VILLAGE OF MORRICE
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
Morrice Senior Center
101 W. Mason Street
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Meeting was called to order at 6:01 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.
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: A resident asked how this meeting will proceed. President Dickerson responded that he will let the guest speakers give their presentation and then will open the floor for other to ask questions or voice opinions. There will be no vote tonight. This is an informational meeting only. There may be one or two more meetings in the future before anything is decided.
MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Flynn to approve the agenda. All ayes. Motion carried.
MOTION by Flynn, seconded by Hruska to approve the August 14, 2018 minutes. All ayes.
President Dickerson asked if a representative for agenda item No. 10.6 327 Main Street – Property Line Dispute was present and if they would like to take the item out of order on the agenda. Mr. Alan Thorne is present but declined being moved up on the agenda.
Special Guests: Ernie Ploof, Mark Turner, and Pat Green – Medical Marihuana Facility
Mr. Green reiterated what he had explained at the previous Council meeting. They hope to calm fears and answer questions about their request to be able to have one “grow only” facility in the Village. The property they are considering is 5.8 acres on Britton Road and is zoned industrial. The proposed building would be approximately 10,000 – 12,000 square feet in size and would allow them to grow up to 1,500 plants in a safe environment. Mr. Green discussed State approved medical conditions, controls, and regulations and what controls the Village would have. Licensing would be renewable every year by both the State and the Council. There could be continual review of the facility and operations by the Board and the State. A handout with facts and information regarding medical marihuana benefits, regulations, safety and security was available with contact numbers and informational website addresses included. Mr. Green discussed a flyer titled “Look and S.E.E….” He doesn’t feel that the November election will have any effect on the medical marihuana rules and regulations. They want the jobs, taxes, and fees to stay in Morrice. This would be one more business to chip in on expenses.
President Dickerson opened the floor to comments and questions. About 20 people expressed their thoughts and opinions regarding a medical marihuana facility in the Village. All who spoke were opposed to the idea. One letter opposing the project was read aloud and 100 signatures against the facility were presented to the Board. Several people thanked the Board for not acting too quickly without gathering more information and input.
In response to a question regarding a current Village ordinance for medical marihuana Gormley explained
that the Board is a long ways from starting on an ordinance and there isn’t anything in place now. The
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process would include drafting an ordinance and a zoning ordinance, having zoning review and a public
hearing, adopting the ordinance and the zoning ordinance.
There was discussion about making meeting information more available to the public and possibly setting future discussion meetings for later in the day.
President Dickerson called for a short recess at 7:15 p.m. The meeting was called back to order at
It was decided to take agenda item No. 10.6 out of order at this time.
10.6 327 Main Street – Property Line Dispute
Gormley explained that a recent survey showed that the stairs for the 327 Main Street property are about 2 feet on the Village property. Gormley said that the Board could grant Mr. Thorne a license to use a small portion of the property. The license would be renewal yearly, cost a small fee, and run with the property. The license would grant permission for the stairs to be on the Village property. Rather than selling a portion of the Village lot a license to use a portion of it will keep the Village’s options open for possible future sale of the lots but also not require Mr. Thorne to move the stairs or vacate the building. No one wants to see an empty building on Main Street. This license will be granting an interest in Village property and will require the adoption and publication of an ordinance before the license can be issued. Gormley will bring a draft of the license and an ordinance to the next meeting. The Village will need to be “additionally insured” on the property owner’s insurance in regards to liability for the stairs. All the details will be covered in the license which will be recorded at the Register of Deeds when completed and issued.
9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement
9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park
9.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site
9.4 Sewer / Codes
9.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA
Mulholland gave the run report for July. There were 4 fire runs and 10 ambulance runs in the Village for the month. For all of SSESA there were 180 calls for the month and 1,105 calls year-to-date. The Committee is still trying to decide whether to expand the current building or build a new one.
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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. After the Hearing the Commission will make a recommendation to the
Council and the Council will take a vote to adopt the Plan or not.
10.2 Amend Personnel Manual
TABLED. Gormley will have something for the next meeting.
10.3 Sale of Patrol Vehicle
Chief Balsley reported that the vehicle is sitting outside and has slowed traffic somewhat. He has had calls but no one has come to look at it.
10.4 Lagoon Operations
The sprayer sensors and the phone application have just been installed. Hughes’ are in the process of figuring out exactly how it all works together. The lower price contract will be effective September 1st. Still waiting for Valley Irrigation to check the sprayer rig for preventative maintenance that may need to be scheduled and an estimated cost.
10.5 Transfer Station – Repairs and Maintenance
H. Dickerson explained that the DPW is getting the gates done.
10.6 327 Main Street – Property Line Dispute.
Taken out of order earlier in meeting.
11.1 Medical Marihuana Facility
No action taken.
Announcements / Correspondence
H. Dickerson reported that mail and other correspondence are on the table for review.
Guest Comments: James Huguelet, City of Perry Mayor, commented that the Board has a tough decision ahead of them. He holds the Board in high regard and respect and values the Village and the City working together. He left them with a quote that has helped him in his role as Mayor.
MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to adjourn the meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Harold Dickerson, Village President
Karen McGuire, Clerk