February 8, 2012 Meeting Minutes
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Crystal Community Center
The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Braman at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Pledge of
Members Present: Charlie Braman, Bob Naumann, Dennis Lance, Curt McCracken and
Jeremiah Stone. Absent- None
Public Comment: None
Approval of Agenda: Motion by Lance, supported by Stone to approve the agenda as
presented with the addition of item 13. g. Collecting Late Fee for Winter Taxes. Motion
carried- all ayes.
Consumer Power Gas Franchise: Yolanda Lewis from Consumers Power reviewed the new
30 year Gas Franchise Agreement (Ordinance 18) and answered questions.
Approval of the Draft Minutes of the January11, 2011 Regular Board Meeting: Motion
by Stone, supported by Lance to approve the Minutes. Motion carried- all ayes.
Approval of the Township Bills: Motion by Stone, supported by Lance to approve the bills
as presented. Motion carried- all ayes.
Treasurer Report: Motion by Naumann, supported by McCracken to approve the
Treasurer’s Report as presented. Motion carried- all ayes.
Approval of Crystal/Duck Lake Sanitary Sewer Bills: Motion by Stone, supported by
Lance to approve the Sewer bills as presented. Motion carried- all ayes.
Reports: Were presented.
Motion by Stone, supported by McCracken to accept the Jaws and Rescue Truck (1997 Chevy
3500) from Montcalm County. Motion carried – all ayes.
Correspondence: Clerk Naumann and Supervisor Braman presented the monthly
correspondence. The Board directed Clerk Naumann to complete the suggested letter
supporting Michigan Rural Water.
Appoint Board of Review Members: Motion by Braman, supported by Naumann to appoint
Chris Johnston, John Ryan and Bill Powell to the Board of Review. Motion carried – all
Ordinance 15A: Our attorney, Cliff Bloom is working on the new ordinance.
Fire Hall Addition: Clerk Naumann reported that our Attorney advised that existing language
on our Fire Department millage does not allow for construction expenses.
Lakeside Resort Litigation: Our attorney received a second set of interrogatories. Additional
expenses with the Township Attorney, Cliff Bloom were $1,065.00.
Audit: Motion by Naumann supported by Lance to adopt Resolution 02082012A transferring
funds into the Lighting District and increasing the Special Assessment. Motion carried – all
Poverty Guidelines: Motion by Stone, supported by McCracken to adopt Resolution
02082012B establishing the Poverty Guidelines for Crystal Township. Motion carried – all
Alternate Board of Review Dates: Motion by Stone, supported by Lance to adopt Resolution
02082012C adopting alternate dates as allowed by law for the March, July and December
Board of Review. Motion carried – all ayes
Presidential Primary Election Workers: Motion by Naumann, supported by McCracken to
appoint Phil Woodruff Chairperson, Trisha Saylor Assistant Chair, Bob Naumann, Diane
Alexander, Roger Gooding Jr,, Judy Stockwell as election workers and Karen Braman, Kerin
Naumann as the Receiving Board. Motion carried – all ayes
Consumer Power Gas Franchise; Ordinance 18: Motion by Lance, supported by Stone to
adopt Ordinance 18 entitled ‘Consumers Energy Company Gas Franchise Ordinance’.
Roll call vote: McCracken, aye; Lance, aye; Braman, aye; Stone, aye; Naumann, aye Motion
Township Board Salaries: Motion by Stone to reduce Board salaries by 5%. Motion died due
to lack of support.
DPW Location: Motion by Stone that the DPW facility not be located in the Community
Center. Motion died due to lack of support.
Late fee for taxes: Motion by Lance, supported by Stone not to charge a late fee or interest
for tax payments received between February 14, 2012 and March 1, 2012. Motion carried –
Public Comment: Naumann asked Board if we could discuss billing the Carson City Library
for utilities at next meeting, Board agreed to have the item on the agenda
Adjournment- Motion by Stone, supported by McCracken to adjourn the meeting at 9:02
p.m. Motion carried- all ayes.