May 12, 2020 REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

VILLAGE OF MORRICE

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MORRICE VILLAGE HALL

 

This Meeting was held as a Virtual Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the authority of Executive Order No. 2020-15 of the Office of the Governor of the State of Michigan.

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

6:00 p.m.

(Approved 06/09/20)

 

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, Todd Scott, Philip Hruska,

Robert Peterson, Belinda Markell, and Cathy Mulholland.

 

Absent: None.

 

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

Clerk: Karen McGuire.

 

Additions / Deletions to Agenda: Add: 11.4  Category F Road Grant

 

Guest Comments on the Agenda: None.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to approve the agenda as amended.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: B. Markell, T. Scott, P. Hruska, C. Mulholland, P. Dickerson, R. Peterson,

  1. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Hruska to approve the April 28, 2020 minutes with corrections to 11.2 and 11.5.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: R. Peterson, P. Dickerson, C. Mulholland, P. Hruska, T. Scott, B. Markell,

  1. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: None. Motion carried.

 

Special Guests: None.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

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.

 

9.6       SSESA

No Report.

 

9.7       Homecoming

No Report.

 

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9.8       Budget

Hruska explained the budget forecast included in the packet. The Village is going to face revenue reductions from Revenue Sharing, Act 51 funding, interest earned on CDs, and the temporary closure of the Transfer Station. This forecast includes some possible expense cuts as well as the revenue adjustments.  Scott asked where the numbers came from. Hruska explained. H. Dickerson recommended no action at this time.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

10.1     Transfer Station Sign

TABLED.

 

10.2     Act 51 – Non-Motorized – Sidewalk Plan

Hruska compiled a list of sidewalks based on the returned letters. Most homeowners only want the damaged portions replaced. He would like to have Jeff Philips bid on the walks on the list since he gave the estimates. Hruska would then contact the homeowners again to make sure they still want the work done before proceeding. Hruska will contact Philips.

 

10.3     Site Plan Review – 307 N. Main Street

TABLED.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

11.1     Sewer Rate Resolution

Gormley presented the Resolution proposed at the last meeting. Sewer bills for the June – August 2020 quarter will be reduced by 50% and late fees will be waived for the same quarter.

 

MOTION by T. Scott, seconded by C. Mulholland to adopt the Resolution as presented.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: B. Markell, C. Mulholland, T. Scott, P. Hruska, R. Peterson, P. Dickerson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: none. Motion carried.

 

11.2     Road Grant Resolution

Gormley presented the Resolution proposed at the last meeting. The Resolution is a requirement for the grant application for the Category B Program. The need for a couple of adjustments to the draft were requested – add H. Dickerson as a signer and change Morrice Street to Morrice Road in two placed.

 

MOTION by C. Mulholland, seconded by P. Hruska to approve the Resolution with the mentioned revisions.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: P. Dickerson, R. Peterson, C. Mulholland, P. Hruska, T. Scott, B. Markell, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: none. Motion carried.

 

11.3     May 26, 2020 Meeting

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to cancel the May 26, 2020 Council meeting.

 

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

 

11.4     Federal Grant – Category F

Hruska talked to Don at Wolverine Engineering and found that there is a Federal Grant with an 80/20 match that could be available for rebuilding Morrice Road and resurfacing Britton Road from Morrice Road to the west Village limits. This grant can run concurrent with the Category B grant. There is a $375,000.00 cap. Hruska would like permission to apply for this grant. The DDA is having a meeting tomorrow and may assist with funding the project.

 

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MOTION by T. Scott, seconded by H. Dickerson to authorize application for the Category F Grant.

 

Roll Call: Ayes: C. Mulholland, P. Hruska, T. Scott, B. Markell, P. Dickerson, R. Peterson, H. Dickerson. Nays: None. Absent: none. Motion carried.

 

Review Financial Statements / Pay Bills

 

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

 

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

 

Announcements / Correspondence: None.

 

Guest Comments:

Scott mentioned that the re-opening of the Transfer Station went very smoothly. People observed the signs.

 

Markell asked if the park equipment is completed and, whether or not, the park is open. The equipment is completed and the DPW will plant grass soon. The Park is not open at this time.

 

Scott asked about re-opening the office. He can come in with a mask on or use the drop box at the door.

 

Hruska asked about election dates. Gormley replied there have been no changes to date.

 

Markell wanted to know how many Council seats are open and the return dates for petitions and affidavits. Terms for H. Dickerson, T. Scott, C. Mulholland, and P. Hruska will expire in November so they will need to run for re-election if they wish to remain on the Board. Paperwork can be obtained from the Perry Township Clerk. She can mail the documents, but they will need to be returned in person by July 21st at 4:00 p.m. She can let candidates know how many signatures are required.

 

MOTION by H. Dickerson, seconded by P. Dickerson to adjourn the meeting.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

 

 

Harold Dickerson, Village President

Karen McGuire, Clerk

Author: Village of Morrice