Tuesday, March 26, 2019

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 04/09/19)

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, Todd Scott,

Philip Hruska, Belinda Markell, and Robert Peterson.

Absent: None.

Also Present: Police Chief: Matt Balsley, Attorney: Chris Johnson, Treasurer: Brian Swett, and

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.2 Audit Fee

11.3 Humvee Transfer

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 Hruska to approve the March 12, 2019 minutes as presented.

All ayes. Motion carried.

Special Guests: None.


9.1 Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

No Report.

9.2 DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

H. Dickerson reported that the DPW purchased a used hot patch buggy for $4,700.00.

Hruska noted that in the Park minutes they mentioned the Board approving $1,600.00 for playground equipment. The cost was included in the approved budget but the expenditure has not yet been approved.

Add 11.4 to approve the spending.

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 run report for February. There was one ambulance call in the Village and 110 fire and ambulance calls for all of SSESA. Year-to-date there have been 274 calls for all of SSESA. The Committee is still working on what to do about the building.

9.7 Homecoming

H. Dickerson reported that the next meeting will be Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall. Donations are coming in so hopefully there will be enough funds to cover the cost of the fireworks.

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Markell has some posters to be hung up around the Village. Peterson had a sample of the direct mailer.

They turned out great. He will take the first mailing to the post office on Friday and they will go out in the mail on Saturday. The second batch can have text changes if requested.

9.8 Budget

No Report.


10.1 Zoning Ordinance Revision

Hruska is still working on digitalizing the Ordinance and is about a third of the way through the amendments.

10.2 Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Downtown Parking

The Public Hearing is scheduled for the next Council meeting on April 9th.

10.3 Road Grant

Hruska reported that Wolverine pretty much has the application ready to send. They are waiting until closer to the deadline to submit it just in case something else comes up. He suggested taking this off the agenda until there is a response from the application submission.


11.1 Website

Tim Kline, who runs the Village website, has requested additional compensation for the added hours required to rebuild and redevelop the site and to incorporate the DDA information that is now required by law. He would also like to take a more active role in the social media page for the Village. To this point he has volunteered many hours to keep things posted for the Village. The cost for the annual hosting renewal plus the additional compensation will be $1,200.00 if combined together in one payment. If paid separately the cost will be $1,236.25.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Hruska to approve the $1,200.00 payment to Tim Kline for the website hosting renewal and the compensation for additional hours.

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

A Sub-Committee of the Council was formed to work with Kline on the site. The Sub-Committee will be: Scott, Markell, and B. Ehl. H. Dickerson will be a back-up member.

11.2 Audit Fee

Clerk reported that since there are new State mandated reporting requirements for the DDA she talked to the Village auditors, Gabridge & Company, to see if they will be able to submit the reports on the Village’s behalf. They are working to find out what this additional reporting will entail and have explained that the additional reporting will increase the audit fee by $500.00 – $1,000.00 for the first year. Clerk asked for permission to give the auditors the OK to proceed and for approval of the additional audit costs. The additional costs could be billed to the DDA as it is for State mandated reporting.

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve the audit fee increase of $500.00 – $1,000.00 for additional DDA reporting requirements.

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

11.3 Humvee Transfer

Chief Balsley explained that a few years ago the Village acquired a turtle back humvee from a

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government program. It cannot be sold but can be transferred to another police department. Bancroft

Police Department would like to have it. Balsley asked permission to make the transfer as the humvee is not being utilized here, it can’t be sold, it is taking up space at the lagoon building, and it is costing the Village for insurance coverage.

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by H. Dickerson to allow the humvee to be transferred to the Bancroft Police Department.

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

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to add 11.4 Park to the agenda. All ayes.

Motion carried.

Hruska explained that the $1,600.00 expense for playground equipment and groundwork is in the approved budget for the Park. Their latest minutes indicate that the expenditure has been approved by the Board. The budget was approved but not the individual expenditure. He would like to approve that now.

MOTION by Hruska, seconded by P. Dickerson to authorize spending up to $1,600.00, out of this budget, for playground equipment and groundwork for the Park.

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

Markell had some auction information for playground equipment and tables to pass on to the Park Committee. It is Sheraton Auctions and is on-line.

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 Hruska to adjourn the meeting. All ayes. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

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