February 23, 2016 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

VILLAGE OF MORRICE
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
MORRICE VILLAGE HALL

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
6:00 p.m.
(Approved 03/08/16)

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

Absent: None.

Also Present: 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 P. Dickerson to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

MOTION by Kollek-Jewell, seconded by Mulholland to approve the February 9, 2016 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.

9.    PUBLIC HEARING

9.1    Property Tax Millage to Support Budget

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to open the Public Hearing for the Property     Tax Millage to Support the Budget. All ayes. Motion carried.

The current millage is 11.1622 for General Operating and 1.00 mill for Municipal Streets.     There is no proposed change for this fiscal year.

President Dickerson called for public comments. There were none.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to close the Public Hearing for the Property     Tax Millage to Support the Budget. All ayes. Motion carried.

Public Hearing closed.

9.2    2016 – 2017 Proposed Budget

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to open the Public Hearing for the Proposed     2016 – 2017 Budget. All ayes. Motion carried.

Treasurer Swett explained that there are very few changes to the Budget as presented with the     exception of an adjustment to the K-9 program to allow for the insurance payment from MML.

President Dickerson called for public comments. There were none.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to close the Public Hearing for the Proposed     2016 – 2017 Budget. All ayes. Motion carried.

Public Hearing closed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

10.1    Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement
No Report.
Village Of Morrice
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 23, 2016

10.2    DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park
No Report.

10.3    Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site
No Report.

10.4    Sewer / Codes
No Report.

10.5    Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA
No Report.

10.6    SSESA
Mulholland gave the run report for January. There were two fire calls and three ambulance runs in the Village for the month. For all of SSESA there were 18 fire calls and 141 ambulance runs. They are talking about buying a new ambulance in the near future.

10.7      Homecoming
H. Dickerson reported that there was a meeting today and things seem to be going well. The next meeting date has not been set yet.

10.8    Budget
No Report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

11.1    Meal and More Easement
Tabled. Gormley sent proposed easement language to Meal and More for discussion and approval and is waiting to hear back from them.

11.2    Park – Tires
Tabled.

11.3     State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Loan Information
The smallest loan payment is approximately $68,000.00 annually for 25 years. A new road has a life expectancy of about 20 years. Britton and Morrice Roads need to be completely torn out and rebuilt. Britton is in the worst shape. Look into possibility of Morrice Road being ground up, patched, and then chip sealed. Look into what it would cost to turn it back to gravel and costs to patch all or parts of it. Possibly pay the engineer to determine repair costs and to look for grants available. Possibly get proposals from P.E.A., Wolverine, and Rowe Engineering for the cost for the road project of rebuilding Britton Road from the four corners east to Village limits. Clerk will get last year’s cold patching numbers for next meeting.

11.4    Resolution – K9 Contract
Gormley presented the Canine Training Contract between Cheryl A. Carlson, d/b/a Cher Car Kennels and the Village for the training of Echo and the Resolution to Approve Canine Purchase and Training Contract for Echo.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to approve the contract and adopt the Resolution as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

11.5    Employee Health Insurance Renewal
Swett explained that he has not gotten any further information since the last meeting. Options to stay within State guidelines are to renew the middle of the road BCBS H.S.A. plan closest to what we have now but
with a higher deductible or to have employees get their own insurance and reimburse them somehow.

Village Of Morrice
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 23, 2016

MOTION by Gentner, seconded by H. Dickerson to renew with BCBS for one more year.

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

NEW BUSINESS

12.1    2015 – 2016 Budget Amendments
Swett explained the “Revised Budget” report presented. Adjustments have been made to cover actual expenses for the year plus a little cushion for auditor accruals.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to approved the 2015 – 2016 Budget Amendments as presented.

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

12.2    Set Property Tax Millage Rate for 2016 – 2017

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Kollek-Jewell to set the property tax millage the same as this year, 11.1622 mills for General Operating and 1.00 mill for Municipal Streets.

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

12.3    Adopt 2016 – 2017 Budget

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to adopt the 2016 – 2017 Budget as presented.

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

Announcements / Correspondence
H. Dickerson announced that mail and other correspondence is on the table for review.

Guest Comments:
Andy Flynn had some questions regarding income for the budget. Swett explained them to him.

Mulholland asked Mr. Flynn if he would be interested in filling one of the vacant Council seats. He replied that he could do it on a part-time basis.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by H. Dickerson to nominate Andy Flynn to fill a vacant seat on the Council Board.

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

Clerk will swear in Mr. Flynn after the meeting adjourns.

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President
Karen McGuire, Village Clerk

Village of Morrice

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