2015 Regular Meeting Minutes

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Re-Organizational Meeting Minutes

January 2, 2015

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

3:30P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by County Clerk-Register Gerry Pelissero and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

OATH OF OFFICE
The Oath of Office was administered to the seven members of the County Board of Commissioners.

ROLL CALL:

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson 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 were none.

ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

Pelissero opened the floor for nominations for Chairperson, Oliver with support from Orlich nominated Joe Bonovetz. Pelissero asked three more times if there were any other nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to elect Joe Bonovetz as Chairman. Bonovetz assumed the Chair.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRPERSON

Chairman Bonovetz opened the floor for nominations for Vice Chairman. Kangas with support from Orlich nominated George Peterson. Bonovetz asked three more times for nominations and heard none. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried to cast a unanimous voice vote for George Peterson as Vice-Chairman.

ADOPTION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt Roberts Rules of Order, with the roll call votes being rotated by district and the Chairman votes on all motions and votes last.

APPOINTMENT OF A PARLIAMENTARIAN

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Richard Adams as the County Board Parliamentarian.

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DESIGNATION OF MEETING DATES, TIMES AND PLACES

Current Schedule:

Location: Gogebic County Courthouse

District Courtroom

Bessemer, Michigan

Dates and Times:

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

Finance Committee - 4th Wednesday at 4:30PM

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

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

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the agenda appearance request and communication timeline as presented.

All appearance requests and communications to be placed on the agenda for a meeting of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners must be received by the Gogebic County Clerk-Register, no later than 12:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately prior to the meeting. Requests and communications received after the deadline will not be considered until the following board meeting. The Board may add items to the agenda if action is necessary prior to the next regular meeting.

COMMUNICATIONS

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Investment Resolution)

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

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

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Land Bank positions.

Mike Harma, Gogebic-Iron County Airport Manager
(RE: release of 1st and 2nd Quarter 2015 appropriations)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Marietta Appner, two years, Probate Court
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the two year increment request.

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OTHER MATTERS
Finance Chairman Oliver asked the Board members if they would prefer a different report on the County budget revenues and expenditures as part of the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee or continue the past practice. The Board felt the past practice was working fine.

The Road Commission appointments and length of terms was discussed along with other road matters. A motion was made by Peterson, supported Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to have the Road Commission Chairman appear at the January 28th Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting.

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 3:51 p.m.

_______________________________ _____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

January 14, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL:

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 30, 2014 Public Hearing and regular Board meeting.)

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 Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented and to add an appearance by Dave Anderson of Highland Copper.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

Agenda Addition:

Dave Anderson, Highland Copper Company
Mr. Anderson updated the Board on the company’s plans for mining in the Western U.P. In June of 2014, Highland Copper acquired the Copperwood Project from Orvana Minerals Corporation; Anderson discussed the project and is hopeful construction could begin in 2016. Highland has projects planned for the White Pine North area, the former Copper Range Company. Fifty drillers have been hired and the company will begin the re-permit process through the State of Michigan. The combined projects could provide 40 - 50 years of copper mining.

Anderson answered a few questions from the Board including the transportation of product, which would include trucking as well as utilization of railroads. The rail from Thomaston to White Pine is an option. Highland and Canadian National Railroad are in discussions to utilize that existing rail system. The rail system is in need of repairs, Commissioners Laabs and Bonovetz are members of the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission; they will discuss the projects with the commission at their next meeting. The Board thanked Anderson for his update, and he promised to keep everyone informed.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Nancy Warren, Kenton Michigan
(RE: restoration of federal endangered status to wolves in Michigan.)

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

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt a similar resolution as the City of Ironwood recently adopted regarding effective wolf management solutions.

EFFECTIVE WOLF MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

WHEREAS, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners is concerned with the recent Federal District Court Ruling which eliminated the wolf management options available to the State of Michigan

WHEREAS, the increasing number of wolves in the U.P. has not been properly controlled by the Federal Government and the recent Court Ruling has taken away the local control and jurisdiction of the State of Michigan to effectively control the wolf population.

WHEREAS, the over population of wolves is threatening the tourism, recreation, and business industries in the Western U.P.

WHEREAS, the situation has become a public safety concern for the citizens.

WHEREAS, the residents residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are the ones affected by the growing wolf population and are in need of State and Federal action to properly manage the number of wolves in the U.P.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners encourages the Natural Resource Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and our Federal Legislators to develop and provide a solution to effectively manage the over population of wolves residing in the western end of the U.P.

Scott Parrott, Director, County DHS
(RE: Release of 2015 Appropriation)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2015 appropriation to the Gogebic County Department of Human Services.

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Budget Amendments:

2015 Special Revenue Funds

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to adopt the 2015 Special Revenue Funds as presented.

REVENUES BUDGET

Federal Grants $366,000

Taxes $ 20,000

State Grants $ 47,000

Local Contributions $ 0

Services $355,000

Interest and Rents $ 0

Other $353,300

TOTAL $1,141,300

EXPENDITURES

Judicial $ 35,000

Public Safety $312,500

Health and Welfare $577,000

Recreation and Culture $200,000

Capital Outlay $ 5,000

Miscellaneous $ 20,000

TOTAL $1,149,500

($8,200)

Transfers In $8,200

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

Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz,

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Cheryl Ruppe, Fifteen years with the County
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the longevity request.

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OTHER MATTERS
County Treasurer Sue Pertile asked the Board to approve a credit card for Commissioner Wasley with a limit of $2,000.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve a credit card for Jeff Wasley with a limit of $2,000.

Commissioner Kangas inquired about the advertising for a mine inspector. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the mine inspector. There are funds in the budget this year for a mine inspector.

Commissioner Oliver discussed the possibility of changing to a fiscal year budget rather than the current calendar year budget. More discussion will take place at the January finance committee meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was 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 5:25 p.m.

______________________________ ____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

January 28, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 2, 2015 re-organizational and January 14, 2015 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 Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the Lease Agreement between the County and the Western U. P. Health Department for office space at the Annex, and three items added to Other Matters, the Land Bank Authority appointments, MSU Extension update and the power outage in Wakefield.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----12/30/2014
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee ---------01/14/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the upgrade of Kathy Jo Koval of the Equalization Department from a pay grade 6 to a pay grade 7, contingent upon union approval and her further continuing her education to the various levels of the State mandated certification.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Mr. William McMullin and Ms. Carrie Hampston to the Gogebic County Transit Board of Directors.
Agenda Addition:

Lease Agreement
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the lease agreement between the County of Gogebic and the Western U. P. Health Board and authorize proper signatures on the agreement. The agreement is from 1/1/2015 to 12/31/2016 for 3,690 square feet at a rate of $9.50/Sqft. annual cost $35,055.00.

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APPEARANCES:

Kate Beer, Executive Director, W.U.P. District Health
(RE: Health Department update)

Ms. Beer gave an update on the programs and services provided to residents of Gogebic County from the health department. The health department manages a 3.6 million dollar budget, including 45 employees and 35 managed programs. She provided copies of the Western U. P. Health Department Administrative Policy Manual and a spreadsheet on the environmental and public health programs for Gogebic County and District totals. Beer discussed the programs that are provided to the school districts, which include hearing and vision screenings. The web site to visit for more information is www.wuphd.org. Ms. Beer did answer a few questions from the Board during her 20 minute presentation. The Board thanked Beer for her appearance.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Tim McGuire, Executive Director, Michigan Association of
Counties (RE: Unfunded Mandates resolution)

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

Jonathan Mead, CEO, UPCAP
(RE: UPCAP Board of Directors nominee)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve Joe Bonovetz as the County 2015 nominee to the UPCAP Board of Directors.

Governor Rick Snyder, Press release
(RE: U.P. Energy Solution)

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

RESOLUTIONS:

Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator, NextGen text 911
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich, to adopt the resolution as presented.

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

Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley 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 the AT&T - Telnet bill for $928.48 along with the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions

Land Bank Authority Appointments:

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jeff Randall and Tom Laabs to the Land Bank Authority.

Ashley Hampston, temporary 4H coordinator, gave an update on the programs and projects she has been working on with area youth through MSU Extension office and 4H. She discussed the 4H livestock auction held at the Fair is approaching 1 million dollars raised. The Curry Comb group is active again, exploration days will be held downstate with a few students attending and she will help with early implementation of the Tech Wizard program which will be offered in the area schools.

Commissioner Orlich discussed the need for better communication during emergency situations to keep the public informed during a crisis like last weekend’s power outage in the County, including the city of Wakefield, where the power went out from Friday night to midday Saturday. Sheriff Matonich and emergency manager Jim Loeper discussed with the Board that the County Emergency Plan was followed and the best efforts were made to keep the public informed. Obstacles did present themselves which included both radio stations are automated in the evenings, so updates through those outlets weren’t available. Shelters were made available Friday night at the Courthouse and on Saturday in Wakefield at Father Daniel Hall. The Victim Services agency was activated and was a great help to those needing assistance. Matonich said each crisis provides an opportunity to learn and provide better service for the next time.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the Call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:54 p.m.

______________________________ _____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

February 25, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Wasley

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(February 11, 2015 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 Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: an appearance by Paul Putnam, Director MSU Extension District One and a recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There was none.

Agenda Addition:

Paul Putnam, MSU Extension Director, District One
Mr. Putnam introduced Megan Martell, who was hired to become the Nutrition Educator of MSUE. Putnam mentioned that Anita Carter was hired to provide health and nutrition education. Erin Ross, of MSUE was in attendance and informed the Board that Ashley Hampston was officially hired as the fulltime 4H coordinator, effective March 2, 2015, she was the temporary 4H coordinator. Monie Shackleford has been hired to support the Tech Wizard program, and she will begin on March 9, 2015. Hampston is attending a conference in Lansing on the program and will train Shackelford. Putnam mentioned Gogebic County has the most employees of any MSUE in the U.P.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Health & Welfare Committee ----------------01/26/15
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----01/28/15
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one and two and place them on file.

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Personnel & Negotiations Committee --------02/04/15
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to grant Jim Loeper an additional $2,354 to bring him into the same salary range as the other Elected & Appointed Officials, making his salary Emergency Management for 2015, $20,304, retroactive to 1/1/2015.

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

Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

Economic Development and Capital Improve.-—02/25/15
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for bids for the replacement of the Annex Roof, with the bid opening set for March 25, 2015. The project is expected to cost approximately $100,000, and the funds would come from the DTRF.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Mark Miller, Director, Local Health Services, State of MI.

(RE: regionalization discussions in U.P.)

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

2. Linda L. Jackson, Forest Supervisor, US Forest Service

(RE: Environmental Assessment, Aspen Management Project)

This Environmental Assessment and associated documents are located at the following website: 65 pages http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ottawa/projects

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

APPOINTMENTS:

Jury Board
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Paula Partanen and Cheryl Ruppe to the County Jury Board for six year terms.

U.P. 9-1-1 Authority Board
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jim Loeper to U.P. 911 Authority Administrative Policy Board.

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.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Wasley

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (January 28th, 2015 regular board 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; an appearance by Sheriff Pete Matonich, and two items added to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Sheriff Peter Matonich
(RE: 2014 sheriff department report)

Sheriff Matonich presented his 2014 sheriff report, which included a breakdown of road patrol and corrections/jail activities.

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

COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Jeff Betlewski, GO-CAA, Housing Director

(RE: CDBG 2013-2015 program year grants)

Mr. Betlewski discussed the grant process with the Board. The County is eligible to apply for a $150,000 CDBG grant. The application will be completed electronically, with the County acting as the applicant and a third party agreement must be signed. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to proceed with the application process and authorize the proper signatures on the application and the third party agreement.

2. Cathryn Beer, Health Officer/Administrator, WUPDH

(RE: Reorganization of local public health)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution and send the resolution to our legislators, MAC and all Counties in the U.P. that could be affected if local public health is regionalized.

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

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

3. Jim Gribble, Fair Board Chairman

(RE: 2015 Appropriation release)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2015 appropriation to the Fair Board.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Jim Loeper informed the Board of the 2014- 2015 HazMat Mitigation grant application is due and needs Board approval. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote authorize the Chairman’s signature on the application.

George Samardich tendered his resignation on the DHS Board effective immediately. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to accept the letter of resignation and advertise to fill the vacancy.

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 5:17 p.m.

___________________________ _____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Wasley was happy to see the updated County website.

Treasurer Sue Pertile mentioned that the State of Michigan Step Forward program will receive additional funding, and people needing help with mortgages and taxes can continue to apply for assistance through this program.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was 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 5:14 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (February 25, 2015 regular meeting)

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes with one correction. The dollar amount in the motion from the personnel and negotiations committee regarding Jim Loeper should read $2,354 rather than $2,729.

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 an addition to Appearances, Paul Putnam, MSU Extension Director District One.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Tess Greenough, Gogebic County CMH
(RE: Jail Diversion Services agreement)

Ms. Greenough discussed the letter of agreement between the County Board of Commissioners and Gogebic Community Mental Health. The Jail Diversion Services agreement must be signed by a representative of the County Board of Commissioners. The Prosecuting Attorney and the Sheriff Department have already signed the new agreement. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the agreement.

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

Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

Paul Putnam, MSU Extension Director, District One
Putnam introduced Anita Carter and Monie Shackleford, the newest employees of the MSU Extension office. Carter will provide health and nutrition education, and Shackelford will manage the Tech Wizard program.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

John Cox, Wakefield Township Supervisor
(RE: ORV trail access)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Amendment to County ORV Ordinance 2008-01

Discussion was held on the proposed changes to the existing County ORV Ordinance. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs to amend the ordinance with the two changes and publish the amended ORV ordinance as presented. The changes are as follows:

Add to Sec. 1: l.) “Highway” means a state trunk line highway or a segment of a state trunk line highway.

Sec. 5 An ORV may not be operated on the road surface, roadway, shoulder or right-of way of any state or federal highway in the county.

Sec. 5 A person shall not operate an ORV on the roadway, shoulder or right-of-way of any highway, except on specific segments of highway that are posted open, and have been authorized by the Michigan Department of Transportation pursuant to 1994 PA 451, as amended, being MCL 324.81101 and 324.81131.

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

Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

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 5:17 p.m.

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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

STATE OF MICHIGAN

COUNTY OF GOGEBIC

ORV ORDINANCE

ORDINANCE No. 2008-01 (Amended)

An ordinance adopted for the purpose of authorizing and regulating the operation of Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) on roads in Gogebic County, for the purpose of providing penalties for the violation thereof, and for the distribution of public funds resulting from those penalties pursuant to 2008 PA 240, MCL 324.81131.

THE COUNTY OF GOGEBIC ORDAINS:

Sec. 1 As used in this ordinance, the following definitions shall apply:

a) "County" means the County of Gogebic

b) "Driver license" means an operator's or chauffeur's license or permit issued to an individual by the secretary of state under chapter III of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.301 to 257.329, for that individual to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit.

c) "Operate" means to ride in or on, and be in actual physical control of the operation of an ORV.

d) "Operator" means a person who operates or is in actual physical control of the operation of an ORV.

e) "ORV" means a motor driven off road recreation vehicle capable of cross-country travel without benefit of a road or trail, on or immediately over land,

snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain. ORV or vehicle includes,

but is not limited to, a multi-track or multi-wheel drive vehicle, an ATV, a

motorcycle or related 2-wheel, 3-wheel, or 4-wheel vehicle, an amphibious

machine, a ground effect air cushion vehicle, or other means of transportation

deriving motive power from a source other than muscle or wind.

f) "Road" means a county primary road or county local road as described in section 5 of 1951 PA 51, MCL 247.655.

g) "Road Commission" means the Board of County Road Commissioners for the

County of Gogebic.

h) "Safety certificate" means a certificate issued pursuant to 1994 PA 451 as

amended, MCL 324. 81129, or a comparable ORV safety certificate issued

under the authority of another state or a province of Canada."

i) "Township" means an individual township within the County of Gogebic.

j) "Township Board" means a board of trustees of any township within the

County of Gogebic.

k) "Visual supervision" means the direct observation of the operator with the

unaided or normally corrected eye, where the observer is able to come to the

immediate aid of the operator.

l) “Highway” means a state trunk line highway or a segment of a state trunk line highway.

Sec. 2 An ORV may be operated on the far right of the maintained portion of a road within the county.

Sec. 3 A township board of a township in the county may adopt an ordinance to close any roads within the boundaries of the township to the operation of ORVs permitted by the county. Beginning July 17, 2009, the township board of a township in the county may adopt an ordinance authorizing the operation of ORVs: on the maintained portion of 1 or more roads located within the township," pursuant to MCL 324.81131 (3).

Sec. 4 The county road commission may close no more than 30% of the total linear miles

of roads in the county to protect the environment or if the operation of ORVs pose a particular and demonstrable threat to public safety. The road commission may not close a municipal street to ORVs opened under Section 5 of this ordinance.

Sec. 5 A person shall not operate an ORV on the roadway, shoulder or right-of-way of any highway, except on specific segments of highway that are posted open, and have been authorized by the Michigan Department of Transportation pursuant to 1994 PA 451, as amended, being MCL 324.81101 and 324.81131.

Sec. 6 Except as set forth herein or otherwise provided by law, an ORV meeting all of the following conditions may be operated on a road or street in the county:

a) at a speed of no more than 25 miles per hour or a lower posted ORV speed limit.

b) by a person not less than 12 years of age.

c) with the flow of traffic.

d) in a manner which does not interfere with traffic on the road or street.

e) traveling single file except when overtaking and passing another ORV.

f) when visibility is not substantially reduced due to weather conditions unless displaying a lighted headlight and lighted taillight.

g) 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset unless displaying a lighted headlight and lighted taillight.

h) while displaying a lighted headlight and lighted taillight at all hours beginning January 1, 2010.

i) while the operator and each passenger is wearing a crash helmet and protective eyewear approved by the United States Department of Transportation unless the

vehicle is equipped with a roof that meets or exceeds standards for a crash

helmet and the operator and each passenger is wearing a properly adjusted and

fastened seat belt.

j) with a throttle so designed that when the pressure used to advance the throttle

is removed, the engine speed will immediately and automatically return to idle.

k) while the ORV is equipped with a spark arrester type United States Forest

Service approved muffler in good working order and in constant operation.

1) pursuant to noise emission standards defined by law.

Sec. 7 A child less than 16 years of age shall not operate an ORV on a road in the county unless the child is under the direct visual supervision of an adult and the child has in his or her immediate possession a Michigan issued ORV safety certificate or a comparable ORV safety certificate issued under the authority of another state or a province of Canada.

Sec. 8 Unless a person possesses a valid drivers license, a person shall not operate an ORV on a road or street in the county if the ORV is registered as a motor vehicle and is either more than 60 inches wide or has three wheels.

Sec. 9 Any person who violates this ordinance is guilty of a municipal civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00.

Sec. 10 A court may order a person who causes damage to the environment, a road or other property as a result of the operation of an ORV to pay full restitution for that damage above and beyond the penalties paid for civil fines.

Sec. 11 The County Treasurer shall deposit all fines and damages collected under this ordinance into a fund to be designated as the ORV Fund. The County of Gogebic Board of Commissioners shall appropriate revenue in the ORV Fund as follows:

a) Fifty percent the County Road Commission for repairing damage to roads and

the environment that may have been caused by ORVs, and for posting signs

indicating ORV speed limits, or indicating whether roads are open or closed to

the operation of ORVs.

b) Fifty percent to the County Sheriff for ORV enforcement and training.

Sec. 12 This ordinance becomes effective 03/20/2015.

This Ordinance amended by action of the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners this 11th day of March, 2015.

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

Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2015

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 11, 2015 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 Wasley 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:

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee------02/23/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to offer 67 scholarships to the students in Gogebic County at $2,500 each for the 2015/2016 year.

Economic Development & Capital Improv.-—-02/25/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote receive the report and place it on file.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee—-02/25/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the credit card to Mary Ahnen, District Court Magistrate, with a limit of $2,000.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------03/11/2015
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs to approve the four year contract with Tom Novascone as Equalization Director at the same cost $42,000 per year for Gogebic County from April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2019.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to appoint Joe Bonovetz, Steve Thomas, Patricia Crabtree and Carrie Braspenick to the Gogebic County Community Mental Health Authority Board.

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

No: (2) Wasley, Peterson

Abstain: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to appoint Robert Sharon to the Department of Human Services Board.

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

Oliver, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Western U.P. Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency
(RE: Letter of Appreciation)

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Joey Cvengros, six months, Prosecutor’s Office
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the six month increment.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to pay the claims as presented plus three Data Consultants Inc., bills totaling $6,537.00, along with the pre-paids and make them apart of the minutes.

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

Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Loeper discussed the School Safety Grant that was awarded to the Bessemer Area Schools in the amount of $18,000.00.

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 5:12 p.m.

_______________________ ___________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (March 25, 2015, 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 Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions: a recommendation from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee regarding roof bids for the Annex roof and a notice from Erwin Township on a scheduled public hearing.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

Agenda Addition:

Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee recommendation.
Chairman of the Committee Tom Laabs, discussed the bid process and the committee’s recommendation to award the bid to Quality Roofing Inc., of Marshfield, Wisconsin for the project on the Courthouse Annex roof. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson to accept the bid from quality Roofing Inc., of Marshfield, Wisconsin of $90,532 and to include the additional 5 year warranty at cost $300 and to accept the voluntary alternate for the roof project to be tax exempt/owner purchase for a deduction from the base bid of $2,150. The total cost of the project will be $88,682.00. The Road Commission will pay 1/3 of the cost, and the County share will come from the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund.

Roll Call:

YES: (6) Kangas, Laabs, Wasley, Orlich,

Peterson, Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: 2014 Tax Settlement report)

Treasurer Pertile discussed the 2014 Tax Settlement report with the Board. This year the grand total of settlement for delinquent taxes is $1,971,646.83. The total payoff for the County is $289,786.45. Pertile answered a few questions from the Board and then a motion was made by Laabs, supported by Orlich to approve the 2014 tax settlement report as presented and to authorize the Treasurer to settle the governmental units.

Roll Call:

YES: (6) Laabs, Wasley, Orlich,

Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

Gogebic-Ontonagon CAA
(RE: release of 2015 appropriation)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the 2015 appropriation ($5,000) to GO-CAA as requested.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Mary Ann Erickson, 15-year longevity, Clerk Office
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the 15-year longevity request.

OTHER MATTERS
Clerk Gerry Pelissero informed the Board of a public hearing notice he received from Erwin Township. The Township will hold the hearing on Tuesday April 21, 2015, at 6:30 at the Erwin Township Hall. The hearing is to hear public comment on a land use permit for Pitlik & Wick INC., to provide highway and building construction materials. A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the notice and place it on file.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

______________________________ ______________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

April 22, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 8, 2015 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 Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with the following additions: a summary report from the Dal Pra Educational Award Committee, and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority affidavit approval.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Personnel & Negotiations Committee--------03/24/2015
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---03/25/2015
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Economic Development & Capital Improv.----04/07/2015
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Agenda Addition:

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee--------04/21/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas, to approve the scholarship recipients from the Ironwood Area Schools(28), Wakefield-Marenisco Schools(7), Watersmeet Township School District (9) and the Bessemer Area Schools (23) as recommended by the appropriate school officials. Each scholarship awarded is worth $2,500.00.

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

Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

ABSTAIN: (1) Peterson

Motion carried.

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APPERANCES:

County Equalization Director Tom Novascone
(RE: 2015 Equalization Report)

County Equalization Director Tom Novascone presented the 2015 Equalization report. The 2015 grand total County Equalized Value is $660,199,370.00

The County then adopted the 2015 report by classification.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs to adopt the Agriculture CEV at $1,072,277.00

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

Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Kangas to adopt the Commercial CEV at $58,336,775.00.

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

Laabs, Oliver, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to adopt the Industrial CEV at $10,314,586.00.

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

Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the Residential CEV at $507,550,922.00

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

Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs to adopt the Timber Cut-over CEV at $26,452,546.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Laabs, Oliver, Wasley

Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to adopt the Personal Property CEV at $56,370,161.00.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Jim Loeper, County 9-1-1 Department
(RE: Surcharge request)

Mr. Loeper presented to the Board the recommendation from the 9-1-1 Committee to increase the County 9-1-1 surcharge by .30 per phone or device, which is up from the current $1.00 per phone or device. The County ballot proposal at the November 4, 2014 General Election passed by a wide margin and does authorize the County Board to set the surcharge at a maximum of $1.65. Loeper discussed the need for the increase and provided documents that showed revenues and expenditures, dispatching costs, cash and fund balance information. Lengthy discussion was held on the matter and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs by six yes - one no vote to table the matter and request that Loeper present more information on the need for the surcharge increase.

Paul Anderson, Michigan Gateway Trail Authority
(RE: grant update)

Mr. Anderson informed the Board that Ironwood to Bessemer non-motorized trail was approved for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant. The total grant is $295,000.00. Anderson provided the Development Project Agreement, which must be signed and submitted by 05/31/2015. Anderson opened the floor for questions and discussed the project’s funding and reimbursement of costs to the County. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to table the matter and refer the Agreement to Corporate Counsel Adams for approval.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

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

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

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

1. Susan Mitchem, one-year increment, Clerk’s office

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the one-year increment.

2. Donna Frello, six-month increment, Retirement office

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

3. Tina Romosz, three–year increment, Register of Deeds/Fair

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the three-year increment.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Addition:

Brownfield Affidavit approval from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting of earlier today.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the affidavits for the Gogebic Range Bank, Kauppila’s Family Limited Ptr. and Sunnyside Development for their Brownfield Redevelopment project eligible expenses.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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Road Commission Engineer/Manager Darren Pionk discussed Proposal 1 that will appear on the May 5, 2015 Election. He answered questions regarding the funding of roads if the proposal is approved and the State of Michigan sales tax increases from 6% to 7%. He also discussed how the road funds would be used for road repair in the County.

4H Coordinator Ashley Hampston appeared and discussed the projects she is working on with our 4H members. She discussed the new dog club and gardening club. She has appeared in the local schools to get the information out.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was 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 6:25 p.m.

_____________________________ ____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 13, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (April 22, 2015 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the minutes with two corrections; the Residential CEV amount should be $507,550,922.00 and the Personal Property CEV amount should be $56,370,161.00.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented and add one addition; a recommendation from the Capital Improvements and Economic Development Committee of earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

Agenda Addition:

Capital Improvement and Economic Development Committee recommendation.

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Kangas to add up to $1,300.00 to the Annex roof project to complete the fascia and capping on the project.

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

Laabs, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: Foreclosed properties purchase)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to exercise the County’s rights, contingent on the State’s refusal, to purchase the foreclosed properties for the minimum bid of the taxes. The Foreclosed properties are all located in the City of Ironwood. (414 Norrie St., 120 S. Mansfield St., 314 Albany St., 218 w. Tamarack St. and 412 w. Larch St.)

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Jason D. Oberle, Superintendent, US Dept. of Interior
(RE: Notice of Decision, Watersmeet Township property)

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

Dennis R. Ellos, Secretary, W.U.P. Citizens on Wolf
Management, (RE: resolution)

A motion was made by Laabs supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to support the updated resolution by the Western U.P. Citizen’s on Wolf Management.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Tammy Stella, Circuit Court Reporter, 15 years longevity
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the fifteen year longevity request.

TABLED MATTERS:

(These two items may be discussed if taken off of the table.)

Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority (no action taken)
County 9-1-1 Surcharge increase
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter of the table.

Jim Loeper discussed the need for an increase in the 9-1-1 surcharge. Since 2010 the number of devices subject to the surcharge has steadily decreased from 15,896 to 12,615 in 2014. Loeper also discussed the projects that are planned for 9-1-1 communication devices he plans on updating. Brief discussion was held and then a motion was made by Kangas, supported Wasley to set the 9-1-1 surcharge by resolution at $1.30 per device beginning July 1, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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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 $1.30 be placed on all communications service providers beginning July 1, 2015 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 November 4th, 2014 an election was held within Gogebic County (MCL 484.14701b) (1) & (b) with a vote of yes 3571 and no 1301 and

WHEREAS, Public Act 379 expires December 31st, 2020, 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 July 14th, 2010 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) Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS:
Chairman Bonovetz requested any Commissioners wishing to attend the Summer Conference of UPACC contact the Administrator.

Commissioner Orlich informed the Board he was contacted by the MDOT, they are looking for someone to provide third party testing for driver licensing in Gogebic County.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Norman Nass, US Forest Supervisor for the Bessemer and Watersmeet Districts informed the Board of planned repairs at the Black River Harbor campground facilities. The repairs and upgrades include water and waste water, which will be completed this year. The campground will be closed this season for these repairs. Dock repairs are planned for next year. Nass also mentioned that fuel and concessions should be available right away this year.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:31 p.m.

____________________________ ____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 10, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 27, 2015 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 Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with three additions. A recommendation from the Personnel and Negotiations Committee of earlier today, and two items added to Other Matters: Lisa Lavassuer from GCCMH with information on the retirement of their staff psychiatrists and Airport taxiway contracts for signature.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

Agenda Addition:

Personnel and Negotiations Committee recommendation.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by a Six yea – One nay vote to approve the grant application from the State of Michigan for the new CAPA/Foster Care program. Assistant Prosecutor Tracie Wittla will be Administrator of the grant, which could begin as early as July of 2015. The County agreed to approve the grant through September 30, 2016, and will review the grant in six months and any salary increase associated with the grant will be removed if the grant is terminated.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Becky McIntyre, Community Corrections Manager, WCUP
(RE: FY2015 Grant Renewal Application)

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the grant renewal and send a letter of confirmation.

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Jim Gribble, Chairman, Gogebic County Fair
(RE: Cash Advance to cover pre-Fair vouchers)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of up to a $35,000.00 cash advance to the Fair Board to cover pre-Fair vouchers. The advance will be paid back after the Fair is held in August.

TABLED MATTERS:

(This item may be discussed if it is taken off the table)

Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority
No action taken on table matters.

OTHER MATTERS:
Agenda Addition:

Lisa Lavassuer, CEO, Gogebic County Community Health informed the Board their staff psychiatrists, Dr. Joe and Jan Cools, will be retiring effective August 25, 2015. Lavassuer discussed their plans to provide temporary services, which will include video conferencing and a search will begin to find a permanent staff psychiatrist.

Airport 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 MDOT contracts No. 2015-0285 and contract ID: 27558-125555. The contracts are for work on the west parallel taxiway at the Gogebic-Iron County Airport.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There were none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley 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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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

May 27, 2015

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

Present: (5) Bonovetz, Kangas, Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (2) Oliver, Laabs

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (May 13, 2015 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Health & Welfare Committee----------------04/20/2015
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---04/22/2015
Technology Committee----------------------05/04/2015
Economic Development & Capital Improve.---05/13/2015

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote receive all reports and place them on file.

APPEARNCES:

Equalization Director Tom Novascone
(RE: Truth in Taxation)

Tom Novascone appeared and advised the Board to approve the millage of 6.6800 which will take effect with the July 2015 tax billing as there are no rollbacks or adjustments which would require a Truth in Taxation meeting. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas to approve the millage.

Roll Call:

YES: (5) Kangas, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Forestry and Parks Director Greg Ryskey
(RE: members term expiration)

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Forestry Board Position.

Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: Tax sale Proceeds)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to transfer the tax sale proceeds to the General Fund.

Treasurer Sue Pertile
(RE: Foreclosed property)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the County to use their rights, contingent upon the State’s refusal, to purchase the foreclosed property. The Gogebic Land Bank will purchase the property, reimbursing the County, and sell to the interested neighbor. There will be no cost to the county.

Chairman Joe Bonovetz
(RE: NRTC letter of support)

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the letter for signature.

Emergency Management Director Jim Loeper
(RE: Stonegarden grant)

Loeper discussed the 2014 Stonegarden grant which will provide $10,754 to the County to provide security equipment and patrol Lake Superior shoreline. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley to authorize signatures on the Stonegarden grant agreement.

Roll Call:

YES: (5) Wasley, Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Pat Hagstrom, 10 years, Juvenile Court
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the longevity increment.

TABLED MATTERS:

(This item may be discussed if it is taken off the table)

Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority
(The matter was not taken off the table.)

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Peterson to pay the claims and prepaids as presented, and make them a part of the minutes.

Roll Call:

YES: (5) Wasley, Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:13 p.m.

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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

June 24, 2015

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

Following the Pledge of Allegiance roll call was taken.

ROLL CALL

Present: (7) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs, Orlich, Peterson, Wasley, Oliver

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 10, 2015 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 Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented, along with the additions of an appearance by Phil Wirtanen and the approval of Police contracts presented by Sheriff Pete Matonich.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee—-05/27/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to pay the 2015 dues to the U.P. RC&D Council with the appointee to be Jeff Wasley, with Joe Bonovetz as the alternate.

Personnel & Negotiations Committee ------06/10/2015
Economic Development & Capital Improv.-—-06/15/2015
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports two and three and place them on file.

APPEARANCES:

Michigan State Police LT. Don Horn—Cancelled.
(RE: Heroin presentation)

2. Phil Wirtanen, Lake Gogebic Improvement Association

Mr. Wirtanen discussed that the Association exists for the well-being of the lake, partnerships with WDNR, UPPCO, and Whitewater Associates of Amasa, MI., and the control of invasive species. The Lake Gogebic Adaptive Management Plan was presented, which established the lake is healthy, a

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baseline benchmark, and protections. A current fishery survey is in the process of being completed. Current goals include influencing the state on policies regarding invasive species and to become custodians of management plans. A meeting will be held in Marenisco on July 22, at 6:00 pm, regarding the adjustment of DNR regulations of walleye fishing in Lake Gogebic.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Linda L. Jackson, Forest Supervisor
(RE: Aspen Management Plan)

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

2. Judi Brugman, SUD/CDR Supervisor, NorthCare Network

(RE: Substance Abuse Funding for services not funded by the County)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver 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 3rd Quarter 2015 appropriations)

A motion was made Oliver, supported by Kangas, and carried by unanimous voice vote to release 3rd Quarter 2015 Appropriations.

4. Mike Harma, Gogebic-Iron County Airport Manager

(RE: MDOT Contract No. 2015-0315 for cooperative airport awareness efforts)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contracts.

Roll Call:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion Carried

5. Richard Adams, Corporate Counsel, Gogebic County

(RE: Adoption of FOIA guidelines and procedures effective 7/1/2015)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich to adopt the recommended FOIA policies effective July 1, 2015.

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Roll Call:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion Carried

6. Juliane Giackino, Gogebic County Administrator

(RE: Re-appointment of Kevin Haustein to the Forestry & Parks Commission)

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to re-appoint Kevin Haustein to the Forestry & Parks Commission.

7. Sue Pertile, Gogebic County Treasurer

(RE: Petition to Strike Delinquent Personal Property Taxes from the Tax Rolls)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson to approve the Petition to Strike 2009 and prior years’ Delinquent Personal Property taxes from the rolls and authorize the Waiver and Consent for the Chairman’s signature.

Roll Call:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion Carried

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 Wasley 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 and prepaids as presented and make them a part of the minutes.

Roll Call:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion Carried

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OTHER MATTERS
Pete Matonich, Gogebic County Sheriff, presented contracts for police services in the cities of Bessemer and Wakefield for approval and signature by the Chairman.

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley to authorize the Chairman’s signature.

Roll Call:

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

NO: (0) None

Motion Carried

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 5:40 pm.

_______________________ ___________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Susan Mitchem, Chief Deputy

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 8, 2015

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(June 24, 2015 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with one addition to resolutions from GOCAA.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

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

(RE: LEPC/E 9-1-1 Surcharge Audit/ Drain District)

Mr. Loeper discussed with the Board a workshop that will be put on by the Gogebic County LEPC, to inform the community of the emergency management fundamentals and procedures that are to be followed in an emergency. The workshop is set for July 30, 2015, beginning at 5:00pm, at Tacconelli’s in Ironwood. The Board is invited, and those attending will notify Loeper at the July 22, 2015, regular Board meeting.

Loeper then presented the annual report from Maner Costerisan, on the 9-1-1 technical revenue and expenses. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the report and place it on file.

Finally, Loeper discussed a letter he received from Marenisco Township regarding the possibility of establishing a drain district for the Township. He met with Corporate Counsel Adams and will meet the Township to discuss the procedure and options for establishing a drain district within the township. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file. Loeper will keep the Board informed.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Foreclosed property)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to exercise the County’s rights to purchase the foreclosed property, 226 W. Arch St. Ironwood for the minimum bid of $5,892.67, with the County then selling the property to the Land Bank Authority. The building will be demolished with our grant monies for blighted properties.

Jon Campbell, President, MAC Board of Directors
(RE: MACPAC Silent Auction)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file, and commissioners were encouraged to seek donation(s) to be presented for the silent auction.

Patti Hagstrom, Secretary, GCRC
(RE: Labor, Equipment & Materials Shared)

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:

MSHDA, Grant Resolution
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs to adopt the resolution as presented.

Gogebic County Homeowner/Emergency Grant Application

WHEREAS, said Cities of Wakefield, Bessemer, and Ironwood and the Townships of Watersmeet and Marenisco, are identified as a Target Area in Gogebic County Placed-base Target Strategy Plan.

WHEREAS, said Cities and Townships of Gogebic County is a location targeted for homeowner rehabilitation/emergency funds from Gogebic County Housing Rehabilitation Program.

WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County has reviewed and understands the terms of application for funding.

WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County accepts the terms of the grant application and recommends Gogebic County Planning staff apply for a Homeowner Rehabilitation/Emergency Grant to assist with the development of 6 rehabilitation homes and 3 emergency units.

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WHEREAS, said Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County authorizes the chief elected official to sign any required grant funding documents for the Homeowner Rehabilitation/Emergency Grant Program.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners of Gogebic County authorizes submission of the Homeowner Rehabilitation/Emergency Grant Application to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Agenda Addition:

Fair Housing Resolution GOCAA
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to refer the matter to Corporate Counsel Adams.

OTHER MATTERS
County Treasurer, Sue Pertile, updated the Board on the Step Forward program offered through the State of Michigan to help property owners with their tax payments. So far Gogebic County has provided $66,581.69 in funds and there is still $54 Million available to tax payers in Michigan through the Step Forward Michigan program.

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.

____________________________ _____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

July 22, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Orlich

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(July 8, 2015 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 Laabs, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two recommendations from the Finance, Budgeting and Auditing Committee meeting from earlier today and to move the Tabled Matters up on the agenda preceding the committee summary reports.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

TABLED MATTERS:

Michigan’s Western Gateway Trail Authority
(MDNR Project Agreement/Resolution)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to take the matter off of the table.

Corporate Counsel Richard Adams presented to the Board a summary of the Project Agreement, this a complicated agreement with quite a few organizations and state agencies involved and there are structural safeguards for the County to be reimbursed by the grants for the funds the County will be paying up front the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund (DTRF). Mr. Adams said he is comfortable with the Agreement and did recommend the Board approve the grant by resolution.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2015-06

For

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Development Project Agreement

Upon motion made by Laabs, seconded by Kangas, the following Resolution was adopted:

“RESOLVED, that the County of Gogebic, Michigan, does hereby accept the terms of the Agreement as received from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and that the Gogebic County Board of

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Commissioners does hereby specifically agree, but not by way of limitation, as follows:

1. To appropriate all funds necessary to complete the project during the project period and to provide one million, five hundred seventy-one thousand, five hundred dollars ($1,571,500) to match the grant authorized by the DEPARTMENT.

2. To maintain satisfactory financial accounts, documents, and records to make them available to the DEPARTMENT for auditing at reasonable times.

3. To construct the project and provide such funds, services, and materials as may be necessary to satisfy the terms of said Agreement.

4. To regulate the use of the facility constructed and reserved under this Agreement to assure the use thereof by the public on equal and reasonable terms.

5. To comply with any and all terms of said Agreement including all terms not specifically set forth in the foregoing portions of this Resolution.”

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

Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep County Treasurer Sue Pertile as the fiduciary of the grant funds and County reimbursements.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Economic Development & Capital Improve.---06/24/2015
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---06/24/2015
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive reports one and two and place them on file.

Agenda addition:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ---07/22/2015
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs to approve the Child Care Fund to enter a contract with MGT for $4,000. MGT will provide assistance in seeking reimbursements for the fund.

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

Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to authorize the County to apply for funds through the Northcare Network for the Drug Court and substance abuse programs.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Becky McIntyre, Manager, WCUP Community Corrections
(Re: Informational meeting regarding the future of Programming for Community Corrections)

John Begalle, Coordinator of the Gogebic County Community Corrections program appeared and discussed with the Board the program and how it benefits the County, the community and the inmates. During fiscal year 2014 jail bed days saved were 815, saving the County $35,452.00, and $30,603 in savings to non-profit organizations with work provided through the program. The Board thanked Begalle for his presentation and the work his crews do throughout the County. A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive the communication and place it on file.

Delta County Board of Commissioners
(Re: WCUP funding cuts)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a similar letter from Gogebic County.

3. Jason D. Oberle, Superintendent, United States Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs

(Re: Fee to Trust Acquisition (McGeshick Parcel)-Notice of Decision)

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

Jonathan Mead, President, UPCAP
(Re: Dues Request for 2016)

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

Gary Heidel, Chief Placemaking Officer, MSHDA
(Re: Conditional letter of reservation of CDBG funds)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson to approve of the application to receive the CDBG funds in the amount of $145,140 and to adopt the Fair Housing resolution.

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

Bonovetz

NO: (0) None

Motion carried

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RESOLUTIONS:

Fair Housing (approved by Corporate counsel)
Approved in communication #5.

2. Jonathan Mead, Executive Director, UPCAP (APAAA 2015 Annual Implementation Plan for services to Upper Peninsula Older Adults)

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution as presented and authorize the proper signature.

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

Peterson, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

OTHER MATTERS
Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Loeper mentioned he recently received the application for the Emergency Management Performance Grant. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the grant application and authorize the proper signatures.

Representatives of the MSU Extension appeared and gave an update on their programs. District One Director, Paul Putnam appeared along with staff members Erin Ross, Megan Martell, Anita Carter and Ashley Hampston.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 5:39 p.m.

______________________________ ______________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 12, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Laabs, Oliver,

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Kangas

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(July 22, 2015 regular meeting minutes)

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote approve the agenda along with the addition of the recommendations from the Personnel & Negotiations Committee of August 11, 2015, to Other Matters and to remove appearance #2, Ms. Scalfani was unable to attend the meeting.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Gabridge & Company
(RE: 2014 County Audit report)

Neil Hammerbacher presented to the Board the 2014 County Audit. The 2014 County Audit included a Clean Audit opinion, the unrestricted Fund Balance is $208,022. The State of Michigan recommends a Fund Balance of 17% of an annual budget. He pointed out that all of the governmental funds had positive balances, none were in deficit spending at the close of 2014 and all Federal grant programs were administered properly. Hammerbacher answered a few questions from the Board and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to accept the 2014 County Audit and authorize payment to Gabridge & Company for the completion of the Audit.

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

Peterson, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Velda Scalfani
(RE: Economic/Community Development for Gogebic County)

(Removed)

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COMMUNICATIONS:

County Administrator Juliane Giackino
(RE release of PA 2 funds)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the PA 2 funds to the North Care Network equaling $24,111.00.

RESOLUTIONS:

Upward Talent Council
Chairman Bonovetz discussed changes to the resolution, which were recommended by Corporate Counsel Richard Adams. Discussion was held and then a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs to adopt the amended conditional resolution as presented.

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2015-06

AMENDED CONDITIONAL RESOLUTION

for the

UPWARD TALENT COUNCIL

WHEREAS the Congress of the United States enacted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), replacing the Workforce Investment Act, and State of Michigan has the authority to designate the Michigan Works! Service Areas, under WIOA, in alignment with Prosperity Regions; and

WHEREAS the Western Upper Peninsula Alliance Board, the Six County Employment Alliance Board, and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Employment and Training Consortium Administrative Board are currently the respective Boards of the three separate, Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Boards (of County Commissioners), created by Michigan Public Act 7 and Act 8; and

WHEREAS the three Boards, on June 3, 2015, on June 4, 2015 and on June 18, 2015; respectively, deliberated on Service Area Designation and passed unanimous motions in their separate meetings to unite into one, Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Board (of County Commissioners); and

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WHEREAS the three separate Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Boards (of County Commissioners) desiring the unification of the Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! have:

1. created the 15-County P.A. 7 Interlocal Agreement, and whose Members agreed in Boards’ motions to request their own respective County Boards to adopt the Agreement; and

2. presented here a copy of the proposed Interlocal Agreement, designating the UPWARD Talent Council as the 15-County Michigan Works! Board (of County Commissioners), with this Resolution; and

WHEREAS this Interlocal Agreement among all 15 Counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan requires approval by each County Board of Commissioners prior to submission to the Governor’s Office and the Attorney General for approval; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the concept of the proposed Third Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement to establish the UPWARD Talent Council and its functions and authorizes the Board Chairperson and County Clerk to sign the Interlocal Agreement, conditioned upon the State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency satisfactorily addressing the $350,000 pension funding shortfall that was not addressed when the predecessor Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium Agreement was improperly closed in June of 2013, before the required actuarial study was completed on July 12, 2013, so that outstanding liabilities could be identified and addressed. (Liabilities were NOT addressed in the “Interlocal Agreement Western Upper Peninsula Alliance, dated June 2013, which terminated the original agreement as advocated by the State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency).

This resolution shall have immediate effect.

Adopted this 12th day of August, 2015.

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

Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried

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OTHER MATTERS
Commissioner Wasley gave an update on the Community Corrections Program. He discussed the projected loss of the funding for the County Community Corrections work crew program. The current program is funded at $48,000.00 through PA 511 Funds. The State is changing the funding effective on October 1, 2015; and no funding is set aside for the Community Corrections work crew programs. In 2014, the program saved Gogebic County 815 jail bed days equaling $35,000.00. District Judge Massie, Circuit Judge Gotham along with Sheriff Matonich are working on possible solutions to continue funding Gogebic County’s program. The plans are very preliminary and a work in progress. Matonich mentioned he will keep the Board informed.

Agenda Addition:

Personnel and Negotiations Committee summary from 08/11/2015:

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by
unanimous voice vote to approve the A.F.S.C.M.E. grievance settlement of May, 2015.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried
by unanimous voice vote to authorize the Clerk/Register to fill the vacancy of accounts processor in his department on a full time basis.

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

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 5:36 p.m.

__________________________ ___________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

August 26, 2015

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 Bonovetz

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

Present: (6) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs,

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 12, 2015 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice to approve the minutes as presented with one addition. The words work crew will be added to the community corrections update on page four.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along the following additions: recommendations from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements committee from earlier today and two items for Other Matters, 416 Secondary Road patrol grant application and a thank you to the Fair Board.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Economic Development & Capital Improvement ---07/22/15
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ------07/22/15
Health & Welfare Committee -------------------07/20/15
Health & Welfare Committee -------------------08/17/15
A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file reports one through four.

Agenda addition:

Economic Development & Capital Improvement ---08/26/15
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich to install a stainless steel boiler vent pipe for the Courthouse not to exceed $1,000.00

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

Laabs, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley to approve the bid from Hoeft Construction to complete four projects at the Natural Resource Center. The bid was for $11,526.00 and will include staining the building, hole repair caused by woodpeckers, roof moss removal and gutter and downspout installation. The funds will come out of the DTRF.

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

Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley to approve the bill for $472.00 from Paul Buchko for his inspection and analysis of the north wall crack on the Courthouse exterior.

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

Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried

APPEARANCES:

Kathy Stupak-Thrall
(RE: Crooked Lake culvert replacement)

Mrs. Stupak-Thrall appeared to discuss the recent culvert replacement on US Forest Service land adjacent to Crooked Lake in Watersmeet Township. She provided photos of the lake before and after the new culvert was installed. The photos show an increase in the water flow from the new 12 foot box culvert as compared to the previous culvert, which was 36 inches in diameter, and a drop in the water table. She discussed the effects the culvert may have on Crooked Lakes water level in the future. The US Forest Service received a permit from the Michigan DEQ for the installation, and Stupak-Thrall was asking the MDEQ to enforce the permit to the letter. The Michigan DEQ, US Forest Supervisor Norman Nass and the Township have been contacted and are aware of these concerns. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to James Caron of the Michigan DEQ and Norman Nass of the US Forest Service, requesting the DEQ permit be enforced as approved.

COMMUNICATIONS:

There were none.

RESOLUTIONS:

Suicide Prevention Week (Proclamation)
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adopt the proclamation as presented and authorize the chairman’s signature.

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TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the application for the 416 Secondary Road patrol grant and authorize the Chairman’s signature.

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to the Daily Globe thanking everyone that helped out at the County Fair earlier this month.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was 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 5:40 p.m.

________________________________ _____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES (August 26, 2015 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.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator
(RE: 9-1-1 Dispatch Contract)

Mr. Loeper discussed the bid process that the 9-1-1 committee went through seeking bids for the County’s 9-1-1 dispatching. Two bids were received; one from Iron County Michigan, our current provider and MSP/Negaunee Regional Dispatch. The 9-1-1 Committee approved the five year bid from Iron County at a cost of $98,165.66 for 2016 and 2017. The contract for 2018 & 2019 will be $99,638.15 and the 2020 contract will be $101,132.72. Loeper then asked the Board to approve the contract and authorize the Chairman’s signature. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Peterson to approve the five year contract and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contract.

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

Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

No: (1) Bonovetz

Motion carried.

A few questions and some discussion followed the vote. The Chairman asked Steven Gagnea, of Iron County if the bid was firm and Gagnea said the five year contract is what Gogebic County will pay, nothing more. Loeper mentioned that the services and equipment were an apples to apples comparison. Laabs mentioned the County set the July 1, 2015, surcharge at $1.30, which was an increase from $1.00 per device, and the County should look at going back to $1.00.

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Michigan State Police
(RE: Heroin concerns in the U.P.)

Lieutenant Don Horn and Trooper Jerry Mazurek along with County Detective Sergeant Jorge Cruz presented to the Board the increasing use of heroin throughout the U.P., including Gogebic County. This was an educational presentation on how heroin usage and addiction impacts a community. Cruz discussed the cases in Gogebic County along with Meth lab arrests and convictions. The Board had a few questions for the presenters. No Board action necessary.

Economic/Community Development for Gogebic County
(RE: Velda Scalfani and Michael Brown)

Mr. Brown discussed his role and responsibilities as Community Development Director for the City of Ironwood. He mentioned the components of economic development, the tools and the resources he incorporates into his job to aid economic growth.

Ms. Scalfani discussed her work when she was the Community Development Director through the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency. She mentioned job fairs and other projects she developed in seeking economic development. Currently she is working independently on projects that include the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Broadband committee and the railroad revitalization project. Future plans should be committed to marketing campaigns, broadband, implementation and review of the County Master Plan. Focus still needs to be on tourism and beautification of our municipalities.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Friend of the Court
(RE: 2015 Appropriation release)

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Laabs and carried by a six yea - one nay vote to release the 2015 appropriation.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Carrie Bull, Two year increment, Treasurer’s Office
Joey Cvengros, One year increment, Prosecutor’s Office
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice to approve of the increment requests per contract.

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OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:17 p.m.

___________________________ _____________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

September 23, 2015

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 Peterson.

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

Present: (6) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver,

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 9, 2015 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 Wasley 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:

Dal Pra Educational Award Committee---------08/24/15
Economic Development & Capital Improve. -----08/26/15
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ----08/26/15
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.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Peter M. Rogoff, Under Secretary, US D.O.T.
(RE: Northwoods Rail Transit Commission letter)

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

Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: Release of 4th Quarter Appropriation)

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

Sue Pertile, County Treasurer
(RE: Land sale proceeds)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the transfer of land sale proceeds to the general fund. The additional funds to be transferred are $131,610.92.

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James Williams, Jr., Lac Vieux Desert Chairman
(RE: 2% payments)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Oliver to send a letter of thanks for the payment of the 2% monies to the Lac Vieux Desert Chairman, Council members and the 2% Committee. The County plans to utilize the funds for the Child Care fund and the inmate work crew program.

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

Peterson

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Juliane Giackino, County Administrator
(RE: GO-CAA RLF Monies)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agreement between Gogebic County and Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency for the administration of the Michigan Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund and to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the agreement.

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

minutes.

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

Peterson,

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
There were none.

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PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Norman Nass, District Ranger, US Forest Service, updated the Board on the project at the Black River Harbor. The work will begin in October and include repair of the retaining wall which will require the closure of the boat launch for a few weeks. He mentioned the campground at the Harbor will be open for the 2016 season; it was closed this year.

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 5:17 p.m.

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George Peterson III, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Special Meeting Minutes

September 29, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

Present: (4) Bonovetz, Kangas, Laabs, Wasley

Absent: (3) Oliver, Orlich, Peterson

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented and add two items to Other Matters: the Upward Talent Resolution and the inmate work crew hourly rate increase.

COMMITTEE SUMMARY REPORTS

1. Finance, Budgeting, and Auditing-------9/18/15

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley to fund the work crew program payment plan of approximately $5,176 for 2015 with the option to research the payment of the van from UPCAP and also to purchase inmate liability insurance with the cost not to exceed $10,000.00

Roll Call:
YES: (4) Kangas, Laabs, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

APPEARANCES:

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

Mr. McGuire gave the Board the MAC legislative update, which included Federal and State level PILT funding, State Revenue Sharing, and transportation legislation to improve the State’s highways.

Jerry Doucette, 2015-16 MAC President from Alger County was also in attendance and discussed his goals as President of the Association. He mentioned that County Commissioners must be heard on issues that affect all Counties and keep in contact with our Legislators.

A brief Q & A was held. No Board action necessary.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda additions

Upward Talent Council Resolution

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs to adopt the Upward Talent Council resolution as presented for the formation of the Upward Talent Council combining all 15 Upper Peninsula Counties and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the third amended and restated Interlocal Agreement.

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Roll Call:
YES: (4) Kangas, Laabs, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Inmate work crew hourly billing.

Discussion took place on the wage per hour charged for work done within the community by the inmate work crew. Presently the hourly rate per worker is $2.00 per hour. A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the per hour per worker rate at $3.00. The District Court will prepare the billing.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:33 p.m.

__________________________ ___________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2015

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 Peterson.

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

Present: (6) Kangas, Laabs, Oliver,

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (1) Bonovetz

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(September 23rd, 2015 regular meeting and September 29th special 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 Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda along with one addition to Other Matters: recommendations from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee meeting of earlier today.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Neil Beckman, Chairman, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
(RE: Appointments)

A motion was made by Oliver supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for three members on the Authority Board, with each seat a three year term.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Donna Frello, Retirement Office, One-year increment
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the one-year increment.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Recommendations from the Economic Development and Capital Improvements Committee.

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs to award the snow plowing bid for the Courthouse and Jail Complex to Bessemer Small Engine and Bucky’s Snow removal at a cost of $200 per time. The loader rate is $90/hour and will be billed when snow banks need to be pushed back.

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

Kangas, Laabs, Peterson

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A second bid was received from Ruotsala Construction.

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to release the final payment to Hoeft Construction for the staining of the Natural Resource Center building. The payment is $4,373.40 and will be paid out of the DTRF.

First meeting in November is set for November 11th (Veterans Day, a County Courthouse holiday)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the first meeting of November to Thursday November 12th at the regular time.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Representatives of the Michigan DNR, Stacy Haughey U.P. Regional Coordinator and Deputy Director Mark Miller briefly updated the Board on the Oman’s Creek erosion prevention project and the MNDR grant programs.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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George Peterson III, Vice-Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

October 28, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Wasley

Absent: (1) Peterson

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 14, 2015 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 Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with 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:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee---09/23/15
Economic Development & Capital Improve.---10/14/15
Health & Welfare Committee----------------10/19/15
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:

Tom Novascone, County Equalization Director
(RE: 2015 Apportionment report)

Mr. Novascone presented to the Board the 2015 Apportionment report, which included the County taxable amount of $502,635,304.00. He requested the Board adopt the millage rates presented. The requested millages to be levied on December 1st are follows:

Gogebic Medical Care Facility M.O.E. .30770

Gogebic Medical Care Facility Building and Site .40000

Gogebic County Transit .33330

Gogebic Senior Programs .60000

Gogebic County Animal Control .20000

Total 1.84100

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A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley to accept the 2015 Apportionment report and adopt the millage rates as presented.

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

Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Mike Harma, Airport Manager
(RE: Professional Engineering Service Contracts

and Resolution)

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution and authorize the Chairman’s signature on the contracts.

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

Oliver, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Juliane Giackino, County Administrator
(RE: MSHDA Funding Award)

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Orlich to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the grant agreements and proceed with the grant in the amount of $145,100.00.

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

Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

Local Match Funding Reimbursement Non-Motorized Trail

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Kangas to adopt the resolution as presented.

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

Orlich, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

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GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

CLAIMS AND ACCOUNTS

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

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

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Sheriff Matonich presented the contract to provide patrol service at the US Forest campgrounds in Gogebic County.
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the contract and authorize the proper signatures.

Public Defender Contract
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver to approve the Public Defender Contract with McKenzie & Talaska Attorneys at Law for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The cost per year $100,000 for 2016, $105,000 for 2017 and $110,000 for 2018.

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

Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

UPCAP Van for the Jail work crew
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to purchase the Ford Van from UPCAP at a cost of $15,000.00. The van will be used for the jail inmate work crew projects transportation.

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

Oliver, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

County Administrator Juliane Giackino
Administrator Giackino informed the Board a needed Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting needs to be scheduled due to the termination of a sheriff department employee. That meeting was set for Monday November 2nd at 3:30 p.m.

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Commissioner Oliver requested a Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee meeting be set to discuss changing the County’s fiscal year. The meeting will be set to immediately follow the Personnel meeting on Monday the 2nd.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

_____________________________ __________________________

Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

(Thursday) November 12, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

Present: (5) Bonovetz, Laabs, Orlich, Peterson, Wasley Absent: (2) Kangas, Oliver

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(October 28, 2015 regular meeting minutes)

A motion was made by Orlich, 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 along with five additions to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

Committee Summary Reports:

Personnel & Negotiations Committee-------11/02/2015
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to deny the grievance from Gordy Koski based on the facts given by Sheriff Matonich and for the Chairman or designated rep to respond to the grievance procedure accordingly.
A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the pay grade change of Ms. Boline in District Court from a 6 to a 7, effective 1/1/16.
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to classify Ms. Lisa Hewitt, Magistrate, District Court, and John Begalle, Drug Court/Probation/Work Crew for District Court as Appointed Officials effective 1/1/16.
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Dan Siirila, Robert Blaskowski and Quinlan Hampston to the Gogebic County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the Personnel and Negotiations Committee meeting minutes.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Kristen Saari, Principal Deputy, Dept. of Interior
(RE: PILT program funds)

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

APPOINTMENTS:

Greg Ryskey, Gogebic County Grant Administrator, State Remonumentation Program
(RE: Peer Group Appointment)

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Jordan Ketola to the Peer Review Group for the State Remonumentation Program in Gogebic County.

Jonathan Mead Secretary, U.P. Fair Authority Appointment
(RE: County representative)

A motion was made by Orlich, supported by Peterson to inquire if the current appointee Dan Siirila is interested in the appointment. None of the five commissioners in attendance expressed an interest.

RESOLUTIONS:

Delta County
(RE: Opposing HB 4138 (H-4)

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

OTHER MATTERS
Agenda Additions:

Mortgage Subordination, Gogebic County Housing Rehabilitation Program
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley to authorize Corporate Counsel Richard Adams to sign the mortgage subordination as referenced and approve his signature on all future mortgage subordinations, according to the Gogebic County Housing Rehabilitation Program Guidelines.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Orlich, Peterson, Laabs, Wasley, Bonovetz No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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WUPPDR Resolution
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Wasley to support and adopt the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region Commission application on behalf of the Western U.P. Regional Prosperity Collaborative.

Roll Call:
YES: (5) Peterson, Laabs, Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Veteran’s Service Council assistance to Ontonagon County Veterans.
Gogebic County Veteran’s Service Officer, John Frello, discussed with the Board how his work with Ontonagon County Veterans over the past year has increased due the limited hours offered by Ontonagon County’s Service Officer (four hours per week). He provided background information detailing his work over the past few years assisting Ontonagon County Veterans including 350 office visits, phone calls and emails. His first priority must go to Gogebic County Vets. He was seeking a letter from the Gogebic County Board to the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners advising them that our Veteran’s Service Officer will refer all future service requests to their officer. Frello will complete any claims he is currently working on.

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to send a letter to Ontonagon County to let them know of the demand by veterans for more service hours.

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

Jail Complex Boiler issue
County Administrator Juliane Giackino discussed the continuing problems with the two boilers at the jail. We have had several service calls related to the heating problems and the boilers. Service providers have looked at the system from Appleton, Wisconsin, Duluth, Minnesota and several local HVAC firms, but the problems continue. The boiler manufacturer, Fulton Service Solutions, has been contacted directly in hopes a trouble shooter could make a service call. She has received a quote from Fulton which includes travel from Pulaski, New York, and a minimum of eight hours per day. The quote is $9.158.00. A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Peterson to approve the visit by a Fulton troubleshooter not to exceed $9,200.00.

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Roll Call:
YES: (5) Orlich, Peterson, Laabs, Wasley, Bonovetz No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Chairman Bonovetz thought we should develop a list of projects that could be presented to the Lac Vieux Desert Tribe as part of the request for funds through their 2% Casino funding.

Clerk Pelissero informed the Board of the approval of a RAP grant through MMRMA for up to 50% of the third floor security camera project. The cost of the project was $13,250.00

Commissioner Wasley asked if the County was notified Consumer Mutual Insurance was seeking to discontinue their health care programs in 2016. The Administrator did confirm the County was notified.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

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

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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

November 25, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 12, 2015 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 Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along with two additions to Other Matters.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee----10/28/15
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to keep both squad cars that the sheriff would have otherwise sold, sell one to the airport for a nominal fee, keep the other for County use and to reimburse the Sheriff’s budget with the money he would be shorted from the sale of the vehicles.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee ---11/02/15
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to change the fiscal year of the County to begin October 1st, this is to be effective in 2016.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the Employee Assistance Program for October 1, 2015- October 1, 2016 at a cost of $15.00 per year for a full time employee and $8.00 per year for a part-time employee.
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the summary reports as presented.

COMMUNICATIONS:

Darren Pionk, P.E. Road Commission Manager
(RE: Term expiration)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to advertise for the Road Commission seat that will expire 12/31/2015.

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Stacy C. Preiss, Ontonagon County Clerk
(RE: Veteran’s Service Officer)

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

Lisa Edmonds, CD Operations Specialist, MSHDA
(RE: Close out of Grant # MSC-2011-0738-HOA)

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

APPOINTMENTS:

U.P. State Fair Authority
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to appoint Dan Siirila to the U.P. State Fair Authority.

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Pamela Niemi, Friend of the Court, six month increment
A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the six month increment.

TRIAL BALANCE/CASH BALANCE

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

GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL

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

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Laabs, Oliver, Wasley

Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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OTHER MATTERS
Agenda additions:

Recommendation from the Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee from earlier today.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to provide a loan of up to $3,000 to the Fair Board for any short fall in the Fair fund by the end of 2015.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

Communication from Administrator Juliane Giackino

(RE: Health Insurance changes)

A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote that Giackino be authorized to proceed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan through 44 North for health insurance coverage effective 1/1/2016.

Clerk Pelissero read an invitation from the Gogebic County Township Association for their Christmas Party on Dec 10th at Indianhead Mountain.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2015

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 Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(November 25, 2015 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 Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the agenda as presented along the following additions: an appearance by Corporate Counsel, Richard Adams, regarding a pension liability, Personnel and Negotiations Committee recommendations and the Fair Board appointment added to Other Matters along with a request for a credit card for the Prosecutor’s office and a resolution opposing House Bills 4947 through 4966.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

APPEARANCES:

Judy Brugman, Substance Abuse Coordinator, NorthCare Network
Ms. Brugman provided information on the Substance Use Disorder programs offered through the NorthCare Network. She spoke of the responsibilities of the program and what programs are utilized for consumers in Gogebic County. In FY 15, SUD Outpatient Services provided care to 59 clients, with total spending of $36,900 and in FY 15 SUD Residential/Detox services provided care to 61 clients, with total spending of $108,060.00. Brugman discussed the treatment access and treatment services provided to Gogebic County residents. During her 35 minute presentation she also answered questions from the Board.

The Board thanked Ms. Brugman for her appearance.

Richard Adams, Corporate Counsel, RE; Western U.P.
Consortium pension liability

Mr. Adams discussed the pension liability the Gogebic County Retirement System has been trying to resolve with the former Western U. P. Manpower Consortium to provide pensions for the former employees of the Consortium. The Retirement System Actuary reports show the Manpower employees’ portion of the pension is underfunded by $411,000.

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The Consortium served Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon for 40 years with Gogebic County as the fiscal agent. The State essentially dissolved the Consortium without addressing the unfunded pension liability, though the County did advise that an actuarial study should be done prior to dissolution.

Adams advised the County to bill the other Counties for their share of the liability at 80% of the underfunding over a four year period based on 40 year population average of each County. After discussion, a motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to send the letter and first year billing to each County as presented.

Agenda Additions:

Personnel and Negotiations Committee recommendations from 12/2/2015

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve moving Ms. Appner into the Probate Register position effective 12/21/15 and to move Ms. Zaleski, Juvenile Administrative Assistant, to full time, which would include adding two days per week and to hire a part-time person at 21 hours per week at a level 4, effective 1/1/16.
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to purchase for the employees (100%) the Simply Blue HRA with UP Blue and to offer the Simply Blue HRA with the employee having to pay the difference between the two plans.
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to hire the services of Bonnie Toskey of Cohl, Stoker & Toskey, P.C. to defend the grievance filed by the POAM in the discharge case at the Sheriff Department.
A motion was made by Laabs, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to receive and place on file the minutes from the Personnel & Negotiations Committee meeting of 12/2/15.
Fair Board Appointments:

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

OTHER MATTERS
Credit Card for Prosecutor’s office

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve a credit card for Tracie Wittla with a credit limit of $2,000.00. The current credit card is in the name of Richard Adams, who will be retiring December 14, 2015.

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Resolution in opposition of House Bills 4947 through 4966

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

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION 2015-10

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO HOUSE BILLS 4947 THROUGH 4966

WHEREAS, House Bills 4947 through 4966 would treat seventeen-year-olds as juveniles rather than adults;

WHEREAS, By changing state statutes to define seventeen-year-old defendants as eligible for services in the juvenile justice system, this places pressure on an already under-funded court system and constitutes an unfunded mandate on counties;

WHEREAS, According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, from 2003 to 2013, there were 19,118 seventeen year olds that went through the criminal court system; with additional offenders with lower level offenses not counted in those numbers.

WHEREAS, Gogebic County has concerns that the probate court system does not have the financial resources or capacity to handle a new population of offenders;

WHEREAS, Without additional state funding, Gogebic County could not absorb the costs of programming for this population in the juvenile system and services to younger offenders could be negatively affected.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners hereby urges the Governor and Michigan Legislature to not pass House Bills 4947 through 4966 as written; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, a copy of this resolution is forwarded to Governor Snyder, Senator Casperson, Representative Dianda, and the Michigan Association of Counties.

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

Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

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Commissioner Oliver updated the Board on the recent Retirement Commission meeting, which was held earlier this week. Oliver mentioned the pension is valued at $42 million and with criminal charges on the former Erwin Township Clerk now pending, who was also a former employee of the County Retirement office, Oliver informed the Board that the County will have a Forensic Audit in the spring of 2016 to look into any possible wrong doing within the retirement office by the former employee.

Clerk Pelissero discussed the schedule for the last meeting of the year. A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Oliver and carried by unanimous voice vote to set the meeting for Tuesday, December 29th at 4:00 p.m. with the Finance meeting at 3:30 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

Tim Kolesar of Ironwood Area Schools addressed the Board about a DalPra Scholarship matter. In 2015, 25 scholarships were awarded to Ironwood Area School seniors. One recipient didn’t utilize his scholarship and wanted to pass his scholarship to another student, who had planned to enlist the military but was unable due to health issues. Kolesar asked the Board for an exception. Commissioner Oliver, a member of DalPra Scholarship, mentioned the scholarship committee has in place a policy that once the scholarships are announced and awarded no exceptions are granted. Jeese Moore’s mother, Stephanie, also addressed the Board on the exception. Mr. Oliver mentioned that the scholarship committee will meet in January of 2016, and the meeting is open to the public.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.

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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk

GOGEBIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Regular Meeting Minutes

December 29, 2015

County Courthouse

Bessemer, MI 49911

Immediately following 2016 General Fund public hearing at 4:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 4:02 p.m. by Chairman Bonovetz.

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

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

Orlich, Peterson, Wasley

Absent: (0) None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES(December 9th, 2015 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 along with two additions; Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee recommendation from earlier today and Jim Loeper will be added to Other Matters to discuss the 9-1-1 dispatch agreement with Iron County Michigan.

CITIZENS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE COUNTY BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS

(5 minute limit)

There were none.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - SUMMARY REPORTS:

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----11/25/15
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----12/02/15
Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----12/09/15
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.

Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----12/22/15
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to opt out of Public Act 152 for 2016.
Roll Call:
YES: (7) Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Laabs,

Oliver, Wasley, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to request the Prosecutor’s office to draft an agreement between the County and Ms. Kathy Jo Koval regarding her employment at the County upon the County paying the cost of her MCAO certification and travel. Her term of employment has to be five years or she will reimburse the County the costs paid out.

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Finance, Budgeting & Auditing Committee-----12/29/15
A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to approve the Budget Amendments as presented.

REVENUES:

Commercial Forest Reserve 101-000-428.00

Decrease by $8,153.00 to $ 54,558.00

National Forest Reserve 101-000-429.00

Increase by $23,498.00 to $538,498.00

LVD Contribution 101-000-580.00

Increase from $0.00 to $ 34,346.00

Child Care In-Home Indirect Costs 101-000-622.02

Increase from $0.00 to $ 22,531.00

Appropriations from Others 101-000-676.00

Increase by $200,000.00 to $400,000.00

Other Revenues 101-000-688.00

Increase from $0.00 to $191,445.00

TOTAL: $463,667.00

EXPENDITURES:

District Court Workcrew Vehicle 101-136-978.05

Increase by $ 0.00 to $ 15,200.00

Child Care Appropriation 101-901-965.07

Increase by $187,500.00 to $272,500.00

($19,136 from LVD, $22,531 from In Home costs, $145,833 from other revenues)

Friend of the Court Appropriation 101-901-965.04

Increase by $150,000.00 to $185,000.00

Employers Hospitalization 101-900-716.00

Increase by $110,967.00 to $830,967.00

TOTAL $463,667.00

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

Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Kangas and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve and place on file summary reports four and five.

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COMMUNICATIONS:

Commissioner request:

Commissioner Peterson regarding recent lockdown drill at Watersmeet Schools.

Peterson discussed the recent lockdown drill at the Watersmeet Schools, which was presented by the Gogebic County Sheriff Department and Emergency Management Services Coordinator Jim Loeper. Peterson mentioned that a deputy from Vilas County Wisconsin sheriff department observed the lockdown drill. The deputy was very impressed with the new door lock systems that were awarded to all schools in Gogebic County through a grant procured by Loeper through the State Police. Peterson thanked Sheriff Matonich, Detective Jorge Cruz and Loeper for this drill.

ADOPTION OF 2016 GOGEBIC COUNTY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Wasley to adopt the 2016 Gogebic County Appropriations Act.

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

Peterson, Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF 2016 GOGEBIC COUNTY GENERAL FUND BUDGET

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Kangas to adopt the 2016 Gogebic County General Fund Budget with Revenues and Expenditures equaling $5,500,969.00.

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

Kangas, Laabs, Oliver, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF THE 2016 SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Laabs to adopt the 2016 Special Revenue Funds.

REVENUES BUDGET

Federal Grants $358,000

Taxes $ 20,000

State Grants $ 45,000

Local Contributions $ 0

Services $381,000

Interest and Rents $ 0

Other $404,600

TOTAL $1,208,600

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EXPENDITURES

Judicial $ 35,000

Public Safety $343,500

Health and Welfare $582,000

Recreation and Culture $170,000

Capital Outlay $ 0

Miscellaneous $ 25,000

TOTAL $1,155,500

53,100

Transfers In $0

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

Orlich, Peterson, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried

INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY:

Stephanie Zaleski, six month increment, Juvenile Court
A motion was made by Peterson, supported by Laabs and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the six month increment.

Marietta Appner, Probate Court
A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve of the increment as requested.

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 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) Laabs, Oliver, Wasley

Orlich, Peterson, Kangas, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried

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OTHER MATTERS
Jim Loeper, 9-1-1 Coordinator, discussed a few items that relate to the Dispatch Agreement with Iron County Michigan. Earlier this year the Chairman was authorized to sign the dispatch agreement, recently an arbitration clause within the agreement was being opposed by Iron County. Loeper discussed the matter with Doug Van Essen, the attorney who would represent Gogebic County in any legal matters, and is comfortable with the amended agreement regarding arbitration.

A motion was made by Oliver, supported by Peterson to authorize the Chairman’s signature on the amended agreement.

Roll Call:
YES: (7) Oliver, Wasley, Orlich, Peterson,

Kangas, Laabs, Bonovetz

No: (0) None

Motion carried

Loeper informed the Board that he applied and received a grant through the State for additional funds for the Emergency Management Services Budget, approximately $657.00. A motion was made by Kangas, supported by Wasley and carried by unanimous voice vote to approve the grant.

Finally, Chairman Bonovetz thanked the Board for the good work done this year and the staff of the Courthouse as well.

PUBLIC COMMENT (5 minute limit)

There was none.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Wasley, supported by Orlich and carried by unanimous voice vote to adjourn to the call of the Chair. The meeting adjourned at 4:17 p.m.

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Joe Bonovetz, Chairman Gerry R. Pelissero, Clerk