PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS JUNE 26 2012 PROCEEDINGSPIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Tuesday - June 26, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting called to order by Chairman Jeff Holst at 7:01 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Pierce County Courthouse. A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm with 15 supervisors present. Supervisors D. Reis & S. Bjork were excused. Also attending were Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, Administrative Coordinator Jo Ann Miller, Finance Director Julie Brickner, HS Director Tami Kincaid, Land Management Director Andy Pichotta, Dawn Churchill, Sean Froelich – DA candidate, members of the public, & Jason Schulte – Press. Motion by J. Kosin/M. Kahlow to adopt the agenda as presented; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by Supervisor M. Kahlow.
Public Comment on Issues Not Related to Agenda Items: Sean Froelich introduced himself to the Board announcing that he is a candidate running for the office of District Attorney.
Proclamation for former Chief Deputy Sheriff Neil Gulbranson read by Clerk J. Feuerhelm thanking & commending him for 39 years of service to Pierce County.
Establish 2013 Budget Guidelines:Guidelines presented by Finance Director J. Brickner. She explained that the 2013 budget will have the same rules as the 2012 budget & that the Finance & Personnel Committee was presented with two options: 1) Adopt a county tax operating levy freeze, and 2) Adopt a county tax budget based on the maximum allowable levy under the 2013 State Budget which is increasing the county tax operating levy by the net new construction. This amount is yet to be determined & will be released approximately August 15, 2012. The F & P Committee approved option #2 at their June 4, 2012 meeting. Motion by K. Snow/J. Kosin to approve 2013 budget guidelines as approved by Finance & Personnel Committee on June 4, 2012; motion carried unanimously.
2013 Health Insurance Plan Proposal: AC J. Miller explained plan changes to comply with the Federal Health Care Reform Act. She reported that in 2018 the legislation will begin to impose an excise tax on insurer’s health plans with aggregate values (premiums) that exceed $10,200 for individual coverage & $27,500 for family coverage. Plans that exceed those benchmarks are considered Cadillac plans that will be taxed at the rate of 40% of the value of the plan that exceeds the threshold amounts, payable by the County. The Finance & Personnel Committee at their June 4, 2012 meeting recommended an option effective 1/1/2013 to increase deductibles to $500/$1000, office visit to $20, prescriptions move to $5/$40/$60, introduce 80% co-insurance in network & 60% co-insurance out of network, OOP maximum to $1500/$3000, & ER to $100. Supervisor M. Kahlow asked about the methodology for determining the 2018 excise tax estimate & if any input was obtained from County employees regarding the proposed changes. AC J. Miller responded by saying that Nyhart provided the methodology for the estimate & that employees input could be received regarding the changes. Motion by M. Kahlow/D. Bergseng to defer action until input from employees could be obtained; motion failed by voice vote with 3 in favor (R. Wood, M. Kahlow, & D. Bergseng); & 12 opposed (R. Mercord, L. Peterson, J. Aubart, C. Bjork, K. Snow, J. Ross, G. Place, D. Auckland, R. Bartels, J. Kosin, M. Pittman, & J. Holst). Motion by C. Bjork/J. Ross to approve option as recommended by Finance & Personnel Committee on June 4, 2012; motion carried by voice vote with 12 in favor (R. Mercord, L. Peterson, J. Aubart, C. Bjork, K. Snow, J. Ross, G. Place, D. Auckland, R. Bartels, J. Kosin, M. Pittman, & J. Holst); & 3 opposed (R. Wood, M. Kahlow, & D. Bergseng).
RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Res. 12-08 Amend Personnel Policy to Make Certain Changes and Clarifications. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm. AC J. Miller explained proposed changes & answered questions from Board members. Supervisor J. Aubart asked if it would be prudent to adopt legislation on a first reading. Chairman J. Holst indicated that it would indeed be beneficial. Motion by J. Aubart/J. Ross to suspend rules and approve resolution on first reading; motion carried by show of hands vote with 12 in favor (L. Peterson, J. Aubart, R. Wood, D. Bergseng, K. Snow, J. Ross, G. Place, D. Auckland, R. Bartels, J. Kosin, M. Pittman, & J. Holst); & 3 opposed (R. Mercord, C. Bjork, & M. Kahlow). Motion by J. Aubart/J. Kosin to approve Resolution 12-08 as presented; motion carried unanimously.
Res. 12-09 Join County Housing Consortium for Administration of Community Development Block Housing Grant Program. First reading begun by Clerk J. Feuerhelm. Interrupted motion by J. Kosin/K. Snow to waive reading of lengthy resolution; motion carried by voice vote with 14 in favor; M. Pittman opposed. Motion by M. Kahlow/R. Wood to suspend rules and approve resolution on first reading, motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.
Motion by M. Pittman/L. Peterson to approve Resolution 12-09 as presented; motion
Res. 12-10 Memorial to Robert “Bob” Stevens. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm. Corp Counsel explained that memorial resolutions may be adopted by the Board on a first reading without suspending the rules. Motion by C. Bjork/D. Bergseng to approve Resolution 12-10 as presented; motion carried unanimously.
Res. 12-11 Approve Unbudgeted Expenditure of Human Services 2011 Levy Surplus to Complete Office
Remodeling. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm. HS Director T. Kincaid explained the request & from where the funds to accomplish the project would come. She also indicated that the amount stated in the resolution was $55,651 but the actual estimate for the project was $55,907.15. Motion by M. Kahlow/J. Aubart to suspend rules and approve resolution on first reading, motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. Motion by M. Kahlow/G. Place to approve resolution. Discussion followed, motion by M. Kahlow/G. Place to amend the resolution to change dollar amount to $55,908; motion carried unanimously. Motion to approve Resolution 12-11 as amended carried by voice vote with all in favor.
RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Res. 12-04 Development of Recreational Boating Facilities on Trenton Island and Request For Funding Assistance. Motion by K. Snow/D. Bergseng to approve Resolution 12-04 as presented; motion carried unanimously.
Res. 12-05 Convey Property Acquired Through Trenton Island Property Acquisition Project to Town of Trenton. Motion by M. Pittman/R. Bartels to approve Resolution 12-05 as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Ord. 12-06 Amend Chapter 1, §1-31 (B) of the Pierce County Code – citation Authority for the Land Management Department First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm.
Ord. 12-07 Ordinance to Revise Chapter 240 of the Pierce County Code - Zoning First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm.
Ord. 12-08 Amend Chapter 4, §4-50 of the Pierce County Code – Clarification to Per Diem for the Board of
Supervisors First reading; motion by R. Wood/R. Mercord to waive reading of lengthy ordinance; motion carried unanimously.
ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Ord. 12-05 Rezoning 214.99 Acres from Rural Residential – 12/PRD to General Rural Flexible 8 in the Town of Oak Grove: NEWCO Finance, Inc. (Wm. F. Holst III). Chairman J. Holst recused himself from any discussion & voting on this specific ordinance; passing the gavel to 1st Vice-Chairman G. Place to chair this portion of the meeting. Acting Chairman G. Place asked for public comment on the issue. Town of Oak Grove resident Sarah Palodichuk expressed concern that the property in question may be used for non-metallic mining. Land Management Director A. Pichotta verified that the Town of Oak Grove recommended approval of the rezone based on consistency with their comprehensive plan. Mr. Pichotta also explained that even if the zoning request was approved it wouldn’t automatically allow the land owner to begin mining. A separate conditional use permit would need to be applied for & approved. Motion by J. Ross/K. Snow to approve Ordinance 12-05 as presented; motion carried by roll call vote with 14 in favor & 1 (J. Holst) abstaining. Gavel then returned to Chairman J. Holst for remainder of meeting.
APPOINTMENTS: Chair J. Holst announced that recommendations for appointments to the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission need to be sent to the Governor. He stated that his recommendation would include Jim Ross & Eddy Wouerma. Motion by R. Mercord/R. Wood to confirm recommended appointments; motion carried unanimously.
Future Agenda Items: None presented.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. by motion of K. Snow/M. Pittman. Motion carried unanimously.