2010 Regular Meeting Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2010

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(December 29, 2009 regular meeting minutes and General Fund Public Hearing Minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson 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 one addition to Other Matters: photocopy machine purchase.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin to nominate Dan Siirila, the chairman asked three more times for any other nominees and heard none. The Chairman then asked for a voice vote on the nomination of Siirila as the 2010 Vice-Chairman, 9 ayes – O nays. Siirila elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

APPEARANCES:

1. Donna Scorse, County EDC Director

(RE: Approval of Kauppila Family Brownfield Plan and Approval of Comprehensive Plan)

Scorse began her presentation discussing the Gogebic County Comprehensive Plan, she was seeking Board adoption of the Plan. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to adopt the Gogebic County Comprehensive Plan as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Scorse then presented the Brownfield Redevelopment Plan for the Kauppila Family Limited Partnership in the City of Ironwood. The Kauppila project is converting a former Laundromat into the State Farm Office at 460 Cloverland Drive in Ironwood. The Project has already been approved by the Gogebic County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the City of Ironwood.

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Scorse was seeking approval of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to approve the Kauppila Brownfield Redevelopment Plan.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. John Cox, Wakefield Township, Supervisor

(RE: Economic Development)

Cox presented to the Board an update on the Wakefield Township economic development from 2009. Cox began by presenting an update on Western U.P. Recycling, which opened its doors on July 27, 2009. So far customers have received $58,646.00 for their recycled goods. Three jobs were created as a result of the project. Western U.P. Recycling continues to look at other options to improve and expand business. The original deed from Gogebic County to Wakefield Township contained a reversion clause if no economic development as identified by the Township occurs by the end of the Renaissance Zone period the land would revert back to Gogebic County.

Cox also updated the Board on the internet services that are now available in the Township thanks to a tower being constructed with the help of Indianhead Mtn. and Orvana Minerals. Extreme Tool another Township employer continues to prosper and the Township is committed to future economic growth. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to remove the reversion clause from the deed because of the economic development by Western U.P. Recycling on the property in the Township.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Guy St. Germain, Western U. P. District Health, Health Officer/Executive Officer (RE: 2009 Health Department Activities)

St. Germain presented an update on the Western U. P. Health Department. His fifteen minute presentation included the core public health programs, other community health services, the funding sources and funding uses. He discussed the challenges in 2009, which included H1N1 pandemic. St. Germain ended by discussing the partnership with Aspirus Health System to provide a home health services.

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4. Jon Midkiff, U.S. Census Bureau

(RE: 2010 Census)

Midkiff addressed the Board on the 2010 Census. Testing for workers in Gogebic County is under way; census workers will receive $11.25 per hour and .50 per mile while working on the census. Veterans and disabled veterans will receive additional points while being tested. Midkiff said interested applicants should contact Michigan Works for more information. Midkiff works out of the Marquette census office and he will be available for any questions or concerns the Board will have. His presentation tonight was primarily to get the employment information out to prospective census workers.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim J Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood, water project)

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

2. Kim J Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood, sewer project)

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. Western U. P. Health Department

(RE: release of Cigarette tax funds)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2009 cigarette funds totaling $3,052.94.

4. James Mildren, Director, Gogebic County Transit

(RE: Commissioner Appointment to Transit Board)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Leroy Kangas to the Transit Board.

Mildren followed with a brief update on the Transit, which began its 29th year providing bus service in the County.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Barry County

(RE: Election Management System license fee)

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

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Cheryl Ruppe, 10 years with County

2. Amanda Parker, 1 year Administrator

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

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OTHER MATTERS
Networking Photocopy machine.

Administrator Juliane Giackino presented the cost of a networking copy machine at a cost $5,158.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by an 8 aye – 1 nay vote to approve the purchase. Commissioner Oliver felt the matter first should have gone to the technology committee.

Employee Health Insurance option to upgrade cost to plan 002.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote that the rates provided by Employee Benefits are correct and employees opting to purchase the CB1 plan will be charged accordingly.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerr

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

January 27, 2010

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(January 13, 2010 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. Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------------12/29/09

2. Health and Welfare Committee ----------------------01/20/10

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Two Michigan Bureau of Aeronautic contracts and resolution)

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

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

2. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: MI Water ballot Initiative)

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

3. Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair

(RE: 2010 appropriation release)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2010 appropriation to the Fair Board.

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4. Prosecuting Attorney, Richard B Adams

(RE: Chief Assistant salary)

Assistant Prosecutor Tracie Wittla addressed the Board requesting that her 2010 salary be restored to the 2009 amount. Her 2009 and 2008 salaries were supplemented by a grant. The grant was for two years and was not renewed. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz, to restore Wittla’s salary to her 2009 amount, after a clarification of Wittla’s request Bonovetz withdrew his support, Peterson then supported the Pezzetti motion. Discussion then continued on the matter and the Chairman asked for a roll call vote.

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

NO: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Siirila Motion failed.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Gogebic County Conservation District

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until more information is available.

2. Marquette County Board of Commissioners

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Amy Hamel, MSU Extension Office, two years

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

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 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 Bonovetz and carried to approve the pre-paids and to pay all the claims as presented with the exception of two claims: the Holden North bill ($7,900) for the animal control budget and the A to Z Plumbing and Heating bill ($2,915.78) steam roof drain for the jail, sheriff department budget.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board of a letter of interest from a person wishing to be seated on the DHS Board. The County did advertise a vacancy recently and no one applied. The letter of interest will be placed on the next board agenda.

Pelissero also informed the Board that the Community Mental Health Board is now advertising for members. In the past applications were sent to the CMH personnel committee for interviews and a recommendation to the County Board. In 2009, the County Board approved a motion that all applicants for appointments would be interviewed by the County personnel committee. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz that all applicants for the CMH positions will be interviewed by the County personnel and negotiations committee.

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

Siirila

NO: (3) Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson

Motion passed.

Commissioner Oliver informed the Board that the Michigan State Housing Authority is piloting a new program that will change the number of housing vouchers available in the County. Gogebic County could be cut by 33%. He urged a letter be sent to our legislators. A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas and carried by an 8 yea – 0 nay and one abstain vote to send letters of opposition to the MSHDA HCV allocation process.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman from the Ottawa National Forest briefly spoke to the Board.

Darren Pionk, Road Commission Engineer/Manager spoke briefly on proposed legislation that could increase the gas and diesel tax in Michigan. The taxes raised would go for road maintenance.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:38pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2010

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

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 27, 2010 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 Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition of Donna Scorse, County EDC Director, regarding the County Revolving Loan Fund.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee----------02/01/2010

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote that the County Clerk receive the applications for the various agency/committee appointments, a list of the applicants goes to the Director or Chair of the Board/Agency which ever is applicable for feedback, feedback comes back to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee who reviews all the resumes and makes a recommendation to the full Board after the Personnel and Negotiations Meeting.

2. Donna Scorse, County EDC Director

Scorse addressed the Board regarding the possibility of the State controlling and overseeing the Revolving Loan Funds. She discussed a draft document for the Western U.P. revolving Loan Fund Plan, an interlocal agreement resolution between Gogebic, Iron, Ontonagon and Houghton Counties plus the City of Ironwood and the Village of Baraga. The State has set a deadline of February 28, 2010 for Counties to adopt resolutions regarding the State run Revolving Loan Fund programs. After discussion, a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the February 24, 2010 Board meeting.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: USDA Grant Vendor approval)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve Signature Ford of Owosso, Michigan as the vendor for the USDA patrol vehicle grant program.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Department of Human Services (one appointment)

2. Community Mental Health (four appointments)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the appointments to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee. The Clerk will forward the names to the respective agency for feedback.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti gave an update on the Health and Welfare Committee meeting regarding the possibility of stimulus funds being available for the electrical and plumbing improvements at the Medical Care Facility.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:28pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman G

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 24, 2010

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) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 10, 2010 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with an addition to resolutions.

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--------01/27/2010

2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee------01/27/2010

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1,2,4,5 and 6.

3. DalPra Educational Award Committee-------------02/01/2010

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz that the County Treasurer continue to be the Trustee as named within the trust on behalf of the County Board of Commissioners.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the schools requesting a representative from their scholarship committee or their Principal attend a meeting scheduled for March and when they come request a head count be provided to the Committee.

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee--------02/03/2010

5. Health and Welfare Committee-------------------02/09/2010

6. Health and Welfare Committee-------------------02/17/2010

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Statutory Mandates resolution)

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

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2. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Housing Vouchers)

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

3. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: Housing Vouchers)

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

4. Airport Manager Duane DuRay

(RE: carryover of vacation time Airport secretary)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to allow the carry over of three vacation days.

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

NO: (2) Jacobson, Siirila

Motion carried.

5. Courtney Vuturo, Terracon Consulting Engineers

(RE: Telecommunications Tower in Watersmeet Township)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the March 10, 2010 meeting.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Gogebic County EDC

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

2. Soil Conservation District (tabled from 01/27/10 meeting)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table. Dave Anderson of the Soil Conservation District was in attendance and briefly discussed the resolution. A motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented.

TABLED MATTERS:

1. EDC Director Donna Scorse, Re: Revolving Loan Fund

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the item off the table. Donna Scorse then addressed the Board with new information on the Revolving Loan matter, which included an extension of the February 28, 2010 deadline to March 31, 2010. Discussion was held on the matter and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the March 24, 2010 regular Board meeting.

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A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to forward the new draft resolution and interlocal agreement to Corporate Counsel.

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 Morin 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 except the bill from Wayne Nasi Construction for locks at the jail, and approve the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, 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 Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:38pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2010

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, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 24th, 2010 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 Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition; a recommendation from today’s personnel and negotiations committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee -----------03/03/2010

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver, that a policy be established whereby an individual, if currently receiving a benefit, would carry the benefit forward when they become an elected and/or appointed official.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver, to establish a policy to pay the sick leave and/or vacation to the individual leaving their present position to move into an elected position; that they be paid their sick leave and vacation on the books at their current rate of pay at the transition point.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Jacobson, to appoint Ms. Marie Kangas to fill the vacancy on the Department of Human Services Board effective immediately.

Agenda Addition:

2. Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------------03/10/2010

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint the following individuals to the Community Mental Health Board:

Robert Lynn, Don Bennetts, Ken Wegmeyer and Margaret Rayner.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: GEMS Election Management System)

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. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood water project)

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

3. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood sewer project)

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

4. Kim J Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Regional Broadband Initiative Survey and Support)

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

5. Richard W Bolen, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission

(RE: Grant application and Public hearing request)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to schedule a public hearing for the grant application. The public hearing was set for March 24, 2010 at 5p.m.

6. Kim Mattson, Ironwood Township Supervisor

(RE: Airport Recreation Park grant)

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

7. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Trail Improvement Project)

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

TABLED MATTERS

1. Courtney Vuturo, Terracon Consulting Engineers

(RE: Telecommunications Tower in Watersmeet Township)

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

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

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Pezzetti mentioned the County EDC will meet on Tuesday March 23rd regarding the regional revolving loan fund, with a full report presented to the County Board at their March 24th regular meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:15pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

March 24, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following public hearings

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:17p.m. by Vice-Chairman Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (8) Bonovetz, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin,

Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 10, 2010 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 along with three items added to other matters; Dues for U.P. RC&D council, resolution for the Forestry and Parks grant application and the interlocal agreement for the Western U.P. Revolving Loan Fund Consortium.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Lou Bonagura spoke in support of the adoption of the resolution from Marquette County.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee------------02/23/10

A. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize 30 scholarships at $2,000 each based on a percentage formula of Ironwood receiving 17, Bessemer receiving 7, Wakefield-Marenisco receiving and Watersmeet receiving 3.

B. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote that the Committee will not send reminders to the scholarship recipients advising them of their obligations.

C. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried on a seven yea- zero nay- one abstaining (Oliver) voice vote to deny Alicia Coron her scholarship monies based on the fact that the grades were late as the academic transcript was dated 2/10/10.

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--------02/24/10

3. Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------------02/25/10

4. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee------------03/01/10

5. Judiciary & Law Enforcement Committee----------03/03/10

6. Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------------03/10/10

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

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APPEARANCES:

1. Annette Burchell, Chair, Strengthening Our Niche Work group

Mrs. Burchell was represented by John Garske, and he presented a plan to focus on developing a non-motorized trail system initially connecting communities from Montreal to Wakefield. The project is in the earlier stages of development and the group was looking for a resolution in support of the project.

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor

(RE: Public Hearing Notice)

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

2. Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Boat Wash)

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

3. Sheriff Association

(RE: Raiding of Secondary Road Patrol to fund MSP)

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

TABLED MATTERS:

1. Regionalization of Revolving Loan Fund

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table. A motion was then made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to discuss this in Other Matters.

COMMISSIONER REQUEST:

1. Commissioner Siirila discussion of Mine Inspector

Discussion was held on the subject of a Mine Inspector, the last time Gogebic County had one was in 2008. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the position, which will be appointed by the Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney and Probate Judge.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Greg Rigoni, Custodian, Two year increment

2. Mary Ann Erickson, Clerk office, Ten year longevity

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the increment and longevity for Rigoni and Erickson.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Marquette County

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

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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 Morin 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 all the claims except the bill from Holden and Holden for $1,532.39 until an explanation is given by Jim Loeper; plus all of the MSU Extension bills were approved along with the pre-paids and to make them a part of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the Forestry and Parks Commission public hearing and the Revolving Loan Fund public hearing.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay the dues ($300.00) for U.P. RC&D Council out the Board of Commissioners budget line item 101-101-810.00.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution in support of the Forestry and Parks Commission grant application.

RESOLUTION OF COMMITMENT

FOR LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS FOR 2010

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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Regionalization of Revolving Loan Fund

Commissioner Pezzetti updated the Board an earlier meeting of the County EDC, in which reluctant approval was given to sign the Interlocal Agreement to establish the Western U.P. Revolving Loan Fund Consortium. The County EDC gave this reluctant approval based on five contingencies:

Written confirmation that the MEDC has the legal authority to proceed with the regionalization initiative.

Written confirmation that the MEDC will allow the
defederalization of the new fund balance.

That a hold harmless agreement be put in place from the State to each community.

That an audit be preformed on each community’s funds (cash, portfolio, loan collateral) to substantiate exactly what assets are being transferred to the regional authority.

There will be no transfer of funds until the aforementioned concerns are addressed.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to authorize signatures on the Interlocal Agreement with an addendum which speaks to the five contingencies, and to name Jim Huss as the County Representative on the Revolving Loan Fund Board with Don Pezzetti as the County Alternate.

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, 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 Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair.

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Dan Siirila, Vice-Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 14, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Vice-Chairman Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (2) Gerovac, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(March 24, 2010 regular Board meeting minutes and public hearing minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson 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 recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee meeting of today to pay two claims.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Several people in attendance wished to speak on the revised 9-1-1 plan. The Chairman will allow them to speak after the appearance by Jim Loeper.

APPEARANCES:

1. Jim Loeper, County 9-1-1 Coordinator

(RE: Revised 9-1-1 plan)

Loeper presented to the Board background of the 9-1-1 plan as it exists today with dispatching being done by the Michigan State Police dispatch center at Negaunee Regional. He discussed the reasons needed to open the current plan, and to move dispatching to Iron County Michigan. It was the recommendation of the County 9-1-1 committee to move to Iron County. Loeper asked the Board to adopt the resolution which would adopt the tentative plan to move the dispatching to from MSP to Iron County. By doing so all municipalities in the County would receive a copy of the plan and would have up to 45 days to notify the County of their intentions to stay with the County or that they will provide their own PSAP. The County will adopt a final plan 90 days from the adoption of the resolution, after holding two public hearings on the matter. The Board did have some questions for Loeper and then Siirila opened the floor for citizens wishing to speak on the matter. First to speak was Pamela Matleski of MSP, who handed out a two page document explaining the cost to Gogebic County for MSP dispatching from Negaunee Regional.

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Scott Erickson, manager of the City Ironwood read a letter requesting that the County to table the matter until their

issues and questions in the letter are addressed. Others speaking from the City of Ironwood were Public Safety Director Bob Erspamer, Brandon Snyder, President of the IPSD Officers Association, and citizen Louise DeMasi all asked the Board to be careful in their decision because public safety is the issue not just money. A motion was made by Jacobson to table the matter until all the questions being raised are answered. Vice-Chairman Siirila asked three times for support heard none, and the motion died for lack of support. Miles McCormick, Kristi Etue, Paul Wallenius, Chris Colley, Jerry Mazurek, Chris Gardner representing the Michigan State Police or Negaunee Regional all spoke in favor of keeping the 9-1-1 calls dispatched from Negaunee Regional. Some individuals spoke more than once. Mike Peterson, Chairman of the County 9-1-1 committee spoke in favor of the move to Iron County because the vote by the committee was 13-3 in favor of the move to Iron County Michigan.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti to adopt the resolution which, would adopt the tentative plan to move the 9-1-1 dispatching to Iron County Michigan.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Gogebic County (“County”) has adopted a Final 911 Service Plan (“Plan”) pursuant to the Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act, 1986 PA 32, as amended (“Act”);

WHEREAS, Gogebic County has amended the Plan several times without republishing the entire plan so that ascertaining the language of the current Plan is currently difficult to do;

WHEREAS, the Act requires the Plan to accurately identify all public service answering points (“PSAPs”) for all 911 calls in the County;

WHEREAS, the current Plan identifies the Negaunee Regional Dispatch as the primary PSAP for 911 calls emanating from within its borders but the County has decided that it can establish more control over the ongoing nature and costs of such service if it contracts with Iron County for such services, necessitating an amendment to the County Plan;

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WHEREAS, the attached Plan attached hereto as Exhibit A accomplishes the following purposes that are in the best interests of the Gogebic County public:

(A.) Republishes the Plan to reflect prior amendments, so that the entire Plan is in one document not many;

(B.) Facilitates consolidated dispatch throughout the County and contractual control through the County Board of Commissioners of that consolidated dispatch;

(C.) Streamlines the process for updating service supplier and public agency information;

(D.) Provides an enforcement mechanism if service suppliers fail to perform their obligations under the Act and Plan, including but not limited to forwarding operational surcharge funds that they collect to the County’s Consolidated Dispatch Center.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Plan attached as Exhibit A is tentatively adopted by the Board of Commissioners;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a final hearing on this Plan Amendment is set for July 14, 2010 at 5 p.m., at the County Building and the County Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Plan Amendment to all local units and public agencies and to otherwise make the required postings under the Act.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti

NO: (2) Jacobson, Siirila

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to set public hearings to seek public comment on the 9-1-1 tentative plan for June 9, 2010 and July 7th, 2010.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the letter from Ironwood City manager Scott Erickson.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jim Loeper, County M.E. Investigator

(RE: Organ donor agreement)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agreement and authorize signatures on the contract.

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2. Jim Loeper, County EMS Director

(RE: Stone Garden Grant)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the grant agreement. The grant will provide border security cameras at Black River Harbor and Little Girls Point, the grant funds total $81,741.00.

3. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: State Survey and Remon. Program Budget Amendment)

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

2010 budget amendments

REVENUES Original budget

State Survey and Remonumentation

101-000-575.00 $ 52,332.00

Total Revenues $ 52,332.00

EXPENDITURES Original budget

Per Diem-Peer Group

101-245-701.02 $ 2,000.00

Administrative

101-245-702.09 $ 7,200.00

Supplies and Materials

101-245-750.00 $ 3,000.00

Contractual Services 101-245-805.02 $ 40,132.00

Total Expenditures $ 52,332.00

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4. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: 2009 Tax Settlement)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to approve the 2009 Delinquent taxes report and to release the funds to the units of government and the schools. The total settlement amount for 2009 totaled $2,133,873.59. The County did have to borrow for settlement.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Paula Beckman, MSU Extension Office, Six month increment

2. Mary Ahnen, Clerk’s office, One year increment

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

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Jacobson briefly gave a report on the 2010 Loggers Jamboree held in Wakefield recently.

Agenda Additions:

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay two claims; one for $7,698.00 to Superior Drywall for painting in jail cells and one for $1,532.39 for portable gas meters through the emergency management budget, payable to Holden and Holden.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest informed the Board that the County RAC committee was formed and that Commissioner Jacobson will be a part of the committee.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

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Dan Siirila, Vice-Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 28, 2010

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(April 14, 2010 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 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.

APPEARANCES:

1. County Equalization Director, Tom Novascone

RE: 2010 County Equalization Report

Equalization director Tom Novascone presented to the Board the 2010 County Equalization report. The County equalized value decreased by 0.16% from 2009. The County 2010 equalized value is $760,571,678.00 Discussion followed and Novascone answered several questions from the Board regarding the report. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz to adopt the 2010 County Equalization report and to accept the individual CEV classifications as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------03/24/10

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------04/14/10

3. Health and Welfare Committee ----------------04/19/10

4. Personnel & Negotiations/Comm. of the Whole—-04/21/10

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

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile

(RE: Land Sale Proceeds)

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Treasurer to keep the land sale funds in the amount of $47,617.77 in the trust and agency account at this time.

2. Donna Scorse, EDC Director

(RE: Brownfield Plan, Gogebic Range Bank)

Scorse presented to the Board an amended brownfield plan for the Gogebic Range Bank project. The plan had to be amended due to unforeseen circumstances which included building structures, site preparation backfill/compact/land balance as well as sidewalk and site engineering issues. Gogebic Range Bank is seeking eligibility for additional tax capture of $90,498 which is the difference between the current estimates eligible expenses and the previously approved eligible expenses. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to approve of the amended brownfield plan.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Scorse also spoke briefly on the revolving loan issue and the proposed Marenisco Township mill that has run into financial difficulties in securing funds to purchase wood for the start up of the operation. She will keep the Board informed on each matter.

3. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, Ironwood Twp.)

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

4. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, MSU)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

1. Tammy Stella, Circuit Court recorder, 10 year longevity

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 10 longevity request.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Iron County Board of Commissioners

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

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.

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Pezzetti, 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 Morin to approve the pre-paids and pay the claims as presented, withholding the bills from Northstar Electronics for the ORV, Snowmobile and Marine budgets until an explanation of what was purchased is received.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Oliver updated the Board on a recent retirement committee meeting. The County pension fund has approximately $34,000,000 in assets to date which is up from $26,000,000 from this time last year(2009). He also mentioned that there are introduced bill in the State House and Senate which deal with distressed retirement systems and the State Treasury overseeing the funds and transitioning a distressed fund into MERS. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of opposition to each bill to our State legislators.

Lucia Patritto, MSU Extension Director spoke to the Board on the recent e-mail they received from her regarding restructuring of the extension offices throughout the State. The U.P. Counties will be divided into two regions, those regions will have one Extension Director. Patritto will continue to workout of the Bessemer Office assume the title of Educator. More details on the transition will be forthcoming.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman handed out the Gogebic County Resource Committee member selection and briefly discussed how the committee will work and how funds would be committed to projects.

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 5:50pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 12, 2010

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

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(April 28, 2010 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters; a resolution to set the 9-1-1 surcharge County-wide.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------------04/28/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the process whereby Melissa Prisbe would get paid as an employee of Gogebic County and the cost of the assessing contract to be taken off the figure that is given to the retirement office for retirement calculation purposes at the end of each year, and to take 10 percent off the top of the assessing contract between Gogebic County and Wakefield Township to cover any costs incurred by the County.

2. Dal Pra Scholarship Award Committee-----------------05/06/10

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to award the scholarships as presented by the respective guidance counselors and/or principals with Ironwood having to remove one recipient.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Bessemer)

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

2. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Forest Closure Order)

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

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3. Probate Judge Joel Massie

(RE: Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission)

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

4. County Treasurer-Retirement Director Sue Pertile

(RE: Assessor contract pay/retirement credit)

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

5. James Gribble, County Fair Board Chairman

(RE: cash advance for operation)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to cover the expenses for the Fair Board as they occur up to $65,000.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

6. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: release of Public Act 2 funds)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to release 50% of the Public Act 2 funds, as requested. The amount to be released is $5,377.00.

7. Gerry Pelissero, Gogebic County Clerk-Register

(RE: Millage proposals)

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to place the Animal Control millage renewal on the August 3rd, 2010 Primary Ballot.

GOGEBIC COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM RENEWAL MILLAGE PROPOSAL
PROPOSAL TO LEVY TWO-TENTHS (0.2) OF ONE MILL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE HOPE ANIMAL SHELTER & PART-TIME ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (“GOGEBIC COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM”) FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2010-2013, INCLUSIVE:

Shall the previous voted limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be increased two-tenths (0.2 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of four (4) years, 2010-2013 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Animal Control Program and shall the County of Gogebic levy such increase in millage for such purposes during such period, which increases will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $97,219.85?(This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 1998-2009 and represents a renewal rather than an increase.)

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to place the Maintenance of Effort Millage proposal on the August 3rd, 2010 primary ballot.

GOGEBIC COUNTY MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT MILLAGE PROPOSITION

PROPOSITION TO LEVY 0.6 MILLS FOR THE CONTINUED PAYMENT OF MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT COSTS TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC MEDICAL CARE FACILITY FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2011-2014, INCLUSIVE:

Shall the previous voted increase in the 15 mill tax limitation and levy as reduced by the required millage rollback, resulting in a levy of .6 mills ($0.6 per $1,000.00 of state taxable valuation) upon taxable real and tangible personal property within the County of Gogebic, be continued for a period of Four (4) years, 2011-2014 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the paying of Gogebic County's Maintenance of Effort payments to the State of Michigan for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility, which levy will raise in the first year of the levy the estimated sum of $291,537.00? (This millage rate represents a renewal of the millage, rather than an increase.)

OTHER MATTERS
County 9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper presented to the Board a resolution adopting the 9-1-1 surcharge resolution, which adopts a $1.00 surcharge on all phone devices. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti to adopt the resolution which sets the surcharge at $1.00 per device.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Clerk Pelissero notified the Board that the Michigan Summer youth slot distribution list will be on the May 26, 2010 agenda.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly spoke to the Board.

Sheriff Sanders informed the Board that MMRMA has approved the $5,000 grant to support the surveillance cameras in the jail. Administrator Juliane Giackino mentioned that a $5,000 grant was also approved for the Courthouse.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:32pm.

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelisser

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

May 26, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(May 12, 2010 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz 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 an addition of Darren Pionk of the Road Commission for brief a appearance and in Other Matters one item will be added, a Budget amendment for the Emergency Management budget.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negotiations Comm./Comm. of the Whole--05/11/2010

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

Agenda Addition;

Darren Pionk of the Road Commission informed the Board that 8 of 9 projects for summer road work have been approved. Earlier this year Pionk was told by MDOT that only one project would be approved this summer. Pionk thanked the Board and Commissioner Leroy Kangas for his work contacting our Legislators in Lansing to help get the funding for the 8 projects.

APPEARANCES:

1. Western U.P. Health Department

(RE: electronics recycling)

Commissioner Bonovetz discussed the program for recycling E-waste. The Health Department through its RSVP program has collected E-waste in Gogebic County in the past, this year they are looking for a partnership with Counties and supplemental funding from Gogebic County. The proposed contribution is $1,200.00, discussion followed and then a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to deny the contribution request. The reasons given were the County didn’t budget for the program, and the Gogebic Range Solid Waste Management Authority takes all E-waste at no charge.

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2. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency

(RE: 2010-2011 CDBG grant)

Jeff Betlewski of GOCAA was in attendance asked the Board to approve the grant application for the CDBG 2010-2011 Rehab Program. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize and approve the grant application and to send a letter of support for the program.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: municipal pension funds)

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

2. Ann Hruska, Dickinson Conservation District

(RE: 2010 Emerald Ash Borer trapping program)

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

3. Richard Bolen, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission

(Re: expiration of Board member term)

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the three year term with the deadline to receive applicants, Friday, June 11th, 2010 at noon.

4. Keith Johnson, Director U.P. Michigan Works

(RE: summer youth slots)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to allocate the 42 positions as follows:

Gogebic County Road Commission 5 City of Ironwood 1

County Fair 2 Copper Peak 4

Gogebic-Iron Airport 2 Wake/Mare School 4

Ironwood Chamber 1 Ironwood Schools 4

Watersmeet School 3 Bessemer School 3

GO-CAA 2 GCC 6

City of Wakefield 4 Ironwood Twp 1

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 report as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz, to pay the claims as presented including a $3,000 payment to Superior Drywall for cell block painting, which represents half of the balance yet to be paid, and also to approve the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Jim Loeper presented to the Board planned expenditures in his Emergency Management Budget, which relate to a Homeland Security grant. The total expenditures are $27,241.00 all for equipment purchases. All but $5,114.00 (ID card Machine) has been approved by the State of Michigan for payment and reimbursement. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas, to approve of the budget amendment for $22,181.00 and authorize a budget amendment for the balance of $5,114.00 when the State approves the ID card machine payment. The rest of the equipment includes pagers, gas monitors, radios, Computer software for cyber security.

Budget Amendment for Emergency Management Budget (+22,181.00)

Revenues

State Grant Emergency Service

101-000-561.00 Original Amended

$7,800.00 $22,181.00

Expenditures

Equipment

101-426.977.00 $7,500.00 $29,681.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Loeper also discussed a letter addressed to the County Board from Michigan State Police Lt Colonel Kriste K. Etue, Deputy Director Administrative Services Bureau. She had questions from the April 14, 2010 County Board regarding the 9-1-1 dispatch transfer from MSP Negaunee to Iron County Michigan. Loeper was authorized by the County Board to answer her questions. He was presenting a copy of her letter and his reply. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the letters and place them on file.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Ge

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately after the 9-1-1 Public Hearing

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:01 by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 26, 2010 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 Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to appearances: Mike Erdman of MSU District one and one addition to Other Matters: Superior Drywall payment request.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Equalization Director Tom Novascone

(RE: 2010 millage rate)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2010 millage rate. He was requesting the County Board adopt the rate of 6.6679. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Morin to adopt and levy on July 1st, 2010, a millage of 6.6679, for Gogebic County.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Allison M Liddle, GOISD

(RE: GOISD great start collaborative)

Ms. Liddle updated the Board on the Great Start Collaborative partnership in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. She discussed the five areas, which are a part of their Strategic Plan. Pediatric and Family Health, Social and Emotional Health, Child Care and Early Education, Parenting Leadership, and Family support. She thanked the Board of their support of the partnership. No Board action was necessary.

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3. Sheriff Larry Sanders

(RE: award presentation)

This appearance by Sheriff Sanders was to recognize and award Kim Johnson of Bessemer Township for her heroic actions on March 25, 2010. Mrs. Johnson discovered smoke coming out of an apartment at the Bessemer Housing Facility and went inside to rescue a 92 year old woman from a stove fire. She entered the apartment several times in order to help the elderly woman, risking her own life. Sanders presented her with a plaque honoring her heroic efforts.

Agenda Addition:

4. Mike Erdman, MSU District 1 Director

Mr. Erdman introduced himself and discussed the redesign and restructuring of the Michigan State Extension Offices throughout the State. His hope is to make the transition period seamless and he looks forward to the challenges. MSU District 1 includes the Counties of Marquette, Menominee and all others to the West, including Gogebic County. The new districts will begin operations on July 1, 2010. After his presentation Erdman answered a few questions from the Board. No Board action was taken or necessary.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: House Bill 5976 & SB 1239)

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. Clerk-Register Gerry R Pelissero

(RE: Mine Inspector Appointment)

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

3. Northern Initiatives

(RE: Tourism Strategy)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file. Commissioners Bonovetz and Jacobson have been approved to attend.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Melissa Prisbe, three year increment, Equalization Dept.

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

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

Commissioner Siirila discussed with the Board the final payment to Superior Drywall for the painting of the cell block at the jail. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Pezzetti to make the final payment of $3,000.00 to Superior Drywall. The company will begin a one-year warranty on the work once it is completed.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Peterson has requested to be able to appear via phone at the July 14, 2010 meeting. He will out of town attending summer school. County Administrator Juliane Giackino spoke with Corporate Counsel Adams and he advised this vote via phone is allowed but should not be general practice of the Board. A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Commissioner Peterson to appear via telephone at the July 14, 2010 regular Board meeting.

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 5:32pm.

_______________________________ ____________________________

Thomas F Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

June 23, 2010

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(June 9th, 2010 public hearing and June 9th, 2010 regular board 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: recommendation from the Health and Welfare Committee meeting of 6-21-10; Four items added to Other Matters: 1. AFSCME contract tentative agreement, 2. Forestry and Parks Commission appointment, 3. Appointment of two additional members to the Forestry and Parks Commission by the Chairman, 4. Land Bank property sale.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Lou Bonagura of Ironwood spoke in support of communication No.1, the development of a Community Development office within the Gogebic Ontonagon Community Action Agency.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------05/26/10

2. Negotiations Committee ----------------------06/01/10

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee------06/17/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila to receive communications one through three and place them on file.

Agenda Addition:

4. Health and Welfare Committee ----------------06/21/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote that the millage language for the Medical Care Facility Building and Site Improvement renewal be placed on the November 2nd, 2010 General election ballot, and to include the word renewal.

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GOGEBIC COUNTY MEDICAL CARE FACILITY BUILDING AND SITE IMPROVEMENT RENEWAL PROPOSAL:

PROPOSITION TO LEVY 0.4 MILLS FOR BUILDING AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS AT THE GOGEBIC COUNTY MEDICAL CARE FACILTY, FOR A PERIOD OF

FIVE (5) YEARS: 2011-2015, INCLUSIVE:

Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be increased 0.4 mills ($0.4 per $1,000 of State Taxable Valuation) for a period of five (5) years, 2011-2015 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for Building and Site Improvements at the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility, and shall the County of Gogebic levy such increase in millage for such purposes during such period, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $194,252.00? (This is the same millage rate that has been in effect since 2006-2010.)

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Carolynne Carlson, Director, GO-CAA

(RE: Community Service Block Grant)

Carolynne Carlson discussed the opportunity the GO-CAA has to submit a grant application to Michigan Department of Human Services for Community Service Block Grant Discretionary funds to create a Community Development Office within the agency and this office would support both counties. Funds available would be $20,000.00 and minimum matching funds of 20%. She has meet with the various organizations and municipalities seeking funds and support for the grant application. If approved the contract would begin September 1, 2010 and an end date of August 31, 2011. Carlson then answered questions from the Board, followed by discussion on the matter and how this potential new office would work with the current County EDC director, and would the County be able to find funding for each position. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson to send a letter of support for the project and if approved the County would try to find funds to help support the project.

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

NO: (3) Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Motion carried.

2. Lucia Patritto, County Extension Director

(RE: part time secretary)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Patritto to fill the position.

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3. Richard Bolen, Director, Gogebic County Forestry & Parks

(RE: Lake Gogebic water level complaint)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of concern to UPPCO regarding the lake level.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. R.O.A.R.R.

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

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 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 Morin to pay the claims as presented 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
Agenda Additions:

1. AFSCME Contract with Local 992 Courthouse Employees.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to approve the contract with the union, pending the unions ratification by their membership. The contract will run for two and half years from 7/1/2010 to 12/31/2012. There is a hospitalization opener if the costs increase by more than 12% in 2011 and 10% in 2012.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Forestry and Parks Commission Appointment

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to appointment Don Bennetts to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

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3. Five Member Board for Forestry and Parks Commission

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to appoint two additional members to the Forestry and Parks Commission Board, One an at large position and one from the current Board of Commissioners. The at large position will be appointed from the remaining applications that were received for the position that Don Bennetts was appointed to.

4. Land Bank sale authorization.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin to approve of the purchase of one tax foreclosed property in Bessemer Township for $896.17. The State of Michigan has the first right to purchase followed by the municipality, both the State and Bessemer Township declined to purchase. The County will then deed the property to the Gogebic County Land Bank Authority. The Land Bank Authority will then sell the property for $896.17.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Bob Black of Crystal Falls, Michigan introduced himself to the Board as a candidate for the 110th State Representative seat.

Lucia Patritto briefly spoke of a meeting she attended on Tuesday evening regarding the MSU Extension changes and memorandum of understanding. She attended the meeting with Board Chairman Gerovac.

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 5:51pm.

_______________________________ ___________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2010

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: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson (via telephone), Pezzetti,

Siirila

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 23rd, 2010 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 in appearances; Brad Noren regarding a technology bill approval.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Motion:

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----------07/07/2010

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the 2009 audit report as presented by Joki, Makela, Pollack and Ahonen, P.L.L.C.

APPEARANCES:

1. Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator,

(RE: 911 Plan closing and adoption)

Jim Loeper presented a resolution for adoption which, will change the County 9-1-1 service from Negaunee Regional with the Michigan State Police to Iron County Michigan. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution as presented.

WHEREAS, Gogebic County (“County”) has adopted a Final 911 Service Plan (“Plan”) pursuant to the Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act, 1986 PA 32, as amended (“Act”) through its Board of Commissioners (“Board”);

WHEREAS, the County has amended the Plan several times without republishing the entire plan so that ascertaining the language of the current Plan is currently difficult to do;

WHEREAS, the Act requires the Plan to accurately identify all public service answering points (“PSAPs”) for all 911 calls in the County;

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WHEREAS, the current Plan identifies the Negaunee Regional Dispatch as the primary PSAP for 911 calls emanating from within its borders but the County has decided that it can establish more control over the ongoing nature and costs of such service if it contracts with Iron County for such services, necessitating an amendment to the County Plan;

WHEREAS, the attached Plan attached hereto as Exhibit A accomplishes the following purposes that are in the best interests of the County public:

(A.) Republishes the Plan to reflect prior amendments, so that the entire Plan is in one document not many;

(B.) Facilitates consolidated dispatch throughout the County and contractual control through the County Board of Commissioners of that consolidated dispatch;

(C.) Streamlines the process for updating service supplier and public agency information;

(D.) Provides an enforcement mechanism if service suppliers fail to perform their obligations under the Act and Plan, including but not limited to forwarding operational surcharge funds that they collect to the County’s Consolidated Dispatch Center.

WHEREAS, the Board tentatively approved the attached Plan on April 14, 2010 and scheduled the requisite hearing for July 14, 2010 to finally approve the Plan;

WHEREAS, the County has received a notice of intent to serve as Primary PSAP by Iron County as provided in the Tentative Plan and no other such notices;

WHEREAS, the Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit B would enable Iron County to provide E-911 answering and dispatch services for the residents of Gogebic County in a manner that minimizes cost and maximizes local control under the circumstances;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Plan attached as Exhibit A is adopted by the Board of Commissioners;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Agreement attached as Exhibit B is approved by the Board;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Gogebic County Clerk and Board Chairperson are authorized and directed to sign the Agreement and Plan and to forward the same to Iron County and to the State 911 Director, respectively, and to take any other act necessary under the Act and/or other Michigan law to perfect the Plan and finalize the Agreement.

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

NO: (0) None

Abstain: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

Loeper then asked the Board to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contract with Iron County, Michigan to provide a five-year contract for 9-1-1 dispatching. Iron County with be Gogebic County’s PSAP. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contract with Iron County, Michigan.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Bonovetz then asked if the Board was interested in reducing the 9-1-1 surcharge for the remainder of 2010, due to the savings resulted from the switch from MSP Negaunee Regional to Iron County, Michigan. Bonovetz suggested a reduction to .75 per device down from $1.00. Loeper mentioned the 9-1-1 committee still had other equipment to purchase, but would be looking at a possible reduction when all the necessary equipment has been secured. Further discussion was held but no action was taken by the Board.

Peterson requested and was granted permission to be excused from the balance of the meeting.

Agenda addition

2. Brad Noren, Technology bill approval

Noren addressed the Board regarding a bill for software and firmware for one of the servers on the County network. The company (CDW) failed to bill the County for the yearly contract for updates and licenses, he was informed our account was delinquent he wasn’t able do the necessary updates until our account is current. He is requesting approval of the bill upon receipt in the amount of $3,250.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Dennis Jacobson, County Commissioner

(RE: Tourism meeting)

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

2. Timothy K. McGuire, MAC Executive Director

(RE: Snowmobile and ORV Sticker)

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

3. Nathaniel Lake Jr.

(RE: Shared Public Services Initiatives)

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

4. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow

(RE: Asian Carp)

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

5. United States Senator Debbie Stabenow

(RE: HealthCare.gov website)

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

6. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Oreste Chiantello Award)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Siirila and carried by a seven yea – one nay vote, to nominate Leroy Kangas for the 2010 Oreste Chiantello public service award.

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: 3rd Quarter release of 2010 appropriation)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Jonathon Mead, Executive Director, UPAAA

(RE Annual Implementation Plan)

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

2. Huron County

(RE: Juvenile Justice Residential Program)

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

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Erin Wennersten, two years, Friend of the Court

2. Patti Ceccon, three years, Friend of the Court

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

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

William Doan of Ontonagon introduced himself to the Board. Mr. Doan is running for the State House of Representatives 110th District seat.

Bob Black of Crystal Falls also a candidate of the same seat was also in attendance and briefly spoke to the Board.

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 5:40 p.m.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pel
.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 28, 2010

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 7, 2010 public hearing minutes and July 14, 2010 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; summary report from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of 7/26/10.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Negotiations Committee ------------------------06/22/10

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee ----------06/23/10

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -------06/23/10

4. DalPra Education Award Committee --------------06/24/10

5. Personnel and Negotiations/Committee of Whole-—07/13/10

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

6. Economic Development and Capital Improve. -----07/19/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to have Paul Beeksma, ABE Environmental Systems install the stainless steel pipe system into the existing chimney system to vent the new boiler in the Courthouse.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to call for written bids for carpet replacement at the Western U. P. District Health Building in Bessemer.

7. Personnel and Negotiations Committee ----------07/26/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to pay Sheriff Sanders for his maximum amount of sick leave upon retirement which was frozen on 12/31/2000 when he left the union and that amount will be added to his retirement calculation.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried on 8 aye - one abstain vote to post the three positions at the Sheriff Department, Nightshift Leadman, Detective Sergeant and Sergeant with a $1.00 per hour pay raise for such positions.

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APPEARANCES:

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

(RE: Gogebic Resource Advisory Committee)

Spear spoke to the Board regarding the approval of the Gogebic County resource advisory committee. The first meeting of the RAC will be held on August 12th at 9:30am in the Watersmeet/Iron River Ranger Office. This will be an organizational meeting for the RAC, and the committee will begin looking for projects that would be beneficial to the Ottawa National Forest to fund. Gogebic County has about $400,000.00 for eligible projects.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Amy Henderson, Manager, Fund and Revenue Accounting, MDNRE

(RE: Payments to Counties from National Forest Revenues)

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

2. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Snowmobile Trail #3 Relocation project)

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

3. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Three MDOT Contracts, runway rehab, joint repairs, marking)

4. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Two MDOT Contracts, runway rehab, crack sealing, marking)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the chairman’s signature on the contracts and adopt the resolutions presented in items 3 and 4.

5. Gernot A. Joachim, Assistant Director, WUPSASCA

(RE: Employee Assistance Program)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the memorandum of understanding between Gogebic County and Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency to participate in the Employee Assistance Program.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Prisilla J. Gerovac, 30 years

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried on 8 aye – One abstain voice vote to approve the longevity request.

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.

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas to pay the claims and the pre-paids as presented and to 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
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Kim Mattson, Ironwood Township Supervisor expressed her disappointment that the County EDC chose not to renew Donna Scorse contract as EDC Director. Commissioner Pezzetti briefly discussed the meeting at which the contract was not renewed.

Melanie Fullman briefly updated the Board on the projects and happenings on the Ottawa National Forest.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30p.m.

______________________________ ___________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2010

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(July 28th, 2010 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Bill McDonald, member of the Bessemer Area School Board, read a letter from Bessemer Area Schools Administrator Mark Johnson supporting the G.C.C. resolution.

Al Gaiss, former Bessemer superintendent, spoke in favor the G.C.C. resolution.

APPEARANCES:

1. James A Lorenson, President, Gogebic Community College

(RE: Resolution in support of Baccalaureate legislation)

President Lorenson discussed the benefits to the College and the area students if Michigan’s community colleges were able to award baccalaureate degrees in selected fields. If the legislation is passed and signed into law GCC would be authorized to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Lorenson then answered a few questions from the Board. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt and support the resolution for community college baccalaureate programs.

OTHER MATTERS:
Chairman Gerovac displayed an award that was received from the US Census Bureau thanking the County for their help with the 2010 Census. The award will be displayed in the Courthouse.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the letter read by Bill McDonald earlier in the meeting and place it on file.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Darren Pionk, County Road Commission, discussed the paving projects that are set to start later this month.

Bill McDonald briefly spoke on the GCC baccalaureate programs and how this could impact our students.

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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 5:15p.m.

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Thomas F. Gerovac, Chair Ge
GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 25, 2010

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 11, 2010 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 along with three additions: two added to Committee reports 4. Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee, 5. Finance Budgeting and Auditing Committee. Communications: 6. Resolution regarding driver licensing testing.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----------07/28/10

2. Technology Committee ------------------------------08/03/10

3. Health and Welfare Committee ----------------------08/11/10

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

4. Economic Development & Capital Improvement Comm.-–-08/25/10

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and to award the carpet installation bid to Floors N More West of Ironwood to install new carpet at the Annex at cost of $12,643.74.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

5. Finance Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------------08/25/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve a credit card for District Court in amount of $2,000.00

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APPEARANCES:

1. William A Bruce, Certified Peer Support Specialist, VA Community Outreach Program

Mr. Bruce and Jose Ortez presented to the Board on the challenges of our returning military face when reentering society. They discussed the DO’s and Don’ts when meeting a veteran, as well the services the VA provides for all veterans facing mental health issues. More than one in four U.S. Troops who have come home from the Iraq War face health problems that require medical or mental health treatment. The presentation lasted about twenty minutes and concluded with a brief question and answer period. The Board thanked the gentlemen for the presentation.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Mark D Halkola, Regional Coordinator, WUP Substance Abuse Service

(RE: Public Act 2 April-June funds)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to release the April-June Public Act 2 funds in amount of $6,987.50.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Pat Gallinagh, President, Range Suicide Prevention Council

(RE: National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept 5-11, 2010)

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

3. Tim Kolesar, Superintendent, Ironwood Area Schools

(RE: Character education Initiative)

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

4. Heidi J. McMurphy, Jail Services Manager

(RE: Jail Inspection)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file. Sheriff Sanders mentioned that this was the third straight year the jail inspection resulted in the County receiving an in full compliance report.

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

(RE: snowmobile use on County Roads)

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

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6. Third party driver license testing.

Commissioner Siirila brought up the fact that there is only one company providing the driving test for Gogebic County residents to become a licensed driver in Michigan and they are located in Crystal Falls. The company will only test on Tuesday’s. They need at least five people to test and if one person cancels, the entire day is cancelled. Siirila has had discussions with the Secretary of State office in Bessemer as well as the Director of Licensing in Lansing Tom Bryant. He would like to find a qualified person in our County to provide the testing but he has been getting no where with the State, it would appear that there is a monopoly on the testing. He suggested a resolution be drafted for additional testing companies for the Western U.P. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to draft a resolution that will be sent to our legislators in Lansing, which addresses competition for the third party licensing companies, rather than a monopoly.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Sue Kivi, Register of Deeds office, 3 year increment

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

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Siirila to pay the claims as presented 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
Sheriff Sanders mentioned this would be his last meeting appearance as sheriff for Gogebic County. He thanked the Board for their cooperation during his tenure as sheriff.

Siirila mentioned that Mark Bale will be retiring from the Forestry Department at the end of September.

Clerk Pelissero announced that interviews for the sheriff appointment will take place Thursday at 10am. Five candidates will be interviewed; Bob Halvorson, Pete Matonich Gordy Koski, Mike Livingston and James Webber.

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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 5:50pm.

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Thomas F. Gerovac

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 8, 2010

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, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Jacobson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(August 25, 2010 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 two additions: #5 communications; a letter from the Equalization department regarding a credit card, and a recommendation from the Judiciary and Law enforcement committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Lindsey Ringuette, MDNRE, Gwinn District office, Water Resource Division. (RE: County SESC resolution)

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

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Sheriff Matonich Credit Card request)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice to approve a credit card for Sheriff Matonich, with a limit of $2,000.00.

3. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Personal Property taxes)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the treasurer to execute the waiver and consent form to strike personal property taxes from the tax rolls. The years include 2004 and prior.

4. Mark Halkola, W.U.P. Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Thank you for Public Act two funds)

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

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5. Tom Novascone, Equalization Department Director

(RE: Credit card request)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve a credit card for the Equalization department with a $2,000.00 limit.

RESOLUTIONS:
1. Gogebic County, Third Party License Testing

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

OTHER MATTERS
Recommendation from the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Sheriff Matonich to fill the vacancy in his department.

Bonovetz reminded the Board of the Grand Opening of the Airport’s new terminal and fly-in on Saturday the 11th, beginning at 9am.

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 5:15pm.

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Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

September 22, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:10p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 8th, 2010 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 two additions to other matters; County Land Bank transaction and an update from Commissioner Jacobson on the economic summit he attended at Northern Michigan University.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Economic Development and Capital Improvement Comm.--8/25/2010

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------------8/25/2010

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ------------9/08/2010

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Jim Loeper, County Emergency Management Services Coordinator

(RE: HSGP Interlocal Funding Agreement)

Loeper requested Board approval for the Chairman and the Clerk to sign the 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program Interlocal agreement with Houghton County. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the proper signatures on the agreement.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: permanent posting for County Board)

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

2. Marvin Saari, County Resident

(RE: Oman’s Creek Boating Access Site)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to forward this letter to the informational meeting which is set for October 4th at 1pm at the Natural Resources Center.

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3. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Three (3) Contracts from Mead & Hunt for ALP update)

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

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 Jacobson to pay the claims and pre-paids as presented 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
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to quit claim property in the Charter Township of Ironwood, known as the Trailer Park property (permanent parcel number 03-01-545-100), to the Gogebic County Land Bank. The Land Bank will then sell the property to the Charter Township of Ironwood for $97,677.31. The County acquired this property through the Foreclosure process.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Jacobson gave a brief report on his recent attendance at an economic summit at Northern Michigan University.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

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 5:30pm.

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Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 13th, 2010

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, Oliver, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (1) Pezzetti

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 22nd, 2010 regular meeting and October 4th, 2010 special 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 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. State Senator Michael Prusi

(RE: Third party testing)

2. State Representative Mike Lahti

(RE: Third party testing)

Discussion was held on the matter and a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to send a letter to the State of Michigan to nominate Dan Siirila as a third party tester for Gogebic County.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to receive communications one and two and place them on file.

3. WUPPDR

(RE: Rural Transportation Planning Process)

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

4. Jim Loeper, County Emergency Management Director

(RE: Budget Amendment)

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

Revenues 101-000-560.00 Fed Grant HS(Houghton) increased by $14,616.56

Expenditures 101-426-750.00 Supplies & Materials increased by $14,616.56

5. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: Budget Amendment)

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

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REVENUES

Assessors Contract 101-000-686.05

Increased to $6,498.00 from Zero

EXPENDITURES

Assessors Contract 101-225-706.00

Increased to $6,498.00 from Zero

Line item transfer

Expenditures

Retirement 101-900-718.00

Decreased by $22,000.00 to $420,105.00

Health Insurance Reimbursement 101-900-716.01

Increased by $22,000 to $122,000.00

6. Pete Matonich, County Sheriff

(RE: Department update)

Sheriff Matonich introduced Deputy Josh Elias as the newest employee hired at the department. Matonich also discussed a few changes he has implemented since he took office in September.

Undersheriff Bob Halvorson was also in attendance and announced his retirement effective December 1st, 2010. He is very confident he is leaving the department in good hands with Matonich in charge. Matonich then thanked Halvorson for his time and dedication to the department. Matonich said he would name an undersheriff soon and asked the Board for approval to hire a new deputy as of December 1st, 2010. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Matonich to hire a replacement.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero informed the Board that three terms are up for appointment on the Fair Board. Pelissero will advertise in the Daily Globe and then the applicants will be sent to the Fair board for recommendation to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee.

Commissioner Siirila congratulated Commissioner Kangas on receiving the 2010 Oreste Chiantello Public Service Award from WUPPDR.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

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 5:30p.m.

____________________________ ___________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

October 27, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 13, 2010 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 Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: Friend of the Court appropriation release for 2010 and Annex roof calculation approval.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----------09/22/10

2. Health and Welfare Committee----------------------09/22/10

3. Health and Welfare Committee----------------------09/27/10

4. Personnel and Negotiations/Committee of the Whole-10/04/10

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1 through four plus report six.

5. Economic Development and Capital Improve. --------10/13/10

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Darren Pionk to draft preliminary ideas to include plans and elevations for a new roof on the Courthouse Annex roof not to exceed $400.00

6. Health and Welfare Committee----------------------10/18/10

7. Friend of the Court, 2010 appropriation request

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to release the 2010 Friend of the Court Appropriation of $35,000 less $8,000 which was given to FOC at the end of 2009 to cover a short term cash flow issue. The $8,000 was not paid back by FOC.(net 2010 Appropriation will be $27,000.)

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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October 27, 2010

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8. Annex roof calculation approval

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Siirila and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Darren Pionk to perform roof weight calculations for the annex roof and limit the cost to $500.00.

APPEARANCES:

1. Tom Novascone, Equalization Director

(RE: 2010 Apportionment Report)

Novascone presented to the Board the 2010 Apportionment report. The report included the taxable value, homestead value, non-homestead value and renaissance value for the County. The County taxes to be received for 2010 went up $17,700, based on a value of $3,240,250.00

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to adopt the 2010 Gogebic County Apportionment report.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin to adopt the 2010 Gogebic County Tax Rate of 6.6679. The extra voted millages include .3704 for Medical Care Facility M.O.E., .3226 for transit, .5989 for senior programs through GOCAA, .2000 for the animal control program and .3964 for the Medical Care Facility building and site.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Commissioner Jacobson

(RE: U.P. County Commissioner Convention report)

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

Commissioner Agenda Request

Commissioner Peterson: Gogebic County Sheriff

Peterson was unable to the attend the meeting, but Clerk Pelissero passed along Peterson’s message of thanks and praise for how Sheriff Matonich handled the recent incident at LVD in Watersmeet. Matonich said it was a joint effort by a lot of law enforcement agencies not just a one man show. Other board members also mentioned they were informed of what a great job was done during the incident.

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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 Morin to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Pelissero informed the Board that Julie Ahnen’s term on the DHS Board will expire on October 31st, 2010. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the position in the Daily Globe.

Jim Loeper informed the Board that due to the high winds resulting in power outages in the County an emergency shelter has been opened at the College and will be manned by the Red Cross and victims services team.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

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 5:20pm.

______________________________ ___________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:00pm by Vice-Chairman Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 27th, 2010 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 Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two communications from the Airport Manager.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Kim Stoker, WUPPDR

Mr. Stoker addressed the Board on what types of projects have been funded by WUPPDR with the County’s annual contribution. He mentioned for every $1.00 of contribution the County has received in the past about $23.50 is returned. Stoker spoke on the project to help Orvana Corporation with their road issue on County road 519. Orvana is hoping to open a copper mine in the County by 2013, and infrastructure is still needed. WUPPDR also helps with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s technical assistance program. Stoker opened the floor for questions from the Board. No Board action was taken at this time.

Commissioner Jacobson excused himself from the meeting at this time.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Darren Pionk, P.E. County Road Commission

(RE: Commission seat expiring)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the position on the Road Commission.

2. Sheriff Peter Matonich

(RE: medical coverage contract)

Matonich discussed the renewal of the Jail medical coverage contract renewal with Health Professionals. HP has offered a three contract to provide the medical coverage for the jail at the same cost for 2010, which is $31,800, and the 2012 and 2013 cost will tagged to the CPI index. The CPI for 2010 is a little over 3%. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the three year contract.

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Agenda Additions:

3. Airport Contracts with MDOT for an update of the airport layout plan.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried to authorize the Chairman or Vice-Chairman’s signature on the contracts.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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

4. Letter of support for the Airport Board decision to go with Frontier Airlines for the EAS services.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for Frontier Airlines as the requested airline service provider for the Gogebic-Iron County Airport.

OTHER MATTERS
Melanie Fullman briefly spoke about the County RAC committee has received about 20 proposals for projects in the County which will be funded by the RAC funds.

Kim Stoker addressed the Board and mentioned he forgot to seek Board support for WUPPDR’s MEDC technical assistance programs. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 24, 2010

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(November 10, 2010 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin to approve the minutes, Clerk Pelissero informed the board that language regarding the Airport contracts need to be changed to meet the Michigan D.O.T requirement. Kangas then rescinded his motion and Morin his support. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by a 8 yea – 1 nay vote to change the motion to read “to authorize the Chairman or Vice-Chairman’s signature on the contracts.”

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along three additions to committee summary reports. A recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations committee from today, and Two recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing committee from today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------10/27/10

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee ------10/27/10

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee ----11/18/10

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

4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee ---------11/24/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Julie Ahnen to the Department of Human Services Board for a three year term.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 24, 2010

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5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------11/24/10

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to amend the General Fund Budget as follows:

Revenues

101-000-417.00 Unpaid personal property taxes

Increased by $12,000.00

101-000-428.00 Commercial Forest Reserve

Increased by $2,100.00

101-000-504.00 State Grant Byrne Grant

Increased by $13,430.00

101-000-526.00 Federal Grant USDA

Increased by $3,500.00

Expenditures

101-301-805.02 Contractual Services

Increased by $19,030.00

101-301-933.00 Repairs and Maintenance

Increased by $12,000.00

Line Item Transfers

101-302-704.00 O.T. Transfer $8,500.00 into 101-301-704.00 O.T.

101-430-704.00 O.T. Transfer $1,000.00 into 101-301-704.00 O.T.

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 Morin to pay the cost of the conceptual drawings for the hip roof on the courthouse annex building. The drawings were completed by Road Commission P.E. Darren Pionk at a cost of $400.00. The cost to come out of 101-265-805.02.

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

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

1. Mike Erdman, MSU Extension, District Director

Mr. Erdman discussed the 2012 plan for a standard memorandum of agreement between MSU and the Counties. The County will have a say in how things will work for 2012. The Commissioners will receive a survey and questionnaire soon regarding the matter. No formal action was needed or taken on the subject. The Board thanked Erdman for the information.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 24, 2010

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood)

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

(RE: Public Act 2 funds release)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the funds as requested. The amount to be released is $4,387.00.

3. Darren Pionk, P.E. County Road Commission

(RE: snow removal operations plan.)

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

4. Norman Nass, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Environmental Assessment)

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

5. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Insurance claim, cash flow issue)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to cover up to $15,000.00 for insurance claim work repairs at the airport caused by a lightning strike.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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 Jacobson, 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 Kangas to pay the claims as presented 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.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

November 24, 2010

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OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero mentioned that the second meeting of December is set for the 22nd. He was recommending a later date due the 2010 year end close out of bills and the adoption of the 2011 general fund budget. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the final meeting for Monday, December 27th, at 5pm with the finance meeting at 4:30p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30p.m.

___________________________ __________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 8th, 2010

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

Absent: (2) Oliver, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 24, 2010 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 the following additions: an appearance from Equalization department director Tom Novascone, Appointments for the Fair Board and The Road Commission and a communication from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. MSU Extension Staff brief program updates

The MSU Extension staff updated the Board on their roles with the office. Lucia Patritto discussed her new role as an extension educator and the work she will do.

Erin Ross will provide nutrition education to the area schools as part of her snap education.

Vicki Nelson will continue her job as the 4H Coordinator.

2. Equalization Director Tom Novascone

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board an amended 2010 millage apportionment report. The only change was to the Watersmeet School District operating millage. The new amended rate is 17.7642. This will result in a final taxable value for the County of $21,860,482.00. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to accept and approve the amended 2010 Millage apportionment report as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 8th, 2010

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Ralph Christensen, County Mine Inspector

Christensen addressed the Board on the difficulties and challenges he is facing as the County Mine Inspector. He is having difficulty locating mineral rights owners for several locations that need fencing and signage for dangerous shafts. When mineral right ownerships are transferred, the deeds at times aren’t filed with the County Register of Deeds. The deeds aren’t required to be recorded by state law, which then complicates the search for the true owner. Mr. Christensen presentation lasted about 30 minutes and included a question and answer period with the Board. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to send a letter to our new legislators and them for help in passing legislation that requires all mineral right transfer deeds to be recorded with County Register of Deeds.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Citizen Brian Cox briefly had a few questions for Mr. Christensen regarding recent letters that were sent to his son about possible signage and fencing issues on his property.

2. Sue Pertile, Gogebic County Treasurer

(RE: Credit Card for Ross Solberg)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize a credit card for new Undersheriff Ross Solberg.

3. Richard Bolen, Gogebic County Forestry & Parks Director

(RE: Appointments for the Remonumentation program)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Maki as the Grant Administrator and Pat Leemon as the County Representative as the registered land surveyor for the State Survey and Remonumentation program.

4. Melanie Fullman, Ottawa National Forest District Ranger

(RE: Beaton Vegetation Management Project)

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

5. Sharon Martin, Director, licensing division, Michigan Liquor Control Commission. (RE: early Sunday sales)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by a six yea – one nay vote to receive the communication and place it on file. If the County wanted to prevent such sales they would have to adopt a resolution and send it to the Commission no later than December 15, 2010.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 8th, 2010

Page Three

OTHER MATTERS
APPOINTMENTS:

1. Fair Board

A motion was made by Siirila, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appointment Shelley Suckow, Tom Auvinen and Kathy Jo Koval to the County Fair Board. The appointments are for three years.

2. Road Commission

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Robert Jackson to the County Road Commission beginning January 1st, 2011.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Brian Cox mentioned the Board runs a fine meeting.

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 5:50p.m.

______________________________ ______________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 27, 2010

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(December 8th, 2010 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee meeting of 4:30pm today.

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-------------11/22/10

2. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----11/24/10

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee--11/24/10

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee—-11/30/10

5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-—12/01/10

6. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-—12/07/10

7. Personnel and Negotiations Committee-----12/08/10

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

8. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-—12/13/10

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to increase the rent at the Western U.P. Health Dept. by $.50 per square foot for a two year, two month period effective 11/1/10 expiring on 12/31/12 and have the proper individuals be authorized to sign the lease agreement.

9. Health and Welfare Committee ------------12/20/10

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

10. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-—12/21/10

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a public hearing for December 29, 2010 at 5:00P.M. on the 2011 General Fund Budget with a Special Board meeting to follow immediately, and also to receive and place on file the report.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 27, 2010

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Recommendations from Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Comm. 12/27/10

11. Friend of the Court budget amendment

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and to borrow $19,185.00 from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund (DTRF) to cover a short fall in the Friend of the Court Budget. The loan will be paid back as soon as the receivables come in from the State of Michigan.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

12. General Fund Budget Amendments and Line Item Transfers

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz, to amend the General Fund budget and transfer funds as follows:

Revenues

Federal Grant Emerg. Service (Houghton)

101-000-560.00 increased by $6,000.00 to $21,616.56

USDA Grant NOAA Radio

101-000-561.01 increased from $0.00 to $ 7,146.00

Other Revenues

101-000-688.00 increased from $0.00 to $47,000.00

Expenditures

Emergency Management Supplies and Materials

101-426-750.00 increased by $6,000.00 to $ 22,116.56

Emergency Management Equipment

101-426-977.00 increased by $7,146.00 to $ 14,646.00

Sheriff Department Salaried and Part-time

101-301-702.00 increased by $47,000.00 to $614,382.00

Line Item Transfers

Board of Commissioners Contractual Services

101-101-805.02 Transfer of $12,000.00

From District Court Contractual 101-136-805.02

Elections Contractual Services

101-191-805.02 Transfer of $2,550.00

From County Clerk 101-215-805.02

Data Processing Printing and Binding

101-258-729.00 Transfer of $10,000.00

From Indigent Fees/Circuit Court 101-900-808.01

Sheriff Department Overtime

101-301-704.00 Transfer of $30,000.00

From Indigent Fees/Probate 101-900-808.03

Sheriff Department Contractual Services

101-301-805.02 Transfer of $1,381.00

From Bess/Wake Contractual 101-302-805.02

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 27, 2010

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

13. Aspirus Grand View Finance Authority Appointments

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint James Partanen and Robert Butler to the Finance Authority Board for three year terms.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Charles J Matz, Project Scientist, Ramaker & Associates

(RE: SBA Tower)

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

2. Duane R. DuRay, Airport manager

(RE: Release of 4th quarter Appropriation)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the fourth quarter appropriations to the Airport.

3. Richard W. Bolen, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission

(RE: Michigan Natural Resources Trust Grant)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Maki as the official contact person to oversee the administration of the project with the MDNR Trust Fund Grant.

4. Lisa Pung, Renaissance Zone Analyst

(RE: Marenisco Township Renaissance Zone)

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

5. Jim Loeper, Emergency Management Coordinator

(RE: FY 2010 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Agreement)

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

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Amanda Parker, Administrator’s Confidential Secretary

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

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 27, 2010

Page Four

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas 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
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the 2011 Re-Organizational meeting for Monday January 3rd, 2011 at 4:30pm.

Sheriff Matonich notified the Board that the female jail cell water leak issue appears to be corrected and the tile floor will be set in the next day or two.

Commissioner Jacobson discussed a recent letter he received from Ottawa National Forest Supervisor Susan Spears notifying him of her transferring to a new position with U.S Forest Service. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of good luck and thanks from the Board.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ ___________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting Minutes

December 29, 2010

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following 5:00pm public hearing

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:01pm by Chairman Gerovac.

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADOPTION OF 2011 Gogebic County Appropriations Act

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver, to adopt the 2011 Gogebic County Appropriations Act.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2011 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson, to adopt the 2011 Gogebic County General Fund Budget totaling $6,282,352.11.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting Minutes

December 29, 2010

Page Two

ADOPTION OF 2011 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas, to adopt the 2011 Gogebic County Special Revenue Funds as presented.

2011 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS BUDGET

REVENUES BUDGET

Federal Grants $317,400

Taxes $630,205

State Grants $ 34,368

Local Contributions $ 10,000

Services $174,500

Interest and Rents $ 0

Other $338,000

TOTAL $1,504,473

EXPENDITURES

Judicial $ 36,000

Public Safety $257,000

Health and Welfare $1,047,034

Recreation and Culture $ 84,000

Capital Outlay $ 58,500

Miscellaneous $339,171

TOTAL $1,821,705

($317,232)

Transfers In $317,232

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Special Meeting Minutes

December 29, 2010

Page Three

ADOPTION OF 2011 DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Kangas, to adopt the 2011 Gogebic County Debt Service Funds as presented.

2011 DEBT SERVICE FUNDS BUDGET

REVENUES

City of Ironwood

Contractual Payments $59,305.00

EXPENDITURES

Bond Principal $55,000.00

Bond Interest $ 3,905.00

Fiscal Charges $ 400.00

TOTAL $59,305.00

Roll Call:
YES: (8) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, 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 Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:07pm.

_____________________________ __________________________

Thomas F. Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk