2011 Regular Meeting Minutes

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-Organizational Meeting Minutes

January 3, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

4:30P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

OATH OF OFFICE
Pelissero administered the oath of office to the nine commissioners.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

Pelissero opened the floor for nominations for the Chairman. Gerovac nominated Dan Siirila, which was supported by Kangas. Pelissero asked three more times for any other nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Dan Siirila as chairman for 2011 and 2012, the motion carried on unanimous voice vote.

Siirila then assumed the chair.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Siirila then opened the floor for nominations for vice-chairman. Kangas nominated Bob Morin, which was supported by Oliver. The chairman then asked three more times for any other nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Bob Morin as vice-chairman, the motion carried on unanimous voice vote.

ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt Roberts Rules of Order, with the Chairman voting last and roll call votes rotating by commissioner district.

APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Richard Adams as the Board’s parliamentarian.

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DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

Dates and Times:

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

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

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

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

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep the same the meeting schedule and agenda deadline as presented.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Investment Resolution)

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

2. Duane Duray, Airport Manager

(RE: 2011, 1st and 2nd Quarter Appropriation release)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 1st and 2nd quarter appropriation as requested.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas thanked the County staff for their work on the 2011 county budget. Chairman Siirila thanked all the volunteers who came out to help at the vintage snowmobile races recently.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:40pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 27th, 2010 regular meeting minutes, December 29th, 2010 Public Hearing minutes and December 29th, 2010 Special meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: recommendations from Personnel and Negotiations Committee from 1/11/11 and a communication from the Treasurer.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sheriff Peter Matonich

(RE: public hearing request)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the Public Hearing for the USDA Rural Development grant for a patrol vehicle. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman and Clerk to sign the agreements.

2. Jonathon Mead, CEO UPCAP

(RE: 2011 nominations for UPCAP Board)

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

3. Susan Spear, Forest Supervisor

(RE: Off Highway Vehicle Connector routes)

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. Nancy Warren

(RE: cell tower comment)

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

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Agenda Additions:

Personnel and Negotiations Committee ---------------1/11/11

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to reappoint Dan Siirila and David Pawlak to the Gogebic County Transit Board of Directors.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to inform the deputies that they can receive a payment up to 40 hours of vacation time per year to alleviate overtime for a one year period.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver that the County Administrator offer to the Sheriff Department union (W.P.P.A.) and the Courthouse union (AFSCME) a $40 office visit and a $40 chiropractic visit funded down to $20 and $20, a $3000/$6000 deductible, funded down to $100/$200 (CB2), and ER rider with a co pay of $250.00, the three tier prescription drug card ($7/$35/$70) and a $250.00 flexible spending account to each employee, contingent on the acceptance of both unions and to offer a one year contract extension to the Deputy union with a health insurance opener if rates exceed 10%.

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

NO: (1) Peterson

Abstain: (1) Kangas

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to all applicants including those that did not receive the appointment for any position that they apply for that the County Board makes the selection to.

Communication from County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: Credit Card for Forestry and Parks)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve a $2000.00 limit credit card from Wells Fargo for County Forestry and Parks director Jim Maki.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Jacobson gave an update the Board on the first County R.A.C committee meeting. 19 proposals were received for consideration, three were dropped because of they didn’t meet the criteria of the funding, (proposals didn’t enhance the Ottawa National Forest) 10 were approved totaling $222,000.00 and now these plans must be approved by the U.S. Forest Service.

Chairman Siirila briefly spoke about the meeting he had with the City of Ironwood, along with Mine Inspector Ralph Christensen.

Siirila also informed the Board that he receive a resignation letter from James Huss from the EDC Board.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Jim Mildren was in attendance and thanked the Board for their appointments and briefly updated the Transit’s projects that were completed in 2010.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest gave a brief update on the current supervisor position. Randy Charles is the acting forest supervisor until the Keith Lowman assumes the job shortly. Fullman also asked for snowplowing assistance for the County search and rescue vehicle which stored at the Natural Resources Center lower garage. Forestry and parks keeps the garage plowed during the week but no one is plowing on weekends, which could cause a problem in emergency situations. She also invited the Board to participate in any way they would can during the SISU Ski Fest on Saturday.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes

January 26, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing a grant with the USDA Rural Development. The total amount for the grant is $9,000.00 for the purchase of a new patrol vehicle. The hearing will take place in the Gogebic County District Court room at 200 S. Moore St. Bessemer, MI. 49911

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

Absent: (2) Peterson, Pezzetti

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing. Chairman Siirila read the purpose of the public hearing. Sheriff Peter Matonich was present and informed the Board that a second application has been approved for a $10,000.00 grant four wheel drive SUV through the USDA Rural Development. His contact at the USDA said the County could add this grant information to this public hearing as well. The County Board would have to authorize the proper signatures on the second application for the SUV. Chairman Siirila asked three times for public comment and heard none. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting Minutes

January 20, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

1:30 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Peterson

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, 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)

Tom Novascone had several questions regarding the proposed changes to the health insurance plan.

Communications:

1. 2011 Health Insurance Plan Change Approval

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac, that the County and the AFSCME and WPPA unions have agreed on the following changes to the hospitalization plan: a $40 office visit and a $40 chiropractic visit funded down to $20 and $20, a $3000/$6000 deductible, funded down to $100/$200 (CB2), the ER rider with a co pay of $250.00, the three tier prescription drug card ($7/$35/$70) and a $250.00 flexible spending account to each employee paid by the County. The unions have agreed to a contract reopener if the cost of health insurance increases by more than 12% for 2012, the deputies union (W.P.P.A.) has agreed to extend their contract for one year beginning on January 1st, 2012 with a .35 cent per hour increase. Employees will also be able to establish their own $250.00 flexible spending account in addition to the County sponsored one.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, 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 Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 1:45pm.

______________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

February 23, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 9, 2011 regular board 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 Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: a communication to Senator Tom Casperson from the Chairman and in Other Matters a discussion on the Lake Gogebic Yellow Perch Partnership.

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------------01/06/2011

2. Health and Welfare Committee-----------------------01/24/2011

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------------01/26/2011

4. DalPra Scholarship Committee-----------------------01/26/2011

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Borrowing resolution)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to authorize the County Treasurer to borrow up to the 2010 Delinquent tax amount to settle with the units of government for delinquent taxes, and to adopt the borrowing resolution as presented. Because of the size the resolution, it is on file in both the treasurer and clerk’s offices.

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

February 9, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 26, 2011 regular meeting minutes and Public Hearing minutes of January 26, 2011)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions, two appearances: Guy St. Germain from the health department and Duane DuRay from the airport, three items added to communications, a resolution for competitive bids, a letter from the Lake Gogebic yellow perch partnership and recommendation from the personnel and negotiations committee meeting from 02/07/11.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Guy St. Germain, Western U.P. Health Department

St. Germain presented to Commissioner Jim Oliver a plaque thanking him for his six years of service on the health department board.

2. Duane DuRay, Airport manager

Mr. DuRay discussed the letter he presented to the Board prior to the meeting requesting a $20,000.00 loan from the County Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund. The funds would be used to advertize and promote Frontier Airlines as the new air carrier at the Gogebic-Iron County Airport. The flights will begin on April 18th, 2011. DuRay discussed the reasons for the loan which would be paid back beginning in 2012. The Board had several questions for DuRay and Airport Board Chairman Bonovetz. The discussion lasted about 25 minutes. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to loan up $20,000 from the DTRF for the advertising campaign and it would be payable as needed.

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

Motion failed.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: SBA Telecommunications Site decision)

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

2. Linda Pfotenhauer, Office of Senator Tom Casperson

(RE: abandoned iron ore and copper mine sites)

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

3. Jeffrey C. Randall, Bessemer Township Supervisor

(RE: Powderhorn Mtn. Fire)

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

4. Scott Parrot, Director, Gogebic County DHS

(RE: 2011 appropriation release)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2011 appropriation in the amount of $2,000.00.

5. Jeffrey C. Randall, Bessemer Township Supervisor

(RE: Bessemer Township Master Plan)

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

Agenda Addition:

6. Resolution for a new competitive bid policy.

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2011-02

NEW COMPETITIVE BIDS POLICY

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby replaces its competitive bid policy that was approved on first day of January, 1994, as the statute upon which it was based has been repealed, however the Board hereby approves the concept of soliciting sealed bids for all contracts which the County Board anticipates a total County obligation of $20,000 or more, and

WHEREAS, the requirement for sealed bids shall not apply to intergovernmental contracts, contracts for professional services or emergency repairs, and

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WHEREAS, the County Board reserves the right to determine if it is necessary or to the County’s benefit to actually seek bids, on a case by case basis, and

WHEREAS, as such time as the solicitation of bids is authorized by the County Board, the Board shall determine if the authority to award a bid shall be delegated to a named official, or if the Board reserves to itself the authority to award the bid.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that by the approval of this motion the Board has hereby established a competitive bids policy, as detailed above.

7. Lake Gogebic Yellow Perch Partnership

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

8. Personnel & Negotiations Committee----------02/07/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to authorize posting of a one-half time position in the Treasurer’s office at a pay grade 3 and to add in $2,000 in the Salaried and Permanent Part-time line item for additional hours.

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

NO: (1) Gerovac

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Amy Hamel, MSU Extension, three year increment

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

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman briefly addressed the Board regarding the snowmobile trails groomed and maintained by the Gogebic County Trail Authority.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:42pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

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2. Letter to State Senator Tom Casperson

(RE: proposed personal property exempt legislation)

Chairman Siirila read a proposed letter that would be sent to Casperson seeking his vote against the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 34, which would eliminate personal property taxes. If passed the County could lose 12% of tax revenues, which would amount to $384,000.00. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the chairman to sign and send the letter to Senator Casperson.

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Jim Gribble, Chairman, Fair Board

(RE: release of 2011 appropriation)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to release the 2011 County appropriation to Fair Board, less the cost of unemployment paid by the County for Fair Board workers for 2010. The total cost of the unemployment is $1,661.65, the released appropriation will total $8,338.35.

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas felt the Board should send a letter of support for the Lake Gogebic Yellow Perch Partnership for their proposed daily limit of perch. The Board at their February 9, 2011 meeting moved to receive and place the letter on file. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for LGYPP.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly discussed a project on Beatons Lake, the County will receive information soon.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

March 9, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 23, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition. Funding for Airport advertising campaign added as communication #3.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Darren Pionk, engineer, Road Commission was seeking a letter of support from the Board for funding through the Gogebic County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) for Title II projects for needed road repairs on Black River Road. Pionk requested funds for the repairs earlier and was declined. He will once request funds in hopes of receiving enough money to complete one mile of repairs. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the projects funding.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----------03/02/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz for discussion on the implementation of a hiring freeze effective March 2, 2011. Discussion was held on the matter, which included how this would affect the part-time job that has been posted and advertised for in the Treasurer’s office. District Judge Anders Tingstad discussed a plan to fill a future vacancy in his office regarding the probation officer, Jim Callovi will be retiring in April. A roll call vote was requested to implement a hiring freeze effective March 2, 2011.

Roll Call:
YES: (3) Bonovetz, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (5) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Pezzetti Motion failed.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Keith B. Lannom, Acting Forest Supervisor, Ottawa National Forest (RE: Title II Projects)

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

2. John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor

(RE: Assessor Contract)

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

Agenda Addition:

3. Advertising campaign funding for the Gogebic-Iron County Airport.

Commissioner Bonovetz provided information on a $5,250.00 loan from the County Delinquent Tax Revolving Loan Fund. The loan will be paid back from the County Appropriation to the airport in 2012. Discussion was held, and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to request a $5,250.00 loan from the DTRF, with the pay back of the loan applied from the 2012 County appropriation to the Airport.

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

NO: (2) Jacobson, Peterson

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
County Treasurer, Sue Pertile, briefly discussed the retirement contribution from the General Fund in 2009. Additional funds were added to the fund as a recommendation from the retirement system actuary. The additional amount was needed to prevent a large increase in the contribution percentage formula.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Prisilla Gerovac questioned the Airport Board members regarding a $2.00 per hour raise given to an employee at the Airport.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

March 23rd, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 9th, 2011 regular meting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice to approve the agenda as presented with the removal of item #1, under communications; to add two recommendations from the Judiciary and Law Committee meeting of 03/23/11, and three recommendations from Finance, Budget and Auditing Committee of 03/23/11.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------02/23/2011

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

2. Personnel and Negotiations/Comm. of the Whole---03/01/2011

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint George Beninghaus, Valerie Swanberg, David McRae and Dan Siirila to the Community Mental Health Authority Board of Directors.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote that the employees taking the in lieu of hospitalization be given a $250.00 Flexible Spending Account.

3. DalPra Educational Scholarship Committee---------03/02/2011

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

Agenda Additions:

4. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----------03/23/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to make a payment $20,000.00 from the jail project funds that were held back to Gogebic Range Bank.

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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 Bonovetz and carried by an eight yea – one nay vote to accept the written warranty from Wayne Nasi and his wife on the Jail renovation and expansion project.

5. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee------03/23/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to allow the Prosecutor to hire a part-time person to fill the vacancy in his office. The part-time status will be reviewed in six months.

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

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to agree to the terms of the rental office space agreement between the County and UPCAP for the community corrections office at the Jail.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to table the reduction of the airport appropriation to match the increase in wages and FICA that would be paid out to the airport confidential secretary in 2011.

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

NO: (2) Peterson, Siirila

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register

(RE: Airport Contracts)*

* ITEM WAS REMOVED FROM AGENDA*

2. Denise Stephens, City of Bessemer/Spartan Project

(RE: Letter of support)

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

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March 23rd, 2011

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Greg Rigoni, Three year increment, custodian

2. Mary Jendrusina, 10 year longevity, accounts payable/payroll

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the increment and longevity as requested per union contract.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to the 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
Sheriff Pete Matonich discussed a problem with the circulating pump at the jail. The problem should be under warranty and resolved in a day or two.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

April 13, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 23rd, 2011 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: a communication from Duane DuRay, Airport manager seeking approval of contracts with Mead and Hunt; and summer youth worker slots for the summer of 2011.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Donna Scorse, Ironwood Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Scorse thanked the Board on behalf of the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce for their support of advertising campaign introducing Frontier Airlines as the Essential Air Service provider at the Gogebic-Iron County airport. She then discussed how the airport board will spend the advertising dollars over a three month period. She invited everyone to the business after five on Tuesday, April 18th at the airport facility. This will also be the first day Frontier Airlines provides services. She again thanked the Board for their continued support. The Chairman asked if anyone had questions for Ms. Scorse and heard none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: 2010 Tax Settlement)

Treasurer Pertile provided the Board with the 2010 tax settlement and informed the Board she didn’t have to borrow to settle with the local units of government. The total amount for 2010 was $2,194,332.56. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to approve of the 2010 tax settlement and release the funds to the local units as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair Board

(RE: 2011 appropriation)

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

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: final decision, Agonikak recreation trail)

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

4. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: Contracts for Engineering service from Mead & Hunt)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the contracts for the parallel taxiway design at the airport to be developed by Mead and Hunt.

5. Summer Youth Slots

Commissioner Kangas informed that Board he received a notice from Keith Johnson, of Michigan Works, that 42 slots and 16 sights are on the preliminary list for the summer youth work. The County Board will allocate the positions at the next meeting.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila advised any member wishing to attend the UPACC spring meeting in Brimley to let the Administrator know, so she can make reservations.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

____________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 27, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 13th, 2011 regular Board meeting.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to appearances, Keith Johnson, of Western U.P. Manpower.

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----------03/23/2011

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------03/23/2011

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

3. Personnel & Negot. Committee/Comm. of the Whole--04/19/2011

Commissioner Gerovac requested the minutes be clarified and corrected on the matter of Treasurer Sue Pertile has only closed her office once for a about two hours due to house inspections, the minutes say she has closed on several occasions and she will notify the Chairman when she has to close. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the minutes.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to fill the vacancy at the Sheriff Department with a full time position.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to fill the position in the Friend of the Court’s office at 17.5 hours per week and/or 35 hours per pay period.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried on a eight yea to one nay voice vote to follow the procedure that the $50.00 contribution for health insurance pertains to full time employees, as those on a part time basis are already paying a prorated share should they opt into the insurance.

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April 27, 2011

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A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote 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, vacation, and personal leave on the books at their current rate of pay at the transition point.

APPEARANCES:

1. Tom Novascone, Equalization Director, 2011 Equalization Report

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2011 Equalization report. Novascone discussed the report in detail which included the 2011 County Equalized Value, which is down 0.25 percent. After a question and answer period with the Board, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported Kangas to adopt the County Equalization Value of $758,598,792.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Novascone informed the Board that the County should receive an additional $73,000 in taxes based on the 2011 taxable value of $496,973,101 and a millage rate of 6.6679.

2. Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator/Emergency Management

Mr. Loeper presented the resolution to adopt the monthly 9-1-1 surcharge within Gogebic County, which sets the county-based surcharge of $1.00 on all communications service providers beginning July 1, 2011 as allowed under Public Act 379.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution as presented and to set the County-based surcharge of $1.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Loeper also presented an agreement/equipment receipt program for purchases between Houghton County and Gogebic County for federal grant awards through Homeland Security.

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

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Agenda Addition:

3. Keith Johnson, Western U. P. Manpower

Mr. Johnson briefly discussed the 2011 summer youth program. He is hoping that he will have about $360,000 to $400,000 to spend this summer. The plan is to have about the same workers as last year (42). He will present the sites and the number of employees for the Board’s May 11, 2011 regular meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair

(RE: cash advance request)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to table the matter until a firm dollar amount for the requested cash advance is provided for consideration.

2. Michelle M. Holland, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Decision Memos)

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

3. Michael Yon, Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department

(RE: Medical Care Facility tour)

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

4. Carolynne Carlson, Executive Director, GO-CAA

(RE: 2011 Appropriation Release)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the appropriation ($1,200) as requested.

INCREMNETS/LONGEVITY:

1. Mary Ahnen, Chief Deputy, Clerk’s office, two year increment

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

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April 27, 2011

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Bonovetz asked about appearing at a (RAC) Resource Advisory Committee meeting to discuss funding of Black River Road. Melanie Fullman and Commissioner Jacobson discussed how the public can speak at those meetings.

Commissioner Kangas informed everyone that the Fair Board will be accepting deposit cans at the Holiday Station Store in Ironwood to raise funds for the fair this Saturday.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest discussed the road damage that is being done due to people running on the soft roads with pickup trucks.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:40pm.

_________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

May 11, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 27th, 2011 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: Communications #6. Release of the Public Act Two funds; and two items to Other Matters, Committee summary report from the Dal Pra Scholarship committee and a bill to be approved from the technology budget for an update to the live scan fingerprinting system.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. James Loeper, Emergency Management

(RE: Stone Garden Grant program)

Mr. Loeper discussed the Stone Garden Grant program, which provides funding for border security cameras at Little Girls Point and the Black River Harbor. He informed the Board he advertised for bids for the camera systems and received only one bid. Data Consultants from the Lower Peninsula in the amount of $75,901.45. The total grant is approximately $92,000.00. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to approve the bid for security cameras from Data Consultants for $75,901.45.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Loeper introduced Dave Anderson from the Copperwood Project, Orvana Corporation, who briefly discussed the project and introduced their newest employee, Jim Jacques. Jacques and Anderson discussed the possibility of receiving funding assistance from the State in upgrading Highway 519 to the proposed mine site.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Ann Hruska, Dickinson Conservation District, Project Manager

(RE: 2011 Emerald Ash Borer trapping program)

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

2. Darren Poink, P.E. County Road Commission, Engineer/Manager

(RE: compensation)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve the recommended increase in the Road Commissioner’s compensation as follows: monthly salary increased to $125.00/month, regular meeting: $40.00 and out of town meetings: $55.00, regular meeting and special meetings will be paid separately if held on the same day and the mileage rate of $0.51 per mile.

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

NO: (2) Jacobson, Peterson

Motion carried.

3. Albert Garrett, President, AFSCME, Michigan Council 25

(RE: HB 4059)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried on a seven yea – two nay vote to send a letter of support for the opposition to House Bill 4059.

4. Tammy Magiera, Gogebic Medical Care Facility, Activities Director, (RE: National Nursing Home Week Open House)

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. Keweenaw Trails Alliance, Copper harbor Trails Club

(RE: Great lakes Mountain Bike Summit)

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

6. Request from Mark Halkola, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Release of Public Act Two Funds)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to release the Public Act Two funds in the amount of $6,540.50.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

1. Remonumentation Program

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to approve of the budget amendment for the Remonumentation program as presented.

REVENUES

Mich. Survey Remonumentation 101-000-575.00

Increased to $52,397.00 from Zero

EXPENDITURES

Per Diem-Peer Group 101-245-701.02

Increased to $1,800.00 from Zero

Administrative 101-245-702.09

Increased to $7,825.00 from Zero

Contractual Services 101-245-805.02

Increased to $42,772.00 from Zero

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Brad Noren, Technology, presented a bill from Identix Incorporated for an update to the Sheriff Departments Live Scan fingerprinting system. The State now requires palm prints of sex offenders and the system had to be updated. The State provided a $15,000.00 grant for the update, the funds have already been received, and total cost of the system is $18,396.00. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve of the payment.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Committee Summary Report:

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the scholarship applicants from the Wakefield/Marenisco School District and to approve the list of applicants for the Dal Pra Scholarships as presented by the four

Districts in Gogebic County. Sixty Four total scholarship were approved each scholarship is worth $2,000 to first year college students.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

May 25, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 11th, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to summary reports from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee from earlier today regarding the Assessor agreement with the City of Wakefield.

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-------04/27/2011

2. Health and Welfare Committee------------------05/03/2011

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

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------05/04/2011

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept and receive the 2010 Gogebic County Michigan State University Extension Annual Report.

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------05/25/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to approve and authorize signatures on the Assessor Agreement between the City of Wakefield and the County of Gogebic. Melissa Prisbe will perform the duties of Assessor for the City of Wakefield. This agreement will be handled like the contract between the County and Wakefield Township. The County will receive ten percent of the top of the funds.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPEARANCES:

1. Keith Johnson, Michigan Works, Director

(RE: Summer youth job allocation)

Mr. Johnson was in attendance and provided an explanation of the work site requests and as those as recommended. Discussion was then held on the recommended job sites and minor adjustments were made to the 38 job sites for the 2011 summer youth program. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to allocate the 38 job sites as follows:

Gogebic County Road Commission 3 City of Ironwood 1

County Fair 2 Copper Peak 4

Gogebic-Iron Airport 1 Wake/Mare School 4

DOVE Incorporated 1 Ironwood Schools 4

Watersmeet School 4 Bessemer School 3

Ironwood Carnegie Library 1 GCC 5

City of Wakefield 4 Ironwood Twp. 1

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: US Dept. of Transportation, FAA Contracts

and resolution)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to forward the contracts to Corporate Counsel for his approval and he gives his approval, the Chairman is authorized to sign the contracts and to adopt the resolution as presented.

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Foreclosed parcels)

Treasurer Pertile discussed the County’s rights to purchase five foreclosed parcels of property in Gogebic County for the Gogebic County Land Bank Authority prior to the tax sale. One property is located in Bessemer, the Gambles Store building, three are located in the City of Ironwood and one is located in Marenisco Township. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz, that the County of Gogebic exercise their rights and purchase the five parcels for the Gogebic County Land Bank Authority, at their expense for minimum bid with consent of the Cities and Marenisco Township, waiving their rights and on receipt of the monies for each parcel involved.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver, to pay the claims along with the MSU Extension 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
Commissioner Jacobson updated the Board on the most recent R.A.C. meeting in which the committee recommends funding projects to the U.S. Forest Service. $222,000 was recommended to fund 9 proposals.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero mentioned that he has received three thank you letters from recipients of Dal Pra scholarships.

Sheriff Matonich discussed the sidewalk and steps leading up to the main entrance of the jail, repairs are needed.

Commissioner Kangas, chairman of the Personnel and Negotiations Committee would like to set a meeting for the first week of June.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

__________________________ _______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

June 8th, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(May 25th, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes with two corrections,

the motion for the foreclosed parcels to reflect Bonovetz supporting the motion by Oliver, the presented minutes had Oliver supporting his motion, and in Other Matters: 9 proposals were recommended the U S Forest Service not 17.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with two additions:

Equalization Director Tom Novascone will appear to discuss the 2011 tax rate request, and the recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of 6/01/2011.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Equalization Director Tom Novascone

Mr. Novascone discussed the 2011 County Millage Rate with the Board. He mentioned that the County’s 2011 millage rate could be 6.6592 if a Truth in Taxation Public Hearing is held. Without the hearing the County 2011 millage rate would be 6.5478. The County would receive an additional $69,194 with the increased millage rate by holding the hearing. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the Truth in Taxation hearing for June 22, 2011 at 5:00pm.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile

(RE: Land Sale Proceeds)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Treasurer to keep the land sale proceeds in the tax fund until requested to move the $5,000.00 into the general fund.

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2. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile

(RE: Land Bank Authority Purchases)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas, that the County exercise their rights after receiving the monies from the individuals of interest, and the notice from the City of Ironwood and the Charter Township of Ironwood, to purchase the two parcels for the Gogebic County Land Bank Authority, for minimum bid.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. County Administrator, Juliane Giackino

(RE: sidewalk repair proposals)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to request bids for replacement of sidewalks and steps at the Jail and the Courthouse.

4. County Forestry and Parks Director, James Maki

(RE: expiration of term)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the advertising of the upcoming vacancy.

5. Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------------06/01/2011

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac, to authorize the part time position in the Friend of the Court office to full time status.

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

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas, to authorize the half time position in the Treasurer’s office to full time status.

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

NO: (2) Bonovetz, Siirila

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac, to authorize the half time position in the Prosecutor’s office to full time status.

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

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. UPCAP

(RE: Economic Development Alliance)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Jacobson informed the Board that the US Forest Service has approved the funding for the 9 proposals that were recently recommended by the County R.A.C. The total funding is $220,000.00.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

June 22, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following Public Hearing

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:07p.m. by Chairman Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 8, 2011 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 three recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee meeting of earlier 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--------------05/23/2011

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---05/25/2011

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---06/01/2011

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

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---06/22/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin to approve and authorize signatures on the law enforcement agreement between the County and the cities of Bessemer and Wakefield. The agreement provides law enforcement from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to release the 3rd quarter appropriation to the Airport.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting Minutes

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APPEARANCES:

1. Dean Beaudoin, of Joki, Makela, Pollack and Ahonen, LLC.

(RE: 2010 Audit Report)

Mr. Beaudoin presented the 2010 Gogebic County Audit report to the Board. As in the past Beaudoin provided an outline of the audit, which pointed out the key areas in the audit. The County again received a Clean audit opinion. The County Fund Balance at the end of 2010 was $271,947. There were no findings to report that would be considered material weaknesses. Beaudoin answered a few questions from the Board during his 15 minute presentation. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to accept and approve the 2010 Gogebic County Audit report as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Andrew DiGiorgio, Director of Public Safety, Ironwood

(RE: recent fire assistance)

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

2. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Public Act 2 funds)

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

3. Randal D. Charles, Staff Officer, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Title II Projects funding)

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

ADOPTION OF 2011 COUNTY TAX RATE.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to adopt the 2011 Gogebic County tax rate at 6.6679.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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RESOLUTIONS:

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

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

2. UPCAP, regional planning enabling acts

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

3. UPCAP, future mandates in support of HB 4038 & HB 4039

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

4. Forestry and Parks Commission-MDNR Trust Fund

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Gerovac, 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 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
Road Commission engineer/manager Darren Pionk discussed the projects the commission is working on and the future plans for the summer road work with the Board.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to seek an opinion of Corporate Counsel regarding term expiration on the Forestry and Parks Commission.

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 5:47p.m.

______________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes

June 22, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to hear public comment on the proposed increase of .1114 mills in the operating tax millage rate to be levied in 2011. The hearing will take place in the Gogebic County District Courtroom at 200 N. Moore St. Bessemer, MI. 49911

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

Absent: (0) None

Chairman Siirila opened the public hearing at 5pm by reading the purpose of the hearing. He asked for public comment and County Equalization Director Tom Novascone advised the Board because of adjustments made in Watersmeet Township to the taxable value the County could levy the same tax rate as 2010, 6.6679. The adjustment in Watersmeet Township eliminated the Headlee Rollback.

The chairman asked three times for public comment and heard none.

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

___________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2011

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 Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 22nd, 2011 regular meeting minutes and

Truth in Taxation public hearing minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to Other Matters; phone system recommendations and the appointment to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Oreste Chiantello, Public Service Award nominee)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to that anyone wishing to nominate a person should contact the County Administrator or County Clerk with the name of the individual.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by a seven (7) yea – zero (0) nay – one (1) abstain (Pezzetti) voice vote to nominate Don Pezzetti for the award from Gogebic County.

2. Jonathan Mead, Executive Director, UPCAP

(RE: UPAAA FY 2012 Annual Implementation Plan)

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

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

(RE: Beatons Lake Project final decision)

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

4. Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk/Register

(RE: Lake Levels on Cisco Chain)

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

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APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Friend of the Court 2011 allocation

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to release the 2011 Friend of the Court appropriation.

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

NO: (2) Jacobson, Oliver

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGVEITY:

1. Tina Romosz, secretary MSU Extension, 6-month increment

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda addition:

1. Phone System recommendation

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to purchase a new phone system on a lease basis from Strategic Products and Services of Marquette, Michigan. The system is roughly $204 less a month than the current system.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Forestry and Parks Commission appointment

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Kevin Haustein, N11895 Salmi Lane, Bessemer, to the Forestry and Parks Commission.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 27, 2011

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 Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 13, 2011 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 Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along the following additions: recommendations from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements committee and the Finance Budgeting and Auditing committee meetings from earlier today; items added to communications: land bank purchase option and Cisco Chain Dam discussion and in Other Matters the Employee Assistance program renewal.

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-----------------06.20/2011

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------06/22/2011

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------06/23/2011

4. Personnel & Negotiations/Comm. of the Whole--07/13/2011

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

5. Economic Devel. and Capital Improve Comm-----07/27/2011

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to award the sidewalk and steps repair work at the jail and courthouse to Angelo Lupino Inc. in amount of $14,150.00. Two bids were received by the deadline, Lupino’s and Ruotsala Concrete, Ruotsala’s bid was $14,850.00. The funds for the work will be taken from the tax sale surplus, building and grounds budget and the workers compensation audit refund. The city of Bessemer will provide half the cost of materials for repairs to the sidewalk in front of the Jail.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac, to have the Courthouse Building waterproofed and repaired on the southeast corner of the building if funds can be secured; a bid for $5,100.00 was received from Kay Hill Masonry of Presque Isle, Wisconsin.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

6. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------07/27/2011

A motion was made Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve of the pre-paid vouchers for the Fair in amount of $39,560.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Ramona Collins, Register of Deeds, 20 years

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. County Treasurer Sue Pertile

(RE: Land bank sale)

Pertile presented to the Board a property in the City of Ironwood, (206 W. Ridge) that was foreclosed on and the County Land Bank would like to purchase the building before the tax sale. A neighbor is willing to purchase the property. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to have the County exercise their rights after receiving the monies from the individual of interest, to purchase the one parcel for the Gogebic County Land Bank Authority for minimum bid.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Cisco Chain Dam discussion (tabled from July 13, 2011 meeting.)

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

Commissioner Peterson opened the discussion on the County possibly taking ownership of the Cisco Lake Chain Dam.

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Regular Meeting Minutes

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Chairman Siirila read a letter from Watersmeet Township Supervisor, Frank Kuchevar, regarding the taxable value of the Cisco Chain of Lakes and its impact on the County if the lake levels are not maintained at the current level. Wes Kiley representing the Cisco Chain Riparian Owners Association discussed a plan that would allow the County to attain ownership. Lengthy discussion followed and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel Richard Adams.

RESOLUTIONS: There was none.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids, and to exclude the $210.42 on the Bob Halvorson card from the Wells Fargo bill until the items purchased can be identified, and make them apart of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to renew the contract with the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency for the employee assistance program.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Roy D’Antonio briefly spoke in favor the County working out a way to purchase the Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam.

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 5:30p.m.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2011

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 Siirila.

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(July 27, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two items added to Other Matters; Jim Loeper to discuss a grant and to set a date to tour the Cisco Chain of Lakes.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sheriff Pete Matonich

(RE: authorization to purchase)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve of the vendor Snethkamp Dodge of Lansing for the purchase of the USDA Rural Development Grant vehicle and to approve the purchase of a second vehicle through the General Fund budget.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Mark D. Halkola, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Public Act 2 funds)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the funds if the County has received the funds from the State for the Public Act 2 funds for April-June, 2011.

OTHER MATTERS
Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Loeper informed the Board he was notified the County was awarded a $130,000 grant through the Northwest Wisconsin Planning Commission to build a Haz-Mat materials receiving building in Gogebic County. The Building will be located at the Gogebic Range Solid Waste complex and will be 76 by 76.

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Regular Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2011

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He will meet with the Solid Waste people to discuss all the details and will report back to the Board.

Commissioner Peterson discussed a tour of the Cisco Chain of Lakes that is being arraigned by Watersmeet Township representatives. The tour will be set in the next week or so depending on the scheduling of the commissioners. It was tentatively set for August 17th or the 19th.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

_______________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 24, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (2) Gerovac, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 10, 2011 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 an addition to communications: a budget amendment to the sheriff budget; in Other Matters: Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam information from Corporate Counsel, and recommendations from the Finance meeting of earlier today regarding tax rolls, a letter to the State Treasury and the Chairman signature on the 416 secondary road patrol application.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Wes Kiley, representing the Cisco Chain of Lakes organization provided information on the Dam to the board members and once again discussed their proposal and partnership with Gogebic County to purchase the Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam, which is located in Watersmeet Township.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Health and Welfare Committee-------------------07/25/2011

2. Economic Development and Capital Improv.-------07/27/2011

3. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee------07/27/2011

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Norman Nass, Ottawa National Forest, District Ranger

(RE: cross country ski trail)

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

2. State Representative Matt Huuki

(RE: MDNR Trust Fund Grant)

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

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August 24, 2011

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3. Cheri Arwood, Executive Administrator, Governor’s office

(RE: submitted resolutions to Governor’s office)

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

4. Sheriff Pete Matonich

(RE: S.W.A.T. Team demo)

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

5. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: CEDS and annual projects submission)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting on Friday, August 26 at 10am.

Agenda Addition:

6. Sheriff Pete Matonich

(RE: Budget Amendment)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to amend the Sheriff Budget to reflect an increase of $10,000.00 in his vehicle line item 101-301-978.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Suicide Prevention Week

A motion was made by Peterson, 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 Jacobson, supported by Kangas 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 and pre-paids as presented and make them a part of minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Matonich needed approval from the Board to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the 416 secondary road patrol fiscal year 2012 application. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the application.

The communication from Corporate Counsel Richard regarding the Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam.

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

Discussion followed on the matter and then a motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Mr. Adams more time to research this matter and also give him a copy of the information Mr. Kiley provided to the Board.

Recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to strike delinquent personal property taxes from the tax rolls from the City Bessemer and Ironwood and the Charter Township of Ironwood. The loss to the County would be approximately $12,000.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator to send a letter to the State Treasurer regarding the new policy for late filings fees for the qualifying statements required to filed under Act 34 of 2001.

Clerk Pelissero presented a Stop and Remember September 11, 2001 resolution. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution and post it in the Courthouse as well as on the County Website.

Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board that today the Retirement Commission met and she gave a brief update on the pension fund. Pertile also informed the Board on the annual tax sale will be held on Saturday, August 27th in Calumet, Michigan with registration at 11 a.m. EST.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly updated 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 5:43p.m.

_____________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 14, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 24, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with a budget amendment added to Other Matters for the emergency management budget.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Equalization Director, Tom Novascone

(RE: 2011 Tax rates)

Mr. Novascone discussed the 2011 tax rates for extra voted millage in the County. The millage rate request for the County transit, senior programs and animal control will be levied for the maximum allowed and Novascone is waiting to hear from Bob Dunn, Administrator of the Medical Care Facility on the final millage rate for M.O.E. and the building and site. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the September 28th, 2011 meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Patti Hagstrom, Office Manager, County Road Commission

(RE: Public Hearing seasonal roads)

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

2. Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Agency

(RE: Thank You)

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

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3. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: County Audit)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to advertise for the audit bids for the next three years. Discussion followed on whether the County should advertise or just continue with the current company and negotiate a price with them. Peterson rescinded his motion and Jacobson rescinded his support, a motion was then made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to table the matter until the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing committee meeting of September 28th.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

Budget Amendment for Emergency Management

Jim Loeper presented a budget amendment for the 2009 Stone Garden Grant from Home Land Security in the amount of $81,741.00. The funds will used to provide security cameras at the Little Girls Point and the Black River Harbor. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to approve of the budget amendment.

Revenue

101-000-554.00 Federal Grant increased from zero to $81,741.00

Expenditure

101-426-977.00 Equipment increased from $3,000 to $84,741.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Mr. Wes Kiley spoke to the Board on the Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam issue again, commenting that the option to purchase the Dam expires in October. He informed any Board member that he would be available to answer any questions about the Dam. Chairman Siirila informed Kiley that a few Board members recently looked at the Dam site.

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Darren Poink, engineer/manger of the Road Commission informed the Board the commission has a lot of pictures of the Dam that may help answer some questions on the structure. He also discussed the funding that has been approved to upgrade County road 519, from M-28 out to Lake Superior. Orvana Corporation is providing up front funding for the replacement of 38 culverts along the road, with the major portion of the project to begin in 2013 if Orvana receives its mine permit. If the mining permit is denied the road upgrade will not be completed.

Donna Scorse, Director of the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce, mentioned that the Chamber will be making a donation to the Gogebic-Iron County Airport with the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle that the Chamber held in conjunction with the airport’s fly in last weekend.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

September 28, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 14, 2011 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 Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters: a budget amendment for the sheriff department.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports:

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------08/24/2011

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

2. Personnel & Negotiations/Committee of the Whole-—08/26/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to fund the purchase of the new County phone system through the Delinquent Tax Revolving Loan Fund at 2% over a five year period.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

1. Cisco Chain of Lakes Representatives

Dave McDonald Jr. appeared before the Board to represent the Cisco Chain Riparian Owners Association (CCROA) and gave background information on the organization’s almost 50 year history. Once again he requested the Board to partner with CCROA and work together to formulate an agreement to purchase the Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam located in Watersmeet Township. McDonald asked the Board to consider the lease option with CCROA, if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the transfer title of the Dam from UPPCO to the County or CCROA.

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Corporate Counsel Richard Adams submitted options to the Board. One would be to stay out it for the time being and see if CCROA is able to obtain approval from FERC for the transfer of the ownership of the Dam to CCROA. The second option is to get involved and pursue the lease agreement and ownership of the Dam.

Lengthy discussion followed the presentation of McDonald, Adams and Wes Kiley of CCROA.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Pezzetti, to allow Mr. Adams and Mr. McDonald to work together on a contract that would be acceptable to County Board and CCROA on the transfer of ownership of Cisco Chain of Lakes Dam from UPPCO.

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

NO: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent; Michigan Works! Job Force Board)

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

2. Duane DuRay, Airport Manager

(RE: 4th Quarter Appropriation release)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson, to release the 4th Quarter appropriation to the Airport.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Resolutions for Consideration)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to adopt the resolutions, discussion followed and Oliver rescinded his motion and Morin rescinded his support, then a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

2. Michigan Association of Counties

(RE: opposition to repeal of personal property tax)

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

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Holly Johnson, 6 month increment Prosecutor’s office

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

ADOPTION OF 2011 TAX RATE FOR COUNTYWIDE MILLAGES

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to adopt the 2011 County millage as presented. County allocated at 6.6679, Medical Care Facility M.O.E. at .6000, Medical Care Facility Building and Site at .4000, Animal Control at .2000 and Senior Programs at .5989 and the County Transit at .3226.

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 Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti 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 approve of four additions:

A bill for repairs to the County van from Ricks Muffler in the amount of $132.00; to approve of three payroll related bills from District Court for transcripts for Julie Osterman for $42.30 and on call hours for Osterman ($210.00) and Brenda Aili-Angus ($215.00).

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac, to amend the Sheriff budget to reflect an increase of $9,000.00 from the USDA grant for a vehicle purchase.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2011

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 Siirila.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 28th, 2011 regular meeting)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters, the MSU Extension Agreement.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: GASB 54)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented. (Adopted resolution is attached to minutes.)

Dave Sebastian, President, Lake States Lumber Association
(RE: National Forest resolution)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried on a 7 yea – 1 nay voice vote to adopt the resolution.

Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Notice of Intent - Iron County Dispatch)

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

Jim Loeper, Emergency Manager
(RE: Homeland security grant with Houghton County)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to approve and authorize the chairman and clerks signatures on the contracts with Houghton County.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Suzanne Schafer, administrator Local Audit
(RE: letter sent to Governor)

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

Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest)
(RE: Land O’Lakes Cross Country Ski Trail)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda addition:

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the MSU Extension Memorandum of Agreement off the table and refer the matter to the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting on October 26th at 4:30 pm.

Commissioners Jacobson, Pezzetti and Kangas briefly discussed the meetings they attended regarding the Copperwood mining project presented by Orvana Resources.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:12 p.m.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 12th, 2011 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 two additions: an appearance by Mine Inspector Ralph Christensen and a recommendation from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee of earlier 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-------------9/18/11

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

2. Personnel & Negot. Committee/Comm. Of the Whole----10/12/11

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

APPEARANCES:

Tom Novascone, Equalization Director
(RE: 2011 Apportionment Report)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2011 Millage Apportionment Report and the 2011 Tax Rate Request. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to approve of the 2011 Millage Apportionment Report and the 2011 Tax Rate as follows:

County allocated at 6.6679, Medical Care Facility M.O.E. at .3727, Medical Care Facility Building and Site at .4000, Animal Control at .2000 and Senior Programs at .5989 and the County Transit at .3226.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Agenda Addition:

APPEARANCE:

Mine Inspector Ralph Christensen
Mr. Christensen gave the Board an update on the existing issues with the safety of abandoned mine shafts within the County. Christensen detailed a few compliance issues in Bessemer Township and in the City of Ironwood. The difficulties he faces are the same throughout

Upper Michigan, when he discusses public safety in and around old mining areas. After his presentation, which lasted about 15 minutes, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to send letters to the Municipalities that were identified by Christensen with public safety concerns at old mining areas, and to ask the City or Township to address the issue as soon as possible to protect the public from danger and injury.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Richard Adams, Corporate Counsel
(RE: Cisco Lake Dam update)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to receive the communication and place it on file, and to allow Mr. Adams and Mr. McDonald to continue to work on the matter.

RESOLUTIONS:

There were none.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin, to pay the claims as presented 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.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition: Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee recommendation.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for Audit services for the County for a three year period.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Pat Kitzman spoke on the Timber cutting programs on the Ottawa and Hiawatha National Forests.

Chairman Siirila invited everyone to the HOPE animal shelter fund raiser this Sunday from 4 to 8 pm at the Breakwater Restaurant in Ironwood.

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 5:40p.m.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 9, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (2) Oliver, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (October 26, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions; a recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee on the Fair Board appointments and a change to the second meeting this month.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Timothy McGuire, MAC, Executive Director
(RE: National Forest Resolution)

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

Timothy McGuire, MAC, Executive Director
(RE: Personal property tax resolution)

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

Kevin Gardner, Office of the Governor Rick Snyder
(RE: Personal property tax resolution)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Kimberly Martin, Treasurer office, six month increment

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

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee:

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint the following people to the Gogebic County Fair Board:

Jim Gribble, Kathy Jo Koval and Art Soborowicz.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the second meeting of November to November 30th at 5:00pm, preceded by the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting at 4:30pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:09p.m.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 9th, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to committee summary reports #5 the recommendation from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing meeting of earlier 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--------------10/24/2011

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---10/26/2011

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

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---11/02/2011

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the fee schedule from the Data Processing Manager to be effective 1/1/2012.

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee -------11/09/2011

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

Agenda Addition:

5. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee--11/30/2011

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to approve a line item transfer within the Sheriff department budget, $12,600 from contractual services to vehicle.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to award the County Audit to Gabridge & Company from Grand Rapids for a three year contract. The cost in the first year of contract is $15,100.00. The only other bid received was from Joki, Makela, Pollack & Ahonen at a cost of $39,000 in the first year.

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

NO: (3) Gerovac, Oliver, Siirila

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Annual CEDS Report)

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

Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Notice of Intent by WUPPDR)

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

Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, W.U.P.S.A.S.
(RE: release of Public Act 2 Funds)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act 2 funds in the amount of $3,975.00.

United States Senator Carl Levin
(RE: Timber Sales in the National Forests)

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

Gogebic County Land Authority
(RE: Intergovernmental Agreement)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the Land Bank Authority Agreement and authorize the chairman’s signature on the documents.

Bobbi Jo Ferguson, Acting Director, Gogebic/Iron/Ont. DHS
(RE: term expiration on DHS Board)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise to fill the vacancy.

Joel Massie, Gogebic County EDC member
(RE: EDC dissolution)

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

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Richard Adams, Corporate Counsel
(RE: opinion on EDC dissolution)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to dissolve the Gogebic County Economic Development Commission.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Deanna Kennedy, 6 month increment, Friend of the Court

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

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Mary Taddeucci, Administrative Assistant, WUPPDR

(RE: prior considered resolutions, R.P.F. on 9/28/11)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to adopt a resolution which supports the WUPPDR resolution supporting the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance as the Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council Lead Entity.

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 Gerovac, 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 Gerovac to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and to make them apart of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2011

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OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila spoke briefly on the Ironwood City Commission meeting he attended regarding the mine shaft safety issue letter that was recently sent to the City.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

The new Bessemer City manager, Mike Uskiewicz, introduced himself to the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

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

______________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (2) Morin, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 30th, 2011 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions to Other Matters: Approval of the Memorandum of Agreement with MSU, Public hearing date for the 2012 Gogebic County General Fund Budget and approval of signatures on the EDC bank accounts.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Lisa Klaus, Ottawa National Forest Public Affairs Staff Officer (Re: Introduction of Tony Scardina – Forest Supervisor).

Mr. Scardina introduced himself to the Board and briefly discussed his goal to closely work with the Board on forest issues in the County.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency

(Re: Public Act 2 funds)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Memorandum of Agreement with Michigan State University.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to authorize the chairman’s signature on the Memorandum of Agreement with MSU for 2012.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac, to set the Public Hearing for the 2012 General Fund Budget at 5:00pm on December 28th, 2011.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to authorize the Clerk and the Treasurer to sign all bank accounts that were formally held by the Gogebic County Economic Development Commission, which was dissolved recently.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman addressed the Board on projects on the Ottawa, which included security cameras at the Harbor and timber sales in the Little Beatons lake area.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes

December 28th, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
2012 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the proposed 2012 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. The proposed budget has revenues of $6,216,240.44 and expenditures of $6,216,240.44.

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

Absent: (0) None

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

Chairman Siirila read the purpose of the Public Hearing and then asked three times for public comment on the 2012 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. He heard no one.

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

_____________________________ __________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 28, 2011

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:02p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 14th, 2011 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing committee of earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------11/30/11
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to assess the data processing fee schedule applicable to the Forestry and Parks Commission, Road Commission and the Airport effective January 1, 2012.
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to opt out of PA 152 effective January 1, 2012.
Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------12/14/11
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote receive the report and place it on file.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee------------12/21/11
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Treasurer to proceed with filling the vacancy including the posting process through the union of the deputy treasurer position; if no one is interested, she is authorized to advertise.
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to table the location of District Court Probation/Collections positions.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 28, 2011

Page Two

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by a seven yea- one nay and one abstain to appoint Marie Kangas to the Department of Human Services Board effectively immediately.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-------12/28/11
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported Gerovac by to adopt the 2012 Gogebic County Special Revenue Funds.

2012 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS BUDGET

REVENUES BUDGET

Federal Grants $326,323

Taxes $260,898

State Grants $ 30,900

Local Contributions $ 0

Services $205,000

Interest and Rents $ 0

Other $343,800

TOTAL $1,166,921

EXPENDITURES

Judicial $ 24,000

Public Safety $339,600

Health and Welfare $570,200

Recreation and Culture $ 97,000

Capital Outlay $ 1,000

Miscellaneous $260,898

TOTAL $1,292,698

($125,777)

Transfers In $125,777

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 Minutes

December 28, 2011

Page Three

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson to adopt the 9-1-1 budget for 2012 with revenues of $319,539.00 and expenditures of $319,539.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

County Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: Land Bank Agreement)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the proper signatures on the Intergovernmental agreement.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote appoint commissioner Pezzetti to the Land Bank Authority Board.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Amanda Parker, 3 years, Administrator office
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the three year increment.

ADOPTION OF 2012 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2012 Gogebic County Appropriations Act.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2012 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to adopt the 2012 Gogebic County General Fund Budget, with the revenues at $6,216,240.44 and expenditures at $6,216,240.44.

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 Minutes

December 28, 2011

Page Four

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:14pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

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