MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

October 4, 2018

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Rick McCann, and Clerk Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town employees, Casey Ehlinger, and Dustin Gary were also in attendance. Also in coming Town Board Member Scott Hivley was in attendance.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Halloween hours are Wednesday, October 31 from 5-7p.m.
  • Congrats to Sherri Rainford for Influential Women award in Government.
  • Community Crossroads Grant has been submitted.
  • Employee Handbook is complete.
  • MCO report- Being made a part of these minutes.

 

Clerk Treasurer: (Sherri Rainford)

  • Rick made a motion to approve the September claims. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Rick made a motion to approve the minutes from the September meeting. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Rick made a motion to adopt the 2019 Conservancy and Town Budget. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Sherri told the Board that her and Duke will be getting a toy list together for the tree lighting. We also need new bulbs for the tree. Casey will take an inventory on the lights.

 

Street Department. - Casey

  • Finished water meter lids.
  • Finished exercising valves.
  • Water sealed 206 E. State and 208 E. State St.
  • Graveling alleys.

 

Town Marshal- Report to be submitted.

 

 

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

  • Jennifer Molden who owns the house on 201 E. Beaver St. has not complied with the letter to get the property up to code. Bob made a motion to move forward with the complaint. Rick seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Resolution for Title 6 -Becky has prepared a resolution for the Title 6. This ordinance is 2018-10-1. Rick made a motion to adopt the Resolution. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • We have an issue with 206 E. State St. Becky will get with the Title Company and do a title search and will probably have to do a quiet title action. Rick made a motion for Becky to proceed and Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.
  • Golf Cart Ordinance- Becky presented a proposed Golf Cart Ordinance. The Board agreed to table the Ordinance until next month.
  • Becky has prepared a quit claim deed for 208 E. State St. This will take the property out of the Town’s name and into the Morocco Economic Development.
  • Becky gave an update on the four tax sale properties. Some are moving along faster than others. Becky is still pursing these properties for the Town.

 

 

 

Planning Commission (David Hoaks)

  • We have a person on Walnut St. that put a 6 foot fence without a permit. The fencing does not meet our requirements. David has tried several times to make contact.
  • There are several people that have been doing work without a permit. David will be fining these people for not getting a permit.

Donation Requests:

  • None

New Business:

David Hoaks has a lien on the Moore property that he purchased on a tax sale. He would like the property lien of $349.25 waived. Bob made a motion to waive the lien and Rick seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Mrs. Cripe, Principal of Morocco Elementary asked if the Town could put the volleyball net on the school playground. The school has purchased the net and supplies. Dustin and Bob will help with this.

Next meeting is on Monday, November 5, 2018.

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Rick McCann                                    Duke Gagnon

 

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

May 1, 2018

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Bob Gonczy, Rick McCann, Duke Gagnon and Clerk Treasurer Sherri Rainford. The Board would like to congratulate Dustin on the birth of his son, Cash.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Town Wide Clean up- Dumpsters are ordered. We will have a dumpster just for scrap.
  • MCO Report- A copy of the report is being made a part of these minutes.
  • Beaverfest Memorial Day weekend! Bob will get with Greg from the paper to get details to the paper.
  • We cut down the trees as discussed in last month’s meeting.
  • Rick made a motion to purchase a low pressure switch for $1400. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Water Tower- We hired Dixson Engineering to look at the water tower. Are we going to do this in phases? What do we need to get it up to speed? He has given Randy a proposal. Randy will meet with him and come back to the Board.

Clerk Treasurer: (Sherri Rainford)

  • Rick made a motion to approve the April claims. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Rick made a motion to approve the minutes from the April meeting. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Street Department.-

  • Flushing hydrants are competed.
  • Cut Away/ widened Curb @ NN Retirement home on Clay St.
  • Cleared trash/debris from roadway leading into town.
  • A 4x8 trailer for watering flowers.
  • Purchased round up.
  • Sand volleyball pit is tilled.
  • Flower pots are ready to go.
  • Mowing has started.
  • Prepping for Town Wide Cleanup Day.
  • A leak was discovered at Dave Gagnon’s property. It is on the Town side.
  • Waiting to burn behind the Lions Club.
  • Casey is now a category 8 mosquito sprayer.

Town Marshal

  • Report to be submitted.

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

Riley property update- The Board will take the property not pay for it. Her attorney will talk to her. Becky will send a letter to her attorney with the nuisance ordinance and invite her to a meeting.

Next meeting is on Tuesday, June 6, 2018.

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Rick McCann                                    Duke Gagnon

 

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

February 5, 2018

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Bob Gonczy, Rick McCann, Duke Gagnon and Clerk Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town Marshal Dustin Gary was also in attendance and Casey Ehlinger.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • MCO presented the Board with a monthly report.
  • The Morocco Homecoming has been changed to the Beaver Fest. We have lots of fun and exciting things happening. It is Memorial Day weekend. Our next meeting February 26 at 4:00p.m. at the Town Hall.
  • Bob attended the Utility Board meeting in January. He discussed leak adjustments and capping of the sewer and not paying sewer debt. The Utility Board is going to be coming to The Town Board and make recommendations on these issues.

Clerk Treasurer: (Sherri Rainford)

  • Duke made a motion to approve the January claims. Rick seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Rick made a motion to approve the minutes from the January meeting. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Town Marshal

  • Report to be submitted.
  • Dustin cannot go into detail about the recent homicide. He will release information when he is able to do so. Dustin said that there is no threat to Morocco or its citizens.

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

Becky brought the Board some amendments on the nuisance ordinances, They are as follows:  burning trash, trash on streets and alleys, accumulation of junk and other substances, accumulation of junk vehicles, abandonment of junk vehicles, dumping and accumulation of trash, spitting on the sidewalks. Rick made a motion to accept the Ordinances that were presented by Becky.  Duke second. Motion passed 3-0.These will need to be published for two weeks.

The Newton County Community Services Building is almost paid off. Becky will look into what we need to do.

Planning Commission

There are two properties that we need to address. One is the old hotel and the old Castongia building.

 

Donation Request-

North Newton Babe Ruth- Rick made a motion to donate $150 Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

North Newton Retirement Homes- We will purchase gravel and our guys will spread it.

Rick made a motion to approve the donations. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

 

Next meeting is on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Rick McCann                                    Duke Gagnon

 

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

April 3, 2018

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Bob Gonczy, Rick McCann, Duke Gagnon and Clerk Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town Marshal Dustin Gary was also in attendance and Casey Ehlinger.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • Easter Egg Hunt- Park looked really good. Dustin started it.
  • Beaver Fest- Next meeting is April 9.
  • Town Wide Clean up- Dumpsters are ordered. We will have a dumpster just for scrap.
  • Trees, Sidewalks and Roads- Bob have 3 trees on his radar. Gary Wiseman will give quotes. Bob and Sherri and applying for a grant. Our idea is to do a fountain at Betty Kessler Park and have Dennis cement it.
  • MCO Report- A copy of the report is being made a part of these minutes.

Clerk Treasurer: (Sherri Rainford)

  • Rick made a motion to approve the March claims. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
  • Rick made a motion to approve the minutes from the March meeting. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Street Deptartment.-

  • Working on landscaping at Recher Park.
  • Cleaning the beds at the Sewer Plant.

Town Marshal

  • Report to be submitted.

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

Fireworks Company is looking for tax abatement. They will be coming to Economic Development on May 1. Becky suggested they give the Board a proposal ahead of time.

Rick is meeting with the Head of the County Highway. The County wants to give us Michigan Ave.

Properties from the Commissioners- Paperwork at the court will be available after August 6, 2018.

Becky received a letter from Sandra Riley’s attorney. Becky will draft a letter saying the Town is interested in acquiring the building.

Donation:

Rick made a motion to give Morocco Baseball League a donation of $500. Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0

Karen Williams asked for $500 for the First United Methodist Bible School. Rick made a motion and Duke seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

 

 

Next meeting is on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Rick McCann                                    Duke Gagnon

 

MOROCCO TOWN COUNCIL

JANUARY 9, 2018

Bob Gonczy opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M.  Board Members present were Bob Gonczy, Rick McCann, and Clerk Treasurer Sherri Rainford. Town Marshal Dustin Gary was also in attendance and Casey Ehlinger.

Turning Change into Opportunity

  • MCO presented the Board with a monthly report.
  • KIRPC Appointment- Rick made a motion to appoint Bob to the KIRPC Board. Motion passed 2-0.
  • 2018 Beaver Township Fire Contract- Rick made a motion to accept the contract. Bob seconded. Motion passed.
  • Tree is down.
  • Meter reading was slow to go with the snow covering.
  • Two new tires for the dump truck.

Clerk Treasurer: (Sherri Rainford)

  • Rick made a motion to approve the December claims. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0. Bob randomly asked questions about several claims.
  • Rick made a motion to approve the minutes from the December meeting. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Town Marshal

  • Report to be submitted.
  • Residents on Dewey want a directional sign put on the street. Bob said we will go down and look at it.

Town Attorney: (Becky Goddard)

The 2018 Mileage Rate Ordinance- Rick made a motion to accept the Ordinance. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

The 2018 Nepotism Policy- Rick made a motion to accept the Ordinance. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

The Declaration Resolution- This Ordinance gives Sherri the approval to pay the bills. Rick made a motion to accept the Ordinance and Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Donation Request-

Morocco Preschool- $500

Morocco Youth Bowling-$500

AAU Boys’ Basketball- $500

Rick made a motion to approve the donations. Bob seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

 

Next meeting is on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

____________________         ___________________     _______________

Robert Gonczy                           Rick McCann                                    Duke Gagnon