Ways & Means Agenda

AGENDA
WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
July 2, 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.

Public Safety & Justice Community of Interest

 

Law Enforcement Citizens Review Board Discussion

B.

Economic Development Community of Interest

Employment Training and Community Services

1. Annual Employment Services Program

  • Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the plan application
  • To the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
  • For the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
  • To serve employers and job seekers through grants to local Michigan Works! Agencies
  • To serve approximately 9,000 job seekers with basic labor exchange, accessibility to internet-based self services electronic labor exchange, participation in the nation-wide system for clearing labor between the states and operating the local component of the Employment Services system
  • For a total program of $489,955:

    - Federal Revenue: $489,955
    - County Match: $0
  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

              - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
              - Amending the budget
              - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

2. Program Year (PY) 2008 Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

  • Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the plan application
  • To the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
  • For the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
  • To provide employment services to Washtenaw County residents through three distinct programs to adults, dislocated workers, and youth
  • To serve the following numbers of clients through each program:

                   - WIA Adult: 152 participants
                  
- WIA Dislocated Worker: 271 participants
                  
- WIA Youth: 483 participants

  • For a total program of $3,993,840:

                  - Federal Revenue: $3,993,840
                    
WIA Adult - $757,204
                   
WIA Dislocated Worker - $1,358,024
                    
WIA Youth - $1,479,227
                   
WIA Administration - $339,385

                  - County Match: $0

  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

                   - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
                   - Amending the budget
                   - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

3. WIA Incumbent Worker Training Program

  • Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the plan application
  • To the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
  • For the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
  • To provide local employers with training services to upgrade existing employee skills in an effort to avoid layoff situations
  • To serve approximately 12 employers with mini-grants up to $15,000 each
  • To serve approximately 362 individuals among these employers
  • For a total program of $192,278:

                    - Federal Revenue: $192,278
                   
- County Match: $0

  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

                 - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
                
- Amending the budget
                
- Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

4. WIA Capacity Building and Professional Development

  • Ratifying the signature of the Chair of the Board on the plan application
  • To the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
  • For the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
  • To increase proficiency in meeting WIA performance measures, assist in meeting local program goals, and provide for ongoing system development
  • For a total program of $24,000:

                - Federal Revenue: $24,000
                - County Match: $0

  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

                  - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
                  - Amending the budget
                  - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

5. Michigan Works! Service Center (MWSC) Operations

  • 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 July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
  • To continue upgrading and operating the current Washtenaw County MWSC
  • To improve customer service, upgrade facilities and technology, and inform the public about the MWSC
  • For a total program of $146,123:

                    - Federal Revenue: $146,123
                    
- County Match: $0

  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

                 - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
                 - Amending the budget
                 - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

6. Community Services Block Grant Migrant Services (CSBG M)

  • Authorizing the signature of the County Administrator on the application
  • To the Michigan Department of Human Services
  • For the period of June1, 2008 through May 31, 2008
  • To assist 75 migrant families with referrals and assistance English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, employment assistance, referrals to food distributions, housing assistance and any other necessary referrals to help migrant families achieve self-sufficiency
  • To sub-contract with Jewish Family Services to provide these referrals and assistance.
  • For a total program of $15,000:

                - Federal Revenue: $15,000
                - County Match: $0

  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

               - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
               - Amending the budget
               - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

C.

Housing & Homelessness Community of Interest

Community Development

2009-2012 Washtenaw Urban County Agreements

  • Approving the Administration of the Washtenaw Urban County HOME and CDBG grants for the 2009-2012 Qualification Period
  • Authorizing the County Administrator to sign a cooperation agreement with the City of Ann Arbor
  • To allow all participating units of government within Washtenaw Countys boundaries to participate in the Urban County, in order to realize the benefits for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funding that the Urban County received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • To bring the City of Ann Arbor into the Urban County as the 11th participating unit of government

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

D.

Land Use & Environment Community of Interest

1. Planning & Environment

Brownfield Redevelopment Plan Amendment   (Plan)

  • Adopting the Amendment to the Brownfield Plan of Washtenaw County
  • To approve tax increment financing and Michigan business tax credit incentives for the Historic Thompson Block Brownfield Redevelopment Project in the City of Ypsilanti
  • To develop mixed-use buildings including luxury loft units and office/commercial space in collaboration with the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the City of Ypsilanti
  • Resulting in:

                   - Preserving and rehabilitating a historical landmark
                  
- Bring an obsolete property back into productive use
                  
- Creating approximately 100 to 130 new jobs
                  
- Increasing the annual tax base for the Depot Town DDA by approximately $68,523 annually once all eligible expenses are reimbursed and the OPRA Certificate has expired 

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

2. Parks & Recreation

Millage Renewal

  • Authorizing the Washtenaw County Clerk to place on the November 4, 2008 ballot the question to renew the Parks & Recreation Millage that expires after December 31, 2009
  • For an additional ten (10) years, beginning with the levy to be made on December 1, 2010
  • For the purpose of acquiring, developing and maintaining parklands and operating recreation facilities for the benefit of Washtenaw County citizens.

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

E.

Health Community of Interest

Public Health

Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant

  • Ratifying the electronic submission of a grant application
  • To the United States Department of Justice
  • For the period of October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009
  • To purchase equipment which will facilitate consolidation of autopsy facilities used by the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner at a single site and development of a regional medical examiner system
  • Based on a long-range partnership between the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner Program and the University of Michigan Health System
  • For a total program of $94,985:
    -Federal Revenue: $94,985
    -County Match: $0
  • Indirect costs in the amount of $8,635 are included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

                 - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
                 - Amending the budget
                 - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

F.

Support Services Community of Interest

1. Human Resources

Collective Bargaining Agreement Assistant Prosecutors Association

  • Approving the agreement with the Assistant Prosecutors Association
  • The contract term is three years (2008-2010)
  • Specifying a number of adjustments to wages and other benefit modifications, as well as non-economic operational language agreements

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

2. Infrastructure & Planning

Washtenaw Educational Telecommunications System Consortium Agreement     (Agreement)

  • Authorizing the Administrator to sign the consortium agreement between Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County Intermediate School District (WISD), and Fiber Link LLC
  • For a 10 year period with the option to renew the agreement for an additional ten years
  • To reduce recurring costs associated with operating the Countys new fiber optic network
  • By sharing costs for maintenance and repair of those areas and paths where the entities share common attachments and location
  • Savings of at least $28,000 per year are anticipated
  • The agreement also permits other governmental partners to be included in the future, which will further reduce operating and maintenance costs

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

G.

Office of the Administrator

1. Literacy Coalition Grant

  • Ratifying the signature of the Administrator on a grant application to
  • The AT&T Foundation
  • For the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
  • To enhance public awareness of illiteracy in Washtenaw County and develop a cohesive, robust, integrated network of literacy services
  • For a total program of $50,000:

    -Grant Revenue: $50,000
    -County Match: $0
  • Indirect costs are not included in the budget
  • Upon receipt of the award:

                  - Authorizing the Administrator to sign the notice of grant award
                  - Amending the budget
                  - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

2. Washtenaw County Retiree Medical Benefits Funding Trust (Contract) (Trust) (Ordinance 1) (Ordinance 2)

A. Approving an Ordinance to confirm and restate Washtenaw Countys existing contractual obligations to provide for medical benefits for certain retired county employees and their eligible dependents

B. Approving an Ordinance to establish an alternative funding mechanism for Washtenaw County to fulfill its contractual obligations to provide retiree medical benefits
.

  • By issuing taxable Certificates of Participation through a funding trust
  • Authorizing the Chair of the Board to execute those documents necessary to establish the Washtenaw County Retiree Medical Benefits Funding Trust
  • Authorizing the Chair of the Board to execute a Contract between Washtenaw County and the Washtenaw County Retiree Medical Benefits Funding Trust
  • To allow the County to predict its Volunteer Employees Benefits Administration (VEBA) budget accurately at an estimated cost of $13.8M per year for the next 20 years

RECOMMENDATION: Approval at the Board

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

      August 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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