Tuesday, September 26, 2017

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 10/10/17)

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council Members Present: Philip Hruska, Harold Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson, Scott Jones,

Cathy Mulholland, and Andy Flynn.

Absent: None.

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.1 Patrol Vehicle

Add: Special Guest – Caroline Wilson – County Clerk

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

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

Motion carried.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Flynn to approve the September 12, 2017 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests:

Caroline Wilson – County Clerk

Ms. Wilson introduced herself to the Board and handed out new County directories and a few Michigan maps. She talked about the new election equipment and the reasoning behind the reduction in office hours for the Vital Records office.

Joe Verlin – Gabridge & Company – Audit Report for Year Ending 02/28/17

Mr. Verlin introduced himself to the Board. He is the principal in charge of auditing at Gabridge & Company. This is their first year auditing the Village financial records. He reported that The Village received an unmodified audit opinion which is a “clean” audit and the highest level of opinion rendered. That opinion was based on being able to verify and confirm the numbers within the financial statements. He explained various points throughout the audit report and stated that the Village was in a very stable financial position as of the end of the fiscal year ending February 28, 2017.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to accept the Financial Report as presented.

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reported that he has not received any more applications. He and Sgt. Hruska are still covering the needed hours.

Today Echo was certified as an official K-9 patrol officer. He is certified in all areas: article searches, area searches, tracking, narcotics, aggression control, and obedience.

School is going well.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2017

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 reported that no run report was included in the packet this month as the person who records them is away helping in the hurricane damaged areas. SSESA held a budget hearing and approved the Budget for 2018. They are in good financial shape.

9.7 Homecoming

No Report.

9.8 Budget

Swett reported that the Budget Committee met last week and went over most of the Funds. We are pretty close to budget in all the accounts. There were some adjustments to make in the pre-paid insurance entries.


10.1 Master Plan

The meeting with Carlisle-Wortman and the Planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.

10.2 Roads – Bonds – Informational Meeting

Johnson presented three amortization tables he received from Ian for bonds from Chemical Bank. The Board wants to check on early pay-off possibilities. There is still uncertainty about borrowing from the Sewer Fund. Swett cautioned about tying up Sewer Fund funds for too long. Ian requested approval to allow him to move forward in conversation with Chemical Bank about investing Sewer Fund monies.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by H. Dickerson to allow Ian Koffler to contact Chemical Bank about investment opportunities for the Sewer Fund money.

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.


11.1 Patrol Vehicle

Chief Balsley explained that his vehicle left him stranded last week. He has been waiting on a replacement part for over a month. They bought the car used three years ago, it has 96,000 miles on it, and they are starting to have to pay for repairs frequently. He would like the Board to consider replacing the car. The base price for a new Ford Explorer is $27,280.00 out the door. There will be additional costs for transferring old equipment and replacing some that won’t transfer and graphics. Looking at about $35,000.00 total for a new patrol vehicle. Sgt. Hruska is looking into grants through the USDA for possibly 10% to 15% of the total cost. The Board discussed possibly selling the Hummer and the Ford once it is back up and running. The funding will come from the Police Budget.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, second by P. Dickerson to approve Chief Balsley looking into selling the Hummer and getting information on new car financing options.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 26, 2017

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

There was further discussion about getting the Ford repaired and getting the required parts. Mulholland suggested using the Hummer until the car is repaired.

Announcements / Correspondence

H. Dickerson reported that mail and other correspondence are 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 7:12 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice