Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 05/08/18)


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Council Members Present: Cathy Mulholland, Harold Dickerson, Phyllis Dickerson, and Philip Hruska.


Absent: Andy Flynn, Scott Jones.


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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.


Additions / Deletions to Agenda:  Add:  11.1  Approval for Tree Lights

Add:  11.2  Park Rental Rates


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 Hruska, seconded by Mulholland to approve the April 10, 2018 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.


Special Guests: None.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reported that the old vehicle has been detailed and it looks great. He will put the back seat back in and then find a reasonable price to ask when it is put up for sale.


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.


9.6       SSESA

Mulholland gave the run report for March. There were 2 fire runs and 9 ambulance calls in the Village for March. All of SSESA had 14 fire runs and 164 ambulance calls for the month. Year-to-date there has been 477 total calls for all of SSESA.  The Building Committee is still checking out surrounding buildings to decide if a new building or reconstruction of the current building is more feasible.


9.7       Homecoming

No Report.


9.8       Budget

No Report.



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April 24, 2018




10.1     Master Plan

Johnson explained that after the meeting with Carlisle-Wortman the sub-committee requested that revisions to the draft be made before presenting it to the full Planning Commission for approval. All of the revisions have not been completed so the Committee is on hold until the changes are complete. Clerk explained that the Planning Commission is very unhappy with the way the whole Master Plan process has progressed. They feel it is taking too long and they are requesting the same revisions over and over. The approved costs have been paid and the Plan is not completed.  Review agreement.


10.2     Roads

Hruska reported that the Preconstruction Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th; at 1:00 p.m. at Village Hall. Board members may attend.


10.3     DPW – Employees

  1. Dickerson explained that Mr. Keeling was unable to start on the 16th. He did call and stated that he has personal issues that are ongoing so he cannot give a date when he will be available. He understands that the Village is not able to hold the position indefinitely. The Personnel Committee will be interviewing another candidate tomorrow. There was discussion regarding how to proceed, the Personnel Manual, and wages.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to recognize that Aaron Keeling failed to appear to accept the job therefore the DPW position is still vacant. All ayes. Motion carried.


MOTION by Hruska, seconded by Mulholland to approve the Village President hiring Larry Coffey for the DPW position providing the Personnel Committee interview results in a recommendation to hire and the background check results are deemed acceptable by the Village President. All ayes. Motion carried.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve that if Mr. Coffey is hired it will be for a part-time position at $11.00 per hour until May 31st. Beginning June 1st he will move to full-time at $13.00 per hour. There will be a possible wage increase at 90 days pending a satisfactory review and a Personnel Manual Amendment.


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


There was discussion regarding wage increases and the Personnel Manual. Since the manual will need to be revised Council should review the entire manual for possible changes.




11.1     Approval for Park Christmas Lights

Mulholland explained that the Park Committee is asking for approval of $500.00 for LED light bulbs to replace bulbs in the Christmas lights. They will last much longer and are more economical to run. This amount was previously submitted with the Park budget proposal.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve up to $500.00 for the purchase of LED replacement bulbs for the Park Christmas lights.


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


11.2     Park Rental Rates

Mulholland presented copies of the Park Reservation Contracts. The Park Committee would like to adjust the rates. They would like to see the rental fees reduced, the deposit fees increased, and a discount for

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Regular Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2018


renting the building and pavilion together. They are hoping the break in prices will result in more use.

As prices were discussed there was some confusion. Will verify prices with Park President.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve price changes as presented subject to verification with Park President.


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

Motion carried.


Announcements / Correspondence

  1. Dickerson reported that mail and other correspondence are on the table for review.


Guest Comments: Nick Crugher, Hunter White

Mr. Crugher and Mr. White commented on the roads, in particular, potholes, patching, priorities, maintenance schedules, use of millage money, and plowing. They talked about sidewalk ordinance violations and the Village response to same.


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


Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.




Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice