Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 04/25/17)

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, Cathy Mulholland, Philip Hruska.

Absent: Scott Jones, Andy Flynn.

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

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

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the March 28, 2017 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley presented the Complaints Response Report for March. The numbers are up from previous years partly because of cooperation with other Departments.

Regarding 210 South Street. Chief posted a 10 day notice on the door and forwarded a copy of the notice and his report to the repossession servicers. They responded back that they will have the property manager begin work on clean up. If they don’t follow through the Village Ordinance allows for the DPW to perform the clean up and add the costs to the property taxes.

Echo received his long track certification today. Short track and narcotics certifications are coming up soon and then he will be completely certified.

Balsley reported that Perry and several local areas are in the process of hiring officers. The Department will be competing to hire to fill our part-time position.

The old black police car is ready to be sold. Chief just needs to get pictures and post it on Craig’s List. He will then park it at the Transfer Station with a for sale sign. He should be able to have this done within a week.

9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

H. Dickerson reported that the part-time DPW employee, John Carter, resigned last week. Hruska asked about hiring someone to fill his position. H. Dickerson relied that the DPW guys would like to but it is hard to find someone. Will just go back to the way it was before hiring Carter. Gormley suggested checking with the part-time DPW employees at Bancroft and Byron to see if they would be interested in picking up some hours for the Village.

H. Dickerson said Kollek-Jewell could not be at this meeting but asked that the Council be advised that the Recycling Committee is still having issues with the continual mess being left at the site. They will have a meeting soon to consider their options.

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9.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.

9.4 Sewer / Codes

No Report.

9.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.


No Report.

9.7 Homecoming

No Report.

9.8 Budget

No Report.


10.1 State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Loan Information / Roads

Gormley explained that he has reached out to the SIB office trying to understand how this loan meets municipal loan guidelines. The Municipal Finance Act basically says that a government entity cannot borrow money but can only sell bonds. He will be conferring with the Village’s Bond Council for an opinion. SIB attorneys are working with Treasury attorneys to make sure SIB forms conform to language in the Municipal Finance Act. Gormley is not comfortable moving forward with the loan process at this time.

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

Gormley presented an Ordinance and a Resolution for consideration. The Ordinance will amend the Sewer Ordinance of 1985 which spells out various fees. This amendment will allow setting fees by Resolution going forward.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to adopt the Ordinance as presented.

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

The Resolution sets updated rates. During discussion it was discovered that the 10% late fee and the 6% per annum interest rate is not included in the Ordinance or the Resolution.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by Mulholland to RESCIEND the motion to adopt the Ordinance as presented. All Ayes. Motion carried.

Gormley will bring a revised Ordinance and a revised Resolution to the next meeting.


11.1 Renew Tax Collection Agreement with Perry Township

Clerk explained that the Tax Collection Agreement with Perry Township is up for renewal. It is the same agreement that has been in place since 2007 and would extend the agreement for another five years.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve renewal of the Tax Collection Agreement with Perry Township.

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Regular Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2017

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

Motion carried.

11.2 MDOT – Title VI Plan & Certification of Title VI & EEO Assurances

Clerk explained that in order to receive funds from MDOT the Village needs to have this plan in place and filed with them. Not sure if we need to go forward if there is some question about the loan. Gormley suggested waiting until we get an answer from the Bond Council.

11.3 Rothney/Gutting – Re-Zoning Application

Gormley has talked to Mr. Rothney’s attorney explaining that it makes no sense to zone this parcel industrial as nothing else around it is zoned that way. This would be spot zoning. It makes more sense to zone it highway business/service which is the only district that would allow a trucking business. Gormley suggested that Rothney propose a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance which, if approved by the Board, would allow trucking there in a highway business/service district by Special Use. As part of the Special Use permit the Board can include any desired limitations. Gormley is waiting to hear back from Mr. Rothney’s attorney.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to TABLE. All ayes. Motion carried.

Review Financial Report / Pay Bills

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Hruska to pay the bills as presented. (List attached).

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

Announcements / Correspondence

H. Dickerson reported that Sid Grinnell attended the last I-69 Corridor meeting and the agenda and minutes from that meeting are here available for review. Mail and other correspondence are also on the table for review.

Guest Comments: None

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice