PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Tuesday - November 8, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.
Meeting called to order by Chair Paul Barkla at 9:00 a.m. in the County Board Room at the Pierce County Courthouse. A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm with all 17 supervisors present; C. Simones arriving at 9:09 a.m. and D. Rohl arriving at 9:25 a.m. Also attending were Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, PC Economic Development Coordinator Bill Warner, Hwy. Commissioner Chad Johnson, Office Manager Hwy Sue Gerdes, Human Services Director Tammy Kincaid, Finance Director Julie Brickner, H.S. Ops Manager Tami Billeter, Chief Deputy Sheriff Neil Gulbranson, Maintenance Supervisor Scott Walker, Public Health Director Sue Galoff, Land Conservation Director Rodney Webb, and Reporter Jason Schulte. Motion by J. Hoist / J. Kosin to adopt agenda as presented; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by T. Sitz.
Public Comment: T. Kincaid introduced newly employed behavioral health manager Ron Kiesler to the Board. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity.
Public Hearing: Chairman P. Barkla opened the public hearing on the 2012 County Budget at 9:04 a.m. and called for questions, comments, or remarks. None given; chairman closed the public hearing at 9:05 a.m.
* All legislation may be adopted on a first reading pursuant to §4-4 and §4-43 of the County Board Rules.
RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Res. 11-19 Pierce County Conservation Aids Program. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by M. Pittman / J. Kosin to approve as presented; motion carried unanimously.
C. Simones arrived at 9:09 a.m.
Res. 11-20 Comply with Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) #54, Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions and Appointment. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm. Motion by J. Hoist/ C. Peterson to approve. Motion by G. Place / J. Hoist to amend paragraph 8, to state that the general fund unassigned fund balance should be at a level of a minimum of 25% of general fund expenditures; motion on amendment carried unanimously. Motion to approve as amended carried unanimously.
Res. 11-21 Care of Soldier's Graves. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by C. Simones / L. Peterson to approve as presented; motion carried unanimously.
Res. 11-22 Claims for Listing Dogs. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by C. Simones / L. Peterson to approve as presented; motion carried unanimously.
Res. 11-23 Increase Marriage License and Domestic Partnership Fees. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by C. Simones / R. Bartels to approve as presented; motion carried with 15 in favor and 1 opposed (J. Hoist).
Res. 11-24 Compensation for the Pierce County Board of Canvassers. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by C. Simones / G. Place to approve. M. Pittman asked how many people typically serve on this board. Clerk J. Feuerhelm responded by saying a minimum of three, the County Clerk and two others appointed by the County Clerk. B. Plunkett asked if the resolution should state "per day" as opposed to "per meeting". Clerk Feuerhelm stated the intent was $75 per meeting and if changed to per day then the word "day" may need to be further defined as to a certain amount of hours. J. Hoist remarked that the rate could be set on an hourly basis. Clerk Feuerhelm agreed that was an option for the Board as well. Motion by B. Plunkett / M. Pittman to amend the resolution to change the amount from $75 / meeting to $75 / day; motion on amendment carried with 14 in favor and 2 opposed (C. Simones, J. Ross). Motion to approve as amended carried by roll call vote with all in favor.
Res. 11-25 2012 Salaries and Benefits for Non-Represented Employees. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by C. Simones / R. Rommel to approve as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote. D. Rohl arrived at 9:28 a.m.
RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Res. 11-17 Authorize New Positions for 2012. Motion by G. Place / D. Reis to approve as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Res. 11-18 Approve 2012 Tax Levy and Budget. Motion by C. Simones / R. Rommel to approve. Board discussed various parts of the 2012 budget to include the Sheriff's Dept. account for boarding prisoners. Motion by B. Plunkett / C. Peterson to amend the resolution to reduce the Sheriff's Dept. 2012 proposed budget, account number 101-16-52700, line item 294 Boarding Prisoners, by the sum of $95,000 (from $395,000 to $300,000), and move said amounts as follows: $50,000 to Contingency Fund (Fund 102) and designated for Alternatives to Incarceration; $40,000 to Contingency Fund for general contingencies; with the remaining $5,000 not being moved to a specific account and resulting in a reduction in the overall levy by $5000. Motion on amendment failed by roll call vote with 1 in favor (B. Plunkett) and 16 opposed.
Motion by J. Ross / K. Snow to amend the resolution to reduce the voluntary contribution by Pierce County to the Pierce County Economic Development Corp., as set forth in the Economic Development proposed budget for 2012, account number 101-01-56701, by the sum of $5,065 (from $44,898 to $39,833) in order to maintain the same contribution made by the County for 2011, and move said amounts to the contingency fund. R. Rommel spoke in opposition to the amendment. He felt there was a greater need to increase the funding rather than decreasing it to promote economic development in the County. T. Sitz concurred. J. Hoist felt that the Board should fund it at a higher level to make it more productive or not fund it at all. Motion to amend failed by roll call vote with 2 in favor (K. Snow, J. Ross) and 15 opposed. Original motion to approve as presented carried unanimously by roll call vote.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Ord. 11-11 Create Article V, Section 13-10; Establish Indefinite Term of Office for County Highway Commissioner. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm; motion by J. Hoist / G. Place to approve as presented. M. Pittman explained that the Highway Committee addressed the subject and felt it was in the best interest of the County because it would allow the commissioner to focus on the work at hand without taking on the added distractions of an election every 2 years. B. Plunkett was opposed to taking action on the legislation on the first reading. Chairman P. Barkla and Corp. Counsel B. Lawrence affirmed that by County Board Rules this type of legislation could be acted upon on a first reading at this, the annual meeting of the County Board, and was so noticed on the agenda as such. B. Lawrence added that the highway commissioner can still be removed for cause by a two-thirds vote of the supervisors entitled to seats on the County Board if the ordinance is passed. Motion to approve as presented carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Create Article V, Section 13-10 - Establish Indefinite Term of Office for County Highway Commissioner Pierce County Board of Supervisors does hereby ordain as follows:
SECTION 1: That Article V, Section 13-10, Term of Office for County Highway Commissioner, of the Pierce County Code is hereby created to read as follows:
§ 13-10. Office of the County Highway Commissioner; Indefinite Term.
Pursuant to the authority vested in the County Board of Supervisors under § 83.01(2), Wis. Stats., from and after the effective date of this Ordinance, the County Highway Commissioner shall serve an indefinite term of office. Thereafter, the incumbent shall serve until his/her death or resignation and shall be subject to removal for cause by the County Board of Supervisors as set forth in § 17.10(2), Wis. Stats. Highway Commissioners shall be elected to the position upon a majority vote of the County Board of Supervisors
SECTION 2: That this Ordinance shall become effective upon its adoption and publication as required by law and shall apply to the first and each subsequent highway commissioner election held after the effective date.
Dated this 8th day of November, 2011.
ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Ord. 11-10 Amendments to the Pierce County Floodplain Code (Chapter 238). Motion by C. Simones / C. Peterson to approve as presented; motion carried unanimously. (This lengthy document may be viewed at the Pierce County Courthouse or on the county website: www.co.pierce.wi.us.)
Interim Administrative Coordinator's Report: P. Barkla reported on activities he and others were involved in since the last meeting. Also commended many department heads and employees for doing a great job with the 2012 budget.
Future Agenda Items: None presented.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 10:09 a.m. by motion of J. Hoist / J. Kosin. Motion carried unanimously. Respectfully submitted by J. Feuerhelm, County Clerk