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Adopted Meeting Minutes
August 27, 2003
Special Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 12:01 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Rasmusson
Absent: Proctor

Trustee Proctor arrived at 12:14 p.m.

Trustee Rasmusson departed at 2:45 p.m.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

Jeff Cole - In favor of labor agreements. Everyone is eligible to bid on any project.

Casey Fliestra - Having parted ways with the union, we do business as an open shop. We have great benefits and pay prevailing wage - if not better. Labor agreements sound sweet, but they are completely eliminating Lansing Tile and companies like mine. In regards to Labor Agreements, benefits would be paid to the union on every man hour worked. These benefits would not benefit out employees at all. A worker is not eligible for their pension until you have 5-10 yrs of service. There is also an approximate 6-month wait for health insurance. We would have to maintain our current benefits for our employees making our price non-competitive. Due to personal convictions, I will not sign another union agreement. I am not alone on this. The large majority on construction work that is being done is in an open shop environment. I love LCC. My wife, daughter and future son-in-law all attend this school. I have three younger children that may attend as well. Lansing Tile has done the majority of your largest jobs. We are a company that employees 45-50 families from your community. Our hope and prayer is that you would allow us to competitively bid your work into the future as we have, in the past.

Lynn Driver - E.T. Mackenzie Company. Mr. Driver spoke in opposition of project labor agreements.

Steve Russell, Associated Builders - Asked why do you need a project labor agreement. The one main reason is to assure there is no work stoppage. We don't stop work. We believe in free open competition. Freedom. We have no problem working with the union on jobs. You could just have two separate gates. You don't need a PLA.

Mike Crawford - National Electrical - We strongly support PLA?s. Why do they work? Tie to local community, to ensure contractors are paying employees reinvesting into community, good ways to build construction, provides open competitive bidding.

Doug Conmark - Has worked with project labor agreements. Can get non-union people to work on jobs.

Finance

Approval of Bids

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Rasmusson and supported by Trustee Canady to approve the following bids related to the M-TEC and Technical Training Center: Fire Protection in the amount of $401,470 awarded to Wolverine Fire Protection Company from Lansing, MI; Mechanical in the amount of $5,218,000 awarded to Kebler Plumbing & Heating Company from Grand Ledge, MI; and Exterior Siding in the amount of $1,229,800 awarded to Architectural Metals, Inc., from Portland, MI.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

Closed Session - Legal Update

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Proctor for the Board to enter into closed session for the purpose of discussing attorney/client privileged communication.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

The Board entered into closed session at 12:30 p.m.

Trustee Rasmusson left during closed session at 2:45 p.m.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Brannan that the Board return to open session.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor
Nays: None
Absent: Rasmusson

Motion carried.

The Board returned to open session at 3:30 p.m.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Pelleran to suspend the Board's bylaws in order to add an agenda item regarding the Downtown Develop Authority of Lansing Township.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor
Nays: None
Absent: Rasmusson

Motion carried.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Proctor that with LCC having no record of receipt from Lansing Township of notice of the public hearing regarding township ordinance 60.2 and the formation of the DDA District, and thus having no opportunity to respond to opt out of the DDA, and with the Board's belief that Lansing Township?s tax capture under alleged authority of its 1983 DDA district in unlawful, the Board authorizes the President to initiate a lawsuit against the township relative to the township?s capture of taxes, to engage in negotiations with Lansing Townshipregarding such tax captures, and to toll further action on the lawsuit pending the result of the negotiations with the township. The Board also authorizes the president to consult with legal counsel for the college to prepare a resolution pursuant to which the college would formally opt out of any tax capture the township might pursue pursuant to its ordinance 60.2.

Trustee Pelleran added a friendly amendment to include an opt out resolution as prepared by the College's legal counsel.

Trustee Canady agreed to the friendly amendment.

Roll call vote:
Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor
Nays: None
Absent: Rasmusson

Motion carried.

Public Comment

There were no comments from the public.

Adjournment

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Proctor and supported by Trustee Canady to adjourn the meeting.

Ayes: Brannan, Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Nays: None
Absent: None

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.


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