Tuesday, June 26, 2018

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 07/10/18)

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, Cathy Mulholland, and Philip Hruska.

Absent: Andy Flynn.

Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: Chris Johnson, 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 Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the June 12, 2018 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests: Steve Hughes and Kristin Mathews – Hughes Environmental Service, Inc. –

Lagoon Operations

Mr. Hughes explained that taking over the lagoon operations has been a bit trial and error but they are very knowledgeable in this area so are working things out. There are a few issues they will need to address to keep the Village in compliance with our permit. The spraying rate needs to be adjusted. They discussed the possible use of timers, routine maintenance, and winterization. Hughes or Michigan Valley Irrigation can do routine maintenance. The DPW can do the winterization. There was discussion about having Valley come out to give the rigs a once over to check for possible maintenance issues. The rigs are at least 25 years old. Cameron had previously done all the routine maintenance. There was discussion about finding someone to replace Cameron and the qualifications required. Mr. Hughes talked about a phone app that he had discussed with Valley that could be useful and save considerably on their drive time which would reduce their monthly cost to the Village. Cost estimate for the app is $1,100.00 per rig plus $300.00 a year. He will contact Valley for a more accurate cost for the app and installation. Hughes could renegotiate their contract if the app is installed.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley commended Sgt. Hruska for a stop he made about a year ago. The person is being charged with 13 counts. Hruska did a great job. Sgt. Hruska commented that the Sheriff’s Department was involved too and it was a team effort. Chief Balsley mentioned that school is out and some of the kids are getting into mischief already.

9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

No Report.

9.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.

9.4 Sewer / Codes

No Report.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 26, 2018

9.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.


Mulholland gave the run report for May. There was one fire run and five ambulance calls for a total of six calls in the Village for the month. The Building Committee has a site visit scheduled but are still not sure which will be more cost effective; to update the current building or to build a new one.

9.7 Homecoming

No Report.

9.8 Budget

No Report.


10.1 Master Plan

The process is still in the works. The mailings will go out this week with a tentative Public Hearing date of September 5th.

10.2 Roads

The road work is completed and the first bill has arrived. It appears the work was under the estimated cost. The Road Committee will meet Thursday, June 28th.

10.3 Amend Personnel Manual

The Personnel Committee will meet Friday, June 29th at 5:00 p.m. Gormley sent information for the Cobra provision to be added to the health insurance section.

10.4 Sale of Patrol Vehicle

Chief Balsley said the vehicle is still at the lagoons and he has had no calls on it.

10.5 Employee Health Insurance – Part-time Employee

Clerk reiterated that Vavricka had expressed interest in having the Board consider letting him stay on the Village Health insurance plan providing he pay the premiums. Many options, pros, and cons were discussed.

MOTION by P. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to continue offering employee health insurance to regular full-time employees only.

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

Motion carried.

10.6 Lagoon Operations

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by Mulholland to run an ad in the newspaper for a part-time lagoon operator. The ad will run for two weeks.

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

Motion carried.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by H. Dickerson to approve up to $2,500.00 for the phone app and software for the lagoon operations.

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

Motion carried.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 26, 2018


No New Business.

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. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice