Village of Morrice Public Notice




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 02/12/19)

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, Philip Hruska, Cathy Mulholland, Belinda Markell, Robert Peterson, and Todd Scott.

Absent: None.

Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: John Gormley, and Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.3 Lots

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve the agenda as amended. All ayes.

Motion carried.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve December 11, 2018 minutes as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley reported that the Department’s response numbers are up from the previous year.

9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

H. Dickerson reported that part-time DPW employee Frank Vavricka resigned on December 18th. There was discussion about advertising for a replacement and/or getting the word out verbally.

9.3 Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.

9.4 Sewer / Codes

No Report.

9.5 Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.


Mulholland gave the November run report. There were nine ambulance calls in the Village for the month. For all of SSESA there were nine fire calls and 107 ambulance runs for November. Year-to date there have been 1,680 calls for all of SSESA.

9.7 Homecoming

H. Dickerson reported that the next meeting will be Tuesday, January 29th at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall.

9.8 Budget

Hruska commented that the Committee needs to schedule at meeting.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2019


10.1 Zoning Ordinance Revision

Peterson explained he is still waiting to hear back from Municode and the others he contacted. Gormley said with Municode there will be upfront costs plus annual fees but he didn’t know the amounts. Hruska discussed wanting to move forward as quickly as possible. He would like to take bids to the Planning Commission for their meeting on January 23rd because otherwise their next meeting isn’t until April and we will be in a new fiscal year by then. Gormley suggested getting the bids in writing for the next Council meeting on January 22nd so they can be compared before presenting to the Planning Commission for a decision. The Zoning Ordinance will need to be revised whether the Board decides to go with Municode or not. Gormley suggested checking with Giffels Webster to see if their price could be reduced is they aren’t required to make the Zoning Ordinance searchable. There was discussion about duplication of services with their work on the Zoning Ordinance and the work Municode will do.

10.2 Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Downtown Parking

TABLE. Hruska is setting up a meeting with Planning Commission member Beth Andrus to work on reviewing and revising the Off-Street Parking section of the Zoning Ordinance.


11.1 2019 Scheduled Meeting Dates

Clerk presented Council with a list of the proposed Council meeting and DDA meeting dates for the fiscal year 2019 – 2020 noting that the second meeting in December is not scheduled.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Peterson to approve the scheduled 2019 – 2020 meeting dates as presented. All ayes. Motion carried.

11.2 Amendments to Michigan DDA Act

Gormley explained that the State changed the DDA Act last year. He sent a letter to the Board and reviewed the highlights of the changes with the Board and the DDA President. More transparency and conformity is the goal of the changes. The DDA will be required to hold two informational meetings per year. There are reporting and publishing changes also. There will be more explanation coming from the State and the auditors will receive information regarding reporting too. Gormley will keep the Board posted and will attend the DDA/Planning Commission meeting on January 23rd to explain the changes to them.

11.3 Lots

H. Dickerson explained that the annual contract with Coldwell Banker Realty expired at the end of 2018. If the Board still wants the vacant Main Street lots listed with them the contract will need to be renewed. There was some discussion about selling or not since the DDA made the improvements.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to renew the contract for the Main Street lots with Coldwell Banker Realty for another year.

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills

Clerk explained there are no financial statements for review. Treasurer Swett will have them ready for the next meeting.

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

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2019

Roll Call: Ayes: Peterson, Mulholland, Scott, Markell, Hruska, 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: None.

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

Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice