Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

November 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes


November 8, 2017

7:00 p.m.

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:   Curt McCracken, George Bahm, Patty Baker-Marek, Nancy Mills and Chris Johnston


Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.

-consider pursuing charges against previous clerk

-dissolve the DDA since they are not adding value to the community

-the clean-up was a success, consider doing it when summer residents will be able to take advantage

-possible look at trimming trees along the park/street at the same level


Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to approve the agenda adding snow plow and police contract to new business and approve the consent agenda. Motion carried- all ayes.


Approval of the Consent Agenda:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to approve the consent agenda.  Motion carried-all ayes.



Reports: Reports were presented.

Montcalm County: Ron Braman-absent

Fire: Scott Brundage- report presented

DPW: Roger Gooding-tired, needs help with leaves, estimate for new chairs $20 each at Sam’s Club. Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to pay $9 per hour for anyone helping with the leaves.  Motion carried-all ayes.

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Currently working on winterizing all equipment and installing new motors is a couple of the lift stations.

Duck Lake Improvement: Dick Walthorne-absent

DDA:David Wight-absent

Montcalm Police Report: Officer Snyder, report submitted. 

Blight Committee: Patty Baker-Marek:  next meeting November 21.

 Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

  1.  Road Commission annual meeting


Unfinished Business:  

  1. Colby Road End, after discussion with Road Commission, they will not install a guardrail at this location since the hazard that was mentioned is on private property.  No action taken.

  2.  Evaluation-Roger Gooding. Motion by Johnston, seconded by Mills to recommend wage increase of .25 per hour, after discussion motion amended to .50 per hour.  Motion carried-all ayes


New Business:

  1. Heating coil: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to accept bid from Myers $2021 for new heating coil in Community Room. Motion carried-all ayes.

  2. DDA:

    1. 2017-2018 Budget, Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to approve DDA budget of $5700.  Motion carried-all ayes.

    2. Term Appointment-Motion by Johnson, seconded by Bahm appointed David Wight to a 3 year term.  Motion carried-all ayes.

  3. Tree Removal Estimate-Motion by McCracken, seconded by Baker-Marek to approve 4Winds to drop tree in park $350 if K Loomis wants to remove, if Kevin doesn’t want it then authorize $1000 to 4Winds for drop and clean up. Motion carried- all ayes

  4. MTA Training, Clerk/Treasurer: Motion by Bahm, seconded by Johnston to approve attendance at MTA Training in Cadillac amount of $222, room $262, also reimburse for mileage.  Motion carried-all ayes.

  5. Deputy Hours: need to adjust current budget for Deputy hours/wages, will relook at it next month.

  6. DPW replacement/cleaning: Motion by Bahm, seconded by Mills to offer cleaning job 2 hours per day 5 days per week to the current part time DPW, if he does not want it will hire another candidate.  Motion carried 4/1, Johnston opposed, ayes, McCracken, Baker-Marek, Bahm, Mills.

  7. Snow Plow:  Motion by Johnston, seconded by McCracken to purchase new snow plow for 2018 Truck in the amount of $6737.07 and sell current plow with the 2016 Truck. Motion carried-all ayes.

  8. Police Contract, reviewed new police contract for next 3 years.  Discussion, asked to have contract restored to 2000 hours coverage instead of 1960 as this contract states.


Public Comment:  The public was allowed time for comment.

-concerned regarding difficulty backing up the LeafVac.

-Roger, thanked board for wage increase, will continue leaf pick up until approximately November 30, weather permitting.



Adjournment:  Motion by Bahm, seconded by McCracken to adjourn the meeting at 8:07 p.m.  Motion carried- all ayes.





Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk

Thomas Marek