Tuesday, March 12, 2019

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 03/26/19)

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

Absent: None.

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: None.

Peterson wanted to make the Board aware that Mr. Rothney is taking down the tree line next to the property just purchased by Gutting Trucking.

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Peterson to approve the agenda as written. All ayes.

Motion carried.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve February 26, 2019 minutes as presented.

All ayes. Motion carried.

Special Guests: Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole

Sheriff Begole presented information about the Shiawassee County jail and gave the reasoning behind the proposal on the May 7th ballot. They are asking 1.64 mills for 20 years to build a new jail. BeGole reviewed the history of the jail, the current conditions, and the hopes and plans for the future. He presented pictures of the facility and proposed plans for the new building. His presentation was followed by a question and answer period.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

No Report.

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.


No Report.

9.7 Homecoming

H. Dickerson reported that the next meeting will be Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2019

He reported that Perry Township has approved a $2,000.00 donation and that he just signed the contract for them. So far the Committee has heard back from one other sponsor and two vendors.

9.8 Budget

No Report.


10.1 Zoning Ordinance Revision

Hruska has finished digitalizing the original Ordinance and is now working on the amendments.

10.2 Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Downtown Parking

Hruska, the Planning Commission, and AGS have worked together to create the proposed language for the Ordinance amendment. A draft Ordinance was presented. This amendment would make an exception to the Parking Section of the Zoning Ordinance for the Business District on Main Street between Second and Third Streets. A Zoning Ordinance amendment requires a Public Hearing. Notice must be made 15 days before the Hearing. The Hearing will be scheduled for the April 9th Council meeting.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by Mulholland to set a Public Hearing for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment for April 9th. All ayes. Motion carried.

10.3 Road Grant

A Resolution is required as part of the Grant application. Gormley presented a Resolution that will establish a request for funding, authorize Hruska to act as the agent on behalf of the Village, attest to the existence of funds, and commit to implementing a maintenance program for streets funded by the Category B Program.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the Resolution as presented.

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.


11.1 Employee Health Insurance Renewal

Clerk presented the renewal proposal received from our account manager at Meadowbrook. The policy renewal date is May 1st. Our current plan is being eliminated but a very similar plan, a high deductible H.S.A. plan, will take its place. The new plan will have a slight increase in cost but still be under the State allowable limit for public employers and also under what has been allocated in the new budget.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the employee health insurance renewal as presented.

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

Absent: None. Abstain: Hruska, Motion carried.

Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills

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

Markell questioned one of the General Fund reimbursement checks. There was discussion and explanation. The question was resolved.

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

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Regular Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2019

Announcements / Correspondence

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

Hruska and Peterson presented a colored draft of the direct mailer. Peterson explained that the cost for the first 2,500 mailers will be $1,048.00 through Speedy Printing in Owosso. Cost will include printing and postage for a two sided colored mailer on 90 pound card stock paper. For the second printing the text can be changed if required. He was waiting to hear back from Fletcher Printing. Markell asked about adding a border around the Homecoming information. Chief Balsley will get the document to her for adjustment. It was decided to go with Speedy Printing to get the process started as soon as possible.

Guest Comments: None.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice