May 10, 2017 Meeting Minutes
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING
May 10, 2017
Crystal Community Center
The meeting was called to order by Supervisor, Chris Johnston at 7:00 p.m. and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members Present: Ted Padgett, Curt McCracken, George Bahm, Patty Baker-Marek, and Chris Johnston
Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.
-Please continue pursuing the Blight/Trash Ordinance
-Chemical Bank closing could we work with the DDA, Chamber to stop closure
-Township Board has Fiduciary duties to oversee the DDA, moneys need to be used to keep businesses in town not sit in a bank account.
Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to approve the agenda and accept the consent agenda.
Motion carried- all ayes.
Approval of the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Johnston to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried-all ayes.
Reports: Reports were presented.
Montcalm County: Ron Braman-Remember your mother on Mother’s Day
Fire: Scott Brundage-smoke detectors on order
DPW: Roger Gooding-Park destruction, broken bench, picnic tables and hand rail. Installed new swings and got new mower. Daily Activity log-why take time to complete if no one is going to review.
Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Submitted Preliminary Budget for 2017-2018. Will be looking at replacing 4 critical lift pumps, $33,850.
Duck Lake Improvement: David Wight-Treatment notices sent out. Requesting a location for a file cabinet within the township building
DDA:David Wight-Working with Lyons Club to replace boards on benches in the park. Also working on the playground equipment. Will be submitting budget next week for 2017-2018
Montcalm Police Report: Report
Library Relocation Committee: G Bahm, Presented request for RFP’s to be sent out for bid. Motion by McCracken, seconded by Baker-Marek to wait on RFP’s. Motion carried, ayes-Baker-Marek, Padgett, McCracken, Johnston. Nays-Bahm.
Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.
a. McGraw Morris PC
b. TokioMarine HCC
c. Consumers Rebates
d. Consumer/DTE Notice of Hearing
e. Crystal Sailing Club
f. Hazardous Waste
a. Resolution for Police Millage. Motion by Johnston seconded by Bahm for Special Election for Police Millage. Motion carried.
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP BOARD
MONTCALM COUNTY, MICHIGAN
Resolution No. 05102017
At a Special Meeting of the Crystal Township Board (“Township Board”) held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 beginning at :00 p.m. at the Crystal Community Center, the following Resolution was offered for adoption by Township Board Member Johnston and was seconded by Township Board Member Bahm:
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND CERTIFY
POLICE SERVICES MILLAGE PROPOSAL
WHEREAS, Township Board deems it necessary to increase the original .5 mill dedicated ad valorem tax levy for the provision of police services in the Township by .5 mills and renew the same for a period of four years.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Board hereby calls a special Township election to be held on the regular election date of August 8, 2017.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Board approves and certifies the following proposal to the Montcalm County Clerk for submittal to the qualified electors of the Township at the August 8, 2017, election:
POLICE SERVICES MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
Shall the previously voted increase in the tax rate limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes in Crystal Township of 0.5 mills ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value), as reduced by required millage rollbacks to .4989 mills ($0.4989 per $1,000 of taxable value), be renewed annually for four (4) years, 2018 through 2021, inclusive, and increased by 0.5 mills ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) up to .9989 mills ($.9989 per $1,000 of taxable value) to provide funds for police services, and shall Crystal Township levy such millage on taxable property within the Township for said purpose?
If approved and levied, this millage would raise an estimated $94,855.00 in the first year of the levy. All or a portion of the revenues from this millage will be disbursed to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department or other governmental agency for police services within Crystal Township. To the extent required by law, a portion of the revenues from this millage will be captured within the district of and disbursed to the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to submit a certified copy of this Resolution to the Montcalm County Clerk.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk and Montcalm County Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to print the ballots, publish all notices for such election, and to take all other action as necessary or desirable in connection with such election.
The roll call vote on the motion to adopt this Resolution was as follows:
YEAS: Johnston, Bahm, Padgett, McCracken, Baker-Marek
RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.
I hereby certify that the above is a Resolution adopted by the Township Board for Crystal Township at the time, date, and place stated above pursuant to the required statutory procedures.
Dated: May 10, 2017
By Patty Baker-Marek
Crystal Township Clerk
b. Community Center-
i. Security System Estimates: Motion by Johnston seconded by Baker-Marek to accept bid from Alarm Tek for $2559.66 for Alarm System for two main doors. Motion carried. Ayes all.
ii. Fun & Fitness: Motion by McCracken, seconded by Padgett to allow exercise proposal as presented. Motion carried, ayes all.
iii. Sanchin System: no action taken for Fall session.
c. Budget Line Item Adjustments: Motion by Johnston, seconded by Baker-Marek adjust line items as presented.Motion carried, ayes all.
1. DPW Vacation Payoff-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to pay Roger Gooding for his 3 weeks vacation from 2016. Motion carried-ayes all
2. Lighting District Splits: lights put on splits-11 delinquent tax notices issued Township needs to pay should be reimbursed from County.
3. Blight Ordinance Committee: Agreed to put an ad in the paper to solicit volunteers to serve on a committee to propose a Blight/Trash Ordinance.
Public Comment: The public was allowed time for comment.
-Chamber asking for nominations for Grand Marshall
-Why hasn’t Head Start Building been moved yet
-Lyons Club expecting that the Stairway will be installed by May 31
-Support for Open Gym at no cost
-Agreed to have Freezers/Refrigerators removed from Kitchen that no longer work.
-Anything the township can do to keep Chemical Bank from closing. Agreed to write a letter.
Adjournment: Motion by McCracken, seconded by Pagett to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m. Motion carried- all ayes.
Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk