Village of Morrice Public Notice




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 08/14/18)

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, Andy Flynn, Cathy Mulholland, and Philip Hruska.

Absent: None.

Also Present: Attorney: John Gormley, Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Treasurer: Brian Swett,

DPW Supervisor: Bob Tribley, and Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

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

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the July 10, 2018 minutes. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.


9.1 The Adoption of an Amendment to the Village of Morrice Downtown Development Authority’s (MDDA’s) Development Plan and Tax Increment Finance Authority Plan, by Ordinance, that sets forth new projects and expands the Development District (TIF District).

President Dickerson opened the Public Hearing to hear comments from the public. There were no comments. President Dickerson closed the Public Hearing.


10.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

No Report.

10.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

No Report.

10.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

President Dickerson read a letter from St. Mary’s regarding a tree that needs to be removed and a sidewalk that needs to be replaced. They are requesting information as to who is responsible for this work.

Tribley explained that it is about 12 feet of sidewalk that has tree roots growing underneath that are pushing the sidewalk up. The Church will have to remove the tree and stump. The sidewalk will have to be removed and replaced. Village Ordinance says that the property owner is responsible for 25% of the sidewalk costs and the Village is responsible for 75% of the sidewalk costs if the Village deems that the sidewalk must be replaced. H. Dickerson will get together with the DPW to determine a course of action.

10.4 Sewer / Codes

No Report.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2018

10.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

Clerk reported that there are currently two new sets of site plans at the Zoning Administrator’s for review. He will review them and send his recommendations back to the Village. He would like clarification as to where they should be sent – to the Village Council or the Planning Commission. Gormley responded that the Village will follow the Zoning Ordinance and have them sent back to the Village Council for final review. There was discussion about simplifying or codifying the Zoning Ordinance.

10.6 SSESA

Mulholland gave the June run report. There were nine ambulance calls in the Village for the month. For all of SSESA there were 12 fire runs and 150 ambulance calls for the month. Year-to-date there have been 925 calls for all of SSESA. They hired four new paid on-call firefighters.

10.7 Homecoming

No Report.

10.8 Budget

No Report.


11.1 Master Plan

The Planning Commission / DDA is meeting tomorrow to set the Public Hearing for the Master Plan. It is tentatively set for September 5th at 6:00 p.m during the Planning Commission meeting. The Plan has been sent out to the public for the 63 day review process. After the Public Hearing the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Village Council who will have final approval or disapproval for the Plan.

11.2 Amend Personnel Manual

The Personnel Committee is still working on the suggested revisions. There was an issue with formatting from Word Perfect into Word.

11.3 Sale of Patrol Vehicle

Nothing yet.

11.4 Lagoon Operations

Clerk reported that we are waiting to hear back from Hughes and Valley Irrigation. Mr. Hughes contacted Valley Irrigation for an appointment to set up the sensors and the application. He wants to be at the lagoons when they set the sensors. They will not be changing the current contract prices until the app is in place.


12.1 Approve Ordinance to adopt Amendments to the MDDA’s Development and Tax Increment Finance Plans.

Gormley explained that this amendment essentially expands the TIF area and adds the plan for the Main Street lots and the future plans for moving the electric service on Main Street. The Ordinance will need to be published and sent to Perry Township so they can change the tax base.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to adopt the Ordinance to adopt Amendments to the MDDA’s Development and Tax Increment Finance Plans as presented.

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

Motion carried

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2018

12.2 Hire – Part-Time Officer

Chief Balsley introduced Dylan Lorenz. He and the Personnel Committee interviewed Lorenz last week.

Lorenz is a Morrice graduate; he currently works part-time in Fowlerville, and lives just outside the Village. Chief Balsley would like to hire Lorenz to work part-time in the Village at $13.00 per hour.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Flynn to hire Dylan Lorenz as a part-time police officer at $13.00 per hour.

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

Motion carried

12.3 Transfer Station – Repairs / Maintenance

Hruska would like the Board to consider placing an extra container at the Transfer Station during the busy months of April – October. Currently the dumpster overflows, especially on Saturdays, so trash is dumped on the ground until the DPW can move it to a container. The extra container might reduce call ins. The Village would have to extend the wall that is there and remove a tree to set another container. Scott would have to direct people to the appropriate dumpster before they dump. Waiting for a call back from Granger regarding the costs.

There is an interior hydraulic fluid leak that needs attention. The DPW have checked it out and have a plan of action in place. They will need to purchase some plywood and rolls of insulation. Costs will be about $400.00 – $500.00 plus labor. It was suggested that the DPW do a maintenance check out there at least once a year going forward.

The gate at the Transfer Station is a 40 foot roll gate and it is getting very difficult to open and close. Scott and the DPW are wondering about a set of swing gates. The DPW could make them and they would be much easier to operate. There was concern about that a single bar gate not offering enough protection from unlawful entry. MML suggested the possible use of cameras. Several options were discussed. Chief Balsley will get some camera prices.

Announcements / Correspondence

H. Dickerson read some information regarding the Region 6 Housing: Development and Implementation Strategy study. The County recently participated in a study with the I-69 Thumb Region examining issues related to a moderately priced housing shortage. They asked for review and feedback.

CN Railroad sent a complimentary copy of their publication “CN In Your Community.”

These and other mail and correspondence are on the table for review.

Guest Comments: Beth Andrus – DDA / Planning Commission

Ms. Andrus explained that the DDA authorized Wolverine Engineering to create a current legal description of the DDA boundaries. They received a bill for a survey of the 3 Main Street lots. They did not authorize this survey and asked if anyone at the Village may have. Andrus has talked to Wolverine and found out that the survey was authorized on May 14th but they don’t know by whom. No one on the Board authorized the survey. Ms. Andrus will contact Wolverine again. Clerk will contact the realtor to make sure they didn’t request the survey.

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:54 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice