Tuesday, May 08, 2018

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 05/22/18)


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


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Council Members Present: Scott Jones, Harold Dickerson, Cathy Mulholland, Andy Flynn, and

Philip Hruska.


Absent: Phyllis Dickerson.


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 H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Flynn to approve the April 24, 2018 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.


Special Guests: DDA President: Kim Kollek-Jewell – Amend Budget, Remove Board Member(s), and                                                                                                                                                     Appoint Board Member(s)


Kollek-Jewell reported that the DDA is requesting that their budget be amended by moving $25,000.00 from line item “contingency expense” to “downtown improvements expense.” This would be a new line item in the budget. Kollek-Jewell and Beth Andrus explained the proposed project which will include parking, a walkway, picnic tables, benches, and bike racks. Gormley explained that the DDA will need to amend the current DDA Plan and also explained the process which will take about 60 days. They will need to itemize costs for requested purchases and services needed to complete this project as well as make projections for future projects. Future plans may include the portion of Morrice Road that is the DDA district. Kollek-Jewell will get information to Clerk who will forward to Gormley. They will discuss further at the Special DDA meeting on May 16th.


The DDA Board recommends removing Diane Turner from the Board and appointing Lyn Smith to take her position. They will get a letter of resignation from Turner.


The DDA Board also recommends reappointing Jeff Harris and Beth Andrus to the Board as their terms have expired.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve reappointing Jeff Harris and Beth Andrus to the DDA Board. All ayes. Motion carried.




9.1       Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reported that it is now mowing season. There are a couple of properties that are getting close to the limit. He may be issuing Ordinance Violation notices soon. School is out in about 4 weeks. There was discussion regarding rules for or against living in a camper in front yards in the Village. The County Health Department or the Zoning Department may need to be notified. The Police Department will look into the matter





Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2018


9.2       DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

  1. Dickerson reported that the new DPW employee has started and is doing well.


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

No Report.


9.7       Homecoming

No Report.


9.8       Budget

No Report.




10.1     Master Plan

Gormley brought to the Planning Commission and the Clerk an outline of what to do, step by step, to approve the plan. The Planning Commission is ready to move forward. Kollek-Jewell and Andrus will meet with Gormley after this meeting adjourns.


10.2     Roads

Hruska reported that Jewel Drive will be closed at some point during the construction which is scheduled to start on May 18th. While the work is being done one lane of South Street will be open at all times.




11.1     Amend Personnel Manual

The Personnel Committee will meet to discuss and bring recommendations back to the Board. All Board members should review the manual for possible changes. The section on wage increases needs to be amended and there may be other sections as well. There was discussion about the new hire’s wages and the actual date that the 90 day period begins.


11.2     Sale of Patrol Vehicle

Chief Balsley reported that he has researched prices for the 2011 Ford. Kelly Blue Book listed them from $3100. to $6,000. 2006’s to 2009’s are listed on Craig’s List for $2,000. to $3,500. He proposed to list it on Craig’s List for $4,000. “as-is.” He will set it out at the Transfer Station with a “For Sale” sign. Balsley would like approval so that he and H. Dickerson are able to decide on the final selling price with any counteroffers.


MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Jones to authorize accepting any reasonable offer and to allow

  1. Dickerson and Chief Balsley to finalize the sale of the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria.


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





Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2018


Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills


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


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

None. Motion carried.


Announcements / Correspondence

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


Guest Comments: None.


Hruska asked about the $1,500. bid for the Park sidewalk that was in the packet.

Kollek-Jewell asked to respond. She explained that that bid is about half of the Park budget and is for more work than they want done. They only want to have the approach repaired. She has contacted Jeff but he has taken on two big jobs and won’t be able to discuss the project with her until after June 1. They may be able to combine the work with the DDA project so it is on hold for now.


  1. Dickerson asked the Clerk to explain the recent request from MML for a copy of Gormley’s legal opinion on the SIB loan. MML is working with MDOT, the State Treasury, and legislators to try to make the SIB loans Treasury compatible. John LaMacchia from MML contacted the Village to request a copy of the legal opinion that suggested the Village not move forward with the SIB loan.


MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to authorize the Clerk to release to MML the legal opinion regarding the SIB loan.


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

Motion carried.


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


Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.




Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk


Author: Village of Morrice