not approved the Board will look elsewhere for the funds.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Carpeting of the third floor of the Courthouse. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to award the carpet bid for the third floor except the Circuit Court room to Floor Plans of Bessemer in amount of $10.365.54. The District Court offices were already carpeted earlier this year.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Marion Lake Level discussion.

Commissioner Peterson provided sample resolutions and procedure for keeping the Marion Lake level as it has been for the pervious 40 years. Discussion was held and a motion was made by Siirila, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel Adams.

Sheriff Department Grievance

At the July 8, 2009 regular Board meeting Sheriff Sanders and Chairman Gerovac were given authorization to meet with Corporate Counsel to discuss the Board’s response regarding the grievance involving Cory Aijala. Mr. Aijala was in attendance and requested a closed session. A motion was made at 5:35pm by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti to go into closed session.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made at 5:43pm by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila to go back into open session.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to authorize the Chairman to sign the response to the grievance.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Abstain: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman briefly addressed the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

August 12, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 22, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to other matters; Michigan Works director update and Capital Improvements recommendation.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Darren Pionk, County Road Commission, Engineer/Manager

(RE: Resolutions for Borrowing)

Mr. Pionk discussed the resolution for borrowing as presented, which would allow the Road Commission to purchase two tandem/dump trucks. The Road Commission would be borrowing $260,000. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented with item C in section 2 (pay all fees required in connection therewith) stricken from the resolution. Treasurer Sue Pertile would contact the bond Attorney to see if this item could be removed. A motion was then made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote that if necessary item C, would be placed back into the resolution.

2. Denise Stephens, Bessemer Downtown Development Authority, Secretary (RE: Small Town Design Initiative Program)

Mrs. Stephens presented to the Board on behalf of the Bessemer Downtown Development Authority, the Small Town Design Initiative, which is offered through Michigan State University. This program helps small communities develop environmental design ideas for local issues and opportunities. Stephens was seeking a letter of support for the project. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Oreste Chiantello Public Service Award)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to nominate Jim Saari for the award.

2. Robert Dunn, Administrator, Gogebic County MCF

(RE: November 3, 2009 ballot language)

Mr. Dunn presented to the Board revised ballot language for the Medical Care Facility renovation project. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to adopt the language as presented and place the issue on the November 3rd, 2009 election ballot.

Gogebic Medical Care Facility Bonding Proposition

Shall the County of Gogebic, Michigan borrow the sum

of not to exceed Eight Million One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($8,150,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, for the purpose of erecting, furnishing and equipping an addition to the Gogebic Medical Care Facility (including 28 private rooms); remodeling, refurnishing, and re-equipping the existing Medical Care Facility (including adding bathrooms and bringing electrical, plumbing and life safety to current code); demolishing the existing 1926 schoolhouse, constructing parking lots and constructing site improvements thereto?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the purposed bonds in 2010, under the current law is 1.04 mills ($1.04 of each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, will not exceed thirty (30) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.04 mills ($1.04 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

(Pursuant to state law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair and maintenance costs, administrator and employee salaries, or other operating expenses).

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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3. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: County Fair Board By-laws)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the by-laws as presented.

4. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Airport ten-year CIP grant program)

Mr. DuRay presented the 10 plus 1 year Capital Improvements Project List. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the project.

5. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: County Land Bank Fast Track Authority)

Mrs. Pertile presented a revised Intergovernmental Agreement for the Michigan Land Bank Authority. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Agreement as presented and authorize the Chairman’s signature.

6. Donna Scorse, County EDC Director

(RE: Comprehensive Land Use Plan public comment period.)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Scorse to publish the draft of the Comprehensive Land use Plan Vision 2020 and seek public comment.

7. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Public Act 2 funds release)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act 2 funds in the amount of $7,168.00.

8. WUPPDR, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

(RE: CEDS 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.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Morin updated the Board on the Michigan Works Director search. 24 applications were considered and the personnel committee interviewed candidates and the job will be offered to Keith Johnson of Ironwood.

Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee recommendation. Commissioner Oliver discussed the boiler replacement projects for the Courthouse and the Annex. The committee met with Paul Beeksma of Stout Mechanical and his recommendation to bid out two boilers, one for the Courthouse and Annex. The County will seek bids on a two Million BTU boiler for the Courthouse and a 200 Thousand BTU Boiler for the Annex. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to seek bids for the boilers as recommended by the Committee.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board that the County Tax Sale will be held this Friday August 14, 2009 at the College.

Administrator Juliane Giackino asked the Board to approve a claim that was presented by Landmark Design to be paid prior to the Finance meeting on August 26, 2009. The bill totaled $1,500.00, a motion was made by Siirila, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to hold the bill until the Finance meeting of August 26, 2009.

Giackino also informed the Board of a possible open mine shaft in the City of Wakefield. The sheriff department will look into the matter and if necessary the mine inspector of Ontonagon County will be contacted. Gogebic County hasn’t had a mine inspector since 2008, though the County has advertised twice for the position.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Bill McDonald of Bessemer discussed the impact of the loss of the White Pine Refinery on the communities if it does close in 2010. He also addressed the removal of a fire extinguisher from the Clerk’s office by a representative of Airgas. The Administrator contacted Airgas and the extinguisher will be returned.

Tim Mulvaney of Technical Energy Performance Group was in attendance and discussed a grant program would available to Gogebic Community College in the amount of $120,000.00, developing a program to save energy at the College. Gogebic County would be the Fiduciary of the grant and could charge an administration fee. TEPG would be responsible for all the paper work and the application process. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize GCC to apply for the grant program. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support to the College for the grant program.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:07pm.

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

August 26, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 12, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes 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-------------------07/20/09

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------07/22/09

3. Economic Development & Capital Improvements ---07/22/09

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------------08/06/09

5. Economic Development & Capital Improvements ---08/12/09

6. Health and Welfare Committee ------------------08/17/09

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Lisa Pung, Renaissance Zone Analyst, Program Administration

(RE: Renaissance zone extension, Marenisco Township)

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

2. Melanie Fullman, Sec/Treas. Gogebic Co. Search and Rescue

(RE: Resolution for Charitable Gaming License)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, 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 Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:06p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Ge

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

September 9th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 26th, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along three additions to Other Matters: two recommendations from the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee and a 9-1-1 matter regarding Iron County Michigan.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: CDBG Revolving Loan Funds)

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

2. Mark Halkola, WUPSASCA

(RE: Employee Assistance Program)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to sign the Memorandum of Agreement for the EAP.

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Snowmobile Trail # 3 culvert project)

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

4. Richard Adams, Corporate Counsel

(RE: Marion Lake Level opinion)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to go along with Mr. Adams recommendation and allow the USFS to complete their study on the Lake level and if necessary revisit the issue after completion.

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5. Richard Bouvette, Marenisco Township Supervisor

(RE: ORV trail support)

Mr. Bouvette briefly discussed the proposed ORV trail project and then introduced Richard Armstrong and Tom Chase of the Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce, who then led the discussion. The group is looking for an opinion from both Gogebic and Ontonagon Corporate Counsels as to whether or not property along the Ethelwood Grade in Marenisco Township, would be considered public road way, so the group could develop a multi-purpose trail system connecting both Counties. Lengthy discussion was held, and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to have Corporate Counsel Adams meet with Marenisco Township Supervisor

Richard Bouvette to discuss the groups concerns and options.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee recommendations.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin, to approve the bid by Superior Drywall for painting of the cells and the cell block at a cost of $10,000.00. The funds will come from the borrowed funds for the Jail project or from the 2009 sheriff budget.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Abstain: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and to construct a secure ceiling in the East/West cell block hallway at a cost of not more than $4,813.00, the work to be done by Wayne Nasi Construction.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board of recent call he got from Iron County, Michigan Board Chairman Rosalee King inquiring about the interest in Gogebic County contracting with Iron County to provide dispatching for 9-1-1. Lengthy discussion was held. 9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper was in attendance, he answered questions by the Board, he discussed the options Gogebic County has and agreed to contact King with all the details.

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Chairman Gerovac a read letter of resignation from Richard Bouvette as a member of the Gogebic County Road Commission. He was recently

appointed as Marenisco Township Supervisor. The Board will wait until they receive a formal letter from the Road Commission.

Jim Loeper discussed a task force that has been put together to monitor the H1N1 virus in Gogebic County. He will work the Administrators office.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:43p.m.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

September 23, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 9, 2009 regular meeting.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions to communications. 6. Airport 4th quarter appropriation, 7. Snowplowing of private driveways, 8. Boiler bids from the Economic Development & Capital Improvements Committee meeting and 9. Superior Drywall bid for jail cell painting.

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-----------08/26/2009

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee-----------09/09/2009

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Allison Liddle, GOISD, Great Start Collaborative Coordinator

Ms. Liddle briefly discussed with the Board the GOISD Community Report 2009 and the focus of the Great Start Collaboratives Program, which supports children ages 0-5.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Mark D Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Thank you)

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

2. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

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

3. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

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

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4. Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair Board

(RE: vacancy)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the Fair Board to advertise for their vacancies.

5. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Snowmobile Trail #3 Relocation Project)

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

6. Duane DuRay, Airport manager

(RE: 4th Quarter appropriation)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 4th quarter appropriation.

7. Snowplowing of private driveways by the road commission

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Pezzetti to send a letter to the Road Commission Board asking them to revisit their decision to discontinue contracting with County residents for plowing private driveways. Lengthy discussion was held on the matter and Road Commission engineer/manager Darren Pionk was in attendance and the discussed the reasons why the program was discontinued. The Chairman then asked for a roll call vote.

Roll Call:
YES: (3) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Pezzetti

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

Peterson, Siirila

Motion failed.

8. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Committee recommendation: Boiler bids.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to award the Boiler Bids for the Courthouse and the Annex to Mukavitz Heating for $30,500.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

9. Finance Budgeting Auditing Committee recommendation: Jail cell painting, Superior Drywall.

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Kangas to pay an additional $3,648.00 for the jail cells bars sanding and painting. The bid approved at the 09/09/09 meeting was misread and was only approved for $10,000.00. It should have included the additional funds.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila to pay the claims as presented, to include an additional $50 for Commissioner Peterson for his travel to both meetings in August, and to approve the pre-paids as presented and make them a part of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to send a letter of congratulations to Jim Saari on his retirement as Director of the Western U P Manpower and for being named the winner of the Oreste Chiantello award from WUPPDR recently.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the WalMart credit card used by the cooks at the jail to be a pre-paid once it is approved and submitted by Under Sheriff Halvorson.

Commissioner Bonovetz briefly discussed his meeting with the ANSWERS group and the potential of creating an enterprise zone through most of the Upper Peninsula, specifically Counties that border Wisconsin.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman invited the commissioners to take part in Public Lands day this Saturday September 26th to help cleanup a dump site in Marenisco Township.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Ge

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

October 14, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gerovac at 5:00p.m.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 23, 2009 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two items added to Other Matters: Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee recommendation and the 9-1-1 Contract with Negaunee Regional Dispatch for 2009-2010.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Community Economic Development Strategies (CEDS)

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

2. Larry Emig, President Michigan Association of Counties

(RE: Formation of Agriculture and Tourism Subcommittee)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file. Bonovetz applied and was named as a member of the subcommittee.

3. Richard Bolen, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission

(RE: SESC Program)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti to transfer the SESC program from the Forestry and Parks Commission to the Gogebic County Soil Conservation District and send a letter of thanks to Dave Anderson for his seven years as the permitting agent.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Bill Perkis will be the programs permitting agent.

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OTHER MATTERS
Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee recommendation:

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to repair blacktop in the alley between the sheriff department and Courthouse at a cost of $2,890.00, the Road Commission will do the work.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

9-1-1 Contract with Negaunee Regional Dispatch.

9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper discussed the contract with the Board. The 2009-2010 dispatching contract is at a cost of $130,703., it includes a 30 day cancellation provision for each party, and runs from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz to approve the contract and authorize the proper signatures.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelisser

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 28, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (8) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 14th, 2009 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with a resolution from the MSU extension office added to the resolution section of the agenda.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm.---09/23/09

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------------09/23/09

3. Personnel & Negotiations Committee------------------09/24/09

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

4. Dr. Steven DalPra& Colleen DalPra Ed. Award Comm.---10/07/09

a. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to go along with the recommendation of Robert Boschke, Financial Officer for selling and/or holding stocks and bonds.

b. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to open up a checking account to handle the distribution of scholarship monies to recipients.

5. Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm.---10/14/09

6. Health & Welfare Committee--------------------------10/19/09

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

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APPEARANCES:

1. Tom Novascone, County Equalization Director

RE: 2009 Apportionment Report

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2009 Millage Apportionment report for all municipalities of the County and the respective millages that will be in affect for 2009. The County’s fixed millage will be 6.68 and the total for the County is 8.5547 mills. Novascone said the 6.68 mills would raise $3,222,550.00 for the County General Fund. The balance will be collected for the County Transit, Animal Control, Senior programs and the Medical Care MOE and Building and Site. The Board had a few questions for Novascone and then a motion was made to accept the report as presented.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Darren Pionk, Road Commission Engineer/Manager

(RE: Richard Bouvette resignation)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise to fill the vacancy and have the deadline for applications on Friday November 13th at noon.

2. Commissioner Dennis Jacobson

(RE: Economic & Workforce Development Summit report)

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

3. Jonathon Mead, Executive Director UPCAP

(RE: Revenue enhancements)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila to receive the communication and place it on file. Lengthy discussion was held on whether the County should draft their own letter. After discussion, the Chairman asked for roll call vote on Mr. Pezzetti’s motion.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (2) Kangas, Oliver

Motion carried.

4. Mary Taddeucci, WUPPDR Administrative Assistant

(RE: U.P. Federal Funding Workshops)

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

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October 28, 2009

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ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY MILLAGE RATE

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to adopt the 2009 Gogebic County Millage Rate of 8.5547 mills.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2009 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPORTIONMENT REPORT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to adopt the 2009 Gogebic County Apportionment Report.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Mary Ahnen, Clerk’s office, six month increment

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Alger County

(RE: Department of Agriculture)

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

2. U.P. Association of Counties

a. Back Forty Joint Venture( HudBay minerals/Aquila Res.)

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

b. MiWater Ballot Initiative

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

c. Fire Fighters Training Credentials

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

d. Merit Curriculum Adjustments

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

3. Michigan State University Extension

(RE: opposing a veto of MSU funding)

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

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to pay the claims as presented, withhold the bill from A to Z plumbing, which should have been sent through the jail project, and approve the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Gerovac asked for a moment of silence for Tom Novascone’s mother who passed away Monday.

Chairman’s request for discussion of rescheduling of Wednesday Veteran’s Day November 11, 2009 regular Board meeting. (Courthouse Holiday)

Discussion was held on changing the date of the meeting and it was decided to move the November 11, 2009 meeting to Tuesday November 10, 2009 at 5:00pm.

Commissioner Peterson asked about the November 25th, 2009 regular Board, which falls on the evening before Thanksgiving. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to move the meeting to Tuesday November 24th, 2009 with FBA meeting at 4:30pm and the regular meeting at 5pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman briefly updated the Board on the Black River Harbor dredging and the vandalism at the Harbor as well.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

November 10, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 28, 2009 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to communications: a letter from Duane DuRay, airport manager regarding an appointment to the Board.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Annual CEDS report)

Discussion on the CEDS report was held, which included the question as to why Houghton County has so many more project requests than any other County. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until Oliver can meet with someone from WUPPDR to discuss the reason for such a difference in requests from County to County.

2. United States Senator, Debbie Stabenow

(RE: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2009)

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

3. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile

(RE: County Land Bank, Articles of Incorporation and

By-Laws)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws for the Gogebic County Land Bank.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Land Bank Board.

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Agenda Addition:

4. Airport Manager Duane DuRay

(RE: Board vacancy)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise to fill the vacancy on the Gogebic-Iron County Airport Board.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Siirila informed the Board that the Jail project is still on going with another month of work on the plumbing. The project was to be completed in 100 days, which should have been the middle of August. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Siirila to withhold future payments to the General Contractor, Wayne Nasi Construction, until the project is completed.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Oliver discussed the 2010 budget workshops and that only the finance chair and the Board Chairman have been approved to attend the workshops. Other Commissioners have expressed interest in attending. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve any or all Commissioners to the Budget workshops. The meetings will be posted.

Commissioner Bonovetz updated the Board on his attendance to the MAC Committee for Agriculture and Tourism. He informed the Board that the discussion was mainly Agricultural and felt his attendance was not necessary in the future.

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 5:19pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 24, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 10, 2009 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to communications; 1. Longevity request from Probate Court and 2. Release of Public Act 2 monies.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

( 5 minute limit )

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Comm. - - - - - - 10/18/09

2. Personnel and Negotiations Comm. - - - - - - - - - 11/05/09

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Juliane Giackino, Gogebic County Administrator

(RE: Gogebic County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the letter of intent to update the Counties Five-year mitigation plan.

2. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a copy of the Counties letter of intent to WUPPDR.

3. Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair Board

(RE: 2010 Budget Request)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the next 2010 budget workshop.

4. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Special Use Permit)

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

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5. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: twenty year longevity request from Maria Kinnunen)

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

6. Mark Halkola, Substance Abuse agency

(RE: release of Public Act two monies)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act Two monies to the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency in the amount of $4,476.50.

Amended 2009 County Apportionment Report

Equalization Director Tom Novascone presented an amended 2009 Apportionment Report to the Board. Marenisco Township had a successful millage proposal at the November 3rd, 2009 election. The report was amended to reflect the passing of that millage. The increase is 6.2130 mills. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin to approve of the amended 2009 Gogebic County Apportionment Report.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Tom Hampston and Tom Auvinen to the Fair Board.

2. Road Commission

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Bonovetz to set a meeting to interview the applicants for 4:30pm on December 9, 2009. Discussion was held and Siirila withdrew his motion and Bonovetz his support for the motion. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the December 9, 2009 regular meeting and interview the candidates then.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Siirila updated the Board on the Jail project. It appears that the project is near completion. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti to release the October payments ($75,864.63) that were withheld last month to the delay in the project.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Kangas asked Road Commission Engineer Darren Pionk if it was possible to increase the lighting at the Section 12 and Country Club road intersection. Pionk said he would discuss the matter with MDOT.

Commissioner Oliver informed the Board of a budget workshop that will be held on Wednesday December 2nd at 9am.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

December 29, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:02 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at by Chairman Gerovac at 5:02 p.m.

Roll Call:
Present: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti,

Absent: (1) Siirila

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 24, 2009 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: 2009 General Fund budget admendments, adoption of the 911 budget, Friend of the Court advance, Sheriff Deputy contract approval.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------11/24/2009

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------12/02/2009

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------12/04/2009

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one and two and to change the Community Blues Plan 12 to Community Blues Plan 15 with the funding to remain as is and also no change in coverage for the employees, effective 1/1/10.

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee -------------12/11/2009

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee --------12/14/2009

6. Negotiations Committee -------------------------12/15/2009

7. Negotiations Committee -------------------------12/17/2009

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

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8. 2009 General Fund Budget amendments

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to adopt the 2009 general fund budget amendments as presented.

2009 budget amendments

REVENUES amendment amended budget

National Forest Reserve

101-000-429.00 increased by $80,313.00 $491,445.00

Reimbursements-General

101-000-686.00 increased by $57,694.00 $ 97,694.00

Circuit Court Costs

101-000-602.00 increased by $31,493.00 $ 40,493.00

Appropriations from Others

101-000-676.00 increased by $70,700.00 $ 70,700.00

Total Revenue Amendment $240,200.00

EXPENDITURES amendment amended budget

Board of Commissioners per diem

101-101-701.01 increased by $8,000.00 $ 19,000.00

Probate Court contractual services

101-148-805.02 increased by $5,000.00 $ 5,500.00

Building and Grounds contractual services

101-265-805.02 increased by $72,000.00 $ 95,000.00

Building and Grounds repairs & maintenance

101-265-933.00 increased by $87,700.00 $113,000.00

Building and Grounds equipment

101-265-977.00 increased by $43,000.00 $ 45,100.00

Sheriff Department Overtime

101-301-704.00 increased by $5,000.00 $ 35,000.00

Sheriff Department FICA

101-301-715.00 increased by $8,000.00 $ 63,477.00

Sheriff Dept. P.A. 416

101-316-748.00 increased by $4,000.00 $ 8,032.00

Sheriff-Marine Law

101-331-702.00 increased by $ 4,800.00 $ 13,800.00

Sheriff-Marine Law

101-331-941.00 increased by $ 2,700.00 $ 2,700.00

Total Expenditures Amendments $240,200.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Adoption of 9-1-1 Budget

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and to adopt the 2010 9-1-1 budget totaling $313,460.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Friend of the Court advance

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to advance the Friend of the Court $8,000.00 from fund balance to cover her short term cash flow problem.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Road Commission Applicant Interviews

Two candidates applied for the one vacancy on the Road Commission Board. Roy Minkin of Marenisco and Paul Oliver of Ironwood, each candidate was asked a list of nine questions by the Board. Each interview lasted about 10 minutes.

A motion was made by Pezzetti to appoint Paul Oliver, the chairman asked three times for support and heard none, the motion died for lack of support. Then a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson to nominate Roy Minkin.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti,

NO: (0) None

Abstain: (1) Oliver

Motion carried, Roy Minkin was appointed to the Road Commission.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Minkin to a six year term beginning 1-1-10 through 12-31-2015.

APPEARANCES:

1. Donna Scorse, County EDC Director

(RE: Comprehensive Plan)

Scorse presented the County Comprehensive Master plan for the Board to review. She will return in January of 2010 so the Board can adopt the plan.

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Scorse also presented an application from Dean Tangedal of Dean’s Marine and Snowmobile Service and sales for a $20,000 revolving loan from the County EDC.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to approve the application and loan.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Deanna Kennedy, DOVE, Victims of Crimes Case Manager

(RE: Thank you)

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

2. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Land Easement)

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

3. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Service Agreements)

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

4. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: 2010 1st and 2nd quarter appropriation release)

** item 4 was moved to later in the meeting after the adoption of the 2010 budget and appropriation act. **

5. John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor

(RE: Property Assessment services contract)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to approve the contract between Wakefield Township and Melissa Prisbe for property assessment, as long as the work is not done while on County time.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

6. Scott Parrott, Director, DHS

(RE: 2009 appropriation release)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2009 appropriation.

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December 29, 2009

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7. Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator

(RE: 9-1-1 update)

Mr. Loeper was ill and wasn’t in attendance at the meeting. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter.

TABLED MATTERS:

1. WUPPDR, Annual CEDS Resolution

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

Chairman Gerovac asked three more times for public comment on the 2010 General Fund Budget and heard none. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing.

ADOPTION OF 2010 Gogebic County Appropriations Act

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to adopt the 2010 Gogebic County Appropriation Act.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2010 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to adopt the 2010 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. Revenues and Expenditures total $6,101,221.13

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

December 29, 2009

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ADOPTION OF 2010 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to adopt the 2010 Special Revenue Funds.

2010 BUDGET

GOGEBIC COUNTY

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

REVENUES

BUDGET

Federal Grants

$317,672

Taxes

$622,854

State Grants

$32,850

Local Contributions

$11,000

Services

$176,444

Interest and Rents

$0

Other

$372,900

TOTAL

$1,533,720

EXPENDITURES

Judicial

$34,000

Public Safety

$289,400

Health and Welfare

$1,002,088

Recreation and Culture

$88,000

Capital Outlay

$52,000

Miscellaneous

$333,403

TOTAL

$1,798,891

($265,171)

Transfers In

$265,171

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting

December 29, 2009

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ADOPTION OF 2010 DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to adopt the 2010 Debt Service Funds.

DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

BUDGET FOR YEAR 2010

BUDGET

REVENUES

City of Ironwood

Contractual Payments

$101,100.00

EXPENDITURES

Bond Principal

$90,000.00

Bond Interest

$10,400.00

Fiscal Charges

$700.00

TOTAL

$101,100.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Road Commission(taken up right after the interviews)

2. Airport Board

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Donna Scorse to the airport Board.

3. Department of Human Services

No applicants responded to the advertisement. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to table the matter.

4. County Hospital Finance Authority Board

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Tim Lynott to the Authority Board.

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Regular Meeting

December 29, 2009

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5. County Land Bank Authority

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Maki, Jeff Randall and Donna Scorse to the Land Bank Authority. Tom Gerovac will represent the Board on the Authority.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to release the 2010 1st and 2nd quarter appropriation to the Airport.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. City of Wakefield

(RE: Copperwood Project)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution and send it to our Legislators in Lansing.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Oliver updated the Board on the Sheriff Deputy contract. After meeting twice the deputies have ratified the two year contract with a .35 cent raise and a second year opener for health insurance rates that could exceed 10%. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to approve the contract and authorize the proper signatures on the contract.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 6:16pm.

______________________________ _________________________

Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing

December 29th, 2009

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
2010 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the proposed 2010 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. The proposed budget has revenues of $6,101,221.13 and expenditures of $6,101,221.13.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing. The Chairman then read the purpose of the public hearing. He then asked three times for public comment, and heard none. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep the hearing open until it’s time to adopt the 2010 general fund budget during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting.