2014 Regular Meeting Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting Minutes
January 3, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
9:00 a.m.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 9:02 a.m. by Chairman Siirila.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (6) Gerovac, Kangas, Peterson, Oliver, Orlich, Siirila
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
Appointment of District Five Commissioner
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the floor for nominations to fill the vacancy in Commissioner District Five. Oliver then nominated Bonovetz, with support from Kangas, after discussion, Oliver then placed both names in for nomination, with support from Kangas. Both candidates Joe Bonovetz and Rick Minkin were placed in for nomination. Chairman Siirila opened the floor to each candidate to address the Board. Each candidate briefly addressed the Board about their qualifications. Prior to the voting the Board discussed the possibility of a tie vote and how to break it if there was such.

ROLL CALL:
Orlich: Bonovetz
Peterson: Minkin
Kangas: Bonovetz
Oliver: Bonovetz
Gerovac: Minkin
Siirila: Bonovetz

Mr. Bonovetz was appointed to the fill the vacancy in District Five until 12/31/2014. Bonovetz assumed his place at the meeting.
OTHER MATTERS
County Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that the 2014 MSU Extension Memorandum of Agreement has yet to be signed. Doug Brahee, the interim District 1 Director has resigned his position and the candidate that was to begin as Gogebic County’s 4H Director has decided not to accept the position that was offered. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to place the 2014 MSU Extension Memorandum of Agreement on the January 8th, 2014 agenda.

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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 9:23 a.m.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
January, 8th, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Siirila at 5:00 p.m.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Siirila
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 26, 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
ELECTION OF BOARD VICE-CHAIRMAN
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the floor for nominations. Peterson nominated Gerovac with support from Bonovetz. The Chairman asked three more times for any other nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to close nominations and cast a unanimous vote for Tom Gerovac as Vice-Chairman.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Sandra Gallagher, Realty Specialist
(RE: Proposed Trust Acquisition of Land)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
2. Mike Rogers, Watersmeet Township Supervisor
(RE: Proposed Trust Acquisition of Land)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
3. Mike Harma, Gogebic-Iron County Airport Manager
(RE: Release of 1st and 2nd Quarter Appropriation)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the first and second quarter appropriation to the airport.

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January, 8th, 2014
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INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:
1. Marietta Appner, Probate Court, one year
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the one-year increment request.
OTHER MATTERS
Chairman Siirila announced his resignation as of January 31, 2014 as a Board member. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise to fill the vacancy in District Two.

2014 MSU Memorandum of Agreement

Commissioner Oliver began the discussion by providing a summary of the first meeting of the Youth Program committee, which was formed to look at ways to provide youth programs, if the MSU Extension MOA is not signed.
Doug Brahee, Interim District One Director was in attendance at the meeting and answered questions from the Board. Oliver asked what happens to 4H club checking account funds if the MOA is not signed. Brahee said the funds would be kept in escrow for a period of time, and later on they would be dispersed to other 4H clubs within the District. The funds were raised under a 4H program and that is why the funds would be held in escrow. Gerovac mentioned that some of these funds were intended for new windows at the Exposition building and could these funds still be used for that purpose. Brahee said he would get an answer. Brahee and Lucia Patritto thought there were a few misconceptions about the MSU 4H Coordinator position. They discussed with the Board that a coordinator was not available to the public for about three weeks in 2013. After further discussion Oliver mentioned that another meeting of the Youth Program Committee will be held Tuesday, January 14th at 5:15 in the Conference room of the Courthouse and they will meet with the members of the 4H clubs and any other interested people. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. prior the next regular meeting of the County Board.
Brahee was asked if MSU could wait until after this public hearing for a decision on the MOA, he said yes.

A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the MSU Memorandum of Agreement until after the public hearing.

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Heating issues in the Courthouse

Commissioner Kangas informed the Board of the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee held earlier today on the heating issues at the Courthouse. The committee will look at getting an opinion on how to solve the heating issues as well addressing the plumbing problems at the jail.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting
January 22, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Siirila called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (5) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Orlich, Siirila
Absent: (2) Oliver, Peterson
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES( January 3rd special meeting & January 8th regular meeting minutes)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented. Clerk Pelissero will bring up a meeting invite in Other Matters.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS:
1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----12/26/13
2. Economic Development & Capital Improv. ----- 1/08/14
3. Technology Committee ----------------------- 1/09/14
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one, two and three as presented and place them on file.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: reduction in Airport Board membership)
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to sign Amendment #2 to reduce the Airport Board to five members, three shall be members of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners and two will be members of Iron County Board of Supervisors.
2. Gerry R. Pelissero County Clerk-Register
(RE: Oman’s Creek BAS)
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to contact Mr. Doan and invite him to a February Board meeting, which will include the Forestry and Parks Commission.
3. Legislative Contingent
(RE: PILT Funding)
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

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4. Kim J. Stoker, Executive Director, WUPPDR
(RE: Regional Prosperity Plan funding)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
APPOINTMENTS:
1. Land Bank Authority
A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Kangas and Gerovac to the Land Bank Authority as requested.
2. Gogebic County Transit (Board member appt.)
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas to appoint Orlich as the County Board member and appoint Dave Pawlak as the at large member, he was the only applicant.
RESOLUTIONS:
1. Allegan County, Senate Bill 636 (oppose)
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a resolution in opposition of SB 636.
TABLED MATTERS:
1. MSU Extension Memorandum of Agreement
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Gerovac and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the MOA off the table.
Bonovetz discussed the meeting the youth program committee held recently. He informed the Board about 20 people attended the meeting, most were adults who volunteer their time to help with programs affiliated with the MSU Extension and all the programs offered. Both he and Commissioner Oliver thought the meeting was very positive and informative. Commissioner Kangas, Gerovac, Orlich and Siirila also expressed their views on the MSU Extension and the programs offered. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to sign the Memorandum of Agreement with MSU.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas,
Orlich, Siirila
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Orlich 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 Bonovetz to pay the claims as presented plus one addition for $1,334.10 to AmeraPlan, 101-900-716.00, Hospitalization stop loss premium, and approve the pre-paids and make the claims and the pre-paids a part of the minutes.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas,
Orlich, Siirila
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Pelissero read an invite from the Michigan Western Gateway Authority inviting two of the Commissioners to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday January 28th at 1pm at the City of Ironwood. Commissioner Bonovetz will attend and possibly one other Commissioner.
Chairman Siirila thanked the Board for their help and friendship during his seven years as a Commissioner, this is his last regular Board meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
Don Martinson informed the Board he will continue to help with the youth program committee, monitor MSU Extension programs and thanked Chairman Siirila for his service on the Board.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Gerovac, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:58 p.m.

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes
Michigan State Extension
January 22nd, 2014
5:00 P.M.

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the future of the Michigan State Extension. The public hearing will be held Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gogebic County Courthouse, 200 N. Moore St. Bessemer, MI 49911.

Present: (5) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Orlich, Siirila
Absent: (2) Oliver, Peterson

Chairman Siirila welcomed the public to the hearing he read the purpose of the public hearing and set the ground rules for comment which would be limited to 3 minutes per person. He mentioned the Board received 21 written comments prior the hearing.

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

Approximately 35 people were in attendance, 17 spoke to the Board on their experience with the MSU Extension Office and 4H.

The Board took comments for about 30 minutes. Chairman Siirila thanked everyone for their comments.

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

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Dan Siirila, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting
February 5, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four items added to Other Matters; Public Act Two funds, election of the Vice Chairman, District Court employee hiring and a MAC resolution.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.

Appointment of District Two Commissioner
Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board that Mike Wiemeri requested his name be withdrawn from consideration. That left three applicants Tom Laabs, Dave Ramme Sr. and Brandon Snyder. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to place all three names in for nomination. Each candidate present was given an opportunity to speak to the Board. Mr. Laabs went first followed by Snyder. Mr. Ramme was not in attendance. The Chairman then called for a roll call vote to appoint the District 2 Commissioner.

Bonovetz: Laabs
Orlich: Laabs
Peterson: Laabs
Kangas: Laabs
Oliver: Laabs
Gerovac: Snyder
Tom Laabs was appointed District 2 Commissioner on a 5-1 vote. Clerk Pelissero administered the oath of office and Laabs assumed his seat on the Board. He will complete his term on 12/31/2014.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:
Public Act Two funds
Kangas was concerned with the change to Northcare of Marquette, effective 10/01/14 as the administrator of the substance abuse

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program rather than the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency that the County’s funding would be affected. The County receives approximately $45,000.00 from the State through P.A. Two funds and has dispersed about $22,000.00 to the Substance Abuse Agency in past years. Kangas will report back to the Board after his next Substance Abuse meeting.

Election of Vice-Chairman
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the floor for nominations. Oliver with support from Kangas nominated Bonovetz; Chairman Gerovac 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 voice vote for Bonovetz as Vice-Chairman, motion carried.

District Court employee hiring
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to advise District Judge Anders B. Tingstad, that prior to hiring a person to fill a vacancy in his office he must meet with the personnel and negotiations committee. Brief discussion on the matter was held and then by unanimous voice vote the motion was approved and County Administrator Juliane Giackino will notify Judge Tingstad of this requirement.

MAC Resolution in support of 100% Revenue Sharing funding for fiscal 2015.
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution in support of the Governor’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget which includes 100% Revenue Sharing funding for all Counties.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Orlich, Peterson,
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(January 22, 2014 Public hearing, regular Board meeting and February 5th 2014 special 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 Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
APPEARANCES:
1. Bill Doan and Eric Cadeau, MDNR Parks and Recreation
(RE: Oman’s Creek BAS)
Mr. Doan and Mr. Cadeau addressed the Board regarding the Oman’s Creek Boating Access Site. Cadeau discussed the past history of dredging at the site to keep the channel open for boat launching. He addressed the erosion issues at the shoreline and the possible solutions that have been proposed by the MDNR to the MDEQ and the Army Corp of Engineers.

Seven different alternatives have been discussed, which included a carry in-carry out launch, a Jetty or a Groin located at the site. The DNR received public input and decided against the carry in-carry out option. The DNR is seeking funding through the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust Fund; if approved a Groin, with the length of 120-160 feet could be constructed to help fisherman safely launch their boats. A consulting firm is working on a design for the BAS, which could take one year for approval. The DNR is seeking funds to allow Gogebic County to contract in 2014 for the dredging of Oman’s Creek as was the case in 2013. The 2014 permit would allow for the initial dredging spoils to be deposited on the west side of the creek to prevent shoreline erosion and then to the east of the creek for the balance of the season. Cadeau and Doan answered a few questions from the Board. Chairman Gerovac thanked Cadeau and Doan for the information.

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2. Michigan Western Gateway Trail Authority Representatives
(RE: MDRNT Trust Fund grant)
Paul Anderson of Coleman Engineering discussed the proposed project with the Board. The Michigan Western Gateway Trail Authority has recently been formed to work on the rails to trails projects in the County. The Trail Authority is working on completing a 4.2 mile trail on the railroad grade from Ironwood to Bessemer, a non-motorized trail. Two grants are available to help, one through the MNDR Trust Fund ($295,000) and a MDOT TAP grant ($1,528,750).

In order to apply and be accepted for the funds an applicant must have a Five-year recreation plan in place. Since the Authority was just formed and Gogebic County has such a plan, Anderson requested the County act as the applicant for the MDNR Trust Fund grant. The County would have to pay approximately $150,000.00 up front for the project with all funds reimbursed to the County by the grant. The project budget is $1,840,500.00. Commissioner Bonovetz discussed the funding with County Treasurer Sue Pertile and said the funds could be utilized from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

The timeline for the project includes an application in April of 2014, approval notification by the MDNRTF in December of 2014, State Appropriation of funds in 2015, construction and the County funds the project in the summer 2016 and reimbursement in early 2017. The Board was concerned with making a commitment in 2014 of funds from the DTRF, when the County general fund budget may be in need of those same committed dollars to balance the 2016 budget.

The Project Agreement language presented concerns as well. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel Richard Adams. With the April 2014 deadline to apply for the grants it is hoped a decision can be made by the March 12, 2014 regular Board meeting.

3. Pete Matonich, County Sheriff
(RE: 2013 year-end report)
Sheriff Matonich presented his 2013 Department report. Road patrol filed 4191 complaints, 413 citations, 192 arrests and responded to 360 accidents. The Jail had 506 bookings, the average inmate population was 27.51. The report also discussed man power, miles patrolled and fuel consumption. Matonich answered a few questions, a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

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COMMUNICATIONS:
1. U.S. Senators Stabenow and Levin
(RE: Propane Shortage)
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
2. Greg Ryskey, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission
(RE: Amendment No. 3 to MNRTF project agreement)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on Amendment #3 of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Project Agreement. (Little Girl’s Point Improvements project TF 10-094) The amendment lengthens the time period for the project’s completion to June 30, 2014.
3. Jim Gribble, Chairman, County Fair Board
(RE: 2014 Appropriation release)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2014 appropriation.
4. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Credit Cards newly appointed Commissioners)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of credit cards for Commissioners Bonovetz and Laabs, with a credit limit of $2,000.00.

RESOLUTIONS:
1. Huron County, HB 5253, support
2. Huron County, HB 5215, support
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to table each resolution until further information is available.

OTHER MATTERS
Oliver discussed the Homeland Security Interlocal Agreements with Houghton County for 2012 and 2013. Emergency Management Services Director Jim Loeper was seeking approval for the agreements. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the agreements until Mr. Loeper is able to attend a Board meeting.
Kangas pointed out an advertisement in the North Country Sun for a position with the MSU Extension. The Board will look into this position and the job description.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 26, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Orlich
Absent: (1) Peterson
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 12, 2014 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 Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two items added to Other Matters: release of Public Act Two funds and to accept the payment from Ontonagon County for the AS400 JIS system charges.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
Committee Meetings - Summary Reports
1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----01/22/14
2. Health and Welfare Committee ---------------01/27/14
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve reports 1,2,4,5 and 6 and place them on file.
3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------01/29/14
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to approve the verbal agreement reached between the Friend of the Court and the Sheriff Department regarding the secretarial position. The Friend of the Court will have 5.5 hours per day and the Sheriff will have 1.5 hours per day indefinitely.
4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------02/12/14
5. Dal Pra Education Award Committee ----------02/18/14
6. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------02/20/14
APPEARANCES:
1. Michigan State Extension Update
Erin Ross updated the Board on her activities at the MSU Extension, which include Santa’s Helpers, the nutrition program and other programs. Ross then introduced the new 4H Coordinator for Gogebic County, Ann Newcombe. Newcombe informed the Board she will attend training next week for the position, has met some of the leaders and groups involved in the 4H programs. She is getting to know the people of Gogebic County. Lucia Patritto did supply the Board with information on her position as an educator, which was handed out.
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COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Timothy McGuire, MAC, Executive Director
(RE: Road Commission Funding)
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
2. Timothy McGuire, MAC, Executive Director
(RE: 100% Revenue Sharing)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
3. Timothy McGuire, MAC, Executive Director
(RE: Opposition to SB 636)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
4. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director EM&HS
(RE: local supplemental funding)
Jim Loeper explained that the 2012 EMPG Grant was awarded supplemental funding, totaling $2,727.32 in local funds. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried to authorize the Chairman and Loeper’s signature on the documents.
5. Gogebic County Fair Board
(RE: Thank you)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Discussion of Western Michigan Gateway Trail Authority Project Agreement.
Paul Anderson and John Garske of Coleman Engineering introduced members of the community who spoke in support of the project. Garske explained the communication that Corporate Counsel Richard Adams presented to the Board; Gogebic County would be the best applicant to receive the grant funds. Anderson explained the process that must be followed. The County would be the applicant; the Board of Commissioners would hold a public hearing, pass a resolution following the public hearing and then apply for the Grant by April 1, 2014. The Board wants to work with the Authority and had a few questions, but it appears those were answered by the Adams letter. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to proceed with having Gogebic County be the Grant applicant for a MDNR Trust Fund Grant for a non-motorized recreational trail from Ironwood to Bessemer on behalf of Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority (MWGTA).
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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to set a Public Hearing for March 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to seek public comment on the MNDR Trust Fund Grant application, with Gogebic County being the applicant.

TABLED MATTERS:
1. Interlocal Agreement with Houghton County
(RE: 2012 and 2013 Homeland Security Funding)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table. Jim Loeper informed the Board that Houghton County has always been the Region 8 fiduciary for the Homeland Security Grants. These Interlocal Agreements are necessary so Gogebic County can receive their allocated funds. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents.

While he still had the floor, Loeper discussed the approved FEMA flooding funds may be released this week for the flood damage repairs from the spring of 2013. He also discussed his plans for this spring and the potential for flooding. Loeper was seeking approval to purchase 10,000 sand bags in preparation for the possibility of flooding. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz, to authorize Loeper to purchase 10,000 sand bags at a cost of approximately $3,000.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the reports as presented.

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CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS
A motion was made by Bonovetz, 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: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Public Act Two funds release.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the Public Act Two funds to the Western U.P. Substance Agency in the amount of $7,701.50.

Ontonagon County payment for AS400 Firewall repair.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the payment of $596.25 from Ontonagon County, which is 50% of the cost incurred to repair the AS400 firewall issue in Ontonagon County.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
Road Commission Engineer/Manager Darren Pionk discussed the culvert work which will be done this summer at 12 locations throughout the County, there will be road closures and the public will be notified when and at which locations.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:53 p.m. The minutes were taken by Administrator Juliane Giackino.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING Minutes
March 12, 2014
5:00 P.M.

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the District Courtroom of the Gogebic County Courthouse, 200 N. Moore St. Bessemer, Michigan 49911. The purpose of the hearing is to hear public comment on the upcoming grant application by Gogebic County for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant (MDNRTFG) for a non-motorized recreational trail from Ironwood to Bessemer on behalf of Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority.

Roll Call:
Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (0) None

At 5:00 p.m. Chairman Gerovac read the purpose of the public hearing for all those in attendance. A motion was then made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the public hearing. Gerovac then asked if there was any public comment. Mike Uskiewicz, City Manager of the City of Bessemer spoke in support of the grant application. Gerovac then asked two more times for any additional public comment and heard none. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing. The public hearing was closed at 5:02 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
Immediately following the Public Hearing
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Gerovac called the meeting to order at 5:02 p.m.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 26, 2014 regular meeting)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to make two corrections to the minutes. The roll call for attendance should show Gerovac in attendance and not Siirila and the (0) should be changed to (1) for those absent.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the agenda as presented.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Gogebic County MTA Chapter
(RE: Natural Gas Service and Resolution)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file and adopt a similar resolution for Gogebic County.
INCREMENTS AND LONGEVITY
1. Carrie Bull, six month increment, Treasurer office
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the six month increment.
OTHER MATTERS
Project Agreement between Gogebic County and Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority (MWGTA).

Paul Anderson of Coleman Engineering discussed the project agreement and the timeline again for the grant application. He presented a resolution of authorization that would have to be adopted if the County Board voted in favor of the project agreement. Anderson answered a few questions from the Board related to funding and local match percentages. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to authorize the chairman’s signature on the Project Agreement between Gogebic County and Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority.

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, NO: (1) Peterson
Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to approve and adopt the Resolution of Authorization as presented by Anderson.

RESOLUTION OF AUTHORIZATION

WHEREAS, Gogebic County supports the submission of an application titled, “Ironwood to Bessemer Trail” to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for development of a 4.2 mile paved non-motorized recreational trail from Ironwood, MI to Bessemer, MI and,

WHEREAS, the proposed application is supported by the Community’s 5-Year Approved Parks and Recreation Plan; and,

WHEREAS, if the grant is awarded the applicant commits its local match and donated amounts from the
following sources:

Western Upper Peninsula Convention & Visitors Bureau $300,000 (donated amount)
MDOT TAP Grant: $1,271,500 (Grant Application Amount)
Total $1,571,500 (sum of donations)

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Gogebic County hereby authorizes submission of a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Application for $295,000, and further resolves to make available a local match through financial commitment and donation(s) of $1,571,500 (84%) of a total $1,866,500 project cost.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, NO: (1) Peterson
Motion carried.

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RESOLUTIONS:
1. Northwoods Rail Transit Commission (Comm. Bonovetz will update)
Bonovetz discussed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission’s goal for the preservation and development of the railroad service in Northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. Bonovetz was involved with this commission in 2011 and 2012 as an at large member representing Gogebic County. Since 2013, Gogebic County was not active with this commission. It was learned that all U.P. Counties which border northern Wisconsin Counties are active members. Iron County Wisconsin Clerk Mike Saari contacted Clerk Gerry Pelissero to see if the County would be interested in membership of the Commission. Laabs mentioned the County had at one time three active rail systems, two of which had been abandoned for recreational purposes and he felt the County should join to preserve and develop the last remaining rail system. Bonovetz mentioned there is a scheduled meeting March 21, 2014 at 10 a.m., in Rhinelander. Jim Rouse was in attendance at the meeting at the request of Bonovetz and discussed the current physical shape of the C&N rail system. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to join the Commission and the Chairman will make two appointments.
Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

Tabled Resolutions:
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to take both resolutions off the table.
1. Huron County, HB 5253, (MAC Supports)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.
2. Huron County, HB 5215, (MAC Supports)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
March 26, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (5) Gerovac, Laabs, Oliver, Orlich,
Peterson
Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Kangas
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 12, 2014 public hearing minutes and March 12, 2014 regular meeting minutes.)
A motion was made by Peterson, 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following items added to Other Matters: Sheriff department vehicle donation to the Search and Rescue team, Four recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing committee meeting of earlier today, the release of the DHS appropriation for 2014, elimination of a Magistrate position for the 2015 budget, Elected and Appointed raise and approval to fill the vacancy in the Clerk’s office.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:
1. Dal Pra Educational Award Committee -------02/24/14
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to distribute 66 scholarships for the 2014-2015 year as follows: Ironwood Area Schools - 29 scholarships; Wakefield-Marenisco Schools – 8 scholarships; Bessemer Area Schools - 22 scholarships and Watersmeet Township Schools – 7 scholarships.
2. Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee -–02/26/14
3. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------02/26/14
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the reports and place them on file.
4. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------03/05/14
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reappointment of George Beninghaus, Valerie Swanberg, David McRae and Dan Siirila to the Gogebic County Community Mental Health Authority Board.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to not fill the vacancy of the Magistrate position in the 98th District Court.

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5. Personnel and Negotiations Committee -------03/12/14
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Contractual Agreement between the County of Gogebic and Mr. Thomas Novascone and to authorize the proper signatures to be effective 03/31/14.
6. Technology Committee------------------------03/20/14
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Greg Ryskey, Director, Forestry and Parks Commission
(RE: MNDRTF-10-04 Grant, LGP Improvements)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize signatures on the Declaration and Notice regarding the MNDRTF-10-094 Grant, Little Girl’s Point Improvement project.
2. Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator, WUP Substance Abuse Agency (RE: Thank You Public Act 2 Funds)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
RESOLUTIONS:
1. Wakefield Township and Marenisco Township
(RE: Expansion of Natural Gas Service)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the townships in support of their resolutions.
INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:
1. Holly D. Johnson, three years, Prosecutor’s Office
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the three year increment.
TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE
A motion was made by Oliver, 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 Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.
CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS
A motion was made by Oliver, 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: (5) Gerovac, Laabs, Oliver,
Orlich, Peterson,
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Sheriff Matonich to donate the oldest Ford Explorer to the Search and Rescue team.
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee recommendations:
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2014 appropriation of $2,000.00 to DHS as requested.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to eliminate one Magistrate position in the District Court for the 2015 budget.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich to give the Elected and Appointed Officials a $750.00 raise.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Gerovac, Laabs, Oliver,
Orlich, Peterson
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Clerk Pelissero to fill the vacancy in his office for the Chief Deputy Position.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:17 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
April 9, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (5) Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (2) Bonovetz, Oliver
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(March 26, 2014 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 Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions; 1. A communication from Melanie Fullman regarding property taxes and a MSHDA resolution regarding blight.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. United States Senator Carl Levin
(RE: Propane Gas Shortage)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
2. Missy Lane, CMHA Administrator Assistant
(RE: Amended By-Laws)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the amended By-Laws as presented.
3. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: 2013 tax settlement)
Pertile discussed the 2013 tax settlement with the Board. The settlement figures include $332,849.46 for the County and the grand total of the 2013 settlement for delinquent taxes is $2,151,717.39.
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich to approve of the 2013 Settlement as presented and authorize Pertile to settle with the municipalities accordingly.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

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Agenda Addition:
4. Melanie Fullman, former County resident
(RE: Primary Residence Exemption)
Treasurer Sue Pertile discussed the letter with the Board, she detailed the PRE denial process, that all property owners receiving the denial notice are treated equally; and that the process is defined by State Property Taxation Law. Pertile informed the Board that she has replied to Ms. Fullman. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
RESOLUTIONS:
1. UPACC and UPCAP
(RE: State of Emergency, Severe Winter Weather)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the resolutions and adopt similar resolutions for the County.
Agenda Addition:
2. MSHDA Blight Elimination Grant Application
Treasurer Pertile discussed the grant application process with a due date of April 25, 2014. Five Counties in the U.P. will collaborate and submit the application to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Gogebic County has identified properties in the cities of Bessemer, Ironwood, Wakefield and Bessemer Township, which will be included in the application. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution as presented.

WHEREAS, Gogebic County has a housing plan and desires to continue its efforts in implementing the Plan to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for its low to moderately low income residents;

WHEREAS, Part of providing safe, decent, affordable housing involves the elimination of blight in neighborhoods affected by vacancy, vandalism and sub-standard housing;

WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County has reviewed and understands the content of the 2014 Housing Resource Fund Blight Elimination application for grant funding that will further assist their housing goals;

WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County authorizes the chief elected official to sign any required grant funding documents for the 2014 Housing Resource Fund Blight Elimination Program;

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County authorize submission of an application to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for the 2014 Housing Resource Fund Blight Elimination Program to assist with the County’s goal to provide safe, decent, affordable housing in Gogebic County.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Peterson RE: Concerns
Commissioner Peterson expressed his disappointment in the letter to the editor by the AFSCME representative Bob Murphy. Peterson hopes for direct communication to the Board on these types of issues in the future.

Commissioner Kangas discussed his recent legislative trip to Lansing and the information on the telephone landline elimination. The Governor has signed the bill into law, which would allow telephone companies to the eliminate landlines by 2016. Sheriff Pete Matonich and County 9-1-1 Coordinator Jim Loeper also provided information on the issue. All agreed this matter needs to be watched closely as 2016 isn’t that far away.

County Administrator Juliane Giackino provided the requirements from the Western U.P. Workforce Development Board’s Small Business Internship Program. This program will replace the former summer youth program, which was offered through Michigan Works in the past.
PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting Minutes
May 6, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
4:30 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
Roll Call:
Present: (4) Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs, Orlich

Absent: (3) Bonovetz, Oliver, Peterson

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.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Deborah Stuart, Director Community Incentive Programs
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
(RE: Gogebic County Economic Development Corporation Funds)
Discussion was held on the communication received from Ms. Stuart. The Board was concerned with the three options given in the letter: 1. Execute the First Restated Grant Agreement with the MSF, and continue to locally administer the fund;
2. Enter into a Sub-recipient Agreement with Regional Fund Manager
3. The County RLF will be required to close and return funds to the State.
The statement in the last paragraph that any option that the County selects does not dissolve the County from liability relating to non-compliance that may have occurred prior to May 16, 2014, also raised concerns.

At that point Ms. Stuart was contacted via conference call and joined the meeting. She answered several questions from the Board, which included the three options and the liability issues. After discussing the options, Stuart mentioned the County could chose to execute a replacement agreement and have representatives from the State visit the County do an audit and review the current County Economic Corporation loans and how they are being administered.
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Kangas to execute the replacement agreement with the State, continue to administer locally and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the replacement agreement.

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Roll Call:
YES: (4) Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs, Orlich,
NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There were none.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
April 23, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (1) Oliver
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 9, 2014 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 Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with summary reports from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements committee meeting of 04/21/14 and the Dal Pra Educational Award Committee meeting of 04/21/14; plus two appearances one from Judge Tingstad and one from Jim Loeper.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:
Agenda Addition:
2. Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee
04/21/14
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Road Commission Manager/Engineer to call AE Com out of Marquette and request a site visit with preliminary recommendations on a flat roof versus a truss roof and the cost for services for the Annex roof.
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Administrator to advertise for “as built” prices on the handicap ramp at the Courthouse.

1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----03/26/2014
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the report as presented.

3. Dr. Steven Fortunato Dal Pra & Colleen Dal Pra Educational Award Committee 04/21/14
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs to accept the applications as presented by the guidance counselors/committees for the 2014-2015 scholarship awards.

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APPEARANCES:
1. County Equalization Director Tom Novascone
(RE: 2014 County Equalization Report)
Equalization Director Tom Novascone presented the 2014 Gogebic County Equalization report. He discussed the property value decline in some of the Townships due to the gas pipeline companies requesting a reduction in their assessed values. The 2014 County taxable value was set at $498,443,327.00, which was down about $10 million from 2013. Novascone answered a few questions from the Board and then asked for approval by classification for the 2014 Equalization report.
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Agricultural Property CEV of $1,068,864.00
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Commercial Property CEV of $61,855,385.00.
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Industrial Property CEV of $10,434,619.00.
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Residential Property CEV of $516,037,799.00.
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Timber Cutover CEV of $27,041,165.00.
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the Personal Property CEV of $54,689,457.00

Agenda Addition:
2. Appearance by 98th District Judge Anders B. Tingstad
Judge Tingstad presented to the Board two required documents that must be presented to the Board of Commissioners. In accordance with the Supreme Court Administrative Order 2013-08, each court must establish a Language Access Plan (LAP) to provide for the language access needs of court users. The second document presented was the Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for the 32nd Circuit Court, 98th District Court and Gogebic and Ontonagon County Probate Courts. After discussion with Judge Tingstad, a motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the Language Access Plan and the Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan.

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Judge Tingstad also presented a resolution for the approval of Mary Ahnen as Magistrate of the 98th District Court. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Orlich to adopt the resolution.

Resolution of Approval of Mary Ahnen as Magistrate

WHEREAS, Brenda Angus retired as District Court Administrator/ Magistrate/ Clerk effective December 31, 2013; and

WHEREAS, the Court appointed Mary Ahnen District Court/Administrator/ Magistrate/Clerk effective April 7, 2014; and

WHEREAS, Michigan Compiled Law 600.8501 requires the County Board of Commissioners to approve the Court’s choice of Mary Ahnen as Magistrate; and

BE IT RESOLVED, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved Mary Ahnen as a fit and proper person to be the Magistrate.
Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

3. Appearance by Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Loeper

Mr. Loeper gave an update on the severe winter weather issues that continue to cause problems for all municipalities in the County as well as throughout the U.P. The Governor recently declared a state of emergency for Marquette County, the only U.P. County so far. Loeper is concerned that the deep freeze and water breaks will continue for some time and will further increase the over budget costs to the local units of government. He mentioned State Senator Tom Casperson this week introduced legislation to seek $10 million in emergency funds due to the severe winter repair costs for the U.P. Loeper also asked the Board to reissue the local State of Emergency for Gogebic County. The first was issued on 3-24-14. A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to reissue the local State of Emergency and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents.

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At the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee of earlier today Loeper requested a loan from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund for $25,000.00 for the purchase of mobile incident command post tents through a Homeland Security Grant. The company making the tents must have 50% down before they will start production and in order to receive the reimbursement from HSG the County must spend the funds first. Houghton County would provide the reimbursement once the State receives the federal grant dollars. The process would take about six weeks.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz to approve of the $25,000.00 loan from the DTRF, with the reimbursement to be paid back later this year.
Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Kerri Duff, CPA, Executive Director, GOCAA
(RE: 2014 Budget Appropriation thank you)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
2. County Clerk-Register Gerry Pelissero
(RE: ballot proposals for August election)
A motion was made Kangas, supported by Orlich to approve the placement of the Animal Control renewal proposal on the August 5th 2014 primary election ballot.

GOGEBIC COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM RENEWAL MILLAGE PROPOSAL

PROPOSAL TO LEVY TWO-TENTHS (0.2) OF ONE MILL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE HOPE ANIMAL SHELTER & PART-TIME ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER (“GOGEBIC COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM”) FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2014-2017, INCLUSIVE:
Shall the previous voted limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the County of Gogebic be increased two-tenths (0.2 per $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of four (4) years, 2014-2017 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Animal Control Program and shall the County of Gogebic levy such increase in millage for such purposes during such period, which increases will raise in the first year of such levy an estimated
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$99,219.85? (This is the millage rate that has been in effect from 1998-2013 and represents a renewal rather than an increase.)
Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas to approve the placement of the Gogebic County Maintenance of Effort renewal proposal on the August 5th 2014 primary ballot.

GOGEBIC COUNTY MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT MILLAGE PROPOSITION

PROPOSITION TO LEVY 0.6 MILLS FOR THE CONTINUED PAYMENT OF MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT COSTS TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN FOR THE OPERATION OF THE GOGEBIC MEDICAL CARE FACILITY FOR A PERIOD OF FOUR (4) YEARS FROM 2015-2018, INCLUSIVE:

Shall the previous voted increase in the 15 mill tax limitation and levy as reduced by the required millage rollback, resulting in a levy of .6 mills ($0.6 per $1,000.00 of state taxable valuation) upon taxable real and tangible personal property within the County of Gogebic, be continued for a period of Four (4) years, 2015-2018 inclusive, the taxes so raised to be used exclusively for the paying of Gogebic County's Maintenance of Effort payments to the State of Michigan for the continued operation of the Gogebic County Medical Care Facility, which levy will raise in the first year of the levy the estimated sum of $299,066.00? (This millage rate represents a renewal of the millage, rather than an increase.)
Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

3. Airport Manager Mike Harma
(RE: MDOT contracts and resolutions)
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents and to adopt the resolutions as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
April 23, 2014
Page Six

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:
1. Tina Romosz, two-year pay increment
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the two-year increment.
TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the reports as presented.
GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the reports as presented.

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson to pay the claims and the additional claims as presented along with the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.
Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There was none.
PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m.

_______________________________ _____________________________
Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Vice-Chairman Bonovetz.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (6) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (1) Gerovac
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(April 23, 2014 regular meeting and May 6, 2014 special 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 Orlich, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters: The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission Articles of Organization and Resolution.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.

APPEARANCES:
1. James Loeper, Emergency Management/911 Coordinator
Mr. Loeper presented the three items to the Board. He handed out a copy of the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Audit. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the Audit report as presented.

Loeper then updated the Board on the Governor’s State of Emergency Declaration for Gogebic County due to the severe winter weather.

Finally, Loeper presented a resolution for the 9-1-1 Gogebic County surcharge. The resolution will set the surcharge at $1.00, which is the current surcharge. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution which sets the surcharge at $1.00 and to authorize the Clerk’s signature on the resolution.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2014
Page Two

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 9-1-1 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 9-1-1 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, 2014 as allowed under Public Act 379 is necessary to defray the costs of being ready to process and of actually processing 9-1-1 calls placed within Gogebic County, and;

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

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

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

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

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
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Regular Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2014
Page Three

COMMUNICATIONS:
1. August Semmerling, Mayor, City of Bessemer
(RE: Dedication of Ethnic Commons Park and Trailhead)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
2. Congressman Dan Benishek
(RE: Natural gas service)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
3. Greg Ryskey, Director, Forestry and Parks
(RE: Term expirations)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried on a five yes and one nay vote to advertise for applicants by following the Board policy on the appointment process.
4. Mark D. Halkola, Regional Coordinator Substance Abuse Agency
(RE: Public Act 2 funds)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the January through March 2014 payments to the Agency totaling $8,291.50.
5. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: 2009 Tax Sale Proceeds Account)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
6. Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: Amendatory Contract MDOT contracts 2013-0351)
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Vice-Chairman’s signature on the contracts and to adopt the resolution as presented.
7. David Nyberg, Northern Michigan Office of the Governor
(RE: Governor’s Emergency Declaration)
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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Regular Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2014
Page Four

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:
Northwoods Rail Transit Commission Articles of Agreement and resolution.

Vice-Chairman Bonovetz informed the Board in order for Gogebic County to become a voting member of the Commission, the County would need to approve the Articles of Agreement and to adopt the resolution as presented. Bonovetz also noted Corporate Counsel Richard Adams did approve the Articles of Agreement. A motion was made by Oliver, supported Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Articles of Agreement.
A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Laabs to adopt the resolution as presented.

Kangas then gave an update on the recent Capital Improvements and Economic Development Committee meeting. The handicap ramp project, the Annex roof project and a third jail boiler were discussed. Further discussion was held on how these and other projects would be funded.
PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
4H Coordinator Ann Newcombe was in attendance and handed out brochures for the 4H Summer Camp which will be held this summer.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting at adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

_____________________________ ___________________________
Joe Bonovetz, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING Minutes
June 11, 2014
5:00 P.M.

NOTICE OF TRUTH IN TAXATION
PUBLIC HEARING

The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the District Courtroom of the Gogebic County Courthouse located 200 N. Moore St. Bessemer, MI 49911. The purpose of the public hearing is to seek public comment on operating tax millage to be levied in 2014.

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs, Peterson,
Oliver, Orlich
Absent: (0) None

Chairman Gerovac read the purpose of the Public Hearing and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to open the Public Hearing.
The Chairman then asked three times for public comment and heard none.

County Equalization Director Tom Novascone was present and informed the Board based on the 2014 taxable value of $498,569,268.00 the County could levy the full millage rate of 6.6800. The Chairman asked one more time for comment and heard none; a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the Public Hearing.

_______________________________ _____________________________
Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Vice-Chairman Bonovetz.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (2) Gerovac, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(May 14, 2014 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 Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: recommendations from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements committee of earlier today, an appearance by Jim Loeper and two items added to Other Matters regarding the County Economic Development Corporation and the Solid Waste Plan.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There were none.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:
1. Health and Welfare Committee ---------------04/22/14
2. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----04/23/14
3. Economic Development and Capital Improve ---05/12/14
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1, 2 and 3.
Agenda Addition
4. Economic Development and Capital Improve ---05/28/14
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs to award the handicapped ramp project to Angelo Luppino Inc. The bid was for $43,580.00 and a pre-construction meeting will be held prior to start of the project to discuss minor details of the project.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2014
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APPEARANCES:
1. Equalization Director Tom Novascone
(RE: 2014 Gogebic County Tax Rate)
Mr. Novascone discussed the 2014 tax rate with the Board. Novascone mentioned that even though the County’s taxable value declined the tax rate is still subject to a Headlee rollback of the maximum allowable millage levy. The original millage authorized by the election of November 6, 2012 was 6.6800. The 2014 maximum would be 6.6640. In order to levy the maximum millage, a Truth in Taxation Public Hearing must be held. After discussion, a motion was made by Laabs, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the Truth in Taxation public hearing for June 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., immediately followed by the regular Board meeting.

2. Paul Putnam, District 1 Coordinator, MSU-Extension
(RE: Update of MSUE)
Mr. Putnam made his first appearance as the MSU-Extension District 1 Director. Putnam introduced himself and gave a brief personal educational background. He discussed the changes to the MSU-E at the Lansing campus and the changes in personnel on the local level. Erin Ross has assumed the role of District 1 4H Coordinator, she will continue to work out of the Natural Resource Center in Bessemer. Putnam has proposed a plan that would provide two additional educators for Gogebic County. One would provide Food Education Safety and Supervision and the other one would provide Disease Prevention and Social-Emotional Health programs. The positions are available online at the MSU-E web site as well being advertised locally. Putnam discussed his goals for the district with the Board, and he will keep the Board informed on the hiring process.

Agenda Addition:
3. Jim Loeper, 9-1-1/Emergency Management Coordinator
Mr. Loeper presented for approval the 9-1-1 Surcharge ballot language for the November 4, 2014 General Election. The monthly operational surcharge is set by the Board annually and ballot language allows the Board to set the surcharge not to exceed $1.65. The Board recently set the surcharge at $1.00 effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the language for placement on November 4, 2014 General Election ballot County-wide.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2014
Page Three

911 OPERATING SURCHARGE

For the period beginning on July 1, 2015 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2020, shall Gogebic County be authorized to assess a monthly operational surcharge of up to One Dollar and sixty-five cents (not to exceed $1.65) on the monthly billings of landline, wireless and VOIP service suppliers within the geographic boundaries of Gogebic County to be used exclusively for the funding
of 911 emergency telephone call answering and dispatch services within Gogebic County, including facilities, equipment and operations?

Earlier at the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting Loeper requested a loan from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund in the amount of $15,700.00, which will cover the upfront costs of a Homeland Security L-E-D flare project for the U.P. 9-1-1 Authority. The loan will be paid back as soon as funds are allocated and approved for the project. Loeper notified the Board that a similar loan through the DTRF for $25,000.00 has been paid back in full.
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson to approve of the loan from the DTRF.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:
1. NorthCare Network Substance Use Disorder Policy Board
(RE: Intergovernmental Contract and member appointment)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the contract to Corporate Counsel Richard Adams for approval.
2. Charter Township of Ironwood, Planning Commission
(RE: Notice of Public hearing)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote receive the communication and place it on file.
RESOLUTIONS:
1. Tracy Lektzian, Executive Assistant, UPCAP
(UPCAP and UPACC resolutions)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution in support of the Michigan Foster Care Review Board. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution in support of UPCAP’s basic wireless service.
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Regular Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2014
Page Four

2. Huron County (HB 5456)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.
3. Alger County (HB5097 and SB850)
A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the resolution, and seek Sheriff Pete Matonich’s advice.
Agenda Addition:
4. Land Bank Resolution and Property Purchased
At the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting, Treasurer Sue Pertile requested the County to utilize their option to acquire tax foreclosed properties for three properties in the County. The properties are located as follows: two properties in Marenisco Township and one in Watersmeet Township. Three years of back taxes is the purchase price for the vacant land, Marenisco Township 04-46-100-900 $714.02; 04-52-800-900 $754.50 and Watersmeet Township 06-36-000-900 $641.26. The County Land Bank Authority will reimburse the County for the cost. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich to adopt the resolution to utilize the county’s option to acquire tax foreclosed property and authorize the Vice-Chairman’s signature on the deeds.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, 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 Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.
CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay the claims and the pre-paids and make them a part of the minutes.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2014
Page Five

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda additions:
1. County EDC
Administrator Juliane Giackino discussed that two additional requirements were necessary from the County in order to begin the process of taking local control of the EDC revolving loan fund monies. One was to adopt a resolution, which was presented and the second was to sign the Statement of Assurances. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs to adopt the Unit of General Local Government of Record Authorization resolution and authorize the vice-chairman’s signature on the Statement of Assurances.
Roll Call:
YES: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,
Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
2. Solid Waste Plan
Giackino informed the Board that a letter had to be sent to the Michigan DEQ to request a change in the language of the solid waste plan. The change was to switch the columns in Table 2-A to the following; Exporting County column to identify “Gogebic” and the Importing County column to identify “All Michigan Counties”. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the changes and to authorize the proper signature on the plan document letter.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There were none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

_____________________________ _____________________________
Joe Bonovetz, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
Immediately following the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Gerovac called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 28, 2014 regular meeting minutes)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented, Laabs pointed out an error in the minutes on page four; Oliver was given credit for support of a motion, even though he was not at the meeting. Clerk Pelissero will check his notes, make the correction and proper credit for the support will be given.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with appearances by Sheriff Pete Matonich and Treasurer Sue Pertile, a tabled matter and the ramp project were added to Other Matters.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There was none.
APPEARANCES:
1. 98th District Judge Anders B. Tingstad
Judge Tingstad was called out of town and couldn’t appear at the meeting.
Agenda Additions:
2. Sheriff Pete Matonich
Sheriff Matonich informed the Board he will purchase two enclosed utility trailers, one for his department and one for the Search and Rescue team. The cost for both trailers will be paid through the Sheriff department and Search and Rescue will reimburse their share. The cost for the trailers is $2,675.00 for the Sheriff Department and $2,475.00 for the Search and Rescue team. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Laabs to approve the vouchers for the trailers.
Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

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Regular Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2014
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3. Treasurer Sue Pertile
Treasurer Pertile discussed the membership of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board. Currently the County Board does not have representation; former member Dan Siirila did represent the County Board. Discussion took place and because the County does not allocate any funds to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board, a motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to allow Siirila to remain on the Brownfield Board. Meeting minutes will be provided to the County Board to keep them informed.
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. County Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: vacant land purchase)
Pertile presented a foreclosed property in the City of Ironwood, parcel 52-36-200-500 Normandy Ave, which the County could exercise their option to purchase and the adjacent property owner, would then purchase from the Gogebic County Land Bank. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to utilize the County’s option to acquire this foreclosed property and authorize the appropriate signatures on the deeds.

ADOPTION OF 2014 TAX RATE
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the 2014 tax rate at 6.6800 mills.
Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
Agenda Addition:
Tabled Matters
Northcare Network Intergovernmental Contract (tabled from May 28, 2014)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off the table.
County Administrator Juliane Giackino informed the Board that Corporate Counsel Richard Adams did review the contract and gave his approval. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to sign the Intergovernmental Contract with the Northcare Network.
Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
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Regular Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2014
Page Three
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Commissioner Leroy Kangas as the County representative on the Substance Use Disorder Policy Board.

OTHER MATTERS
Courthouse handicapped ramp project: additional work authorization agreement with Angelo Luppino Inc. Discussion was held on the proposed change orders to the project. Four alternatives were discussed on the additional work authorization. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to approve of the additional work authorization, with County Administrator clarifying a few details with the company.
Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.
Kangas then discussed with Sheriff Matonich the continued issues at the jail complex. Matonich mentioned that the air conditioning in the kitchen wasn’t working properly and the floor heaving between the old and new addition was evident again.

Kangas asked about the Forestry and Parks Commission applicants. Clerk Pelissero mentioned five applicants were received and forwarded to Director Greg Ryskey. Ryskey then deferred any appointment to the County Personnel and Negotiations Committee. The Personnel Committee will meet to interview the applicants.
PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
There was none.
ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

______________________________ _____________________________
Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2014
County Courthouse
Bessemer, MI 49911
5:00 P.M.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Following the Pledge roll call was taken.
ROLL CALL:
Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson
Absent: (0) None
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 28, 2014 page 4 correction and June 11, 2014 Truth in Taxation Public Hearing and June 11, 2014 regular meeting minutes)
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes as presented.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions; Personnel and Negotiations summary report from 06/24/14 added as summary report 4 four items added to Other Matters.
CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS
(5 minute limit)
There were none.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:
1. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee, 5/28/14
2. Economic Development & Capital Improve---5/28/14
3. Economic Development & Capital Improve---6/05/14
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one, two and three.
Agenda Addition
4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------6/24/14
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to appoint Mark Whitley and Dan Siirila to four year terms beginning July 1, 2014 to the Gogebic County Forestry and Parks Commission.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2014
Page Two
COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Becky McIntryre: WCUP Community Corrections Manager
RE: FY2015 Grant Renewal Application
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the grant application.
2. Gernot Joachim: Substance Abuse Agency Asst Director
RE: Public Act 2 funds thank you
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
3. Norman E. Nass: District Ranger Ottawa National Forest
RE: Eleven special use road permits
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.
4. Mike Harma: Airport Manager
RE: MDOT contracts
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the contracts and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the documents.
5. Mike Harma: Airport Manager
RE: Release of Third Quarter Appropriation
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the third quarter appropriations as requested.
6. Gogebic Ontonagon Community Action Agency
RE: Release of 2014 Appropriation
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2014 appropriation as requested.
TABLED RESOLUTIONS:
Tabled from 5/28/2014 Alger County Opposition of HB 5097 & SB 850
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the resolution off the table.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.
GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the reports as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2014
Page Three

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS
A motion was made by Oliver, 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) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS

Agenda Additions:
1. County Treasurer Sue Pertile requested the Board set a public
hearing for the Blight Elimination Grant through MSHDA. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote set a public hearing for July 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. which will precede the regular Board meeting, in the District courtroom of the Courthouse.

2. Emergency Management Services Director Jim Loeper discussed
two grant application needed the Chairman’s signature. The State share of 12.5% for the 2014 spring flood damage reimbursement in the amount of $2,306.22 and the Stone Garden Grant through Homeland Security in the amount of $6,317.00, which can used by the sheriff department for patrolling the county borders. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the grant agreements.

3. Gogebic County Hospital Finance Authority dissolution. A motion
was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried unanimous voice vote to adopt the resolution approving the dissolution and authorize the chairman’s signature.

4. Budget Amendments to General Fund
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to approve the budget amendments as presented at the Finance meeting of earlier today.

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REVENUES:
101-000-526.00 Federal Grant USDA
Increase from $0.00 to $9,000.00
101-000-602.00 Circuit Court Costs
Increase from $8,000.00 to $28,830.00

EXPENDITURES:
101-301-978.00 Sheriff Vehicle
Increase from $33,000.00 to $42,000.00
101-900-808.01 Indigent fees/Circuit Court
Increase from $25,000.00 to $45,830.00

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,
Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, NO: (0) None
Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)
Richard McDermott of Bessemer Township questioned why the elected and appointed members received a raise in March 2014 and his road wasn’t plowed during a snow storm in March of 2014. He was told that the Road Commission is in charge of the plowing and that the County Board has no funding commitment to the road commission.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:22 p.m.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 9, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following public hearing

CALL TO ORDER

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Following the Pledge, roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 25, 2014, regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Jim Finley, Administrator, Gogebic Conservation District
(RE: funding request)

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

Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair
(RE: cash advance prior to Fair)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas to allow a cash advance up to $45,000 as needed for operations of the fair to be repaid by fair receipts as done in previous years.

Roll call:

YES: (7) Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Bryce Feighner, Michigan DEQ
(RE: solid waste management plan amendment approval)

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

Jonathan Mead, Executive Director, UPCAP
(RE: FY 2015 Annual Implementation plan)

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A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs, and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve FY 2015 Implementation Plan and adopt the resolution as presented.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m.

__________________________ _____________________________

Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 23, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Following the Pledge, roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(July 9, 2014 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 Bonovetz, supported by Peterson to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters, the 2013 audit presentation date.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----06/25/14
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee ---------07/15/14
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the superintendents, the principals and the guidance counselors, as well as the financial aid department at Gogebic Community College stressing the seriousness of the application process for the distribution of the scholarships.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Greg Ryskey, Gogebic County Remonumentation Grant
Administrator (RE: Peer group membership)

Mr. Ryskey informed the Board of the new State requirement that membership on the Remonumentation Peer Review Group must be appointed by the County Board. Ryskey handed out an amended peer group list which removed Pat Leemon; he is appointed as the County Representative. John Garske had to be listed as an alternate because one company can only have one active member of the group and Ron Jacobson of Coleman Engineering would be the active representative.

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July 23, 2014

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A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint the following to the Peer Review Group retroactive to June 12, 2014 as requested:

Joe Domitrovich, Earl Applekamp, Ron Jacobson, Marc Sprague, Jack Goss and Todd Maki. John Garske was appointed as an alternate.

2 & 3. Jason Oberle, Superintendent, US Dept. of Interior

(RE: Proposed Trust Acquisition of Land)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communications and place them on file.

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

(RE: copy of letter to State of Michigan)

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

5. Deb Fabbri, Friend of the Court

(RE: 2014 appropriation release)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2014 appropriation to the Friend of the Court.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Bonovetz, Orlich, Peterson, Kangas,

Laabs, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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July 23, 2014

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda addition:

2013 Audit presentation date.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas to set the 2013 audit presentation date to August 20th, and move the regular first meeting of the month from August 13th to August 20th to accommodate Gabridge and Company’s travel to the U.P. The company will be in town at the Bessemer Area Schools.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas,

Laabs, Bonovetz, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_______________________________ _____________________________

Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (July 23, 2014, Regular Board 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 Orlich, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to Other Matters: a recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

1. Gabridge & Company

Re: 2013 County Audit Presentation

Neil Hammerbacher of Gabridge and Company presented the 2013 Audit report. The County received a Clean Opinion for the budget year 2013. The County’s General Fund fund balance is at $283,259.00, which translates to 4.7% of annualized expenditures. He mentioned that the standard for a fund balance should be at 17%. He noted that the County employees once again were very helpful during the audit process. The Board had a few questions regarding the report and then a motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to accept the 2013 Audit report.

Roll Call:

YES: (7) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Bonovetz, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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August 20, 2014

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2. Julie Hautala, CEO of Gogebic County CMHA

Re: Transfer of building ownership

Ms. Hautala discussed the transfer of the ownership of the property. The original deed on the property included a reversion clause, which would have allowed the County the right to purchase the mortgage if for some reason CMHA had defaulted. The buildings were built using bonds issued by MHF Sub G Human Services, Inc. and will be fully paid off on October 1, 2014. Hautala provided documents that detailed the purchase agreements and the County’s right of reversion. With the bonds being fully paid off in October, Hautala was seeking the adoption of the presented resolution, which would remove the reversionary clause. Discussion took place and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to adopt the resolution as presented and authorize the Chairman and Clerk’s signature on the documents.

Roll Call:

YES: (7) Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

(Re: Gogebic Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Membership)

Ms. Pertile provided a revised letter to the Board. There are only two one-year terms that have expired. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the two positions on the Brownfield Authority.

2. Western Upper Peninsula Substance Abuse Service—Coordinating Agency

(Re: Agency’s formal request for 50% share of PA-2 funds)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the third Public Act 2 payment to the Substance Abuse Agency in the amount of $5,113.00.

3. Sue Pertile, County Treasurer

Re: Memorandum of Understanding for the Five U.P. County

Blight Elimination Project

Ms. Pertile presented the Memorandum of Understanding for the Five U.P. County Blight Elimination Project. She informed the Board that Marquette County will be the fiduciary agent for all counties. The three properties in Gogebic County will be demolished, and the cost will be shared on 75-25 basis. 75% will be funded by MSDHA, and 25%

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Regular Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2014

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will be local. The County will pay $1,000 per building from the Tax Foreclosure fund and the cities of Bessemer and Ironwood will pay the balance of the local match. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the proper signatures on the MOU.

RESOLUTIONS:

1. Huron County, FY 2015 Interior and Environment

Appropriations bill

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

2. Charlevoix County, National Anthem of the United States of

America

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda addition:

Recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvement Committee

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to advertise for bids to install a rubber roof on the Courthouse Annex and notify AECOM of the decision to move ahead with rubber roof bid process.

Roll Call:

YES: (7) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz,

Orlich, Peterson, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

County IT Manager Brad Noren discussed the need to purchase a server for the County network to replace two aging servers. The cost is $5,800.00, and he has a commitment from the Prosecutors office to provide $1,500 from the Crime Victim’s Fund. Because the cost is over $5,000 Noren is asking the Board for approval. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to allow the purchase of the server.

Roll Call:

YES: (7) Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz,

Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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August 20, 2014

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County Emergency Management Director Jim Loeper informed the Board the $15,700.00 that was borrowed from the DTRF has been paid back.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Road Commission Manager/Engineer Darren Pionk discussed projects which will be underway shortly. The Road Commission received funding to repair and reconstruct 9 miles of Chaney Lake Road. Culvert work continues in Watersmeet Township on Thousand Island Lake Road and Lake Road in Ironwood Township, road closures will be required in each location. Pionk mentioned there will be a public information meeting Tuesday August 26th to let the public know of the road closures on Lake Road.

Commissioner Bonovetz mentioned the MAC meeting which will be held in Escanaba on Tuesday August 26th, there is still time to register.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:08 p.m.

______________________________ _______________________________

Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 27, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 20, 2014 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions. Two recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing committee were added to Others Matters and a proclamation for Suicide Prevention week in Gogebic County.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Health & Welfare Committee----------------------7/21/2014

2. Economic Development & Capital Improve----------7/23/2014

3. Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---------7/23/2014

4. Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------------7/31/2014

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports 1,2,3,4 and 6.

5. Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------------8/13/2014

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to hire a Magistrate in the District Court at a yearly salary of $34,500 for 4 months or through the end of the 2014 budget.

ROLL CALL:

YES: (5) Oliver, Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs

NO: (2) Bonovetz, Gerovac

Motion carried.

6. Economic Development & Capital Improve----------8/20/2014

COMMUNICATIONS:

No communications were presented.

RESOLUTIONS:

Agenda Addition:

The Range Suicide Prevention Council requested the adoption of the Proclamation to designate September 7th through the 13th, 2014 as Suicide Prevention week in Gogebic County.

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Oliver, 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: (7) Bonovetz, Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs

Oliver, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda additions: Recommendations from the Finance meeting.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried to adopt the Gogebic County Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund policy as presented.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise seeking bids for the County Audit services and to seek a three year contract beginning with the 2014 audit.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Stacy Haughey of the Michigan DNR, U.P. regional coordinator updated the Board on today’s vote by the House of Representatives on the wolf hunt legislation. She also discussed the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and other local government projects that have been funded in the County.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:18 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(August 27th, 2014, regular meeting minutes.)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes and to clarify the personnel and negotiations motion to add the word yearly to the motion. “To hire a Magistrate in the District Court at a yearly salary of $34,500 for 4 months or through the end of the 2014 budget”.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented and to change communication 1 to an appearance by Donna Wilber of the GOISD, and to add the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board appointment recommendation as a communication.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Donna Wilber, GOISD
(RE: Head Start Programs)

Ms. Wilber discussed the Federal Head Start grant program. The grant has a federal status of recompetition for the 2015-16 school year, meaning any entity can apply to provide Head Start services in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. The Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD is going to apply for the funds and is seeking a letter of support from the County Board of Commissioners. The ISD believes they would be able to provide a program that could reach additional eligible preschool children. The Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency has been receiving the funding and providing this education to preschool eligible families and children for the past 48 years. Lengthy discussion was held on the matter, the deadline for the grant application is late November of this year. A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Laabs and carried on a 6 yea – O nay - one abstaining (Oliver) vote to table the matter until the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency or other interested parties have an opportunity to discuss the federal grant application process with the Board.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Bruce F. Mayle, Superintendent, GOISD
(RE: Head Start Programs)

(Moved to appearances)

Gernot Joachim, WUPSASCA Assistant Director
(RE: Thank You for Public Act 2 Funds)

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

Neil Beckman, Chairman Gogebic County Brownfield
Redevelopment Authority Board

(RE: Appointments)

Three applications were received by the deadline: Rudy Grbavcich, David Neumann and Joe Bonovetz. The current membership of the Authority Board is seven, and the by-laws allow for nine.

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Rudy Grbavcich, David Neumann as recommended and appoint Joe Bonovetz to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board, adding Bonovetz allows the County Board to have representation.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Carrie Bull, One year, Treasurer Office
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the one year increment.

OTHER MATTERS
Darren Pionk, Road Commission Engineer/Manager, updated the Board on the culvert work that is continuing in the County, and that the weather recently has slowed down the installation of some. Chaney Lake paving is continuing. He also discussed the Courthouse Annex roof project, and that bid specifications should be available on Thursday, September 11th, and that the bids for the project should be received by September 24th, 2014. An Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee meeting will be scheduled for the 24th to open the bids.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:48 p.m.

_____________________________ _______________________________

Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting

September 24, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Present: (6) Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 10, 2014 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 Orlich, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions to the summary reports: two recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee meeting of earlier today and a recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee of September 22, 2014.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----08/27/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda Additions:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----09/24/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to renew the Employee Assistance Program with the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Service Coordinating Agency for October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

Personnel and Negotiations Committee --------09/22/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to grant the pay grade increase to the deputy treasurer from a 3 to a 4 effective 01/01/2015.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee------09/24/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to approve of the reimbursement to the Gogebic-Ontonagon CAA for training attended by Missy Rhenlund for the County CDBG Revolving Loan certification. The reimbursed funds will come from the County EDC accounts and totals $3,228.99.

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

Kerri L. Duff, Executive Director, GOCAA
(RE: Head Start/Early Head Start programs)

Kerri Duff and GOCAA Head Start Director Jackie Delich discussed the Federal Grant application for Head Start and Early Head Start that for the first year has a recompetition status for the 2015-16 school year. The GOCAA is seeking a letter of support from the Board as a part of the application process.

Delich discussed the program and services which are provided to families and children in both Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. The Head Start Program has great partnerships with the community including the MSU Extension, Gogebic Community College and the ISD. She discussed the curriculum for the Head Start and Early Head Start. Following the presentation a few questions were asked by the Board.

At the September 10, 2014 regular Board meeting a presentation was made by the GOISD, which was seeking a letter of support. The matter was tabled at that meeting. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by a 5 yea – 0 nay and 1 abstain (Oliver) voice vote to take the matter off the table. Discussion was held on whether the County Board should support both applications to keep the funds and control of the programs in Gogebic/Ontonagon County. A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Kangas to send letters of support to both the GOCAA and GOISD for their Federal grant applications.

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Kangas, Laabs, Orlich, Gerovac

NO: (1) Peterson

Abstain: (1) Oliver

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: 2008 Delinquent Personal Property taxes)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to authorize the Chairman to sign the Waiver and Consent form regarding the 2008 personal property. The 2008 delinquent personal property taxes will be stricken from the tax rolls.

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver,

Orlich, Peterson, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Marie Kangas, DHS Board member
(RE: resignation)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept with regret the resignation of Marie Kangas from the DHS Board and advertise for a replacement. The term expires on October 31, 2014.

Mike Harma, Gogebic-Iron County Airport Manager
(RE: 4th Quarter appropriation release)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Kathy Koval, Equalization, Two years
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the two-year increment.

RESOLUTIONS:

Chippewa County, Opposition to electrical rate increase
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter of support for their resolution.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Oliver, 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) Laabs, Oliver, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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September 24, 2014

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OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

___________________________ ___________________________

Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 8th, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (September 24, 2014 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 Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES: (none)

COMMUNICATIONS:

Ian Shackleford, Acting Public Affairs Officer, Ottawa
National Forest (RE: Resource Advisory Committee recruits)

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

William Slavin, CEO, NorthCare Network
(RE: SUD Policy Board)

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

Denny Ellos, Western U. P. Citizens on Wolf Management
(Wolf conflicts)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

District Court Magistrate approval
A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Oliver to adopt the District Court Magistrate approval resolution as presented.

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Resolution of Approval of Lisa Hewitt as Magistrate

WHEREAS, Julie Osterman retired as Magistrate/Clerk effective June 20, 2014; and

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of an additional Magistrate/Clerk at a board meeting on August 27, 2014 and

WHEREAS, the Court appointed Lisa Hewitt District Court Magistrate/Clerk effective September 29, 2014; and

WHEREAS, Michigan Compiled Law 600.8501 requires the County Board of Commissioners to approve the Court’s choice of Lisa Hewitt as Magistrate; and

BE IT RESOLVED, The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners approved Lisa Hewitt as a fit and proper person to be the Magistrate.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Oliver, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Gerovac,

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:11 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

October 22, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (1) Gerovac

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (October 8, 2014 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 Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with four recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting from earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

1. Economic Development & Capital Improv.------------9/24/14

2. Finance, Budgeting, & Auditing Committee----------9/24/14

3. Personnel & Negotiations Committee---------------10/08/14

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

APPEARANCES:

Equalization Director, Tom Novascone
(RE: 2014 Apportionment Report)

Mr. Novascone presented the 2014 Apportionment report to the Board. He discussed the taxable values and the taxation of the current Renaissance Zones within the County. He may have to come back to the Board to amend this report if new millages are approved by the voters of Ironwood Township and the City of Ironwood. The total 2014 taxable value is $498,569,268.00.

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Susan Mitchem, 6 months Clerk’s office
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the six month increment.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Bonovetz NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the treasurer to cover the Child Care Fund expenditures to the end of year when a budget amendment will be made to adjust for any shortfall.

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Kangas to authorize Jim Loeper to relocate the Homeland Security cameras at Little Girls Point from the eroded shoreline to prevent a loss of the tower, cameras and the base from further erosion and/or collapse with the cost not to exceed $6,000.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Bonovetz NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to amend the Emergency Management Budget by $40,700.00 as follows:

Revenues:

101-000-561.00 State Grant Emergency Service

Increase by $40,700 to $51,184.00

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Expenditures: Emergency Management

101-426-750.00 Supplies

Increase by $15,700.00 to $18,200.00

101-426-977.00 Equipment

Increase by $25,000.00 to $27,500.00

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver,

Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs to accept the three year County audit bid from Gabridge & Company to provide audit services for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The cost per year is as follows:

2014 at $18,960.00; 2015 at $19,500.00 and 2016 at $20,000.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Laabs, Oliver, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich 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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Joe Bonovetz, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll was taken.

ROLL CALL:

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs Oliver, Orlich

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (October 22, 2014 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two recommendations from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting of earlier today, which will be placed under Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Representatives of WUPPDR
(RE: Regional Prosperity Initiative)

Representatives from WUPPDR appeared via video conference from Houghton. Kim Stoker, of WUPPDR, Jeff Ratcliffe of KEDA and Carolyn Penny of MI Works, discussed the new creation of the Regional Prosperity Initiative program. The RPI is designed to provide economic development services more effectively and efficiently to counties through service centers. The economic partners will include Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), MI Works, Northern Initiatives, PTAC, SBDC, MTEC SmartZone and WUPPDR. If one the five Counties in the WUPPDR region has a startup business or other economic opportunity the RPI will provide support. The goal of the organization is to create a wining situation for all involved. The Board had a few questions for the group, which included the Orvana project, why most of the projects are located in Houghton County and why Gogebic County receives only 24% of the current service through WUPPDR. The Board thanked the group for their presentation.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency
(RE: 4th Quarter Distribution of PA 2 Funds)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver, to release the fourth quarter PA 2 funds to the Western U.P. Substance Abuse Agency. The amount released is $5,922.50.

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Roll Call:
YES: (6) Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Kangas, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Norman E. Nass, District Ranger
(RE: Redboat Resource Management Project (RMP)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

Wakefield Township, Indianhead Mountain Hotel/Casino Project
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and the Wakefield Township resolution and place it on file.

OTHER MATTERS
Amended Apportionment Report
Equalization Director Tom Novascone presented the amended report. The original report was approved on October 22, 2014. Ironwood Township voters approved a one mill road improvement proposal at the November 4, 2014 General election. The taxes to be collected will be increased by $80,382.00, A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to approve of the amended 2014 Apportionment report.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Kangas, Laabs, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Additions:

Personnel and Negotiations Committee recommendations

Appointments:

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint James Peterson of Ironwood to the DHS Board.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Gribble and Kathy Jo Koval to the Fair Board.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Road Commission Engineer/Manager Darren Pionk updated the Board on the snow plowing and snow depths throughout the County since the winter storm began on Monday. Thirty plus inches has been recorded in Erwin Township and in Wakefield Township on HWY 519. The drivers have been working from 3am until about 5pm daily.

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ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:48p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 26, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

4:00 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Chairman Gerovac.

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

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 12, 2014 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Health & Welfare Committee ----------------10/20/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----10/22/2014
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Laabs, that the County remains with River Valley Bank as Gogebic County’s banking institution for the next four years.

Roll Call:

YES: (7) Bonovetz, Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee --------11/12/2014
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. and 2. Darren Pionk, Road Commission Engineer/Manager

(RE: Board terms expiration)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Road Commission Board applicants.

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3. Mark Halkola, Regional Director, Substance Abuse Agency

(RE: Public Act 2 funds thank you)

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

4. Norman Nass, District Ranger, Ottawa National Forest

(RE: Stewardship contracting)

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

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

Roll Call:

YES: (7) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Bonovetz, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Laabs went on record to disagree with Chief of Wildlife for the Michigan DNR, Russ Mason, who was quoted in an article which appeared in the Ironwood Daily Globe on the 2014 deer season. Mr. Mason mentioned that the western U. P. was hit by two bad winters in a row as well as predator problems specifically coyotes. Laabs believes the wolf population in the western U.P. is having a much greater effect on the deer population.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to move the second meeting of the month to December 30th with the regular times of 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The County Board Re-Organizational meeting will be held Friday, January 2nd at 3:30 p.m.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Richard Gheller of Bessemer Township appeared to discuss the snowplowing on County Roads. Gheller informed the Board during the last snow storm his road wasn’t plowed for two and half days. He said this isn’t the first time his road has been missed.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 10, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver (arrived at 5:40), Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (November 26, 2014 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 Orlich, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: an appearance by Equalization Director Tom Novascone and a 4th communication from Judge Anders Tingstad.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Paul Putnam, MSU Extension District One Coordinator
(RE: MSUE update)

Mr. Putnam introduced Erin Ross who discussed the recent success of Santa’s Headquarters, which provides Christmas gifts to families in need in Gogebic County. Ross mentioned that about 190 families were provided gifts this year and that included about 400 children.

Putnam then gave a MSUE program update, which included notification of the resignation of Ann Newcombe as the part time 4H director effective 12/19/2014. Ashley Hampston will provide temporary 4H help beginning on 12/22/2014. Putnam informed the Board that MSUE was awarded $41,000 for the Tech Wizards grant, which will provide funding for 60 youth and 15 mentors through the National 4H council. One person will be hired to work approximately 19 hours per week to implement the program. It is hoped the program can begin in early 2015.

Barry Bolich, Indianhead Mountain
(RE: Hotel, conference center and casino proposal)

Barry Bolich, Art Dumke of Indianhead Mountain and John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor addressed the Board regarding the proposed hotel, conference center and casino collaborative project with the Lac Vieux Desert Tribe of Watersmeet. Cox began by discussing the 22 million dollar proposed project. The hotel and conference center would be subject to local taxation.

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The casino would be built adjacent to the hotel and conference center, and the casino will be built on land that will be considered Tribal Trust land and not subject to taxation. The project could create up to 200 jobs.

Mr. Bolich and Mr. Dumke discussed the project in detail. The hotel room capacity would be between 100 and 140 rooms depending on a feasibility study that is currently underway. In order for the project to receive approval, the feasibility study must be completed. Local level and state level support is needed, and then the Bureau of Indian Affairs would need to approve. If approved construction could begin in the spring of 2016. The Board did have a few questions that were related to water, sewer and electrical issues. Bonovetz asked if the casino is not approved would the hotel and conference center project move forward? Bolich and Dumke said no, and that only improvements to the existing buildings would be completed.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas to send a strong letter of support for the project.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Orlich, Gerovac

NO: (1) Bonovetz

Abstain: (1) Oliver (wasn’t in attendance for the presentation)

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

Equalization Director Tom Novascone
(RE: Level pay grade increase)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board a proposal for a pay grade increase for Kathy Jo Koval, equalization deputy. She is currently a pay grade six and Novascone is requesting a pay grade seven. After the presentation, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to the personnel and negotiations committee.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Samantha Robl, Bessemer resident
(RE: roads throughout Gogebic County)

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

Mike Harma, Gogebic-Iron County Airport Manager
(RE: MDOT contracts)

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

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Kerri Duff, CPA, Executive Director GO-CAA
(RE: New Community Development Coordinator)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to continue the community development program with Mr. Pallin as the coordinator through 2014.

Agenda Addition:

Anders B. Tingstad Jr. Chief Judge
(RE: Community Corrections replacement)

Judge Tingstad informed the Board with his retirement at the end of 2014 he will have to resign his position on the West Central U. P. Community Corrections Board. He recommended Judge Roy Gotham as his replacement. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Circuit Judge Roy Gotham to the West Central Community Corrections Board.

RESOLUTIONS:

Delta County, support for the curtail of unfunded mandates
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.

UPACC, consolidation of mail processing center
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Darren Pionk, Road Commission engineer/manager discussed pending State legislation on road funding. The Senate and House have separate bills that could come up for a vote and he encouraged the Board to contact our legislators on the matter.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Public Hearing Minutes

December 30th, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00pm

2015 Gogebic County General Fund Budget

The purpose of the public hearing is to hear comments on the proposed 2015 Gogebic County General Fund Budget. The proposed budget has revenues of $6,457,971.00 and expenditures of $6,457,971.00.

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs, Oliver

Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

Chairman Gerovac welcomed all present and read the purpose of the public hearing.

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

Gerovac then asked for public comment and George Boline of Bessemer had questions on the District Court budget for 2015 and how pay grades are determined for each employee within the Courthouse. He felt the Board could have kept his wife Ginny Boline’s pay grade at the 2014 level based on the savings with in the District Court’s 2014 budget.

Chairman Gerovac asked three more times for additional public comment and heard none.

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to close the public hearing. The public hearing ended at 5:12 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 30, 2014

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:12 p.m. following the close of the public hearing on the 2015 General Fund budget.

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

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Gerovac, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 10, 2014 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 Orlich, supported by Bonovetz and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting of earlier in the day.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----12/02/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to authorize the administrator to proceed with the changeover to Consumer Mutual Insurance for hospitalization coverage for the employees for January of 2015.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz,

Orlich, Peterson, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee ----------12/04/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz and carried by a six yes – zero no and one abstaining (Kangas) voice vote to accept the tentative agreement between the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Association and the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners.

Economic Development & Capital Improve. -----12/10/2014
A. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to pay additional monies due towards the AE Com bill (Annex Roof) to come out of the DTRF.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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B. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs to pay the additional insulation and/or wages pertaining to the windows be paid from the DTRF.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Laabs, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----12/10/2014
A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to give all employees a $25 gift certificate to Sunday Lake Supermarket in Wakefield.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----12/16/2014
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda Additions:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee -----12/30/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to cover any funds that are in deficit by the end of 2014 with funds from the DTRF and the DTRF will be repaid.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Bonovetz, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to adopt the budget amendments to the 2014 General Fund budget as presented.

REVENUES:

Commercial Forest Reserve 101-000-428.00

Increase by $8,700.00 to $ 62,700.00

National Forest Reserve 101-000-429.00

Increase by $54,000 to $529,679.00

Federal Grants 101-000-522.00

Increase from $0.00 to $ 13,000.00

Liquor Tax-State 101-000-543.01

Increase by $8,500.00 to $ 54,042.00

District Court Costs 101-000-603.00

Increase by $18,625.00 to $173,625.00

Interest Earned 101-000-665.00

Increase by $21,000.00 to $ 61,000.00

Appropriations from Others 101-000-676.00

Increase by $75,000.00 to $250,000.00

TOTAL: $198,825.00

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EXPENDITURES:

Marine Law Enforcement 101-331-702.00

Increase by $ 13,000.00 to $ 16,200.00

Employers Hospitalization 101-900-716.00

Increase by $145,825.00 to $905,825.00

Child Care 101-901-965.07

Increase by $ 40,000.00 to $125,000.00

TOTAL $198,825.00

Other expenditures adjustments

District Court Office Equipment 101-136-980.00 -$13,000.00

Circuit Court Jury Fees 101-131-804.00 -$ 2,000.00

Elections Printing and Binding 101-191-729.00 + 2,000.00

Technology Contractual Services 101-258-805.02 + 5,500.00

Building Grounds Utilities 101-265-920.00 + 5,500.00

Law Library Appropriation 101-901-965.15 + 2,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas,

Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Bonovetz to balance the 2014 General Fund Budget with funds from the DTRF.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Peterson, Kangas, Laabs, Oliver,

Bonovetz, Orlich, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Donna Wilber, GOISD, Early Childhood Coordinator
(RE: Head Start Grant)

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

Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman
(Fair Board member Tom Gerovac)

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

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ADOPTION OF 2015 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Oliver to adopt the 2015 Gogebic County Appropriations Act.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz,

Orlich, Peterson, Gerovac NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2015 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the 2015 Gogebic County General Fund Budget with revenues and expenditures equaling $6,457,971.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (6) Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Gerovac

NO: (1) Laabs

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Oliver, 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) Oliver, Bonovetz, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Laabs, Gerovac

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Commissioner Discussion Requests:

Commissioner Peterson: Road Commission and County Transit Bus in Watersmeet.

Commissioner Peterson requested the County Transit Bus in Watersmeet be removed, and he then began with his Road Commission discussion. Peterson brought up the recent tanker truck accident which happened in Watersmeet Township on December 24th. He received several phone calls on how the Road Commission responded to the accident. Bruce Caudill, of the Watersmeet Fire Department, who was on scene of the accident, was in attendance at the meeting and discussed his concerns with the response of the Road Commission.

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Caudill sent an email to Darren Pionk, of Road Commission and copies were provided to the County Board as well. Pionk was in attendance and did address the incident, although he was down state during the holiday. His location foreman was the person in charge that day. He also provided a copy of his reply to Mr. Caudill’s email questions. Lengthy discussion took place on the incident. Peterson believes the Road Commission could be doing a better job in all aspects related to the roads in County. The Board asked Pionk several questions about snowplowing, staff shifts and winter snowplowing preparedness.

With two appointments to the road commission on the agenda today and having the two current members seeking re-appointment as the only interested parties, Peterson discussed re-advertising for applicants.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to re-advertise for the applicants for the two six year terms beginning in 1/1/2015.

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

NO: (4) Kangas, Oliver, Orlich, Gerovac

Motion failed.

APPOINTMENTS:

Road Commission (two positions)

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Kangas to appoint Don Bennetts and Art Lyons to the Gogebic County Road Commission, for six-year terms beginning 1/1/2015.

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Bonovetz, Kangas, Oliver, Orlich,

NO: (3) Laabs, Peterson, Gerovac

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Jim Mildren, Director, Gogebic County Transit Authority gave an update of the transit system now in their 34th year.

Paul Putnam, MSU Extension thanked the Board for funding the 4H Coordinator at a full time position for 2015 and gave a brief update on the Extension. Putnam also had the Memorandum of Agreement between the County and MSU with him for signature by the Board Chairman. A motion was made by Bonovetz supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the MOA.

Bruce Caudill of Watersmeet read his email that was sent to Darren Pionk of the Road Commission.

George Boline of Bessemer spoke on the District Court savings in 2014.

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Richard Gheller of Bessemer Township informed the Board once again his road wasn’t plowed during the most recent snow fall.

Chairman Gerovac mentioned that this is his last meeting as a Commissioner and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication and wished everyone a Happy New Year.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bonovetz, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.

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Tom Gerovac, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk