VILLAGE OF MARCELLUS, COUNTY OF CASS, STATE OF MICHIGAN
At a regular meeting of the Village Council of the Village of Marcellus, County of Cass, State of Michigan, held in said Village on February 25, 2015 there were:
Present: Irwin, Ludlow, Simmons, Webb and Welburn. Absent: None.
The following resolution was offered by Webb and seconded by Simmons.
Resolution Establishing Rates for Garbage Disposal and Recycling Service:
Whereas the Village of Marcellus provides a garbage disposal and recycling service to Village residents, and
Whereas over the past few years, fuel surcharges from the sub-contracted garbage service steadily increased, and
Whereas previous garbage rate increases were not sufficient to maintain an adequate fund balance in the Village Garbage Account and consequently supplemental funds were appropriated from the Village General Account to avoid a deficit condition,
Now therefore, it is hereby resolved that the Village of Marcellus amend and revise the rates charged to provide garbage disposal and recycling services within the Village of Marcellus as follows:
Billing Code Service Current/New:
Note: Additional size containers are available and rates for those containers will be established in a manner consistent with the formula that was used to establish the rates listed above.
This resolution super cedes Resolution #2014-01, adopted July 23, 2014.
Effective Date: These new rates shall take effect on March 19, 2015 at 12:01 A.M.
Adopted February 25, 2015 by a roll call vote of:
Yeas: Ludlow, Simmons, Webb and Welburn Nays: Irwin
Dated: February 25, 2015 Ronald Welburn Marcellus Village President
Dated: February 25, 2015 Krista D. Jourdan Marcellus Village Clerk
Resolution Establishing Rates for Garbage Disposal and Recycling Service
(Updated August 4) Marcellus Rocket Football Signup & Football Camp. $65.00 for 3rd - 6th Grade $55.00 for Flag Football & Cheerleaders
Saturday, August 9, 8:30 a.m. Until Noon At the High School Football Field (The camp is for all 3 groups Flag which is 1st and 2nd graders, Juniors which are 3rd and 4th graders, and Seniors, grades 5th and 6th.)
Yellow Journalism? Or, Responsible Journalism? You decide. Admittedly, the headline was meant to intrigue the reader, and with good cause, I might add. The following video highlights the comments made by Marcellus Township residents Kay Jones, and Joyce DeRuiter during public comment at last night’s special village council meeting.
I’m pretty sure the threat of a vague recall petition, and the personal attack of a Council Trustee do not fall under the definition of ‘Civility.’ Nor did it solve a perceived problem within the village government, but rather highlighted deep-rooted issues going back for generations.
Anyway, you decide. =-)
Video Link submitted by Video Photographer Kevin Jourdan
The following video was shot at the September 23, 2015 regular village council meeting. It seems to me, if you want to heal a community, and the current problems within the village government you have to start at the top.
I'm pretty sure this 45 second video is not the way to accomplish solidarity. Again, you decide. =-)
The following clipping on the left appeared in this week's local newspaper with a slogan that decrys the lack of commitment of incumbent members of the Marcellus village council to work with the current village president who was elected to office in November of 2015 2014.
The third line of the second paragraph sets the stage for a rebuttle, and I quote, "We the People" voted for Ron Welburn because we wanted change. They [the voters] were opposed to the way the village was being run.
What the comments fail to acknowledge is that 3/5 of the council (before Welbun) were also elected by, "We the People" who liked how the village's business was being handled.
Backtracking back to the first paragraph the comment, "Vote For Ron Welburn to Bring Positive Change" is almost laughable considering what the official record of the Village of Marcellus minutes potray portray.
Let's take a look at the positive impact this current Village President has brought to the table:
1. Attempted to terminate a DPW Employee because he voluntarily gave up his CDL License due to a controversial medical treatment. In spite of this employee not having a CDL License, he was still licensed in both Water and Sewer management.
2. Attempted to terminate the Village Clerk/Manager and in the process committed an Open Meeting Act violation.
3. Welburn tried to introduce a Reorganization of the Village's chain of command in spite of a Village Manager Ordinance.
4. Submitted a draft for an Austerity Program under the premise of saving the Village money. Had this passed it would have needlessly reduced services to the taxpayer.
5. Has failed to increase water rates by 22 percent in order to offset expenses exceeding revenue in the water fund as recommended by USDA Rural Development.
6. At the end of 2014, the Council approved the 2015 budget. It was recommended by the Village Manager to meet sometime in February to reevaluate the budget. To date, Welburn has failed to encourage the reexamination of the 2015 budget.
7. Has steadfastly proclaimed that the village's DPW was not being run correctly. However, prior to his arrival on the political scene it ran just fine under the direction of the current Village Manager. Moral is at an all-time low under the direction of the Director of the DPW Elton Hackenberg.
8. Under his leadership there have been more closed sessions conducted by the council in 10 months than in the past 10 years combined.
9. Welburn has alluded to the fact that the Village is not being run correctly. The past 9 audits of the Village's finances would indicate the village is running in the black, and is managed correctly.
10. The December 3, 2014 meeting minutes reflect that Welburn recommendedthat the Village begin plans to purchase a new plow truck and a new back-hoe/loader for the Village at costs nearing $500,000.00.
11. Moral is at an all-time low and not only includes the DPW as mentioned earlier, but within the Villages business office and Council.
Arguably, the list could go on and on and one has to wonder if this is what "We the People" had intended when electing Ron Welburn as Village President. Admittely, the writer has to ponder how his actions have improved the quality of life within the Village of Marcellus.
Once again, the editor of the local newspaper has failed miserably in presenting both sides of the story and continues to slant the news to serve her needs rather than those of the community.
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Cass County Sponsoring A Town Hall Meeting on January 4, 2016, Marcellus Library, 7:00 pm.
Submitted by: Roseann Marchetti Cass County Commissioner, District 4
Published on December 9, 2015 -- Marcellus, MI - Over 18 months ago the Cass County Board of Commissioners appointed a committee to investigate using the 1899 vintage courthouse, which included hiring an engineering study of the structural integrity of the 1899 vintage courthouse which has been button holed since 2003. After many meetings and work to stabilize the vintage courthouse, the Committee consisting of Commissioners Bernie Williamson, Bob Ziliak, and Roseann Marchetti made a commitment to hold five town hall meetings throughout Cass County to learn what suggestion and uses residents have for the vintage courthouse.
The second of the town hall meetings will be held at the Marcellus Township Wood Memorial Library on January 4, 2016, at 7:00 pm. The meeting will consist of a power point presentation with time for discussion and a question and answer session.
The public is welcome and if the Marcellus meeting is not convenient, there will be three other meetings which are also open to the public. Those meetings are listed on the County web site at casscountymi.org.
Published on December 21, 2015 -- Marcellus Michigan - On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 the Marcellus Township Board held an abbreviated regular meeting before 28-30 concerned citizens of the township. The source of concern stems from the township not having funds available to pay its share of the 2015 fire/ambulance service contract, and the possibility that this will leave the residents of Marcellus Township, the Village of Marcellus, and part of Flowerfield township without fire and ambulance protection/services.
In part, this very well could become reality, but not likely in the short-term as the township board is currently exploring ways to pay the 2015 delinquency. According to sources, the township board is expected to approve a Resolution giving them until March of 2016 to come into compliance with the Marcellus Area Emergency Services Association (MAESA) contract.
MarcellusMichigan.org has provided a link to the MAESA contract at the following link:
DID YOU KNOW?!
(Edited on January 6, 2016 - The in increase in insurance premiums was actually $22,000 rather than $25,000. MMO apologizes for the error)
The Marcellus Village Council voted by unanimous consent to approve a $22,000 increase in insurance premiums for 4 village employees totaling $88,000 at the December 22, 2015 regular meeting. The increase was due in part to the termination of village employee Tim Glass over a CDL License. According to village clerk Jourdan, Glass represented 1/4 of the premium and when the council voted to terminate him - they also terminated the benefits his age and health brought to the table.
Just to bring this into perspective - when you consider insurance premiums, payroll, and fringe benefits the cost to the village taxpayer approaches, if not surpass', over $200,000 a year.
WHEN WILL THE BLEEDING STOP? VILLAGE COUNCIL ACCEPTS EMPLOYEE’S RESIGNATION:
Published on January 13, 2016 -- Marcellus, MI - On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 the Marcellus Village Council accepted the resignation of utility clerk Mary Yung. Yung has worked for the Village for 6+ years and her last day on the job will be January 22, 2016.
According to sources, Yung’s position may be reduced to part-time, or 3 days a week, and a replacement is being sought.
Yung’s resignation represents the 4th employee leaving the employment of the village since late in 2015.