Tuesday, June 27, 2017

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 07/11/17)

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, Scott Jones, Cathy Mulholland, and

Philip Hruska.

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 Mulholland to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the June 13, 2017 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

No Report.

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.


Mulholland gave the May run report. In the Village there was one fire call and five ambulance runs for the month. The monthly total for all of SSESA was 14 fire calls and 139 ambulance runs. Year-to-date there have been 740 calls which is just a little over the number last year at this time.

9.7 Homecoming

H. Dickerson reported that the fireworks were a success and Mulholland said clean up also went well this year.

9.8 Budget

Swett reported that we are close to or under budget for all funds at this time. The Budget Committee discussed hiring a part-time DPW employee and purchasing a new line jetter for the DPW. They approved both items but have some questions about the timing and the cost for the CDL for the employee.

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10.1 Master Plan

TABLED. No news today but Johnson said they will have an update for the next meeting.

10.2 Rothney/Gutting – Re-Zoning Application

Notices have been published and mailed for the Public Hearing. The Hearing will take place at the joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the DDA on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Hall.

10.3 Road Millage – Ballot Language

Clerk explained that the County Clerk requested a Resolution to go along with the submitted proposed ballot language. On very short notice Johnson brought a draft but it will need some revision before approval. TABLED.

10.4 Roads – Bonds

There was some confusion over who is scheduling the meeting with the bond attorney. Johnson will talk to Gormley about setting a date for the meeting.

10.5 Part-Time Employee – DPW

H. Dickerson explained that there is one candidate for consideration. He had him talk with the DPW.

There was discussion about posting the position and the hiring process. Posting the position should include 24 hour work week, possible weekends, holidays, and nights, and on-call rotation. H. Dickerson had asked the Budget Committee to discuss the feasibility and bring a recommendation back to the Board. The Committee is recommending starting out at $9.50 per hour and after the first three months having an evaluation and possibly discussing a wage increase at that time. The Personnel Committee still has to interview this candidate and make a recommendation.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to have the Personnel Committee set up an interview and to run an ad for one week posting the position. All ayes. Motion carried.


11.1 New Line Jetter – DPW

The DPW has requested that the old line jetter be replaced with MV80 Jet Pro Cart from MyTana Mfg. Co., Inc. for a list price of $7,799.00. The Budget Committee recommended the purchase because the DPW needs the equipment. It will be a Motor Pool Fund expense and be rented by the sewer and streets. They suggested that the old one be listed on Craig’s List before just scrapping.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to purchase the jetter as presented up to a cost of


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

Chief Balsley suggested we check with MiDeal to see if a jetter is available through that process. He and/or the Clerk will check it out.

Announcements / Correspondence

H. Dickerson reported mail and other correspondence are also on the table for review.

Guest Comments:

Dick Semans spoke on behalf of MaryAnn Dutcher who lives at 204 Gale Street. Ms. Dutcher submitted a fence application for the south property line in her back yard. They have some questions about Section of the Zoning Ordinance. This section requires a two foot setback from the property line for all fences and a letter agreeing to fence placement from connecting property owners or a two foot setback from the property line for all fences and a licensed survey that clearing notes the property line and the fence

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June 27, 2017

placement. Ms. Dutcher does not have a survey or a neighbor’s letter of agreement. She would like to put the fence directly on the property line. They are concerned about the maintenance of the property that will be behind the fence due to the two foot setback. There was discussion. One possible solution is amending the Zoning Ordinance. This request would have to go before the Planning Commission who would make a recommendation to the Village Council. A Zoning Ordinance Amendment would require a Public Hearing and notification to all Village residents.

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

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