September 10, 2019 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

September 10, 2019 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

September 10, 2019 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

VILLAGE OF MORRICE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MORRICE VILLAGE HALL

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 09/24/19)

 

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, Philip Hruska, and Robert Peterson.

 

Absent: None.

 

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

 

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add:  12.5  DPW

12.6  Charge Card Machine

12.7  Homecoming – Go Fund Me Page

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve August 13, 2019 minutes as presented.

All ayes. Motion carried.

 

Special Guests: None.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

President Dickerson opened the Public Hearing for comments from the public regarding:

 

9.1    Petition to Re-Zone – K. Mark Hammerle

 

  1. Dickerson explained that the Planning Commission held a Public Hearing and review of this request and have sent it to the Council with a recommendation to approve it.

 

Kim Kassa asked the Board to not approve the re-zoning. The property is directly across from her property and she doesn’t want the added traffic. It is a nice quiet neighborhood and she would like it to stay that way.

 

Gormley explained the re-zoning process. The only decision for this meeting is to re-zone or not.

 

Nick Crugher explained the preliminary site plan. They are proposing 4-plex condominiums. The Special Use Permit, which will be required, will require more specific details and a site plan. They cannot apply for the Special Use Permit until the property is re-zoned. They have already had a wet lands survey done on the parcel.

 

Rose Harlacher asked if the sewer system and the lagoons can handle the additional use. H. Dickerson replied that the engineers, the DPW, and the lagoon operator will review and make that decision.

 

Gormley said the wells will be coordinated by the County and the engineers. There may be a need to adjust the speed limit past the property at a later date.

 

There will be a neighborhood association after 51% of the building is done and there will be a property management company who will do maintenance for the condominiums. They may surrender the road to the Village at some point.

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2019

 

As there were no further comments President Dickerson closed the Public Hearing.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

10.1     Personnel / Police / Transfer Station / Insurance / Retirement

Chief Balsley presented the August Complaint Response Report. School is going well. They have a new principle.

 

10.2     DPW / Municipal Buildings / Park

At 2:00 on Thursday there will be a “Big Check” photo op for the MSHDA park grant here at Village Hall. Scott has organized the event.

 

The sewer pump at the school’s new concession stand needs to be replaced. The DPW have the replacement on order and it should be installed by the end of the week.

 

10.3     Street / Sidewalks / Newsletter / Web Site

No Report.

 

10.4     Sewer / Codes

No Report.

 

10.5     Zoning / Ordinances / Annex / 425 / DDA

No Report.

 

10.6     SSESA

Mulholland gave the July run report. They are still working on what to do for a new headquarters.

 

10.7     Homecoming

Markell explained that the Committee hopes to sell raffle tickets for a gun at the Buck Pole in November. The gun will be awarded at a later date. They have volunteers creating gift baskets for the silent auction – they are hoping for about 20 baskets. As always, they need more volunteers.

 

The next meeting will be Monday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m.

 

Lisa Haring has submitted a letter of resignation from the Homecoming Board.

 

10.8     Budget

No Report. The Committee scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

11.1     Zoning Ordinance Revision

Hruska explained that he is still waiting for a response from Jill at Giffels Webster regarding the September 24th joint meeting.

 

11.2     Revise Sewer Installation Charges

  1. Dickerson reported that Wolverine is still working on the updated charges and the flow meter issue.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

12.1     Fire Hall Door

This item should have been in the Unfinished Business section of the agenda as it has already been discussed. Hruska explained that he talked to Chief Hubbard and he is OK with SSESA paying half of the cost to remove and replace the Fire Hall side door. There are two bids in the Council packet – one from DeFrenn and one from Godfrey. Hubbard is OK with whichever the Village chooses. Hruska asked to make sure that disposal of the door is included in the cost.

 

 

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2019

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Markell to approve the bid from DeFrenn Windows & Siding for $680.00 to remove and replace the side door in the Fire Hall.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

12.2     Petition to Re-Zone – K. Mark Hammerle

Gormley explained that the Board has before them an Ordinance to approve K. Mark Hammerle’s Petition to Re-Zone parcel #014-70-084-001 from Low Density Residential (R-2A) to Multiple-Family Residential (R-M1). They can re-zone it with no conditions or with conditions.

 

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Peterson to re-zone parcel #014-70-084-001 from Low Density Residential (R-2A) to Multiple-Family Residential (R-M1) and check Box #1 in the Ordinance – with no conditions.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

Gormley explained that the re-zoning is in effect once the Ordinance is published. Usually in 5 to 7 days.

He explained the Special Use Permit process. The application is submitted to the Zoning Administrator for review and recommendation. The Zoning Administrator sends their recommendation to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission reviews and holds a Public Hearing after which they make a recommendation to the Council. The Council reviews and holds a Public Hearing at which the application is approved or not.

 

12.3     Lagoon Property Rental

  1. Dickerson explained that the current rental agreement expires at the end of December. Doug Richardson, the current renter, would like to continue the agreement for another five years at $17,750.00 annually.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to approve Gormley drafting another five year contract.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

12.4     Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Grant Application

Hruska explained that another grant for rural communities has become available. It is for a maximum amount of $100,000.00 and is a 70/30 match. Wolverine has calculated costs for two sections of Morrice Road – 3rd Street to Lansing Road and South Village Limits to South Street. The DDA has some funds budgeted for infrastructure and since the 3rd Street to Lansing Road section falls in their district he would like to approach them for financial assistance. The repair will take about $25,000.00 from the Village and $25,000.00 from the DDA in addition to the grant funds. The application deadline is October 29 and the funding will be for next year.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Mulholland to approve moving on with the grant application for Morrice Road – the 3rd Street to Lansing Road section, and to approach the DDA about splitting the additional costs.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

The DDA will meet again on September 24th.

 

There was discussion about the current street millage, extending the years, or possibly asking for additional millage.

 

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2019

 

12.5     DPW

  1. Dickerson reported that L. Coffey quit on Monday. Since he needed a CDL to drive the plow truck he paid $550.00 for the required physical, permit, and test. The Village paid for his training on the truck. He was reimbursed one half of his out-of-pocket costs in June and was to receive the remainder in December. He would like the funds now. The Village does not have a written policy in place for the CDL expenses. Gormley will draft one for future use. Coffey also asked for his remaining three vacation days. Gormley reviewed the Personnel Manual and found that without a written letter of resignation and a two week notice all accrued sick leave and/or vacation pay are forfeited.

 

MOTION by Peterson, seconded by H. Dickerson to accept L. Coffey’s resignation and to pay him the remaining $275.00 reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for the CDL expenses.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

  1. Dickerson has spoken to H. Bradberry and he is interested in full-time. H. Dickerson reviewed the current payroll schedule that was followed when Coffey was hired. The Personnel Committee will interview H. Bradberry for the position.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Hruska to hire H. Bradberry full-time at $13.00 per hour and to follow the same payroll schedule as done with Coffey.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

Hruska asked to wait and see how Bradberry does before deciding if we need another part-time DPW employee or not.

 

12.6     Credit Card Machine

The Clerk explained that our account manager at First Data has informed us that the credit card machine at the Transfer Station is becoming obsolete and after October 1st there will no longer be technical support for it. He suggested that we definitely replace it in the next 6 – 9 months and mentioned that if something goes wrong before we replace it we are without support. One can be ordered on-line for around $200.00. He will install it for us free of charge.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by Scott to approve the Clerk ordering a new credit card machine (FD 130 EMV) for the Transfer Station.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

12.7     Homecoming Festival Go Fund Me Page

Markell explained that the Committee talked about a Go Fund Me Page to support the Homecoming Festival Fireworks but were unsure if there were any tax consequences or not. Gormley explained that people can give money but it will not be tax deductible because the Village is not a non-profit charitable organization. A disclaimer explaining this should be put on the page. The page can be on the Village website or on Facebook or both. 1.5% of the donations received are kept by Go Fund Me to cover costs.

 

MOTION by Mulholland, seconded by Hruska to give the Homecoming Committee the OK to start a Go Fund Me Page.

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

 

Village Of Morrice

Regular Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2019

 

Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills

 

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

 

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

Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

Announcements / Correspondence

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

 

Guest Comments:

Tammy Brown discussed bad sidewalks in the Village. She asked if funds were budgeted for sidewalks or if there is a plan for replacing the bad ones. She would like permission to take out the sidewalk on her property and grass over the area or have the sidewalk repaired. Hruska explained that the funds budgeted for sidewalks this year have already been used. Brown did say that the Village DPW is awesome!

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Village of Morrice

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