Tuesday, December 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 01/13/15)


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, Robert Gentner, Kim Kollek-Jewell, Christine Williams, Cathy Mulholland, and Tom Cameron.


Absent: None.


Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: Chris Johnson, Treasurer: Brian Swett, and

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.4 Roads


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 November 25, 2014 minutes.

All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: Canine Demonstration.

Move down to 11.3 Police – Canine Program




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley distributed the complaint response report for November.

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 meeting set for January 20th at 6:00 p.m.





Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2014




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

Tabled. Attorney is waiting for further information from the engineer.


10.2     Park Agreement

Tabled. No word since Perry Township gave it to their attorney for review.


10.3     Cost Comparison – Additional Police Officers

Tabled. Budget Committee will review at their meeting. 11.3 Police – Canine Program may impact this item.


10.4     315 N. Main

The December 15th deadline is fast approaching with no response from the owners. Chief Balsley will contact AGS on the 16th. He would like direction from the Board about how often to issue citations.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by H. Dickerson to issue one citation the first week, two citations the second week, three citations the third week, four citations the fourth week, up to five citations per week until the next Council meeting on January 13th.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by H. Dickerson to amend the above Motion to add: If the owners bring in an appropriate plan before the next meeting H. Dickerson can review it and suspend the issuing of further citations until the Board meets to review and approve the plan. All ayes. Motion carried.


10.5     Recycling Agreement

The Board approved the draft agreement at the last meeting with the stipulation that two changes, regarding the Open Meetings Act and the audit fee, which Gormley suggested were added. Both changes were incorporated into the agreement. A copy of the revised agreement is in Council packets for review.

  1. Dickerson will sign the agreement tomorrow and get it back to Perry Township.


10.6     Meal and More Alley

Chief Balsley talked to Fire Chief Hubbard and he has no issues with the alley abandonment.

Tabled. Gormley is working with Nosek and Andrus, obtaining legal descriptions and easement language.


10.7     Transfer Station Restoration

A bid of $1,712.00 was submitted by DeFrenn Windows & Siding for the removal and replacement of four windows and the entry door. Date for completion will be at least three weeks from when bid is approved and DeFrenn is notified.


MOTION by Cameron, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to accept this bid as presented including the required down payment of $1,000.00.


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


10.8     Park – Cement Clean-Up

Kollek-Jewell talked to P.F. Green again and the park is still on his schedule for when he has time and weather permits.




11.1     Trustee Note

Williams explained and apologized for the misunderstanding at the last meeting. She proposed to set deadlines for project completions and to require a progress report if they are not completed on time.


Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 9, 2014


11.2     Sewer Rates

The Clerk explained that according to Village Resolution the sewer rates for the coming year will be increased by the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) rate as published by the U.S. Department of Labor unless the Board votes not to raise them. The COLA effective for December 2014 is 1.7%. This will increase the quarterly rate from $95.80 per R.E.U. to $97.43 per R.E.U., an increase of $1.63 per R.E.U. per quarter. The rates will be effective with the February billing which is due March 1st for services of March 1 – May 31, 2015.


At the auditor’s suggestion the Board may consider a trash pick-up rate increase at the next meeting.


11.3     Police – Canine Program

Chief Balsley introduced Cheryl Carlson and Carol Field from Cher Car Kennels and Linda Ringle the Canine Handler for Lansing Schools. Balsley gave an explanation about why he is exploring this option and the many details yet to be considered. He touched on the dog available, possible funding from the school and the DDA, MML insurance and liability, different uses for the dog, donations available, training and policy requirements, budget funds available, and contact terms. Chief provided the Board with a breakdown of start up and maintenance costs for the program. There was much discussion and information exchanged.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Mulholland to approve Chief Balsley moving forward, in collaboration with Village Attorney Gormley, to further explore the process of getting the program started.


Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, Williams, Kollek-Jewell, Cameron, Mulholland, Gentner, H. Dickerson.

Nays: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.


There will be a short demonstration with the dog following this meeting.


11.4     Roads

Gentner explained that there are some potholes on Britton Road, South Street, and Main Street that should be filled, if possible, before the weather is too cold. DPW employee, Bob Tribley, responded that they are going to borrow Perry’s cold patch heater tomorrow to patch what they can. They put down 28 tons of cold patch this past summer.


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


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


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


Announcements / Correspondence

  1. Dickerson announced that mail and other correspondence is on the table for review. He read a notice of award from the SEDP for the I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation. It was recently awarded a Bronze Award for Regionalism and Cross Border Collaboration by the International Economic Development Council.


Guest Comments: None.


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


Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.



Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice