Tuesday, March 10, 2015

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 03/24/15)


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Council Members Present: Harold Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson, Christine Williams, Kim Kollek-Jewell, Cathy Mulholland, 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: Add: 11.5 New Part-time Police Officer


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


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

Motion carried.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Mulholland to approve the February 24, 2015 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick – Habitat for Humanity

Mr. Frederick gave an update on the organization stating that Saginaw and Shiawassee Counties have joined together. There is still some new construction going on but they are moving more toward helping homeowners maintain their homes. There is a Critical Home Repair Program, the “A Touch of Kindness” Program that helps with exterior repairs, and a program helping seniors in rural areas. They are looking for applicants, volunteers, skilled tradesmen, and contractors. Habitat for Humanity will be at the Home Garden Business Expo this weekend. Mr. Frederick left some applications.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley presented the monthly complaints response report. The number of responses is about the same as last year. Balsley explained that he has received a letter of resignation from Officer Bailey. He will be done at the end of this month. Reggie is coming along well and is still on schedule for certification. They are considering doing a demonstration at the Homecoming Festival.


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.


Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2015


9.7      Homecoming

No Report. Next meeting will be March 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Village Hall.


9.8       Budget

No Report.




10.1     Park Agreement

Troy Parmalee sent proposed lease language for Gormley to look over. If Gormley approves the language Parmalee will send it to the DNR for their review and comments. Hopefully the lease language will work for the grant application process. Gormley will bring recommendation to the next meeting.


10.2     315 N. Main

  1. Dickerson reported that they are just waiting for a break in the weather.


10.3     Meal and More Alley

The process is still moving forward. Gormley explained that the Ordinance can be recorded now and an affidavit filed after all the requirements are completed


10.4     Park – Plumbing

Kollek-Jewell reported that hopefully Perry Plumbing will be able to get started the week of the 23rd.




11.1     Employee Wage Increases

Williams explained that the Personnel Committee met and discussed employee wages. P. Dickerson reminded the Board that even though the Budget was approved with notations and discussion regarding wage increases and the increases were included in the Budget the increases themselves were not specifically voted on. That is what they would like to propose at this time.


MOTION by P. Dickerson, seconded by H. Dickerson to give all employees a 3% wage increase effective March 1, 2015. The Clerk will receive the 3% wage increase as well as an additional increase of $1.15 per hour effective for fiscal year 2015-2016.


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


MOTION by Phyllis, seconded by Mulholland to raise the DPW on-call rate from $17.00 per day to $34.00 per day effective March 1, 2015.


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


11.2     DPW – Part Time Employee

  1. Dickerson reported that the Personnel Committee also discussed hiring a part-time DPW employee. John Carter, who worked with the DPW when they cleared and chipped brush from last year’s ice storm, is interested in the position. The Committee suggested hiring him for twenty-four hours per week at $9.00 per hour. He will start training on the sewer system and work into other departments as needed.


MOTION by P. Dickerson, seconded by H. Dickerson to hire John Carter as a part-time DPW employee at $9.00 per hour for up to 24 hours per week.


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

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2015


11.3     Police Department – Additional Hours

  1. Dickerson explained that this was discussed earlier but not voted on. Chief Balsley provided financial information for four and six additional hours per week. A six hour increase has been implemented into the Police portion of the Budget. He is looking for more weekend hours and would like to increase hours rather than give wage raises. This would benefit the Village with more coverage and give more of an incentive to work here.


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by H. Dickerson to begin with adding four hours per week at an approximate annual cost increase of $2,400.00.


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


11.4     Park – Additional Donations Received Over Budgeted Amount

Kollek-Jewell explained that when approving the Budget it was decided that the Board needed to look further into what to do about park donations. The clerk spoke with the auditor who advised that all income must be recorded as income and all expenses recorded as expenses. The donations cannot be posted to reduce the cost of expenses. Gormley suggested making an amendment to increase the park budget by the amount of the donation when donations are received.


11.5     New Part-Time Police Officer

Chief Balsley reiterated that he has received one resignation and so needs to fill that position. There is another part-timer that is basically missing in action – he has not reported for scheduled shifts nor called to explain why – so that position may need to be filled too. He has run an ad in the newspaper and received one possible applicant. He would like to set up interviews to fill the two positions.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to grant Chief Balsley permission to bring in applicants for interviews to fill the two part-time positions. The Personnel Committee will be part of the interview process and will bring their recommendations to the Board for consideration. All ayes. Motion carried.


There was discussion about hiring one full time officer rather than two part-timers.


The Board discussed filling the vacant Council seat.


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


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


Roll Call: Ayes: Mulholland, Williams, Gentner, P. Dickerson, 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.


Guest Comments:

Mayor Ben Frederick applauded the cooperative work being done with the Perry/Morrice Public Safety.

He commended their leadership and perseverance.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Kollek-Jewell 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