Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2018 Meeting Minutes

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING

July 11, 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.

B Kanitz-Crystal Lake was treated 7/10 for 6.4 acres of Eurasion Milfoil

A Thomas-911 Director, please let dispatch know anytime we have an event that is closing down a road

T Dorch-is there any movement on the Township Wide Garbage pick up

R Gooding-Is there anything that can be done with all of the boats parking in the swim area of the beach?  Recycle dumpsters, people are using it as a garbage dump

Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to approve the agenda and approve the consent agenda adding to new business InStone Data Solution Presentation. Motion carried- all ayes.

 

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

 

IN STONE DATA SOLUTION PRESENTATION:  they use our maps, then take pictures of all headstones.  Create an entry on every person buried, we would be able to attach an obituary.  Creates a digital form from our records and a printed map.  Also creates a web page with a link to a picture of each headstone.  Anticipated cost $4,500 for all cemeteries.

Reports: Reports were presented.

Montcalm County: Ron Braman-Crystal Lake needs to post signs and enforce the Counter Clockwise Rule for boat traffic

Fire: Scott Brundage- 2 fire runs

DPW: Roger Gooding- 1 of the new picnic tables donated by the Avery/Patin Families has been stolen.  Will check into purchasing something to mark tables as Township Property.

-Trees will be planted next week 5-Crystal Park, 3-Noll Park, donated by the Avery/Patin Family

-4 lights in park burned out, would like to switch to LED, estimated $250 to change all, additional cost to bypass the ballest, will check with Consumers on potential rebate.

-Will get estimated for a new chainsaw

-Park fence needs to be replaced, will get estimated

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Conversion from Pontem to BS&A complete, completed USDA report and conversion of 1 pump

Duck Lake Improvement: David Wight-Successful meeting, currently fighting the Starry Stonework.

DDA:David Wight—Work Group painted tables, end gable and containers in the Pavilion.  They also added a banner.  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to allow vehicles to drive in the park Thursday’s 6-9 for Music In the Park.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

Installation of Playground equipment is complete.  Motion by Johnston, seconded by Bahm to give the DDA $976 to pay the crew that installed the equipment.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

Montcalm Police Report: Coffee with Sheriff M Williams, Wednesday, July 25 8:30-10, Crystal Café.

 

 Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

a.     Road Commission Correspondence 7/2/200

b.     Dept of Ag-L Mitchell

c.     Montcalm Economic Development-July 23, 2018-Appeal to Construction Ordinance

d.     Conservation District-THANK YOU

e.     Dept of Licensing-August 10, 2018-Revision of Electrical Code

f.      Consumers Energy/DTE Notice of Hearing

Unfinished Business:  

a.     Trees in Park-Donation of 8 trees

b.     Employee Handbook

i.      Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to increase payout of sick leave maximum to 480 hours at termination of employment.  There is no limit to the amount of accrual allowed for use.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

ii.     Handbook indicates Compensation time maximum is 50 hours.  Currently Roger has 120 hours due to not vacant assistant position.  What would the cost be to the township to payout comp time to reduce to 50 hours.   No motions were made.

c.     Bank Proposal:  Sidney .20% on a NOW account, Chemical currently paying .50%.  What is the mileage that we are paying out to travel to Stanton or Carson for deposits.  Sidney Bank has offered a courier  service for all deposits.

d.     Wage Increase

i.       RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH TOWNSHIP OFFICER SALARY.

WHEREAS, according to MCL 41.95 (3), in a township that does not hold an annual meeting, the salary for officers composing the township board shall be determined by the township board; and

WHEREAS, the township board deems that an adjustment in the salary of the office of Supervisor is warranted;

Supervisor: $8,000 salary

The foregoing resolution offered by Bahm, seconded by Mills.

Roll Call Vote

Mills-yes

Johnston-no

Baker-Marek-yes

Bahm-yes

McCracken-yes

Motion carried, 4-1

 

ii.      RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH TOWNSHIP OFFICER SALARY.

   WHEREAS, according to MCL 41.95 (3), in a township that does not hold an annual meeting, the salary for officers     composing the township board shall be determined by the township board; and

WHEREAS, the township board deems that an adjustment in the salary of the office of Treasurer is warranted;

Treasurer: $12,000 salary

The foregoing resolution offered by Johnston, seconded by Bahm.

Roll Call Vote

Mills-yes

Johnston-yes

Baker-Marek-yes

Bahm-yes

McCracken-yes

Motion carried, ayes-all

 

iii.     RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH TOWNSHIP OFFICER SALARY.

WHEREAS, according to MCL 41.95 (3), in a township that does not hold an annual meeting, the salary for officers composing the township board shall be determined by the township board; and

WHEREAS, the township board deems that an adjustment in the salary of the office of Clerk is warranted;

Clerk: $12,000 salary

The foregoing resolution offered by Johnston, seconded by Bahm.

Roll Call Vote

Mills-yes

Johnston-yes

Baker-Marek-no

Bahm-yes

McCracken-yes

Motion carried, 4-1

 

iv.     RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH TOWNSHIP OFFICER SALARY.

WHEREAS, according to MCL 41.95 (3), in a township that does not hold an annual meeting, the salary for officers composing the township board shall be determined by the township board; and

WHEREAS, the township board deems that an adjustment in the salary of the office of Trustee is warranted;

Trustee: $200 monthly salary

The foregoing resolution offered by Johnston, seconded by Baker-Marek.

Roll Call Vote

Mills-yes

Johnston-yes

Baker-Marek-yes

Bahm-yes

McCracken-yes

Motion carried, ayes-all

e.     Community Center Building-TOWNHALL Meeting for July 18 @ 7:00 to develop a plan for the Building.

f.      Park Pavilion Donation-$5,000 to replace roof on Pavilion.  Proceed in obtaining bids for removal and replacement of steel roof.  Paint poles and gable ends.  Work to start after the Music in the Park.  Motion by Johnston, seconded by Mills to accept bids.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

g.     Perpetual Care-Nancy will follow up

h.     Sealed Property Bid, 1 bid received from Crystal ATV, two proposals to fence in the front of the lot or build 2 additional bays.  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to accept bid from Crystal ATV in the amount of $2,500.  Bahm-yes, Johnston-yes, McCracken-yes, Mills-yes, Baker-Marek-yes.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

New Business:

1.     Adjust 2017-2018 Budget-no action due to BS&A conversion.

2.     Appoint Election Inspectors:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Johnston to appoint election inspectors -M McCracken, G Byers-Receiving Board, N Turner, A McIntyre, K Braman-Receiving Board, T Marek, P Baker-Marek. Motion carried, ayes-all.  

3.     Signage for Recycle Area-discussed what can be done to clean up the recycle area, possible signage or cameras.  No action taken.

Public Comment:  The public was allowed time for comment.

D Wight-would help with cameras for the recycle area. The Historical Society would work closely with the company on the cemetery management.  Community Room needs air conditioning. 

E Wight-who puts up speed signs, would like to see signs posted on Pakes Road.

R Gooding-new wood chips have been put around the playscape in the park.  New Park Rule signs have been put up.  H&H donated sand for the beach. 

J Sheets-willing to help with camera’s.

T  Dorch -Would township wide garbage pick up include recycling which might help with the problems at the dumpsters.

 

Adjournment:  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Mills to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 p.m.  Motion carried- all ayes.

 

SUBMITTED BY:

 

 

Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk

Thomas Marek