Minutes of a regular meeting of the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council held October 2, 2013 at the Lake Vermilion Sector of the Bois Forte Reservation, Minnesota.

 

Meeting called to order at 9:21 a.m.

 

Members Present:            Kevin W. Leecy; David C. Morrison, Sr.; Brandon Benner;

                                                      Karlene Chosa; Ray Toutloff

 

Members Absent:             None

 

Others Present:                  Corey Strong; Mark Anderson; Gene Goodsky; Vicki Villebrun; Darla Flett; Clint Miller; Bill Latady; Kim Greiner; Andy Datko; Henry Goodsky; Randy Long; Ernestine Stanley; Bernard O’Leary; Dave Anderson; Jeneal Goggleye; Edith Villebrun; Tracey Dagen; Donald Chosa Jr.; Brad Anderson; Peggy Connor; Beverly Steel; Karen Drift; Leanne Hoffman; Davelle Jones; Jesus Paloma; Robbie Goggleye; Mary Strong; Thomas Burr; Simona Benner; Joel Astleford; Tara Geshick; Miranda Lilya; Dave Villebrun; Gabrielle Anderson; Bill Whiteman; Wendy Thompson; Dawn Benner; Doris Isham; Norm Adams; Jenilee Villebrun; Cathy Chavers; Sidra Starkovich

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by Karlene Chosa; to approve the agenda with the addition of Andy Datko with a resolution for the submission of a grant request to IRRRB for a rental housing project, and a contract for master planning services for the language camp development.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to approve the minutes of a special meeting held September 4, 2013 at the Lake Vermilion Sector of the Bois Forte Reservation, Minnesota.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by  Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the minutes of a special meeting held September 16, 2013 at the Lake Vermilion Sector of the Bois Forte Reservation, Minnesota.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Brandon Benner; to approve the minutes of a special meeting held September 25, 2013 at the Lake Vermilion Sector of the Bois Forte Reservation, Minnesota.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

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Elders  Committee:  Bernard O’Leary said the elder committee meeting that was scheduled for September 9 was canceled so the elders don’t have anything new to report.

 

Donald Chosa Jr. thanks the tribal council for sending 12 elders to the language symposium that was held at Mystic Lake.

 

Peggy Connor said the elders raised $247 on their last fundraiser.  The elders will be having a 50/50 raffle with the drawing on October 14.  Peggy said there are 40 elders signed up to go to the Paul Brule show in Grand Rapids on Friday.  Peggy said the stove at the ENP kitchen is not working.  It has been a continual thing with the oven not working.  Peggy said the floors at the ENP have not been mopped for months.  Robbie Goggleye said this is the first he has heard of this and his department has been short staffed but he will take care of it.

 

New tribal government employees:  Robbie Goggleye introduces Ron LaRoque who is the new Maintenance Technician.  Tara Geshick introduces Gabrielle Anderson who is the new Environmental Services Manager.  Miranda Lilya introduces Davelle Jones who is the new Human Resources Administrative Assistant. 

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the contract with Braun Intertec Corporation for lead remediation/clean-up of old firearm shooting range which is located near the Forestry compound.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Brandon Benner; to approve the purchase of a 2013 GMC Acadia AWD SLE-1 vehicle for the ICWA unit.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to appoint Justin Boness and Mary Strong to the Bois  Forte Conservation Committee until November 1, 2013.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to remove John Day from the Bois Forte Conservation Committee due to missing three consecutive meetings.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #25-2014, 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Plan.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #26-2014, addendum to the Transportation Improvement Program.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

 

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Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by Brandon Benner; to approve the waiver of the bonding requirements for Stan Day for the log repair and re-stain of the Vermilion Head Start building project.  This is a small job, the budget for the project is $22,000 and his part of it is $7,000.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Karlene Chosa said a couple months ago, the council approved a change to the personnel policy in regard to employment contracts.  Karlene wanted to make people aware of that.  Corey Strong will put out a memo reminding staff of the paperwork for contractors.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the sole-sourcing of the contract with Carolyn Warden for consulting services to provide training to the Credit Union Board and Committee.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Brandon Benner; to adopt resolution #27-2014, submission of grant request of $350,000 to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Public Works Grant Program for the development costs of the affordable rental housing project.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by Brandon Benner; to award the contract to Architectural Resources, Inc. in the amount of $37,000 to provide master planning services for the language camp development of the Johnson Lake property.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to approve the agreement with Pete Isham to provide snow plowing for the transit program and the bus drivers and dispatcher’s driveways in Nett Lake for the 2013-2014 snow season.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by  Ray Toutloff; seconded by Brandon Benner; to adopt resolution #28-2014, recreational lease – Susan M. Camerson.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #29-2014, residential lease – Corinna Lyons.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Karlene Chosa; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to adopt resolution #30-2014, Bois Forte Indian Reservation Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Document.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #24-2014, AT&T lease to install, operate and maintain telecommunications equipment on the water tower at Fortune Bay.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

 

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Jenilee Villebrun wants to start a new program that will help Band members cloth diaper their children and babies at no cost to the family.  Jenilee shows a sample of the diapers she sews and that can be used for newborns through being potty trained.   The cost would be $400 per family and would include 20 one-size diapers and a wet bag.  Some of the reasons Jenilee would like to see the program in place is preserving the environment.  It takes from 200-500 years for disposable diapers to decompose.  Disposable diapers contain carcinogens and toxins that could harm animals, humans and the environment.  The main benefit for using cloth diapers is the disposable diapers cost about $4,000 per child over a two-year period versus about $400 for the cloth ones. Jenilee did talk with Jill Horak at health services but jill has no money in any of her budgets for this.

 

Jenilee Villebrun informed the council just completed the 2013-2014 budget.  It was suggested Jenilee talk to a small business loan program.  Corey Strong will stay in contact with Jenilee and Gordon Adams (for the small business loan program), and Jill Horak.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the FY2014 BIA Self-Governance Annual Funding Agreement and the Self-Governance 2014 Funding Agreement – Reprogramming Request.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to approve the FY2014 Tribal Transportation Program Addendum to the BIA Annual Funding Agreement.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

 Leanne Hoffman is requesting to transfer the blue van to the transportation department.  It is used for the summer youth program and Education feels it would make more sense for the van to be under the transportation program instead of education.  Brandon Benner said he thought the van was purchased for youth activities such as the t-ball, baseball, teams, immersion camp, etc.  Andy Datko said tdhe transportation program would have the drivers whenever those activities come up.  Council asks who owns the van.  Kim Greiner said the van was purchased with general fund dollars for the youth and if it is transferred to the transportation program, then it could be used as in-kind for grants for that program.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by Ray Toutloff; to transfer the blue van to the transportation department, as long as all the youth are taken care of.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Brandon Benner; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adopt resolution #31-2014, contract with MNSure for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (assisting individuals who are interested in enrolling in a health insurance plan).  Carried 4-0-0.

 

 

 

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Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by Karlene Chosa; to approve the agreement with Melissa Gryzbowski to provide dietitian services to the Bois Forte Health and Human Services Programs, community members, and clients of the Nett Lake and Vermilion Clinics.  Carried 4-0-0.

 

Moved by Ray Toutloff; seconded by David Morrison, Sr.; to adjourn the meeting at 10:37 a.m.  Carried 4-0-0.