Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 04/11/17)


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, Philip Hruska, Scott Jones, and Cathy Mulholland.


Absent: Andy Flynn


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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.


Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.


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


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the March 14, 2017 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reported that Officer Smith is resigning. He gave his notice today. The Department will be advertising to fill the position. Chief Balsley showed a short video if Echo during a training exercise. Echo is almost ready for certification. Chief is working on getting the old car ready for sale. He would like to advertise it on Craig’s List.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to allow Chief Balsley to list the old police car for sale on Craig’s List for $1,200.00 or best offer.


Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, Jones, Mulholland, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Abstain: Hruska.

Absent: Flynn. Motion carried.


The Department got two car issues, with written complaints, resolved. One has been taken care of and the other asked for a one week extension. Jones asked about the rest of the vehicles around the Village. There was discussion about the definition of junk cars, the written complaint requirement, and other Ordinance violations.


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.



Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 28, 2017


9.6       SSESA

Mulholland gave the February run report. There were two ambulance calls in the Village for the month. For all of SSESA there were nine fire runs and 129 ambulance calls for the month. Year-to-date there have been 293 calls for all of SSESA. The old fire truck previously parked behind the fire station was donated to Seney and the old set of jaws was donated to another municipality.


9.7      Homecoming

  1. Dickerson reported that there was a Homecoming Committee meeting today and the donations coming in look to be enough to cover the fireworks. The Band Boosters want to do a bubble ball fundraiser on the old football field. The tractor pulls will be here and possibly the putt-putt golf. The elephant ear vendor and maybe the BBQ vendor will be at the field. There will be no parade or craft show and no other vendors or activities.


9.8       Budget

No Report.




10.1     State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Loan Information / Roads

Hruska reported that the award letter for the loan was received today. Now that the loan has been approved he would like approval for the total project costs of up to $144,000.00. This cost includes: $135,000.00 to rehabilitate South Street from the east Village limits to Morrice Road; $4,000.00 for striping Morrice Road and striping Britton Road west of Morrice Road; and $5,000.00 for the DPW to cut out and patch side street areas that are in the worst shape.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by H. Dickerson to approved the total 2017 Road Projects Costs of up to $144,000.00.



MOTION by Hruska, seconded by Mulholland to approve hiring Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors, Inc. for project management of the 2017 Road Projects.


Roll Call: Ayes: Hruska, Mulholland, Jones, P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Flynn.

Motion carried.


Hruska explained that Wolverine will get bids to establish the exact costs which will determine if we can do all of South Street or not. There wasn’t a firm bid because of the possible fluctuating cost of asphalt.


10.2     Master Plan

Tabled. The Planning Commission has had contact with Carlisle/Wortman and will be setting up a meeting soon. The process is moving forward.


10.3     Sewer Fees

Tabled. Gormley is waiting for information back from Nosek regarding several rates listed in the Sewer Ordinances and Resolutions.

10.4     Auditor Bids

Swett reiterated that at the last meeting the Board had narrowed the selection down to two possibilities – Gabridge & Company and Berthiaume & Company. When the Clerk called the references for similar engagements they all gave great reviews for both firms. Swett checked with the Michigan Department of Licensing and found no Enforcement Actions against either company. Swett recommended we go with Gabridge and Company who had the lowest bid and no scheduled increase for five contract years.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve hiring Gabridge & Company to perform the annual financial audit and Act 51 reporting for the next five years.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 28, 2017


Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, Hruska, Mulholland, Jones, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Flynn.

Motion carried.


10.5     Credit Card Machine

  1. Dickerson reported that the representative was here today and the paperwork is done. The process is moving forward and should be up and running soon.


10.6     Rothney Land Division Application

Johnson presented a Resolution to approve the lot split only. The proposed re-zoning is another separate application and process. A couple of typos were noted in the Resolution.


MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the Land Division Resolution as presented with the corrections as noted.


Roll Call: Ayes: Jones, Hruska, P. Dickerson, Mulholland, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: Flynn.

Motion carried.



No New Business


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 Mulholland to adjourn the meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.


Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.



Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice