Tuesday, October 28, 2014

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 11/11/14)


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Council Members Present: Harold Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson, Cathy Mulholland, Christine Williams, Tom Cameron, and Robert Gentner.


Absent: Kim Kollek-Jewell.


Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: John Gormley, and Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 10.7   Sewer Payment


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


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

Motion carried.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the October 14, 2014 minutes.

All ayes. Motion carried. (Minutes incorrectly listed as 10/28/14 on agenda.)


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

No. Report.


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

Mulholland gave the September run report. There was 1 fire run and 4 ambulance calls in the Village for the month. For all of SSESA there were 12 fire runs and 149 ambulance calls for September. All together there have been 1,290 calls year to date. Calls are up 235 from last year.


9.7      Homecoming

No Report.


9.8       Budget

Cameron reported that the Committee met last week and they are starting work on the new budget. Chief Balsley is working on his budget and the Committee will need numbers from all departments as soon as possible. There will be lots of changes for the next budget but everything is OK to date.



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10.1     Construction Board of Appeals

President Dickerson nominated Dick Bolek to sit on the Construction Board of Appeals.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Cameron to approve Dick Bolek for a seat on the Construction Board of Appeals. All ayes. Motion carried


10.2     DDA – Planning Commission / Master Plan / Future Land Use Plan

Beth Andrus, President of the Village DDA, asked for some clarification on the Planning Commission issue. The DDA has been unofficially been acting as the Planning Commission and has made some preliminary progress on the Master Plan. She passed out copies of the work so far. Gormley explained that the DDA District boundaries 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, by Ordinance, the amended plan.


Ms. Andrus asked if the Village has a firm asking price for the three vacant lots on Main Street. It was decided that a reasonable offer will be considered.


Ms. Andrus stated that Meal and More would like to abandon the alley on their property near the railroad. She asked what the procedure would be. Gormley explained that to start the process they would need to petition the Council. The Board has the authority to grant the request but not the obligation. It would have to be approved by Resolution or Ordinance and registered with the County Register of Deeds. Gormley suggested asking for comments from the Fire Chief and the Police Chief. As well as checking with the engineer for future municipal service needs.


10.3     Park Agreement

Clerk sent information to Perry Township. They will discuss and set a meeting with representatives from

both municipalities and their attorneys. Tabled.


Beth Andrus explained that the Christmas lights the DDA paid for a few years ago cannot be used on Main Street since Consumers won’t let the Village hang anything from the light poles anymore so they are going to be put up at the Park this year.


10.4     Patrol Vehicle

Chief Balsley and H. Dickerson went to look at the cars last Friday and while they were there they found one that hadn’t been listed. It has 67,000 miles on it and a dent in the trunk lid. They test drove it; it ran great and is in good shape so they offered $6,500.00. East Lansing will replace the trunk lid and the car will be ready to pick up on Thursday. It will cost about $300.00 to switch out the equipment and will still need Morrice stickers.


10.5     Part-time Officer

Chief Balsley reminded the Board that a while ago they approved advertising for a new part-time officer. He received a few applications and interviewed some. Balsley introduced Dave Foutch. He is retired from Durand after serving there for 16 years. He has been interviewed by the Personnel Committee. Chief Balsley recommended hiring Foutch to fill the part-time position at $10.00 per hour and also at this same time to raise the other part-time officers to $10.00 per hour. Balsley has already talked to Treasurer Swett and this funding is in the budget.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Cameron to hire Dave Foutch as a part-time officer at $10.00 per hour and to raise the other part-time officers to the same wage rate of $10.00 per hour.



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


Foutch will be sworn in after the meeting.


10.6     Walker Drive

  1. Dickerson explained that the situation to date has been to try to save the road and the just completed repairs. There are two places that need the yards cut back from the edge of the road to improve drainage. Those yards are higher than the road. It was decided that nothing different will be done for right now.


10.7     Sewer Payment

Gentner confirmed and reiterated that the last sewer bond payment has been made. The bonds were paid off six years early and by doing so the Board saved the Village thousands of dollars in interest payments.

He recommended a letter to residents explaining the payoff and the need to save for future expenses.




11.1     Cost Comparison – Additional Police Officers

Gentner explained that Chief Balsley put together some numbers, at his request, for additional Police coverage. The options are to increase a part-time officer to full-time or to increase the number of hours the part-time officers work per week. Gentner wanted to explore these options in an effort to help eliminate the frequent turnover of officers. It boils down to how much coverage the Board wants and how much they are willing to pay for that coverage. He asked that the Board consider the options tonight and that the Budget Committee consider it also and return with a recommendation. No action was taken at this time.


11.2     315 N. Main

Gormley explained that the owners received a letter from AGS instructing them to respond, within 15 days of receipt of letter, with a written plan to bring the building up to code. In response, the Village received a letter from the owners asking if the Village is interested in acquiring the property and requesting more time to consider their options but no written plan. AGS recommends that the Village acknowledge receipt of the letter and give them a deadline to demolish the building or bring it up to code.


MOTION by Williams, seconded by H. Dickerson to inform the owners of 315 N. Main that the Village is not interested in acquiring the property. All ayes. Motion carried.


MOTION by Cameron, seconded by Mulholland to send a letter giving the owners 30 days to demolish the building or submit a detailed plan, with a timeframe, of how they will bring the building up to code. The Council has the right to approve or reject the plan. All ayes. Motion carried.


AGS will send the letter is they receive details.


11.3     Repairs – Transfer Station


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Williams to approve spending money on materials, $1,016.91 as listed, to make repairs at the Transfer Station.


Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, Williams, Cameron, Mulholland, Gentner, H. Dickerson. Nays: None.

Absent: Kollek-Jewell. Motion carried.


11.4     Police Officer Position

Chief Balsley reviewed the Performance Appraisal for Officer Hruska. He stated that Hruska has done an exemplary job and recommended that Hruska be promoted to the Sergeant’s position made available when he moved to the Chief position. Chief Balsley also recommended that Hruska’s wages be raised to $12.50

per hour effective tomorrow, 10/29/14. Balsley has already discussed this move with Swett and the

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Personnel Committee.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to approved the promotion as presented by Chief Balsley.


Roll Call: Ayes: Gentner, Mulholland, Cameron, Williams, P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None.

Absent: Kollek-Jewell. Motion carried.


Hruska will be sworn into his new position following this meeting.


Announcements / Correspondence

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


Guest Comments:

Joe Bacigal commented on Walker Drive and public sidewalks.


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


Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.




Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice