Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 05/23/17)

Meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by President Harold Dickerson.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council Members Present: Harold Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson, Scott Jones, Cathy Mulholland,

Philip Hruska.

Absent: Andy Flynn.

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Move: 11.1 Park – up on agenda to Special Guests

Add: 11.1 Resolution – Police Department Patrol Vehicle

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

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

Motion carried.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by H. Dickerson to approve the April 25, 2017 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests: Kim Kollek-Jewell – Park

Kollek-Jewell explained that when the water was turned back on this spring there was an issue. Freezing water in the line caused the cylinder in the kitchenette to crack and there was water everywhere. She is asking for approximately $70.00 to replace it.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approved up to $80.00 to replace the faucet.

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

Absent: Flynn. Motion carried.

Jones questioned the building’s safety requirements. There was discussion about getting fire extinguishers and adding a ramp and railing to rear exit. There are lighted exits signs in place. Kollek-Jewell will check on costs for the ramp and railing. Hruska offered some building supplies.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

No Report.

9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

Hruska asked if the DPW are able to keep up with their workload now that they are without the part-time help. H. Dickerson reported that they seem to be OK.

9.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.

9.4 Sewer / Codes

Clerk reported that there was an issue with the UtilAbility software being able to handle both the late fee and the interest charges. The bills that just went out only had the 10% late fee attached. The software representative is hoping to have the interest charge calculation parameters ready for the next billing cycle.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2017

9.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.


No Report.

9.7 Homecoming

No Report.

9.8 Budget

No Report. Treasurer commented that we are two months into the new budget with no issues.


10.1 Master Plan

Tabled. Clerk will check with the Planning Commission to see if they have had any meetings with Carlisle/Wortman yet or if they have any dates confirmed for future meetings.

10.2 Rothney/Gutting – Re-Zoning Application

Gormley talked to Mr. Rothney’s attorney suggesting that they consider proposing a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance which, if approved by the Board, would allow trucking on the property by Special Use in a highway service district. It makes no sense to zone this parcel industrial, even though only industrial zoning allows trucking by right, as nothing else around it is zoned that way. It would be considered spot zoning. It makes more sense to zone it highway service because it is along the highway. A Special Use Permit could allow the trucking business. The Special Use permit could include any conditions desired.

Gormley suggested tabling for now and scheduling a meeting with the interested parties before the next Council meeting.

10.3 Road Millage

Clerk included some proposed ballot language in the packets for discussion. The deadline for getting the language to the County Clerk for the November election is August 1. If we send it early we will have time before the deadline to make revisions if needed. Gormley made some suggested amendments to the language. There was discussion about what amount of millage to ask for and how to get the word out regarding the need for the millage request. The DDA capturing part of the proposed millage was also discussed.

H. Dickerson explained that he recently attended a meeting regarding the City of Perry railroad crossing repair and the Shiawassee County Road Commissioner was there. He mentioned that in 2019 or 2020 the County plans to redo Britton Road and we could possibly piggyback with them if we have money set aside for our portion of the costs.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to adopt the ballot language with the proposed changes and submit it to the County Clerk as soon as possible.

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


11.1 Resolution – Relating to Use of Police Department Patrol Vehicle

TABLED. Chief Balsley and Gormley will review some requested changes.

Review Financial Report / Pay Bills

Mulholland had a couple of questions regarding the bills list. Clerk explained.

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

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2017

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

Announcements / Correspondence

H. Dickerson reported 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 7:10 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice