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Missaukee County Board of Commissioners
Commissioners Room, Lake City, Michigan
Regular Board Meeting
October 12th, 2010 at 10:00 AM


Roll Call:  All present except Comm. Renner and Vivian.

Prayer: given by Comm. Zuiderveen and Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes of September 14th 2010 read and approved.

Motion by Zuiderveen, supported by Bridson to approve the Board Agenda.  Carried.

Public Comment: 

Darwin Booher, Senate Candidate for 35th District, gave his background and a history of his accomplishments and goals.
Joel Sheltrown, 103rd Representative, relayed the bills that he was very proud of passing and thanked the board for their support.

Undersheriff Wil Yancer presented the Sheriff Department monthly report.

Carol Palmer, District Court Administrator, gave out the September report.

Barbara Hancock, County Treasurer, gave her financial report for the month.

Pam Niebrzydowski, COA Director, gave the board her quarterly report and updated them on budget matters and programs.

Sherry Blaszak, Soil Conservation Administrator, will provide a forest management plan to the board for their approval, talked about the trail extension, no till drill, trailer update, and hazardous waste collection.

Motion by Bridson, supported by Robinson to pass the Apportionment report.  Roll Call Vote:  5 Yea (Bridson, Hughston, Rogers, Zuiderveen, Robinson) 2 Absent (Renner, Vivian) Carried.

Michelle Moore, Library Director, updated the board on their activities and budget.

Reopening of the 2011 General Fund and Special Fund Budgets and a request from Chairman Rogers for questions.  Hearing adjourned until the November 9thCountyBoard meeting where there will be a hearing and a vote.

Motion by Robinson, supported by Hughston to approve the 2010 budget amendments as presented.  Carried.

Comm. Robinson reported on a GMO Resolution and requested a vote.

Motion by Robinson to pass the following resolution.  Died for lack of support.

 Resolution Requiring Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms


A Resolution to urge the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and/or the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture and/or the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to require labeling of all genetically modified sees or animals which are or will be used for human consumption

Whereas, all agencies of the federal government were created for the health and well being of the people,

Whereas, in 1996 Monsanto’s (patented) genetically modified (pesticide resistant) soybean seeds were allowed on the market based on Monsanto’s say-so that these GMO seed crops were safe for human consumption,

Whereas, the GMO seeds of Monsanto, Dupont and others are patent protected from any outside testing being done on their seeds without their permission,

Whereas, The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called upon all physicians to prescribe diets without GM Foods to all patients, saying GMO’s cause a variety of disorders seen in animal studies, including immune e system problems, accelerated aging, infertility, and dysfunctional regulation of insulin and cholesterol,

Whereas, the FDA has already stated that labeling will not be required for Aqua Bounty’s genetically modified Salmon, injected with a growth hormone gene from other species, which forces it to grow twice as fast as regular Atlantic Salmon,

Whereas, According to the USDA in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in theU.S. were GMO.  It is also estimated that over 90% of canola grown is GMO, and there are also commercially produced GM varieties of sugar beets, squash and Hawaiian Papaya.  As a result, it is estimated that GMOs are now present I more than 80% of packaged products in the average U.S. grocery store, unknown to consumers because labeling is not required, therefore, be it

Resolved that the people ofMissaukeeCounty insist upon the labeling of all GMO foods; and be it further,

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the office of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the USDA, the Chief Executive of the environmental Protection Agency, Congressmen Dave Camp, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate and all counties in the State of Michigan.

Personnel Committee

Motion by Bridson, supported by Zuiderveen to appoint Ray Moore as the new Veterans Counselor forMissaukeeCounty.  Carried.

Motion by Zuiderveen, supported by Bridson to approve Claims and Accounts and Own Accounts as presented. Carried.

Commissioner Reports:  Robinson reported on the things that government and industry have done to contaminate our food and air supply,

Public Comment

Don Sears asked Robinson if there is a big conspiracy out in the world and if it was maybe too high aboveMissaukeeCounty government’s level.

David Stroud reported on their current projects and the 2011 budget.

Pam Niebrzydowski reported on the Senior Health Fair and gave the following stats on attendees:  5 times more women that men attended, 17 people attended between 90-95 and people came from many more counties than just ours.

Ray Moore thanked the board for the appointment.

Meeting adjourned until November at10 AMor Call of the Chair.

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Susan Rogers, Chairman                                      Carolyn Flore, Clerk