Meeting Agendas & Minutes

County Board 03/17/2011

Last Updated 3/23/2011 11:06:35 AM


DRAFT - minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

Chairman Hal Helwig called the March meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors to order.  Roll call was as follows:

present

district

supervisor - T = Town, V = Village, C = City, W = Ward

x

01

Dale Schleeter – T of Lenroot W 1 and 2

x

02

Kathy McCoy – T of Lenroot W 3, T of Round Lake W 1, T of Spider Lake

x

03

Ken Maki – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

 

04

Walter Jaeger – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Fred Zietlow – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

x

06

Dean Pearson – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

07

Thomas W. Duffy – C of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

08

Bruce Paulsen – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

x

09

Charles Gundersen – T of Bass Lake W 3 and 4

x

10

Hal Helwig – T of Couderay W 2, T of Sand Lake

x

11

James Bassett – T of Couderay W 1, T of Edgewater, T of Meteor, V of Couderay

x

12

Ron Kinsley – T of Hunter W 2, T of Ojibwa, T of Radisson W 1, V of Radisson

x

13

Melvin Olson – T of Draper, T of Hunter W 1, T of Round Lake W 2, T of Winter W 2

x

14

Dale Thompson – T of Meadowbrook, T of Radisson W 2, T of Weirgor, V of Exeland

x

15

Warren Johnson – T of Winter W 1, V of Winter

 

The agenda for the meeting was presented as follows:

01.  Call to order, roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, meeting agenda, audience recognition

02.   Minutes of the meeting of February 17, 2011

03.  Superior Days report

04.  Zoning and Conservation Committee report, including:

·         transfer and expenditure of funds for dam maintenance ($13,915.43)

·         transfer and expenditure of funds for Totogatic dam failure analysis ($27,690.46)

·         recommendation to hire a seasonal employee

05.  Economic Development and Planning Committee report, including request for County contribution of $500 for silent sports economic impact study

06.  Forestry Committee report, including resolution for outdoor recreation aids

07.  Highway Committee report, including recommendation to hire seasonal employees

08.  Public Safety Committee report, including recommendation to fill vacant jailer position

09.  Health and Human Services Board report, including recommendation to increase the hours of a long term care social worker position from half-time to full-time, including side letter of agreement with Professional Employee Bargaining Unit regarding terms for increased hours

10.  Correspondence, reports from conferences and meetings, other matters for discussion only

11.  Closed session, pursuant to section 19.85(1)(e), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss negotiations for employee bargaining unit agreements.

The Board may reconvene into open session, to announce or take action on matters discussed in closed session.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the meeting agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Thompson, 2nd by Olson, to approve the February 17, 2011 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

Sawyer County University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator Lori Laberee introduced Hayward High School student Taylor Stroede for a report on Sawyer County’s preparation for and participation in the 2011 Superior Days event held in Madison February 22nd and 23rd.  Winter High School student Adam Marshall also attended the Superior Day event but was unable to be present for the report.

 

The Board reviewed the Finance Committee recommendation to approve the transfer of $13,915.43 from an expense line of the 2010 Zoning Department budget to the Dam Maintenance line of the Sawyer County Land and Water Conservation Fund for dam maintenance expenditures in 2010.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Paulsen, to authorize the transfer of $13,915.43 from the hospital and health insurance expense line of the 2010 Zoning Department budget to the Dam Maintenance line of the Sawyer County Land and Water Conservation Fund for dam maintenance expenditures in 2010.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

The Board discussed whether to expend funds from the contingency fund expense account of the 2010 Sawyer County Budget or from the Sawyer County Resource Development Fund to pay the $27,690.46 balance due Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) for their services provided in 2010 preparing the Totogatic dam failure analysis.  The Finance Committee voted to recommend expending the funds from the contingency fund expense account.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Schleeter, to expend the $27,690.46 from the Sawyer County Resource Development Fund.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Zoning and Conservation Committee recommendation to approve hiring a limited-term employee in the Zoning and Conservation Department for the summer of 2011 for the survey of lake property septic systems.  Funds for the position ($7,100) are included in the 2011 Zoning and Conservation Department budget.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Economic Development and Planning Committee Chair Ken Maki presented the Committee recommendation to approve a contribution by Sawyer County of $500 toward the cost of a silent sports economic impact study.  The estimated total cost for the study is $9,750.  The Finance Committee discussed that Sawyer County would be providing support for the study without an additional financial contribution in that the County provides a portion of the funds for University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Resource Development Educator Dave Berard who will assist with the study.  The Finance Committee recommends that the County Board denies the request for the $500 contribution from the County.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the $500 County contribution.  The roll call vote was as follows:  Pearson – yes; Duffy – yes; Paulsen – no; Gundersen – no; Helwig – yes; Bassett – no; Kinsley – no; Olson – no; Thompson – yes; Johnson – yes; Schleeter – no; McCoy – no; Maki – yes; Jaeger – absent; Zietlow - no.  The motion failed with 6 voting yes and 8 voting no.

 

 Forestry Committee Chair Dean Pearson presented the Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION   #4-2011

RESOLUTION FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION AIDS

     WHEREAS Sawyer County is interested in acquiring or developing lands for public outdoor recreation purposes as described in the application; and

     WHEREAS, financial aid is required to carry out the project;

     THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Sawyer County has budgeted a sum sufficient to complete the project or acquisition and

     HEREBY AUTHORIZES the Sawyer County Forest Administrator, Sawyer County Forestry

Department to act on behalf of Sawyer County to:

  • Submit an application to the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for any financial aid that may be available;
  • Submit reimbursement claims along with necessary supporting documentation within 6 months of project completion date;
  • Submit signed documents; and
  • Take necessary action to undertake, direct and complete the approved project.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Sawyer County will comply with the state or federal rules for the programs to the general public during reasonable hours consistent with the type of facility; and will obtain from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources or the National Park Service approval in writing before any change is made in the use of the project site.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Highway Committee Chair Ron Kinsley presented the Committee recommendation to approve hiring 4 flaggers and 2 skilled employees for summer employment with the Highway Department.  Funds for the positions are included in the 2011 Highway Department budget.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Public Safety Committee recommendation to approve filling a vacant Jailer position from the eligibility list created by the Public Safety Committee at their meeting held February 1, 2011.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders presented the Health and Human Services Board recommendation to approve increasing a half-time Long Term Care Worker position to full-time with the purpose of expanding the Children’s waiver program in the Health and Human Services Department.  Mr. Sanders presented computations which project that the increase would have a positive financial impact for Sawyer County while serving more people in need of the service.  The Finance Committee and the Personnel and Administrative Committee concur with the recommendation.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Zietlow, to convene into closed session, pursuant to section 19.85(1)(e), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss negotiations for employee bargaining unit agreements.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

[Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the County Clerk’s Office.]

Motion by Thompson, 2nd by Zietlow, to reconvene into open session.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Labor Negotiations Committee recommendation to approve a settlement with the Sheriff’s Department Employee Bargaining Unit for a bargaining unit agreement for the period from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013.  The settlement includes a provision for a 5% across the board wage increase on March 27, 2011 and no other wage adjustments for the duration of the contract; a provision that effective March 27, 2011, all bargaining unit members (including protective category employees) shall pay the percentage amount identified by the State of Wisconsin as the employee-required share of the Wisconsin Retirement contribution (currently 5.8% of wages); and changes to overtime and job posting language.  Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Thompson, to approve the recommendation.  The roll call vote was as follows:  Duffy – yes; Paulsen – no; Gundersen – yes; Helwig – yes; Bassett – yes; Kinsley – yes; Olson – yes; Thompson – yes; Johnson – yes; Schleeter – yes; McCoy – yes; Maki – yes; Jaeger – absent; Zietlow – yes; Pearson – yes.  The motion carried with 13 voting yes and 1 voting no.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Labor Negotiations Committee recommendation to approve an offer of settlement for the Highway Department Employee Bargaining Unit for a bargaining unit agreement that re-opens and supersedes the 2010-2011 agreement and remains in effect through December 31, 2013.  Motion by Paulsen, 2nd by Olson, to decline offering the settlement.  [A motion by McCoy to table consideration of the offer of settlement for the Highway Department Employee Bargaining Unit received no second.]  The roll call vote on the motion to decline offering the settlement was as follows:  Paulsen – yes; Gundersen – yes; Helwig – no; Bassett – yes; Kinsley – no; Olson – yes; Thompson – no; Johnson – yes; Schleeter – no; McCoy – no; Maki – yes; Jaeger – absent; Zietlow – no; Pearson – no; Duffy – yes.  The motion failed with 7 voting yes and 7 voting no.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

 

 

Minutes prepared by County Clerk Kris Mayberry