2013 Regular Meeting Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-Organizational Meeting Minutes

January 2, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

4:30P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 4:32pm by County Clerk-Register Gerry Pelissero.

OATH OF OFFICE
Following the Pledge of Allegiance the new commissioners were given the Oath of Office.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

Clerk Pelissero opened the floor for nominations for Chairman. Kangas nominated Siirila, with Oliver supporting the nomination. Pelissero asked three more times for additional nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Dan Siirila as Chairman of the Board for 2013-14. Siirila then assumed the Chair and conducted the meeting.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and duly carried to open the floor for nominations for Vice-Chairman. Oliver nominated Gerovac, with Kangas supporting the nomination. The Chair then asked three more times for other nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Tom Gerovac as Vice-Chairman.

ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

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

APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

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

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DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

Monthly Dates and Times:

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

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

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

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to follow the meeting schedule as presented.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote that all communications to be placed on the agenda for a meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners must be received, in writing, by the Gogebic County Clerk-Register, no later than 12:00 noon on the Friday immediately prior to the meeting. The communication must state the subject to be discussed at the meeting. Communications received after the deadline will not be considered until the following board meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Investment Resolution)

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

2. Mindy Prenderville, Airport Administrative Assistant

(RE: 2013, 1st and 2nd Quarter Appropriation release)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to release the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2013 appropriations to the Airport.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Treasurer Sue Pertile discussed a State funded program to help residents of the County in paying their delinquent taxes. The State will provide $30,000.00 to help property owners with taxes and other property related matters. The funds are on a first come first serve basis. This was for informational purposes; no action was required by the Board.

County 9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper presented to the Board the 2013 9-1-1 budget. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the budget and place it on file.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:42pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

January 9th, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the pledge of allegiance, roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (December 26th, 2012 Public Hearing and 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two items added in Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

Vicki Nelson of the MSU Extension office inquired if she was required to appear each month and give an update on the 4H programs. Nelson read minutes from a budget meeting and was seeking clarification. Commissioner Oliver advised her that she would be notified when the Board wants an update on the programs.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: County representations on WUPPDR Commission)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until further information can be obtained from WUPPDR.

Tracy Lektzian, UPCAP
(RE: 2013 UPCAP Board nomination)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to nominate Tom Gerovac for the UPCAP Board of Directors.

APPROPRIATIONS:

1. Friend of the Court, Debra Fabbri, 2013 release

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter until the finance committee meets at the end of this month.

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Communication from County Treasurer Sue Pertile, regarding a credit card for Airport Manager Mike Harma. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to grant a credit card to Harma with a limit of $2,000, discussion followed and Oliver amended his motion to approve a credit card for new County Commissioner Bob Orlich, at the $2,000 limit as well, Kangas supported the amended motion, which was then carried by unanimous voice vote.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero read an e-mail from airport administrative assistant Mindy Prenderville, regarding a request from George Nasi, an Iron County Wisconsin Board member inviting the County Boards to tour the Airport together on January 21, 2013 at 10:00am. Discussion was held and the current members of the Airport Board will bring this matter up at the next Airport meeting, which is Monday, January 14th.

Chairman Siirila handed out the standing committee and agency appointments as assigned to the Board members. If changes are desired commissioners should contact the Chairman.

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 5:15pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the pledge of allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Siirila

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 9, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich 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 and add two summary reports from committee meetings, to add the Friend of Court Appropriation and WUPPDR appointments to tabled 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-------12/26/2012
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda additions:

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee -----------01/22/2013
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to award 73 scholarships at $2,000 each for the 2013/2014 school year.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow the student’s scholarship to be transferred to the 2013/2014 year, provided that the proper documentation from a physician is given to the Committee, and to extend the scholarship to the 2013/2014 year due to extenuating family circumstances. (Accident)

Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------------01/23/2013
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to keep the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in place with Michigan State University (MSU) but reduce the 4-H position from ¾ time to ½ time for 2013 and authorize the signing of the MOA (revised.)

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Several members of the public that were attendance spoke in support of the continuation of the 4-H program beyond 2013.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Bob Morin to the Gogebic-Iron County Airport Board representing Gogebic County as an at-large member.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Bobbie Jo Ferguson, DHS Director

(RE: 2013 appropriation release)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2013 appropriation to DHS in the amount of $2,000.00.

2. David Murray, U.P. Community Coordinator, Prisoner reentry

(RE: Five year progress information)

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

TABLED MATTERS:

Friend of the Court 2013 Appropriation release
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table; it was tabled on January 9th, 2013.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to release the 2013 Friend of the Court Appropriation of $37,500.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

WUPPDR Commission appointments
A motion was made Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table; it was tabled on January 9th, 2013. Oliver informed the Board that the County has two people on the WUPPDR Commission now, himself as an Elected Official and Don Bennetts, classified as General Public. Keith Johnson is on the Commission representing Michigan Works. Former County Commissioner Don Pezzetti came off the commission when his term expired. The Board declined to replace Pezzetti at this time from the County Board membership.

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Amy Hamel, 5 year longevity
Kathy Jo Koval, 1 year increment
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the longevity and increment requests as presented.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas, to pay the claims as presented along with the amended MSU first quarter revised MOA 2013 work plan payment in the amount of $10,433.22, and approve the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was no public comment.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver 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 Minutes

February 13, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the pledge of allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 23, 2013 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to communications, a letter from City of Wakefield manager John Siira, regarding the agreement for assessing services between the City and the County.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Sheriff Pete Matonich

(RE: 2012 sheriff department report)

Sheriff Matonich addressed the Board on the 2012 department report. Matonich answered a few questions from the Board and then a motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Western U. P. Citizen’s on Wolf Management

(RE: meeting notification)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the organization’s resolution for the implementation of a management plan for controlling the wolf population.

2. Michael Harma, Airport Manager

(RE: term expiration)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for an at large position on the Airport Board.

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Agenda Addition:

3. John Siira, City of Wakefield manager

(RE: Assessing Agreement with the County)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to terminate the Agreements between the City of Wakefield and the County as well as the Agreement between Wakefield Township and the County for assessing services in each municipality. Discussion was held on the matter and Administrator Giackino mentioned that she did speak with Wakefield Township Supervisor John Cox, in light of the resignation of equalization employee Melissa Prisbe, the Township would agree to the termination of the assessing service agreement. Equalization Director Tom Novascone was in attendance at the meeting and supported the terminations.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

February 27, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following the Public Hearing

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 P.M.

Following the pledge of allegiance roll call was taken.

Roll Call:
Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 13, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition from the Finance meeting of earlier today regarding the jail project settlement.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---01/23/2013
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------02/13/2013
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Mr. Dave Hardie to be hired back into the Equalization Department to assist the current director. His salary would be at his last hourly rate of pay not to exceed $2,000.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson that all union people work 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. regardless of when the lunch hours are taken. Those should rotate accordingly so all employees are in the building until 4:30.

Roll Call:
Present: (4) Jacobson, Kangas, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (3) Gerovac, Oliver, Orlich

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Jim Gribble, County Fair Board Chairman
(RE: 2013 Fair Appropriation)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote release the 2013 Fair Board appropriation.

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Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Borrowing resolution)

Treasurer Pertile discussed the 2012 Tax settlement and mentioned she should have enough money in the DTRF that she wouldn’t have to borrow but the resolution is just a precaution. The settlement amount is estimated at $2.5 million. A motion was made by

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

Jack Lillar, Chairman, Gogebic County Veterans Affairs
(RE: letter of appreciation)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the communication and that a copy of Mr. Lillar’s letter be placed in each officer’s personnel file.

Agenda addition:

Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee recommendation.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to agree with the Jail project settlement as presented after consultation with Prosecuting Attorney Richard Adams regarding the jail floor heaving issues.

Roll Call:
Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

Gogebic County Recreation Plan 2013-2018
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to adopt the Gogebic County Recreation Plan 2013-2018 as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE GOGEBIC COUNTY RECREATION PLAN 2013-2018

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Forestry and Parks Commission is a semi-autonomous body administering County forestry and parks activities and resources under the purview of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners; and

WHEREAS, the Forestry and Parks Commission has developed a Five-Year Recreation Plan which describes the County’s physical and social features, existing recreation facilities, goals and objectives pertaining to recreation, and desired actions to be taken to improve and maintain recreation facilities during the period between 2013 and 2018;and

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WHEREAS, the Forestry and Parks Commission has developed the plan for the benefit of the County as a document to assist in meeting the County’s recreation needs; and

WHEREAS, following a one-month public review period and opportunity for public comment, the Forestry and Parks Commission, at its February 21, 2013 regular meeting voted to recommend adoption of the plan to County Board of Commissioners; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on February 27, 2013 at the Gogebic County Courthouse to provide an opportunity for citizens to express opinions, ask questions, and discuss all aspects of the Recreation Plan; and

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting on February 27, 2013 at the Gogebic County Courthouse, subsequent to the public hearing, where it voted to adopt said Recreation Plan;

Now, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts the Gogebic County Recreation Plan 2013-2018 as a guidance document for improving recreation for residents within the County.

YEAS: (7) Kangas, Oliver, Gerovac, Jacobson, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NAYS: (0) None

ABSENT: (0) None

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

Roll Call:
Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila congratulated Orvana Corporation on receiving all the necessary permits for their Copperwood copper mine project.

Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board that a grant application through the State for grant money to help in blight elimination was denied. Pertile joined Bessemer Township, the Cities of Bessemer and Wakefield in the application process.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the pledge of allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 27, 2013 public hearing minutes and regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to committee reports: Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee recommendation and a Haz-Mat grant application.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------02/27/2013

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to classify Mr. Chad Novascone as an appointed official and grandfather him to the eligibility for retiree health insurance effective 02/27/2013.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Additions:

2. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee----03/13/2013

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve the Bessemer-Wakefield City law enforcement contracts as recommended by the committee. The only increased in the City contracts reflects the wage increase for the deputies.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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3. HAZ-MAT grant application

Mr. Jim Loeper, County EMS director, discussed a HAZ-MAT grant, which is available through the State of Michigan. He is seeking approval to apply for the grant and authorization for the Chairman to sign the application. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the application and the signature of the Chairman to begin the application process.

APPEARANCES:

Donna Scorse, Michigan Small Business Technology Business Consultant, Region 1
Ms. Scorse had to cancel her appearance due to a family emergency.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Kerri Duff, Executive Director, GO-CAA

(RE: 2013 appropriation release)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2013 appropriation.

APPOINTMENTS:

1. Community Mental Health Authority Board

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the following people to the CMH Board of Directors:

Margaret Rayner, General Public

Ken Wegmeyer, General Public

Robert Lynn, Public Official

Don Pezzetti, General Public/Secondary Consumer

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Kangas asked if the substance abuse funds have been received yet for release to the Substance Abuse Agency. Administrator Juliane Giackino said the request funds will be on the Finance agenda on the 27th of this month and yes the funds have been received.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Sharon Zoars of Marion Lake in Watersmeet Township wanted to thank the Road Commission for a fine job of plowing her road all winter long.

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 5:17pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

March 27, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (1) Jacobson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 13, 2013 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following items added to Other Matters. Brownfield Redevelopment Authority membership advertising, the Capitalization resolution, and three recommendations from the Finance meeting of earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------02/27/2013

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

2. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee—------------03/07/2013

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to retain Woodtrust Asset Management for the Dal Pra Scholarship foundation process and request them to develop an investment policy.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac that there will be no exceptions made to extend the scholarship for the Dr. Steven Fortunato Dal Pra & Colleen Dal Pra Educational Award.

3. Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee---------03/13/2013

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------------03/14/2013

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver, to authorize the Treasurer to post the vacancy in her department for the deputy treasurer position at a half-time level.

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Kangas, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (2) Gerovac, Oliver

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas, to fill the Airport Board with Mr. Robert Berg based on his past dedication and attendance with Airport Board.

5. Health & Welfare Committee----------------------03/18/2013

APPEARANCES:

Jim Loeper, County Emergency Services Director
(RE: 9-1-1 Surcharge)

Mr. Loeper addressed the Board regarding the adoption of the monthly 9-1-1 surcharge on communications devices. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution setting the 9-1-1 monthly surcharge at $1.00 beginning July 1, 2013.

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

WHEREAS, under the Emergency 9-1-1 Service Enabling Act (P.A. 379 2008, as amended) the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved the final 911 service plan on January 9th, 2002 to benefit the citizens of Gogebic County by providing a uniform and well known emergency telephone number; and

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

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan enacted Public Act 379 to further support 9-1-1 service in Michigan; and

WHEREAS, Public Act 379 allows for the creation of a county-based local 9-1-1 surcharge on all communications service providers that can access 9-1-1 and provides for the collection, disbursement, use, and audit of said funds; and

WHEREAS, Gogebic County has deemed that a monthly county-based surcharge of $1.00 be placed on all communications service providers beginning July 1, 2013 as allowed under Public Act 379 is necessary to defray the costs of being ready to process and of actually processing 9-1-1 calls placed within Gogebic County, and;

WHEREAS, Gogebic County on May 5th, 2009 a election was held within Gogebic County (MCL 484.14701b) (1) & (b) with a vote of yes 1449 and no 1052 and

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

FURTHER, that pursuant to Public Act 379, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has modified the 9-1-1 Plan on May 13th, 2009 to reflect the changes in the 9-1-1 surcharges collected by Gogebic County.

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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby adopts the county-based 9-1-1 surcharge on communications devices as permitted under P.A. 379 of 2008.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

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

Christe Bayus, Grant Coordinator, MDNR
(RE: approval of County recreation plan)

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

Missy Lane, CMHA Administrative Assistant
(RE: CMHA Board amended by-Laws)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the proposed amendments to the By-Laws.

LONGEVITY/INCREMENTS:

1. Holly Johnson, two years, Prosecutor’s office

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas 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: (6) Gerovac, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

1. Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Membership

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried to advertise for membership on the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board, any current members must also reapply.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee recommendations

Public Act 2 Funds release

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried to release the Public Act 2 Funds to the Western U.P. Substance Agency in the amount of $4,744.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Adoption of the new Capitalization policy resolution.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Capitalization policy resolution as recommended by County Administrator Juliane Giackino, on the advice from our Auditing firm, Gabridge & Company.

CAPITALIZATION RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the establishment of a capitalization policy is to ensure that all acquisitions and dispositions of property are consistently treated and recorded from year to year, and

WHEREAS, all property over $5,000 and having a useful life of one year or more shall be capitalized, and

WHEREAS, interim cost monitoring during the year for management and the Board, items which will be capitalized when formal financial statements are prepared, may be temporarily classified to a “capital outlay” expense account set up for this purpose, and

WHEREAS, items would then be reclassified to capital assets at the year-end close, and depreciation to be recorded for the time periods for which the assets were used as this will prevent items requiring eventual reclassification from being overlooked in various repair, maintenance and expense accounts, and

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Now, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Juliane Giackino, as County Administrator request the Board of Commissioners to adopt this resolution to structure the County’s fixed assets.

Budget Amendment for Sheriff Department

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Orlich to amend the Sheriff Department budgets, revenue and expenditures as recommended.

Revenues

Sheriff Services 101-000-617.01

Increased by $25,325.00 amended budget $40,325.00

Expenditures

Vehicle 101-301-978.00

Increased by $25,325.00 amended budget $43,325.00

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Transfer of Economic Development Commission Funds

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

RESOLUTION TO TRANSFER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION FUNDS

WHEREAS, the Economic Development Commission was abolished in 2011, and

WHEREAS, the Commission has monies in its fund, and

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County General Fund has contributed $60,000 to the Commission since 2007, and

WHEREAS, Anders Tingstad, Jr. and James Lorenson, members of the disbanded Economic Development Commission, communicated that the transfer would be their recommended disposition of those funds, and

Now, THRERFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will accept the disposition as recommended above to transfer the funds into the General Fund Budget.

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March 27, 2013

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

______________________________ ___________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 27th, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with additions to Other Matters; a recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee from earlier today and a grant for computer tablets for the sheriff department.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Jim Loeper, County Emergency Management/911 Coordinator
Mr. Loeper addressed the Board regarding cell phone service in Watersmeet Township. Pasty.net is seeking permission to place internet equipment on the County owned tower in Watersmeet to provide better service to the residents of the Township. Negotiations are ongoing with the County 9-1-1 Committee and he will report back to the Board in May.

Loeper also spoke about the lawsuit with MPSC and the minimum surcharge a County Board can place on communication devices without having to go to the people for a vote. The current limit is 43 cents and could go as high as 60 cents. Loeper will keep the Board informed.

Loeper and Road Commission Engineer/Manager Darren Pionk discussed a land exchange by the County from the Road Commission. The property is located in Bessemer around the Tilden tank. The County has a tower on the property already and the Road Commission has no use for the property. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to agree to the land exchange and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the deed.

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Loeper discussed the 2010 Stone Garden Grant and a budget amendment to the Emergency Management budget. The budget amendment equals $14,392.00 for revenues and expenditures. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve the budget amendment as presented.

Revenues

State Grant- Stone Garden

101-000-554.00 increased by $11,912.00

State Grant-Emer Service Mitigation

101-000-561.02 increased by $ 2,480.00

Expenditures

Emergency Management Equipment

101-426-977.00 increased by $11,912.00

Emergency Management Printing

101-426-729.00 increased by $ 2,480.00

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Finally, Loeper requested the Chairman’s signature on the Fiduciary Agreement with Houghton County, which will allow Houghton County to receive the Homeland Security funds for Gogebic County. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents.

Dave Anderson, ORUSC, Orvana Resources
Mr. Anderson updated the Board on the Copperwood project. All permits have been acquired and now the design phases for water, electric and construction will begin. Anderson discussed the resignation of Bill Williams from his position as CEO and President and Director of Orvana. Michael Winship, a Director of Orvana has been appointed interim President and CEO. Anderson is confident Winship is 100% behind the Copperwood Project. He will keep the Board informed on the project.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Guy St. Germain, Executive Officer, W.U.P. Health Dept.
(RE: Intergovernmental agreement; name change)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the name change and authorize the Chairman and the Clerk to sign the agreement.

Juliane Giackino, County Administrator
(RE: MSHDA Grant)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the MSHDA funding award and authorize the Chairman’s signature on all necessary documents.

Congressman Dan Benishek
(RE: MSHDA Grant)

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

Mark D. Halkola, Substance Abuse Agency
(RE: Public Act 2 funds thank you)

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

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Tax settlement)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson to approve the 2012 tax settlement as presented and authorize Treasurer Pertile to release the funds.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda additions:

Recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow deputy Lucis Bucknell to remain with the department until the return of deputy Brandon Lyons from surgery. Sheriff Matonich estimated a July return for Lyons. Bucknell was hired to fill in while Ross Solberg was deployed to active military duty.

Matonich informed the Board of a technology grant available for computer tablets for the department. The grant is for $17,800.00 with a 10% local match. He does have the funds in his budget for the match.

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A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the grant for the Sheriff department.

Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board she foreclosed on 65 properties in the County.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

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

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(April 10, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters: Road Commission board issue

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----03/27/2013
Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------04/10/2013
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one and two and place them on file. The reports were handed out prior to today’s meeting.

APPEARANCES:

Tom Novascone, Equalization Director
(RE: 2013 Equalization Report)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2013 Equalization report. The 2013 taxable value for the County is $505,696,668.00, which will allow the County to collect $3,371,884.00 in taxes. The amount to be collected is $9,421.00 less than the previous year. The County’s Equalized value decreased by 0.01% in 2013. Novascone did answer a few questions from the Board and then he recommended the Board adopt the CEV by classification.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson to adopt the Agricultural CEV at $1,049,752.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac to adopt the Commercial CEV at $62,168,553.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson to adopt the Industrial CEV at $10,450,240.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas to adopt the Residential CEV at 511,678,689.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson to adopt the Timber Cutover CEV at $29,998,499.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas to adopt the Personal Property CEV at $66,119,311.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Phil Wirtanen, Lake Gogebic Improvement Association
(RE: project update)

Mr. Wirtanen updated the Board on the Lake Gogebic Improvement Association programs and projects. Some of the projects include monitoring the lake water table levels, evasive species, which would include spiney water fleas, banded mystery snails and purple loosestrife. Wirtanen’s presentation was approximately 30 minutes and concluded with a brief question and answer period. No Board action was necessary.

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Ross Kolesar, President, WUPTA
(RE: ORV club introduction)

Mr. Kolesar introduced the ORV club to the Board and discussed the club’s plans for trails and increasing tourism. The Club has 40 members, which includes both individual and businesses. The number one goal this year is to complete a trail to Marenisco Township from Wakefield.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jeffery C. Randall, Supervisor, Bessemer Township

(RE: Proposed zoning ordinance)

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

2. Juliane Giackino, County Administrator

(RE: Lease agreement with GRWA)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to approve the Lease agreement between the County and the Gogebic Range Water Authority, and to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the Agreement.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila discussed a possible resignation from the Gogebic County Road Commission Board. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the position as soon as Clerk Gerry Pelissero is notified of the vacancy.

Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Loeper handed out projections from the National Weather Service for snow melt runoff and the possibilities of flooding areas in Gogebic County.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:06pm.

______________________________ _______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 8th, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 24th, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich 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 four additions: three to Other Matters; Dal Pra scholarship awards, name change of a lake in Watersmeet Township, a correspondence from Circuit Judge Roy Gotham and one communication from the Western U.P. Workforce Board regarding reduction of funding for three positions.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest
(RE: Special Use permits)

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

John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor
(RE: Printing of tax bills)

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

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Land Sale Proceeds report)

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

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Agenda Addition

Mr. Mark Massicotte, Chair Workforce Development Board
(RE: Funding Authorization)

Keith Johnson, Director, Western U. P. Manpower Offices discussed with the Board the Western U.P. Workforce Board funding reduction. The WDB-Chair, Matt Massicotte has recommended halting funding for the following positions as of May 17, 2013; the Director, the One Stop Center MIS Specialist/Network Administrator in the Ironwood office and the Houghton County Office Manager. Commissioner Kangas and Oliver represent the County on the Western U.P. Manpower Consortium and were notified of this reduction in funding on May 2nd. Johnson has said on more than one occasion, his office has done everything the State office has required. Johnson feels the Workforce Development Board has over stepped their authority on the matter and believes violations of the Open Meetings Act have occurred. After lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to Orrin Bailey, WUP Fiscal Agent and request an immediate resignation of Matt Massicotte as Chair of the Workforce Development Board.

OTHER MATTERS
By-Laws of Gogebic County Fair Board

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Fair Board By-laws as presented.

Agenda Additions:

Dal Pra Scholarship Committee recommendations

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to award a total of 73 scholarships at $2,000 each to graduating seniors from Ironwood 42, Bessemer 12, Wakefield-Marenisco 13 and Watersmeet Schools 6.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Peterson was requested by Dennis Ribbens to seek the name change for a lake in Watersmeet Township. The lake is currently known as Joyce Lake. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel.

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Chairman Siirila congratulated the Prosecutor and the Sheriff department on the verdict of guilty in the Kenneth Peters jury trial.

Jim Loeper, County Emergency Coordinator gave a brief update on the flood damages in the County. Loeper said the damage is near $1 million and was primarily to roads, with the Cities of Ironwood and Wakefield also having manpower and equipment costs. Governor Snyder did declare 19 Counties in Michigan disasters due to the flooding.

Treasurer Sue Pertile informed the Board 25 property owners were helped as part of the Step Forward program, which helps property owners who have endured a financial hardship. Pertile mentioned Carrie Bull, her new hire, will begin work on Monday May 13th.

Clerk Gerry Pelissero read a letter that Judge Roy Gotham sent to Mattson’s TV and Appliance thanking the business for loaning a 50” TV monitor to the Circuit Court for video testimony in the Peters trial. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter from the Board to Mattson’s as well.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

______________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

May 22, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(May 8th, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four additions; Brownfield Redevelopment Authority appointments, letter of appreciation to Lakeshore Equipment and Truck sales, release Public Act 2 funds and a Western U.P. Manpower Correspondence.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----04/24/13
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee--------05/08/13
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried to receive the report and place it on file. The suggested motion was already made at the May 8, 2013 regular meeting.

Technology Committee-----------------------05/14/13
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

APPEARANCES:

1. Equalization Director, Tom Novascone

(RE: 2013 County tax rate adoption)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the proposed 2013 tax rate for the County. The maximum allowed is 6.6800 mills. The County taxable value is $505,685,288.00. If the tax rate is adopted at the maximum rate it will raise $3,377,977.00 for the County. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to adopt the 2013 County tax rate at 6.6800, the maximum allowed.

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Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: Contracts for Approval and resolutions

East Parallel Taxiway- Mead & Hunt and East Parallel

Taxiway for runway 9/27 MDOT FM 27-05-C58 James Peterson and Sons, Inc. and SESC permit application)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the three contracts and adopt the resolutions as presented.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Orrin Bailey, Western U.P. Fiscal Agent
(RE: Board letter dated May 9, 2013)

Discussion was held on the Bailey’s response to the letter sent out on behalf of the Board. The Board felt their questions weren’t answered or even addressed. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

INCREMENTS AND LONGEVITY:

Lisa Hewitt, Juvenile Court, six month increment
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the increment request.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Menominee County

(RE: Michigan Roads and Highways)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson 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 reports as presented.

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board appointments:

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint the following residents to the Authority Board:

Alan Baron, Rudy Grbavcich, John Garske, Velda Sclafani, Neil Beckman and Gayla Salmi as an alternate for Ironwood Township.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice to send a letter of appreciation to Dan Maki of Lakeshore Equipment and Truck Sales for his help during the flooding in the County. Maki provided a truck to go the Duluth to bring pack 30,000 sand bags. The County was not charged for the service provided by Maki’s company.

Public Act 2 Funds release.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release $7,744.50 to the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency.

Western U. P. Manpower Correspondence

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the correspondence to Corporate Counsel.

Commissioner Oliver briefly discussed the technology committee concerns that some department listings on the County website may have errors. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the administrator to release the memo to department heads seeking their assistance.

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May 22, 2013

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Road Commission Engineer Darren Pionk briefly discussed the public road damage assessment in the County due to the recent flooding.

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 5:30pm.

_______________________________ _________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 12, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:01pm by Chairman Siirila. Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver @ 5:03, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 22nd, 2013 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition: a communication from Mike Harma for the 3rd quarter release of the 2013 appropriation to the airport.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------06/03/2013
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Mr. Rob Drier to fill the vacancy on the Road Commission Board.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Sheriff Peter Matonich
(RE: Public hearing request)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a Public Hearing for June 26th, 2013 at 5:00pm to seek public comment on a grant application through USDA Rural Development. The grant funds will help with the purchase of a patrol car.

Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse
Agency (RE: Thank you)

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

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Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman
(RE: Cash Advance)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac to approve the cash advance up to $50,000.00 for pre-fair vouchers.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: foreclosed parcels/right to purchase)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas that the County exercise their rights to purchase the seven properties listed for a minimum bid contingent upon the City/Township and State having waived their rights.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

Mike Harma, Airport manager
(RE; 3rd Quarter Appropriation release request)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the appropriation.

RESOLUTIONS:

U.P. County Commissioners recommended (3)
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for the three resolutions as presented.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Joann Balduc, Prosecutors Office, 30 years
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the request.

APPOINTMENTS:

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint David Neumann to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila mentioned that MDOT has funds available for the Detroit to Ironwood recreation trails. The funds will probably go through the road commission.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Gayla Salmi of the Gogebic County chapter of the MTA invited the Board to their summer picnic on June 25th at 6:00pm at the Airport Park Pavilion.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

June 26, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following Public Hearing

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was opened by Chairman Siirila at 5:03pm.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (June 12, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three items added to communications. #7 Community Corrections FY2014-15 proposal and application for funds; #8 Airport grant contracts #9 longevity request: Ginny Boline, District Court.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----05/22/2013
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee---------06/13/2013
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Barbara Maronen, MSW, Program Director, RSVP
(RE: electronic recycling program)

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

Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: amending the Gogebic Solid Waste Management Plan)

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

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D. Strader Taylor, President, Northcoast Admim. Consultants
(RE: Interlocal Agreement)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to sign the agreement to form the Western Upper Peninsula Alliance.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson,

NO: (1) Siirila

Motion carried.

Tom Casperson, 38th District State Senator
(RE: Western UP Citizens on Wolf Management)

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

Nicole Frost, Controller/Administrator for Dickinson County
(RE: MI Trail – Belle Isle to Ironwood)

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

Sue Pertile, Gogebic County Treasurer
(RE: Bylaws of the County of Gogebic Brownfield

Redevelopment Authority)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-adopt the Gogebic County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority By-Laws as presented.

Agenda Additions:

Becky McIntyre, Manager WCUP Community Corrections
(RE: FY 2014-15 proposal and application for funds)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the application as presented, and send a letter of approval.

Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: Airport contracts for taxiway, block grant program)

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

Longevity request Ginny Boline, District court
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the longevity request for Ms. Boline dating back to November 30, 2011.

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.

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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 as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Orlich to pay the claims as presented along with one addition; the Maximus bill for $1,112.26, which will be paid out of the Prosecutors contractual line item, 101-229-805.02, and to approve the pre-paids and make them a part of minutes.

Roll Call:
Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote, that if a contract drafted by the Western U.P. Alliance is approved by Corporate Counsel Richard Adams; Joe Andrashie may remain an employee of record for Gogebic County while working in his capacity as fiscal officer with the Western U.P. Alliance as of July 1, 2013.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting

July 10, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (5) Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Siirila

Absent: (2) Gerovac, Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 26th, 2013 regular meeting minutes and June 26th, 2013 public hearing minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

Gary Hoaglund, GIS Manager, Coleman Engineering
(RE: GIS mapping presentation)

Mr. Hoaglund presented the GIS mapping program that is used by various departments within the Courthouse and is available to the public through the County website. Seven of the nine municipalities in the County paid $1,000 for the program as well. Erwin and Watersmeet Township didn’t pay the fee. The Equalization and Treasurer’s offices are using the program and local assessors and real estate companies as well. Hoaglund briefly showed the Board how the program can be used for various tasks. Hoaglund’s presentation lasted about 20 minutes and ended with a few questions from the Board. No Board action was necessary.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Lake Superior Binational Forum
(RE: Lake Superior Day, Sunday July 21, 2013)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to support and celebrate July 21, 2013 as Lake Superior Day.

Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Annual CEDS Projects)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to have County Clerk Gerry Pelissero forward the CEDS information to the cities and townships.

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Jonathon Mead, Executive Director, UPCAP
(RE: 2014-16 Plan for elderly services)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the resolution.

LONGEIVTY/INCREMENTS:

1. Marietta Appner, six months, Probate Court

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

TABLED MATTERS:

Kim Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(Amending of solid waste plan) Tabled from June 26, 2013

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

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the Gogebic County Solid Waste Planning Committee as recommended.

OTHER MATTERS
Sheriff Matonich requested payment to CDW for computer tablets for the squad cars. The cost is $20,099.18 and all but $2,000 will be reimbursed. He has to purchase first then submit a request for reimbursement. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson to approve the payment to CDW in the amount of $20,099.18 out of the supplies line item. (101-301-750.00)

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried. Emergency Manager Jim Loeper informed the Board that the FEMA Kickoff meeting for flood damage in the County will be held in L’Anse on July 16th. The County then will have 60 days to submit flood damage costs for reimbursement due to the flooding in May of this year.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

__________________________ __________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 10, 2013 regular meeting minutes.)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to appearances; Richard Pallin regarding his parent’s property being in foreclosure and treatment of this situation by courthouse employees.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----06/26/2013
Health & Welfare Committee------------------07/15/2013
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the reports and place them on file.

APPEARANCES:

1. Nicole F. Frost, Controller/Administrator, Dickinson County

(Re: Alternate Southern Route – Proposed Trail

Barbara Kramer, Dickinson County Commissioner addressed the Board regarding the Belle Isle Park to Ironwood recreation trail proposed by Governor Snyder. Dickinson County is seeking support for an alternate route to the proposed trail. The Governor’s proposed trail follows the North Country trail as it enters both Ontonagon and Gogebic County. Kramer is proposing a southern route using existing trails to have a greater economic impact on the southern Counties, which border Wisconsin. Kramer presented how bicycling has an economic impact on a municipality. Her 25 minute presentation included questions from the Board on motorized and non-motorized trails. After looking at the map of the Governor’s proposed trail it was pointed out that most of Gogebic County wouldn’t benefit directly from the trail use as proposed. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners proposed southern route for the Belle Isle to Ironwood trail, as long as the trail is designated a multi-use trail.

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Agenda Addition:

2. Richard Pallin, RE: Foreclosure of Property complaint.

Mr. Pallin addressed the Board regarding the treatment of his parents, Richard and Jeanne Pallin, during the foreclosure of their property. Pallin mentioned his parents are up in age and have had medical issues and didn’t need the extra stress brought on by harassing phone calls and rude treatment. Pallin mentioned that his parents received a call from within the courthouse inquiring about the property; that his cousin got a call from someone from the courthouse seeking payment of taxes and that his cousin is not a listed owner of the property. His mother tried to pay the taxes with a personal check and was told that the Treasurer’s office has a policy not to accept a personal check for delinquent taxes. Pallin also requested information on the County Land Bank and its membership, which he didn’t receive from the employee. County Treasurer, Sue Pertile, explained to the Board and Pallin the process and timelines regarding the foreclosure of property and Public Act 123. Finally, Pallin asked if there was anyway payment could be credited to the delinquent taxes. Pertile said it was too late for any payments and that the property would be available at the August 3rd, 2013 tax sale held in Watersmeet Township in Gogebic County. Pertile explained how the auction will work. A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice to refer the comments regarding employees in the letter to the personnel and negotiations committee.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson, to pay the claims along with the pre-paids as presented with the exception of the Gabridge and Company bill for $1,200.00, which will be held until the 2012 audit report is presented and to make the claims and the pre-paids a part of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:02pm.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 24, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson to approve the agenda with one addition; an appearance by Interim Forestry Director Greg Ryskey regarding an amendment to the Michigan DNR Trust fund project agreement at Little’s Point, then a member of the public Randy Kashieh, requested he be added to agenda, and Gerovac amended his motion, Peterson supported the addition of Kashieh as an appearance, which then carried on a unanimous voice vote.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Joe Verlin, CPA, Gabridge and Company

(RE: 2012 Audit presentation)

Mr. Verlin presented the 2012 Audit report to the Board. During his presentation Verlin informed the Board that the County received an unqualified opinion, the highest that can be issued. The General Fund’s fund balance ended 2012, with a balance of $288,124.00. This represents about 5% of the County’s general expenditures. The 2012 General Fund budget finished the year with all departments staying within budget. Verlin also discussed the new GASB 68 requirement which begins in 2014 regarding pension plans and unfunded liability. He will keep the County informed on how this new rule will affect the County audit reports in the future. After a brief question and answer period with the Board, a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the 2012 audit as presented.

2. Jeffrey Betlewski, Housing Director, GO-CAA

(RE: Place-Based Targeting Strategy)

Mr. Betlewski presented the changes in the MSHDA funding requirements for the County allocation program. The change requires the County to target 50% of program funds to target communities within the County.

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Once this step is complete, the County will receive the other 50% for use throughout the entire County.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to name the City of Bessemer, City of Ironwood and City of Wakefield as the County Allocation Communities as required in step two of the process.

Agenda Additions:

3. Greg Ryskey, Interim Director, County Forestry and Parks

Mr. Ryskey informed the Board that the Michigan DNR Trust Fund (MNDRTF) project agreement signed in 2011 needs an amendment. The amendment lengthens the project period to November of 2013 and removes scope item #5 Camp Site Development; item #5 was removed because of the lack of potable water at Little Girls Point. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the amendment and authorize the chairman’s signature on the document.

4. Randall Kashieh, Re: Gogebic County Fair

Mr. Kashieh spoke to the Board about the recent County Fair. He was disappointed in the fact that Spectrum Entertainment didn’t provide a Merry-Go-Round as part of their carnival. He thought the daily gate price was too expensive at $12.00, without consideration for the disabled. The Fair did allow groups of disabled persons from Highline Corporation and Medical Care Facility on Friday free admission to the Fair. He thought the fair was discriminating against individuals with disabilities which included his daughter by charging them the full gate price. Kashieh discussed the cost of booths for vendors. Finally, Kashieh wanted to thank Tina Romosz, Fair secretary for all her efforts to help his family out. Chairman Siirila mentioned he would talk to the Fair Board about his concerns and get back to him soon.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Congressman Dan Benishek

(RE: USDA Rural Development grant)

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

2. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(RE: Delinquent Personal Property)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve Chairman Siirila’s signature on the waiver and consent form regarding the 2007 personal property taxes. The total amount being waived is $20,384.62. Municipalities involved include Ironwood and Watersmeet Townships and the Cities of Bessemer, Ironwood and Wakefield.

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Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Mike Harma, Airport Manager

(RE: Two MDOT contracts and resolutions)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize Chairman Siirila to sign contracts 2013-0351 and 2013-0352.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the corresponding resolutions for contracts 2013-0351 and 2013-0352.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Opposition to HB 4785

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented in opposition of HB 4785. The resolution will be on file in the Clerk’s office.

2. Suicide Prevention Week

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented and proclaim September 8th through the September 14th, 2013 as Suicide Prevention Week in Gogebic County.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila discussed the lack of communication coming from the 4H program and the MSU director regarding programs funded by the County. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to send a letter to the MSU Director and 4H Coordinator requesting updates on the programs regularly.

Siirila informed the Board it appears the fiscal officer with Michigan Works, Joe Andrashie, has been hired by the new Alliance, but has been informed by Orrin Bailey of the Alliance he will be laid off from that position September 30, 2013.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting was adjourned at 5:47pm.

_______________________________ _______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 14, 2013 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters: release of Public Act 2 funds

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Personnel & Negot. Committee/Comm of the Whole---07/22/2013

2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------07/24/2013

3. Personnel & Negot. Committee/Comm of the Whole---08/14/2013

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

APPEARANCES:

1. Doug Brahee, MSU Extension Specialist & Interim Dist. 1 Coordinator

Mr. Brahee gave the Board an update on the MSU Extension and 4H programs. He discussed the agriculture and natural resource projects and programs. He introduced employees of MSU and 4H who gave updates on their programs. Ashley Hampston discussed the 4H clubs which include, Curry Comb, Community, Superior Shooting Sports and County Livestock clubs. She presented pictures from some of the events and fundraisers youth have been involved with. Erin Ross spoke on her nutrition program, her involvement with the schools including Head Start. Lucia Patritto, Extension Educator, spoke on her disease prevention and management program. She also discussed other classes she has presented to the public through a cooperative effort with Iron County Wisconsin.

Brahee ended the presentation with a few questions from the Board, and mentioned that MSU Extension will keep the Board informed on a regular basis.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

1. James B. Maki

(RE: Remonumentation program and Grant Administrator)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to name Greg Ryskey as the grant administrator for the Survey and Remonumentation Program, and to name Ryskey as the grant administrator for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant.

2. Norman E. Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Reissue of nine special use permits)

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. Catherine Maleport, Chippewa County Clerk

(Re: Resolution Requesting Full Funding of Revenue Sharing)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Peterson discussed the wash out on US 2 east of Marenisco Township, he was concerned that the Road Commission hasn’t repaired this site since the spring and it is a hazardous condition. A motion was made by Peterson; supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to Road Commission engineer Darren Pionk seeking repairs immediately.

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Agenda addition:

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson, to release the Public Act 2 funds to the Substance Abuse Agency. The amount to be released is $3,507.50.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

County EMS Director Jim Loeper mentioned that the County will have a hazardous materials drop off day at the Transfer Station on September 7th from 8 to noon.

Finally, Randy Kashieh was in attendance to discuss his concerns at the Fair that he mentioned at the August 14th meeting. Chairman Siirila provided the answers for Mr. Kashieh. Commissioner Gerovac invited Kashieh to the next Fair Board meeting on September 9th.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 11, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Gerovac, Peterson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Siirila

Absent: (1) Jacobson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 28, 2013 regular Board meeting.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich 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 and to add a resolution to communications #3.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: credit card for Greg Ryskey, Forestry and Parks)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the credit card request for Greg Ryskey with a $2,000.00 limit.

Ginny Sullivan, Director of Travel Initiatives
(RE: Recreation trail support)

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

Agenda addition:

Resolution in Support of SB50 and HB4284
RE: ORV use (MAC recommendation)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution in support of Senate Bill 50 and House Bill 4284, adding the Upper Peninsula in the resolution.

OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila informed the Board of the resignation of Emily McGrath as the 4H coordinator effective September 30, 2013.

Commissioner Kangas discussed the recent blight property issues in the County and thought the Board should look into ways to aid the local units of Government.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Randy Kashieh was in attendance and again spoke on the Fair and the recent Fair Board meeting he attended.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

September 25, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 11, 2013 regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes with one change. Mr. Peterson was listed as absent and Jacobson was listed as present. Mr. Jacobson was absent and Mr. Peterson was present.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with one addition; a recommendation from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee-----08/28/13
a. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to renew the employee assistance program with the Western U. P. Substance Abuse Service Coordinating Agency and the proper officials be authorized to sign.

b. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the Sheriff Department Budget by $17,800 with revenue from a Department of Justice Grant.

Revenues

101-000-556.00 increased from $0.00 to $17,800.00

Federal Grant Department of Justice

Expenditures

101-301-750.00 increased from $23,350.00 to $41,150.00

Supplies and Materials

c. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to cover any shortfalls for the Forestry and Parks Commission to the amount necessary.

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Economic Development and Cap. Improv. -----09/03/13
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for snowplowing bids for the Courthouse/Sheriff Department and the Natural Resource Center for a three year period.

Economic Development and Cap. Improv. -----09/11/13
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda Addition:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----09/25/13
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to amend the Emergency Management Budget as recommended by the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee.

Revenues

101-000-560.00

Federal Grant – Emer. Services increased from $0.00 to $29,931.90

101-000-561.02

State Grant – Emer. Mitigation increased from $2,480 to $17,874.68

Expenditures

101-426-750.00

Emerg. Mang. Supplies increased from $1,500 to $31,431.90

101-426-806.01

Emerg. Mang. Mit. Pass Thru increased from $0.00 to $15,394.68

APPEARANCES:

Tim McGuire, Executive Director MAC
(RE: MAC update)

Mr. McGuire gave an update to the Board on the legislation that MAC is working on for Counties. He discussed the Workers Compensation Board, which Commissioner Kangas is member. He anticipates a dividend for the County to be similar to what was received in 2012. Other topics included revenue sharing, the continued impact on Counties with the State’s unfunded mandates and PILT money that should be received by the County. At the end of his update McGuire answered questions from the Board and heard of a few issues with the most recent workers compensation audit company. He thanked the Board for their continued cooperation with MAC and looks forward to seeing them at the U.P. County Commissioners Conference in Harris, Michigan on October 17th and 18th.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, Substance Abuse
Agency (RE: Public Act 2 funds thank you)

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

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Bobbi Jo Fergusson, Director, Gogebic/Iron/Ont. DHS
(RE: appointment for November 1, 2013)

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the position according to Board policy.

Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: 2013 Fourth Quarter appropriation release)

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

McKenzie & Talaska Attorneys at Law
(RE: Public Defender Contract)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter at this time.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Kathy Jo Koval, Equalization Department, six months

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to pay the claims as presented along with the pre-paids and to include the bill from Bee-Ver Tree Service in amount of $220.00 out of 101-265-933.00. The spruce tree near the handicap ramp was removed.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting Minutes

September 30, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

4:30 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 4:30pm by Chairman Siirila.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (5) Jacobson, Kangas, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (2) Gerovac, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES: (no minutes were presented as this meeting)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich 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 were none.

PURPOSE:

1. Discussion of the District Court Drug and Alcohol Court

District Judge Anders B. Tingstad discussed the Drug and Alcohol Court with the Board. He discussed the program and how it will help those in need of assistance for alcohol and drug abuse. The program is funded through a Federal Grant and the State of Michigan Supreme Court oversees the program. Five Counties in the U.P. Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw will share a total of $262,000. Reimbursable costs Gogebic County will receive through the program would be for travel and personnel costs. The Board’s main concern was since this is a pilot program funded through a grant would the County be obligated to fund the program when and if the grant funds are no longer available. Tingstad presented information that the County is not obligated to fund the program through the general fund, but a good faith effort should be made to continue the program if at all possible. Finally, Tingstad offered a resolution for adoption of the Alcohol and Drug Court with language that addresses the programs funding obligations.

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson to adopt the resolution as presented.

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RESOLUTION OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG COURT

Commissioner Jacobson moved the approval of the following resolution, seconded by Commissioner Peterson.

WHEREAS, the County of Gogebic along with Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw Counties have been awarded a grant of $262,000 to operate a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court, and

WHEREAS, this grant is managed by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) who administers Federal Funds supporting the Grant, and

WHEREAS, the present Regional Drug and Alcohol Court is a pilot program and is totally supported by the Grant and in kind contribution from local governments, and

WHEREAS, this Regional Drug and Alcohol Court is to be administrated and operated on the principles of The National Center for DWI Courts, and

WHEREAS, Session 21 of the Centers Work Book is how to provide for funding when the federal grants decrease or disappear, and

WHEREAS, all participants pledge a good faith effort to continue the Alcohol/Drug Courts existence when the grant money disappears; and this assurance should not be understood as acceptance of a mandate to continue funding should the above grant be discontinued, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT resolved that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners expressed an intent to continue the program, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners does not accept any obligation to fund the Court should federal funding cease; however, the Commission reserves the right to fund a continued effort at any level should the money exist and the Commission agrees to do so, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners be authorized to sign any necessary documents.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (4) Jacobson, Kangas, Peterson, Siirila NO: (1) Orlich

Motion carried.

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September 30, 2013

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OTHER MATTERS
There was none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:10pm.

______________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 25th and September 30th special meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes from each meeting 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: an appearance by Doug Brahee, of MSU Extension and a recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

APPEARACNES:

Sue Harter, WUPPDR, Financial Secretary
(RE: Kim Stoker presentation)

Mr. Stoker appeared via video conferencing to discuss the Regional Reinvention Initiative and the Regional Prosperity Initiative to the Board. The Initiative encourages State designated planning regions to collaborate with each other so they will be eligible to apply for grants from the Regional Prosperity Initiative. Stoker discussed ways the County and WUPPDR are collaborating already and what plans are being worked on for the future. Stoker presented a resolution for consideration and adoption by the Board. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented.

Agenda Addition:

Doug Brahee, Director District 1, MSU Extension
Mr. Brahee was present to discuss the 4H Coordinator position with the Board. Due to the recent resignation of the 4H Coordinator, Emily McGrath, this position has been vacant. Brahee informed the Board the application deadline is midnight tonight and that the screening process of the applicants will take place on October 15th, and interviews will be held on October 31st. Brahee asked the Board to designate two people to take part in the hiring process.

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The Board had several questions for Brahee, which included the new requirements of a bachelor’s degree for the position, what the pay is for the position and why are we paying for a Coordinator position through the Memorandum of Agreement, when we’ve only had a person in the position for about two months this year. The Board informed Brahee how disappointed they are with MSU’s hiring process and how the 4H program has been administered 4H this year. Brahee will forward the Board’s concerns to MSU.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Susanne M Adams, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest
(RE: Aspen Management Project field trip)

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

OTHER MATTERS

Recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to accept the bid from J.E. Tauer for snowplowing and snow removal at the Courthouse and Sheriff Department parking lots. The bid is for a two-year contract for snowplowing and snow removal at the Courthouse and Sheriff Department as follows: $50/hour for truck plowing and $75/ for a loader. The County maintenance crew will plow the Natural Resource Center parking lot to save money. This will be evaluated and if necessary J.E. Tauer will be contacted.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Randy Kashieh was in attendance and again discussed Fair Board concerns with the Board.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:02pm following the public hearing on the 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 9th, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich 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 four additions: a communication from Mike Harma, Airport Manager regarding advertising for an at large position on the Airport Board;

Three items added to Other Matters, FEMA paperwork for reimbursement, budget amendment for the Drug and Alcohol Court and AT&T easement issue in Watersmeet.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----09/25/13
Economic Development & Capital Improve.-----10/09/13
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----10/09/13
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1,2 & 3.

APPEARANCES:

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

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2013 Millage Apportionment Report. This is the annual report in which the County sets millage that will be levied in December. The County adopted the millage to be levied as presented by Novascone at 1.8333. Medical Care Facility Maintenance of Effort .3000, MCF Building and Site .4000, County Transit .3333, Senior Programs .6000 and Animal Control .2000.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to adopt the 2013 December millage levy at 1.8333 as presented.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Timothy K. McGuire, Executive Director, MAC
(RE: resolutions received)

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

Randel Van Portfliet, Superior Region Engineer, MDOT
(RE: ORV Right of Ways in the County)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the connector routes for ORVs along the MDOT right of Way.

Michael J.D. Brown, Community Development Director, Ironwood
(RE: Public Hearings)

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

Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: Advertising for At-Large Position)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by a six yea – one nay vote to advertise for the position.

RESOLUTIONS:

2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation resolution
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented.

The Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee had to recess their meeting prior to approving the presented claims. This agenda was adjusted to accommodate for this change and for the people in attendance.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

FEMA update.

Jim Loeper, County EMS Coordinator discussed the FEMA reimbursement with the Board for flood damage in the County earlier this year. FEMA approved $18,000 for the County, which will be paid out on a 75%- 25% local match. The State of Michigan at this time is not meeting their obligation of the half of the local match so the County will have to come up with full balance of $4,500.00. Loeper presented the FEMA paperwork for the Chairman to sign. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to authorize the Chairman to sign the FEMA documents.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Loeper also mentioned that the City of Ironwood and City of Wakefield were pleased with their FEMA reimbursements, but the Gogebic County Road Commission will be appealing their FEMA reimbursement. Of the $1.3 million dollars in damage submitted the Road Commission will receive approximately $240,000. The County has 60 days to appeal and then FEMA has 90 days to reply. He will keep the Board informed as he works with Road Commission Engineer/Manager Darren Pionk on this appeal.

Drug and Alcohol Court Budget Amendment

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac to adopt the District Court Drug and Alcohol Court Budget as recommended by the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee and to make Jason Weston, full time County employee for as long as the grant funds are available.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Peterson discussed an easement that AT&T may be seeking to place transformers on the Watersmeet School District property. He said the proposed site could be on or near the school’s playground. He would be seeking the Board’s help on the matter if needed.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Adolph and Jean Passint appeared to discuss the Oman’s Creek dredging and some erosion to their adjacent property. Mrs. Passint’s family owns the Oman property which is located immediately to the west of the Oman’s creek. They have discussed their concerns with the lack of erosion control at Oman’s creek with many people over the years and lately feel their concerns are falling on deaf ears. The Army Corp of Engineers permit requires the spoils to be moved to the southeast of the creek and towards the DNR’s bathrooms. Passint’s concerns include with the level of Lake Superior lately the erosion could affect the bathrooms as well the as the road and bridge in that location. Discussion followed and then a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to our State Legislators, the DNR and Bill Doan to address the Passint’s concerns.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to recess the meeting at this time (5:35pm) to reconvene the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting.

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At 6:12p.m, a motion was made by Gerovac supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to reconvene the meeting.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Public Defender contract.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ _____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes

October 23, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

PUBLIC HEARING

The purpose of the public hearing is to receive final public comment regarding the Gogebic County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Roll Call:
Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

Chairman Siirila read the purpose of the Public Hearing for those in attendance. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver to open the public hearing. The Chairman asked three times for public comment on the Gogebic County 2013-2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan and heard none. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried to close the public hearing.

_______________________________ ______________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2013

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.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 23, 2013 public hearing and regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:

Personnel & Negotiations Committee-----10/30/13
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Jacobson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint George Samardich to fill the vacancy on the Department of Human Services Board.

APPEARANCES:

Doug Brahee, MSU Extension Interim District 1 Director
(RE: Quarterly Update)

Mr. Brahee appeared before the Board to give them the 3rd quarter activity report. He introduced Erin Ross; an extension educator gave her report on the programs she handles for the MSU extension. Lucia Patritto then gave her report which included health senior living programs. Brahee closed by discussing the 4H program coordinator position which has been filled on an interim basis by Crystal Kinnunen. The position could be filled permanently if the County Board would agree to fund MSU in 2014. Commissioner Oliver felt the Board should wait on all appropriation decisions until the 2014 budget is finalized.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Lisa Edmunds, CD Operations Specialist, MSHDA
(RE: Closeout of Grant #MSC-2010-0738-HOA)

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

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Greg Ryskey, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission
(RE: MNRTF-Grant Amendment No. 2)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by a six yea - one nay vote to approve the amendment for the MNETF project agreement amendment No. 2 and to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents.

APPOINTMENTS:

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Carrie Bull, six months, treasurer office
Ms. Bull is a part-time employee and is not eligible for the increment until she accumulates six months of working hours. The letter was removed from the agenda.

RESOLUTIONS:

Marenisco Township, southern route of Belle Isle to Ironwood
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the resolution and place it on file.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT(5 minute limit)

Mr. Don Martinson commented on the MSU Extension and the 4H programs. He feels the County Board should look into other ways to fund the youth programs separately.

At 5:28p.m. a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to recess the meeting and reconvene after the personnel and negotiations committee meeting.

At 6:15p.m. a motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to reconvene the meeting.

There were no recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:20pm.

_____________________________ ____________________________

Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 11, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance a moment of silence was observed in honor of District Five Commissioner Dennis Jacobson, who passed away on Sunday December 8th.
ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 27, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions: a solid waste resolution, the procedure to fill the vacancy in District Five and discussion on the Road Commission plowing policies.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Chris Holly, Account Supervisor, Michigan DNR
(RE: Secure Rural Schools Act State payment)

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas, to choose option #2, the State payment, with Title I allocated 85% and Title II allocated 15%.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (6) Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Janet Fox, Administrative Secretary, W.U.P. Health Dept.
(RE: Letters to Legislators, public beach monitoring)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of opposition to the funding of beach monitoring which eliminates funding for Gogebic County E.coli bacteria testing at our public beaches.

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Agenda Additions:

Resolution to amend the Gogebic County Solid Waste Management plan
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Amendment to the Gogebic County Solid Waste Management Plan. The amendment would allow the County to accept waste from all Michigan Counties and export waste to all Michigan Counties.

Procedure to fill Commissioner District five vacancy
Clerk Gerry R. Pelissero informed the Board on the election law that

must be followed to fill the vacancy. The County Board must fill the vacancy within thirty days of the vacancy, or hold a special election in February if the appointment isn’t made within 30 days. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to advertise to fill the vacancy with the deadline to receive applications Friday December 20, 2013 by noon.

OTHER MATTERS
Discussion on the Road Commission snow plowing policies.

Commissioner Peterson began the discussion by mentioning that he has received several calls from within his District 7 from residents as well both the Watersmeet Township and Marenisco Township Supervisors, concerned about how poor the road conditions have been so far this winter snowplowing season. Road Commission engineer/manager Darren Pionk was in attendance and discussed the snowplowing policy. This policy calls for a call out early at 4am if there is 6 inches or more on the roads. The crew will start the regular day at 6am otherwise. Sand will be utilized at intersections, hills and curves. Salt is used when the temperature will allow for melting. The largest problem is the funding received from the State of Michigan and the restrictions placed on how equipment can be used while plowing. The Board had several questions for Pionk, who mentioned the policy of the 6 inch call out will be re-visited at the next regular Road Commission meeting. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac, to send letters to our State Legislators seeking additional funds for snowplowing, and also to request the State allow a pilot program to use the double wing plow on the highways.

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December 11, 2013

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Rick Minkin, of Bessemer submitted a letter of interest to be appointed to fill the vacancy in District Five.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 27, 2013

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 13, 2013 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich 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: a recommendation from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing committee meeting from earlier today and an update on the youth activity committee formation, which will look into the possibility of replacing the 4H program.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Committee Meetings - Summary Reports

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----------10/23/2013

2. Personnel & Negot. Committee/Comm of the Whole----11/13/2013

3. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee---------------11/14/2013

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file all three reports, there were no recommendations.

Agenda Addition:

4. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----------11/27/2013

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act 2 funds to the W.U.P. Substance Abuse Agency in the amount of $7,550.50.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Gerry Pelissero, Gogebic County Clerk-ROD

(RE: second meeting in December)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the second meeting in December to the 26th, the FBA meeting at 4:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m.

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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Lisa Hewitt, Juvenile court, one year
A motion was made by Jacobson, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the one-year increment as requested.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Gerovac, Jacobson, Kangas,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Oliver discussed the youth activity committee that is forming to look at ways to provide similar youth programs and activities currently provided by 4H through the MSU Extension office. Mr. Oliver has recruited members from the community as well as from the Fair Board. The list includes Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman, Don Martinson and Theresa Anderson from the community. Oliver and Peterson have expressed interest to represent the Board. A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to approve the membership of the committee as recruited by Oliver.

Commissioner Jacobson briefly updated the Board on his attendance at the U.P. County Commissioners conference in Harris, Michigan.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Ironwood Township Supervisor Alan Baron presented a letter of support in restoring the County Treasurer’s office to two full-time employees.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk