2012 Regular Meeting Minutes

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

January 11, 2012

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, Kangas, Morin Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Jacobson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (December 28th, 2011 regular meeting and public hearing minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

ELECTION OF BOARD VICE-CHAIRMAN

Bonovetz with support from Kangas nominated Commissioner Bob Morin. No other nominations were heard, a motion was then made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Bob Morin as the Vice-Chairman for 2012.

APPEARANCES: (none)

COMMUNICATIONS:

Duane DuRay, Airport Manager
(RE: release of 2012 1st and 2nd appropriation)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to release the first and second quarter 2012 appropriation for the airport.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Duane DuRay, Airport Manager
(RE: Parallel taxiway; resolution and contracts for

signatures)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution and authorize the proper signatures on the contracts.

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Duane DuRay, Airport Manager
(RE: Coordination Parallel taxiway extension Phase 1 design and resolution and contracts for signatures)

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

Duane DuRay, Airport Manager
(RE: resolution and contracts Planning Services Mead & Hunt)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution and authorize the proper signatures on the contracts.

Raymond Brown, Treasurer, Gog. Co. Econ. Dev. Corp.
(RE: resignation)

Neil Beckman, Gogebic County Economic Development Corp.
(RE: resignation)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the resignations of Brown and Beckman from the County Economic Development Corporation.

Juliane Giackino, County Administrator
(RE: Merit Network, Inc. Fiber optic Network agreement)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to enter into agreement with Merit Network Inc.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Melanie Fullman, Bessemer District Ranger, O. N. F.
(RE: Narrows Creek project)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the Narrows creek project.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Matonich requested a third credit card for his department. He said on some occasions there are three different trips which require a credit card to be taken for official County business. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of a third credit card for the sheriff department and it will be in Sgt. Jay Kangas’ name with a $2,000.00 limit.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero requested board approval to purchase 7,000 forever stamps before the January 23rd increase of one cent for a first class stamp. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the purchase.

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Commissioner Kangas briefly discussed a joint meeting recently to discuss the funding problems U.P. Road Commissions are having, the meeting was with State Senator Tom Casperson.

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 5:33pm.

______________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

January 25, 2012

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, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 11th, 2012 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: three recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee of earlier today and in Communications add #5, The 2011 Sheriff Department activity report.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------12/28/2011
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Personnel and Negotiations Committee---------01/19/2012
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to proceed with the long term process to occupy the office space at the annex, adapt it for computer usage and purchase two laptops at the most reasonable price available.
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to participate as the Equalization Director of Keweenaw County.
Agenda Addition:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------01/25/2012
A motion was made by Oliver supported by Gerovac, to release the 2012 appropriation to the Gogebic County Community Action Agency in the amount of $5,000.00 and receive the communication and place it on file.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac, to amend the Emergency Management Budget as follows:

Revenue

101-000-554.00

State Grant—Stone Garden

Increased from $0.00 to $30,000.00

Expenditure

101-426-977.00

Equipment

Increased from $2,500.00 to $32,500.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin, to approve of Big Valley Ford Mercury of Ewen, Michigan as the vendor for the USDA Grant for the purchase of a sheriff department vehicle and approve the bid of $26,663.00 for the purchase of the Ford All-Wheel Drive vehicle.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood)

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

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Borrowing resolution for 2011 tax settlement)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin, to adopt the resolution as presented. The resolution will be kept on file in the Treasurer’s office.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Jonathan Mead, U.P. 9-1-1 Authority
(RE: County Rep. on U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Loeper to the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board for a three year term.

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Jim Mildren, Director, County Transit
(RE: Transit millage ballot language)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to agree to place Transit Millage renewal proposal on the August 7th, 2012 election ballot. Formal ballot language will be presented later this year for Board approval.

2011 Sheriff department report
Sheriff Peter Matonich presented the 2011 Sheriff Department activity report. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

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 Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti, to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and to include the bill from Section 12 LLC. in the amount of $26.98 for an oil change from 101-265-933.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas mentioned that he is hearing that the State Legislators are once again talking about the elimination of Revenue Sharing and mentioned we need to watch this closely again.

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 5:25p.m.

_____________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 8th, 2012

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 25th, 2012 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 recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: 2011 Land Bank Authority Report)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Personnel & Negotiations Committee -----------02/08/2012

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Sheriff Matonich to replace Undersheriff Ross Solberg while he is deployed to Afghanistan for active military duty, at the sheriffs’ discretion.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried to allow the buyback of vacation time within the sheriff department in 2012 on a one year trial period as soon as an employee has used 40 hours of vacation.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to allow Melissa Prisbe to pursue the classes to earn her Level 3 Assessor title. The expenses for the classes will be paid for out of the Equalization budget.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPOINTMENTS:

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Carrie Hampston and William McMullin to the Gogebic County Transit Board.

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 5:06pm.

_____________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

February 8th, 2012

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 25th, 2012 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 recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: 2011 Land Bank Authority Report)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Personnel & Negotiations Committee -----------02/08/2012

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Sheriff Matonich to replace Undersheriff Ross Solberg while he is deployed to Afghanistan for active military duty, at the sheriffs’ discretion.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried to allow the buyback of vacation time within the sheriff department in 2012 on a one year trial period as soon as an employee has used 40 hours of vacation.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Jacobson to allow Melissa Prisbe to pursue the classes to earn her Level 3 Assessor title. The expenses for the classes will be paid for out of the Equalization budget.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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APPOINTMENTS:

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Carrie Hampston and William McMullin to the Gogebic County Transit Board.

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 5:06pm.

_____________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 14, 2012

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

Absent: (1) Jacobson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 22, 2012 regular Board 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 along with one addition to Other Matters; a change to the March 28th, 2012 regular meeting.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Missy Lane, Gogebic County CMHA
(RE: Amended By-Laws)

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

Ashley Curtis, WUPPDR
(RE: U.P. Link project, Video Conferencing)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the UP Link grant application by WUPPDR.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Gogebic County

(Re: Gogebic County-Nurse Aide Training Program)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to adopt the Resolution as agreed to by the County Board, Michigan Works and Gogebic Community College.

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GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2012-03-01

Whereas the Gogebic Medical Care Facility (hereinafter GMCF) has requested the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners (hereinafter County) to adopt the following resolution:

1. Whereas the County is the owner of the GMCF which is managed by a board appointed by the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners.

2. Whereas the County and GMCF are in need of a nurses’ aide training program that is recognized and approved by the State of Michigan.

3. Whereas GMCF is requesting the County to approve a name change and a change in the management structure of its current program.

4. Whereas the current name of the program is the “Gogebic Medical Care Facility-Nurse Aide Training Program” which was previously managed by the Western U.P. Manpower Consortium.

5. Whereas GMCF requests this Board for its permission to change the name to the “Gogebic County-Nurse Aide Training Program” to be managed by Manpower (Michigan Works).

6. Whereas the County Board has been advised that the management of this program was approved on February 16, 2012 by Manpower (Michigan Works).

7. Whereas the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners recognizes that having a duly accredited nurses’ aide training program is important to the residents of Gogebic County.

8. Whereas the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the name change and management change provided for above.

9. Whereas, none of the foregoing should be construed as the County Board disparaging Gogebic Community College’s Nursing Aid Program, which the Board also recognizes as being important to the residents of Gogebic County.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Jay Holm, 10 year Longevity, Maintenance

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the second meetings for March from the 28th to the 29th, with the finance meeting at 4:30pm, followed by the regular Board meeting at 5:00pm. The change was due to a possible lack of a quorum on the 28th because of the MAC conference.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Mike Erdman, MSU Director District #1 was in attendance and gave an update on the MSU Extension activities so far in 2012. He said 82 of 83 Counties have signed the Memorandum of Agreements for 2012. He also discussed some of the personnel and programs changes in the District.

Melanie Fullman, district ranger of the Ottawa National Forest briefly updated the Board.

Chairman Siirila mentioned he informed representatives of Gogebic Taconite Corporation that they will have the County Board’s support if they pursue any mining activity in Gogebic County.

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 5:17p.m.

__________________________ __________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

March 29th, 2012

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

Absent: (1) Jacobson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 14, 2012 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 two additions to Other Matters. An LEPC grant application and a letter of support for a grant for the city of Bessemer’s Bluff Valley Park.

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----02/22/2012

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

2. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee--------03/08/2012

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to award 38 scholarships to the Ironwood Area Schools, Five scholarships to the Wakefield/Marenisco Schools, 22 scholarships to the Bessemer Area Schools and Eight scholarships to the Watersmeet Schools, for a total of 73, which is based on a percentage of the total 2012 Gogebic County senior class enrollment.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Dickinson County Board of Commissioners
(RE: USPS changes)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to draft a similar letter to representative Benishek opposing both the closure of the Ramsay Post Office and the Kingsford mail processing facility.

Anthony Scardina, US Forest Service
(RE: Black Ash Wetlands Research Project)

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

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Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: 2011 Tax Settlement report)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to approve of the 2011 Tax Settlement as presented by Treasurer Pertile and authorize the release of the funds to the municipalities for total of $387,990.07.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Trevor Friedeberg, Michigan Energy Office
(RE: energy assistance)

A motion was made by Bonovetz to receive the communication and place it on file, without a support Bonovetz withdrew his motion. A motion was then made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to send a letter seeking technical assistance to determine suitability of the County buildings to save energy.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Holly D. Johnson, one year increment Prosecutor’s office

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Bonovetz, a member the County LEPC committee, discussed a grant application through the State of Michigan for the cleanup of Haz-Mat materials in the County. The grant is for $15,600 and includes a local match, which could be paid through in-kind services. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the application and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the grant application.

Clerk Pelissero presented a request from the City of Bessemer for a letter of support for their passport grant application seeking funds to replace aging playground equipment and the Boy Scout trial and fitness stations. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer District, briefly discussed the activity at the Black River harbor, and the fact that we are in an early fire danger season.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:17p.m.

______________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2012

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) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 29, 2012 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented all with three additions. An appearance by Keith Johnson of Michigan Works, MSU Extension 2011 annual report and Michigan wolf management issues.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

District Court probation officer and collections officer
(RE: progress report)

Jason Weston, Probation officer for the 98th District Court presented to the Board his first quarterly report. Since Weston began his position he has 191 active cases with 286 counts of probationers. He discussed his plans, the process and the progress so far. He answered a few questions from the Board.

John Petranek, Collections officer for the 98th District Court presented his first quarterly report to the Board. He also discussed his plans for collecting the unpaid fines and costs for the County. He will seek collections going back to 2000. He mentioned there was approximately $175,000.00 to be collected. He answered a few questions from the Board.

Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator
(RE: 9-1-1 surcharge approval)

Mr. Loeper discussed the recommendation from the 9-1-1 committee to once again set the 9-1-1 surcharge on all communication devices in the County as permitted under P.A. 379 of 2008. This surcharge would be the same as 2011, $1.00 per device. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas, that beginning July 1, 2012 Gogebic County’s monthly county-based surcharge be set at $1.00 per device.

(The 9-1-1 Resolution on file in Clerk’s office)

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

Keith Johnson, Michigan Works
Mr. Johnson was not present at time of his appearance, if Mr. Johnson shows up before the meeting is adjourned the Board will hear his presentation.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood; sewer)

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

Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Notice of Intent, City of Ironwood; water)

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

MSU Extension 2011 Annual Report
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the report as presented.

RESOLUTIONS/POLICY:

Fair Housing Policy
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Fair Housing Policy as presented and have the Chairman sign the document.

(The policy follows the minutes)

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Patti Ikola, Treasurer’s Office, 15 year longevity

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

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the longevity and increment as requested.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila discussed the underfunding by the Michigan DNR to management the wolf population now that the grey wolf is no longer on the endangered and protected list. The State of Michigan is now in charge of managing the population. The State has allocated $20,000.00 for the management and the Board is very concerned with the low amount.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to send letters of concern to our State Legislators, all of the U.P. Counties and MAC regarding this matter.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest, discussed a 50 acre fire that happened over the weekend in Watersmeet Township, which required lots manpower and a tanker plane to control the fire.

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 5:45pm.

_____________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

April 25, 2012

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, Oliver, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (1) Pezzetti

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 11, 2012 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 of the agenda as presented along with two additions: a fifth communication and a mine inspector issue added to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------03/29/2012
Health and Welfare Committee-----------------04/16/2012
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.

APPEARANCES:

Equalization Director, Tom Novascone, 2012 Equalization
Report

Mr. Novascone presented the 2012 Gogebic County Equalization Report. The 2012 County Equalized Value is $735,533,101.00 and the County taxable value for 2012 is $507,109,592.00, which equals a 2.1% increase, and approximately a $10,756,338.00 increase in taxable value compared to 2011. After the presentation the County Classification were adopted as presented by Novascone.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the 2012 CEV of Gogebic County Agricultural Real Property at $927,312.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the 2012 CEV of Gogebic County Commercial Real Property at $63,510,126.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the 2012 CEV of Gogebic County Industrial Real Property at $10,008,856.

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the 2012 CEV of Gogebic County Residential Real Property at $570,041,795.

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A motion was made by Morin, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the 2012 CEV for Gogebic County Timber Cutover Real Property at $30,067,789.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the 2012 CEV for Gogebic County Personal Property at $60,978,493.

COMMUNICATIONS:

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

(RE: special use permit projects; Bessemer District)

2. Anthony Scardina, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa Nat’l Forest

(RE: Two Forest wide special use permit projects)

3. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest)

(RE: special use permit projects Watersmeet District)

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

(RE: Decision Memo Narrows Creek Restoration Project)

Agenda Addition:

5. Marlanea French-Pombier, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Public meeting notice, Interior Healthy Forest

Restoration Project)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
The Mine Inspector issue, Ralph Christensen, County Mine Inspector presented his resignation as the Mine Inspector effective May 1, 2012. He sighted the challenges with mine safety caused by a 100 year old statue not requiring the recordation of mineral right transfers and the lack of effective legal enforcement capabilities, among the reasons for his resignation. The Board had questions and concerns with what Christensen’s resignation would do the pending projects and mine safety issues in the County. Chairman Siirila will contact Christensen to discuss his letter of resignation.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman notified the Board that the boat launch at Black River harbor will be closed Monday April 30 for about a week to complete the boat launch improvement project.

Darrin Pionk, engineer/manager for Road Commission informed the Board that the road improvement project for County Road 519 will begin on May 7th and last about four weeks depending on the weather. It will require the road being closed to traffic Monday thru Thursdays; emergency vehicles will have access when necessary.

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 5:42pm.

______________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 9th, 2012

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 25th, 2012 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 Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: summary report from the DalPra scholarship committee, and two items added to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Personnel & Negotiations Comm./Comm. of the Whole 05/01/12

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Sheriff to fill a permanent position within the department as well as a temporary full time position.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to adopt a policy stating there shall be no animals within the Courthouse or County buildings (with the exception of H.O.P.E. unless it is for medical or lawful purposes.) The policy will be posted in all buildings.

2. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee---------------05/08/12

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the list of 71 recipients for the 2012-13 academic college year. The list will remain confidential until all schools hold their award ceremonies.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and a carried by unanimous voice vote that the individual going to the U.S. Army National Guard for the fall semester be entitled to the scholarship monies for 2 semesters of college immediately following the military training. From this point forward, it will be policy that an eligible individual under the scholarship process be entitled to two semesters of college immediately following the military training period.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Russ Mason, Chief, MDNR Wildlife Division
(RE: response to Wolf management letter)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter. Chairman Siirila is seeking more information on the issue.

Kim Stoker, Executive Director WUPPDR
(RE: Notice of Intent: WUPPDR Biomass crop assistance)

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

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Land Sale proceeds account)

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

Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register
(RE: Ballot language for Primary Election: Aug 7, 2012)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac to adopt the GO-CAA senior program language as presented and place the language on the August 7, 2012 ballot and to request an opinion from Corporate Counsel on the Transit language to see if the word increased in the text of the language can be changed to renewed.

PROPOSITION TO LEVY SIX-TENTHS (0.60) MILL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC-ONTONAGON COMMUNITY ACTION-AGENCY SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAMS IN GOGEBIC COUNTY FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2012-2015 YEARS, INCLUSIVE.

Shall the ad valorem taxes collected on all property within the County of Gogebic be renewed for said county by 0.60 mill ($0.60 per $1,000.00 of state taxable value) for a period of four years, 2012 through 2015 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the operation of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency Senior Citizens Programs in Gogebic County; and shall the County of Gogebic levy such renewal in millage for such purposes during such period, which renewal will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $304,266.00 (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 2000-2011 and represents a renewal of that millage rather than an increase.)

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero informed the Board of a public hearing to be held by the Charter Township of Ironwood on May 24, 2012 regarding a temporary hot asphalt plant in the township.

Pelissero also presented a budget amendment request from Sheriff Pete Matonich. He received the funds from the U.S.D.A. in the amount of $10,000 which helped with the purchase of a squad vehicle. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to amend the budgets as presented.

Revenues

USDA Grant 101-000-526.00 increased from $0.00 to $10,000.00

Expenditures

Vehicle 101-301-978.00 increased from $10,000.00 to $20,000.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

County Road Engineer/Manager Darren Pionk briefly addressed the Board on the County road 519 work schedules, the work on replacement of culverts and tree removal will begin on May 14th and should take about 3 to 4 weeks to complete. Traffic will be detoured during the project.

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest, informed the Board that the boat launch at Black River Harbor will reopen this Thursday afternoon after the repairs are completed.

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.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

May 23rd, 2012

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 9th, 2012 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 Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions: two recommendations from the finance committee meeting, an appearance by Keith Johnson from Michigan Works and one item added to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------04/25/2012
Personnel & Negotiations Committee-----------05/09/2012
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one and two and place them on file.

APPEARANCES:

Tom Novascone, County Equalization Director
RE: Summer tax levy

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2012 summer millage levy for Gogebic County. Novascone mentioned that the County is subject to a Truth in Taxation reduction for 2012. The Board can set the same millage of 6.6679 but would have to hold a Truth in Taxation public hearing. A second option is to set the 2012 summer millage at anything less than 2011 millage rate. Discussion was held and then a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to set the 2012 summer tax millage rate at 6.6678 for Gogebic County.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Keith Johnson, Michigan Works Director
RE: Summer Youth Program

Mr. Johnson discussed the summer youth program for Gogebic County, Gogebic County municipalities and other organizations requested a total of 50 positions. Michigan Works can only fill 30 of those requests. The jobs are for youth ages 14-21, and jobs vary by age group and organization. After discussion on the program, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to fill the slots as follows:

Gogebic Community College 4 City of Wakefield 3

City of Ironwood 1 Watersmeet Schools 3

Charter Twp. of Ironwood 1 D.O.V.E. 1

Copper Peak 4 Gogebic Co. Fair 2

Wake/Marenisco Schools 4 Ironwood Schools 4

Bessemer Schools 2 Gogebic/Iron Airport 1

Total 30 slots

COMMUNICATIONS:

Julie Hautala, CEO, Community Mental Health
(RE: Walk a mile in my shoes rally)

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

Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register
(RE: Transit language opinion)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to place the following language on the August 7th, 2012 Primary election ballot.

PROPOSAL TO RENEW OR CONTINUE THE PREVIOUS ONE-THIRD MILL, (1/3) 2009-2012 FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC COUNTY TRANSIT FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2013-2016 INCLUSIVE:

Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be renewed at one-third (1/3) mill ($.33-1/3 per $1,000 of State Taxable Valuation) for a period of four (4) years, 2013-2016 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Transit System and shall the County of Gogebic levy such renewal in millage for such purposes during such period, which will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated $167,346.00 (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 1985 through 2012 and represents a renewal of that millage, rather than an increase).

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Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register
(RE: tax limitation advisory committee)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to create the tax advisory committee, place the communication on file and the commissioners will seek an appointee for the committee.

Kerry Hill, Little Girls Point Park caretaker
(Re: exception to pet policy)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the caretaker to have her dogs at the County owned house at Little Girls Point, for a 30 day trial.

Norm Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest
(RE: two special use projects)

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest
(RE: special use project)

Anthony Scardina, Forest Supervisor, Ottawa Nat’l Forest
(RE: Enbridge Pipeline Maintenance Project)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive communications 5, 6 & 7 and place them on file.

Agenda addition from finance, budgeting and auditing committee

Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, WUPSAS
(RE: First Quarter Public Act 2 funds release)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act 2 funds in the amount of $9,234.50.

Western U. P. Health Department
(RE: release of Cigarette tax distribution)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the cigarette tax funds to the health department totaling $748.24.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Greg Rigoni, Custodian, Five years

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

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

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Bonovetz discussed that the new Airport zoning ordinance was approved by the Airport Board and needed the Chairman’s signature on the document. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the new ordinance.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Road Commission engineer/manager Darren Pionk updated the Board on the progress of the County Road 519 culvert replacement project.

Melanie Fullman of the Ottawa National Forest briefly addressed the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:43pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

June 13, 2012

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, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Kangas,

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 23rd, 2012 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Morin, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to make one correction to the minutes, within the transit millage language on page two the word increase should be replaced with renewal.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Dave Anderson, Orvana Resources
(RE: Copperwood Project update)

Mr. Anderson addressed the Board regarding the importance of the upcoming public hearing at the College on June 28, 2012 at 5:30pm. This public hearing will be the final one necessary for the project and will seek input regarding the Air permit, Wetland Permit and Wastewater permit. Anderson also discussed the proposed legislation that will help the company in how it will pay taxes on the produced product at the mine if and when it’s up and running. He mentioned that the company has always worked with a goal of complete transparency when dealing with the public as well as any monitoring agency during the permitting process since the Copperwood project has started. Anderson took a few questions from the Board. The Board thanked Anderson for the update and was informed by the members of their full support.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Deborah Pellow, Chairman, Marquette County B.O.C.
(RE: unfunded mandates)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the Marquette County letter to MAC and draft a similar letter.

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Jay Kangas, President, Deputy Association
(RE: contract language)

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

James Loeper, Emergency Management
(RE: 2010 Stone Garden Grant)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the 2012 Stone Garden grant in the amount of $11,912.00. These funds will be used to provide portable surveillance cameras.

(RE: Memo of Understanding between U.P. 2-1-1 and

Gogebic County for Emergency Management)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Jim Loeper to work with the U.P. 2-1-1 on the Memo of Understanding.

Duane DuRay, Airport Manager
(RE: MDOT grants)

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

(RE: Pet policy exception)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve an exemption from the County pet policy for the airport complex and to allow the Fair Board the exemption as well which will be applied at their discretion.

Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman
(RE: 2012 Appropriation release)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to release the 2012 appropriation to the Fair Board in the amount of $10,000.00

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Becky McIntyre, Community Corrections Manager
(RE: Executive summary of FY2013-16)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the FY 2013-16 Proposal and application by WCUP Community Corrections.

Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, WUPSAS
(RE: Thank you for Public Act 2 payment)

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

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

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

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

OTHER MATTERS:
Pezzetti discussed the recent Road Commission meeting he attended. He mentioned that the culvert work on County road 519 is continuing and the proposed .16 cent surcharge will be imposed on all agencies purchasing fuel from the Road Commission. Discussion followed and a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to refer the fuel purchase costs to the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing committee.

Jacobson discussed a recent meeting he attended and filed a written report with members.

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 5:45pm.

______________________________ __________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

June 27, 2012

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 13th, 2012 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 the 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------05/23/2012
Personnel & Negotiations Committee-----------05/26/2012
Health & Welfare Committee-------------------06/01/2012
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one, two and three and place them on file.

Agenda Addition:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------06/27/2012
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as recommended by Treasurer Sue Pertile to utilize the County’s option to acquire tax foreclosed property.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the waiver and consent form regarding 2006 delinquent personal property.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the Intergovernmental agreement with the State of Michigan and the County Land Bank.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Duane DuRay, Airport Manager
(RE: 3rd Quarter Appropriation release)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, District ranger, Ottawa National Forest briefly updated the Board.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero reminded the Board of the public hearing at the College for the Orvana Copperwood project permits.

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 5:12pm.

______________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2012

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, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 27, 2012 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three items added to Other Matters: The Fair Board request for a cash advance, Orvana Mine severance tax update, and fuel purchase from Holiday Stores for the Sheriff department.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Oreste Chiantello Public Service Award)

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

Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Annual CEDS and Projects survey)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication, place it on file and contact Dave Anderson of Orvana Corp. to see if a project for the proposed Copperwood mine could be submitted.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Jonathan Mead, Executive Director UPCAP

(RE: UPAAA FY 2013 Annual Implementation Plan)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented and support the FY 2013 Area Plan.

2. Integrated Care Model (U.P. County Commissioners request)

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

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OTHER MATTERS
1. Fair Board Chairman Jim Gribble

(RE: cash advance)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Pezzetti, to approve of a $40,000.00 cash advance to the Fair Board for their pre-Fair expenses.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Commissioner Kangas discussed the copper mine taxation legislation that is being proposed by Governor Snyder and Representative Matt Huuki that could change how copper mines are taxed. Kangas thought the Board should take a wait and see approach on how the County supports the legislation.

3. Sheriff Pete Matonich discussed his negotiations with the Holiday Station Stores to purchase fuel for his fleet of vehicles. He plans on going ahead with the fuel purchase from Holiday, which will be a savings compared to buying fuel from Gogebic County Road Commission.

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 5:20pm.

_______________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 25th, 2012

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: (1) Peterson

Via Phone: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(July 11th, 2012 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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: Two recommendations from the Finance meeting of earlier today and an appearance from Dave Anderson of Orvana.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Dave Anderson, Orvana Corporation
Mr. Anderson addressed the Board regarding the company position on a severance tax bill for non-ferrous mining in Michigan. He presented information on how the current Ad Valorem tax would impact the Copperwood mine if it becomes operational and how a severance tax would impact the mine. Representative Huuki has introduced a severance tax bill in the State House and Anderson is hopeful the bill will gain support in the House, the Senate and the Governor. He mentioned that the Gogebic County Chapter of the MTA, Ironwood Township and Wakefield Township have all adopted resolutions in support of severance tax bill. Anderson also gave an update on the permit process for the operation of the mine and mentioned that the Wetland permit will face the most opposition from the Federal EPA. Anderson provided copies of the resolutions which were adopted by the local municipalities and the Board will look at adopting a similar resolution later in the meeting. The Board thanked Anderson for his presentation. (at 5:30pm Oliver was excused from his phone attendance)

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----06/27/2012
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----07/11/2012
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one and two.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 25th, 2012

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Dal Pra Scholarship Award Committee--------07/11/2012
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported Kangas to have Raymond James Financial draft the investment policy giving them discretion to invest when they feel it is necessary and advantageous for the trust and to have Michael Van Overbeke review and the Commission then review and approve such draft. Discussion was held and Treasurer Pertile informed the Board that Van Overbeke will not review the document. Gerovac then rescinded his motion and Kangas likewise his support. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to table the matter until Corporate Counsel Adams and Probate Judge Massie are consulted on the matter.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------07/18/2012
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote that the County will pay the expenses for Melissa Prisbe similar to that done in May for the September and October classes for her to pursue the Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (previously known as the Level 3 Assessor)

Health & Welfare Committee-----------------07/18/2012
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Jonathon Mead, Secretary, U.P. State Fair Authority
(RE: invite to Fair)

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

Barbara Bouwkamp, EAP Director
(RE: Memorandum of Agreement)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Memorandum of Agreement and to authorize the Chairman to sign the agreement.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 25th, 2012

Page Three

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 apart of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:
Recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee

Friend of the Court Appropriation request
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2012 appropriation to the Friend of the Court as budgeted for $35,000.00.

Land Bank property purchases.
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote that the County exercise their rights to purchase two properties for minimum bid upon the approval of the Gogebic County Land Bank Authority, the properties are located in Bessemer at 106 N. Peck St. and in Wakefield at 810 Johns Road. In turn the Land Bank will reimburse the County for the property.

Severance Tax bill resolution
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution in support of the Severance Tax Bill, which was adopted by Wakefield Township, Ironwood Township and Gogebic County MTA.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman, Bessemer District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest, gave a brief update to the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

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

______________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 8, 2012

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 (July 25th, 2012 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 Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters, an increment request from Kathy Jo Koval in the treasurer’s office.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Pat Gallinagh, President, RSPC
(RE: Suicide Prevention Week)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the proclamation on a County wide basis and send a letter to Gallinagh thanking him for his efforts with the Range Suicide Prevention Council.

Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa Nat’l Forest
(RE: Peninsula Fiber Network Project)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

Increments/Longevity
Kathy Jo Koval, six month increment, Treasurer’s office

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

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Lisa Klaus of the Ottawa National Forest informed the Board that the Federal program Secure Rural Schools Act has been extended for one year and the County will be notified by the State shortly. The County would have to decide if they want to setup Title 2 projects again. The amount that would be available for projects is $76,000.00.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 8, 2012

Page Two

Darrin Pionk, Road Commission engineer/manager discussed a shared project to repair a portion of the alley between the Courthouse annex and jail complex. The cost for repair to the County would only include materials and the cost would be $5,500.00. The Road Commission is working with the City of Bessemer on the repair of Silver Street in late August and the equipment would be available to do the needed repairs of the alley. Discussion followed and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to move ahead with the needed repairs to the alley at a cost of not more than $5,500.00.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Jacobson, 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

August 22, 2012

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(August 8, 2012 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 Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions; one a recommendation from the Finance Budgeting and Auditing committee of earlier today and an item added to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---07/25/2012
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---08/22/2012
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz to release the Public Act 2 funds to the Western U. P. Substance Abuse Agency. The amount is $6,235.00, which represents 50% of the amount received by the County.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Deborah Pellow, Marquette County Chairperson/MAC Tim McGuire
(RE: Headlee tax limitations)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to support MAC’s position of not filing a lawsuit against the State of Michigan because of unfunded mandates at this time.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2012

Page Two

Laura Stoken, Constituent Relations Office of the Governor
(RE: Mine taxation resolution)

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

Melanie Fullman, District Ranger
(RE: Boat washing station)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the plan to establish a boat washing station at the Black River Harbor.

Gerry Pelissero, County Clerk-Register
(RE: Ballot proposal allocated millage)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to approve the ballot language for the separate tax limitations and approve this language to be placed on the November 6, 2012 County ballot.

PROPOSAL FOR RENEWAL OF SEPARATE TAX LIMITATIONS

SHALL SEPARATE TAX LIMITATIONS BE RENEWED OR CONTINUED FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS (2013-2016 INCLUSIVE) FOR THE COUNTY OF GOGEBIC AND THE TOWNSHIPS AND THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITHIN THE COUNTY, THE AGGREGATE OF WHICH SHALL NOT EXCEED NINE (9) MILLS FOR THE COUNTY, THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND A TOWNSHIP AS FOLLOWS:

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

TOWNSHIPS:

Bessemer Township - 1.63 MILLS

Erwin Township - 1.00 MILLS

Marenisco Township - 2.00 MILLS

Wakefield Township - 1.63 MILLS

Watersmeet Township - 1.77 MILLS

Ironwood Township Chartered

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Jim Loeper, Emergency Management
(RE: Enhanced Access to Public Records Policy)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Enhanced Access to Public Records Policy as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2012

Page Three

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda addition:

Commissioner Oliver discussed that a Michigan State Housing Development Authority Community Development Division has grants available through the Housing Resource Fund. One component of the grant program is rental rehabilitation in downtowns and commercial centers. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to forward the letter from WUPPDR and the fact sheet on the programs to all municipalities in the County.

Commissioner Jacobson requested that letters of appreciation be sent to Ottawa National Forest Supervisor commending two individuals. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to commend District Ranger Melanie Fullman for her work as the Bessemer District Ranger and Ottawa National Forest Harbor Master Michael Jacobson for his 30 plus years as the Harbor Master, at Black River Harbor.

Commissioner Bonovetz wanted to clarify a statement that has been circulating about a morning flight by Great Lakes Airlines out of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport. Bonovetz mentioned that this is not the case and that our Airport is considered a pass through airport for Great Lakes flights.

Treasurer Sue Pertile mentioned the Tax sale will held be on September 1st at the Watersmeet Casino beginning with registration at 11:30am and the auction is set to start at noon.

Commissioner Gerovac wanted to thank everyone for their work at the 2012 Gogebic County Fair.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2012

Page Four

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Melanie Fullman updated the Board on the renovations that were completed at the Black River Harbor pavilion.

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 5:28pm.

____________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2012

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(August 22nd, 2012 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 Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to Other Matters. A date change for the first October regular meeting and Michigan Works update.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Joe Verlin, Auditor, Gabridge & Company
Presentation of 2011 County Audit

Mr. Verlin presented to the Board the 2011 Gogebic County Audit. In his 15 minute presentation he discussed several points in the audit. The main item was that Gogebic County received a Clean Audit opinion. He discussed the fund balance history and the percent of the fund balance the County should have in reserve. Verlin discussed the revenue and expenditure percentages from the 2011 county audit. The County fund balance as of 12/31/2011 was at $272,889.00. After a few questions from the Board, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the 2011 County Audit.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency
(RE: Thank you for Public Act 2 funds)

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 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2012

Page Two

Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator
(RE: Resolution)

Mr. Loeper discussed the possible change from AT&T as the 9-1-1 service supplier to Peninsula Fiber Network, to become the common network and selective router. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to adopt the resolution as presented.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve and authorize Jim Loeper to draft a letter informing all parties involved that Gogebic County intends to contract with Peninsula Fiber Network.

Anthony Scardina, Forest Supervisor
(RE: RAC funding and project recommendations)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file. $87,000.00 is available for approved projects this year.

Gerry R. Pelissero, County Clerk-Register
(RE: House Bill 5834 support)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for House Bill 5834.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas suggested that the first meeting in October be moved up to October 3rd, 2012 to accommodate the Michigan Association of Counties representatives who wish to speak to the County Board while they are in the Upper Peninsula.

Commissioner Pezzetti informed the Board that Michigan Works Director Keith Johnson is having difficulty with the State Work Force Agency. Pezzetti mentioned that according to the State, the Ironwood office under the direction Johnson is not in complete compliance with the State standards. Johnson claims he is following all the required programs to the letter as the previous Director had. Lengthy discussion was held, and then a motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to our State Legislators to support Keith Johnson as the Western U. P. Director of the Michigan Works and ask for an explanation as why Johnson hasn’t been informed of the State’s findings.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2012

Page Three

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 5:50pm.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2012

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 (September 12, 2012 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Health & Welfare Committee---------------08/20/2012
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee—-08/22/2012
Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------08/30/2012
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1, 2 and 3.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------09/12/2012
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Probate Judge to advertise/post the position currently held by Maria Kinnunen at a pay grade 6.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Morin and carried by an 8 yea - 1 nay voice vote to approve the new job description of the Gogebic County MSU Extension Manager as presented in Exhibit #1.

APPEARANCES:

1. Jerald Wuorenmaa, Assistant Planner, WUPPDR

(RE: Get Around the Western U.P.)

Mr. Wuorenmaa presented to the Board information of a web site designed by WUPPDR to provide transportation information for Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties. The web site can be located at www.getaroundwup.org and provides visitors to the site public transportation information, veteran’s transportation, taxi service and carpooling. Brochures are available throughout the Counties promoting this web site.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2012

Page Two

COMMUNICATIONS:

Timothy McGuire, MAC
(RE: Mine taxation letter)

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

Ron Olson, Chief, Parks and Recreation, MDNR
(RE: Little Girls Point Boat Launch)

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

Charmaine Chiantello, CFO, Aspirus Grand View
(RE: Finance Authority Board)

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

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Airport Board 4TH Quarter Appropriation release

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas 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.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and the claim list from July 26, 2012 and make them apart of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2012

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OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas updated the Board on a recent meeting held with representatives of the Michigan DNR regarding the gray wolf management and the elimination of Federal funding.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the first meeting of the month of October to Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:00pm originally the meeting was moved to October 3rd.

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 5:22pm.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2012

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: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (3) Jacobson, Morin, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 26, 2012 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Tom Novascone, Equalization Director
(RE: Keweenaw County Contract)

Mr. Novascone addressed the Board regarding his contract with Keweenaw County as Equalization Director. Novascone has an agreement with the Gogebic County Board to pay 10% of his Keweenaw contract back to Gogebic County. He advised the Board he will be reducing his time in Keweenaw which will reduce the salary and what is owed to Gogebic County. The contract will be reduced to $20,000 from $30,000.00. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice to allow Novascone to work under the contract as presented.

Representatives of Michigan Association of Counties
(Re: State of Michigan update)

Mr. Tim McGuire met with the Board and gave them an update on the legislative issues that MAC is on working in support of Counties. He mentioned that representatives of MAC have a meeting with the Governor in October and will discuss matters that are important to all Counties and includes PILT funding, unfunded mandates, Personal Property taxation and revenue sharing. McGuire answered several questions from the Board, which included third party testing for Gogebic County residents. McGuire thanked the Board for their continued support of MAC.

Ms. Chris Bressette, Administrator, Gogebic Solid Waste
(Re: Amend the Gogebic County Solid Waste Plan)

Ms. Bressette and Jeff Randall discussed the possibility of amending the current Gogebic County Solid Waste Plan, which would allow additional sites to accept Gogebic County solid waste.

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Regular Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2012

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Gogebic County has a contract with Waste Management for the next two years but would like to amend the plan to allow for other companies to bid on the solid waste costs and tipping fees. Bressette mentioned that a 14 person committee would have to be appointed in order to start the process of amending the solid waste plan. This committee would represent a wide array of interests from the County. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Bressette to begin recruiting people for the 14 member committee. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter of amending the current solid waste plan to Corporate Counsel Adams.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Mary Taddeucci, WUPPDR
(RE: energy summit)

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

Anthony R. Holland, Acting District Ranger
(RE: Three Bear Sled Dog Race reroute project)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas briefly discussed the wolf management funding from the Federal and State Government, it appears the funding may be lost.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac 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 Minutes

October 24, 2012

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 (October 2, 2012 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 Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to committee summary reports.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

MSU regional director Mike Erdman briefly addressed the Board regarding the 2013 Memorandum of Agreement and presented the 2012 annual report.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----09/26/12
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda additions:

Economic Development & Capital Improvements Comm. 10/24/12
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac to approve the two year lease agreement with Health Department on the rent of space at the annex, which represents a 60% reduction. The rent will be $31,365.00 annually.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----10/24/12
A motion was made Oliver, supported by Jacobson to allow the Juvenile court to pay Lisa Hewitt for training in November at $12.00 per hour and 20 hours per week. Hewitt will replace Maria Kinnunen in the Juvenile Court office beginning December 3, 2012 as a full time employee.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

Tom Novascone, Equalization Director
(RE: 2012 Apportionment Report)

Tom Novascone and Melissa Prisbe presented the 2012 Apportionment report. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the December 1, 2012 millage rate to levy the extra voted millage at 2.1226. This millage represents .6000 for Medical Care M.O.E. and Senior Programs, .3226 for the County Transit, .2000 for the animal control program and .4000 for the Medical Care Building & Site millage.

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous to approve the 2012 Millage Apportionment Report.

Carolynn Carlson, Executive Director, GO-CAA
(RE: CDBG grant 2012-13)

A motion was made Pezzetti, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency to apply for the 2012-13 CDBG application. The funds available to the County is $150,000.00

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR

(RE: Notice of Intent, EDA)

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

2. Anthony V. Scardina, Forest Supervisor, US Forest Service

(RE: Title II Projects)

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. Darren Pionk, Engineer/Manager, Gogebic County Road Comm.

(RE: Traffic signal US-2 and Country Club Road)

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. Sample letter of support from County Board

(RE: Traffic signal)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the letter as presented and to authorize the chairman to sign the document.

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5. Darren Pionk, Engineer/Manager, Gogebic County Road Comm.

(RE: Term of Board member)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for applicants for the six year term beginning 1/1/2013 on the Road Commission Board.

RESOLUTIONS:

Oceana County B.O.C.
(RE state proposals 3 and 5)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to pay the claims as presented along with one add on from the medical examiners budget for $1,408.28 from NLP Labs; to approve the pre-paids as presented and make them a part of the minutes.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Discussion was held on the November 14th, 2012 regular meeting and if there would be a quorum because of the deer season opener on the 15th. A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas to change the meeting to Tuesday November 13th at 5pm.

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

NO: (1) Gerovac

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Darren Pionk updated the Board on the recent hiring of four employees and the equipment purchases for the snowplowing season.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported Pezzetti 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
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 28, 2012

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(October 24, 2012 regular Board meeting.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions from committee reports. 4. Personnel Committee and 5. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Economic Development and Capital Improv. Committee 10/24/12
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------- 10/24/12
Negotiations Committee --------------------------- 11/19/12
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one, two and three.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------------- 11/28/12
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Peterson to allow Judge Massie to hire a replacement employee for Pat Comparin’s position in Probate court at a pay grade four, with the hiring date January 1, 2013 and to allow Equalization director, Tom Novascone to retire and then be hired as a contractual employee as the Equalization director if the one year contract can be agreed to between the Board and Mr. Novascone.

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

NO: (2) Bonovetz, Oliver

ABSTAIN: (1) Siirila (wasn’t in attendance at the Personnel

Committee meeting)

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Tom Hampston and Art Soborowicz to the Gogebic County Fair Board.

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Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------- 11/28/12
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the July-September Public Act 2 funds to the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency in the amount of $4,561.50.

COMMUNICATIONS:

John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor
(RE: Western U. P. Recycling Ren. Zone Revocation)

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

Michael J. Premo, Manager, MDOT Crystal Falls office
(RE: Country Club Road/US 2 intersection)

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

Kim J. Stoker, WUPPDR, Executive Director
(RE: 2012 Annual CEDS Performance Report)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports and place them 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 reports and place them on file.

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.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila read an invitation from the Gogebic County Chapter of MTA for their Christmas party which will be held on Tuesday December 11th in Bessemer. Those commissioners interested should R.S.V.P. soon.

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Commissioner Bonovetz discussed the Airport Board membership for 2013. The County Board will be reduced to seven members and the current Airport Board has a makeup of 6 from Gogebic County, which includes four County commissioners and two at large positions. Iron County has a representation of three. The at large member from Iron County is resigning and in 2013 Gogebic County will have to remove one of their four representatives that represent the County Board, because a quorum from the Board would be present at every Airport meeting. With this in mind Bonovetz suggested that the Board contact Iron County and ask if they would consider not replacing their resigning member and the County wouldn’t name an at large sixth person to the Airport Board from Gogebic County. The end result would be an Airport Board that would have a split of 5 to 2, rather than 6 to 3. Discussion followed and a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to advertise for an at large person if Iron County wishes to keep their current Board representation. After further discussion, Oliver then rescinded his motion and Bonovetz his support. It was recommended that Clerk Pelissero contact Iron County Clerk Michael Saari to discuss the issue of Board membership.

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 5:25pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 12, 2012

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, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

Absent: (1) Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 28, 2012 regular Board meeting)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three items added to Other Matters: Software for the Sheriff Department, FEMA committee membership and an increment for the Tina Romosz, fair secretary.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Chuck Nelson, Aspirus Regional CEO
(RE: regional management structure)

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

Mark Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse Agency
(RE: Thank you for Public Act 2 funds)

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

BUDGET AMENDMENTS:

1. Remonumentation Budget

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac to approve of the budget amendment as presented.

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REVENUES

State Revenue Sharing 101-000-574.00

Increased to $280,020.00 from zero

State-Diverted/Detainers 101-000-601.07

Increased to $22,030 from $6,500.00

National Forest Reserve 101-000-429.00

Increased to $477,952 from $462,952.00

Appropriations from RSRF 101-000-676.01

Decreased to zero from $255,898.00

EXPENDITURES

Per Diem-Peer Group 101-245-701.02

Increased to $1,800.00 from Zero

Administrative 101-245-702.09

Increased to $7,700.00 from Zero

FICA 101-245-715.00

Increased to $ 296.00 from Zero

Supplies & Materials 101-245-750.00

Increased to $2,886.00 from Zero

Contractual Services 101-245-805.02

Increased to $41,970.00 from Zero

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
1. Tentative contract agreements with AFSCME(courthouse)

and POAM(deputies association)

A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Morin to approve and agree with the tentative contract agreements with the AFSCME (courthouse employees union) and POAM (deputy association union)

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

2. Computer software program upgrade

Sheriff Matonich discussed with the Board a computer software upgrade that will be needed at the Jail. The Crimestar software which provides booking and other computer functions for the jail will no longer be able to provide information that the State of Michigan will soon require. Matonich has been looking at new software that is approved by the State and that Iron County Michigan

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is already using. The cost of the upgrade is $48,400.00 through ID Networks of Ohio. Matonich mentioned he has $10,000.00 to help pay for the upgrade and is seeking help from the County to fund the balance. A loan through the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund was discussed with Treasurer Sue Pertile as an option. Discussion followed and then a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz to allow the purchase of the software by Matonich and the funding if needed will come from the DTRF.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. FEMA committee membership

Commissioner Morin informed the Board that representation on the FEMA committee from the County Board can be reduced from two to one member.

4. INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY

Tina Romosz, fair secretary, one year increment

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

Chairman Siirila reported that he was an eyewitness to the dog rescue in Iron County, Wisconsin last Friday night. The Gogebic County search and rescue squad was responsible for the rescue of a dog that went down a mineshaft in Hurley. Siirila wanted to thank the people involved with the rescue and send a letter to the search and rescue squad. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of thanks and appreciation for the rescue.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:18pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes

December 26th, 2012

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING
2013 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the proposed 2013 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. The proposed budget has revenues of $6,239,971.00 and expenditures of $6,239,971.00.

Chairman Siirila opened up the public hearing at 5:00pm. He explained the purpose of the public hearing and then asked three times for comment on the purposed 2013 General Fund Budget. No one in attendance commented on the budget.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver 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
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 26, 2012

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:02pm by Chairman Siirila, following the 2013 General Fund Budget public hearing.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 12th, 2012 regular meeting.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Pezzetti and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: Three recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing committee meeting of earlier today; The Interlocal agreement and resolution for the changes to the W.U.P. Manpower consortium; and in Other Matters: the Re-organizational meeting date for 2013 and Commissioner Jacobson has an item.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------11/28/12
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----11/28/12
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----12/03/12
Negotiations Committee---------------------12/04/12
Negotiations Committee---------------------12/05/12
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----12/12/12
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one through six, there were no recommendations to consider.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----12/13/12
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize signatures on the Memorandum of Agreement with MSU for 2013.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac, that Gogebic County opt out of Public Act 152 for 2013.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Health & Welfare Committee-----------------12/17/12
A motion was made by Pezzetti, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------12/19/12
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried on a seven yea – two nay voice vote to appoint Ms. Marti Wegner to the Gogebic County Road Commission effective 1/1/2013.

Agenda Additions:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----12/26/12
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Morin to authorize Treasurer Sue Pertile to cover any bills from the Friend of the Court up to December 31st to prevent FOC from going into a deficit. Roll Call:
YES: (9) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Morin, Oliver, Peterson, Pezzetti, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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

REVENUES

Current Taxes 101-000-403.00

Increased to $3,315.134.00 from $3,309.634.00 ($5500)

Commercial Forest Reserve 101-000-428.00

Increased to $49,000.00 from $40,900.00 ($8100)

Liquor Tax 101-000-543.01

Increased to $39,991.00 from $33,791.00 ($6200)

Conveyance of CMH Patients 101-000-601.10

Increased to $16,000.00 from $5,000.00 ($11000)

Reimbursement Assessor Contracts 101-000-686.05

Increased to $25,880.00 from $22,838.00 ($3042)

Info Tech Dept. Services 101-000-614.00

Increased to $16,100.00 from $10,500.00 ($5600)

LVD Housing Reimbursements 101-000-686.14

Increased to $8,200.00 from Zero ($8200)

EXPENDITURES

Assessor’s Contract 101-225-706.00

Increased to $22,024.00 from $18,982.00 ($3042)

Western U.P. Substance Abuse 101-901-965.02

Increased to $20,031.00 from $16,896.00 ($3135)

Sheriff FICA 101-301-715.00

Increased to $66,700.00 from $61,700.00 ($5000)

Sheriff Food 101-301-740.00

Increased to $58,000.00 from $53,000.00 ($5000)

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Sheriff Overtime 101-301-704.00

Increased to $79,788.29 from $48,323.29 ($31465)

Other Budget amendments

EXPENDITURES

District Court

Salaried and Perm. Part Time 101-136-702.00

Decreased by $15,000.00 to $136,409.00

Probate Court

Salaried and Perm. Part Time 101-148-702.00

Increased by $15,000.00 to $162,142.00

Sheriff Department

Salaried and Perm. Part Time 101-301-702.00

Increased by $20,000.00 to $694,118.00

Salaried and Perm Part Time 101-302-702.00

Decreased by $20,000.00 to $104,955.00

Sheriff Snowmobile

Salaried and Perm. Part Time 101-306-702.00

Decreased by $5,000.00 to $10,550.00

Sheriff ORV

Salaried and Perm. Part Time 101-334-702.00

Increased by $5,000.00 to 11,400.00

Sheriff Marine

Salaried and Perm. Part Time 101-331-702.00

Increased by $7,800.00 to $17,043.00

Employers Hosp. Insurance 101-900-716.00

Decreased by $7,800.00 to $712,400.00

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 Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 2013 Special Revenue Funds as presented.

2013 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS BUDGET

REVENUES BUDGET

Federal Grants $346,500

Taxes $ 18,120

State Grants $ 39,500

Local Contributions $ 0

Services $197,000

Interest and Rents $ 0

Other $341,900

TOTAL $943,020

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EXPENDITURES

Judicial $ 26,000

Public Safety $337,700

Health and Welfare $610,700

Recreation and Culture $100,000

Capital Outlay $ 1,000

Miscellaneous $ 18,120

TOTAL $1,093,520

($150,500)

Transfers In $150,500

Agenda Addition:

Restated Interlocal Agreement to form the Western U. P. Alliance, formerly Western U.P. Manpower Consortium. Discussion was held, which included input from Manpower Director Keith Johnson, who informed the Board that all current employees would have to apply for their current jobs once the Alliance is formed and that the other 5 Counties have already adopted the resolution. The State is changing the activities and purpose of the Consortium in accordance with the changes in and from its funding sources. The changes could mean an end to the summer youth program as well as have the main office located in Houghton County rather than Gogebic County. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas to reluctantly adopt the resolution as presented.

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

NO: (3) Bonovetz, Pezzetti, Siirila

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Gary D. Aten, Executive Director, ESGR
(RE: Employer support of the National Guard/Reserve)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file, and schedule a signing ceremony in 2013 when Ross Solberg has returned from active deployment as a part of the Michigan National Guard.

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ADOPTION OF 2013 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to adopt the 2013 Gogebic County Appropriations Act.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2013 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Morin to adopt the 2013 Gogebic County General Fund Budget, with revenues and expenditures equaling $6,239,971.00.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried on a eight yea - one abstain voice vote to send letters of appreciation to outgoing Commissioners Bonovetz, Morin and Pezzetti to thank them for their years of service on the County Board.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero inquired as to when the 2013 Commissioners would like to set their re-organizational meeting. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the meeting for January 2nd, 2013 at 4:30pm.

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Commissioner Oliver informed the Board that Iron County wishes to keep three members from Iron County on the Airport Board, which means Gogebic County will have to advertise for one at-large position for 2013. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the at-large seat.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk