Tuesday, February 9, 2016

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 02/23/16)


Meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by President Harold Dickerson.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


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


Absent: None.


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


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None


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


MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Mulholland to approve the January 26, 2016 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley presented the monthly Complaints Response Report. He explained that some of our officers are interviewing for other departments. The fuel pump on the Dodge had to be replaced recently. Gentner asked about the old police car. Balsley replied that the lights need to be removed and then it can be put up for sale. Echo is doing well.


  1. Dickerson mentioned that the Budget Committee talked about installing a scales at the Transfer Station and possibly raising rates.


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

Chief Guy Hubbard reported that the new engine is back in Freeland for some final work. It may be back in a couple of weeks. New Jaws of Life equipment will be on this truck. They may purchase a new ambulance soon. On behalf of the Shiawassee County 911 Board he explained the need for increased 911 funding and the vote on March 8th.

9.7      Homecoming

No Report. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m.



Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2016


9.8       Budget

No Report.




10.1     Meal and More Easement



10.2     Park – Tires



10.3     State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Loan Information

Tabled. Gentner commented that looking at the loan options presented, the Village would have to raise some pretty serious revenue per year to make payments on even the longest term loan. The Village may have to seriously consider a millage. He wondered what dollar amount 1 mill would raise and what the total cap on taxes for residents is. Need to start looking at roads this summer. H. Dickerson and the DPW will meet with the County to discuss road repair costs and options.


10.4     Resolution – K9 Contract





11.1     Employee Health Insurance Renewal

Tabled. The current plan is no longer renewable. Blue Cross Blue Shield has presented some options for a new plan. Need to make a decision before renewal date of May 1. Swett has budgeted for a rate increase in the new budget.


11.2     2016 – 2017 Budget – Draft Review

Treasurer Swett reviewed the budget draft for each Fund. The General Fund revenues are flat so the expenses will have to remain flat also. This proposed budget anticipates spending about $11,000.00 out of the contingency line. There is a proposed 3% wage increase for employees and a health insurance rate increase. The park is allocated the $10,000.00 they requested. The Police budget will remain about the same as last year. The insurance payment for the loss of the dog will carry over from this year’s budget to the next one.


The Motor Pool income and expenses will remain about the same. The chipper was a big expense this year and another one is not anticipated for next year.


In the Sewer Fund there will be no rate increase so the revenue will remain flat. The bond payments are completed so there won’t be that expense. There is some income to put toward future expenses. There was a lot of tank pumping this year that is not anticipated for next year. A 3% employee wage increase is proposed.


The Transfer Station revenue is up a little from receipts. A 3% employee wage increase is proposed.

$12,000.00 is transferred yearly to support the General Fund.


The Major Street Fund budget is mostly the same as the previous one. There is about $8,500.00 for professional paving services.


The Local Street Fund revenue comes from the State and the Major Street Fund. This budget remains about the same as the previous year. There is about $8,000.00 for professional paving services in this fund.


Municipal Street Fund budget revenue is from a 1 mill tax. This fund supports the General Fund.




Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2016


The Homecoming Festival Fund balance is very low and this budget anticipates spending all of the balance for fireworks and supplies for this year’s Festival. This will be the last year for the Festival unless there are

more funds coming in.


Swett will present the amended budget for this fiscal year at the next meeting. The Public Hearing for the new budget will also be at the next meeting. Overall, Swett said, the Village is not in bad shape financially. Most funds are holding steady and hopefully will be under budget next year.


11.3     Liquor License – Knights of Columbus

Chief Balsley explained that he received a Special Liquor License application from the Knights of Columbus for their annual Valentine’s dance. It will be at St. Mary’s on Saturday, February 13th from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. They will serve beer and wine only and will check ID to prevent under-age drinking.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve the permit as presented.


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

Absent: None. Motion carried.


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


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


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


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


Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.




Harold Dickerson, Village President

Phyllis Dickerson, Trustee

Author: Village of Morrice