The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Chippewa County Courthouse, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Commissioners Present: Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Scott Shackelton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie, Jim Moore and Earl Kay

Commissioners Absent: None

Also Present: Derek Myerscough, John Willis, Leo Wiley, Timothy Wiley, Jesse Knoll. Frank Blissett, Don and Chris McLean, Debbie Sirk Barry Cote, Jim German, Jeff Moran, Sheriff, Scott Brand, Evening News, Marilyn McDonald, County Treasurer, Don and Kathy Cairns, Kevin Kalchik, War Memorial Hospital, and Diane Cork, County Clerk

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to acknowledge the correspondence received in the Clerks Office and if necessary, forward to the appropriate committee. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners meeting minutes of March 12, 2007 and Work Session meeting minutes of April 3, 2007. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

John Willis, Sugar Island, thanked Chairman Kay for contacting the Road Commission to have a road graded on the island.

Derek Myerscough, Sugar Island Supervisor, asked that County Board meetings be held in the 91st District Court because of the poor acoustics in the Circuit Court Courtroom.

CONTROLLERS REPORT: Informational purposes only

OLD BUSINESS: None

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Personnel – Bernard Lajoie – No meeting

Equalization & Apportionment – Jim Moore – 4-4-07

Equalization Director Kennedy presented the 2007 County Equalized Values to the Committee. The total 2007 Equalized Value for the county is $1,309,652,674.00.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Timmer, that the equalized values as presented by Equalization Director Kennedy be adopted as reported and that all state required forms regarding the same be completed and filed as required by statute. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Equalization Director Kennedy also presented to the Committee the tentative 2007 taxable values and explained the capped value formula as it relates to taxable values. It explained that the county’s projected tentative taxable value is $945,226,413 which includes new construction and any uncapped transfers that occurred in 2006. The final taxable values for the county will be calculated in May, after preliminary State equalization occurs and after all of the homestead information has been provided by the local assessors. Once those taxable values are finalized, all of the Headlee calculation will be made by the director, and the county’s operating millage will be determined.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Shackleton, that the tentative 2007 taxable values be accepted into the record. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Kennedy explained that staff members will be attending annual required continuing education classes in June, which may necessitate office closings to accommodate staff attendance of these trainings. Every effort to reduce the time away from the office will be made.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Shackleton, that reasonable measures may be taken during the trainings, including closing during lunch hours, to allow staff required breaks, etc., while the office is short staffed due to staff members attending classes, but any full day closures would only occur after advising the Commission. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Postula, to accept the report of the Equalization & Apportionment Committee as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Health & Social Services – Ted Postula – No meeting

Building, Grounds, & Jail – Earl Kay – No meeting

Transportation – Ted Postula – No meeting

Legislative & Natural Resources – Richard Timmer – No meeting

Computer – Don Cooper – No meeting

Finance, Claims & Accounts –Richard Timmer

The Committee reviewed bids received from qualified firms, on a competitive basis, for purchase and delivery of three (3) pick-up trucks for the Animal Control Shelter, Health Department and Central Dispatch. Bids were received from Soo Motors, Inc (2) at $19,728.45 (V6) and $20,230.45 (V8); Chippewa Motors, Inc. $21,293.00 (V6); and O’Connors CDJ, $25,956.00 (V6). Each entity has budgeted this possible purchase for FY07.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve purchasing three (3) 2007 F-150 4x4 Extended Cab, 4.6L V8’s in the amount of $20,230.45 each. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee received and reviewed a 2% funding request for the Soo Theatre Project, Inc. Chippewa County would be the pass through.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Shackleton, to approve the request from the Soo Theatre Project, Inc. to be the governmental agency supporting the 2% funding request. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee reviewed amendments to the Great West Deferred Compensation Plan.

The Committee received from Sheriff Moran the Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement between the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. This would be a renewal of a contract that the Sheriff’s Department has had for many years.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approval the Agreement between the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and to authorize the Chairman to sign the necessary documents. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Correspondence was received from Sheriff Moran notifying him that the Sheriff’s Department had been approved by the State grants management office to purchase two new snowmobiles at low bid of $9,670.00 from North Star Motorsports. The State reimbursement portion will be 85% ($8,220.00) and the County will pay 15% ($1,450.00). It was noted that the County’s portion will be paid for by donations from the Snowmobile Association.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the purchase of two new snowmobiles at a low bid of $9,670.00 from North Star Motorsports. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Two service agreements between Chippewa County and EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission to act as the financial fiscal agent for the North Huron Scenic Pathway Committee.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Shackleton, to approve the two service agreements between Chippewa County and EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission and to authorize the Board Chairman’s signature.

Discussion followed on proper procedure of Board approval for Regional Planning and the paragraph of liability on the document.

It was moved by Commissioner Shackleton, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to table the above motion until further information is received. On a voice vote, the motion carried with Commissioner Cooper voting no. Motion carried 6-1.

A request was received from the Chippewa County Health Department for out of state travel for Kate Marone to attend the 2007 Great Lakes Border Health Initiative Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. Funds to come from the Emergency Preparedness Grant.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Shackleton, to approve the travel request for Kate Marone to attend the 2007 Great Lakes Border Health Initiative Conference in Niagara Falls, NY. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee received correspondence requesting an immediate change of agent of record for UNUM (Long Term Disability).

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the change of agent of record for UNUM as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Several Counties were hit by a virus the first week in April. Chippewa County’s computer network was also hit. As a result, Information Systems is seeking the approval to purchase advanced firewall and Anti-threat software and hardware devices, and necessary licenses thereof, to secure the network and workstations with costs exceeding $2,500 and possibly more than $5,000, but less than $10,000.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, to approve the purchase of advanced firewall and Anti-Threat software and hardware devices, and necessary licenses thereof to secure the network and workstations.

On discussion, Commissioner Shackleton stated that this virus was caused by State computers and the Commission should pursue billing the State of Michigan for the associated costs in correcting the problem.

Commissioner Timmer informed the Commission that he would be attending the UPCAP meeting in two weeks and he will make a request at that time with other counties that had the same problem.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The Committee was informed that Mr. Anthony Bosley, Building Inspection Office, will be out on medical leave for 6-8 weeks. This will leave one person in the office.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner LaJoie, that Mr. Jay Predmore, Building Inspection Office, receive compensation at a higher rate of pay (Mr. Bosleys) during the 6-8 week medical leave. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

The monthly claims and accounts reports were presented. The Committee also received both revenue and expenditure budget summary reports.

It was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the general fund claims totaling $184,213.11, other fund claims of $16,356.92, payroll of $555,610.14 and health department claims of $573,553.76, total claims of $1,329,733.93, vouchers 42802 through 42980 and C-1 through C-114. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Having completed the report, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Moore, to approve the report as given. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Timmer, to approve the following resolution:

IN SPECIAL RECOGNITION

CEDARVILLE TROJANS

2007 CLASS D STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

WHEREAS, The Cedarville Trojans Boy’s Varsity Basketball team, under coach David Duncan, completed the 2007 season with an undefeated record of 26 wins and no losses, and

WHEREAS, the team captured the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference Championship, and

WHEREAS, the team defeated DeTour High School 83-39 to win the District’s Boy’s Varsity Basketball title, and

WHEREAS, the team defeated Engadine High School 85-50, and Posen High School 106-66 to capture the Regional Boy’s Varsity Basketball trophy, and

WHEREAS, this outstanding team entered the State of Michigan Boy’s Quarter Finals and defeated Crystal Falls Forest Park High School by a score of 60-47, and

WHEREAS, the Trojans entered into the State of Michigan Boy’s Semi-Finals where they met up with the also undefeated Bellaire Eagles, the Trogans defeated Bellaire 58-55 to advance to the 2007 State of Michigan Boy’s Basketball Finals, and

WHEREAS, they entered into the State of Michigan Boy’s Basketball Class D Championship Finals where they met up with Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian Defenders team that in the 2006 Tournament had defeated the Trojans in the semifinals, and

WHEREAS, the 2007 Class D Championship game played on March 24, 2007 at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University would prove the 2007 Cedarville Trojans Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team the victors, as they defeated Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian 77-74, and

WHEREAS, the Cedarville Trojans set a new State Finals record for three point shots, making 11 three point shots, as well as, the only undefeated team in the state, with their perfect 26-0 record and first State Championship,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Chippewa County, extend its congratulations to all members of the 2007 Cedarville Trogans Boy’s Varsity Basketball team, its Head Coach David Duncan, Assistant Coaches Scott Barr and Kurt Duncan, for their excellent record breaking season, their outstanding accomplishments, their sportsmanship, and for their untiring efforts, and

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be presented to Head Coach David Duncan, and all members of the 2007 Class D State Champion Cedarville Trojans.

On a roll call vote: Commissioners Postula, Cooper, Shackleton, Timmer, LaJoie, Moore and Kay voted yes. The motion passed 7-0.

It was moved by Commissioner Moore, supported by Commissioner Cooper, to approve the following resolution:

SPECIAL TRIBUTE

JOHN W. CAMPBELL

LET IT BE KNOWN that is it with great pride that the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners join together with the employees and residents of Chippewa County, to express their wishes of good health and happiness upon his retirement and as he prepares for the new and exciting experiences that lie ahead.

JOHN W. CAMPBELL has served the citizens of Chippewa County in a manner above reproach, and for this we extend our thanks. JOHN W. CAMPBELL has provided outstanding service to thousands of individuals since 1973.

JOHN W. CAMPBELL has brought recognition to himself, the community and the County of Chippewa. The Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Chippewa County, extends their appreciation to a gentleman who is thoughtful, caring, involved and dedicated, and who made a favorable impact on the betterment of life in Chippewa County.

JOHN W. CAMPBELL during his tenure as Executive Director of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission has been involved in many vital Economic Development Administration grant projects, Community Development and Transportation related planning projects, including the Kincheloe Air force Base Conversion Authority, Detour Village Water Treatment Facility upgrades and Whitefish Township Community Center construction.

JOHN W. CAMPBELL has been instrumental in securing local state and Federal monies to assist the Counties, cities, Townships and Villages within the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

JOHN WL CAMPBELL has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the Kincheloe Air Force Base upon its closure in the 1970’s; the establishment of the Chippewa County County Industrial Park; the development of the Overall Economic Development Plans for the region; development and implementation of countless vital water and sewer infrastructure projects, recreation grants, land use plans, zoning ordinances, regional transit plans, economic development plans and forestry plans.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, therefore, upon his retirement from Chippewa County, this document is signed and dedicated to honor JOHN W. CAMPBELL, for his countless contributions to Chippewa County, and the individuals he served so well. For his untiring efforts in improving the welfare of the citizens of this County, we join together to extend JOHN W. CAMPBELL, a gracious thank you for a job well done, and wish him continued success in which he so richly deserves.

On a roll call vote: Commissioners Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie, Jim Moore and Earl Kay voted yes. The motion carried 7-0.

It was moved by Commissioner LaJoie, supported by Commissioner Postula, to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION APPROVING ISSUANCE OF

COUNTY OF CHIPPEWA HOSPITAL FINANCE AUTHORITY

HOSPITAL REVENUE AND REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS

WHEREAS, the County of Chippewa Hospital Finance Authority (the “Authority”) proposes to make one or more loans to the Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital Inc. (the “Hospital”) to finance the acquisition, construction, equipping and improvement of the Hospital facilities, the acquisition and installation of various items of new medical and computer equipment and to refinance certain existing indebtedness of the Hospital; and

WHEREAS, the Authority intends to issue revenue and revenue refunding bonds in one or more series on behalf of the Hospital (the “Bonds”) in the principal amount of not to exceed $12,000,000 to provide funds with which to make the loan or loans to the Hospital; and

WHEREAS, the Bonds will be limited obligations of the Authority and will not constitute general obligations or debt of the County of Chippewa, City of Sault Ste. Marie, the State of Michigan or any political subdivision thereof; and

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2007, at 8:30 a.m., the Authority held a public hearing after notice was published as provided in, and in satisfaction of, the applicable public hearing requirements of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”); and

WHEREAS, a record of the public hearing has been filed with the County Clerk; and

WHEREAS, the Authority has requested that this Board of Commissioners approve the issuance of the Bonds as required by the Code; and

WHEREAS, this Board of Commissioners desires to express its approval of the issuance of the Bonds by the Authority.

NOW THEREFORE;

IT IS RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIOENRS OF THE COUNTY OF CHIPPEWA, as follows:

1. Solely for the purpose of fulfilling the public approval requirements of the Code, the Board of Commissioners of the County of Chippewa, Michigan, hereby approves the issuance, sale and delivery of not to exceed $12,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of the Bonds in one or more series.

2. The Bonds shall not constitute or be an obligation or debt of the County of Chippewa.

3. The County Clerk is hereby directed to provide a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Authority.

YEAS: Ted Postula, Don Cooper, Scott Shackleton, Richard Timmer, Bernard LaJoie Jim Moore and Earl Kay

NAYS: None

ABSTAIN: None

On a roll call vote, the motion was declared adopted.

Having no further business, it was moved by Commissioner Timmer, supported by Commissioner Postula, to adjourn. On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane S. Cork, Clerk

Earl Kay, Chairman