Tuesday, June 24, 2014

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 07/08/14)


Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Pro Tem Robert Gentner.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

Absent: Harold Dickerson.

Also Present: Police Officer: Phil Hruska, Attorney: John Gormley, Treasurer: Brian Swett, and

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

MOTION by Cameron, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Cameron to approve the June 10, 2014 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests: None


9.1       Petition for Zoning Variance – Parcel 014-70-043-000

MOTION by P. Dickerson, seconded by Cameron to open the Public Hearing for public comments.

All ayes. Motion carried.

Gormley explained that there are actually two issues presented. The original request was to approve a lot split, creating four sub-lots out of the parcel. In order to meet the criteria for the split a zoning variance is needed to bring the egress into compliance. This Hearing is to discuss the Zoning Variance request.

There was no public comment.

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


10.1     Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Gormley gave an update on the current Circuit Court Appeal.

10.2     DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

No Report. There will be a Park meeting June 30th.

10.3     Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report. There was a report that the grass is too tall at the 327 Beauty Shop on Main Street.

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10.4     Sewer / Codes

No Report.

10.5     Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.

10.6     SSESA

No Report.

10.7    Homecoming

The Festival is in three days. There was a meeting today and things seem to be going very well.

10.8     Budget

No Report. The Committee will schedule a meeting soon.


11.1     Personnel Manual Revisions

Gormley explained that the Committee had another meeting and made a few more changes. The revisions are before the Board. Basically they cleaned up some items, added some items, and clarified some issues.

11.2     Roads

Kollek-Jewell and P. Dickerson gave a report explaining the information they have gathered. The cost is estimated at about $40,000.00 to do the proposed projects. Projects include Walker Drive, the intersections of Britton and Morrice, Howard and Second, and Morrice and Second, Jewel Estates, and one half mile west on Britton to the Village limits. They concentrated on the smaller do-able projects for now as there aren’t enough funds to tackle the large projects. This is not everything that needs to be done but all that they felt could be done at present. They have contacted the County Road Commission for information regarding equipment use and crack seal costs. The machinery needs five people to operate so when the time comes to use it we may have to hire temporary workers. The Committee will hopefully have the additional information from the Road Commission for the next Council meeting.

11.3     White Truck

11.4     Construction Board of Appeals

Gormley has drafted a tentative agreement to join with the Webberville Board of Appeals. They have to present it to their Council for approval also. Once both Councils approve the joint venture we will have a Construction Board of Appeals in place.

11.5     Zoning Variance Application – Fox/Rothney Property

11.6     Land Division Application – Fox/Rothney Property

Will take up 11.5 and 11.6 for discussion at New Business for the Resolutions.


12.1     Adopt Resolution – Amend Personnel Manual

MOTION by Cameron, seconded by Williams to adopt the Resolution to Amend the Personnel Manual as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

12.2     Adopt Resolution – Joint Construction Board of Appeals

Gormley explained the agreement. Webberville has four members right now. The Board needs five

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members so Morrice will appoint the fifth member now and then the villages will take turns after that. There may need to be adjustments to the agreement going forward.

MOTION by Cameron, seconded by Williams to adopt the Resolution as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

12.3     Adopt Resolution – Zoning Variance Request – Parcel 014-70-043-000

Gormley explained the requirements for approving or denying the request. Approval is contingent on payment of all fees and costs to the Village, recording of the Survey and the Private Easement Maintenance Agreement with copies submitted to the Village, the lot split must be completed in six months, and all taxes and sewer debt owed to the Village must be paid in full.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to adopt the Resolution Resolving the Variance Request for Parcel 014-70-043-000 as presented.

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

12.4     Adopt Resolution – Lot Split Request – Parcel 014-70-043-000

Gormley explained that the Board had acted as the ZBA for the Variance consideration but now are acting as Village Council. Since the Variance was granted the lot split can now be approved.

MOTION by Cameron, seconded by Mulholland to adopt the Resolution Approving the Lot Split Request as presented.

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

12.5     St. Mary Catholic Church – Petition to Re-Zone – 502 and 508 N. Main Street

It has come to light that the parcels in question are already zoned Public Lands so there is no need for the re-zoning request. The $200.00 application fee will be refunded.

12.6     St. Mary Catholic Church – Petition for Special Use Permit

Father John Bosco explained that St. Mary’s has been in the Village for over 100 years and has been a good neighbor to the community. The Faith Formation Center has been a consideration for the church for 31 years. Now they have the resources to move forward and are asking permission and support from the Board.

Architect Jed Dingens explained the current building plans. It will be across the street from the church and have the same characteristics as the church. Public Lands do not have required setbacks in the Village Ordinance so they will use all the setbacks as required in R1A zoning to be respectful to the surrounding homes. The property shares a driveway with the house directly north so they would like to move the location of the new driveway and add a buffer strip. There will be 27 parking spaces and they would like to widen the shoulder of the road for a pickup and drop off spot. Only about five feet of the street should be affected. There was discussion about current on-street parking.

The sewer tanks will have to be moved and they may need a bigger tank and pump. The Village engineer calculated the REUs based on these plans to be 2.8 which will raise their quarterly sewer bill slightly. The church may have to pay tap in fees too.

Mulholland asked about the future possibility of using the building for a K-6 or K-12 school and was

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Sundays between masses. The building will not be open many hours per week.

There was discussion about the location of the building on the property and security measures. The first part of the building will be about 80 feet from the street.

Dingens said he will send a formal resubmission to AGS soon with revised plans. This has been a preliminary site plan review of sorts. The church would like to start the project as soon as possible. There are two houses that will need to come down before the building can begin. Father Bosco would like the building to begin as soon as possible after the demolition so that the parishioners can see progress being made.

A Public Hearing will be set for July 22nd at the Regular Council meeting.

Announcements / Correspondence

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

Guest Comments:

Joseph Bacigal commented on the 1% Street millage collected and no streets being resurfaced since 1983.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Robert Gentner, Village President Pro Tem

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

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