Village of Morrice Public Notice




Tuesday, August 14, 2018

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 08/28/18)

Meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by President Harold Dickerson.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

Absent: None.

Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: Chris Johnson. DPW Supervisor: Bob Tribley, and Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

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

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by Flynn to approve the July 24, 2018 minutes. All ayes. Motion carried.

Special Guests: Ernie Ploof, Mark Turner, and Pat Green – Medical Marihuana Facility

Mr. Green explained that they would like the Board to consider granting them a license to be able to have one “growing only” facility in the Village. The property they are considering is zoned industrial. The building would be approximately 10,000 – 12,000 square feet in size and would allow them to grow medical marihuana in a comprehensive safe environment. They would have to fulfill all the State requirements for licensing and operation. Green, Ploof, and Turner made available a handout with facts and information regarding medical marihuana benefits, regulations, safety and security. Contact numbers and informational website addresses were also included. There was much discussion regarding State approved medical conditions, controls, and regulations and what controls the Village would have. The Village could charge up to $5,000.00 for a license and annual renewal. There could be continual review of the facility and operations by the Board and the State.

Johnson commented that the Village would need an Ordinance in place and should check with AGS for zoning for this type of business. He also mentioned that if we do something now it could change with the November election. Marihuana laws are always evolving.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley announced that school starts on next Thursday, August 23rd. He asked that everyone be careful driving.

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.

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No SSESA Report. Mulholland is the Village representative on the 911 Board and she explained that the County Commissioners are allowing for an audit to figure out how and why 911 has been paying MERS for the Sherriff’s Department since February.

9.7 Homecoming

No Report.

9.8 Budget

No Report.


10.1 Master Plan

A Public Hearing for the Master Plan is scheduled for the Planning Commission meeting to be held on

September 5th at 6:00 p.m. Beth Andrus asked the attorney how to handle public recommendations for changes or additions that the Board is OK with. They can be incorporated into the plan now or later.

10.2 Amend Personnel Manual

Gormley will have a draft for the next meeting.

10.3 Sale of Patrol Vehicle

Chief Balsley has received an offer that he feels is too low to accept. He will move the vehicle for a more visual display.

10.4 Lagoon Operations

Mr. Hughes was in earlier in the week. He is waiting for an appointment with Michigan Valley Irrigation for the installation of the sprayer sensors and the phone application. Valley will check the sprayer rig for preventative maintenance that may need to be scheduled and will provide an estimated cost.

10.5 Transfer Station – Repairs and Maintenance

Tribley explained that the oil leak has been cleaned up and taken care of. He still needs to purchase and install the new plywood and insulation.

Tribley was asked to get bids for walls that would be needed if there were two open top containers at the Transfer Station rather than just the one currently used. Only one contractor got back with him and the bid was for about $15,000.00. There would also be additional costs once the wall is built.

The Transfer Station operator would like to have the 45 foot roller gate replaced with one that is easier to operate. Cost to replace the gate is $3,500.00 for the gate and $375.00 for a new roller. The DPW can cut the gate in two and make a swinging gate for less than $2,000.00. That cost would include materials, equipment, and labor. The old gate could be adjusted and used for a while but it will have to be replaced eventually.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve up to $2,500.00 for materials, equipment, and labor to replace the gate at the Transfer Station.

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

Motion carried.


11.1 Pocket Park and Property Line Dispute

There has been an ongoing issue with tenants at 327 Main Street using the Village vacant lots as their own. With the creation of the pocket park on the Main Street lots the DDA would like them to keep their things on their own side of the property line and to clean up after their pets. There is also a problem with

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the stairs on the south side of the building being over the property line. The attorney can send a letter requesting that they get the stairs and personal property off the Village lots. They will have 30 days to comply without further legal action.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by H. Dickerson to authorize the attorney to send a letter to the property owner requesting that they get the stairs and personal property off the Village lots.

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

11.2 Survey – Main Street Lots No. 23, 24, and 25

Beth Andrus explained that Wolverine has still not determined who requested the survey of the three Main Street lots. It has been discussed that if the Village is going to use the survey in the property line

dispute the Village should pay for the cost of the survey. It is invoiced at $1,000.00. Hruska will call Wolverine to see if they will negotiate the price. Andrus also mentioned that there were four medallions placed when the survey was done. One of them has been removed.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve the Village paying up to $1,000.00 for the Wolverine Engineering survey done for the three Main Street lots.

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

11.3 Parade Permit and Road Closures – St. Mary’s

Chief Balsley explained that St. Mary’s is getting ready for their Fall Festival, Parade, and 5K Run on September 7th – 9th. They have requested a parade permit and road closure for Saturday, September 8th from 11 a.m. to noon. The parade route will be the same as always – from South Street down Main Street to Mason Street. They asked for road closures for Main Street between Davis Street and Mason Street for September 8th from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and for September 9th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Motion by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the Parade Permit and Road Closure requests as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

11.4 Shiawassee County’s New ORV Ordinance

Chief Balsley explained that since the County adopted their new ORV Ordinance he has had some inquiries wondering if it will be allowed in the Village or not. He asked if there is any interest in opting in with the County or not. The new State statute will be in effect September 25th. The County Ordinance includes golf carts but not snowmobiles. If we do nothing, ORV riding will not be allowed in the Village. The Board can always decide to write an Ordinance for the Village at a later date. It was decided to TABLE this issue for now.

Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills

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

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

Motion carried.

Announcements / Correspondence

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

Guest Comments: Beth Andrus asked if lawnmowers are considered ORVs as she sees a lot of the on the roads.

The Board discussed possible ways to get more public input on the medical marihuana issue. Council wants to act according to residents’ concerns. The steps in the process were discussed. Johnson

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commented that the Board would have to adopt an Ordinance to allow the facilities before they could grant a license to a facility.

Clerk will contact the website manager about posting information regarding the next meeting.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

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