February 25, 2014 — Regular Council Meeting

VILLAGE OF MORRICE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MORRICE VILLAGE HALL

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 03/11/14)

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Harold Dickerson.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council Members Present: Kim Kollek-Jewell, Cathy Mulholland, H. Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson, Robert Gentner, and Tom Cameron.

Absent: Christine Williams.

Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: John Gormley, Treasurer: Brian Swett, and

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

 

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.

 

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Cameron to approve the February 11, 2014 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Special Guests: None.

 

9.         PUBLIC HEARING

 

9.1       Property Tax Millage to Support Budget

9.2       2014 – 2015 Proposed Budget

 

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by H. Dickerson to open the Public Hearing. All ayes. Motion carried.

There will be no changes to the Village Property Tax Millage and the Proposed 2014 -2015 Budget is available for review.

There were no public comments.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to close the Public Hearing. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

10.1     Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reported that the Department has been keeping an eye on the barbershop. They appear to be leaving late at night. Nothing else going on.

 

10.2     DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

No Report.

 

10.3     Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

H. Dickerson and P. Dickerson attended the GLS Region V Shiawassee County Rural Task Force meeting

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in Owosso and brought back some information about road funding. The next meeting applicable for the Village will be the Small Towns and Villages meeting that will be held in March. The DPW usually attends.

 

10.4     Sewer / Codes

No Report.

 

10.5     Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.

 

10.6     SSESA

Mulholland gave the run report for January. In the Village there were five ambulance calls and no fire runs. For all of SSESA for the month there were ten Fire & MFR calls and 133 ambulance runs. They are up 35 runs from a year ago.

 

10.7     Homecoming

There will be a meeting next month.

 

10.8     Budget

No Report.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

11.1     Employee Health Insurance Renewal

There was much discussion regarding group and individual policies, HMO and PPO plans, credits and subsidies, H.S.A. accounts, the Village budget, and the State financial restrictions. There was discussion about possibilities for this year and what may need to be addressed in coming years.

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to keep the group plan from Meadowbrook Insurance, the BCBS Bronze PPO with a $3,000.00 deductible, and to give each full time employee a $400.00 H.S.A. payroll contribution.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Gentner, P. Dickerson, Mulholland, Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, H. Dickerson. Nays: None.

Absent: C. Williams. Motion carried.

 

11.2     Payment in Lieu of Health Insurance

Item no longer applies. It was Tabled until a decision was reached on 11.1.

 

11.3     Personnel Manual – H.S.A. Deposits

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by P. Dickerson to give $400.00 to each of the five full-time employees for this year, to be deposited as an H.S.A. contribution of $100.00 to each employee per insurance fiscal year quarter beginning with April 1, 2014

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Kollek-Jewell, Cameron, Mulholland, Gentner, P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None.

Absent: C. Williams. Motion carried.

 

Gentner requested that the Board re-examine additional H.S.A. deposits in six months time.

 

Gormley will bring H.S.A. language for the Personnel Manual to a future meeting.

 

 

 

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11.4     Property Maintenance

Chief Balsley reported that he has had some back and forth discussion with Bert Gale from AGS regarding the building. Gale’s biggest concern was the security of the building. The Police Department checked to make sure it was locked up and secure so that no one can get inside the unsafe building. Balsley felt that there may have been some confusion on AGS’s parts as to which building was the concern at this time.

 

11.5     Additional Sewer Bond Payment

Gentner reiterated that by the end of March the Board should be able to decide about making an additional bond payment and still be able to give the required 30 days notice.

 

11.6     Davis Street Resolution

Gormley explained that the property for Davis Street was given to the Village back in the 1980s but it was not formally dedicated. It has been used and maintained as a street but the width does not meet the Village Zoning Ordinance. Gormley proposed that the Board amend the Ordinance with an exception for this property.  Once the Ordinance Amendment has been approved and published, and after waiting the required 20 days the Board can pass a Resolution of Dedication. After the Resolution is approved it can be recorded at the Register of Deeds and the street will be officially dedicated.

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to adopt the Ordinance as presented.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Gentner, Kollek-Jewell, P. Dickerson, Cameron, Mulholland, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Williams. Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

12.1     Adopt 2013 – 2014 Budget Amendments

There was discussion about using the funds left in the Park budget to purchase stone for the driveway as soon as it warms up enough to move them. Kollek-Jewell commented on the Park Committee not being able to have much input on the Park budget.  It was decided that the funds will be retained for Park use in the next fiscal year’s budget.

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to roll over the remaining fund balance of $3,929.90 for the Park to next year’s budget.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Mulholland, Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, P. Dickerson, Gentner, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Williams. Motion carried.

 

MOTION by Cameron, seconded by H. Dickerson to Adopt the 2013 – 2014 Amended Budget as presented.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Gentner, Mulholland, Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Williams. Motion carried.

 

12.2     Set Property Tax Millage Rate for 2014 – 2015

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to adopt the Tax Millage Rate as presented.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Gentner, Cameron, Mulholland, Kollek-Jewell, P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Williams. Motion carried.

 

Mulholland reminded the Board that the ambulance millage will expire in 2016.

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12.3     Adopt 2014 – 2015 Budget

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to adopt the 2014 – 2015 Budget as presented with the Park line item adjustment.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, P. Dickerson, Mulholland, Gentner, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Williams. Motion carried.

 

12.4     Sidewalk Snow Removal

Chief Balsley and Gormley will work together and bring something back to the next meeting.

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Cameron to Table Sidewalk Snow Removal. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Announcements / Correspondence

H. Dickerson announced that mail and other correspondence is on the table for review.

 

Guest Comments: None.

 

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by H. Dickerson to adjourn the meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Village of Morrice

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