Tuesday, October 14, 2014

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 10/28/14)


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: Christine Williams, Kim Kollek-Jewell, Robert Gentner, Cathy Mulholland,

and Tom Cameron.


Absent: Harold Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson.


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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.3   Old Red Dump Truck


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Cameron to approve the agenda as amended. All ayes.

Motion carried.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Mulholland to approve the September 23, 2014 minutes.

All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley distributed the complaint response report for September. He reported that the Police Committee met with City of Perry representatives to discuss the Mutual Aid Agreement.


9.2       DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

No Report.


9.3       Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.


9.4       Sewer / Codes

No Report.


9.5       Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.


9.6       SSESA

No Report.


9.7      Homecoming

No Report.


9.8       Budget

No Report. Committee will set a meeting soon. Discussed the increase in road salt prices.




10.1     Construction Board of Appeals

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Need to make sure that Dick Bolek is going to serve on the Board. The President will need to appoint him

and have the Board approve the appointment to make it official. Table to next meeting.


10.2     Morrice-Perry Mutual Aid Agreement

Gormley explained that Perry and Morrice have had an emergency mutual aid agreement since 1997 and now they would like to extend that agreement to include non-emergencies also. They started talking some time ago about renewing and expanding the agreement. H. Dickerson, Gormley, and Chief Balsley met to discuss and resolve some issues. This agreement is about 85% the same as before it just changes the non-emergency portion and will require the officers be sworn in at each municipality. Perry Council would like to vote on it at their October 16th meeting. Perry Mayor Huguelet explained they are hoping this will provide better coverage without having to spend any more money. Mulholland commented that the ambulances have done it for years and it has always worked for them. Chief Balsley is totally for this agreement stating that it is a great opportunity for both communities and it can do nothing but benefit our communities. This will not be combining the Departments they will still be two separate entities. There is an option to opt out in 30 days if they find it not working as expected and the agreement can always be revised as needed.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to approve the Resolution supporting the Mutual Law Enforcement Agreement between the Village of Morrice and the City of Perry.


Roll Call: Ayes: Mulholland, Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, Williams, Gentner. Nays: None.

Absent: H. Dickerson, P. Dickerson. Motion carried.


10.3     Ordinance – Planning Commission / Master Plan / Future Land Use Plan

Gormley explained that he has prepared the Ordinance but it can’t be adopted just yet. Originally the boundaries for the DDA and the Village were the same but that changed when the 425 agreement was adopted in 2006. The DDA can only serve as the Planning Commission if the boundaries are the same. The DDA District will need to be amended and they have to start the process. The DDA will need to approve the amended boundaries and send the plan, by Resolution, to the Council. The Council will then hold a Public Hearing to approve the amended plan.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to recommend to the DDA that they amend the boundaries so the DDA district and the Village of Morrice boundaries are the same. All ayes. Motion carried.


10.4     Draft – Lagoon Property Lease

Gormley explained that the four year lease is up at the end of December. Mr. Richardson would like to renew the current agreement for another five years. This agreement will extend the current lease and authorize H. Dickerson to sign on behalf of the Village and contact Mr. Richardson.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to approve the Resolution approving extending the lease for another five years.


Roll Call: Ayes: Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, Mulholland, Williams, Gentner. Nays: None.

Absent: P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Motion carried.


10.5     Park Agreement

Referencing the proposal from the Township to jointly operate the park, Gormley read through his opinion of things he feels need attention. There were three issues and modifications – the number of representatives and how they are appointed, the entities are bound by the Open Meetings Act and FOIA and so must decide who will handle the records, and the Village cannot sell the property except by a vote of the people so rather than a sale use a lease agreement. Gormley suggested asking for a meeting with representatives from

both municipalities and their attorneys to sort out issues and come up with recommendations. The Board

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instructed the Clerk to send the opinion to Perry Township for review and to ask for a meeting.




11.1     Halloween Hours

Chief Balsley recommended the same hours as every year, October 31st from 6 – 8 p.m. There may not be donuts and cider in the Fire Hall this year as there are no volunteers.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Williams to approve the Halloween hours as recommended by the Chief of Police. All ayes. Motion carried.


11.2     Patrol Vehicle

Chief Balsley reported that he got an e-mail on October 2nd explaining that East Lansing is rotating out their 2011 Ford Crown Vics. They have 75,000 – 100,000 miles, are fully equipped, have been well maintained, and they are asking $5,500.00 – $6,500.00. They have eleven cars and three have been reserved already. Chief’s car has developed another engine problem and he is not sure it will last the six months that the grant process will take. The Department would only have to transfer the computer equipment, the modem, and the radar and Chief can do most of that himself. He can set up an appointment to go look at them. Balsley would like approval to purchase one if he finds one that will suit the Department’s purposes. There was discussion about buying a used car to replace a used car, paying a deposit to hold the vehicle, budget committee recommendations, and Board approval. Chief Balsley will set the appointment so that

  1. Dickerson can go too.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Cameron to authorize the Police Chief to spend up to $7,000.00 to purchase a used vehicle for the Police Department.


Roll Call: Ayes: Williams, Kollek-Jewell, Cameron, Mulholland, Gentner. Nays: None.

Absent: P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Motion carried.


11.3     Old Red Dump Truck

Chief Balsley explained that he has pictures and a description of the truck but needs an asking price to put it on Craig’s List. There was discussion.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Williams to approve Matt listing the truck on Craig’s List for $4,995.00 or best offer.


Roll Call: Ayes: Williams, Cameron, Mulholland, Kollek-Jewell, Gentner. Nays: None.

Absent: P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Motion carried.


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Williams to pay the bills as presented. (List attached).


Roll Call: Ayes: Cameron, Kollek-Jewell, Mulholland, Williams, Gentner. Nays: None.

Absent: P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Motion carried.


Announcements / Correspondence

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


Guest Comments:

Two residents of Walker Drive and a parent whose child attends day care on Walker addressed the Board with concerns about the buses not being allowed on the street. There was discussion about the condition of the road, traffic control weight restrictions, funding to maintain the road, school requirements, and safety concerns. It was discussed that school policy does not supersede Village Ordinance. So far there have only

been one or two days that the buses have not driven on Walker Drive.

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Will put the item on the agenda for the next meeting.


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


Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.




Robert Gentner, Village President Pro-tem

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice