Tuesday, November 10, 2015

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 11/24/15)


Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Pro-Tem Robert Gentner.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


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


Absent: Harold Dickerson.


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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.4 911 Board

11.5 Special Liquor Licensing

11.6 Christmas Bonuses


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


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

Motion carried.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Mulholland approve the October 27, 2015 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley handed out the October Incident Response report. The numbers are pretty close to last year’s.


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. Swett commented that the Committee will set up a meeting for the first part of December. He is currently busy working on the Revenue Sharing requirements for the State. Mulholland volunteered to be on the Committee.





Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2015




10.1     Park Agreement / Survey

Clerk explained that after some discussion it is believed that the Township unofficially is assuming that not getting a response from the DNR does not bode favorably for our request. It appears that if the grant funding option is not available that the Township will most likely step away from the joint venture. Gormley suggested asking them to consider splitting the cost of an election to grant them joint title to the park property. Clerk will talk to Parmalee.


10.2     Meal and More Alley/Easement/Site Plan

Gormley inquired about the progress of the storm drain and the building itself. Since the storm drain installation is completed we need to get the legal description for the storm drain and catch basin easement from them. Clerk will contact them for information.


10.3     Park – Tires

Tabled. Still no information.


10.4     Parking Area

Tabled. Gentner clarified that this is the area by the library previously discussed. No further information.


10.5     Transfer Station – Personnel Procedures



10.6     State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Loan Information

Kollek-Jewell reported that she sent an e-mail over the weekend with the information discussed at the last meeting. She has not had a reply back yet.




11.1     CVTRS – Accountability & Transparency – Due December 1, 2015

This is the financial information required by the State in order to receive the full Revenue Sharing amounts. It has morphed from Statutory Revenue Sharing to EVIP and is currently called CVTRS. Swett explained that he is working on it and will have it ready to send in by the deadline if not before.


11.2     Sale of Vacant Lots – Ordinance

Gormley explained that the Village can only sell land by Ordinance. He explained the terms of the Listing Agreement and reviewed the Ordinance. The Village will list for public sale the three vacant lots on Main Street with Diane Roll of Coldwell Banker for $15,000.00. Once the Ordinance is approved and published the Listing Agreement can be signed and the properties can be continuous listed until they are sold.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to approve the Ordinance to Conduct a Public Sale of Real Property owned by the Village of Morrice.

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


11.3     December 22nd Meeting

Gentner explained that the Board usually cancels the last meeting in December due to the holidays. There must be a vote to cancel the December 22nd if they so choose.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Mulholland to cancel the December 22nd Regular Council Meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.


11.4     911 Board

Mulholland explained that Guy Hubbard, Fire Chief for SSESA, asked her to join the 911 Board to represent all of the villages in the County.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2015


MOTION by Gentner, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to appoint Mulholland to represent the Village of Morrice on the 911 Board. All ayes. Motion carried.


11.5     Special Liquor Licensing

Chief Balsley explained that typically these applications are approved by the Board before granting permission but that is not a requirement. This time the applicant did not allow enough time for it to come before the Board for approval. They need to have their approved application in to the State so many days before the event. He discussed it with H. Dickerson and approved a special license for this Saturday. It is for the Field of Dreams’ Sip & Shop fundraiser that will be held at St. Mary’s. They also presented a request for approval for their indoor cornhole tournament that will be held January 30th, also at St. Mary’s.


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the Field of Dreams’ Special Liquor License request as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.


11.6     Christmas Bonuses

Gentner explained that last year the five full-time employees received bonuses of $200.00 each and the eight part-time employees received $100.00 each. This year he asked the Board to consider bonuses of $225.00 to each of the full-time employees and $125.00 to each of the part-time employees. A list of current employees was provided. P. Dickerson asked Swett if the dollar amount is OK and he replied that it is. P. Dickerson’s name will be removed from the list at this time so that she can be part of the vote, otherwise there could not be a majority as she would abstain from voting. Her bonus will be considered at the next meeting.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to approve Christmas bonuses of $225.00 to each of the five full-time employees and $125.00 to each of the seven part-time employees – as listed minus

  1. Dickerson.


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

Motion carried.


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


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


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


Announcements / Correspondence

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


Guest Comments:

Dan Mullin reminded the Board that he was here two meetings ago inquiring about the possibility of a sale of part of the lagoon property. He received the letter letting him know that the property is not for sale. He would like to ask about a long term lease – 30 years – of the barn on the lagoon property. He brought a draft agreement. He would renovate the barn for long term storage. Gentner asked that he give the Board time to discuss the issue among themselves and with the attorney. The Board will come to a decision by the next Board meeting.


Chief Balsley asked about the Main Street parking at St. Mary’s building project. It looks like nothing is being done about that area. Parking on both sides of Main Street was one of the conditions to be met when the Special Use Permit was granted. Clerk mentioned that St. Mary’s had called AGS to come for a final inspection last week and AGS left a memo that says they cannot complete inspection until the parking lot is completed with accessibility and signage. Gormley suggested that Clerk let AGS know about the Main Street parking requirements before they grant final approval. AGS has said that final approval with final site work approval must be granted by the Council. Clerk will advise AGS.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2015


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


Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.




Robert Gentner, Village President Pro-Tem

Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice