Tuesday, January 27, 2015

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 02/10/15)


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


President Dickerson asked everyone to remain standing for a moment of silence in honor of Councilman Tom Cameron who passed away January 18th.


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


Absent: None.


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


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Williams to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the January 13, 2015 minutes.

All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

  1. Dickerson announced that Chief Balsley picked up the dog, Reggie, last Tuesday. Balsley explained that they have been doing variations of training and Reggie is doing well and is on schedule.


The Department is trying to have people keep sidewalks clear of snow. Some residents are complaining about the notices and warnings but most are complying. For the few that are not clearing their walks citations will be issued tomorrow.

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 December run report. There were nine calls in the Village for the month and 190 calls for all of SSESA. The year-to-date calls were 1729 for all of SSESA. That is 242 more call than last year at this time.




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9.7      Homecoming

  1. Dickerson said there was a meeting today and the next one will be on February 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Village Hall.


9.8       Budget

  1. Dickerson reported that there was a Committee meeting held on January 20th. The next meeting is scheduled for February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Swett relayed that the budget drafts will be ready for review at the February 10th meeting.




10.1     St. Mary’s Faith Formation Center – Easements

Gormley explained that Fr. Bosco and President Dickerson just signed the grant of easement for the three easements necessary to move forward with the completion of the site plan requirements for the project. The easements are for maintenance of the storm water and sanitary sewer lines and ingress and egress for Lot 4, the property north of the project that shares a driveway with the church property. The easements have been approved by the Village engineer and the project architect.


10.2     DDA Boundary Change – Resolution

Gormley explained that what is before the Board is a Resolution of intent to amend Ordinance No. 99-6 which established the DDA. There are two districts in the DDA – the Downtown District and the Development District. This will not change the DDA but will change the Downtown District to the same as the Village boundaries. Once the boundaries are the same then the DDA Committee can serve as the Village Planning Commission. A Public Hearing must be held and notice posted in 20 conspicuous places in the Downtown District. The Hearing date will be February 24th.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by H. Dickerson to adopt the Resolution of Intent to modify Ordinance No. 99-6 establishing a Downtown Development Authority pursuant to Act 197, Public Acts of Michigan, 1975, as presented.


Roll Call: Ayes: Kollek-Jewell, Williams, Mulholland, P. Dickerson, Gentner, H. Dickerson. Nays: none.

Absent: None. Motion carried.


10.3     DDA – Planning Commission

Table until after Public Hearing.


10.4     Park Agreement

Mulholland and Sandy Michalek, another Park Committee member, reported that there was discussion at their meeting but some questions remain regarding the millage request and the lease option. Parmalee reiterated the discussion from the last Village Council meeting. If it is decided to put a millage request on the ballot the Township Board would be the entity to do that. He said he felt that the Township Board may be amenable to $5,000.00 a year rather than the $10,000.00 originally requested but he cannot speak for the other Board members. It was decided that the basic structure for a mutual agreement has been drafted but some more clarification is needed. Michalek and Kollek-Jewell will go to the next Perry Township Board meeting for further discussion.


10.5     Cost Comparison – Additional Police Officers

Item is no longer relevant and will be removed from the agenda without action.


10.6     315 N. Main

  1. Dickerson reported that the DPW got a Miss Dig notice to mark for a gas disconnection. Things appear to be moving forward.


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January 27, 2015


10.7     Meal and More Alley – Resolution

Gormley explained that in order to abandon an alley the Board must pass a Resolution declaring the intent to vacate the ally and then hold a Public Hearing. Meal and More has requested that the back half of the dead end alley, from the beginning of Lot 16 back, be vacated. The alley will remain open behind the fire hall and the house in the front half of Lot 16. If no objection is heard at the Public Hearing this Resolution will be recorded and the alley will be vacated. If an objection is heard at the Hearing the alley cannot be vacated without a new Ordinance and a majority vote of the Council. Clerk will publish and send notices for the Hearing to be held on February 24th.


There are two other issues that need to be resolved. The Village requires documentation from Consumers Energy as to whether or not an existing overhead wire services only Meal and More. If it provides service to others there will need to be an easement. A storm water easement is needed for a drain that exists where the proposed building will sit. The catch basin is partially in the alley and partially on Meal and More property and they have concern about required space. Troy Parmalee presented language to possibly replace C2 and Resolve 4 in the proposed Resolution. This language proposes that the drain be made private. This language could be recorded with the Register of Deeds for future reference. Gormley explained that the Village engineer advises against making the drain private and not having the easement. There was discussion about running the drain easement south rather than east and other possible options. Gormley will contact Nosek for further discussion.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the Resolution of Intent to Vacate Part of a Dead End Alley, as presented.


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

Absent: None. Motion carried.


10.8     Transfer Station Restoration

  1. Dickerson reported that plans are still going forward. There is no specific date for installation yet.


10.9     Police K9 Program – Policies and Procedures.

Gormley presented two Resolutions. The Resolution To Adopt Policy And Procedures For Use Of Department Canines and the Resolution To Approve Canine Training Contract. Chief Balsley explained that he took most of the policies and procedures from the MML website and then sent them to Gormley for review. Gormley tweaked them a little for Village specific clarification. These are the regulations for every aspect of the K9 Program. Gormley explained some of the specific details.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to adopt the Resolutions as presented.


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




11.1     Year Book Ad

  1. Dickerson explained the ad sizes and costs and that the Village has previously purchased a half page size ad. The cost this year will be $135.00.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by H. Dickerson to buy a half page ad in the Morrice School Year Book.


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

Absent: None. Motion carried.


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January 27, 2015


11.2     Park – Plumbing Bid


Kollek-Jewell explained that there was an error in the bid that was part of Council Packets. She handed out the revised bid of $2,300.00 from Perry Plumbing. This bid will include jack hammering out the concrete floor, running the water lines, all the hook-up materials, and the trap wrap and mixing valve. The fixtures have already been purchased and are waiting for installation. Scheduling is two to three weeks out.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to accept the $2,300.00 bid from Perry Plumbing.

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


Announcements / Correspondence

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


Guest Comments:

Joe Bacigal stated his opinion of the Village sidewalk snow removal Ordinance.


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


Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.



Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice