Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

August 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes


August 8, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Crystal Community Center


The meeting was called to order by Supervisor, C Johnston at 7:00 p.m. and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


Members Present:   Curt McCracken, Chris Johnston, George Bahm, Patty Baker-Marek,  Nancy Mills. 


Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.

D Rydahl-Run the Lake had 128 runners.


Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda:  Motion by McCracken, seconded by Mills to approve the agenda and approve the consent agenda adding to new business j.  Variance Meeting k. Laptop L. CellPhones and removing f.  Tax Overpayment. Motion carried- all ayes.


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


Reports: Reports were presented.

Montcalm County: Ron Braman-Thank you for the support in his run for re-election

Fire: Scott Brundage- 7 fire runs

DPW: Roger Gooding- Steps at the beach have been fixed.  Tennis courts need to be resurfaced.  Motion by McCracken, seconded by Mills to purchase a leaf vac XV8031 from Bell Equipment for up to $30,000.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Another conversion of 1 pump has been completed.

Duck Lake Improvement: R Muscott-Another treatment is scheduled for later this month.

DDA:David Wight—none

Montcalm Police Report: September 1, Officer J Schafer.


 Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

a.     W Powell, resignation from Board of Review.  Motion by Johnston, seconded by McCracken to accept the resignation of W Powell from the BOR.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

 Unfinished Business:  

a.     Employee Handbook

i.      Handbook has been revised based on previous meetings, please review before next meeting so we can get final approval for effective date of October 1, 2018.   

b.     Community Center Committee:  Motion by Johnston, seconded by Baker-Marek to appoint D Rydahl, B Leonard, S Pyle, S Kutt, K Morgan and D Wight to the CCCommittee.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

c.     Park Pavilion Estimates:  Opened sealed bids:

i.      BT Construction LLC, Sheridan for $10,000

ii.     Keystone Carpentry LLC, Carson City for $14855

iii.   JAKS Roofing LLC, Fenwick for $27,542.50

No action taken will get license, liability and references.

d.     Perpetual Care-no action

e.     Swim Buoys-4 old buoys have been put in by the Marine Patrol.  Permit allows up to 8 will get estimates on new buoys for next year.

f.      In Stone Data-no action taken.

g.     Recycle Area

i.      Nancy is checking into cost of an additional recycle dumpster and another cardboard. 

ii.     Might want to look at a fence between the recycle area and the Church.


New Business:

A.    Head Start Air Condition-estimate from Gage Electric for $3,576 for electrical upgrade to put in Window Air Conditioners.  No action taken.

B.    Decorative Lights, Park-Motion by Johnston, seconded by Bahm to accept bid from Gage Electric in the amount of $984.20 to change the decorative lights to LED.  Motion carried, ayes-all.  

C.    Fence Estimates:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to accept bid from C & M Fencing in the amount of $4,000 to replace 250 feet of fence in the park.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

D.   Chain Saw Estimates:  Motion by Johnston, seconded by Mills to purchase a Stihl 18 inch chainsaw from Martin’s for $335.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

E.    Part-Time Cleaning Position: Motion by McCracken, seconded by Mills to eliminate the Part-time cleaning position.  Motion carried-ayes: all. 

F.    Tax Overpayment-removed from agenda

G.   Treasurer training, August 21-no action taken

H.   Fall Clean-up- Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to authorize up to $5,000 for Fall Clean-up.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

I.      Insurance Quote:  Motion by Johnston, seconded by Baker-Marek to accept insurance bid of $22,176 with reimbursement from the DDA of $387.18 for the “Library Building”.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

J.     Variance Meeting: set variance meeting date for August 29 @ 7pm for parcel 59-005-017-020-01.

K.   Laptop:  Chris would like to have the township purchase a laptop for the Supervisor usage.  Will check into prices.

L.    Cellphones:  We need to look at getting cell phones for Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer-when they leave the phone and number can be handed off to the next person.


 Public Comment:  The public was allowed time for comment.



+  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 p.m.  Motion carried- all ayes.





Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk

Thomas Marek