Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 02/24/15)


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


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


Absent: None.


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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


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


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the January 27, 2015 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley explained that the Department has issued a couple of citations for sidewalks not cleared of snow and ice. They were quite lenient time wise and most residents got their walks done without incident. Just recently there has been an problem with diesel fuel theft. Canine training is going well.


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. Next meeting will be February 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Village Hall.


9.8       Budget

No Report. Will discuss at New Business 11.1





Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2015




10.1     DDA – Planning Commission

Tabled until after Public Hearing.


10.2     Park Agreement

Troy Parmalee explained that Francis Griffith recently went to a grant class and found questions about eligibility for leased property. The person that helped the Township with their Rec. Plan thought that it should still be eligible. The DNR said that it may work depending on the wording in the agreement. Parmalee stated that we need to find a definite answer to this question. He suggested working on the language of the proposed agreement and submitting it to the DNR for review and comment before moving further forward. All future negotiations depend on their answer.


10.3     315 N. Main

  1. Dickerson reported that we have a signed contract with more than ½ of the costs prepaid. They will have to wait until the snow is gone to begin demolition.


10.4     Meal and More Alley

Gormley explained that he, Nosek, and H. Dickerson met with several people from Meal and More to discuss options for the drain in question. They came to an agreement, to move the drain and grant an easement, which will resolve the issue. The Public Hearing needs to proceed as planned. If there are no objections to the abandonment then the documents will be recorded to grant the abandonment and the easement. If there are any objections the Board will have to vote one more time.


10.5     Transfer Station Restoration

  1. Dickerson informed the Board that the windows and door have been installed.


10.6     Park – Plumbing

Kollek-Jewell explained that they are still waiting to hear back from Perry Plumbing for a start date.




11.1     Proposed Budget 2015 – 2016 – Drafts

  1. Dickerson explained the reasoning for the last page regarding employee raises. Gentner had a question about the proposed wording and wondered if just raising the on-call rate is enough or if hiring part-time help should be considered. Hiring part-time help and/or raising the call-in and on-call rates were discussed. H. Dickerson will check with DPW to see which would be more beneficial. The Personnel Committee will look into hiring a part-timer.


Treasurer Swett explained that most of the Funds revenue and expenses will be basically the same as last year with a couple of exceptions. The Canine Program expenses and donations will be added to the Police portion of the General Fund budget. In the Sewer Fund the bonds are paid off. The Ford F350 pick-up expenses will be added to the Motor Pool Budget. There was discussion about raising the monthly trash pick-up fees to meet the pick-up expense paid out of the Transfer Station Fund. Kollek-Jewell asked why the park was only budgeted $3,928.00 when the Committee had presented a $10,000.00 proposed budget. She explained that it costs about $5,000.00 per year just to maintain the park with nothing left over for anything else. Swett will check into it. The Budget Committee will meet again before the next Board meeting. Balsley asked that rather than increase the police part-time wages, over the 3% cost of living increase, the Board think about increasing their hours. Adding 4, 6, or 8 more hours of coverage would be incentive for the officers and add to Village coverage. Gentner suggested adding six hours per week. Balsley and Swett will meet to go over the figures. No action will be taken at this time as the Public Hearing for the Budget is scheduled for the next meeting on February 24th.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2015


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


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


Roll Call: Ayes: Kollek-Jewell, Williams, P. Dickerson, Mulholland, 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 commented on the Open Meetings Act.


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


Meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.


Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk




Author: Village of Morrice