Proposed Minutes





Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6:00 p.m.


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Council Members Present: Phyllis Dickerson, Harold Dickerson, Christine Williams, Robert Gentner,

Kim Kollek-Jewell, Cathy Mulholland, and Tom Cameron.


Absent: None.


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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.5   Transfer Station Restoration

11.6  General Questions and Answers


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


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

Motion carried.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to approve the November 11, 2014 minutes.

All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guest – Troy Parmalee – Recycling Agreement

Mr. Parmalee was unable to attend this meeting but forwarded a copy of the agreement draft for consideration.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley explained that there is a Michigan State Police program where forfeited weapons can be issued to police departments as duty weapons. He has received five weapons and so can issue every officer a Department weapon. They will need to be checked by a Glock Armorer and have range testing done before issuing. There is no cost to the Village and the guns are registered to the Department.


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 October run report. There were two ambulance calls in the Village in October. For all of SSESA there were six fire/MFR calls and 119 ambulance runs for the month. Year to date calls for the Village were four fire runs and 37 ambulance calls. Year to date for all of SSESA there were 136 fire/MFR calls and 1,279 ambulance calls. The Department is considering purchasing a thermal imagining camera to

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replace their outdated one. They are also amending the fee schedule because BCBS has adjusted the amount they will pay.


9.7      Homecoming

No Report.


9.8       Budget

No Report. Cameron stressed that Department Heads needs to get their budgets submitted to the Committee for consideration as soon as possible. They have set a tentative meeting date of January 20th.




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

Gormley explained that he is waiting for a revised map and property description from the engineer.


10.2     Park Agreement

No further response from Perry Township has been received.


10.3     Cost Comparison – Additional Police Officers

This item will be tabled until the Budget Committee has a chance to review the information and comment. May have to be considered for the next year’s budget.


10.4     315 N. Main

The owners were given a deadline of December 15th to submit an acceptable plan for bringing the building up to code compliance or demolition. No response has been received at this time.


10.5     Recycling Agreement

Gormley will review draft agreement and make recommendations later in meeting.


10.6     Meal and More Alley

Waiting on more information from Beth Andrus. Table.




11.1     December 23, 2014 Meeting

Generally the last meeting of December is canceled due to the holidays.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Cameron to cancel the December 23, 2014 Council meeting.

All ayes. Motion carried.


11.2     Christmas Bonuses

Council packets included a copy of last year’s bonuses and a list of current employees.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by H. Dickerson to give full-time employees $200.00 each and part-time employees $100.00 each.


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


11.3     DPW – Park Lights

Kollek-Jewell explained that the DDA has agreed to pay for the electricity to have the Christmas lights in the park this year as they cannot be put up on the Consumers poles anymore. The Park Committee needs help from the DPW to put them up. The Committee has approved to pay their wages from the Park budget. The Committee would like the lights up as soon as possible.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by H. Dickerson to allow the DPW to put Christmas lights up at the Park during their regularly scheduled work day.

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


11.4     Police – Taser

Chief Balsley explained that the taser they currently have will no longer be manufactured as they are moving to smart tasers. To send this taser in for repairs, for the second time, will cost $891.70. To outfit the Department with a new taser, holster, cartridges, and training will cost $1,556.80 or $1,810.79 with a four year extended warrantee. There is money in the Police budget to cover the expense.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve the taser purchase without the extended warrantee.


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


11.5     Transfer Station Restoration

Williams asked when the project will get started. H. Dickerson will check with the DPW. Bob Tribley will see about getting a bid to replace the windows and doors. Mulholland suggested perhaps checking with a few other carpenters, too. H. Dickerson will check with Dick Bolek and some other locals. The Village President can authorize up to $1,000.00 for labor but may have to parcel out project to stay within spending limit.


11.6     Questions and Answers

Williams asked for an explanation about why things don’t seem to get done when money has been authorized. For example, the park cement is not cleaned up yet. Kollek-Jewell responded that it was just authorized at the last meeting, two weeks ago. She contacted the contractor, P.F. Green, and the Park is on their schedule when they can get to it and the weather cooperates. Williams mentioned that the Transfer Station repairs haven’t been started yet. It was decided that items will be left on the agenda until the projects are completed and the Board is satisfied with the results.


10.5     Recycling Agreement – returning to item – taken out of order

Gormley would like to see the Open Meetings Act included in the language and an explanation that the audit will be at no cost to the Park Fund. Basically it is the same agreement as before but with additional funds provided by the City and the Township and more maintenance required from the Village.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Gentner to adopt the agreement as amended, including that the Transfer Station Operators will clean and salt the recycling steps, the DPW will plow snow and trim weeds and H. Dickerson will instruct and make sure they do it. All ayes. Motion carried.


Announcements / Correspondence

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


Guest Comments: None.


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


Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.





Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice