Muskegon County, experience the lake effect
Hall of Justice
990 Terrace, Muskegon, MI
March 25, 2008 - 3:30 p.m.
James Derezinski, Chair
John Snider, Vice-Chair

 1. Call to Order

 2. Pledge of Allegiance

 3. Invocation

 4. Roll Call

 5. Approval of Agenda

 6. Approval of Previous Minutes

- Approval of Minutes of March 11, 2008

 7 . Public Hearings

A. Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant Pioneer Park Project
B. Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant Application for the Meinert Park Property Acquisition

 8 . Communications

A. Correspondence from Thomas VanBruggen regarding: Response to Board Action on Muskegon County GIS Basic level of Service Contracts
B. Correspondence from Theodore Williams regarding: Ways and Means Action Concerning the Muskegon County GIS Basic Level of Service Contracts

 9 . Committee Reports

A. Community Development/Strategic Planning Committee
B. Transportation Committee
C. Ways & Means Committee

 10. Chairman’s Report/Committee Liaison Reports

A. MAC Legislative Updates of March 7 and 14, 2008
B. Road Rage Awareness Week; July 13 - 19, 2008 Resolution
C. Schedule Board Planning; March 27, 2008, 8:30 a.m., Training Center
D. Road Commission Appointments

  11. Administrator's Report

A. Approval of Resolution Authorizing the County Department of Public Works to Proceed with a Project
B. Approval of the Resolution Authorizing County of Muskegon, Muskegon County Water Supply System Bonds, Series 2008
C. Authorization to Apply for the Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for Pioneer Park Grant
D. Authorization to Apply for Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for Acquisition of Property

 12. Old Business

 13. New Business

 14. Public Participation

 15. Adjournment

Note: Public Participation - Persons may address the Commission during the time set aside for Public Participation or at any time by suspension of the rules. All persons must address the Commission and state their name for the record. Comments shall be limited to two minutes for each participant, unless time is extended prior to the public participation period by a vote of a majority of the commission.

The Community Development/Strategic Planning Committee met on March 20, 2008; it was recommended, and I move:

CD/SP08/03 - 03 To authorize the Board Chair to execute an exclusive listing agreement with Grubb & Ellis for an 18 month period with an 18 month renewal option for the Muskegon County Business Park North, excluding the lot currently being negotiated with Nugent Sand.

CD/SP08/03 - 04 To approve Edward and Michelle Tennison as the new caretakers for Meinert Park and authorize the Chairman to execute the agreement, subject to an acceptable criminal background check.

CD/SP08-03 - 05 To adopt the May 1, 2008, National Day of Prayer Proclamation.

CD/SP08-03 - 06 To approve a Resolution to George Jurkas, Muskegon County Sheriff, upon his retirement for his years of service to the community.

The Transportation Committee met on March 19, 2008; it was recommended, and I:

TR08/03-06 Move to authorize the Muskegon Area Transit System to publish the public notice regarding the FY2008 Federal Operating and Capital applications and to authorize staff to execute the electronic grant applications if there is no request for public hearing.

TR08/03-07 Move to approve the concept of a Muskegon Area Transit System Multi-Ride Bus Pass Rate Increase, to be effective June 15, 2008, to publish the public notice, and to schedule a public hearing on the Bus Pass Rate Increase, to be held before the Transportation Committee at 3:30pm on May 15, 2008.

TR08/03-08 Move to approve Purchasing Department to go out for bids on behalf of the Airport to purchase an airfield tractor, as approved in the FY2008 budget capital item requests.

TR08/03-09 Move to approve Purchasing Department to go out for bids on behalf of the Airport to repair the roof on Hangar #3, as approved in the FY2008 budget capital item requests.

TR08/03-10 Move to approve the extension of seven (7) T-Hangar Lease Agreements at Muskegon County Airport expiring in the second quarter of 2008 as follows:  Scott Kelley, $190/month; Larry Duthler, $180/month; Jim Fishel, $170/month; Doug Parker, $170/month; Fred Riplo, $170/month; Mark Cybulski, $170/month; and Richard Smith, $160/month.

The Ways and Means Committee met on March 18, 2008, it was recommended, and I move:

WM08/03 - 45 To approve payment of the accounts payable of $6,515,477.96 covering the period of March 1, 2008 through March 11, 2008, as presented by the County Clerk.

WM08/03 - 46 To place on the ballot of the August 2008 primary, the millage renewal not to exceed 1/13th mills ($0.77 per $1,000) on the taxable value on all property in the county for a period of ten (10) years being 2009 through 2018 for the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs.

WM08/03 - 47 To authorize the release of bids for the renovation of the lower level of the Oak Avenue Facility for the Sheriff Department Detective’s Bureau and Road Patrol and to add as an alternate, the remodeling of two restrooms for ADA compliance and some electrical work in the reception area of the second floor for CMH Youth Services temporary quarters, to approve a contract with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. in the amount of $6,800, to complete the environmental assessment and develop the bid specifications for the asbestos abatement, and to authorize the release of the request for bids for asbestos abatement once the specifications are complete.

WM08/03 - 48 To authorize the Purchasing staff to solicit proposals for Food Management Services for the County Jail, Juvenile Detention Center, CMH - Brinks Hall and Child Haven.

WM08/03 - 49 To provide Geographic Information System (GIS) Basic Level of Service Agreement to the Townships of: Cedar Creek, Dalton, Fruitland, Holton, Laketon, Muskegon Charter, Sullivan, White River, and Whitehall; the Cities of Montague and Norton Shores; and the Village of Lakewood Club and to authorize the Board Chairman to execute the inter-governmental agreements as prepared by and to be carried out by the Equalization Department.

WM08/03 - 50 To authorize the County to enter into an agreement with Dennis Burns to facilitate a management transition and to provide other analytical services and authorize the Board Chair to sign such agreement. Further authorize the creation of a temporary position for Dennis Burns, which will be deleted at the end of the term of this agreement.

WM08/03 - 51 To authorize Deborah Groeneveld, Human Resources Director, to serve on the Muskegon Area Labor-Management (MALMC) Board.

WM08/03 - 52 To approve and insert into the Muskegon Nurses Association bargaining unit agreement which expires on September 30, 2010, the Letter of Understanding between the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners and the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), adding a cap of forty-five ($45.00) dollars for the 2008 employee medical contribution for Medical Plan 2P effective April 1, 2008, and authorize the Board Chair and County Clerk to sign the letter of understanding.

WM08/03 - 53 To approve the purchase of administration services from Professional Benefits Services (PBS) for Retiree Dental, Section 125 and VEBA Plan Administration for the period of 04/01/08 to 03/31/12.

WM08/03 - 54 To authorize DET/FM to seek bids through the Purchasing Department for a new sound system for the Board of Commissioners Chambers.

WM08/03 - 55 To approve the one-year extension of the agreement for the Partnership in Neighborhood Safety Program between the Townships of Laketon, Fruitland and Whitehall, the Muskegon County Sheriff and the Board of Commissioners, and authorize the Board Chair to sign the document, contingent upon the approval of each of the townships.

WM08/03 - 56 To adopt the revised Freedom of Information Act Fee Schedule to be effective March 11, 2008.

WM08/03 - 57 To waive the hiring freeze and allow the Sheriff’s Office to fill the vacant Sheriff Deputy position #SO5028.

WM08/03 - 58 To settle the Norma Cirner Worker’s Compensation case by way of a lump sum settlement as recommended by Corporate Counsel.


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