Ways & Means

AGENDA
WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
January 23, 2008

6:30 p.m.
Administration Building - Board Room
220 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.ewashtenaw.org

I.

Roll Call

II.

Citizen Participation

III.

Commissioner Follow-up to Citizen Participation

IV.

New Business

A.

Emergency Preparedness Community of Interest

Emergency Management

Enhanced 9-1-1 Service Plan Amendments/ Establishment of a Standardized Local 9-1-1 Surcharge
(Cover Memo/Resolution) (Resolution 1) (Resolution 2)

Adopting amendments to the Washtenaw County Enhanced 9-1-1 plan

To enhance revenue stability between wireline surcharges and surcharges collected from other communications devices with access to 9-1-1 service

To provide fairness in surcharge collections between wireline and non-wireline users as allowed under Public Act 164 of 2007

Establishing a County-based 9-1-1 surcharge of $0.80 per month on all communication devices with access to 9-1-1

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

B.

Land Use & Environment Community of Interest

1. Employment Training and Community Services

a. 2008 Jobs, Education, and Training (JET) Program

Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the application

To the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

For the period of 10/1/07 to 9/30/08

To provide jobs, education, training opportunities, and supportive services to help welfare applicants/recipients and other at-risk workers achieve self-sufficiency and meet the workforce and skill needs of Michigans businesses

The JET Program was launched as a pilot by the State of Michigan in 2006 and replaces the Work First Program as a statewide welfare reform strategy with an emphasis on employment stability, skills acquisition, and career advancement rather than initial job placement

In 2007, 2064 customers referred by the Department of Human Services were served

For a total program of $1,631,619

-Federal Revenue: $1,332,590
-State Revenue: $ 299,029

-County Match: $0

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

b. Annual 2008 Michigan Community Action Agency Association (MCAAA) Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Weatherization Assistance Program

Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the application

To the Michigan Community Action Agency Association

For the period of 11/21/07 through 8/31/08

To provide weatherization services for approximately 15 eligible residential units and purchase energy saving kits for distribution at energy education classes to 100 eligible clients

Program includes outreach and intake services, energy audit inspections, health and safety reviews of client homes, refrigerator, roof and furnace replacements, and post inspections

Eligible residents must have an income at or below 200%of the federal poverty level 

For a total program of $51,815

-State Revenue: $51,815

-County Match: $0

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget
-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

c. Annual 2008 Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Energy Assistance Program

Ratifying the signature of the County Administrator on the application

To the Michigan Community Action Agency Association

For the period of 10/17/07 through 7/31/08

To assist low-income households by paying home energy bills

Allowable services include payment of metered fuels, water bills (for households with steam heat), electricity, and deliverable fuels

Eligible residents must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, be eligible for the State Emergency Relief program, or be a Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipient

The 2007 MPSC Energy Assistance Program served 148 households with a budget of $62,985. ETCS anticipates serving 250 families households in 2008.

For a total program of $130,897

-State Revenue: $130,897

-County Match: $0

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget
-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

d. Annual 2008 Community Services Block Grant Discretionary (CSBG-T) Funds

Ratifying the signature of the County Administrator on the application

To the Michigan Department of Human Services

For the period of 1/1/08 through 6/30/08

To provide free income tax preparation assistance to and promote Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) filing by eligible low-income County residents

Tax preparation services will be provided at various locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti with the goal of helping residents maximize their tax returns

In 2007, 141 households (a total of 209 individuals) were served; ETCS anticipates 200 households will be served in 2008

For a total program of $13,000

-State Revenue: $13,000

-County Match: $0

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget
-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

e. 2008 No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) Dislocated Worker Program

Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the application

To the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

For the period of 7/1/07 through 6/30/08

To provide tuition assistance in a maximum amount of $10,000 per participant ($5000 per year for up to two years) to enable dislocated workers to acquire skills that are necessary to succeed in a fast-changing global economy

The funds can be used to cover training costs, instructional costs, books, materials, fees, and academic supportive services

Eligible individuals include individuals displaced from employment and displaced homemakers

For a total program of $51,415

-State Revenue: $51,415

-County Match: $0

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget
-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

2. Planning and Environment

a. Promoting Awareness through Video Education (PAVE) the Way to Knowledge

Ratifying the electronic submission of an application

To the James A. and Faith Knight Foundation

For the period of 6/6/08 through 6/6/09

To produce and market six (6) additional environmental education videos which will be made available to the public on the Countys web site and local cable access television stations

Video topics will include best management practices for preserving surface water quality, energy conservation, environmental implications of the analog to digital switch in television signal in 2009, the need to control invasive aquatic species, and the population drop in pollinators, and proper clean-up of hazards spills

For a total program of $26,588

-Local Revenue: $19,950

-County Match: $6,638 (in-kind)

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget
-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

b. Historic Preservation Workshop Series

Authorizing the signature of the County Administrator on the application

To the State of Michigan Historic Preservation Grant Program

To host a series of four educational and practical preservation workshops, which will be open-to-the-public, in Ann Arbor, Saline, and Ypsilanti as well as nearby communities in the counties of Jackson, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne

The workshop series fulfills two objectives of the Countys 2004 Comprehensive Plan: (1) to provide effective programs, tools and techniques for the protection of our unique historic resources and (2) encourages the promot[ion of] the benefits of historic resource protection to Washtenaw County residents, land and business owners and decision makers

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) will facilitate the workshops at regular intervals between February and September 2008.

For a total program of $4,500

-State Revenue: $4,500

-County Match: $0

Indirect costs are not included in this budget

Upon receipt of the award:

-Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award

-Amending the budget
-Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

a. Full Faith and Credit for Banks of Saline Brownfield Redevelopment Project ( Cover Memo/Resolution) ( Banks of Saline Recommendation) ( Grant App)

   Approving the use of the countys full faith and credit

   For the City of Salines Banks of Saline Brownfield Redevelopment Project

    In an amount not to exceed $600,000 as a third tier guarantee of loan funding repayment as required by the State of Michigan, with the plan for the Tax Increment Financing already approved to be used to repay the loan

   With additional project funding in the amount of $400,000 to be provided by the MDEQ if awarded

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board


C.

Support Services Community of Interest

Human Resources

2008-2009 Workers Compensation Excess Insurance Coverage (Cover Memo/Resolution)

Accepting an offer for excess insurance coverage

For Workers Disability Compensation Program

For the period of 2/1/08 through 1/31/09

For a total amount of $46,277 (same premium cost as in 2007-2008 due to the increase in the specific loss retention rate from $375K to $400K )

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

D.

Administrators Office

Central Plant (Cover Memo/Resolution)

Authorizing the Administrators signature on the implementation contract with Chevron Energy Solutions

To (1) construct a central plant that will contain a biomass-fueled boiler (among other equipment) to serve the heating and cooling needs of the Correctional Facility; and (2) to implement a number of energy and water efficiency projects throughout the building

In the amount of $ 6,440,016

For the period of 2/7/08 through 8/31/09

Contract signature is contingent on the bond issuance currently scheduled for early April 2008

Bond payment will be funded through energy savings to be realized through completion of the project, resulting in no adverse impact on the General Fund

Energy savings in year one will be approximately $ 240,000 and will escalate annually, outpacing the bond payment in year six (6) of current projections

RECOMMENDATION: Approval

V.

Report of the Administrator

VI.

Report of the Chair of the Board

VII.

Items for Current/Future Discussion

VIII.

Citizen Participation

IX.

Commissioner Follow-up to Citizen Participation

X.

Pending

XI.

Adjournment


February 6, 2008
Board Room
220 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor
6:30 p.m.

For additional information, please call Washtenaw County Administration at (734) 222-6850

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