Village of Morrice Public Notice




Tuesday, November 13, 2018

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 11/27/18)

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Pro-Tem Cathy Mulholland.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council Members Present: Cathy Mulholland, Phyllis Dickerson, Andy Flynn, Belinda Markell,

Philip Hruska, and Robert Peterson.

Absent: Harold Dickerson.

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.2 Ordinance for Recreational Marijuana Restrictions

11.3 K-9 Memorial

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

MOTION by Peterson, seconded by Hruska to approve the agenda as amended. All ayes. Motion carried.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve October 23, 2018 minutes as presented.

All ayes. Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reminded everyone that the no overnight parking in the main roadways Ordinance is in effect now. Also, the school football team made it to state finals this year. They are headed up to Marquette at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. They will have a supportive escort to the highway. Perry schools and the City of Perry are showing support for the team with signs and will be cheering as Morrice passes by.

9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

Mulholland explained that the Park Committee has asked for $100.00 for the Santa in the Park event which will take place December 1st from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The money will be used to buy gifts and candy canes. The funds are in the Park budget so no Board action is required.

9.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.

9.4 Sewer / Codes

No Report.

9.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.


No Report.

9.7 Homecoming

Chief Balsley reported that the next meeting will be Thursday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2018

9.8 Budget

Swett commented that the Committee needs to schedule a meeting.


10.1 Property Line Dispute – 327 Main Street

Gormley reported that this item is done. The easement agreement has been signed and recorded. Clerk asked whether or not the $1.00 fee had been collected and Hruska had a question about who will pay the additional fees accumulated to resolve this issue. Gormley explained that the $1.00 fee is due from Mr. Thorne and the remaining fees are the Village’s cost of doing business.

10.2 Replace DPW Leaf Truck

Hruska explained that the current truck is 33 years old and the hydraulic on the dump is shot. If they have a load they have to use the backhoe to lift the box. DPW Supervisor Tribley and Hruska have discussed going through Reliable Used Cars to try to find a replacement truck. They are looking for something about the size of a Ford 350.They would like to have prior authorization to buy a vehicle if they do find one rather than having to come back to the Board for approval and risk losing the vehicle. The funds are available in the Motor Pool Fund for the purchase. There was a question about the insurance rate for a new vehicle.

MOTION by Flynn, seconded by P. Dickerson to preauthorize up to $20,000.00 from the Motor Pool Fund for a truck to replace the DPW orange leaf truck.

Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, Hruska, Markell, Flynn, Peterson, Mulholland. Nays: None.

Absent: H. Dickerson. Motion carried.

10.3 Zoning Ordinance Revision

Hruska reported that the Committee is still working on finding a reliable company to do the work at a reasonable rate. Peterson made some calls and sent out requests to several companies for examples of their work and quotes for the Ordinance revision. They all want to see what we currently have. There was discussion about making and sending paper copies or getting PDF scans from Gormley and sending the document that way. Gormley explained that a company is not going to be able to do all of the revision. Persons from either the Council and/or the Planning Commission will need to work closely with them to tailor the revision to the Village and to work on the best rules for Morrice. TABLE until responses are back.

10.4 Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Downtown Parking

Hruska explained that after attending the Planning Commission meeting he understands that they are in agreement that the Ordinance needs amending but there is no longer the need to rush the work. He and Beth Andrus will work together to write a text amendment appropriate for parking in the Downtown area.

TABLE until a draft is presented.


11.1 December 25th Meeting.

There was discussion about how to not have to cancel the second meeting of December every year. Gormley suggested that the Clerk present a list of meeting dates for the year at the first meeting in January for Council approval and leaving off the second meeting in December and any other dates that may fall on an observed holiday.

MOTION by P. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to cancel the Council meeting scheduled for

December 25, 2018. All ayes. Motion carried.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2018

11.2 Ordinance for Recreational Marijuana Restriction

Chief Balsley explained that with the new law that passed he contacted Gormley and asked him to draft an

Ordinance that restricts any and all marijuana establishments. Chief would like to have the Ordinance in

place before the law goes into effect. Gormley explained that all communities that opt in to allow marijuana establishments will receive funds from the licensing of medical and recreational marijuana establishments that come into their municipality. If you opt out you get none. Three quarters of Michigan communities have opted out for medical marijuana and the State expects similar numbers with recreational marijuana. It will be up to a year for the rules to be put into place for recreational marijuana and the opt out option has a short window of adherence. The Ordinance can be amended at a later date. There was some discussion about the proper spelling of marijuana for the Ordinance. It will be revised to include both spellings marijuana and marihuana.

MOTION by Markell, seconded by Peterson to approve the Ordinance as presented with a revision to include both the marijuana and marihuana spellings.

Roll Call: Ayes: Peterson, Flynn, Markell, Hruska, P. Dickerson, Mulholland. Nays: None.

Absent: H. Dickerson. Motion carried.

11.3 K-9 Memorial

Chief Balsley explained that on November 4th St. Clair Shores K-9 Axe was killed in the line of duty. There is a memorial tomorrow and since it is a fellow K-9 he would like to attend. It is in St. Clair Shores so he would be out of the Village all day. He would like Council’s opinion on attending. All approved.

Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills

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

Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, Hruska, Markell, Flynn, Peterson, Mulholland. Nays: None.

Absent: H. Dickerson. Motion carried.

Announcements / Correspondence

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

Guest Comments:

Beckie Ehl thanked the Board for getting action on the recreational marijuana issue started so quickly.

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Newly elected Trustees Robert Peterson, Belinda Markell, and Phyllis Dickerson were sworn into office following the meeting. President elect Harold Dickerson and Trustee Todd Scott will be sworn in before the next meeting on November 27th.

Cathy Mulholland, Village President Pro-Tem

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice